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February 2008       Vol. 37, No. 2       Page  9
In and Around the Bar
Bar News

News From CBA Sections, Committees, Local and Specialty Bars, and More

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association, including sections and committees, administration, and local and specialty bar associations. It also includes notices of activities—past, present, and future—from local and national law-related organizations and groups. Please send information and photos to Susie Vancura at

DBA Seniors Committee Holiday Party

Approximately thirty-five members of the Denver Bar Association (DBA) Seniors Committee gathered on December 14, 2007 to celebrate the holidays and socialize with colleagues and friends. The event included a trivia game of "Name That President," and during the festivities committee members shared their plans for 2008.

Members of the Seniors Committee give their attention to Don McMichaels as he presents the rules of the trivia game.

Don McMichaels, unofficial co-chair of the Seniors Committee, makes a speech during the holiday party.







 Volunteers Needed for
High School Mock Trial Tournaments

Colorado jurists and attorney volunteers are needed to serve as presiding judges and scoring panelists at the Denver Regional Tournament of the Colorado High School Mock Trials on February 22 and 23 at the U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse. Attorneys and judges also are needed to serve at the State Tournament on March 14 and 15 at the Larimer County Justice Center in Fort Collins. To volunteer for either tournament, contact Carolyn Gravit at (303) 824-5323 or

Evergreen High School students celebrate after being named 2007 Colorado State High School Mock Trial Champions.

2008 Snow Carnival

Individuals of all ages are invited to attend the 2008 Snow Carnival, hosted by the DBA Community Action Network. The Snow Carnival will take place at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on February 7, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event will include a raffle, a silent auction, two free IMAX showings, and two free exhibits, as well as activities just for kids, including face-painting and a magic show.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Outreach Project, a nonprofit organization that provides early childhood education to developmentally delayed children. RSVP to (303) 860-1115, ext. 727, or e-mail Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door; children aged 12 and under may attend for free. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Heather Clark at (303) 824-5350 or

Denver Attorney Named
"Outstanding Young Lawyer"

Jack Patten III with CBA YLD Chairperson Melissa Ogburn.

Jack Patten III, an associate at Baker Hostetler in Denver, is the recipient of the 2007 CBA Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Award nominees are required to have an exemplary record of professional success, community service achievements, a strong commitment to civic participation, and a dedication toward inspiring others to participate in community service. The award was presented to Patten by CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Chairperson Melissa Ogburn at the YLD holiday party on December 11, 2007.

CBA Leadership Training Program Update

Members of the 2007 COBALT class.

The 2008 COBALT class held its first of six meetings in January. The meeting was in the form of a "retreat" and was held in Estes Park. Day-long programs for COBALT participants also are scheduled in February, March, April, May, and June. The June program will include a graduation ceremony for the 2008 class.

COBALT stands for "Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training." The program was created to inspire members of the Bar and legal community to become committed to the profession by expanding their knowledge of leadership and service. Members of the 2008 COBALT class are: Musu Brooks, Denver; Cindy Dang, Denver; Alison Daniels, Denver; Yolanda Fennick, Colorado Springs; Michelle Ferguson, Denver; Steven Fieldman, Pueblo; Rebecca Franciscus, Denver; Jennifer Gormley, Centennial; Eric Hall, Colorado Springs; Brenda Jackson, Cañon City; Dennis Kaw, Denver; Karl Kumli, Boulder; Randall Lococo, Fort Collins; Patrick O’Rourke, Denver; Lynaia South Orr, Steamboat Springs; Kim Schutt, Fort Collins; Lou Wilcox, Grand Junction; Constance Wood, Denver; and Joshua Zugish, Fort Collins. 

Arapahoe County Bar Association Events

Zoo Lights Holiday Party

Guests at the ACBA Holiday Party included, from left to right, Peggy Holmes, Judge Jeff Holmes, Angel McCall, Nancy Cross, and Judge Chris Cross.

On December 6, 2007, the Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA) hosted approximately 130 people at its annual holiday party. The "Zoo Lights" celebration was held in the banquet hall at the Denver Zoo, which was adorned with lights and animal prints. Children of ACBA members received goody bags and there was live entertainment throughout the evening.

The ACBA donated tickets for the event to members of the community. Recipients included mothers and children from the House of Hope residential program, teen residents from the Beacon House, and beneficiaries of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

House of Hope Holiday Gift Drive

The ACBA also presented Christmas gifts to residents of the House of Hope program for homeless mothers and children on December 20, 2007. The gifts were purchased from donations made by ACBA members.

In addition to the Christmas gifts, House of Hope received cash donations from the Arapahoe County Bar Foundation to purchase bedroom furniture, as well as a freezer and refrigerator for the medical clinic at the facility.

Central Visitation Program Fundraising Event

The Central Visitation Program (CVP), a nonprofit organization that provides supervised court-ordered visitation to children by noncustodial parents of low-income families, held its annual fundraising event on November 30, 2007. The event took place at Gallery 1261 (owned by Abend Gallery Fine Art) in Denver’s Golden Triangle.

Guests had the opportunity to bid on gift baskets and art by various local artists during a silent auction overseen by volunteers from the Zonta Club of Denver II. The night’s entertainment was provided by Rebecca Gale and Steve Pearlman.

Carol Lingenfelter, Vice-President of the CVP Board, and Betsy Sweetland, CVP Executive Director, spoke about the program’s successes in 2007, which included the administration of 1,200 supervised visits with the support of forty-eight volunteer supervisors. For more information about the CVP, visit

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and local wines at the CVP fundraising event on November 30.

Among the silent auction bid items were large food baskets and gift certificates to Denver eateries and for weekend getaways to Colorado resorts.

El Paso County Bar Foundation Gala

On Saturday, March 1, 2008, the El Paso County Bar Foundation will host its Fifth Annual Gala. The event will take place from 6:00 to 11:30 p.m. at the Garden of the Gods Club, 3320 Mesa Rd., Colorado Springs. The celebration—which will feature dinner, drinks, and dancing—offers guests a chance to visit with colleagues and friends and win door prizes. Sponsorships are available for the event and table hosts are needed. For more information, contact Paul Hurcomb at (303) 634-5700 or

Federal Bar Association, Colorado Chapter,
Elects New President

Erin A. Webber
, a shareholder in the Denver office of Littler Mendelson, was elected President of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), Colorado Chapter. Her term began on January 1, 2008. She has served on the FBA Board since June 2005.

Webber has been with Littler Mendelson’s Denver office since 2001, and recently helped open the firm’s Kansas City, Missouri office. She represents management in employment matters, with an emphasis on employment discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, and disability. She also assists employers with employee and managerial training. Webber has lectured and written articles on various topics in employment law, and regularly litigates employment cases in state and federal courts in Colorado, Missouri, and Kansas.

University of Colorado Law School News

Natural Resources Law Center Launches Environmental Website

The Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado (CU) Law School has created a new information series for The Red Lodge Clearinghouse, a website that provides tools for individuals or groups seeking to address environmental problems. The website contains collaboration stories, funding information, summaries of legislation and regulations, and up-to-date news.

The first edition of the new series addresses how to work with federal notice and comment processes. The website provides a primer on how to work within the process, tips on how to write effective comments, insights from a federal official responsible for running a comment process, and links to additional resources.

The Red Lodge Clearinghouse website can be accessed at For additional information, contact Lauren Ris, project coordinator, at (303) 492-1288 or

CU Law Students Work to Protect Interests
of American Indian Children

As part of CU Law School’s American Indian Law Clinic, CU law students have been taking on complex court cases aimed at protecting the well-being of American Indian children. The American Indian Law Clinic provides quality legal representation to low-income Native clients with Indian law-related problems. The clinic’s student volunteers provide hundreds of hours of pro bono legal work, which includes directly assisting clients or providing referrals. The students handle cases under the supervision of American Indian Law Clinic Director Jill E. Tompkins.

Recently, students participating in the clinic handled complex trial work and prepared legal briefs in an adoption case heard before the Colorado Supreme Court. The case involved a 10-year-old American Indian boy who had been living under various guardianships since he was an infant. In its ruling, the Court overturned an appellate court decision and ruled that a lower probate court did not exceed its authority or engage in "de facto adoption proceedings" when considering the potential of a prospective guardian to be an adoptive parent. Tompkins said the decision put to rest nearly a decade of legal disputes and would finally allow a suitable family to adopt the boy.

Students currently are involved with two other appellate cases involving the welfare of American Indian children. To learn more about the American Indian Law Clinic, visit

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