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March 2008       Vol. 37, No. 3       Page  7
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

Denver Bar Association Highlights

Davis Award Dinner



DBA President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro presents the Davis Award to Michael Carrigan during the 2008  Richard Marden Davis event.


Holland & Hart partner Michael Carrigan recently was named recipient of the 2007 Richard Marden Davis Award. The award was presented to Carrigan by Denver Bar Association (DBA) President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro during a dinner at the Brown Palace Hotel on Tuesday, January 15, 2008.

Carrigan is a senior member of Holland & Hart’s Litigation Department. He has litigated cases before the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Carrigan also serves on the Board of Regents for the University of Colorado, the Board of Directors for Easter Seals Colorado, and the Latin American Research and Service Agency.

Richard Davis’s law firm, Davis Graham & Stubbs, and his family established the Davis Award in 1992 to honor Davis’s belief that great lawyers should be leaders in both the legal profession and the community. More information about the Davis Award is available at

 Winter Festival

On January 26, 2008, the DBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) hosted the 2008 Winter Festival at the Denver Department of Human Services. Thanks to the assistance of volunteers, the DBA YLD was able to celebrate the new year with hundreds of Denver-area foster children. Children were given gifts of books, sporting equipment, stuffed animals, and toys, all of which were donated by generous community members.

 Brown-Bag Luncheon on Appellate Advocacy

A panel of four Colorado Court of Appeals judges will be presenting "Tips on Better Appellate Advocacy" at the upcoming DBA Bench–Bar Brown-Bag luncheon. The luncheon will take place on Thursday, March 20, 2008, from noon to 1:15 p.m., at the City and County Law Library, 1435 Bannock St., in Denver. The cost is $15 for DBA members and $20 for nonmembers; one general CLE credit has been requested. To register, call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727, or e-mail

Annual Law Week Luncheon

On May 1, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the DBA YLD will be hosting its annual Law Week Luncheon. This year’s luncheon will take place at the Oxford Hotel in Denver, and will include a presentation of the DBA YLD’s annual essay contest winners. Hon. Marcia S. Krieger is the event’s keynote speaker.

Each year, the Law Week Luncheon provides attendees the opportunity to learn about pro bono opportunities. For more information about this event, contact Jason Prussman at For information about planning a Law Day activity for your organization, see page 9 of this issue.

Edwin S. Kahn Receives CBA Award of Merit

CBA President David Lytle (right) presents the CBA Award
of Merit to Ed Kahn at the 2008 Bar Fellows Dinner.


Edwin S. Kahn is the 2007 Colorado Bar Association (CBA) Award of Merit recipient. The Award of Merit is the CBA’s highest award, and is presented annually to a member of the CBA for outstanding service to the association, the legal profession, the administration of justice, and the community. Kahn received the award at the Colorado Bar Foundation’s annual Bar Fellows Dinner on Friday, January 11, 2008.

Kahn is a partner at Kelly Garnsey Hubbell + Lass, LLC. He currently is special counsel for the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, where he has served as president of its Board of Directors. In addition, Kahn is a member of a variety of professional and community organizations. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a member of the Colorado, Denver, and American Bar Associations.

CBA Solo/Small Firm Section Offering
CLE Program on Professionalism

The CBA Solo/Small Firm Section is hosting a series of presentations on "Professionalism in the Law Practice" throughout March and April. The presentations will take place during the Section’s monthly networking/partnership meetings and will feature a series of professionalism vignettes created and produced by the CBA/DBA Professionalism Coordinating Council.

Several vignettes will be shown during each meeting, and a discussion of issues currently facing lawyers will follow. A member of the CBA Professionalism Committee will lead the discussions. For meeting details—including dates, times, and locations—see page 99 of this issue. One CLE credit will be awarded.

Solo/Small Firm Section networking/partnership meetings are open to all CBA members and no RSVP is required to attend the meetings. Currently, meetings are held in four areas: Colorado Springs, the Denver Tech Center, downtown Denver, and the West Denver Metro area. Individuals interested in starting a networking/partnership meeting in their area should contact Brian Popp, Chair of the CBA Solo/Small Firm Section, at (720) 225-9135 or, or CBA staff liaison Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 or

CBA Paralegal Committee
Sponsors Metadata Tutorial

Charles F. Luce, Jr.

Attorneys and paralegals are invited to attend "I Never Metadata I Didn’t Like," a CLE program sponsored by the CBA Paralegal Committee. The program’s presenter will be Charles F. Luce, Jr., head of Moye/White LLP’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Luce will provide a practical demonstration of what metadata is and how to manage it, along with an overview and examination of how attorneys and ethics groups are coping (or not coping) with it.

The program will take place on Thursday, March 6, 2008, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at the CBA offices in Denver. Cost, which includes lunch and one CLE credit, is $10 for CBA members and $15 for nonmembers. To register, call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727, or e-mail To register to attend via conference call, contact Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 or

DeHerrera Named
"Outstanding New Hispanic Lawyer"

Jerome DeHerrera, the
CHBA’s 2007 Outstanding New Hispanic Lawyer.

Jerome DeHerrera has been named the 2007 Outstanding New Hispanic Lawyer by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA). He was recognized at the CHBA Annual Banquet on January 26, 2008.

DeHerrera is an associate in Arnold & Porter LLP’s litigation and public policy groups. He was honored by the CHBA for his strong commitment to the Hispanic community and to the principles of the legal profession.




Start Planning Your Law Day 2008 Activities

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day a "day of national dedication to the principle of government under law." Every year, local and state bar associations plan thousands of Law Day programs and activities to get adults and children across the country involved in celebrating the American legal tradition. Law Day activities usually are planned around a designated theme. The theme of Law Day 2008 is "The Rule of Law: Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity."

The official date of Law Day is May 1, but celebrations often take place the week before and after. (Some organizations even celebrate Law Week or Law Month.) To learn more about planning Law Day events and activities for your organization, visit the Law Day website at The website contains detailed information about the history of Law Day and past Law Day events; a downloadable Law Day planning guide; and ideas, tips, and fundraising ideas for Law Day activities.

Denver High School Seeks Attorneys
for Career Day Event

John F. Kennedy High School in Denver is looking for professionals to speak at its Third Annual Career Day, which will take place on April 16, 2008. The school specifically seeks attorneys to provide students with information about a career in the legal profession.

Presentations will be scheduled in forty-minute increments throughout the morning and early afternoon; however, those who have less time in their schedules to present still may participate. To volunteer to speak at the event, contact Anne Aragon at (720) 423-4381 or

A firefighter speaks to students during the 2007 Career Day event.

Colorado Women’s Bar Association Upcoming Events

Annual Judicial Reception

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) will host its annual Judicial Reception on March 13, 2008, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the offices of Davis Graham & Stubbs, 1550 17th St., Ste. 500, Denver. Each year, the event honors all members of the Colorado Judiciary; in addition, this year’s reception will specifically honor the work of Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Sandra I. Rothenberg. For registration information, contact the CWBA at (303) 831-1040 or visit

Thirty-First Annual Convention

The Thirty-First Annual CWBA Convention will be held on May 2–4, 2008, at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa in Vail. The CWBA Convention offers programs and seminars of interest to all legal practitioners: litigators, transactional attorneys, and those working in corporate, judicial, or public service roles. The convention offers networking and social opportunities, and features several receptions, an organized dinner, and entertainment. In addition, the 2008 CWBA Convention will recognize the Mary Lathrop Award recipient, Lynda McNeive, for her achievements as a female trailblazer who has substantially impacted the Colorado legal profession. More details about the convention are available on the CWBA website,

1st J.D. Judges–Legislators Dinner

The First Judicial District (1st J.D.) Bar Association hosted its annual Judges–Legislators Dinner at the 240 Union restaurant on January 24, 2008. The dinner was attended by five state senators, eight state representatives who serve areas within Jefferson and Gilpin Counties, and all of the 1st J.D.’s district and county court judges.

Following a cocktail hour, the legislators provided updates on the work of their committees and discussed bills they are sponsoring or working on in 2008. Also during the event, Hon. Brooke Jackson, Chief Judge of the 1st J.D., discussed anticipated judicial additions for 2008–09, including one district court judge and one county court judge in 2008, and two additional district court judges and one additional county court judge in 2009. Judge Jackson reminded the legislators that all of the courtrooms at the Jefferson County courthouse currently are occupied. He spoke of the challenges, proposals, and compromises that are involved in finding space for the additional judges.

Left to right: Rep. James Kerr, Judge Brian Boatright, and 1st J.D. Bar Treasurer Mark Pautler. Left to right: Rep. Claire Levy, Judge Jane Tidball, and Rep. Gwyn Green. Left to right: Sen. Dan Gibbs, Rep. Andrew Kerr, and Judge Fred Rodgers.

CU Law Students Take Second Place
in National Moot Court Competition

On January 31, 2008, a University of Colorado (CU) Law School team won second place in the nation’s most prestigious moot court competition—the National Moot Court Competition. The CU team comprised third-year law students Abraham Alexander, Grant Sullivan, and Michael Wautlet. Michael also was the recipient of the second-place Oralist Award. CU law student Cash Parker, who won the second-place Oralist Award at the regional competition, served as the team’s student-coach.

The National Moot Court Competition is held annually to help law students hone their appellate advocacy skills by arguing before prominent members of the legal profession. Every year, more than 150 teams compete throughout the country in the regional rounds of the competition. Winning and runner-up teams compete in the final rounds of the competition, held at the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA).

The event is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the NYCBA Young Lawyers Committee. The final round of the competition can be viewed at the NYCBA website at

Second-place winners Abe Alexander, Grant Sullivan, and Mike Wautlet, seated (left to right) in front of National Moot Court Competition jurists.


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