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April 2008       Vol. 37, No. 4       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

Snow Carnival and Silent Auction

The Denver Bar Association’s (DBA) Community Action Network (CAN) Committee Snow Carnival and Silent Auction was held on February 7, 2008, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Nearly $25,000 was raised for Children’s Outreach Project, which provides early childhood and kindergarten education to "typical, gifted, and developmentally delayed children" in the Denver metro area.  
Volunteer Michael Clark demonstrates his skill as a "balloon animalist" at the Snow Carnival.
Aaron Bradford, Chair of the CAN Committee, speaks at the Snow Carnival.

Senior Spring Banquet

The 2008 Senior Spring Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2008, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Oxford Hotel in downtown Denver. The DBA will honor attorneys who became lawyers in 1958 and have been members of the DBA for the past ten years. For more information or to RSVP, contact Tara Miller at (303) 824-5312 or Tickets are $50.

Past Presidents Dinner

The DBA Past Presidents Dinner was held on February 26, 2008, at Palettes Restaurant in the Denver Art Museum. The Past Presidents Dinner is held annually to provide an opportunity to socialize and network with past presidents and their guests. At the 2008 dinner, Past President Chris Little recognized Immediate Past President Paul Chan for his service to the DBA.

2008 Barristers Ball

The Denver Bar Foundation’s 2008 Barristers Benefit Ball will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. The theme of this year’s event is "Celebrating Lawyers in the Emerald City." Activities will include a raffle and silent auction. For more information, contact Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318, (800) 332-6736, or

Denver Regional Mock Trials

On February 22–23, 2008, the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) held its annual Denver Regional High School Mock Trial Tournament at the U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse in Denver. Participants tried a cold case involving a robbery at the Fort Collins Farmers Market. A panel of Denver-area lawyers and judges presided over the trial.

Two George Washington High School teams advanced to the CBA State High School Mock Trial Tournament. (Students from both teams are pictured here.) Also competing in the Denver Regional Tournament were teams from Kennedy, La Academia, Denver School of Science and Technology, Denver North, and Bollman Tech Ed Center High Schools.

This is the twenty-third year that the CBA has sponsored the High School Mock Trial Tournament. The competition was created to help students develop critical thinking, speaking, and reasoning skills; strategic planning skills; and team collaborative skills.

Lawline 9 Anniversary

The Lawline 9 program celebrated its fifteenth anniversary on February 6, 2008. Lawline 9 is a weekly program in which attorneys answer legal questions from the public.

Lawline 9 would not be possible without the partnership of 9News and Lawline 9 representatives Ann King and Paula Woodward. Ann, Paula, and the 9News team welcome volunteers, provide food and beverages, and give tours of the studio. In turn, Ann and Paula are quick to attribute the program’s success to the work of the attorney-volunteers—in total, 222 attorneys staff the phones each Wednesday.

Volunteers spend approximately one to two hours answering legal questions pertaining to their specialty. Individuals may call with simple questions or complex problems, and appreciate receiving general guidance and information about resolving their issues. Attorneys interested in volunteering for Lawline 9 should contact Meghan Seck, Program Coordinator, at

 Volunteers answer phones during the Lawline 9 Anniversary Party on February 6.

Minoru Yasui Award and Scholarship Banquet

The Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association will be hosting its annual Minoru Yasui Award and Scholarship Banquet on April 11, 2008, at the Palace Chinese Restaurant, 6265 E. Evans Blvd., Denver. The banquet will feature a multicourse Chinese meal, a pan-Asian fashion show hosted by Christine Chang of Channel 7 News, and the presentation of a scholarship and the Minoru Yasui Community Service Award. Single tickets, tables, and sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Nina Wang at (303) 607-3802 or

CHBA Annual Banquet

The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) held its Annual Banquet on January 26, 2008, at the Westin Tabor Center in downtown Denver. Approximately 400 people attended, including Senator Ken Salazar, Governor Bill Ritter, and Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex J. Martinez. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez was the event’s keynote speaker.

The banquet featured a presentation of the CHBA’s annual awards. This year’s award recipients were: Dan Vigil, Lifetime Achievement Award; Adrienne Benavidez, Chris Miranda Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer Award; Jerome DeHerrera, Outstanding New Hispanic Lawyer Award; David Getches, Community Service Award—Individual; and Latina Initiative, Community Service Award—Organization.

A photo gallery of the CHBA’s 2008 Annual Banquet is available on the organization’s website. Visit the CHBA online at

Senator Ken Salazar.

Keynote speaker
Loretta Sanchez.
Governor Bill Ritter (center), with
Adelia and Roger Cisneros.

Dan Vigil, recipient of the CHBA
Lifetime Achievement Award.


Adrienne Benavidez, recipient of the Chris Miranda Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer Award, with CHBA President Joe Ramirez (left) and Justice Alex J. Martinez.

Mesa County Bar Association Spring Fling

The Prakken family, from left to right: Todd and Laura Ousley, Max and Amanda Pittman, and Judy and Bill Prakken.

The Mesa County Bar Association (MCBA) honored William D. Prakken at its "Spring Fling" dinner-dance on February 2, 2008. More than 100 guests attended the honorary dinner, which included speeches by Colorado Court of Appeals Judge José D. L. Márquez and three of Prakken’s nonattorney friends—architect Ed Chamberlin, psychiatrist Gerd Leopoldt, and businessman Perry Moyle. Several of Prakken’s colleagues thanked him for his contributions as a mentor, and the MCBA and CBA recognized his high standards of professionalism.


1st J.D. Happy Hour for Young Lawyers

Each month, the First Judicial District Bar Association (1st J.D.) hosts a happy hour networking event for members of the 1st J.D. Young Lawyers Division. The happy hours currently take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., at the Baker Street Pub in Lakewood. The next scheduled happy hour is April 2. For more information, contact Erin Hickey at

Colorado Judicial Institute Hosts Membership Reception

On February 21, 2008, the Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) hosted a membership reception for community leaders, attorneys, judges, and CJI board members and guests. The event was held at the Denver offices of Holland & Hart LLP and was sponsored by Gutterman Griffiths LLP.

Left to right: Dan Cordova, Larry DeMuth, and Bob Miller.

The reception featured a presentation by Hon. Thomas Curry, recently retired judge from the 18th Judicial District Court. The topic of Curry’s presentation was Our Courts, a program co-sponsored by the CJI and the CBA that provides nonpartisan information to the public about state and federal courts.

The CJI reception also included a presentation by CJI board members Gale Miller, Elinor Greenberg, Robert Miller, and Sheila Gutterman. The board members outlined current CJI projects, including judicial excellence awards, funding of judicial training programs, and research into best practices in family courts.

Elinor Greenberg and Hon. Russell Carparelli.

Hon. Thomas Curry and Sheila Gutterman.


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