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May 2008       Vol. 37, No. 5       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

Toothbrushes for Tots

The Denver Bar Association (DBA) Community Action Network (CAN) Committee is sponsoring the Sixth Annual Toothbrush Drive from June 23 to June 27, 2008. The drive benefits Kids In Need of Dentistry (KIND). (See ad on page 105.)

The CAN Committee specifically is looking for child-sized toothbrushes; toothpaste (sugar-free with fluoride); and waxed dental floss. Cash donations also are accepted. Please makes checks payable to KIND. For more information or to register your firm or legal department to participate in this drive, contact Michelle B. Ferguson at (303) 628-3658 or All who register will receive a poster to place on a box or barrel to receive donations.

Founded in 1912, KIND is the country’s oldest dental charity. KIND helps meet the needs of underserved children. For more information, visit

Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive:
April 28–May 9

Over the last eleven years, the Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive has provided approximately 100,000 meals and more than $30,000 to the Food Bank of the Rockies. All Denver-area firms and individuals are invited to participate in this year’s event by making food or monetary donations.

Donations may be dropped off at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., 9th fl., Denver. Donations also may be made online at For more information, contact Rebecca Franciscus at

Left to right: Faegre & Benson employees Maisie Livengood, Ghandia Johnson, Paula Moore, and Jeanette Anderson-Smith helped collect donations for the 2007 Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive.

Mesa County Pro Bono Project

Richard Hall, left, with
David Dodero.

The Mesa County Pro Bono Project presented Richard Hall with the Charlie Traylor Pro Bono Award in recognition of his significant commitment to pro bono representation of low-income individuals. Hall was honored at a Mesa County Bar Association luncheon on February 25, 2008.

Hall graduated from the University of Denver School of Law in 1972. He interned at the Denver Family Law Center and worked at the Colorado Inheritance Tax Division. He practiced law with a small firm in Denver before moving to Grand Junction to start his own practice. In 1979, he began his partnership with Randy Pearce, with whom he continues to practice law.

Hall is a member of the Pro Bono 100-Hour Club. Much of his pro bono work has been in the area of dissolution of marriage, including representation of victims of domestic violence.

The Charlie Traylor Pro Bono Award was named for Grand Junction attorney Charles (Charlie) Traylor, who diligently worked to represent the disadvantaged at no cost. Throughout his career, Traylor made himself available "to fight the hard fights" for those who lacked the financial resources to hire an attorney.

Rocky Mountain Legal Diversity Summit

The 2008 Rocky Mountain Legal Diversity Summit was held on Wednesday, March 19. This full-day event explored the meanings of "diversity" and "inclusiveness," and focused on the realistic impact of diversity initiatives on law firm populations. Speakers included Dr. Jesús Treviño, Associate Provost for the Center for Multicultural Excellence at the University of Denver (DU), and Miguel R. Rivera, Sr., associate general counsel for Wal-Mart, Inc.

Dr. Jesús Treviño, Associate Provost for the Center for Multicultural Excellence at DU. Philip Harris, partner at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago. Kathleen Nalty, Executive Director of the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, with U.S. Magistrate Craig Shaffer. Assistant City Attorney Dianne Briscoe with DU law student Trey Baker.

Third Annual Bowling Challenge

The First Judicial District (First J.D.) Bar Association sponsored its Third Annual Bowling Challenge in Centennial on March 6, 2008 at Fat City. Erin Hickey, chair of the First J.D.’s Young Lawyers Subcommittee, organized the event.

Approximately thirty individuals competed in the Bowling Challenge, which comprised teams from the First J.D., the Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA), and the Boulder County Bar Association. Although the First J.D. team outnumbered the other teams in participants, the four-member ACBA team managed to earn the evening’s highest scores and win the competition.


The ACBA’s winning team, from left to
right: Angel McCall, Frank DiSante,
Dave Stevens, and Jack McCall.

Gretchen and Rob Busch, with children Mollie and Logan. Left to right: Jori Snyder, Nicole Daniels, Paula Kaltezas, Michael Born, and Todd Bovo.

Left to right: T.J. Carney, Jan Nelson, and Owen Oliver. Left to right: Rebecca Gumael, Nolan Morrison, Erin Hickey, Mike Jacoby, and Rachel Plencner.

First J.D. Mock Trial Program

The First J.D. held its annual high school mock trial competition from February 26 through February 29, 2008 at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Of the thirteen teams that participated, the top three teams advanced to the state competition, which was held in Ft. Collins.

The thirteen teams that participated were from the following high schools: Arvada West, Bear Creek, Chatfield, Clear Creek (A and B teams), Conifer, Dakota Ridge, Evergreen (A and B teams), Lakewood (A and B teams), Lookout Academy, and Ralston Valley.

After four days of mock trials, members from Bear Creek High School finished in first place. Second-place honors went to Clear Creek High School’s A team, and Evergreen High School’s A team finished in third place. For a wrap-up of the 2008 High School Mock Trial Tournament, see the special feature beginning on page 17.

Team members from Bear Creek High School took the first-place prize at the First J.D. mock trial competition.

The Clear Creek A team placed second in the competition.

The Evergreen A team finished in third place.

George Norlin Award

Four alumni of the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) are recipients of the prestigious George Norlin Award, which is CU’s highest honor. Two of the recipients are esteemed members of Colorado’s legal community. The awards are being presented on May 7, 2008, at CU’s seventy-eighth annual awards ceremony in Boulder.

The four alumni being honored for their distinguished careers and contributions to society are:

> Gary Jackson, a Denver lawyer who has championed minority involvement in legal careers;

> Hon. Charles Dennis Maes, Chief Judge of Colorado’s Tenth Judicial District in Pueblo County;

> Jerry McMorris, an entrepreneur who has had an ownership share in the Colorado Rockies; and

> Chris Sorensen, who has been named distinguished professor at Kansas State University and a national professor of the year.

The George Norlin Award recognizes outstanding alumni who "throughout their lives have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their chosen field of endeavor and a devotion to the betterment of society and their community." For more information about the award, visit

Colorado Lawyers Committee Awards Luncheon

The Colorado Lawyers Committee’s (CLC) Annual Awards Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at the Denver Marriott City Center. The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Wallace J. Mlyniec from the Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Mlyniec will speak on "Juvenile Justice: A Promise Unfulfilled."

Michael J. Cook.

A number of awards will be presented to honor individuals and organizations who contributed significantly to the CLC in 2007. Michael J. Cook of Sherman & Howard L.L.C. will receive the Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award for his support of and contributions to the work of the CLC. The following law firms also will be honored: Arnold & Porter LLP, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, and Faegre & Benson LLP. In addition, Special Recognition Awards will be presented to David Winkler, a private investigator for the Colorado Innocence Project, and IKON Office Solutions, Inc.

Individual tickets for the luncheon are $50. Sponsorships also are available. For more information, visit


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