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June 2008       Vol. 37, No. 6       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

2008 Barristers Benefit Ball

The 2008 Barristers Benefit Ball was held on Saturday, May 3, at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Approximately 700 people attended the event, proceeds of which benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL). Among attendees were DBA and CBA officers and staff, including DBA President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, DBA President-Elect Mark Fogg, CBA President David Lytle, and CBA/DBA Executive Director Chuck Turner.

Three legal professionals were recognized during the event for their pro bono work—attorneys Susan Grauer and Terry Kelly, and Charleen Castro, the first-ever paralegal to be named a Barristers Benefit Ball honoree. The award recipients were honored for their demonstrated commitment and service to MVL and especially to the MVL Family Law Court Program.

DBA President-Elect Mark Fogg and DBA President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro at the 2008 Barristers Benefit Ball. Barristers Ball honorees, from left to right: Terry Kelly, Susan Grauer, and Charleen Castro. The casino was a hit with guests. The night’s activities also included dancing, karaoke, and a silent auction.

Child and Family Investigator Training Program

CBA–CLE is offering a Child and Family Investigator (CFI) Training Program from June 23 to July 1. Developed by Les Katz and Andrew Loizeaux of Katz & Loizeaux Forensic Services, LLC, the forty-hour skills-training program will present theoretical and practical information pertinent to the work of the CFI. The program is designed to meet the training requirements for new CFIs, as defined in Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Directive 04-08.

The training will be held in the CLE Classroom, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 300, Denver, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The cost of the program is $1,245, which includes forty general CLE credits and four ethics credits. For more information, call (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531; or register online at Attendance is limited to fifty registrants.

DBA YLD Law Day Luncheon

Judge Marcia Krieger, center, with Law Day essay
winners Aryana Hatami and David Lovell.

On May 1, the DBA Young Lawyers Division hosted its annual Law Day Luncheon at the Oxford Hotel in Denver. Hon. Marcia S. Krieger spoke at the luncheon, which included an awards presentation for middle and elementary school students who wrote exceptional papers about Law Day. First-place winner Aryana Hatami of West Middle School was presented a $500 check for her Law Day essay; runner-up David Lovell of Park Hill Elementary School was awarded $150.


Paralegal Day Reception

DBA President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro,
left, and Janet Price, Chair of the CBA
Paralegal Committee.

The CBA Paralegal Committee hosted the Fourth Annual Colorado Paralegal Day cocktail reception at the CBA offices on May 1. More than sixty people attended the social event, including former DBA President Mary Jo Gross; Mianne Besser, President of the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association; Connie Talmage, Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee; and incoming CBA Paralegal Committee Co-Chair Kay McCarthy.

The success of this year’s reception was due in large part to the planning efforts of three members of the CBA Paralegal Committee: Janet Price of the Law Office of Rick L. Nicoletti; Debra Hindin-King of Holland & Hart, LLP; and Barbara Biondolillo of Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason, PC. The following sponsors were generous supporters of the event, which also contributed to its success: Attorney’s Service Center; CLS Copying & Scanning Service, LLC; DBA Placement Service; Hunter + Geist, Inc.; Paralegal Resource Center; Rossi Legal Staffing; Special Counsel; Strategic Staffing Associates; and Today’s Legal Staffing.

Colorado Paralegal Day is May 4, made official by a resolution passed by the Colorado State Legislature in 2003. The resolution commends all of Colorado’s paralegals for their outstanding work and for their dedication to improving legal services for the people of Colorado.

Bar Leadership Institute

Bar association leaders from all over the country gathered on March 13–15 for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2008 Leadership Institute. The event was held at the Chicago Marriott Hotel.

The goal of the ABA’s annual Leadership Institute is to "develop the skills and substantive grounding for leading a bar association with inspiration, insight, and innovation." This year’s theme was "Drafting Your Blueprint for Success."

Bar leaders who attended the 2008 ABA Leadership Institute included, from left to right: Bill Walters, CBA President-Elect; Christine Hylbert, Boulder County Bar Association Executive Director; Dana Collier Smith, CBA/DBA Assistant Executive Director; Hank White, ABA Executive Director; Denean Hill, Boulder County Bar Association President-Elect; Tommy Wells, ABA President-Elect; and Mark Fogg, DBA President-Elect.

COBALT Addresses Ethics, Justice, and Values

COBALT’s fourth program in the 2008 series of six was held on April 18 at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. The subject for the day was "Ethics, Justice, and Values." Speakers included Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice and DBA President-Elect Mark Fogg.

COBALT, which stands for Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training, encourages leadership among members of the legal profession and in the community. For information about the COBALT program, contact CBA/DBA Assistant Executive Director Dana Collier Smith at

Left to right: Hon. Michael J. Watanabe, Michael Nosler, and Elizabeth Starrs.

DBA President-Elect Mark Fogg.

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice.

Aurora Bar Association’s "Speed-Networking" Event

Left to right: Hon. Stephen Ruddick, Michael Hudson, John Dingess, and Martha Karnopp participated in the Aurora Bar Association’s creative networking event.

On April 16, the Aurora Bar Association held a "speed-networking" event for forty Aurora Bar members and attorneys associated with the Aurora community. Based on the concept of speed-dating, attendees moved from table to table, meeting other members of the Aurora legal community. The event was located at BJ’s Restaurant and Brew House.




Boulder County Legal Services Pro Bono Luncheon

On April 21, 130 guests—including fourteen judges and magistrates—recognized approximately thirty pro bono award recipients and five law firms at the 2008 Boulder County Legal Services (BCLS) Pro Bono Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. This year’s ceremony took place at the Boulder Marriott Hotel.

Attorney Tanya Shimer received the John Marshall Award, presented by Boulder County Bar President W. Harold (Sonny) Flowers, Jr. The award was established in the early 1980s to honor the memory of John Robert Marshall, an attorney who served the poor with competence and compassion. In 2007, Shimer volunteered more than 100 pro bono service hours.

Attorneys Peggy Goodbody and Tomicita Cisneros were honored for providing more than 250 hours of pro bono service in 2007. In addition, five Boulder-area firms received award certificates for having every staff member work on pro bono cases. Individual attorneys who completed between 50 and 200 hours also were recognized.

Two University of Colorado Law School professors, Norm Aaronson and Deborah Cantrell, and their students, received honors for their work on family law cases for BCLS. Jane Kellenberger and Ed Kellenberger were recognized for their many years of pro bono service in the region.

A tradition for the past thirty-three years, the BCLS Annual Pro Bono Luncheon acknowledges the work of volunteers and the importance of pro bono services to the community. For more information about BCLS, visit

Sonny Flowers presented the John
Marshall Award to Tanya Shimer.

Peggy Goodbody and Hon. John Stavely.

Peggy Goodbody, right, received the 250+
Hour Award. Peggy’s mother, Christl
Wagner, also attended the luncheon.

Jane and Ed Kellenberger received a
special award for their years of service
pro bono clientele in Boulder.

Colorado Legal Services Conference

Colorado Legal Services (CLS) is offering attorneys an opportunity to earn free CLE credits at its statewide conference in Glenwood Springs this summer. Attorneys who volunteer services through a local CLS pro bono program or are willing to accept a pro bono case in exchange for free CLE credits may attend the conference free of charge.

The conference will take place on July 8, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Spring Valley Campus, Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs. Scheduled CLE topics include "Developments in Foreclosure Prevention Advocacy," presented by José Vasquez, CLS Staff Attorney; and "Ethical Considerations in Representing a Client Who Lacks Competency," presented by Professor Eli Wald of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The CBA’s Availability of Legal Services Committee has made a generous donation to support pro bono activities at the conference.

A complimentary lunch will be provided to all who attend the conference. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs is scheduled to present a post-lunch keynote speech.

To register, please contact Patricia Craig at (800) 521-6968 or Space is limited, so please RSVP by June 15 to reserve a spot.

Holland & Hart Associates Recognized
for Supporting Legal Aid

Associates at the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP gathered for a "casual Friday" lunch in late April to receive, on behalf of their firm, the Legal Aid Foundation’s (LAF) coveted Associates Campaign trophy. The firm was honored for its fundraising success in the LAF’s 2007 Associates Campaign. The Associates Campaign is a friendly competition among associates at different firms to raise money for Colorado Legal Services. This is the fourth consecutive year that Holland & Hart—either paired with another firm or standing alone—has won the trophy.

The 2008 Associates Campaign is now underway, with twenty-five firms participating. For more information or to learn how your firm can participate, contact the LAF at (303) 863-9544.

Among the attendees at the LAF Associates Campaign honorary lunch were, from left to right: Diana Poole, Jon Asher, Dan Pabon, Kelly Dickson Cooper, Tanya Milligan, Christina Gomez, Meghan Winokur, Jim Parke, Alison Suthers, Paul Kyed, Shane Niebergall, Dan Harpole, Matt Cavarra, Scott Brairton, and Bill Caile.

Colorado Judicial Institute Membership Breakfast

Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis discussed national trends in judicial selection and performance evaluation at the Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) membership breakfast. The CJI breakfast was held at the University Club on April 17.

Kourlis reported that the debate over how America chooses and assesses its judges has gained national attention. She addressed proposals in several states that would eliminate existing merit selection systems. Kourlis also spoke about research that indicates the public lacks knowledge about the judiciary and the courts.

CJI Board members Tim Smith and Sheila Gutterman chaired the breakfast and membership committees, respectively. CJI supports public education efforts aimed at informing citizens about Colorado’s judicial merit selection and performance evaluation systems. For more information about CJI, contact Dana Nelson at (303) 489-3432.

Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Russell Carparelli and Connie Talmage, Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee.

Left to right: CJI Board Chair Sheila Gutterman, former Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, and CJI Board member Tim Smith.

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