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July 2008       Vol. 37, No. 7       Page  13
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

Inner-Mongolia Lawyers Association Visit

CBA/DBA Executive Director Chuck Turner, right, with
a member of the Inner-Mongolia Lawyers Association.

A group of attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals traveled from Inner-Mongolia China to the United States to visit bar associations throughout the country. The purpose of the visit was to meet with their American counterparts and discuss the differences and similarities between the Chinese and U.S. legal systems. The visitors met with members of the CBA on May 19 at the CBA offices. Following the meeting, the CBA hosted a reception for the attendees.



The visitors sang a few songs during a reception held at the CBA offices.

Family Law Institute 2008

The 2008 Family Law Institute will be held on August 7–9, at Beaver Run Resort, 620 Village Rd., Breckenridge. The conference is sponsored by the CBA Family Law Section, the CBA Juvenile Law Section, the Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, and CBA–CLE.

This year’s conference will place special emphasis on making the legal process better for families in transition. Features include: lightning rounds (this fast-paced Friday afternoon session is back by popular demand); numerous sessions dealing with updates in family law; programs showcasing Colorado’s top presenters in the legal, financial, and mental health professions; and networking and social events.

Institute attendees will receive 15 general CLE credits, including one ethics credit. The cost is $299 for CBA members, and $339 for nonmembers. For more information, call (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531 (toll-free). Register online at

Spring Swearing-In Ceremony

More than 260 attorneys passed the February Bar exam and, on May 20, were admitted to practice law in Colorado. The spring swearing-in ceremony was held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey and DBA Immediate Past President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro were among the panel of speakers who addressed the new admittees. In the photo at left are other dignitaries and guest speakers at the event (left to right): U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Y. Daniel; Norman S. Early, Jr., former Denver District Attorney; Attorney General John W. Suthers; and David H. Getches, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Dean.

DBA Immediate Past President
Elsa Martinez Tenreiro.

Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, left, with CBA Director of Marketing Heather Clark.

New attorney Michael Davis was
sworn in at the May ceremony.

Wheels of Justice Kick-Off Party

The Wheels of Justice team, which has more than 200 members, hosted a kick-off party on May 13 to celebrate the team’s success in raising $314,000 in the past two years for The Children’s Hospital. The party’s guest of honor was 8-year-old Allison Winn, who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, the most common kind of pediatric brain cancer. Brian Winn, Allison’s father, thanked the members of the Wheels of Justice team for its contributions to The Children’s Hospital.

DBA Immediate Past President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro spoke to guests about the importance of riding in, sponsoring, or donating to the Courage Classic.

Brian Winn explained how the money raised from the Wheels of Justice is helping his family deal with Allison’s cancer.

Senior Spring Banquet

The Denver Bar Association and its Seniors Committee hosted the 2008 Senior Spring Banquet on May 8 at the Oxford Hotel. More than 100 people attended the event, which honored attorneys who were admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1958. The twenty-two honorees were: Alan A. Armour; William M. Balkovatz; Frank J. Brainerd; David Butler; Charles W. Ennis; Don D. Etter; Michael D. Groshek; Daniel S. Hoffman; Paul D. Holleman; William P. Johnson; William E. Kenworthy; Gerald H. Kopel; Richard M. Kranzler; George E. Lohr; Ronald S. Loser; Joseph W. Morrisey, Jr.; Donald J. O’Connor; Herman A. Ratner; William F. Schoeberlein; Theodore J. Soja; Harry M. Sterling; and Earl S. Wylder. Each honoree received a custom-made medal and a complimentary dinner.

During his opening remarks, Seniors Committee Chair Jim Bayer congratulated the honorees for their successful careers.

DBA Immediate Past President
Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, left, and
DBA Past President Mary Jo Gross.

Seniors Committee member Bob Fullerton took a look back at events that occurred in 1958.

Sixteen of the twenty-two honorees posed for a picture at the 2008 Senior Spring Banquet.

Colorado and Mississippi Bar Foundation Fundraiser

A fundraiser benefiting the Colorado and Mississippi Bar Foundations was held on May 14 at bd’s Mongolian Barbeque® in downtown Denver. Guests contributed more than $300 in tips during the event, which will be divided between the bar foundations.

Members of Colorado’s legal community who volunteered their time to work as "guest grillers" were: CBA Immediate Past President David Lytle, DBA Immediate Past President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, CBA/DBA Executive Director Chuck Turner; Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Executive Director John Sadwith; Colorado Indian Bar Association President Jerilyn Decoteau; Metro Volunteer Lawyers Director Dianne Van Voorhees; and Colorado Bar Foundation Board Members Charles Garcia and Dick Scheurer.

The fundraiser was started by CBA/DBA member Matthew Crouch to help citizens in two states gain access to justice through legal programs and services funded by the bar foundations. Special thanks to Dana Collier Smith of the Colorado Bar Foundation and Larry Houchins of the Mississippi Bar Foundation for their work on the event.

CBA Immediate Past President David Lytle, left, learns proper grilling technique.

DBA Immediate Past President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro was one of eight volunteers who served as guest
grillers for the event.

Ending Violence Against Women and CBA Team Up

The CBA’s Colorado Alliance for Cruelty Prevention (CACP) is an alliance of professionals who strive to educate others about the link between animal abuse and family violence. CACP recently partnered with Colorado’s Ending Violence Against Women team (EVAW) to conduct an advanced family violence training. The training took place on May 16 in Montrose, Colorado. Attendees included prosecutors, law enforcement officers and representatives, CASA volunteers, human services workers, animal control workers, and veterinary technicians.

CACP trainers were Kay Dahlinger, Chief Probation Officer for the City of Aurora; Norm Renter, Chief Animal Cruelty Investigator for the Dumb Friends League; and Kathleen Schoen, CBA Director of Local Bar Relations and Access to Justice. The CACP trainers focused on the link between animal abuse and family violence.

EVAW trainers were Lt. Matt Murray, of the Denver Police Department, and Christopher Halser, Deputy District Attorney for the First Judicial District. They conducted training on domestic violence investigations.

Lt. Matt Murray.

Chris Halser.

Karl Ranous Professionalism Luncheon

On May 19, twenty local Gunnison County attorneys received pro bono awards at the Karl Ranous Professionalism Luncheon in Almont, Colorado. Among those honored was Gunnison attorney Tom Dill, who received the prestigious Karl Ranous Professionalism Award. Dill is a deputy county attorney specializing in child and welfare cases.

Karl Ranous practiced law and lived in Gunnison for more than twenty years. He served as a county judge from 1993 to 1997. The award was established in his name in 1987 to recognize demonstrated commitment to justice, integrity, and professionalism.

Hon. J. Steven Patrick, left, Chief Judge for the Seventh Judicial District, presented the Karl Ranous Professionalism Award to attorney Tom Dill.

Art Trezise, left, and Kathy Fogo of the firm Riser, Fogo & Trezise were honored for having 100 percent firm participation with the Northwest Legal Services Project in Gunnison County. They are pictured here with Hon. J. Steven Patrick.

Award Ceremony Honors Local Weld County Attorneys

The Weld County Bar Association presented awards and elected officers at its annual dinner on May 2. The dinner was held at the Pelican Lakes Country Club in Windsor.

In memory of Hon. Frank Henderson, the annual professionalism award was renamed after him and presented to him, posthumously. Henderson died in July 2007. His wife Wendy Harrison and daughters Sara Henderson and Julia Sell were special guests at the dinner. They participated in the presentation of an original watercolor painting to the Nineteenth Judicial District. The painting, which was donated by the lawyers and judicial officers in Weld County, will hang in a courtroom at the Weld County courthouse.

Dallas Greenfield was awarded the Andrew Borg award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the representation of indigent people. For years, Greenfield has presented and coordinated the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, sponsored by Weld County Legal Services. He also provided more than 100 hours of free legal assistance to the poor in 2007–08.

Danna Nelson, a judicial assistant for the Nineteenth Judicial District, was presented the Sandy Carr Award. She was recognized for her years of service in facilitating the Do-Your-Own Divorce clinic for Weld County Legal Services.

Attorney Joseph Bodine was recognized for providing more than 100 hours of pro bono legal services. Attorneys and judicial officers who were honored for providing at least fifty hours of pro bono services were: Sandra Owens; JoAnne Hagen; David Melusky; Magistrate Rebecca Koppes-Conway; Magistrate Betty Strobel; Sean Lacefield; and Amy Antommaria.

Colorado Lawyers Committee Annual Meeting

The Colorado Lawyers Committee (CLC) held its twenty-ninth Annual Meeting at the Denver Marriott City Center on Tuesday, May 20. More than 450 attorneys and community leaders were in attendance. The keynote speaker for the event was Wallace J. Mlyniec, Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Mlyniec spoke about the current needs of legal representation for children.

The Annual Meeting also included an awards presentation. Michael J. Cook, of Sherman & Howard L.L.C., received the 2007 Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award for his years of dedication to the work of the CLC. Arnold & Porter LLP was recognized as the 2007 Law Firm of the Year. Members of the firm contributed significant pro bono hours to CLC projects during 2007 and served on more than eight CLC task forces. The Project Homeless Connect Team—comprising Tim Macdonald and Susan Cole, of Arnold & Porter LLP; Peter Schwartz, of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP; Len Segreti, of Qwest Law Department; and Alice Norman, of the Denver Municipal Indigent Defense Counsel—was honored with the 2007 Team of the Year Award. The team organized and provided leadership for the legal component to the City of Denver’s Project Homeless Connect.

In addition, Special Recognition Awards were presented to David Winkler, a private investigator who has volunteered significant time for the Colorado Innocence Project; and IKON Office Solutions, Inc., for donating its expertise in designing, printing, copying, and formatting of documents for the CLC. The Past Chair Award was presented to I. Thomas Bieging, of Bieging Shapiro & Burrus LLP, for his outstanding leadership from 2005 to 2007 as Chair of the Board of Directors of the CLC.

Michael J. Cook, recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award.

Members of Arnold & Porter LLP at the CLC’s Annual Meeting on May 20.
The firm was the recipient of the 2007 Law Firm of the Year Award.

The Project Homeless Connect Team received the 2007 Team of the Year Award. Team members are, from left to right: Peter Schwartz, Alice Norman, Len Segreti, Susan Cole, and Tim Macdonald.

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