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September 2008       Vol. 37, No. 9       Page  9
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 Klein at

Robert R. Keatinge Named
2008 Lubaroff Award Recipient

Attorney Robert R. Keatinge of Holland & Hart, LLP recently was named the recipient of the 2008 Martin I. Lubaroff Award. Keatinge will be presented the award during a dinner in his honor on Friday, November 14, in Washington, DC.

The Lubaroff Award is presented annually by the LLCs, Partnerships, and Unincorporated Entities Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Business Law. The Committee, formerly known as the Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations Committee, presents the award to attorneys who have made material contributions in the development of alternative entity law. The award was created in 2001 to honor the memory of longtime Committee member Martin Lubaroff.

Keatinge practices in the areas of business organizations, taxation, and professional responsibility, and has written and spoken nationally on related subjects. He has been a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations since 1974.

In 2001, Keatinge received the Sue Burch Award, which is presented annually to a CBA member "whose extraordinary efforts help to clarify legislative policy, and who advocates for legislation on behalf of the CBA and its members." Keatinge is the author of several books and has published many articles in The Colorado Lawyer and for CBA–CLE. He also has been a presenter at many CBA–CLE and ABA programs.

Karen Mathis Joins CEELI as Executive Director

Karen J. Mathis, 2006–07 President of the American Bar Association (ABA), will serve as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Central European and Eurasian Law Institute (CEELI) in Prague, Czech Republic for one year, beginning September 1, 2008. Mathis practices estate, trusts, and business law for the Denver law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP.

CEELI was founded in 1990 as the ABA’s first international technical legal assistance program. Today, CEELI has programs in approximately twenty countries in Central Europe and Eurasia that furnish technical assistance essential for further consolidation of the Rule of Law.

As ABA President, Mathis took great interest in the ABA’s international Rule of Law initiatives and, in particular, saw CEELI’s unique potential to strengthen the Rule of Law around the world. Under her leadership, CEELI will expand its curriculum, involve lawyers and jurists from the international legal community, and reach out beyond the thirty-one countries that already have had representatives participate in CEELI training programs.

Delta County "Burger Bun" Event

The Delta County Bar Association (DCBA) held a "Burger Bun" event on July 23, at Cleland Park in Delta. The event was attended by approximately thirty people, including friends and family of DCBA members.

As part of the Burger Bun event, the DCBA held a "Q&A" session with the local judicial panel. The panel comprised every judge and magistrate from Delta County. Panel members spoke about best local court practices and answered questions from DCBA members.

Wheels of Justice

The CBA congratulates the Wheels of Justice (WOJ) cycling team for its participation in the 2008 Courage Classic bike tour, which took place from Saturday, July 26 to Monday, July 28. The Courage Classic is an annual 157-mile ride through the Colorado Rockies that benefits the Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

The 2008 WOJ team raised more than $230,000, surpassing donation and rider goals. Among the 201 WOJ cyclists was CBA/DBA Director of Marketing, Heather Clark, pictured at left at the kickoff party and at right after the ride.

For more information about the WOJ cycling team, visit www.wheelsof To join the team and participate in future rides, contact captain Heather Purcell at

Leadville Teacher Attends Summer Institute
at Federal Judicial Center

Matt Turnbull.

Matt Turnbull, who teaches U.S. history at the High Mountain Institute in Leadville, is one of nineteen teachers from around the nation who participated in the 2008 Summer Institute for Teachers. This unique educational program is hosted by the ABA and the Federal Judicial Center. The program strives to provide educators with the training and resources they need to engage students in learning about the federal courts. The program provides intensive study of landmark cases and emphasizes the impact of these decisions. Classes are taught by distinguished judges and professors.

The 2008 Summer Institute was held from June 22 to June 27 at the Federal Judicial Center’s headquarters in Washington, DC. A highlight of the event was a presentation from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who discussed the story of Belva Lockwood, the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court Bar in 1879. Following her presentation, Justice Ginsburg answered questions from teachers about the Court and its procedures. Other speakers included George Washington University law professor Jeffrey Rosen, and U.S. District Court Judges Leonie Brinkema and Andre Davis.

BCBA Dinner and Awards Presentation

Yasmin Forouzandeh, David Wymore’s wife, accepted the Award of Merit on her
husband’s behalf.

On June 5, members of the Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) gathered for the BCBA Annual Dinner and Meeting. The event was held in the chapel of the historic St. Gertrude’s Academy in Boulder.

During the evening, the 2008 Ron Porter Award of Merit was presented to David Wymore. The award is the highest honor given to a member of the BCBA, and is presented in recognition of substantial dedication to the legal process. Wymore’s contributions to criminal defense and death penalty cases were widely acknowledged. Wymore’s wife, Yasmin Forouzandeh, attended the dinner and accepted the award on his behalf.

BCBA Past President Sonny Flowers and 2008–09 BCBA President Denean Hill.

Last year’s recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award, Mike Rafik, presented the 2008 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award to Jared Crain, of Hogan & Hartson. Crain was recognized for his work with the Entrepreneurial Law Program at the University of Colorado.

BCBA President Denean Hill thanked outgoing President Sonny Flowers for his many contributions to the Bar and community. Hill began her tenure as BCBA President on July 1. Newly elected BCBA Board of Directors for the coming year are: Star Waring, Judson Hite, and Keith Collins. Karl Kumli is BCBA President-Elect and Rich Irvin is Secretary/Treasurer. More news about the BCBA and other local bars can be found in the CBA Annual Report in this issue.

First J.D.’s Second Annual Fishing Expedition

On July 12, members of the First Judicial District Bar Association (First J.D.) joined Magistrate John Livingston for a day of fishing at Mount Massive Lakes Trout Club in Lake County. Participants included Art DiMeo, Conrad Kindsfather, Phil Less, Evan Lipstein, and Paul Wood. Wood and Kindsfather brought along two promising new fishermen—their sons. No official fish totals were released, but it is assumed that numerous "fish stories" were hatched.

This is the second year Magistrate Livingston has organized a fishing expedition for the First J.D. Last year, the anglers spent an evening fishing Clear Creek, near Golden.

Art DiMeo hooks a big one.

Phil Less with one of his
many catches of the day.

CLS Conference in Glenwood Springs

Colorado Legal Services (CLS) staff met in Glenwood Springs for their bi-annual Statewide Conference on July 7–9. Pro bono attorneys and coordinators were invited to join CLS staff for a day of continuing legal education on Tuesday, July 8.

The conference included informative workshops and a formal dinner, which featured an awards presentation honoring individuals who have dedicated many hours and years to pro bono service. CLS thanks the CBA Availability of Legal Services Committee, whose donation helped fund pro bono activities at the conference.

CLS staff members on the final day of the conference.

CBA Leadership Training Program (COBALT) Highlights

Graduation Day

On June 13, members of the 2008 COBALT class gathered at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver to celebrate their graduation from the CBA’s six-month leadership program. Governor Bill Ritter (pictured at left) spoke to the graduates, urging them to continue making leadership contributions to the legal profession and the community.


Class Members Volunteer for Ronald McDonald House

Families staying at the Ronald McDonald
House gather in the dining area.

COBALT’s mission is to serve the legal profession by equipping participants with the vision, knowledge, and skills necessary to serve as leaders in the profession and in the community. To that end, each COBALT class participates in a community service project.

On July 19, COBALT class members volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House, which provides "a home away from home" for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. COBALT volunteers held an ice cream social and cooked dinner for the forty-five families staying at the new Ronald McDonald House facility in Aurora. Volunteers also helped move hundreds of pallets of shelving units into the house.


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