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October 2008       Vol. 37, No. 10       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

2008 Water Law Conference

The CBA Water Law Section held its Fifth Annual Water Law Conference on August 15, during the Steamboat CLE Conference in Steamboat Springs. Every year at the conference, the Section honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of water law. This year’s honorees were: former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver; Hal Simpson, former Colorado State Engineer; and Bill Lorah and Ken Wright, of Wright Water Engineers.

Traditionally, a segment of the conference includes an induction ceremony of honorees into the "Ancient and Honorable Order of the Water Buffalo." David Robbins, of Hill & Robbins PC, presided over the Water Law Section’s 2008 induction ceremony.

Left to right: Hal Simpson, Rebecca Love Kourlis, David Robbins, Bill Lorah, and Ken Wright.

Local Bar Associations Donate to Preservation Society

Granada high school teacher John Hopper accepts a check on behalf of the Amache Preservation Society from Randa Davis-Tice, President of the Southeastern Colorado Bar Association. Accompanying Hopper were two students involved with the preservation society, Jessica Rojas and Amanda Silva. Photo by Aaron Burnett of the Lamar Ledger. Reprinted with permission..

On August 1, CBA President Bill Walters spoke to members in southeastern Colorado about the importance of preserving the Amache Granada Internment Camp. His speech, which honored Japanese Americans who were displaced during World War II, was a show of support of historic preservation efforts in southeastern Colorado.

Walters presented a $500 check from the CBA to Granada High School teacher John Hopper, who accepted the donation on behalf of the Amache Preservation Society (Society). Hopper, who heads a group of students involved with the Society, also was presented donations from the Southeastern Colorado and Sixteenth Judicial District Bar Associations.

Hopper led Southeastern Colorado Bar Association President Randa Davis-Tice and Walters on a tour of the Amache camp ruins, which are located approximately 140 miles east of Pueblo. The camp opened in 1942 as President Franklin Roosevelt’s Administration began relocating Americans of Japanese descent; more than 7,000 people lived there during the peak population. The Amache site is among the best preserved of the ten camps built in the United States by the War Relocation Authority.

Second Annual 1L Diversity Reception

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez was among Colorado jurists
who attended the reception.

The Second Annual 1L Diversity Reception took place on Monday, August 18, at the law offices of Reilly Pozner LLP. The reception was held on the first day of law school to welcome to the Denver legal community first-year students attending the University of Denver (DU) and University of Colorado (CU) Law Schools. The reception was hosted by members of the Pipeline Working Group of the Deans’ Diversity Council and the CBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee, who have been working together to increase the number of students with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who are interested in entering the legal profession.

Law school Deans David Getches, from CU, and Beto Juárez, from DU, spoke to students, emphasizing the Denver legal community’s commitment to diversity in the profession. Reception host Dan Reilly, a member of the Pipeline Working Group, also spoke about the importance of diversity. Among the other attendees were four judges: Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez; U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Daniel; and U.S. Magistrate Judges Craig Shaffer and Kristen Mix.

Left to right: Dan Reilly, Beto Juárez, and
David Getches.

Holland & Hart attorney Tasha Newland (left)
chats with 1L students.

ACBA’s Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner Meeting

On June 27, the Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA) held its annual golf tournament and dinner meeting at the Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Course in Aurora. Turnout for the event was excellent, and many of the attendees won either a golf or door prize.

In addition, the Laptops From Lawyers Scholarship program awarded seven laptops to high school students. The program is funded by the ACBA and receives nominations from Arapahoe County high school counselors for outstanding students with financial needs.

During the event, the ACBA also welcomed newly elected 2008–09 Officers and Directors. They are: Hon. Nancy A. Hopf, President; Hon. Christine Chauche, President-Elect; Thomas Tomazin, Treasurer; and Paul A. Prendergast, Secretary.

ACBA members are gearing up for an active year that will include several CLE programs, a holiday party, an annual judges dinner, and a spring CLE in San Diego, California. Nonmembers are encouraged to attend any of the ACBA events. For more information, contact the ACBA at (303) 797-2227.

CDLA Annual Conference

John Grund.

Approximately 270 attorneys attended the Thirty-First Annual Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA) Conference, which was held on August 14–16 in Vail Valley. Judges, medical doctors, and lawyers spoke about e-discovery, professionalism in litigation, and video deposition practice and pitfalls.

During the next several months, the CDLA will be seeking nominations of CDLA members who have made noteworthy contributions to the practice of law. Specifically, it will accept nominations for the President’s Professionalism Award, which is presented to a CDLA member who has, during the day-to-day practice of law, exhibited the highest standards of professionalism. John Grund, founder and managing shareholder of Grund, Dagner & Nelson, is the 2008 Professionalism Award recipient. To nominate a CDLA member for this award, visit

First J.D.’s Annual Golf Tourney

The First Judicial District Bar Association’s Annual Golf Tournament was held on Friday, August 1, at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood. Weather forecasters had predicted the temperature would hit 105 degrees that day; by any measure, it was hot on the greens! Fortunately, golfers had a 7:15 a.m. shotgun start and avoided the worst of the afternoon heat.

After the tournament, participants enjoyed lunch on the shaded patio and ice-cold beer. Additionally, several participants were presented gift certificates to the Fox Hollow Pro Shop for various achievements during the tournament. Among them were: Brian Jeffrey and Phil Marcantonio (closest to the pin); Patrick Johnson (longest putt); Michael Davis (longest drive); and Mark Elliott, Tom Korver, Michael Davis, and Phil Marcantonio (lowest score). Mark your calendars for next year’s tournament, which will be held on October 2, 2009.

Participants get ready for
the 7:15 a.m. shotgun start.

Rob Reed tees off.

Left to right: Jay Pickard,
Joe Pickard, and Justin Ross.

2008 Dragon Boat Festival

On July 26 and 27, members of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) and Faegre & Benson, LLP joined forces to form the "Firedrakes" team to compete in the 2008 Colorado Dragon Boat Races. The races are a highlight of the Dragon Boat Festival, an annual event in Colorado that celebrates Pan-Asian culture. Team Firedrakes, which competed in the Corporate Division of the race, finished in first place in one of the three heats it entered. The APABA thanks the 2008 Firedrakes team for participating in the event.

Members of the APABA’s 2008 Firedrakes team gathered for a photo. Front row, left to right: Claudia Hodges-Gonzales, Andrea Lord, Dennis Kaw, Ellie DePew, Connie Robnett, Kristin Dunlap, Ranmali Bopitiya, Teresa Abbott, Mechelle Faulk. Back row, left to right: Steve Wilson, Tiffany Wilson, Chris Hazlitt, Scott Sprague, Conrad Gonzales, Barry Burns, Steve Imig, Jon Wilson, Charlie Shurtleff, Josh Wilson. Not pictured: Anne Gasperini DeMarco.

The Firedrakes head out toward the race.

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