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November 2008       Vol. 37, No. 11       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

Reception Celebrates Workplace Diversity

On September 11, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Colorado Pledge to Diversity hosted a reception to celebrate "A Commitment to Workplace Diversity." The reception featured a special tribute to the distinguished career of retired Colorado Court of Appeals Judge José D.L. Márquez. In addition, the CBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee presented the Qwest Diversity Awards. Award recipients were Dean Heizer, who received the Trailblazer Award, and members of the Qwest Law Department, who received the Leadership Award.

Joe Ramirez, President of the
Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.

Trailblazer Award recipient Dean Heizer
and Christine Arguello.

Colorado Court of Appeals
Judge José D.L. Márquez.

New Hampshire Chief Justice Visits Colorado

On September 22, members of the Colorado Access to Justice Commission hosted a dinner with New Hampshire Chief Justice John T. Broderick, Jr. in Breckenridge. The event took place during the Colorado Judicial Conference, where Justice Broderick spoke about the role of the judiciary in access to justice. Among the attendees at the dinner event for Justice Broderick were Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey and Justice Gregory Hobbs; Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Daniel Taubman and Judge JoAnn Vogt; and CBA President Bill Walters.

Justice Broderick has championed full access to the courts for the disadvantaged. Earlier in the year, he delivered a speech at the National Access to Justice Conference in Minnesota, titled "A Roadmap Toward Justice," which addressed the rise in the number of self-represented litigants and the need for "meaningful access to justice."

Chief Justice John T. Broderick.

Justice Gregory Hobbs, left, and Judge Daniel Taubman.

GLBT Annual Awards Dinner

On September 25, the Colorado Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Bar Association held its Fifth Annual Awards Dinner. Among other goals, this voluntary bar association works to promote the recognition of human and civil rights; provide opportunities for attorneys, judges, and law students to interact in a professional setting; and assure fair and just treatment of members of the GLBT community.

A highlight of the evening included a presentation by University of Denver (DU) law professor G. Kristian Miccio, who spoke about the recent advancements of laws affecting GLBT Coloradans. During the evening, awards were presented to Patrick Steadman, who was named the 2008 Outstanding GLBT Attorney, and Colorado State Representative and House Majority Leader Alice Madden, who was named the 2008 Outstanding GLBT Ally.

DU law professor G. Kristian Miccio was the keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual GLBT Awards Dinner.

Left to right: Hon. Emily Anderson, Dave Misner,
Patrick Steadman, Lisa Hunsicker, Kelly Enders,
and Erica Johnson.

Outstanding GLBT Ally Alice Madden and Outstanding GLBT Attorney Patrick Steadman.

 Larimer County Bar Celebrates Past Presidents

Members of the Larimer County Bar Association (LCBA) Executive Committee, as well as several past LCBA presidents, gathered on July 11 at the home of Dick and Bev Gast in Timnath. The gathering was an opportunity for the LCBA to recognize its past presidents for their efforts and service to the Bar. Presidents who attended are shown in the photograph below.

Top row, left to right: Linda Miller, Zach Wilson, Mariam Masid, Mason Mitchell, Jim Vick, Judge Terry Gilmore, Dianne Peterson, and Roger Clark. Bottom row, left to right: Judge Dave Williams, Dan Muffly, John Frey, Bob Brandes, Don Johnson, Bruce Fickel, Ramsey Myatt, and Dick Gast.

First Judicial District Bar Highlights

Judges Roundtable Event

The First Judicial District Bar Association (1st J.D.) sponsored its Fifteenth Annual Judges Roundtable Luncheon on September 9, at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Golden. Chief Judge R. Brooke Jackson attended the event, along with nineteen other judges and forty-six members of the legal community.

The format provided attorneys with an opportunity to converse with jurists in a relaxed setting. Topics for discussion were not orchestrated, thus allowing for an open exchange. Attorneys learned about judges’ expectations in the courtroom, and judges and magistrates heard suggestions as to how to more efficiently run their dockets.

Annual Judges and Awards Banquet

The 1st J.D. Judges and Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, September 27, at the Arvada Center. The annual event honored incoming and retiring members of the judiciary, and featured an awards presentation to recognize specific individuals for their contributions to the 1st J.D. The following individuals were award recipients:

  • Gary Polidori—Award of Merit
  • Tom Walsh—Linda Palmieri Award
  • Erin Hickey—George Holley Young Lawyer Award
  • Pete Jacobson—Liberty Bell Award
  • Judy Ulmer—Lisa Harness Memorial Award.

In addition, the event celebrated the "passing of the gavel" from outgoing President Jane Ebisch to incoming President Rob Busch.

Left to right: Retiring Judge James Demlow and wife Delsa Demlow, and Kris and Tom Zenault.

Arapahoe County Bar Association Highlights

"A Taste of Creole" Fall Fundraiser

On Saturday, September 13, members of the Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA) attended a fundraising event at the Barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton. Guests of the Cajun-themed event enjoyed Creole cuisine and musical entertainment from the QueenCity Jazz Band Trio. Other activities included a silent auction and a wine tasting featuring wines donated by Louisiana’s Pontchartrain Vineyards.

Proceeds from the event benefited The Listen Foundation. Since 1969, the Listen Foundation has been dedicated to teaching children who are hearing-impaired how to listen and speak. The Listen Foundation helps these children gain access to the equipment and auditory-verbal therapy they need to become listening, speaking adults. For more information about this organization, visit

Barbecue in the Park

Arapahoe County Judge Christopher Cross
works the grill at the ACBA barbecue social.

ACBA members enjoyed a relaxing barbecue social on Thursday, September 18, at the Arapahoe Community Park—also known as Dove Valley Park—in Centennial. The event was organized by the ACBA Young Lawyers Committee and welcomed Arapahoe County judges and attorneys and their guests. Volleyball, croquet, and badminton were some of the activities offered to attorney members who felt brave enough to test their skills against Arapahoe County judges. The ACBA would like to thank the Miller-Steiert Law Firm for providing food for the cookout.

Where’s Walters?
Keeping Up With the CBA President

Southwestern and Western Districts: September 3–5

During six president’s visits held from Wednesday, September 3 through Friday, September 5, more than 125 local bar association members from the Southwestern and Western districts of Colorado welcomed CBA President Bill Walters. Accompanying Walters on the visits were CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner and Deputy Regulation Counsel James Coyle.

On the road for three consecutive fourteen-hour days, Walters demonstrated his commitment to discussing how the CBA could better support its members. The individual visits were organized by local bar association presidents: Hon. Leslie Gerbracht, Southern Colorado; Jeffrey Motz, San Luis Valley; Marla Underell, Southwestern Colorado; Hon. Douglas Walker, Four Corners; Edward J. Nugent III, Mesa County; and Kathryn Sellars, Seventh Judicial District (7th J.D).

At five of the six events, Coyle provided continuing legal education (CLE) presentations about the workings of the Office of the Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Counsel, including its central intake process. He gave statistics on the nature of inquiries and discussed a checklist designed to help small law offices address such areas as client relations and confidentiality, and to help identify strengths and weaknesses of office management practices.

CBA President Bill Walters speaks to Southern Colorado Bar Association members in Trinidad.

Bill Walters, center, with 7th J.D.
President Kathryn Sellars and
7th J.D. member Secy Ryan Callahan.

Left to right: Mesa County Bar Treasurer Leslie Castro, Mesa County Bar President Ed Nugent,
and Bill Walters.

Bill Walters with Southwest Bar
President Marla Underell.

Fremont/Custer Bar Association: September 12

Bill Walters, left, and
FCBA President Bryan Fredrickson.

On Friday, September 12, the Fremont/Custer Bar Association (FCBA) welcomed CBA President Bill Walters, CBA Executive Deputy Director Greg Martin, and Director of Law Practice and Risk Management Reba Nance to their district. Twelve members comprising judges, lawyers, and staff members attended this president’s visit and complimentary CLE program, which was held at the Cañon Coffee Cafe in Cañon City. Walters spoke with FCBA members about local issues and discussed the CBA’s plans for the upcoming year. As CLE presenter for the event, Nance provided numerous technology tips for attendees.


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