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December 2008       Vol. 37, No. 12       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

Fall Swearing-In Ceremony

CBA President Bill Walters addressed Colorado’s newest
attorneys at the fall Swearing-In Ceremony.
On Monday, October 27, the fall Swearing-In Ceremony was held to admit new attorneys who passed the July 2008 Colorado Bar exam. The ceremony took place at the Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Approximately 2,000 people attended the ceremony, 700 of whom were new admittees. Among those who addressed the new attorneys during the ceremony were: Hon. Mary J. Mullarkey, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice; Hon. Wiley Y. Daniel, U.S. District Court Chief Judge; William E. Walters, CBA President; Trenton J. Ongert, Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Chair-Elect; and John W. Suthers, Colorado Attorney General.

The first Bar exam of the new year will be held in February 2009. The spring Swearing-In Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2009, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers were on hand to welcome the new attorneys.

Left to right: John Gleason, Regulation Counsel, Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel; CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner; and CBA President Bill Walters.

Penny Young, CBA Membership Specialist, was among those who helped check in the newly admitted attorneys.

Music at the swearing-in was provided by the Barristers’ Brass Quintet.

David Lytle, left, and Laird Milburn.
CBA Past Presidents’ Dinner

On October 4, former CBA President Laird Milburn hosted the 2008 Past Presidents’ Dinner in Denver. Milburn, who served as CBA President during 2001–02, welcomed other former CBA Presidents and guests. Milburn presented a Past Presidents’ Pin to Immediate Past President David Lytle. Lytle completed his term as CBA President on June 30, 2008.



Domestic Violence Awareness Initiatives in Colorado

A Walk in My Shoes Rally

On October 6, the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) celebrated Domestic Violence Awareness Month by holding a rally on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol. The theme of the rally was "A Walk in My Shoes."

More than 200 pairs of shoes were displayed on the front lawn of the capitol, each inscribed with a story by its owner. Sandals, work boots, and high-heeled shoes told of the emotions experienced by individuals during and after abusive relationships. The rally also included speeches by Stephanie Villafuerte, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Bill Ritter; Thomas Raynes, Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Justice Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office; and Rich Batten, Grant Administrator for the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative.

CCADV is a nonprofit organization that strives to end all forms of domestic violence through education, networking, and empowering battered women and children. For more information, visit the organization’s website at

Domestic Violence Awareness Project

The CBA Domestic Violence: Make It Your Business program is working with the state of Colorado to provide domestic violence awareness sessions to state employees. The sessions, which are part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, will teach employees how to recognize and respond to signs of domestic violence in the workplace. Sessions will be conducted in metro-area locations, including Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties. Sessions outside the metro area will begin in late 2009.

The Domestic Violence Awareness Project is a joint venture of the CBA, the Colorado Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Program (DVP), and the Colorado State Employees Assistance Program. For more information about the Project, contact the DVP at (303) 866-3150.

CBA President’s Visit to Aurora Bar Association

CBA President Bill Walters speaks to
Aurora Bar members at BJ’s Restaurant.

On October 28, the Aurora Bar Association (Aurora Bar) held its annual meeting at BJ’s Restaurant in downtown Aurora. This is the Aurora Bar’s biggest meeting of the year. This year, it was billed as "Building the Bar." CBA President Bill Walters was the featured speaker. He commended the Aurora Bar for its increased activity during 2008. Reba Nance, CBA Director of Law Practice Management, lead a CLE presentation entitled "How (Not) to Commit Malpractice Using Technology."

Election of new Aurora Bar officers also took place during the meeting. Natalie Lynch was re-elected as Aurora Bar President after a successful first term. Other new officers are Dwight Taylor (Vice President); John Dailey (Treasurer/Secretary); and Tod Fitzke, Christine Law, and Paul Mitchell (Directors).

The Aurora schools have had such a successful high school mock trial program that the Aurora Bar decided to create the new position of High School Mock Trial Coordinator. L’Joy Griebenow volunteered to serve in this new capacity. She will coordinate the Aurora Bar’s first tournament in February 2009.

CIBA Red Rock Scramble

Scott King.
On October 5, the Colorado Indian Bar Association (CIBA) held its Fifth Annual Red Rock Scramble in Lyons. Approximately 200 participants ran or walked the five-mile and 5K courses, which wind through the town’s scenic trails and country roads. CIBA is pleased to announce that 100 percent of the proceeds—more than $5,000—are used to provide scholarships for Native American law school students in Colorado.

Sarah Bond finished  
third in her age group.

The CIBA also reported that the 2008 Scramble was both zero waste and carbon neutral. Less than 7 percent of all waste was sent to a landfill, and all global warming greenhouse gases created through transportation to and from the event were offset with carbon credits purchased through Native Energy, a company that works with American Indian tribes to develop new renewable energy. In addition, all items used in the race were either composted or recycled, right down to the Tyvek race numbers and safety pins used to affix the bibs.

For more information about the event, including photos, visit the CIBA website at To volunteer for next year’s event, contact David Selden, volunteer race director, at The 2009 Red Rock Scramble is scheduled for October 4, 2009.

The 2008 Red Rock Scramble was the first "Race Without a Trace" event in Colorado—zero waste and carbon neutral.

Douglas–Elbert Bar Association Golf Classic

The winning foursome, from left to right: Kevin Van Donselaar, Brandon Dudley, Caleb Van Donselaar, and John Geypens.

On October 3, the Douglas–Elbert Bar Association held its First Annual Golf Classic at Highlands Ranch Golf Club. Laura Ammarell and Neil Hillyard served as co-chairs for the inaugural event, which gave participants the chance to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle by sinking a hole-in-one. Although none of the golfers was able to achieve the feat and claim the prize, the event accomplished a greater goal: golfers and sponsors raised $1,000 for Douglas County Partners, a mentoring program for at-risk youth in Douglas County. For more information about Douglas County Partners, visit

Tournament Chair Laura Ammarell, right, presents tourney proceeds to Judge Susanna Meissner-Cutler, who accepted the check on behalf of Douglas County Partners.

CBA YLD Annual Charity Fundraiser

On October 17, the CBA Young Lawyers Division hosted a charity fundraiser to benefit Family Tree, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter for families and youths living in the Denver metro area. The fundraiser was held at the Denver law firm of Moye White LLP. It featured a tasting of Colorado microbrews, a sampling of local wines, and a silent auction.

Central Visitation Program Fundraiser

CVP Executive Director Betsy Sweetland.
On October 24, the Central Visitation Program (CVP) held its annual fundraising event at Gallery 1261 in Denver’s Golden Triangle. The CVP is a nonprofit organization that provides supervised court-ordered visitation to children by noncustodial parents of low-income families.

Colin C. Deihl and Dina Clark.

Guests who attended the fundraiser also participated in a silent auction that included gift baskets and art. Volunteers from the Zonta Club of Denver II hosted the silent auction. The night’s entertainment was provided by Rebecca Gale and Steve Pearlman.

Carol Lingenfelter, President of the CVP Board, and Betsy Sweetland, CVP Executive Director, spoke to attendees about the program’s successes in 2008, which included the opening of a satellite facility in Adams County. Thus far in 2008, the program has administered approximately 1,300 supervised visits with the support of forty-eight volunteer supervisors. For more information about the CVP, visit or call (303) 839-8701.

Left to right: Raymond King, Mary Ruth Schaumberg,and Edward G. Schaumberg III.

Left to right: Jean Griswold, Carol Leffler, Sharon Faircloth, and Joanne Herlihy.

ECBA Fundraiser Benefits Pro Bono Efforts in Colorado

On October 17, the El Paso County Bar Association (ECBA) New Lawyers Section sponsored the Twelfth Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Fundraiser. Event proceeds benefited Colorado Legal Services and the Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project. The fundraiser featured a silent auction and, for the first time, a casino. Gaming tables included blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette. Based on enthusiastic response to the casino, organizers plan to include gaming tables at the 2009 event.

Left to right: ECBA President Lisa Dailey; event co-chairs Jennifer McPherson and Jina Koultchizka; and ECBA Executive Director Claire Anderson.

ECBA member and event volunteer Geoffrey Lindquist deals blackjack to a guest.

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