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May 2009       Vol. 38, No. 5       Page  8
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

Toothbrushes for Tots Charity Drive

During February, forty-four Colorado law firms participated in the 2009 Toothbrushes for Tots charity drive benefiting Kids In Need of Dentistry (KIND), a nonprofit organization that provides dental care to children from low-income families. The firms collected nine boxes of toothbrushes, eight boxes of toothpaste, two boxes of dental floss, and one box of mouthwash. Additionally, approximately $1,200 was received in cash donations.

This is the sixth year that the Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Network (CAN) has sponsored the KIND Toothbrushes for Tots charity drive. CAN thanks everyone who participated in the 2009 drive, including the event’s in-kind sponsor, IKON Office Solutions. IKON collected the donations from the Denver-area firms and donated printing services for the event flyers and posters.

Left to right: IKON Office Solutions
employees Dominic Hithon and Bud

Left to right: Nike Fleming, Co-Chair
of the 2009 toothbrush drive, with
Julie Collett and Sally Walker of KIND.

LCBA Spring Term Day

On Friday, March 6, the Larimer County Bar Association (LCBA) hosted its annual Spring Term Day meeting and luncheon. The meeting began with the traditional coffee hour, followed by a presentation by CBA President Bill Walters and CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner. Walters and Turner discussed CBA programs and benefits, and led a trivia contest to test the membership’s knowledge of Northern Colorado history. During the meeting, the LCBA membership also approved its 2009–10 officers: Ian D. McCargar, President; Kathryn Lonowski, Vice President; Steven Jouard, Treasurer; and John Duvall, Secretary.

At the Spring Term Day luncheon, LCBA members honored George H. Hass, recipient of the 2009 LCBA Professionalism Award. Hass is a longtime Larimer County attorney and community volunteer. He was recognized for "exemplifying and inspiring the highest standards of legal, professional, ethical, and community character." For more information about the LCBA or upcoming LCBA events, contact Ian D. McCargar at (970) 482-0212 or

Local Bar Donates $10,000 to
Deserving Organizations

The Southwest Colorado Bar Association (SCBA) recently donated $10,000 to several local organizations to promote the administration of justice in Colorado. Among the donation recipients was the Sixth Judicial District Access to Justice Committee (Committee), which received $1,000. The funds will help the Committee fulfill its mission of increasing the public’s access to the court system. Over the next year and a half, the Committee plans to offer numerous legal education programs to the public. Programs are being developed on such topics as landlord–tenant law, foreclosures, child and family investigators, and free online legal resources. For more information about the Committee, visit

"Smackdown" CLE at the Hotel Monaco

John Sherling, of American Family
Insurance, and Teresa Seymour,
of Patterson, Nuss & Seymour.

On March 19, the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association hosted a free two-hour CLE seminar entitled "This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Insurance Product." During this "smackdown" event, the program’s two presenters—Chad P. Hemmat, of Anderson, Hemmat & Levine, and Franklin Patterson, of Patterson, Nuss & Seymour—squared off to debate uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage issues. Approximately sixty plaintiff and defense attorneys attended the seminar, which was held at the Hotel Monaco in Denver. Following the CLE program, guests were invited to a wine-tasting event presented by Panzano Restaurant.


Left to right: Presenters Chad Hemmat
and Franklin Patterson duke it out.

Left to right: Casey Quillen, Teresa Seymour,Marianne
Lizza-Irwin, Christina Dixon, Heather Hackett,
Robyn Averbach, Scott Landy, and Dallas Norton.

ABA Bar Leadership Institute

On March 12–14, bar association leaders from around the country traveled to Chicago to attend the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2009 Bar Leadership Institute (BLI). The BLI is an annual event that provides Bar leaders and executive staff the opportunity to confer on the operation of lawyer organizations, including local, state, national, and specialty bar associations and foundations. The conference offers sessions on such topics as Bar governance, finance, communications, and planning for a presidential term.

Approximately 300 Bar leaders attended the 2009 BLI, including six representatives from state and local bar associations in Colorado. The Colorado representatives were: CBA President-elect Dave Johnson; CBA Assistant Executive Director Dana Collier Smith; Denver Bar Association President-elect John Baker; Aurora Bar Association President Natalie Lynch; El Paso County Bar Association President-elect Norman Thom; and El Paso County Bar Association Executive Director Claire Anderson.

The BLI is sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services and the ABA Division for Bar Services as part of the ABA’s long-standing goal of fostering partnerships with state and local bars and related legal organizations. For more information on the BLI, visit

Left to right: ABA President Tommy Wells, Norman Thom, Dave Johnson, John Baker, Claire Anderson, Dana Collier Smith, Natalie Lynch, and ABA Executive Director Hank White.

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