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June 2009       Vol. 38, No. 6       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

Reception Honors Participants in
2008 Pro Bono Commitment Program

On Monday, April 13, a reception was held at the Colorado Supreme Court to recognize the law firms, solo practitioners, and in-house counsel groups that met the 2008 Pro Bono Commitment Program goal of providing an average of fifty hours of pro bono legal services per lawyer. Eighty-five law firms, attorneys, and groups met the annual goal, which is nearly three times the number that met the goal in 2006, the first year of the program. The April 13 reception also acknowledged those committed to working toward achieving the goal in 2009.

The Pro Bono Commitment Program was created to secure an enduring commitment from Colorado’s legal community to provide free legal services to indigent people in civil matters, and to recognize those who give generously of their time each year. Participants have until February 15 each calendar year to advise the court whether they met the goal for the prior year. For more information on the program, visit

Ernest House, Jr., Executive Director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, and Dianne Van Voorhees, Director of Denver Metropolitan Volunteer Lawyers, address reception attendees.

Several Colorado Supreme Court Justices are pictured with attorneys from the Denver firm of Reilly Pozner, LLC, which participates in the Pro Bono Commitment Program. From left to right: Justice Alex Martinez, Katherine Roush, Justice Michael Bender, Iris Eytan, Justice Allison Eid, and Justice Greg Hobbs.

A reception at the Colorado Supreme Court honored individuals who met the Pro Bono Commitment Program goal during 2008. Reception photos courtesy of Jon Sarché, Public Information Coordinator, Colorado State Court Administrator’s Office.

CBA/DBA Team Participates in Furry Scurry

Greg Tilley and Radar.

Carolyn Gravit, with pets
June (left) and Gilly.

On Saturday, May 2, a team comprising members and staff of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations (and their dogs) participated in the Denver Dumb Friends League (DDFL) Furry Scurry. The Furry Scurry is a two-mile walk in Denver’s Washington Park that benefits the DDFL, a nonprofit organization that cares for lost and abandoned animals. Approximately 10,000 people and 4,000 dogs participated in the 2009 event, which raised more than $865,000.

The DDFL is a partner in the CBA-sponsored Colorado Alliance for Cruelty Prevention (CACP). CACP provides training in Colorado and around the nation to lawyers, judges, and other professionals about the link between animal abuse and family violence. For more information about the CACP, contact Kathleen Schoen, CBA Director of Local Bar Relations and Access to Justice, at (303) 824-5305 or

Jill Kessler (team captain)
and Jett.

Members of the CBA/DBA Furry Scurry team included, from left to right: Heather Clark and Cricket; Beth LaGary; Jill Kessler and Jett; Chuck, Michael, and Debbie Turner, with Boomer and Hopkins; Gaynor Bloom, with Tucker Too and Cody Coyote; Kathleen Schoen; and Denise Richardson and Mike Lynch, with Harlowe.

CBA Officers Meet The Colorado Lawyer Board

On Friday, April 24, The Colorado Lawyer Board held its quarterly meeting at the CBA Offices in Denver. CBA President Bill Walters and CBA President-Elect David Johnson made appearances at the meeting, which also was attended by CBA Deputy Executive Director Greg Martin and The Colorado Lawyer editorial staff.

During the meeting, five departing Board members were honored for their dedicated service to the CBA and its official publication. The retiring Board members are Fred Burtzos, Carrie Ciliberto, Marshall A. Snider, Sam D. Starritt, and Doris B. Truhlar. These Board members will be exiting the Board on June 30, when their respective terms end. New Board members, who are appointed by the incoming CBA President, will begin their terms on July 1.

Left to right: Marshall Snyder, Doris Truhlar, Bill Walters, Fred Burtzos, and Sam Starritt.

CBA President Attends Ceremonial Signing of Legislation

On April 9, CBA President Bill Walters attended Governor Bill Ritter’s ceremonial signing of House Bill (H.B.) 1198 into law. Walters and the CBA’s Trust & Estate and Elder Law Sections worked to help integrate the provisions of the uniform act with specific Colorado law. H.B. 1198 repeals the existing law regarding power of attorney and substitutes the uniform act recommended by the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws. A special provision further protects elders from financial abuse, neglect, or exploitation by someone with power of attorney.

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signs H.B. 1198 into law at the
Colorado State Capitol.

CBA President Bill Walters, left,
with Governor Bill Ritter.

Barristers Benefit Ball—An Evening on the Nile

On Friday, April 24, more than 600 people attended the Colorado Bar Foundation’s annual Barristers Benefit Ball (BBB) for "An Evening on the Nile." The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in downtown Denver. The night’s entertainment included a silent auction, dinner and dancing, music from the Jerry Barnett Orchestra, a charity casino, and raffle prizes.

The BBB is the largest fundraising event for Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL) and serves as a celebration of pro bono service by lawyers and paralegals in Adams/Broomfield, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties. Each year, the BBB recognizes several individuals for their demonstrated commitment and service to MVL. This year’s honorees were Frances Fontana, President of Fontana & Associates; Gerry Hernandez, a paralegal with the Law Office of Laura Shapiro; and Bryon Large, a partner with the Large Law Firm.

Left to right: CBA President Bill
Walters with his wife, Christy
Cutler, and CBA Executive
Director Chuck Turner.

Left to right: DBA President Mark Fogg; BBB honorees Francis Fontana,
Gerry Hernandez, and Bryon Large; and DBA President-Elect John Baker.

CBA Family Violence Committee

In September 1996, CBA President Miles Cortez convened a task force charged with recommending to the CBA Board of Governors (BOG) how the CBA’s "resources and incomparable public spirit can be most productively applied" to stem the epidemic of family violence. After eight months of study, the task force, under the leadership of Dale Harris, presented a proposal to the BOG recommending a family violence program. The BOG enthusiastically committed to this initiative in May 1997.

Since then, the CBA Family Violence Committee (Committee) has developed numerous projects aimed at preventing family violence. Current projects include: Domestic Violence: Make It Your Business, the Colorado Alliance for Cruelty Prevention, and Domestic Violence and Legal Issues.

The Committee recently welcomed the following new members: Hon. Brian Campbell, Joanne Eldridge, Mechelle Faulk, Joan Heller, Laurel Markus, Jamie Rutten, Jacqueline Schneider, T.A. Taylor-Hunt, Joan Teslow, and Rebecca Voymas. The newest members were introduced to existing members on April 13 during a Committee luncheon at the CBA offices in Denver. For more information about the Committee, contact Program Coordinator Cheryl Law at, or Director of Local Bar Relations and Access to Justice Kathleen Schoen at

Kathleen Schoen presents at the April 13 Family Violence Committee meeting.

Left to right: Miles Cortez, CBA Past President; Mary Phillips, CBA Family Violence Program Steering Committee Chair; Kathleen Schoen, CBA Director of Local Bar Relations and Access to Justice; CBA President Bill Walters; and Dale Harris, CBA Past President and Chair of the CBA Family Violence Task Force.

Denise Kay, Program
Coordinator for the CBA’s
Domestic Violence: Make
It Your Business program, speaks to Committee

Judge Jim Carrigan Receives Pursuit of Justice Award

Judge Jim Carrigan at the
spring TIPS meeting.
The American Bar Association (ABA) Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) recently presented former judge Jim Carrigan with the Pursuit of Justice Award, which recognizes lawyers and judges for outstanding merit and excellence in providing access to justice for all. Carrigan received the award during the TIPS spring leadership meeting, which was held on April 23 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Judge Carrigan has served as Colorado State Court Administrator, Regent of the University of Colorado, and Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. His most recent tenure was as U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado from 1979 to 1995, where he sat by designation on the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Federal Circuit. The Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court appointed him to the U.S. Court of Foreign Surveillance and to the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Bankruptcy.

Judge Carrigan also has served on the national Board of Directors of the Federal Judges Association and was President of the Tenth Circuit District Judges Association during 1994–95. He is a co-founder and charter member of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and has served on several ABA commissions and task forces.

Left to right: TIPS Chair Timothy Bouch; TIPS council member Michael Beaver; Judge Carrigan; and Robert Peck, Chair of the TIPS Task Force on Plaintiffs’ Involvement.

Judge Carrigan with wife Beverly
and son Michael.

Keith Lapuyade, Chair of the ACBA Community Services Committee, and Sue Pray of Godfrey & Lapuyade, P.C., deliver supplies to Beacon Center’s Executive Director, Anne Robinson (far right).

Arapahoe County Bar Association School Supply Drive

During the fall and winter, Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA) members contributed school and office supplies at every ACBA meeting and event. The ACBA collected eight large boxes of supplies, which were then were delivered to Beacon Youth and Family Center and House of Hope. Beacon Center’s mission is to support at-risk youths toward becoming healthy members of their communities through family-centered, individualized treatment and educational services. House of Hope is the only shelter for homeless families in Arapahoe County and south metro Denver.


 Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Banquet

Irene and Kenzo Kawanabe.

CCIE Board Chair Dean Heizer and CCIE Executive Director Kathleen Nalty.

On April 10, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) hosted its annual Minoru Yasui Banquet. The well-attended event was emceed by Christine Chang, television news anchor for 7News. Among attendees were CBA President Bill Walters and President-Elect David Johnson; DBA President Mark Fogg and President-Elect John Baker; Beto Juárez, Dean of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; David Getches, Dean of the University of Colorado Law School; Sam Cary Bar Association President Vance Knapp; and President-Elect of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Vicki Johnson. Many Colorado jurists also were in attendance, including Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Anthony Vollack, Federal Magistrate Judges Craig Shaffer and Kristin Mix, and District Court Judges Robert Russell and Elizabeth Weishaupl. Entertainment was provided by Asian musicians from the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.

Highlights of the event included a speech by APABA President Nina Wang and an awards presentation. Wang thanked attendees for their interest in diversity and community service and encouraged continued efforts in the future. Adam Schrager of 9News presented the first Governor Ralph Carr Award to Irene Kawanabe, an attorney for the National Conference of State Legislators, in recognition of her commitment to public service. Dean Getches and Dean Juárez presented the Minoru Yasui Award to Kathleen Nalty, Executive Director of the Colorado Campaign of Inclusive Excellence (CCIE), in recognition of her commitment to community service.

CDLA Voir Dire Seminar

On April 16, the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA) hosted a free two-hour CLE program on the voir dire process, entitled, "Jury Body Language—Identifying the Ones Who Are Leaning Against You." The program was held at the Denver District Courthouse and featured two opposing attorneys conducing voir dire in front of a "live" jury, with Denver District Court Judge Robert L. McGahey, Jr. presiding.

The attorneys who faced off were Laurin D. Quiat, a litigator with Baker & Hostetler, and Kevin Kuhn, a civil trial attorney with Wheeler Trigg Kennedy. Dr. Steve Schwartz, a body-language expert, was on-hand to interpret the nonverbal communication of the jurors and counsel. To conclude the program, Judge McGahey offered his comments about the jury selection process, and the jurors themselves had a chance to comment on their interpretation of counsel.

Turnout for the CLE program was high, with approximately seventy-five new and experienced defense attorneys in attendance. The success was attributed in part to the program’s unique "mock voir dire" format, which provided an opportunity for newer attorneys and attorneys who may not yet have tried a case in court to gain confidence about the jury selection and rejection process.

Seventy-five defense attorneys attended the CDLA’s "Jury Body Language" seminar.

Laurin Quiat conducts voir dire.

BCLS Pro Bono Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

BCBA President Denean Hill presents the John Robert Marshall Award to Biff Warren.

Boulder County has a fine tradition of pro bono service by its legal professionals. On April 13, Boulder County Legal Services (BCLS) celebrated this tradition at its annual Pro Bono Luncheon at the Boulder Marriott Hotel. BCLS honored the hundreds of local attorneys, mediators, paralegals, and other community members who performed nearly 5,000 hours of legal services in 2008 to low-income and elderly residents of Boulder County.

Among those attending the luncheon was Colorado Legal Services Executive Director Jonathan Asher. Also in attendance were fourteen judges and magistrates of the Twentieth Judicial District, including Hon. Carol Glowinsky, who served as the event’s keynote speaker. Judge Glowinsky emphasized the importance of legal services for the poor in effecting social change.

BCLS and the Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) recognized numerous individuals during the luncheon, including Bruce "Biff" Warren of Warren Carlson & Moore, who received the John Robert Marshall Award. Warren was honored for his dedication, energy, and enthusiasm in providing volunteer legal services to the less fortunate of Boulder County, and for his strong community and civic involvement. BCBA President Denean Hill presented the award.

Individuals receiving pro bono award certificates for their pro bono contributions in 2008 were: William Meyer and Tanya Shimer (75–100 pro bono hours); and William Benjamin, Susan Bryant, and Katherine Flanner (100 or more pro bono hours). Certificates also were presented to attorneys who donated 50–75 pro bono hours in 2008, as well as law firms that had 100 percent participation by members. In addition, the students of the University of Colorado (CU) Legal Aid and Defender Program, under the direction of CU Professors Norm Aaronson and Deborah Cantrell, were recognized for contributing more than 800 pro bono hours on behalf of BCLS clients.

Several recipients of the "100% Firm Participation" award gathered for a photo with Judge Carol Glowinsky. From left to right: Tom Rodriguez and Richard Vincent of Vincent Romeo & Rodriguez; Richard Samson of Samson Pipis & Marsh; Graham Fuller of Stone & Rosen; and Thomas Moore of Warren Carlson & Moore.

Judge Lael Montgomery, far right, presents
awards to attorneys William Meyer and
Tanya Shimer for donating 75–100
pro bono hours during 2008.

Douglas-Elbert County Bar Association
Honors Retiring Magistrate

Magistrate Gresh, center, chats with DEBA members during a dinner held in his honor.

On April 7, the Douglas-Elbert County Bar Association (DEBA) hosted a dinner to honor retiring Eighteenth Judicial District Magistrate Louis A. Gresh for his service to the Bench and Bar. Magistrate Gresh, who began serving as a magistrate in Douglas County in 1986, retired from the Bench on April 17. Approximately 100 people attended the honorary dinner, which was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant.



First J.D. Bowling Challenge

Erin Hickey after one of
many strikes.

On Tuesday, April 7, the First Judicial District Bar Association (First J.D.) hosted its Third Annual Bowling Challenge at Mr. Bigg’s Family Fun Center in Littleton. Competitors of all ages and skill levels came out to support the First J.D. and to compete for the coveted first-place trophy. Individuals from several local bar associations competed in the event, including members of the Aurora and Arapahoe County Bar Associations. After two hours of competing on the lanes, the trophy was awarded to First J.D. member Ben Leutwyler of Hulen & Leutwyler. The First J.D. thanks everyone who participated in the Bowling Challenge and looks forward to next year’s challenge!


Jeff Kooistra and Rebecca Gumaer display the trophy to motivate bowlers.

Left to right: Mark Pautler, Betsy Anderson, and Bob Ebisch.

First J.D. Young Lawyers, from left to right:
Erin Hickey,

Jane Ebisch and Rebecca Gumaer engage in a friendly
tug of war over the trophy, which ultimately was won by
Ben Leutwyler.Rebecca Gumaer, and Chris McLane.

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