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July 2009       Vol. 38, No. 7       Page  11
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

Banquet Celebrates Attorneys
Admitted to Practice Law in 1959

Entertainment was provided by Bob Kapelke’s
Burden of Spoof Comedy Troupe.

On Thursday, May 14, approximately 120 people attended the Denver Bar Association’s 2009 Senior Spring Banquet at the University Club of Denver. The event is held annually to recognize attorneys who have practiced law for fifty years. To acknowledge their membership in the DBA and CBA, celebrated attorneys receive a custom-made medal as a memento and a complimentary dinner.

This year, the banquet paid tribute to nineteen attorneys. Honorees were: Edward S. Barlock, David G. Barsotti, Timothy L. Campbell, William T. Diss, Arthur L. Fine, Robert F. Fiori, Edward M. Heppenstall, Robert D. Hill, Kenneth D. Hubbard, Robert L. Johnson, Francis P. King, Robert T. Lego, Donald L. Lozow, E. Gregory Martin, Robert R. Montgomery, Eugene M. Pepper, Donald E. Spiegleman, Hon. Zita Weinshienk, and Michael A. Williams.

Honorees at the 2009 Senior Spring Banquet.

Swearing-In Ceremony Serves as
Rite of Passage for New Attorneys

Future attorneys fill out membership forms for the CBA.

This year in Colorado, 248 individuals passed the state’s February Bar exam. The new attorneys were sworn in to practice law on Monday, May 18, during a ceremony at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. Among the event’s speakers were: Hon. Christine M. Arguello, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Colorado; 2008–09 DBA President Mark Fogg; Leia Ursery, Chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Division; and Douglas K. Wilson, Colorado State Public Defender. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey administered the Oath of Admission to the new attorneys.

Mark Fogg speaks during the spring swearing-in ceremony. Also pictured are, from left to right: Justice Michael L. Bender, Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey, and Justice Alex J. Martinez.

Gunnison County Bar Honors Local Attorneys

Gunnison attorney Andrew Allen recently was awarded the Karl Ranous Award for outstanding professionalism in Gunnison County. The award was presented to Allen on May 13 during the Karl Ranous Professionalism Luncheon at Almont Resort.

Also honored during the luncheon was attorney Kathy Fogo. She was presented the 2009 Rebekah A. McBride Award for her donation of time and talent to assist low-income residents with civil legal matters.

Andrew Allen (left), with Hon J. Steven Patrick,
Chief Judge for the Seventh Judicial District.

Kathy Fogo (center), with Judge Patrick and
Colorado Legal Services Coordinator Candy Sparks.

Qwest Legal Department Receives
Employer of Choice Award

Laurie Korneffel of Qwest Communications
(center), with James Potter of the Del Monte
Corporation and Michelle Banks of Gap Inc.

The legal department of Qwest Communications International Inc. recently was awarded the 2009 Western Region Employer of Choice Award by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). Laurie Korneffel, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Qwest Communications, accepted the award on behalf of the department on May 14, during the Western MCCA’s Annual Dinner in San Francisco, California. The Employer of Choice Award recognizes industry leaders who have a commitment to and succeed at creating and maintaining an inclusive corporate legal department.

CBA Paralegal Day Reception
Recognizes Pro Bono Contributions

On May 7, the CBA Paralegal Committee presented the 2009 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award to Kim Marie Smith at the CBA offices in Denver. Smith, a paralegal with Faegre & Benson LLP, provided more than 200 hours of pro bono services in 2008. Among agencies that Smith recently has served are: Metro Volunteer Lawyers Post-Decree Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center’s Denver Domestic Violence Program, Mount St. Vincent Children’s Home, Children Center’s Dandelion Project, and the Legal Services Department of Project Homeless Connect. Smith also helped with benefit events for the Denver Children’s Home, Urban Peak, and the My Hope Chest Foundation. Additionally, she assisted attorneys last year with two U-Visa pro bono immigration matters involving a child crime victim.

Five award nominees were recognized for their outstanding contributions to furthering access to justice for the underserved population. In addition to Smith, the 2009 nominees were: OD Duhu of the USDA Forest Service, Bonnie Sauer of Hogan & Hartson, Cindi Hendrix of the Larimer County Bar Association, and RoxAnn Mack of Faegre & Benson LLP.

The CBA Paralegal Committee takes this opportunity to honor the paralegal whose efforts best exhibit a commitment to pro bono activities in serving the indigent with legal assistance in times of need. Each year, the award recipient receives a plaque, and a $1,000 donation is made to the pro bono or charitable organization of his or her choice. The paralegal’s name and employer also are added to a list of past recipients on a plaque displayed at the CBA offices.

Bill Walters, 2008–09 CBA President,
Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year
Kim Marie Smith.

Left to right: Bill Walters; Maddie Vines, Co-Chair of the CBA Paralegal Committee; Kim Marie Smith; and Kay McCarthy, Co-Chair of the CBA Paralegal Committee.

Mesa County Bar May Highlights

On May 5, members of the Mesa County Medical Society (MCMS) and the Mesa County Bar Association (MCBA) attended a dinner at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction. Opening remarks were made by MCMS incoming President Dr. Carl Lepisto and MCBA incoming President Rob Zentner. Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher delivered the keynote address.

On May 20, the MCBA’s Pro Bono Program offered a free immigration clinic. Applicants were prescreened, and twelve people received assistance during the clinic. The MCBA thanks all those who volunteered their time to participate in the immigration clinic, including attorneys Imelda Muholland, Sandra Stanley, and Leslie Castro; Anna Stout, who served as an interpreter for applicants; and Karen Detmers, who organized the event.

Food Drive a Hefty Success

Generous food donations pile high in a
conference room at Denver Human Services.
The food was given toFairview Elementary
School and Food Bank of the Rockies.

On Tuesday, May 19, determined students at Denver’s Fairview Elementary School used their tiny muscles to tote ten-pound bags filled with food from their school’s assembly area to their classrooms. The bags, which are reusable, were filled with nonperishable foodstuffs that were donated by members of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, the Denver City Attorney’s Office, Denver Human Services, and several other city agencies and nonprofit organizations.

As part of this program, students were asked to compete in an essay contest about "My Favorite Nutritious Food." During an assembly, students with winning essays read their essays and were awarded a bag filled with books, toys, and games. Afterward, Principal Norma Giron and Carmen Carrillo, Deputy Manager of Denver Human Services, announced that every Fairview student would be given a bag of nonperishable food to take home. Some of the bags seemed to match the children in weight, and many of the children had to use both hands to lug the food away.

The donations from the food drive benefited 253 students at Fairview Elementary School, which participates in the free and reduced-fee lunch program for its students. Food Bank of the Rockies also received thirty barrels of food and $353 in donations. A special thanks is extended to everyone who helped coordinate this year’s food drive, including Cynthia Devereaux, a paralegal with the downtown office of the City Attorney’s Office, and her husband Victor Devereaux, an Assistant City Attorney with the City Attorney’s Office.

Fifth graders help younger students carry
bags of food.

Fairview Principal Norma Giron passes
out food to fifth-grade students.

Colorado Lawyers Committee
Hosts Annual Luncheon

The Colorado Lawyers Committee (CLC) hosted its Thirtieth Annual Luncheon on May 19 at the Marriott Denver City Center. The keynote speaker was Drew S. Days III, the Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a nationally recognized expert on human rights and Supreme Court jurisprudence.

The luncheon included an awards presentation to recognize individuals and law firms who contributed significantly to the accomplishments of the CLC during 2008. Honorees were: Steven M. Kaufmann of Morrison & Foerster LLP, recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award; Arnold & Porter LLP, 2008 Law Firm of the Year; and Daniel A. Sweetser of the Sweetser Law Firm, P.C., recipient of the 2008 Individual of the Year Award. The CLC also presented a Special Recognition Award to the Qwest Law Department for its significant support of and active participation in the Hate Violence Teaching Tolerance Task Force.

Arnold & Porter employees gather for a photo during the CLC luncheon. The firm received the Law Firm of the Year Award.

Daniel Sweetser, recipient
of the Individual of the
Year Award.

Steven Kaufmann (left), recipient of the
Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award,
with CLC Board member John Walsh.

Keynote speaker Drew Days.

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