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July 2009       Vol. 38, No. 7       Page  16
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Law Day 2009—Colorado Celebrates Lincoln’s Bicentennial

Law Day 2009—
Colorado Celebrates Lincoln’s Bicentennial

Every year, thousands of Law Day programs are conducted across the country to help people understand how the American legal system strives to achieve justice. The 2009 theme of Law Day was "A Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial." For an article related to the Law Day theme, see "Lincoln’s Legacy of Equality and Liberty," by Hon. Russell E. Carparelli, which was published in the May issue of The Colorado Lawyer on page 13.

Although the official date of Law Day is May 1, celebrations often take place before or after that date and sometimes occur throughout the month of May. Following are a few of the Law Day events that recently took place in Colorado.

Adams/Broomfield Bar Association

On May 1, the Adams/Broomfield Bar Assocation (ABBA) hosted the largest Law Day celebration in the state, with more than 600 Bar members, judicial officers, and elected officials in attendance. Judge Chris Melonakis was the keynote speaker. ABBA members provided toys and school supplies, which were used for centerpieces and then donated to the Child Development Unit at Children’s Hospital in Adams County and Bal Swan Preschool in Broomfield.

Arapahoe County Bar Association

The Arapahoe County Bar Association hosted a Law Day event on Tuesday, April 14, inside the Waring Theatre at Arapahoe Community College. The event featured a presentation, "Now that You’re 18," a free program for young adults at or near the age of majority. The program focused on the laws that affect individuals as they enter adulthood.

DBA Young Lawyers Division

Left to right: Judge David Ebel; essay
contest winner Elizabeth Scholfield; and
DBA President John Baker.
The DBA Young Lawyers Division hosted it annual Law Day luncheon on April 29 in the Grand Ballroom of Denver’s Oxford Hotel. The luncheon included a presentation on "The Legacy of Liberty" theme by Hon. David M. Ebel, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

The luncheon also included an awards presentation for elementary and middle school students who wrote papers on the Legacy of Liberty theme. Elizabeth Scholfield’s essay was awarded first place. The eighth-grader was presented a $500 check.


Douglas-Elbert Counties Bar Association

The Douglas-Elbert Counties Bar Association hosted a Law Day celebration on May 6 in the jury room of the Douglas County Justice Center. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael L. Bender presented "Abraham Lincoln and Equal Justice Under the Law." Lunch was included and the program was accredited for one general CLE credit.

El Paso County Bar Association

Kent Gramm spoke at the
EPCBA’s annual Law Day
dinner on May 1.
The El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA) celebrated Law Day throughout the month of May. Events included a poster and essay contest for elementary students; the EPCBA’s largest ever mock trial competition; a Senior Law Day conference; Habitat for Humanity projects; a Law Day race; Ask-A-Lawyer service at a local mall; and a mentor/mentee program for high school girls and women lawyers. The celebration culminated with a dinner at the Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs. Kent Gramm, Lincoln scholar and Pulitzer Prize nominee, was the featured speaker. More than 200 members and guests attended the dinner.



The EPCBA’s Annual Law Day Habitat for Humanity Project was held on May 8 and 9. Among participants were, from left to right: Event Chair Hon. David Prince; Karen and Mike Hartley; Hon. Ed Colt; Hon. Dan Wilson; and Meredith Cord.

Larimer County Bar Association

Troy Eid, former U.S. Attorney for Colorado and current shareholder at Greenburg Traurig, was the featured speaker at the Larimer County Bar Association’s (LCBA) 2009 Law Day luncheon on May 1. Eid spoke on "Liberty in a Post 9/11 World," and also shared with attendees many of the rewards and challenges he experienced as a U.S. Attorney. Law Day was organized this year by the LCBA Young Lawyers.

Pitkin County Bar Association

The Pitkin County Bar Association hosted a Law Day celebration on May 22 at the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen. Justice Bender was available for this event also, and presented on "Lincoln’s Legacy of Equality and Liberty."

Southwestern Colorado Bar Association

On May 5, the Southwestern Colorado Bar Association (SWCBA) held its annual Law Day event. The event included a CLE program led by Supreme Court Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, who presented on "Abraham Lincoln and Equal Justice Under the Law." The essay on which the presentation was based appears in the April 2009 issue of The Colorado Lawyer on page 19.

Among attendees of the SWCBA’s May 5 Law Day event were, from left to right: SWCBA Vice President Laranne Breagy; SWCBA Immediate Past President Marla Underell; Justice Greg Hobbs; SWCBA President Kate Burke; and SWCBA Secretary Treasurer Amy Huff.


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