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The Colorado Lawyer
August 2009
Vol. 38, No. 8 [Page  8]

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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 sklein@cobar.org.


DBA Annual Awards Party

DBA Immediate Past President Mark Fogg (left)
passed the gavel to John Baker at the
DBA annual awards party.

On June 9, two attorneys and two judges were recognized as exemplary Denver Bar Association (DBA) members at the DBA’s 2009 annual awards party at the Colorado History Museum in Denver. The DBA also recognized its teacher of the year. Award recipients were: Hon. William (Bill) DeMoulin, posthumously, Award of Merit; Charlene Krogh, Volunteer of the Year award; Amanda Smith, Young Lawyer of the Year award; Hon. Orrelle Rodgers Weeks, Judicial Excellence award; and Barbara Gale-Martinez, Teacher of the Year award.

 

Left to right: DBA President John Baker, former DBA President Elsa Martinez Tenrerio, and CBA Treasurer Charlie Garcia.

CBA Assistant Executive Director Dana Collier Smith and CBA Immediate Past President Bill Walters.

Left to right: Award recipients Amanda Smith; Barbara Gale-Martinez; Charlene Krogh; Hon. Orrelle Rodgers Weeks; and Tom, Bill, and David DeMoulin (receiving the Award of Merit on behalf of their father, Hon. Bill DeMoulin).

Tom DeMoulin spoke in honor
of Award of Merit recipient
Hon. Bill DeMoulin.


Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament

Mark Fogg on the putting green.

On June 8, seventy-five golfers competed in the 2009 Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament at the Inverness Golf Club in Englewood. Highest honors went to Todd Jansen, who shot the winning "Individual Low Gross" score in the men’s competition, and Susie Roh, the women’s "Individual Low Gross" winner. Also among tournament participants were DBA Immediate Past President Mark Fogg and CBA/DBA Executive Director Chuck Turner.

Left to right: Richard Zuber, Gary Abrams,
Greg Smith, and Bob Steenrod.

Left to right: Chuck Turner, John Sadwith,
John Gleason, and Matt Samuelson.


Senior Lawline 9

The third annual Senior Lawline 9 event was held on June 23 at the 9News studios in Denver. Lawline 9 is a free weekly call-in program during which attorneys answer legal questions from the public. The June 23 Lawline 9 event promoted Colorado Senior Law Day, which was held on June 27 in Denver. Six elder law lawyers staffed the phones at the 9News studio and answered questions about elder law issues and Senior Law Day. The attorneys are pictured below taking calls. They are, from left to right: Aaron Evans, Rick Mishkin, Carl Glatstein, John Campell, Marco Chayet, and Sean Bell.


DBA Booth at the People’s Fair

Left to right: Attorneys Bethany Johnson, Danielle Urban,
and Carey-Elisa Christie volunteered at the
 thirty-eighth annual People’s Fair.

On June 6 and 7, the DBA Public Legal Education Committee sponsored a booth at the Capitol Hill People’s Fair in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park. The DBA booth was staffed by volunteer attorneys, law students, and paralegals who answered legal questions from the public and distributed legal resource information. Volunteers for the event included: John Baker, Bill Burns, Colleen Calvin, Carey-Elisa Christie, Kischa Cook, Amy Costello, Eric Drennan, Debra Ehrenstrasser, Teresa Garcia, Kate Jenkins, Jenifer Anne Jewkes, Bethany Johnson, Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, Kristen Maurer, Kay McCarthy, Carol Muck, Anna-Liisa Mullis, Erin Overturf, Brian Popp, Pat Post, J.P. Prentiss, Jimmy Qaqundah, Matthew Spengler, Danielle Urban, and Leia Ursery. To be added to next year’s recruitment list, contact Carolyn Gravit, CBA/DBA Director of Public Legal Education, at (303) 824-5323 or cgravit@cobar.org.


COBALT Graduation Ceremony

The 2009 COBALT class recently completed the six-month leadership program, which concluded with a graduation ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens on June 19. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper was a featured speaker, along with CBA President Dave Johnson, both of whom commended the class for their leadership, initiative, and professionalism. Applications for the 2010 COBALT class will be accepted in August. For more information about COBALT, contact Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 or dcolliersmith@cobar.org.

The 2009 COBALT class. First row, left to right: David Pacheco, Kathryn Lonowski, Ingrid Briant, Denise Hoffman, Mike Stiff, Cyndy Ciancio, Jennifer Hunt, Connie Smith, and Nan Scranton. Second row, left to right: Jed Scott, Aaron Bradford, Mary Schewbach, Kathryn Sellars, Jennifer Collins, Meredith Cord, Mariana Vielma, Grant Wylie, Mechelle Faulk, Laranne Breagy, and Andy Contiguglia.


CBA President’s Visits to Local Bars

CBA President Dave Johnson
at the Pitkin County Bar Association.

CBA President Dave Johnson has begun his journey throughout Colorado by visiting three central and northwestern local bar associations on June 24 and 25: Continental Divide, Pitkin County, and the Ninth Judicial District. A number of lawyers and judges attended the events to learn more about the CBA and get to know the 2009–10 president.

During his visits, Johnson reviewed the important issues currently facing lawyers and the CBA. Specifically, Johnson provided details about the CBA Economic Task Force and its progress to date, including the CBA Executive Council’s approval of $52,300 to support CLE seminars, job searches, and economic assistance.

Each visit also included a CLE program led by CBA Director of Law Practice and Risk Management Reba Nance. Nance demonstrated how to use Casemaker 2.1, an online legal research tool that provides CBA members free access to state and federal materials from several states. In addition, she presented on "How to Survive in These Economic Times," offering sixty creative tips for stabilizing a law practice, reducing costs, and increasing revenues.


Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Contest

The Lincoln Bicentennial Commission recently sponsored the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Scholastic Contest, which invited Colorado students of all ages to create essays, poetry, or visual art inspired by Abraham Lincoln. Approximately 450 students from across the state submitted entries. Certificates and cash awards of nearly $10,000 were made possible by the CBA and several other contributors.

The students with winning submissions were recognized at an awards ceremony on Saturday, June 20 at Mountain Range High School in Westminster. Among attendees were CBA Immediate Past President Bill Walters and CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner.

The ceremony recognized 115 finalists and bronze, silver, and gold prize winners from all seven Congressional Districts of Colorado. Three Colorado students received top honors: Soleil Worthy, a seventh-grader from Aurora Quest K-8 School; Raine Reilly, a second-grader from Independence Academy in Grand Junction; and Matthew Menezes, an eleventh-grader from Monarch High School in Louisville. For the full list of winners or to view the three winning entries, visit colincoln200.org/contestwinners.html.

John Voehl, appearing at the awards ceremony
as Abe Lincoln, posed with the Bicentennial
Scholastic Contest winners, left to right:
Matthew Menezes, Raine Reilly, and Soleil Worthy.

Bill Convery, Colorado State Historian at the
Colorado History Museum (far left); Lincoln
re-enactor John Voehl; and Lincoln Bicentennial
Commission member Thor Nelson and his daughter.


BCBA Annual Dinner

Left to right: BCBA President Karl Kumli with
"Old Boot" award recipients Mahlia Lindquist,
David Pacheco, and Tucker Katz.

The Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) held its annual dinner on Thursday, June 4, at the Folsom Field CenterPlate restaurant in Boulder. Approximately 125 BCBA members attended the dinner. The annual dinner event includes the BCBA’s prestigious awards presentation to outstanding members.

Among award recipients was Bart Balis, who received the Ron Porter Award of Merit for his extraordinary contribution to the community and legal profession. Balis has practiced bankruptcy law in Boulder for more than thirty-five years, and often serves as a mentor to other members of the profession.

David Pacheco was named Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. Pacheco has been the BCBA Young Lawyer Section co-chair for three years. He has been an enthusiastic leader and role model, and by example encourages new and younger members of the Bar to make a difference in the community. He also is among the graduating COBALT class pictured on page 10 of this issue.

Pacheco also was one of three recipients of the "Old Boot" Community Service Award. His fellow honorees were Tucker Katz, co-chair of the BCBA Young Lawyer Section, and Mahlia Lindquist, co-chair of the BCBA Tax, Estate Planning, and Probate Section. Katz and Pacheco were recognized for their work with the Habitat for Humanity House and involvement in a mentor program for young children in the Boulder Valley Schools. Lindquist was recognized for her work helping seniors at a local senior center to draft wills. 

Special recognition also was given to the volunteers of the Klein Legal Advice Clinic for the Homeless: Sara Bayko, Bill Benjamin, Christina Ebner, Maureen Espinoza, Alex Garlin, David Harrison, Joel Hayes, Denean Hill, Dan Shea, and Steve Wills. The advice clinic is held on Wednesday nights at the Boulder Homeless Shelter.

The dinner included the announcement of BCBA Board members. New officers are: Karl Kumli, President; Denean Hill, Immediate Past President; Rich Irvin, President-Elect; and Ellen Cadette, Secretary/Treasurer. Serving on the Board of Directors are: Keith Collins, Jud Hite, Tucker Katz, Star Waring, and Steve Wills. Ex Offico members to the Board are: Deb Cantrell, Bruce Fest, and Hon. DD Mallard.

BCBA Past President Melody Fuller presented the Award of Merit to
Bart Balis at the BCBA annual dinner.

Jared Crain, the 2008 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, presented the 2009 award to David Pacheco (right).

BCBA Immediate Past President Denean Hill with her
successor, Karl Kumli.


Mesa County Bar Association News

On June 23, forty-eight people attended the Mesa County Bar Association’s (MCBA) LexisNexis® File & Serve Training at the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction. The program provided details on how to e-file in Colorado district courts.

Participants learned about the various features of File & Serve and were instructed on how to e-file new cases and file and serve an entry of appearance in an existing case. Two CLE credits were awarded.

The MCBA recently announced 2009–10 Board members. They are: Robert Zentner, President; Michael Santo, Vice President; Leslie Castro, Secretary; Lloyd Quesenberry, Treasurer; Edward J. Nugent III, Immediate Past President and CBA Board of Governors Representative; and David Scanga, Past President and CBA Board of Governors Representative. MCBA President Zentner will continue to emphasize the tradition of offering programs for CLE credit (included in the price of monthly luncheons) and pursue the revitalized Spring Fling.


IP Section Luncheon on
Policy in the Obama Administration

On May 28, CBA Intellectual Property (IP) Section members and participants in the Seventh Annual IP and Technology Institute attended a luncheon panel discussing IP and technology policy in the Obama Administration. Panelists included Mark Lemley, a Professor of Law at Stanford University; Q. Todd Dickinson, the Executive Director of the American IP Law Association and former Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); and Phil Weiser, a Professor of Law at the University of Colorado and deputy assistant attorney general for international, policy, and appellate matters with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

Lemley, Dickinson, and Weiser, key advisors to the President, offered candid observations about the current state of the U.S. patent system, as well as their predictions and recommendations for future policy. Weiser moderated the panel, raising questions about patent reform, USPTO fee diversion and alternative funding, the composition of and standard of deference accorded to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, USPTO backlog, and USPTO rulemaking authority.

The August IP luncheon topic is "Global IP Strategy: Using Data to Help Secure a First Win." The luncheon will be held on August 27 at the Denver ChopHouse. To RSVP, call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727, or e-mail lunches@cobar.org.


CBA–CLE Program Highlights

Hanging Your Shingle 2009—By Choice or Circumstance

On August 13 and 14, CBA–CLE is offering a two-day intensive workshop for practitioners interested in opening their own firm. Seasoned and recently solo practitioners will address hundreds of issues faced in the creation of a new practice, including formulating a realistic business plan, the nuts and bolts of setting up an office, acquisition and effective usage of technology, marketing the practice, managing billing, and avoiding malpractice. Practitioners will take home a variety of course materials, including checklists, forms, and articles.

CBA members are being offered a deeply discounted registration fee of $79 to attend the workshop; the cost for nonmembers is $359. The program has been approved for fifteen general CLE credits, including three ethics credits. For complete information or to register, visit www.cobar.org/cle or contact CBA–CLE at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.


 E-Discovery Case Management—GPS for Professionals

On August 21, CBA–CLE is offering a half-day program on the e-discovery process. The program will instruct litigation support professionals on how to manage their time, as well as how to deal with scope and budget constraints. Paralegals who are interested in e-discovery will receive the information they need to accurately complete e-discovery projects.

The program will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the CBA–CLE offices in Denver. Cost to attend is $149 for CBA legal support staff, $179 for CBA members, and $199 for nonmembers. The program has been approved for three general CLE credits. For complete information or to register, visit www.cobar.org/cle or contact CBA–CLE at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

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