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September 2009       Vol. 38, No. 9       Page  9
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

DBA Hosts "Meet and Greet" for
New Mentoring Program

The Denver Bar Association (DBA) hosted a breakfast on June 2 to launch a new mentoring program that pairs less experienced attorneys with more experienced attorneys. This is an opportunity for novice lawyers to acquire practical information about the legal profession while networking with established members of the Bar. Fifty mentor/mentee teams attended the program’s inaugural meeting to get acquainted with team members and learn the specifics of the mentoring program.

The idea for the mentoring program arose at a DBA strategic planning meeting in the fall of 2008. The DBA Mentoring Planning Committee was formed shortly thereafter. To participate in this program, contact the DBA at (303) 860-1115.

Nancy Cohen, Chair of the DBA Mentoring Planning Committee, explains the platform and goals of the mentoring program.

DBA President John Baker chats
with his mentee, Ashley Pollock.

Collier Smith Elected to National Position

CBA/DBA Assistant Executive Director Dana Collier Smith recently was elected Vice President of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving professionals who work for bar associations and law-related organizations. The volunteer position began on July 30, 2009 and is a three-year term. During the third year of her term, Collier Smith will serve as NABE President.

Collier Smith began working for the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations in 1976. She assumed the title of Assistant Executive Director in 2000. She has been a longtime member of NABE, serving on its Board of Directors and as a member of the Program Committee. In 2007, she received the NABE President’s Award for her outstanding contributions to the organization. Her national leadership role will help the CBA and DBA remain on the forefront of developments in the legal community.

Seniors Committee Heads to Lakewood
for Annual Golf Tournament

DBA Seniors Committee Chair Don
McMichael, left, with Jim Bayer.


The DBA Seniors Committee hosted its annual Seniors Golf Tournament on July 22 at the Homestead Golf Course in Lakewood. Twenty-one people hit the greens for a round of golf, which was followed by lunch in the clubhouse.

The tournament recognized low gross and low net finishers. Winners were: Dave Brougham, first low gross; Jack Barker, second low gross; Don McMichael, third low gross; Pete Willis first low net; and Dave Furgason and Bill Waggener, second low net (tie). The DBA Seniors Committee congratulates these winners and thanks everyone who participated in the tournament.

Left to right: Dave Furgason, Jack Barker,
Dave Brougham, and Pete Willis.

Left to right: Keith Sleater, Mike Homyak,
Jon Clarke, and Bill Waggener.

Professionalism Teaching Vignettes
Earn Recognition from ABA

Left to right: Mark Fogg, John Gleason, and John Baker
accepted the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award
on behalf of the CBA/DBA Professionalism Coordinating


The American Bar Association (ABA) recently recognized the CBA/DBA Professionalism Coordinating Council’s "Teaching Vignettes" project with one of three E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards for outstanding contributions to promoting professionalism in the legal community. The award, which included a $3,500 check, was presented during the ABA’s annual meeting in Chicago. Mark Fogg, Immediate Past DBA President and past CBA/DBA Professionalism Committee Chair; John Gleason, Colorado Attorney Regulation Counsel; and DBA President John Baker accepted the award on behalf of the Bar Associations.

The project’s DVDs and accompanying teaching materials have been widely distributed to law firms, law schools, and bar associations throughout the country. The sketches give lessons in practicing law in a professional manner. Vignettes were created on several topics, including: lawyers, clients, and opposing counsel; client and counsel communication; courtroom decorum; depositions; bias issues; and mentoring.

The DVDs can be borrowed locally from the CBA/DBA or may be purchased by calling (303) 860-1115. They are produced by the CBA/DBA Professionalism Coordinating Council and the Colorado Attorney Regulation Counsel, in cooperation with the Metropolitan State College of Denver, Department of Communications Arts and Sciences Theatre and Broadcasting Programs.

Ethics Program Mixes Business With Pleasure

On July 9, the CBA Ethics Committee teamed up with the Law Club to present the Ethics Revue, a popular CLE program that pairs musical satire with ethics lessons. Members of the Law Club performed scenes that exemplified the ethical questions that come up in day-to-day practice, while a panel of experts weighed in on the situations and the applicable professional rules. The result? Song, dance, and lots of laughter. There’s no better way to earn three ethics credits. Visit "The Learned Lawyer" blog of August 4, 2009 at to watch a few clips from the Ethics Revue.

The full cast of the Law Club.

Cue the band.

The Ethics Revue panel, from left to right:
Hon. Raymond N. Satter, Nancy L. Cohen,
and John Baker.

Judge Fred Rodgers on guitar.

Members of the Law Club Perform "Constant Conflict."

First J.D. Annual Golf Tournament—
Now With Mulligans

The First Judicial District Bar Association (First J.D.) will be hosting its annual golf tournament on Friday, October 9. The tournament will take place at the Fox Hollow Golf Course, with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start, and will be played in a Scramble Best Ball format.

This year’s event incorporates a new feature that was suggested by last year’s tournament participants: golfers will have the option of purchasing mulligans. For $20, participants will receive four mulligans—an ideal investment for a foursome. Funds raised will go toward First J.D. fundraising and charity efforts.

The cost to participate in the tournament is $100 per golfer, which includes range balls, green fees, cart, lunch, prizes, and goodie bags. A sign-up sheet and tournament details are available at; select the "Upcoming Events" link. Contact Yosy Janson at (303) 238-8832 or with questions.

Colorado Firms Raise Funds for Legal Aid

Kenzo Kawanabe, Co-Chair of the Associates Campaign for Justice, presents a trophy to Angela Gasperini (center) and
Haley Burton, associate representatives of Sherman &
Howard, large-firm winner of the competition.


The Legal Aid Foundation (LAF) of Colorado recently completed its fifth successful Associates Campaign for Justice, with twenty-eight firms participating to raise funds for LAF. The Campaign for Justice is a friendly inter-firm competition based on per capita giving. The firms that excelled in the competition were Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell (among smaller firms); Baker & Hostetler (among medium-sized firms); and Sherman & Howard (among large firms). Firms that achieved 100 percent participation among their associates were Arnold & Porter, Baker & Hostetler, Davis Graham & Stubbs, Greenberg Traurig, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, Merchant & Gould, Patton Boggs, and Sheridan Ross.

Newly Redesigned Colorado Judicial Branch Website
Garners Praise From Justice Experts

The Colorado Judicial Branch website recently was recognized by Justice Served as one of the top ten court websites in the world. The state’s judicial website was selected following a comprehensive evaluation of nearly 3,000 court websites around the globe. This is the first time Justice Served has recognized the Colorado Judicial Department’s site in the eleven years the organization has been conducting its evaluations and naming its top ten sites.

Colorado Judicial revamped its website in August 2008, the first major update since 2002. The Branch again tweaked the newly redesigned site in January 2009, incorporating suggestions for further improvements and enhancements from the general public and department employees.

Justice Served commended the Colorado Judicial Branch for its extensive public and staff outreach efforts in launching and ultimately enhancing the site. The Branch also was recognized for its advanced "E-Court" functionality, which enables users to perform court-related business, such as docket searches and online payments, in lieu of making personal appearances at the courthouse.

Attorney Named Mining Lawyer of the Year—
Five Years Running

For the fifth consecutive year, attorney Paul J. Schlauch of Holland & Hart has been named Mining Lawyer of the Year by the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. Schlauch, who has more than thirty years’ experience in legal issues relating to the mining industry, is the only person to have ever received this award.

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers awards are based on past performance, as well as feedback received during the organization’s ongoing research process. Schlauch has received consistent positive feedback for his "exceptional level of performance and service to clients" over the years.

Judge Frederic B. Rodgers
Receives Franklin N. Flaschner Award

The ABA’s National Conference of Specialized Court Judges recently named Hon. Frederic B. Rodgers, Gilpin County Court Judge, recipient of the 2009 Franklin N. Flaschner Award. The award is presented to a sitting or retired judge who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to high ideals, exemplary character, leadership, and competence in performing judicial duties, through exceptional efforts on the Bench in his or her state. Judge Rodgers was presented the award on July 30 at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Judge Rodgers has been on the Bench since 1969, when he served as one of the first U.S. Army military judges in Vietnam. While serving, he was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Air Medal for meritorious achievement in aerial flight. He also was chief deputy district attorney in Denver, magistrate of the Denver Juvenile Court, and a private practitioner in Breckenridge. He became a part-time municipal judge in 1978, and in 1986 Colorado Governor Richard Lamm appointed him to the Gilpin County Court. Rodgers hears civil and criminal cases, from traffic violations to felonies, as well as juvenile, domestic relations, eminent domain, mental health, small claims, and probate cases in Colorado’s First Judicial District.

WCBA News—Read All About it!

> The Weld County Bar Association (WCBA) celebrated its small claims mediators at a barbecue hosted by Magistrate Judge Mark "Gonzo" Gonzales on August 29. Through volunteer efforts by WCBA members, the Weld County small claims and FED mediation program continues to be a success and great benefit to pro se litigants. The WCBA also recognized John Glenn, Ann La Plant, Michael Payne, Brett Payton, Jennifer Peters, Sherry Rawlings, and Charles Shoop for their continued support of this program.

> On September 25, the WCBA will compete against the Larimer County and Adams/Broomfield Bar Associations in a friendly battle on the golf course. This inaugural joint golf tournament is being hosted by the WCBA and will take place at the Greeley Country Club. Hosting duties for future tournaments will rotate among the three bar associations. For more information, contact Bill Suhre at (970) 330-7900.

> On December 11, the Nineteenth Judicial District Bench–Bar Committee is sponsoring the sixth annual Nuts and Bolts CLE program at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Greeley. The program has been submitted for eight general CLE credits, including three ethics credits. Cost to attend is $75 per person; however, there is no charge for attorneys who have been in practice for fewer than three years. The event is open to all attorneys, and special discount rates are available at the Clarion for those wishing to travel to the event. For more information or to pre-register, contact Jennifer Peters at (970) 330-6700 or

Betty Wytias Appointed to
ABA Domestic Violence Commission

Colorado Assistant Attorney General Betty Wytias, who is one of the founding members of the CBA’s Family Violence Program Steering Committee, has been appointed to the ABA’s Domestic Violence Commission (Commission). The Commission was founded in 1994 to increase access to justice for and mobilize the legal profession on behalf of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Commission addresses the acute need to increase the number and support of well-trained attorneys providing representation to victims through creative training opportunities for lawyers, law students, and other legal advocates. More information about the Commission is available at

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