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October 2009       Vol. 38, No. 10       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

CBA President Visits Southeastern Colorado

On August 5, members of the Southeastern Colorado and Sixteenth Judicial District (J.D.) Bar Associations gathered in Rocky Ford at the home of past CBA President Bart Mendenhall to meet CBA President Dave Johnson. The gathering was small and intimate, which allowed everyone the opportunity to discuss current issues facing practicing attorneys in the Southeastern region.

Because this was Johnson’s first trip as President to the Arkansas Valley, the evening started out with an informal introduction to Southeastern Colorado’s economy and the attractions of its lifestyle and was followed by a meal catered by Ron Charlton of the Rosemount Museum in Pueblo. After dinner, Johnson discussed some of the statewide issues the CBA is focusing on during his tenure and requested input from the local bar members present. Many of the comments from attending members highlighted the specific needs of attorneys residing outside the Denver-metro area.

Left to right: Local court reporter Jessica Reedy; 16th J.D. District Attorney Rod Fouracre; Bart Mendenhall; and 16th J.D. President Erin Pickering.

Left to right: CBA President Dave Johnson; Otero County District Court Judge M. Jon Kolomitz; Deputy Public Defender Gail Morrison; and Deputy Public Defender Seth Johnson.

CTLA President
Natalie Brown.

CTLA Elects Officers
for the 2009–10 Term

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) has announced officers for the 2009–10 term. Among the organization’s newly elected officers is Natalie Brown, who will serve as CTLA President. Brown is the managing partner at Leventhal, Brown & Puga PC, where she specializes in medical negligence and personal injury litigation. She has been a member of CTLA since 1986 and has served in various leadership roles within the organization. She often speaks at continuing legal education events sponsored by CTLA and the CBA. Other newly elected CTLA officers, all of whom will serve a one-year term, are:

  • Peter Koclanes, Sherman & Howard LLC in Denver—President-Elect
  • Carrie Frank, Klein | Frank PC in Boulder—Vice President
  • James Croshal, attorney in Pueblo—Secretary
  • Michael Ogborn, Ogborn, Summerlin & Ogborn LLC in Denver—Treasurer.

Bike to Work Day Business Challenge:
Fairfield and Woods is the Denver Law Firm Champ
Third Year Running

Fairfield and Woods, P.C. placed second out of 374 Denver County employers who participated in the 2009 Bike to Work Day Business Challenge, and placed first among Denver County law firms that participated in the event. Of the firm’s eighty-two employees, seventy-six participated in the 2009 Business Challenge by biking, walking, carpooling, or taking the bus or light rail to work on Bike to Work Day.

Among the firm’s employees who participated was Managing Director Caroline Fuller, who coordinates the firm’s involvement in the event. In 2007 and 2008, Fuller biked to the firm’s office in downtown Denver from her home in Boulder, for a round-trip commute of more than sixty miles. Fuller joined the public transit participants in 2009. Another ambitious firm participant was Susan Fisher, litigation associate, who made a thirty-two-mile round-trip bike commute on 2009 Bike to Work Day.

The Bike to Work Day Business Challenge is held annually on the fourth Wednesday of June. Although it emphasizes biking to work, it also encourages other forms of eco-friendly transit, such as walking, carpooling, and taking public transportation.

Group shot of the 2009 Bike to Work Law Firm Champs. This is the third year the firm has competed in the Business Challenge, and each year it has ranked first among Denver law firms for employee participation.

Counselors for Critters Pet Adoption Event

On Saturday, October 3, the First Judicial District Bar Association is hosting the seventh annual Counselors for Critters pet adoption event. Counselors for Critters will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the PETCO in Golden, 17132 W. Colfax Ave. (next to Kohls and Home Depot). Individuals interested in volunteering for this event or for future Counselors for Critters events may contact Vicki Malara at (303) 279-5568 or

Members of the 1st J.D. answer law-related animal questions for attendees at a previous year’s event.

Dinner Celebrates George McLachlan’s
Distinguished Legal Career

George McLachlan speaks during
his honorary dinner on June 5.

On June 5, the Southeastern Colorado Bar Association (SCBA) and the Sixteenth J.D. Bar Association gathered in Lamar at the Cow Palace Inn to recognize George McLachlan for his lifetime of contributions to the practice of law. Originally from Denver, McLachlan attended the University of Colorado–Boulder, where he received his undergraduate and law degrees. After serving in combat in World War II and the Korean War, he returned to Colorado and eventually set up his practice in Lamar. McLachlan became a Prowers County District Court judge at a time when this was still an elected position. He eventually was appointed to be a county court judge in Prowers County, and later became a municipal court judge in Lamar. While serving on the Bench, McLachlan maintained an active private practice in Lamar.

During the dinner in his honor, McLachlan was presented a book of letters written by former colleagues, frequent adversaries, and numerous supporters and friends. A slideshow prepared by Ray Torrez and Leo Mills of the La Junta Office of the Colorado Public Defender featured photos depicting McLachlan’s family and several highlights of his career. Tad Overturf, a retiree of the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, spoke about McLachlan’s long and accomplished career as an attorney in Southeastern Colorado. Attendees also took turns sharing their own stories of the man who has been an esteemed member of the Bar and community in the Lamar/La Junta area.

Attorney Jennie Wray Climbs Mont Blanc

On August 17, Colorado attorney Jennie Wray ascended Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe. Mont Blanc, which is also known as "La Dame Blanche" or "The White Lady," is located in the Alps on the French-Italian border. Mont Blank rises 15,781 feet above sea level and is ranked eleventh in the world in topographic prominence. It has numerous glaciers, the largest of which (Mer de Glace) flows into the valley of Chamonix, a famous French resort region and the starting point for most climbers, including Jennie and her husband, Caleb Wray.

Jennie Wray has been employed as a family law attorney at The Harris Law Firm, P.C. since October 2008. She is a member of the CBA and the CBA Family Law Section, and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, New York, and New Jersey. In addition to mountain climbing, she enjoys skiing and fly fishing.

The ascent up Mont Blanc took Jenny and her husband Caleb sixteen hours. The couple started out at 2:00 a.m. and climbed through the early morning hours to minimize crevasse danger.

Jennie Wray navigates a technical section of the climb.

CJI Announces 2009
Excellence Award Recipients

The Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) recently announced the recipients of the 2009 CJI Judicial Excellence Awards. The awards will be presented on Thursday, November 5, at the seventh annual CJI Judicial Excellence Dinner at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel. The three recipients are:

  • Hon. James H. Hiatt, district court category
  • Hon. Doris E. Burd, county court category
  • Hon. Brian N. Bowen, magistrate category.

Hon. James H. Hiatt of the Eighth Judicial District (J.D.) was appointed a district court magistrate in 1985 and to the district court Bench in 1986. He became Chief Judge of the district in 2000. During his tenure, Judge Hiatt devoted significant energy to expanding efficiency standards and practices throughout the district that have resulted in dramatically improved timelines and the effective use of resources. He has served on the Colorado Judicial Coordinating Council, the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline, the Statewide Methamphetamine Task Force, the Caseflow Leadership Task Force, and the Governor’s Task Force on Children. He also serves as a mentor and educator for judicial colleagues. Judge Hiatt retired from the Bench in July 2009.

Hon. Doris E. Burd was appointed to the Denver County Bench in 1989. She is being recognized for her judicial independence, devotion to ethical standards, legal knowledge, and service to her colleagues. Judge Burd chairs the Denver County Court Resources Committee, which is charged with determining the allocation of increasingly limited resources. She also has dedicated time to educate students about the legal system and role of the judiciary through her activities with mock trial programs and class visits. She served on the statewide Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council. In the broader community, Judge Burd served on the board of the Washington Park Community Center and has worked with the Park People’s Denver Digs Trees Program.

Hon. Brian N. Bowen was appointed to serve as a magistrate judge in the Seventeenth J.D. in September 2003. He is being recognized for his extraordinary judicial demeanor; his commitment to providing those in his court the chance to speak and ask questions; and his willingness to volunteer in support of colleagues, staff, and the legal profession. Magistrate Bowen has served in leadership positions with the Colorado Magistrates Association; the Colorado and Adams County Bar Associations; A.C.C.E.S.S. Housing, Inc; Commerce City Housing Corporation; the LINK Juvenile Assessment Center; and the Adams County Youth Initiative. He serves as an educator with numerous programs, including the Aims Community College Police Academy, the Child Support Enforcement Conference, and the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program.

Judge James H. Hiatt.

Judge Doris E. Burd.

Brian N. Bowen.

The CJI seeks nominations for the annual Judicial Excellence Awards in the spring of each year. Nominees must meet minimum qualifications, including term of service; outstanding legal knowledge; exemplary judicial demeanor; and service to the legal community, judiciary, and community. Visit for more information.

CBA IP Section News

> The CBA Intellectual Property (IP) Section sponsors a blog at Visit the blog to get news from and links to other Colorado and national IP resources, to connect with other IP Section members, to provide input to Section officers, and to get up-to-date information about IP Section activities. Registering on the site gives users the full benefits of the blog.

> The topic of the October IP Section luncheon is "The Value of Patents in Early State Companies." Speaker Ted Sichelman, a Fellow at the University of California–Berkley Boalt Hall School of Law, will present his research findings on start-ups and patents and discuss the effects of the patent system on entrepreneurial companies. He also will share his insight on the commercialization of inventions and the financing of start-up and early-stage technology companies. The luncheon will be held on October 29, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., in the large banquet room of the Denver Chop House. To register, call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727; or send an e-mail to

> IP Section officers are soliciting suggestions and ideas for topics and speakers for luncheon programs for 2010. Please forward comments and suggestions to Nina Wang at

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