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December 2009       Vol. 38, No. 12       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

 Colorado’s Newest Attorneys Are Sworn In

Among those sworn in were, from left to right,
Kyaw Tin, Chris Larson, and Amy Kramer.

The fall swearing-in ceremony for Colorado’s newest attorneys took place on Monday, October 26, at the Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The newly admitted attorneys passed the July 2009 Colorado Bar exam. Of the 701 people who passed the exam, approximately 650 were present to be sworn in at the ceremony.

Speakers included Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey; Hon. Wiley Y. Daniel, U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado; CBA President David M. Johnson; Trenton J. Ongert, Chair of the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; and David H. Getches, Dean of the University of Colorado Law School.

The next Bar exam is scheduled for February 2010. The swearing-in ceremony for those who pass will be on Monday, May 17, 2010.

CBA President Dave Johnson speaks to the new attorneys at the fall swearing-in ceremony.

First J.D. Welcomes CBA President Dave Johnson

Left to right: 1st J.D. Secretary/Treasurer Erin Hickey,
CBA President-Elect Paul Chan, CBA President Dave
Johnson, and 1st J.D. President-Elect Brian Jeffrey.

CBA President Dave Johnson continues to travel around Colorado to visit the state’s local bars. On October 13, he paid a visit to the First Judicial District Bar Association (1st J.D.). During the 1st J.D.’s luncheon, Johnson stressed the CBA’s desire to provide assistance to the local bars. Afterward, CBA Director of Law Practice Management Reba Nance led a CLE presentation entitled "60 Tips for Surviving in These Economic Times." For a list of remaining scheduled president’s visits, see page 107 of this issue.

Members of the 1st J.D. at the October 13 luncheon and CLE presentation.

Reba Nance presenting "60 Tips for Surviving in These Economic Times."

Governor Ritter Declares
Workplace Violence a Preventable Issue

On October 7, Governor Bill Ritter issued an Executive Order establishing a universal policy to protect state employees from workplace and domestic violence. As an employer, the state of Colorado is affected by workplace violence, which can compromise the safety of victims and co-workers, and result in lost productivity, increased health-care costs, absenteeism, and employee turnover. The CBA’s Domestic Violence: Make It Your Business project assisted the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the Governor’s Office, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Personnel Administration in the development of this Executive Order.

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter addresses the matter of workplace and domestic violence policies. Kathleen M. Schoen, CBA Director of Local Bar Relations and Access to Justice, is pictured at far left.

CBA YLD Members "Adopt a Day"
for Habitat for Humanity

On Saturday, October 17, members of the CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Adopt-a-Day event in Denver. The event was an excellent opportunity for YLD members to give back to the community while networking with other young lawyers. As a bonus, it enabled members to break away from their desks and achieve a great upper- and lower-body workout. Volunteers spent the day hanging drywall on the ceilings and walls of a duplex, which will soon become the homes of two very grateful families.

Volunteers take a group photo in front of their project during the CBA YLD’s Habitat for Humanity Adopt-a-Day event. Back row, left to right: Laura Reuercomb, Cambri Hilger, Troy Rackham, Christopher Sharp, Ward Scott, Mark Walker, Tim Saunders, Erica Longnecker, Ariel Z. Benjamin, and Adisa Hubjer. Front row, left to right: Alyson Kimzey, Katrina Jones, Andrea Ovellette, Maxi Lyons, Suzanne Currier, Ben Currier, Leia Ursery, and Tiffany Warner Grant. Not pictured: Brenda Kamigaki.

YLD members hard at work moving drywall.

Left to right: Troy Rackham, Maxi Lyons, and Christopher
Sharp hang drywall as the homeowner looks on.

APABA Programs Assist Asian Refugees

Left to right: Judy Williams, Lynn Hsu, Frankie Anderson, and Darlene Kondo transport donated school supplies.

On August 26, 2009, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA), through its charitable arm, the APABA Foundation, donated $2,500 in school supplies to help Burmese and Bhutanese refugee families who could not afford to purchase these basic school supplies for their children’s education. Board members Lynn Hsu and Darlene Kondo led the APABA’s efforts by volunteering to purchase all of the school supplies and delivering them to the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership. Thanks to their leadership and efforts, approximately fifty elementary school-aged children each received $50 worth of supplies, ranging from binders to backpacks.

The APABA is currently seeking gently used clothing and household items for displaced Burmese refugees—both children and adults—who have been granted political asylum by the United States and are now living in Colorado. The refugees are most in need of winter clothing, including coats, gloves, and scarves. To donate items, contact Dennis Kaw, APABA President, at (303) 296-3377 or

APABA Foundation board members Lynn Hsu and Darlene Kondo (fourth and fifth from left, respectively) with Asian/Pacific Community Partnership members.

Kathy Hogan Selected as
Editor in Chief of Family Advocate

Colorado family law attorney Kathy Hogan has been named the new Editor in Chief of the Family Advocate, a respected American Bar Association (ABA) publication with a long history of providing practical and up-to-date information for family law lawyers. Hogan is a partner in the Denver law firm of McGuane and Hogan LLP, where she focuses on complex financial and child-related issues at trial and appellate court levels. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is co-author of West’s Colorado Family Law and Practice. She is an active member of the CBA Family Law Section and serves as a volunteer attorney for Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

The Family Advocate is a quarterly magazine that takes a practical "how-to" approach to addressing current family law topics. It is published by the ABA Family Law Section and is distributed to section members and other subscribers. For more information, visit

DBA YLD Helps Job Seekers Suit Up

DBA YLD Chair-Elect Tony Ryan (left) and
DBA YLD Chair Trent Ongert await donations
outside the City and County Building in Denver.

On Thursday and Friday, October 8 and 9, the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (DBA YLD) hosted Law Suit Days on the steps of the Denver City and County Building. Law Suit Days is an annual event in which gently used professional clothing, shoes, and accessories are collected and given to adult job seekers who cannot afford to buy their own.

Items collected during the 2009 event were donated to Goodwill Enterprises Youth Services and Bayaud Enterprises. Goodwill Enterprises focuses on the future career development of high school students. Bayaud Enterprises provides vocational training, job coaching, résumé building, and job placement services for individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. It also assists homeless or low-income individuals and families.




CIBA Red Rock Scramble Draws Record Turnout

On Sunday, October 4, the Colorado Indian Bar Association (CIBA) hosted its sixth annual Red Rock Scramble in Lyons. The run/walk event, which includes five-mile and 5K courses, attracted 237 participants—the event’s largest turnout to date. More than seventy prizes were awarded to racers between the ages of 11 and 86, and approximately $5,000 was raised. All proceeds will be put toward scholarship monies for Native American law students attending the University of Denver and the University of Colorado law schools.

Runners wind their way through the course’s scenic trails.

A group of participants scramble without shoes.

Introducing the New COBALT Class

The Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) program, a leadership training program for attorneys, has announced the COBALT Class of 2010. The new class members are: Loren M. Brown, Broomfield; Katherine A. Burke, Durango; Jaclyn Casey, Denver; Leslie J. Castro, Grand Junction; Sarah M. Clark, Denver; Jason Cobb, Englewood; Benjamin E. Currier, Littleton; Mychael R. Dave, Greenwood Village; Ericka Houck Englert, Denver; James Rufus Garts III, Lakewood; Paul W. Hurcomb, Colorado Springs; Jennifer Jaskolka-Brown, Denver; Virjinia V. Koultchitzka, Colorado Springs; Jessica K. Muzzio, Colorado Springs; Melissa A. Ogburn, Highlands Ranch; Amy Ondos, Montrose; Kristine L. Poston, Denver; Siddhartha H. Rathod, Denver; Meshach Y. Rhoades, Denver; and Bradley V. Varmo, Brighton.

The COBALT program brings together lawyers in different practice areas and ranges of experience who are acknowledged leaders of the profession and their communities. The training builds on their leadership skills and promotes new leadership experiences. For more information about COBALT, visit, or contact Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 or

Let the Debates Begin: DUDL Hosts Season Opener

Left to right: Roberto Corrada, Co-Chair of the DUDL Advisory Board
and Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Diane
Hellwig of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell; and students Dora Chinchilla and
Lauren Brown of MLK. MLK won the Team Sweepstakes Award for
first-place debate squad.

On October 17, students from five Denver High Schools competed in the Denver Urban Debate League’s (DUDL) first competition of the 2009–10 school year. The competition was sponsored by Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell and was held at Manual High School in Denver. The topic of the debate was "Resolved: The U.S. federal government should substantially increase social services for persons living in poverty in the United States." Students competed in four rounds each, debating both the affirmative and negative sides of the topic.

An awards ceremony followed the debate. The Team Sweepstakes Award was presented to the teams from Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College High School (MLK), first-prize recipient, and Manual High School, second-prize recipient. In addition, the Judges’ Choice Award for outstanding sportsmanship, courage, and debating skill was presented to Yvonne Acosta of Manual High School (novice recipient) and Adolfo Valdez of West High School (varsity recipient).

The DUDL’s mission is to promote inclusiveness, citizenship, and education equity by making debate available to every student in the Denver metro area. The DUDL relies on support from its corporate and community sponsors, which make the debates possible at no cost to its student participants.

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell
attorney Stephen Oertle
speaks to DUDL students
at the awards ceremony.

Manual High School was the second-place
Team Sweepstakes Award winner.

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