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January 2010       Vol. 39, No. 1       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

CBA Past Presidents Dinner

Left to right: CBA Past Presidents
David Lytle of Pueblo, Bill Walters of Denver,
and Bart Mendenhall of Rocky Ford.

On November 7, many former presidents of the CBA attended the 2009 Past Presidents dinner at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. The annual gathering provides an opportunity for the CBA to recognize its past presidents for their service to the Bar. Current CBA President Dave Johnson also attended the event.




CBA Past Presidents, from left to right: Dale Harris, Bob Truhlar, Lester Ward, Bill McClearn, Dave Johnson (current President), David Lytle, Frank Plaut, Steve Briggs, John Moye, Bart Mendenhall, Liz Starrs, Rebecca Koppes Conway, Jim Moran, John Dunn, Thomas Cross, Bill Walters, Chris Brauchli, and David Wood.

CBA Immediate Past President Bill Walters (right)
receives his CBA presidential pin from John Moye.

Left to right: Carol Wood, Evie and
Bill McClearn, and David Wood.

Colorado GLBT Awards Dinner

Attorney Tony Navarro presents the 2009 GLBT Outstanding Attorney Award to his longtime friend Monica M. Marquez.

On Thursday, November 5, the Colorado Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Bar Association hosted its sixth annual Awards Dinner. More than 150 people attended the event, which was held at the University of Denver’s Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Building.

During the dinner, several individuals were recognized for outstanding professional achievement. The 2009 Outstanding Attorney Award was presented to Monica M. Marquez, Deputy Attorney General. Marquez was recognized for her accomplishments during her years of service to many of Colorado’s specialty bar associations. Two attorneys from the Weld County District Attorney’s Office shared the 2009 GLBT Outstanding Ally Award: Brandi Lynn Nieto and Robb Miller. Nieto and Miller were recognized for their work in obtaining the first-degree murder and bias-motivated crime conviction of Allen Andrade in the death of transgender teenager Angie Zapata.

The night concluded with a talk by keynote speaker Commander Dave O’Malley, retired Police Chief of Laramie, Wyoming. O’Malley discussed his role as lead investigator into the murder of Matthew Shepard, explaining that it dramatically changed his life and inspired his diligent efforts on behalf of federal hate-crime protections.

Legal Director of the GLBT Community Center of Colorado Mindy Barton (center) congratulates 2009 GLBT Outstanding Ally Award co-recipients Brandi Lynn Nieto and Robb Miller of the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

The GLBT’s 2009 Awards Dinner was attended by more than 150 guests.

Shredding Party in Colorado Springs

The CBA Economic Task Force and the El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA) held a document shredding party on Saturday, November 7, in Colorado Springs. Cintas provided shredding services free of charge for up to ten boxes per person. In return for the service, individuals were asked to bring in one nonperishable food item or make a $2 donation for each box of paper shredded, all of which will benefit a local charity.

An estimated sixty individuals participated in the shredding party, and more than $500 was collected. Following the party, participants were invited to enjoy free appetizers and a complimentary beverage across the street at Southside Johnny’s restaurant.

Attorney Gordon Vaughn works with EPCBA
Executive Director Claire Anderson to shred a
truckload of documents at the November 7
shredding party.

Left to right: Attorney Christine Dieringer,
paralegal Tracy Beem, and attorney Synthia
Morris kick back at Southside Johnny’s
 following the shredding party.

CBA Board of Governors Meeting

The CBA Board of Governors (BOG) held its semi-annual meeting on November 7 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. During the meeting, the BOG received brief, informational updates from a variety of legal entities, including the courts, the University of Colorado and University of Denver law schools, and the American Bar Association. Among speakers were CBA Economic Task Force Chair Dan McCune and CBA President Dave Johnson.

For the second year, Johnson divided meeting participants into strategic planning groups to discuss the CBA’s role and direction. The groups were asked to focus on five areas: the Law Office, the Courthouse, the Profession, the Bar Association, and the Community. Feedback from the brainstorming sessions will be used to guide CBA planning efforts. See page 19 of this issue for the meeting Minutes.

One of the five strategic planning groups meets on the deck of the
Broadmoor Hotel to brainstorm about the CBA’s goals and future plans.

CBA President Dave Johnson addresses the CBA BOG at
the Broadmoor Hotel in
Colorado Springs.

Colorado Participates in National Adoption Day Activities
November 20–21, 2009

Denver Juvenile Court Judge Brett Woods joins
the Mayfield family for a photo. Leon and Cheree
Mayfield drove to Denver from Oklahoma with their
son Cameron (second from left) to adopt Jailyn
(being held), Christian (right), and Jordan.

National Adoption Day began in 2006 and is celebrated during the month of November. It is an effort to raise awareness of the 114,000 children in foster care across the country waiting to find permanent families and homes. Activities were held throughout the country on Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21. Several adoptions were docketed in courthouses throughout Colorado. Adoptions were finalized in Adams, Boulder, Denver, Fremont, Jefferson, and Pueblo Counties. Colorado currently is home to nearly 550 children waiting for permanent families; eighty-eight of the children live in Denver. More than 200 adoptions were expected to have been finalized in Colorado in 2009.

Adams County scheduled adoption proceedings and ceremonies from 9:00 a.m. to noon on November 21 at the Adams County Justice Center in Brighton. Fourteen adoptions were on the docket.

In Boulder County, eleven adoptions were scheduled for November 20. Private ceremonies were held at the Community Justice Center. Public activities also took place, and included a slideshow of the eight adoptive families and presentations by the children’s caseworkers to the families.

Adoptions of approximately forty foster children were finalized in Denver’s fifth annual Adoption Day celebration on November 20. The Denver County event was coordinated through Denver Juvenile Court and Denver Human Services, in conjunction with other local and state child agencies and advocates.

Fremont County held adoption proceedings on November 20. The Fremont Combined Court in Cañon City had two adoptions on its docket that day.

Fourteen adoptions took place in Jefferson County on November 21. In addition to the proceedings and ceremonies, activities included a demonstration by a jump-rope team and drawings by a caricature artist.

On November 20, Pueblo County had eleven adoptions on the Pueblo Combined Court docket. There was a reception for families and friends following the ceremonies.

Denver Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Karen
Ashby is pictured with Jeffery and Danielle
Maynard and their newly adopted son, Grayson.

Magistrate Kathleen Janski is on the Bench behind Jeffrey, Annie (being held), and Megan Hillman
as they welcome brothers Samuel (left) and
Isaiah to their family.

Photos courtesy of Scot Henderson Images.

ABOTA Honors Judge Naves
With Judicial Excellence Award

On November 6, Hon. Larry J. Naves, Chief Presiding Judge of the Denver District Court, was awarded the annual Judicial Excellence Award by the Colorado Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The award was presented to Judge Naves during a dinner at the Denver Country Club. Among the event’s 110 attendees were family members and staff of Judge Naves, as well as fellow judges on the Denver District Court.

ABOTA President Gary M. Jackson (far right) and ABOTA Membership Chair Hon. Christina M. Habas present the
Judicial Excellence Award to Judge Naves during a dinner
on November 6.

Southwest Colorado Bar Association
"Law in the Trenches" CLE Conference

On November 13, the Southwest Colorado Bar Association (SWCBA) hosted its annual CLE conference in Durango. The full-day event was organized by SWCBA Vice-President Laranne Breagy and was approved for seven CLE credits. The conference’s theme was "Law in the Trenches."

Among the event’s presenters were Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid, who offered a view from the Bench, and Aaron Bradford of Lathrop & Gage, LLP, who talked about intellectual property litigation. Other presenters included CBA Director of Law Practice Management Reba Nance, who spoke about preserving client data; Nancy Bonnett of Phoenix-based Pietzch, Bonnett & Womack, who offered the top ten things to know about ERISA; and Durango attorney Lynne Sholler, who helped unravel the electronic discovery lessons of the Zubulake cases. In addition, a representative from Alternative Horizons of Durango provided information on its domestic violence prevention and mitigation programs, including its Bridges of Hope Legal Project.

APABA Copyright and Intellectual Property Law Panel

On November 11, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) and the Society of Professional Journalists held a copyright and intellectual property (IP) law panel at the Denver Press Club. The panel discussion, entitled "Copyrights and Wrongs—Drawing a Line in a Digital Era," was held to educate print, broadcast, and social media journalists about how to protect their IP in light of today’s expansive digital technology. The three panelists were IP attorneys Paul Cha of Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP; Charlene Krogh of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP; and Lindsey Rothrock of Moye White, LLP.

IP attorney panelists, left to right: Lindsey Rothrock, APABA Board member Paul Cha, and Charlene Krogh.

BCBA Judges’ Dinner

Left to right: Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, University of Colorado Law Professor Pat Furman,
and Boulder County Judge Noel Blum.

The Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) hosted its 2009 Judges’ Dinner on Thursday, November 5. The dinner is held annually to recognize Twentieth Judicial District (20th J.D.) Bench and staff members for their contributions to the public and legal community in Boulder County. The 2009 event recorded its highest turnout to date, with 160 judges and lawyers attending the dinner and awards ceremony.

Among stand-outs honored during the dinner was Monica Haenselman, 20th J.D. Family Court Facilitator. She and her assistant, Vicki Strickland, assist court litigants who represent themselves in civil matters (primarily family and divorce issues). They receive approximately 800 calls every month from people requesting pro se instruction. Special recognition also was given to Don Chapman, retiring Director of Channel 8 Public Television. Chapman was honored for his participation and leadership in the production of the BCBA’s "Law & Justice" public education program. Eight programs have been completed to date.

BCBA President Karl Kumli presents a special
recognition award to Monica Haenselman for her
work as the 20th J.D. Family Court Facilitator.

BCBA President Karl Kumli (left) presents
Don Chapman an award for his work
on the Law & Justice program.

Gerald B. Feather Receives
Charlie Traylor Award

Gerald Feather and Mesa County
Magistrate Stephanie L. Rubinstein.

The Pro Bono Project of Mesa County recently recognized Grand Junction attorney Gerald Feather with the Charlie Traylor Pro Bono Award. The award is presented each year to an attorney who makes a significant commitment to pro bono representation of low-income individuals. Feather received the award at the Mesa County Bar Association luncheon on November 23.

Feather is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School. His practice emphasizes family law matters, commercial and consumer debt collection, and many other areas in the general practice of law.


Wheels of Justice Appreciation Party

On November 11, the Children’s Hospital hosted a thank-you reception for members of the Wheels of Justice cycling team and its sponsors, whose combined efforts raised $192,852 for the hospital in 2009. As part of the event, the Children’s Hospital arranged special tours of the hospital to allow guests to see first-hand what their efforts, determination, and contributions support. Approximately fifty people attended the reception, including cyclists, team sponsors, and doctors.

DBA President John Baker speaks at
the Wheels of Justice thank-you
reception on November 11.

Wheels of Justice team leader Heather Purcell and DBA
President John Baker present a check to representatives
from the Children’s Hospital.

EPCBA Wine and Beer Tasting Fundraiser

A group of guests try their hand at blackjack.

On September 18, the El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA) and the EPCBA New Lawyers Section co-sponsored the thirteenth annual Wine and Beer Tasting Fundraiser benefiting the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation and the Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project. The event featured a silent auction and casino games, including blackjack and poker. Approximately 150 community members attended the event, and more than $5,000 was raised for the two organizations.

The EPCBA had a healthy turnout for its annual Wine and Beer Tasting Fundraiser.

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