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February 2010       Vol. 39, No. 2       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

NITA High School Mock Trial Training Day

On December 12, 2009, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), the CBA, and the Aurora Central Mock Trial Club hosted the third annual NITA High School Mock Trial Training Day at the Denver City and County Building. This free training was open to all Denver and Aurora CBA high school mock trial teams.

Approximately 110 students from ten schools spent the Saturday learning trial skills from NITA instructors in the Denver City Council chambers. Among speakers were NITA Director of Specialty Programs Mark Caldwell, who educated the students on direct examination; Denver District Court Judge Robert L. McGahey, Jr., who taught students about cross-examination; and Denver District Court Judge Christina M. Habas, who spoke on the topics of objections and problem witnesses.

After each lecture, the students divided into small groups in different courtrooms to practice what they had just learned. The small groups were led by NITA faculty and other distinguished lawyers and judges, including DBA President John Baker, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association President Nikea Bland, Brian Bourne, Todd Bovo, Judge Edward Bronfin, Natalie Brown, Bill Carey, Steve Collins, Ned Deakins, Steve Flavin, Jackie Guesno, Judge John Madden, Bill Marlin, Norm Mueller, Sue Pray, Chelsea Reiss, Judge William Robbins, Andrew Saliman, Marvin Ventrell, Christine Washburn, Judge D. Brett Woods, and Jason Young. Pete Hedeen was the event coordinator, and Daniel McHugh and Jeff Caldwell from NITA also were instrumental in making the training day a success.

NITA Mock Trial

NITA Mock Trial
Judge Christina Habas speaks to students during
NITA’s High School Mock Trial Training Day on December 12.
Judge Robert McGahey shares his insights
on the topic of cross-examination.


MVL Welcomes Veronica Mabry
as New Family Law Court Program Coordinator


Veronica Mabry.

 Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL) is pleased to announce that Veronica Mabry has joined the organization as the new Family Law Court Program (FLCP) Coordinator. A frequent MVL volunteer, Mabry donated many hours of her time to FLCP clients during 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, with specialized experience in immigration and family law.

Toward the year’s end, MVL bid a fond farewell to outgoing FLCP Coordinator Andy Hart. He moved to Boston, where his wife is working on her Doctoral degree in Astrophysics at Harvard.



Ethics for Government Lawyers IX

On December 11, 2009, the CBA Government Counsel Section and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office co-hosted the annual Ethics for Government Lawyers program at the Warwick Hotel in downtown Denver. This was the ninth year the popular half-day program has been offered.

The program was coordinated by Larry Tannenbaum, Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, who also served as program moderator. Featured speakers included: Eric Maxfield of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, whose topic was Amendment 41; attorney Russel Murray, who addressed the ethics of negotiation and mediation; and Alec Rothrock of Burns, Figa & Will, PC., who provided his annual ethics update. Following the speeches, a panel of experts answered ethics questions from Colorado attorneys.

Ethics for Government Lawyers

Ethics panel members were, from left to right: Eric Maxfield; CBA Government Counsel Section Chair Robert Mack; Russel Murray; Alec Rothrock; and Larry Tannenbaum (panel moderator).


Solo Small Firm Holiday Party

E. Scott Baroway shows off the iPod he
won during the Solo and Small Firm
Section’s holiday party.

CBA Solo and Small Firm Section’s
Holiday Networking Party

The CBA Solo and Small Firm Section held its annual holiday networking event on Monday, December 14, 2009, at the CBA offices in Denver. Guests enjoyed a holiday buffet luncheon and participated in door-prize drawings. Martha Karnopp, Solo and Small Firm Section Chair, welcomed the seventy or so attendees and led the door-prize giveaways.






Solo Small Firm Holiday Party  Solo Small Firm Holiday Party
Left to right: Jon Chin, Joe Lusk, Carole Notley,
Bill Burns, Eric Nesbitt, and Pedro Moczo.
Left to right: Donald Bertram, Lane Hammond,
Gould, Ron Lev, Holli Colburn, and Scott Stauffer.


 Counselors for Critters Pet Adoption Event

On October 3, 2009, eighty-six dogs and cats found homes during the seventh annual Counselors for Critters pet adoption event at the PETCO store in Golden. The event was co-sponsored by the First Judicial District Bar Association and PETCO.

Twenty-one animal rescue organizations participated in the event by bringing cats, dogs, and other animals needing homes to the PETCO store. Among them were the Red Rivers County Humane Society, a rescue in Northeast Texas whose representatives requested to participate in the event and drove seventeen hours with a variety of dog breeds in tow; the Colorado Great Pyrenees Rescue (pictured below left); and New Hope Cattle Dogs (pictured below right). Sponsors were pleased with the tremendous turnout to the event by pet-loving supporters and volunteers.

The next Counselors for Critters event is scheduled for May 2010. For more information or to volunteer for this event, contact Vicki Malara at (303) 279-5568 or



DBA Seniors Holiday Party

On Friday, December 4, 2009, the Denver Bar Association (DBA) Seniors Committee hosted its annual holiday party at the DBA offices in Denver. The event was an opportunity for longtime members to share favorite stories from 2009, as well as their plans for the new year and decade.

The party fare for the forty attendees was an Italian buffet and the featured entertainment was a Colorado history quiz. DBA President John Baker thanked the attorneys and judges for their continued service and dedication to the profession.

DBA Senior Holiday Party DBA Seniors Holiday Party 
Left to right: Carl Eiberger, Luis Rovira, and Larry DeMuth reunite at the Seniors Holiday Party and reminisce about working together more than thirty years ago. Left to right: Donald Bertram, Lane Hammond,
 Ari Gould, Ron Lev, Holli Colburn, and Scott Stauffer.


16th J.D. Attorneys Lauded
for Their Work With ITC

On December 16, 2009, members of the Sixteenth Judicial District (16th J.D.) Bar Association met at the Thyme Square Mall in La Junta to honor private practitioner James Bullock and Deputy District Attorney Andrew Hayden for their work with Otero County’s newly established Integrated Treatment Court (ITC). Otero County District Court Judge Michael Schiferl presented the two local attorneys with commemorative plaques and thanked them for helping to make the ITC’s first year a successful one.

The ITC is a four-stage intervention program for adults who have been found guilty of one or more non-violent felony offenses and who are having difficulty remaining sober. The program is a collaborative effort between the courts, law enforcement, and service providers and combines intensive community supervision and treatment with frequent judicial reviews, as well as immediate positive and negative consequences for behaviors.

ITC cases are staffed by Bullock, Hayden, and other members of the ITC team, including David Book, J.C. Carrica, David Gaskill, Ron Hawf, Twila Henegar, Mandy Jenzstch, Julie Mattorano, and Tobin Wright. All ITC team members either provide services at a reduced fee or donate their time.

Judge Schiferl and the 16th J.D. continue to educate the community about the ITC as it approaches its one-year anniversary. For more information about the ITC, contact the Otero County District Court at (719) 384-4951 or stop by the court any Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. to observe an ITC court review session.

16th JD Awards

Left to right: Attorney James Bullock, Otero County District Court Judge Michael Schiferl, and 16th J.D. Deputy District Attorney Andrew Hayden.



Anniversary Celebration in April—Save the Date

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado (APABA) will be hosting its Twentieth Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, April 8, 2010. The event will take place in the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts in downtown Denver. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the APABA at (303) 534-0273.

APABA President Joins ACC Board


APABA President Dennis Kaw has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of the Asian Chamber of Commerce (ACC) in Denver, effective January 1, 2010. The ACC promotes awareness of the Asian business community and assists in its economic development. Kaw, a trial attorney with Fisher, Sweetbaum, Levin & Sands, will be the only attorney on the ACC’s eighteen-member Board. For more information about the ACC, visit

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