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March 2010       Vol. 39, No. 3       Page  11
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

Connie Talmage Receives Top Honor From CBA

Connie Talmage

CBA President Dave Johnson presents the 2009
Award of Merit to Connie Talmage during the
Colorado Bar Foundation’s Bar Fellows dinner
at the Hyatt Regency Denver.

The CBA presented Connie Talmage its highest award, the Award of Merit, at the Colorado Bar Foundation annual Bar Fellows dinner on Friday, January 8. Talmage has been the Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee (CLC) for the past decade. She was recognized for providing outstanding service to the association, to the legal profession, toward the administration of justice, and to the community.

A graduate of the University of Denver (DU) College of Law, Talmage began her legal career with the law firm of Holland & Hart, and later worked for Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor, and Pascoe. She subsequently served as the Director of the Office of Dispute Resolution, the statewide office of the Colorado Judicial Department responsible for mediation and alternative dispute resolution in the courts. Since 2000, she has worked for the CLC, a nonpartisan coalition of fifty metro Denver law firms that provide pro bono services on behalf of children and the underprivileged.

Talmage is the current Chair of the Colorado Access to Justice Commission and has been an Adjunct Professor at DU law school since 1996. She is a member of the CBA Board of Governors and has served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Judicial Institute since 2003. She also has served in leadership roles with the following organizations: the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the CBA Judicial Liaison Section, the DU Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program Committee, the Deans’ Diversity Council, the Minoru Yasui Inn of Court, the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, and the CBA’s 2020 Law Firm Initiative Committee. She also volunteers for the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention International Foundation and at her church.

CBA members may submit nominations for future Award of Merit candidates at any time. For more information, contact Tracy Rackauskas at

 Robert Rich Honored for
Lifetime Achievement in Tax Law

Robert Rich

Attorney Robert Rich accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award.

The CBA Taxation Law Section recently named Robert S. Rich recipient of the 2009 James E. Bye Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding dedication to the practice of tax law. He received the award on January 13 during the Section’s monthly meeting at the Warwick Hotel in Denver.

Rich is Senior Of Counsel with Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver. He is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a Charter Member of the American Tax Policy Institute. He also is a member and past president of the Greater Denver Tax Counsels Association, and was regional vice president of the International Fiscal Association.





 Our Courts Program Receives
Prestigious National Award

The Our Courts program recently was named recipient of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2010 Burnham (Hod) Greeley Award. The program was created by the CBA and the Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) to further public knowledge and understanding of the state and federal courts in Colorado.

Several representatives from the CBA and CJI Board of Directors were present for the awards ceremony, which took place on February 5 during the ABA’s annual mid-year meeting in Orlando, Florida. Among CJI Board members present were Elinor Miller Greenberg, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger, and Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Russell E. Carparelli.

The CBA and CJI developed the Our Courts series in 2007 to provide nonpartisan information to adult audiences, such as Rotary Clubs and community groups, throughout the state. Each Our Courts presentation addresses the role of fair and impartial courts in applying and preserving the rule of law. For example, the first presentation in the series provides information on appellate review of trial court decisions and the selection, evaluation, and retention of state court judges. The second presentation covers the workings of federal courts. All programs are free of charge.

The Our Courts program was conceived by Hon. Krieger and Hon. Carparelli. A partnership formed between the CBA and CJI because of their compatible mission statements. More than a dozen other organizations joined as partners, along with jurists at every level. The CBA and CJI have received letters from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey lauding the program.

Left to right: Elinor Miller Greenberg, Hon. Russell E. Carparelli, and Hon. Marcia S. Krieger were at the
ABA mid-year meeting to accept the
Our Courts award.
The Our Courts Committee celebrated the ABA award at a recent meeting in Denver. Shown here are CBA Director of Public Legal Education Carolyn Gravit, left, and Our Courts co-founder Hon. Marcia Krieger.


MCBA Monthly Luncheons Provide
CLE Opportunities to Members


Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein,
left, and MCBA President Rob Zentner.

On Monday, January 25, members of the Mesa County Bar Association (MCBA) earned one continuing legal education (CLE) credit by attending the MCBA’s monthly luncheon. The speaker, Mesa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein, presented on the methamphetamine culture in Western Colorado. The program was sponsored by Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger.The MCBA strives to provide its members CLE credit opportunities at each of its monthly luncheons. The topic of an upcoming luncheon will be the CBA/DBA professionalism vignette program, which is an interactive method of imparting concepts about professional behavior to practitioners of all levels of legal experience. Attendees at this program will earn one ethics CLE credit. For more information on these or other programs, contact Robert Zentner at (970) 244-1863 or


 DBA YLD Hosts Winter Festival for
Denver-Area Foster Children

On January 23, more than 100 Denver-area foster children and their families celebrated the holiday season at the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (DBA YLD) Winter Festival. Guests were treated to pizza, soda, cake, balloon artistry by Handy Andy, a magic show by Dennis Michael, and a visit from former Nuggets player Ervin Johnson.

Each child attending the festival also received a large and small toy, a sporting good, a book, a stuffed animal, and candy. In addition, the DBA YLD raffled off an autographed photograph of Tony Scheffler, tight end with the Denver Broncos; tickets to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and IMAX; a skateboard; and various other items.

The Winter Festival was made possible though the volunteer efforts of numerous individuals, including Winter Festival Co-Chairs Gillian McKean Bidgood of Hensley Kim & Holzer, LLC; Sarah Oviatt of the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office; and Lucia Padilla of Qwest. Numerous Denver-area law firms and businesses also donated funds to the event. Look for The Docket’s special thank you to the Winter Festival’s many sponsors in the upcoming March issue.

Katie Goodwin of the Office of University Counsel, University of Colorado at Denver, helps with Winter Festival decorations. People from throughout the Denver legal community volunteered their time to make the Winter Festival a fun celebration for the foster children. DBA YLD Executive Council member Sarah Oviatt dressed up as a princess to greet the foster children.

 ACBA Partners With CASA to Help Foster Teens

The Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA) recently partnered with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) on the Legacy Project to provide assistance to adolescents and young adults who are aging out of the foster care system. Created in 2006 by CASA, the Legacy Project strives to create a support system for kids who are without family or relatives so they can transition more easily into adulthood.

Over the past year, the ACBA accomplished two major goals in its partnership with CASA. First, it provided mentors for five teens. Each mentor has committed to work with a teen for at least six months to provide guidance as the teen transitions into adulthood. Second, the ACBA collected cash donations to provide gift cards to Legacy Project teens for the holidays. The ACBA’s goal was to collect $1,000; however, generous donations from ACBA members made it possible for the ACBA to double its goal. ACBA President Hon. Christine Chauche and ACBA Community Service Committee Chair Matthew DePetro presented the gift cards to the teens at the Legacy Project’s annual holiday party in December 2009.

Arapahoe County Magistrate Kara Martin (front row, second from right)and Matt DePetro (center at back) take a picture with the Legacy Project teens at the annual holiday celebration..


 Monica M. Márquez Receives 2009 Davis Award

The 2009 Richard Marden Davis Award was presented to Monica M. Márquez on January 13 during a dinner in her honor at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. The award is presented every year by Davis Graham & Stubbs, the Denver Bar Foundation, and the Davis family to a Denver lawyer under 40 who has combined excellence as a lawyer with civic, cultural, educational, and charitable leadership.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Márquez served as a law clerk for Judge David Ebel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals before joining Holme Roberts & Owen in 1999. In 2002, she transitioned to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where she now serves as Deputy Attorney General for the State Services Section.

Throughout her career, Márquez has volunteered for numerous organizations, including the CBA/DBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee, the Colorado Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Bar Association, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and the Minoru Yasui Inn of Court. She also has volunteered for the Denver Mayor’s GLBT Commission, Escuela de Guadalupe, the Latina Initiative, and the Colorado Congress-Bundestag Scholarship Committee.


DBA President John Baker presents Monica Márquez the 2009 Davis Award.

Dick Davis’s family and his law firm established the Davis award in 1992 to honor Dick’s belief that great lawyers also should serve as community leaders. For nearly fifty years, he devoted himself to the profession and the community. He served as DBA President in 1959, and he played key leadership roles in the Colorado Public Expenditures Council, the Museum of Natural History, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, the Denver Rotary Club, and the Denver Art Museum.


 LCBA Members Empty Their Cupboards
(and Pockets) for a Good Cause

On December 14, 2009, the Larimer County Bar Association (LCBA) participated in a food drive benefiting the Food Bank for Larimer County. With the help of its members, the LCBA was able to donate countless non-perishable food items—as well as $1,365 in cash—to those in need. Among LCBA members who made significant contributions to the cause were Jon Vap and Ken Wolf, who donated the most non-perishable food items; Bob Brandes, who made the largest monetary contribution; and Jennifer Stewart, who ensured all of the donations made it safely to the Food Bank.

 Colorado Judicial Branch
Recognizes Outstanding Employees

The Colorado Judicial Branch (CJB) recently announced the recipients of its 2009 Judicial Excellence Awards. The awards are presented annually to recognize the exemplary service of employees from among the state’s twenty-two judicial districts. The following individuals were honored for their accomplishments in 2009:

  • April Bernard was named "Administrative Employee of the Year" for her outstanding work as a legal assistant with the State Court Administrator’s Office.
  • Marci Hoffman, an adult drug court coordinator and court services specialist, was named "Court Employee of the Year" for her role in establishing the 19th Judicial District (J.D.) drug court.
  • Fran Jamison, deputy chief of the Denver Adult Probation Department, was named "Manager of the Year" for serving as acting chief probation officer for many months, during which time she managed more than 100 employees and the agency’s budget.
  • Magistrate Carolyn McLean of the 20th J.D. was named "Outstanding Judicial Officer" for her expertise in handling dependency and neglect issues in the courtroom and for her efforts in developing the Family Integrated Treatment Court.
  • Probation officers Cheryl Boor and Rob Murphy, Collections Investigator Rich Gallo, and Probation Supervisor Jeff Otto received the "Outstanding Team Award" for their work on the 18th J.D. Probation Department Economic Crime Team.
  • Christopher West was named "Probation Officer of the Year" for his work in developing a training program for adult and juvenile supervision officers within the 18th J.D. Probation Department.

The CJB comprises the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as the state’s district and county trial courts. It also is home to the Department of Probation Services, which employs more than 1,100 people, including nearly 900 probation supervisors and officers.

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