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April 2010       Vol. 39, No. 4       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


Colorado Legal Organizations Join Forces
to Provide Haiti Assistance

The Colorado legal community recently donated more than $110,000 to help earthquake survivors in Haiti. The relief effort was spearheaded by Scott Landry, President of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA), who began contacting legal organizations for assistance soon after the first earthquake struck on January 12.

Other organizations that joined the CDLA in providing funds to Haiti were the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), the Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA), the Denver Bar Association (DBA), the Sam Cary Bar Association (SCBA), and the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC Colorado). Lawyers, paralegals, judges, legal administrators, and other legal professionals and their friends and families also made individual donations.

Approximately 75 percent of the donated money was given to the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders; the remaining 25 percent was distributed among charities already operating in Haiti. The relief effort will be continued by the newly formed Bench and Bar Society of the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross. For more information about the Bench and Bar Society, e-mail

On January 29, Anastasia Darwish (second from left) visited the CBA offices in Denver to ceremoniously accept the donations on behalf of the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross. Among Bar leaders in attendance for the check presentation were, from left to right: CBA President Dave Johnson, CDLA President Scott Landry, CTLA Executive Director John Sadwith, ACC Colorado Pro Bono Chair Marcela Mendoza, and SCBA President Dan Muse.

DBA Past Presidents Attend Annual Dinner

On February 25, DBA Past Presidents gathered for their annual dinner at Strings restaurant to celebrate their service as DBA Presidents. Immediate Past President Mark Fogg was welcomed into the prestigious group by 2007–08 President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, who presented him with a past president lapel pin.


DBA President John Baker welcomes
guests during the Past Presidents
Dinner on February 25.
Elsa Martinez Tenreiro congratulates
Mark Fogg for a successful 2008–09 term.


Friends, Family, and Colleagues
Celebrate the Career of James Bayer

On Friday, February 19, approximately fifty-five people attended the DBA’s annual Seniors Roast to celebrate the legal career of Denver attorney James T. Bayer. Guests enjoyed a three-course meal, a slideshow presentation of Bayer’s career, and stories from Bayer’s son Dick Bayer, law firm partner Gary Palumbo, and friends Robert Fullerton and Charles Brega. James Bayer also spoke, thanking his family, friends, and colleagues for making the evening a special occasion for him.


Jim Bayer (seated) was the guest of honor at the 2010 Seniors Roast. Joining him for a photo were, from left to right: Gary Palumbo, Robert Fullerton, Dick Bayer, and Charles Brega. DBA Seniors Committee Chair Don McMichael speaks at the annual Seniors Roast on February 19.


BCBA Fundraiser
Supports Legal Services in Colorado


Sonny Flowers (left) and Bill Rogers.

On Thursday, February 11, the Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) hosted its annual "Food Wine Jazz Art" fundraiser at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder. Through donations from local businesses and law firms, the BCBA raised approximately $15,000 for the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado. Among the event’s sponsors were Laszlo and Associates, LLC and the Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James & Associates.

The fundraiser featured works by fourteen Boulder artists, who donated half of their sales proceeds to legal services organizations in Colorado; live jazz from the Mark Diamond Trio; and a tasting of fine wines from around the world. The event was organized by BCBA members Lynne Barnett, Ellen Cadette, Christine Hylbert, Star Waring, and Steve Wills.


Diana Poole, Director of the Legal Aid Foundation
of Colorado, and Jon Asher, Director of Legal Aid
of Metro Denver and Colorado LegalServices.
Dick Lyons (left) and Jim and Maura Christoph.


CDBA Attorneys Recognized for Volunteer Efforts

The Attorney Volunteers of Summit County recently were honored with a "Certificate of Appreciation" from the Rural Resort Workforce Center, the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt, and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The volunteers were recognized for their work with the Frisco Workforce Center and Colorado Legal Services in carrying out numerous community events, including the 2009 Summit High School Career Fair and the 2009 Community Resource Fair. Patricia Craig of Colorado Legal Services presented the volunteers a commemorative plaque on February 17, during the Continental Divide Bar Association’s annual ski day meeting at Copper Mountain.


The Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) was founded in 1990 to promote the core ideals of justice, equality, and community. Members of the legal community are invited to join the APABA in celebrating twenty years of advancing these goals by attending the association’s Annual Banquet on April 8. The event will be held at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. To purchase tickets, contact APABA President Dennis Kaw at (303) 296-3377 or

Two APABA members recently were honored for their achievements in the legal community. Fay Matsukage was named recipient of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award. Matsukage is a founding member of the APABA and currently serves as its Treasurer. She is a partner at Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings, P.C. Kara Veitch was named the DBA’s 2010 Young Lawyer of the Year. Veitch is a former APABA President and is the current Vice President of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. She is a partner at Isaacson Rosenbaum, P.C.

Michael S. Burg Appointed President of the
American Trial Lawyers Association

Michael S. Burg, founder and shareholder of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., has been appointed 2010 President of the American Trial Lawyers Association. His one-year term began on February 15.

Burg founded Burg Simpson in 1977. Since that time, he has served as lead trial counsel in more than 150 trials, trying complex commercial, product, and personal injury cases. He currently serves as co-lead counsel on major lawsuits seeking redress for investors defrauded through the use of Collateralized Debt Obligations. He frequently lectures throughout the United States on such topics as personal injury, proving damages, complex commercial cases, starting and building a law firm, effective settlement negotiations, and legal ethics.

The American Trial Lawyers Association is a national organization that promotes excellence in the legal profession through practical educational programs, networking opportunities, and legal publications dealing with current issues facing trial lawyers today. It comprises the country’s "Top 100" trial lawyers from each state.

Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Hosts Annual Banquet

On Saturday, January 30, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) hosted its Annual Banquet and Membership Meeting. The event was held at the Stonebrook Manor Event Center and Gardens in Thornton. The keynote speaker was Carlos Sandoval.

Among the evening’s highlights was the presentation of the CHBA’s annual Chris Miranda Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer Award to Elsa Martinez Tenreiro. Martinez Tenreiro, who served as DBA President during 2007–08, was honored for her continued commitment to the Hispanic community and her dedication to the principles of the legal profession. Other award recipients were Michelle Martinez, who was named Outstanding New Hispanic Lawyer; Arnold & Porter, LLP, which received the Outstanding Corporate Commitment Award; and the Colorado Lawyers Committee Legal Nights program, which was presented the Community Service Award.

CHBA award recipients, from left to right: Jerome DeHerrera (on
behalf of Arnold & Porter); Elsa Martinez Tenreiro; Michelle
Martinez; Tim Macdonald (on behalf of Arnold & Porter); and
Connie Talmage (on behalf of the Colorado Lawyers Committee).
CBA President Dave Johnson and
Connie Talmage, Executive
Director of the Colorado
Lawyers Committee.

Photos by Brian De Herrera-Schnering,

 Coming Attraction: DBA YLD Attorneys’ Night Out

On Thursday, June 17, the DBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) will be sponsoring its fifth annual Attorneys’ Night Out, which benefits The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People. This fundraiser and silent auction will take place at the Blake Street Tavern in Denver from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; price includes hot appetizers and a complimentary beer or glass of house wine. To purchase tickets, contact Terry Galpin-Plattner at For sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, contact Sharon Riley at   

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