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May 2010       Vol. 39, No. 5       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

DU Law Stars

The University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law recently announced the names of the alumni and faculty who will be recognized as "Law Stars" at its annual gala event at the Hyatt Convention Center on September 16. The award recipients are: John T. Baker (JD ’73), Alumni Professionalism Award; Lucy Marsh, Excellence in Teaching Award; and Fay Matsukage (JD ’79), Outstanding Alumni Award.

In addition to a host of accomplishments in the courtroom, Baker has been a dedicated member of the Denver community. He is the 2009–10 Denver Bar Association President; has led numerous Colorado professional associations, including the Colorado Supreme Court Judicial Advisory Council; was president of the board of directors for Denver Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to at-risk students; and has served as an adjunct professor at DU law school.

Marsh has been teaching at DU law school since 1973. She is a professor of trust and estate law and civil procedure. In addition to directing the Wills Lab, a practicum where law students work with practicing attorneys to provide services to low-income clients, Marsh has served in leadership roles in a variety of professional organizations, including the CBA, where she was a member of the Board of Governors.

Matsukage passed the Bar exam in 1980, becoming one of the first Asian-American women attorneys admitted to practice in Colorado. Matsukage is a partner at Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings in Denver, is a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of Colorado, and has served in leadership positions for numerous professional organizations. In 1999, she was presented the National APABA’s Trailblazer Award.

John Baker. Lucy Marsh. Fay Matsukage.


MCBA Professionalism Award

The Mesa County Bar Association (MCBA) recently recognized Betty Bechtel with its 2010 Professionalism Award. Bechtel has been practicing law in Grand Junction since 1980. She has served as President of the MCBA and has been active on numerous nonprofit boards. She also frequently shares her employment law expertise with other members of the Bar. Recent recipients of the MCBA Professionalism Award include Bill Prakken and Terry Farina.

MCBA Professionalism Award recipient Betty Bechtel with MCBA President Rob Zentner (left) and Treasurer Lloyd Quesenberry.


 COBALT Leadership Workshop

Larry Theis presents on
overcoming obstacles.


On Friday, March 19, members of the 2010 COBALT class attended a Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training workshop at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Among the speakers who braved more than a foot of snow to attend the event were Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice and Denver attorneys David Ball, Larry Theis, and Grant Wylie.

The title of the workshop was "Analyzing and Overcoming Obstacles and Other Barriers." Class members learned about performing a SWOT analysis (assessing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of a situation), participated in group exercises, and engaged in a question-and-answer session with Justice Rice.

The COBALT program includes one retreat and four full-day workshops geared toward developing leadership skills. The 2010 program will conclude in June, when there will be a graduation program and celebration.

During the summer and fall, the COBALT Steering Committee will solicit nominations and select twenty lawyers to participate in the 2011 COBALT program. For more information about COBALT, contact Dana Collier Smith at or visit

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice takes questions from COBALT class members. Grant Wylie leads the class
in a SWOT case study


Class members break into groups to
discuss the SWOT scenario.
David Ball discusses work–life
balance for lawyers.


2010 CU Law Alumni Banquet


 Left to right: David Mandarich, Dean David Getches, Larry Mizel, and Gilbert Goldstein.


On March 22, the University of Colorado Law School (CU Law) hosted its twenty-ninth annual Alumni Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency in Denver. With nearly 500 guests in attendance, the 2010 banquet had the highest turnout in CU Law history. It also raised more funds than previous banquets, garnering approximately $44,000 in contributions from law firms, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and alumni. The proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for CU Law students.

Among speakers at the event were CU Law Alumni Board Chair Eric Rothaus, who provided the banquet’s opening statements and recognized current and past Board members, and banquet Chair and Mistress of Ceremonies Jan Steiert, who acknowledged previous alumni award winners and thanked sponsors and advertisers for their support. CU Law Dean David Getches also spoke to guests, briefing them on recent events at CU Law.

The banquet featured an awards presentation that recognized the contributions of four CU Law alumni. The 2010 honorees were: President of the Colorado Senate Brandon C. Shaffer (JD ’01); Gilbert Goldstein of MDC Holdings, Inc. (JD ’42); private practitioner Melissa D. Hubbard (JD ’83); and Gary Jackson of DiManna & Jackson LLP in Boulder (JD ’70).

> Sen. Shaffer was presented the Distinguished Achievement Award for Recent Alumnus by former Colorado General Assembly Majority Leader Alice Madden. Madden spoke of Shaffer’s integrity, as well as the high level of respect his colleagues at the state capitol have for him.

> Goldstein was presented the Distinguished Achievement Award for Executive in Industry by his grandson Jared Seidenberg, who spoke of the impact his grandfather has had on his life and legal career. Larry Mizel, CEO and Board Chairman of real estate company MDC Holdings, also spoke on Goldstein’s behalf, highlighting his contributions to MDC Holdings and to Colorado real estate law.

> Hubbard was presented the Distinguished Achievement Award for Private Practice by Todd Fredrickson of Fisher & Phillips. Fredrickson highlighted Hubbard’s accomplishments in law, as well as his commitment to volunteering, CU Law, and his family.

> Following a video of testimonials from Jackson’s friends and family, Judge Larry Naves presented the William Lee Knous Award—the highest CU Law alumni award—to Jackson. Jackson is a leader among African American lawyers in Colorado, and has encouraged and counseled countless others, working with them to find opportunities to further their careers.


Left to right: CU Regents Joe Neguse, Michael Carrigan, Steve Bosley, and former regent Peter Dietze. CU Regent Michael Carrigan
(left) and Gary Jackson.


Left to right: Judge Larry Naves; Colorado Deputy Treasurer and CU Law Alumni Board Chair Eric Rothaus; honorees Sen. Brandon Shaffer, Melissa Hubbard, and Gary Jackson; CU Law Dean David Getches; honoree Gilbert Goldstein; attorney Jared Seidenberg; and CU Law Alumni Banquet Chair Jan Steiert.


Jokers, Jewels, and Justice


Center Legal Director Mindy
Barton thanks sponsors and
donors at the 2010 Jokers,
Jewels, and Justice
fundraiser on March 11.


On March 11, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Community Center of Colorado (Center) hosted its thirteenth annual Jokers, Jewels, and Justice fundraising event at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver. Proceeds from the event benefited the Center’s Legal and Advocacy program. The program maintains a legal helpline where attorneys advise on issues stemming from the harassment and discrimination of GLBT Coloradans, takes a limited number of high-impact cases for pro bono representation, and provides outreach and education about a variety of GLBT legal issues.


More than 200 people attended the Center’s 2010 fundraiser, which included a casino, a silent auction, and music spun by a professional DJ. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Barrister of the Year award to Denise Maes, director of operations for Vice President Joe Biden. Maes, a former partner and shareholder at Berenbaum Weinshienk PC, is now the highest-ranking lesbian and Latina in the Vice President’s office.

Among sponsors for the 2010 event were: Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Three Olives; Coors; Dorsey Whitney LLP; Killmer, Lane and Newman LLP; Reilly Pozner LLP; the Colorado GLBT Bar Association; The Law Office of Bridget A. McCann LLC; Davis Graham and Stubbs, LLP; and Ambler and Keenan LLC. The Center thanks these and other sponsors, as well as the numerous attorneys who showed their commitment to diversity by attending the event.


Left to right: Center Board Co-Chairs Christopher K. M. Leach and Barbara R. Harrison, 2010 Barrister of the Year Denise Maes, and Center Executive Director Carlos Martinez. State Senator Pat Steadman
(right) and Ray Drew, Executive Director
of the American Civil Liberties Union
of Colorado.


Professional casino gaming was featured at the Jokers, Jewels, and Justice fundraiser. Guests bid on silent auction items as
part of the evening’s festivities.


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