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June 2010       Vol. 39, No. 6       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

APABA of Colorado Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary


A banner on stage welcomed guests
to the APABA of Colorado twentieth
anniversary dinner.

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of Colorado was founded twenty years ago. In 1990, there were thirteen members of the organization—Paul Chan, Jay Choi, Margaret Choi, Lucy Denson, Kerry Hada, Andrew Hamano, Lenny Iwasaki, Linda Kato, Woon Ki Lau, Fay Matsukage, Ron Oh, Gayle Young, and Fred Yu. These founding members were honored at the April 8 dinner at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts that was held to celebrate the organization’s milestone.

In 2010, there are more than 100 members of the APABA of Colorado. Dennis Kaw, 2009–10 APABA President, lauded the founding members for their many professional accomplishments, as well as for setting a high standard of leadership for APABA members who follow and achieve great things. For more information about APABA of Colorado, visit


Mechelle Y. Faulk, APABA of
Colorado President-Elect.
Dennis Kaw, 2009–10
APABA of Colorado President.

 Photos courtesy of Joe Nguyen/

"Moving Forward for Equal Justice" Conference

Stalwarts in the legal community, specifically those who work in the access-to-justice discipline, met on April 23 and 24 at the University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law to brainstorm the most effective ways to provide access to justice for Colorado’s vulnerable populations. The conference, presented by the Colorado Access to Justice (ATJ) Commission, CBA, DU Sturm College of Law, and the University of Colorado Law School, was titled "Moving Forward for Justice." Colorado ATJ conferences are not annual events; they are held when there are issues of broad scope that are important to all members of the legal profession.

The conference included a panel comprising former jurists of the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals that analyzed the pros and cons of providing publicly funded counsel for indigent litigants in civil cases where basic human rights and needs are at stake. The matter, presented to the jurists in the form of a mock oral argument, was titled "Civil Gideon: Exploring the Right to Counsel in Civil Cases." The issue that began with the 1960 U.S. Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright has surfaced anew on a national scale.

Other programs during the conference involved civil justice reform, ethics and technology, and a look at the future of access to justice in Colorado. There also was a presentation of the following 2010 pro bono awards: Jack Donahue Award, Donald Hoagland Award, Coordinator of the Year Award, and Marilyn Meadoff Award (see photo below for award recipients).

Hon. Gale Miller, Colorado Court of Appeals judge, moderated the discussion with presiding judges and the advocates following the mock oral argument on civil Gideon. Panelists left to right: Scott Llewellyn, Morrison and Forester; Hon. JoAnn Vogt; Hon. George Lohr; Hon. Jean Dubofsky; Hon. Steve Briggs; Hon. Marsha Piccone; and Walter Sargent, Walter H. Sargent PC.


Hon. Edward Moss, 17th Judicial District judge, reviewed rules of professional conduct and ethical issues in pro bono representation. His service dog-in-training (at bottom  right) showed unblinking confidence in his master.  CBA 2010 Pro Bono Award winners: Molly French, Colorado
Legal Services (Jack Donahue Award); Lynne Sholler,
Law Office of Lynne Sholler PC (Donald Hoagland Award);
Christie Searls, Qwest ­Corporation  (Coordinatorof the
Year); Woody Garnsey, Kelly, Garnsey, Hubbell, and
Lass LLC (Jacob Schaetzel Award); Michael Hockersmith
(not pictured), Tisdel Law Firm PC (Marilyn Meadoff Award).

The focal point of ATJ conference was the Colorado Supreme Court’s Pro Bono Recognition Program, which included a luncheon and an awards presentation. Every year, the Court recognizes lawyers and firms that contributed during the previous year at least fifty hours per person in pro bono legal work. In addition to recognizing nearly 100 firms, the Court recognized eight Colorado banks for their role in maximizing resources for legal aid through the interest rates paid on trust accounts.

Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey (seated)
poses with (left to right) Justice Greg
Hobbs, CBA President Dave Johnson,
Justice Allison Eid, and Justice Nancy
Rice. Johnson received the
Pro Bono
Achievement Certificate on behalf of
his firm of Johnson & Cord, P.C.
Hon. John L. Kane, Senior Judge,
U.S. District Court, District of
Colorado, was the keynote
speaker at the ATJ luncheon.


Participants in the 2009 Pro Bono Commitment Program posed for a group photo after receiving their achievement certificates during a ceremony on April 23.


Members of the ATJ Commission, left to right, Frederick Baumann (Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP); Connie
Talmage (Colorado Lawyers Committee); Hon. JoAnn
Vogt (ret., Colorado Court of Appeals); and Jonathan
Asher (Colorado Legal Services), presented on the
future of access to justice in Colorado.
Diana Poole, COLTAF and Legal Aid Foundation Executive Director, acknowledged participation and support of legal services by eight Colorado banks.


Happenings on the Hill

On April 14, 2010, Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 080 into law. The legislation clarifies that a court can include animals as protected property in civil protection orders, and that civil protection orders can include a condition whereby animals are protected property when the animal has been threatened or injured as a way to coerce, control, punish, intimidate, or exact revenge on a person or a minor child of the person. The CBA’s Family Law Section, Juvenile Law Section, and Family Violence Program collaborated with the Coalition Against Domestic Violence to support this legislation.

Among those present when Gov. Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 080 were (left to right): Kathleen Schoen (CBA); Sen. Linda Newall; Michelle Fuller (Denver SafeHouse); Frank Ascione (University of Denver School of Social Work and Animal Human Bond Endowed Chair); Amy Miller (Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence); and Rep. Jerry Frangas.


On April 15, Governor Ritter signed House Bill 1135, which updates the Best Interests of the Child statute. Members of the CBA’s Family Law Section and the CBA Family Violence Program, which collaborated with Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence on the effort, were on hand for the signing. The bill replaces the term "spouse abuse," each time it occurs in the statute, with the term "domestic violence."

Looking on as Gov. Bill Ritter signed House Bill 1135 were (left to right): Kathleen Schoen (CBA); Sen. Evie Hudak; Rep. Sue Ryden; Sen. Linda Newell; and Amy Miller (Colorado Coalition Against Domentic Violence).


 DBA’s Bench–Bar Retreat Attracts 100+ Attendees

The Bench–Bar Committee of the Denver Bar Association (DBA) hosted its biannual retreat on Saturday, April 10, at the Warwick Hotel. More than 100 people registered for the event, including seventeen members of the DBA Young Lawyers Division, fourteen law students, and twenty-five members of the judiciary.

DBA President John Baker and CBA President Dave Johnson participated as program facilitators. Among the topics discussed at the retreat was developing methods to facilitate better communications among members of the Bench and the Bar.

The DBA Bench–Bar Retreat included panel and roundtable discussions.


 Boulder County Legal Services Celebrates
Pro Bono Service at Annual Luncheon


BCBA President-Elect Rich Irvin
presented the John Robert Marshall
Award to Elizabeth Brodsky.

Boulder County Legal Services (BCLS) held its annual Pro Bono Luncheon on April 19 to celebrate the outstanding tradition of pro bono legal services in the county. BCLS honored the hundreds of local attorneys, mediators, paralegals, and community members who volunteered 6,600 hours of legal services in 2009 to low-income and elderly residents. The students of the University of Colorado (CU) Law School Legal Aid and Defender Program, under the direction of Professors Norm Aaronson and Deborah Cantrell, and the CU Juvenile Law Clinic, under the direction of Professor Colene Robinson, also were recognized for contributing a combined 1,500 pro bono hours on behalf of BCLS clients.

At the luncheon, BCLS and the Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) honored former managing attorney of BCLS, Elizabeth Brodsky, with the John Robert Marshall Award, recognizing her dedication to providing legal services to the poor. Rich Irvin, BCBA President-Elect, presented the award. The award’s namesake was a tireless advocate for the poor.

Brodsky’s "profound and enduring commitment to serving the poor" manifests in her work as a guardian ad litem and in her continued pro bono work on family law cases. She was applauded for her "strong sense of purpose and compassion in her mission of serving poor people with dignity."

Among those attending the luncheon were fourteen judges and magistrates of the Twentieth Judicial District, and Colorado Legal Services Executive Director Jonathan Asher. Hon. Roxanne Bailin gave the keynote talk, emphasizing the ethical obligation of serving the poor and disadvantaged members of the community. Teresa Marshall, widow of John Robert Marshall, and their daughter, Christine, also were in attendance.

There are three "Coveted Special Awards," presented annually to attorneys selected for recognition. The Extraordinary Pro Se Program Volunteer Award was presented to Mary Louise Edwards; the Litigator to the Rescue Award was presented to David Driscoll; and the Amazing Lawyer Award was presented to William D. Meyer.

Students of the CU Law Legal Aid and
Defender Program contributed 1,500

pro bono hours for BCLS clients.
BCBA members who contributed
75 to 100 hours of free legal
services were recognized at
Pro Bono Luncheon.


 Legal Night Clinics Recognize
Volunteers With Estrella Awards

A tribute was held on May 16 to honor Timothy MacDonald, Susan Cole, Angela Reyes, and Ilene Lin Bloom for their service to the Legal Night Clinics. Legal Night volunteers work toward finding solutions to legal problems that impact children and underprivileged individuals in areas of immigration, credit, housing, landlord–tenant, employment, and family law. In 2009, 221 Legal Night volunteers served 1,347 individuals.

MacDonald serves as the chair of Legal Night’s task force and Cole serves as organizer. Reyes has served as an interpreter and organizer and Bloom has volunteered her services since the program’s inception. For information about Legal Night Clinics, contact Jennie Marquez at (303) 295-9470 or

Child Advocates–Denver CASA Light of Hope Breakfast

On April 21, a fundraising event was held in Denver to honor children who are victims and survivors of child abuse. More than 400 people attended the Light of Hope Breakfast sponsored by Child Advocates–Denver CASA. The mission of Child Advocates–Denver CASA is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Denver Juvenile Court. Specially selected and trained community volunteers from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds provide services for the children.

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper served as honorary chair of this year’s event. Guest speakers included Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.; Hon. Donna Schmalberger, Denver District Court Judge; and Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey.

Among the presentations was one by Kaiya Combs, who shared her story about how a CASA Volunteer made a difference in her life. She was joined at the event by her adoptive parents. Information about Child Advocates–Denver CASA can be found at

Left to right: Mitch Morrissey (Denver
District Attorney); Lisa O’Dell Davis
(Child Advocates Executive Director);
Ann Mosso King (Child Advocates
Board Treasurer); Cynthia Mares
(Child Advocates Board Member).
Left to right: Ann Mosso King,
Kiaya Combs in between her
adoptive parents, and Lisa
O’Dell Davis.


Speed Networking a Hit at El Paso County Bar

EPCBA President-Elect Hank
Eastland networks with law
student LaQuetta Ruston.

On April 22, the El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA) sponsored its first speed networking event for lawyers, legal professionals, and individuals who are active in the legal community. The event was held at The Ritz Grill in downtown Colorado Springs and lasted approximately an hour and a half.

More than twenty people participated. Participants were paired and had two minutes to network. The idea was for them to become introduced and exchange business cards and professional information, including legal specialty.

The EPCBA is planning to make this a quarterly event. Contact EPCBA Executive Director Claire Anderson at for information.

The group of speed networkers
getting acquainted.
Howard Alpern, Jina Koultchizka,
and others speed networking.


2010 Diversity Summit Draws More Than 200

The 2010 Rocky Mountain Legal Diversity Summit, presented by the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence (CCIE), attracted approximately 200 attendees from throughout the country for three workshops, including presentations by both national and local experts. Miguel Rivera, Associate General Counsel for Walmart, was in attendance and commented on the "game changing" nature of Colorado’s legal community.

This year’s Diversity Summit offered workshops by Dr. Arin Reeves, a national diversity and inclusiveness expert from Catalyst, and featured other speakers from Catalyst, who presented on their recent study about female attorneys of color. Other workshops were about diversity and inclusiveness, diversity training, and work/life balance.

The Summit also provided CCIE the opportunity to officially launch its manual, Beyond Diversity: Inclusiveness in the Legal Workplace, and its companion website, The manual is the first of its kind for the legal profession. It offers 300-plus pages of resources on diversity and inclusiveness. A comprehensive report of CCIE’s inclusiveness program can be found in Kathleen Nalty’s article published in the March issue of The Colorado Lawyer on page 27.


Left to right: Miguel Rivera (Walmart);
Brande Stellings (Catalyst); Hon.
Craig Shaffer (U.S. District Court).
Left to right: Miguel Rivera with
Cristal DeHerrera and David Powell
of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.


CBA President-Elect Meets The Colorado Lawyer
Advisory Board and Extends Appreciation
to Outgoing Members

The Colorado Lawyer Advisory Board had the opportunity to meet CBA President-Elect Paul H. Chan at its April 30 meeting. Chan introduced himself to the group and spoke briefly about the benefit to CBA members of the "official publication of the Colorado Bar Association." He thanked Board members for their contributions to the association and the publication.

The terms of three Board members expire on June 30. The CBA and editorial staff prepared plaques to present to the departing members, Hon. John R. Webb, Rebekah S. King, and Eric B. Liebman, as an expression of gratitude for their participation on the Board. Judge Webb, who serves as the Board’s 2009–10 Chair and who was in attendance at the meeting, is shown at right accepting the plaque from Chan.

Denver Bar Foundation’s Barristers Benefit Ball
Raises Funds for MVL and Extols Citizen Lawyers

Every year, the Denver Bar Foundation sponsors a gala event to raise funds for Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL), the pro bono arm of the Denver Bar Association. On Saturday, May 1, the Hyatt Regency at the Denver Tech Center overflowed with high spirits as members of the legal profession gathered to show their support for MVL’s mission to bridge the gap in access to justice by providing pro bono legal services to members of the community who cannot afford legal representation.

MVL is the oldest program of its kind in the United States. It has been operating continuously since 1966.

The theme of the 2010 Barrister’s Benefit Ball was "Citizen Lawyer." John Baker has made it the goal of his 2009–10 DBA presidency to revive the fine tradition of lawyers working to benefit the common good. The excellent turn-out at the Ball indicates that Colorado’s citizen lawyers are making it their goal, too.

Bill Walters, CBA Immediate Past
President (and former DBA President),
with John Baker, 2009–10 DBA
President, at the 2010 Barristers
Benefit Ball.
Stacy Carpenter, DBA
President-Elect, with John Baker.


Dana Collier Smith, CBA Assistant
Executive Director, with Dave
Johnson, CBA President.
Left to right, Denise Richardson,
Tara Miller, and Jill Lafrenz were
among the CBA staff members
at the Ball.


CBA/DBA 2010 Furry Scurry Team a Charmer

The 2010 Furry Scurry event on May 1 was a celebration of the Denver Dumb Friends League’s (DDFL) 100th anniversary of caring for homeless pets, and it earned approximately $960,000 to further the cause. Amid the thousands of people and pooches who traipsed or scampered two miles around Denver’s Washington Park was the charming CBA/DBA team, which this year was twenty-two human participants strong (and nearly as many canines)—the largest ever for the associations!

The CBA sponsors the Colorado Alliance for Cruelty Prevention (CACP), which teaches lawyers, judges, and other professionals about the link between animal abuse and family violence. The DDFL is a partner in this effort. Contact Kathleen Schoen, CBA Director of Local Bar Relations and Access to Justice, at for information about CACP.


The 2010 CBA/DBA Furry Scurry team comprised a record twenty-two people-participants, many of whom are pictured here with their furry companions.


DDFL mascot, Wags, cannot resist Jett’s
charm, and singles
him out for a hug.
Sadie the Min-Pin exudes charm (and style) and patiently waits her turn for hugs. Tracy Rackauskas and Ben Dinsmore
lead the CBA/DBA Furry Scurry team
in charm with pooch Sadie and
baby Soren.
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