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July 2010       Vol. 39, No. 7       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

New Attorneys Admitted to Practice Law in Colorado

On May 17, approximately 150 attorneys were sworn in to practice law in Colorado. Speakers at the swearing-in ceremony included U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello; former Supreme Court Justice Luis D. Rovira; 2009–10 Denver Bar Association (DBA) President John T. Baker; and 2010–11 DBA Young Lawyers Division Chair Becky Bye.

In total, 264 people passed the February Bar exam. Congratulations to all of the new Colorado-licensed attorneys! For the pass list, see pages 20–21 of the June issue of The Colorado Lawyer or go to

Among the attorneys in attendance at the spring swearing-in ceremony who renewed the Oath of Admission were (left to right): Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers; University of Denver Sturm College of Law Dean Martin J. Katz; John Baker; Justice Luis Rovira; and University of Colorado Law School Dean David H. Getches.
Speakers at the spring swearing-in ceremony included (left to right): John Baker; Justice Luis Rovira; and Judge Christine Arguello.

2010 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award

Bill Walters presented the Paralegal of the Year Award to Heidi Loeffel.

The 2010 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award recently was presented to Heidi Loeffel of the Denver law firm Ewing & Ewing, P.C. CBA Past President William E. Walters was the guest speaker and presenter at the Colorado Paralegal Day reception on May 6. The event was co-hosted by the CBA Paralegal Committee and Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association.

Congratulations to all nominees for the 2010 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award. They are: Trina Barnes, Ingrid Gilkey, and Cynthia Schell of Donelson Ciancio & Goodwin; Jody Pic in Greeley; Kathy Francis of Hanes & Schutz, LLC; and RoxAnn Mack and Darla Pearsall of Faegre & Benson.

This year’s event was made possible by many sponsors. Thanks go to: Ilene Lin Bloom, P.C; Colorado Association of Legal Support Staff; Colorado Bar Association; DBA Placement Service; Denver Bar Association; Faegre and Benson; Robert Half International; Holme Roberts & Owen LLP; Hunter + Geist; Litigation Solution Incorporated; Paralegal Resource Center; Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association; Rossi Staffing, LLC; Special Counsel; and Strategic Staffing Associates.

Local Bar Associations Welcomed
Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey

Members of the Sixteenth Judicial District (16th J.D.) Bar Association and the Southeastern Colorado Bar Association welcomed Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey on April 30 for a dinner that was catered by Pat Herrick and Sodexo food service. Justice Mullarkey travelled to the Arkansas Valley to participate in the May 1 rededication of the historical Bent County Courthouse.

Chief Justice Mullarkey and her husband, Rev. Tom Korson, joined approximately forty local practitioners and their guests at Otero Junior College. The visit provided an opportunity to discuss with Justice Mullarkey the unique legal concerns of this rural Colorado community.

District Court Chief Judge M. Jon Kolomitz and 16th J.D. Bar Association President Erin Pickering were among the event’s hosts. In a display of the Arkansas Valley’s hospitality, Pickering presented the Chief Justice a gift that included locally produced cantaloupe preserves, honey, and watermelon jelly from Hanagan’s Farm Market.

Left to right: Robert Pickering; Erin Pickering; Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey; Rev. Tom Korson; and Judge Jon Kolomitz.

CBA President-Elect David L. Masters—
Climbing to New Heights

On February 24, 2010, the seventh day of their climb, CBA President-Elect David L. Masters and his wife, Mary Jane Masters, reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa.

During their eight-day trek to the 19,340-foot summit, five climbers (plus requisite guides and porters) in Masters’s group faced a tremendous amount of rain and snow. They approached the summit via the Lemosho route through the Western Breach, which is a non-technical class 3 effort. One climber suffered altitude sickness and at approximately 18,500 feet was evacuated from camp.

Masters, who hails from Montrose, looks forward to meeting members when he travels around the state with CBA President Paul Chan. Members are welcome to contact him at

Dave and Mary Jane Masters at the 19,340-foot summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2010.

Mesa County Bar Association Welcomed
Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs
as May Luncheon Presenter

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs was the featured presenter at the Mesa County Bar Association’s (MCBA) general membership luncheon. Justice Hobbs spoke on a favorite topic: Abraham Lincoln and Equal Justice Under Law.

Current MCBA President is Robert Zentner. Other MCBA Board members include Leslie Castro, Ed Nugent, Lloyd Quesenberry, Michael Santo, and David Scanga. Laurie Cahill is the 2010–11 MCBA Treasurer.

 Left to right: Rob Zentner, Justice Greg Hobbs, and Lloyd Quesenberry.

Weld County Bar Association Annual Dinner
and Membership Meeting

The Weld County Bar Association (WCBA) held its annual dinner and membership meeting on May 7. During this event, the WCBA traditionally presents various awards and elects new officers and board members. The 2010 event also included: a silent auction, which raised more than $1,500 for Weld County Legal Services, and a movie screening of My Cousin Vinny.

WCBA Immediate Past President Mark Gonzales made the following award presentations: the Frank Henderson Award for professionalism to Brett Payton; the Mediator of the Year award to Michael C. Payne; the Sandy Carr Award for pro bono accomplishments to Diane Neuerburg; and the Andrew Borg Award for outstanding contribution of legal services to indigent persons to Mario Rivera. Payton is an associate with the firm of Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC, and emphasizes real estate and business litigation. Payne is an associate with Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC, emphasizing real estate and bank litigation. Neuerburg is a paralegal with the firm of Hagen & Melusky in Windsor. Rivera is an attorney at Colorado Legal Services in Greeley.

Gonzales passed the gavel to Jennifer Lynn Peters, who is serving as WCBA President for fiscal year 2010–11. Stacey Aurzada, is the President-Elect. Two WCBA Board members also were introduced: Timothy P. Brytenson and Robert Herrera.

The WCBA is planning its annual Nuts & Bolts CLE and invites members to mark their calendars and save the date of December 10, 2010. Contact Jennifer Peters for more information at

Michael C. Payne (left) received the
Mediator of the Year award from Mark
Gonzales. Photo by Fred L. Otis.
Brett Payton (left) received the Frank
Henderson Award for professionalism
from Mark Gonzales.
Photo by Fred L. Otis.


Randall P. Salky Named Rebekah A. McBride
Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

The Northwest County Bar Association (NCBA) held its annual meeting on May 14 in Steamboat Springs. The meeting’s program included presentation of the Rebekah A. McBride Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award to the 2010 recipient, Randall P. Salky.

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Salky moved to Steamboat Springs in 2005. Salky and his wife, Paula, have two teenaged daughters, Miranda and Reina. His law practice emphasizes criminal defense, divorce and family law, and mediation. His pro bono activities include representing indigent and low-income parties in domestic abuse cases, as well as representation of criminal defendants through the Colorado Alternative Defense Counsel.

Performing community service runs in the Salky family. Thirteen-year-old Reina recently undertook the project of raising funds to purchase headstones for the graves of eleven veterans buried in Steamboat Springs Cemetery. The headstones, which were dedicated at the 2010 Memorial Day service, include the name of the veteran, the dates of birth and death, the conflict served in, and the branch of military served. For the complete story of this volunteer effort, visit

Rebekah A. McBride provided pro bono services in Craig for more than eighteen years. Her clients included victims of domestic violence with children at risk. She was among the first recipients of the Attorney of the Year award that is presented by the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project.

CBA President Paul Chan (center) presented the 2010 Rebekah A. McBride Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award to Randy Salky. District Court Judge Michael A. O’Hara is at left.
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