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August 2010       Vol. 39, No. 8       Page  7
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

Legal Aid Foundation Reception Acknowledges Supporters

Left to right: Ben Aisenberg, LAF Board Chair Dick Gast, and LAF Treasurer Melinda Harper.

On June 21, the Legal Aid Foundation (LAF) honored numerous donors at a buffet reception at Gallery 1261 in Denver. Board Chair Dick Gast introduced individuals who donated $1,000 or more during the past year. These donors became the newest members of the LAF Leadership Society.

Established in 2009, the LAF Leadership Society entered the names of seventy-one generous donors into its first roster. This year, eighty-five donors were introduced into the LAF Leadership Society. At the June reception, the entire roster of 156 members received certificates recognizing their outstanding support of legal aid services in Colorado.

Jon Asher, Executive Director of Colorado Legal Services, spoke at the reception. He explained to attendees that generous private support can be instrumental in producing a meaningful level of access to justice in the state.

The event was sponsored by US Bank, EON Office, and Iron Mountain. In-kind contributions were provided by IKON, Primo Vino, and Molson Coors.

Longtime LAF supporters Robert Duncan
(left) and Hubert Farbes.
Left to right: Steve Lass, CBA Past President Dave Johnson, and Deborah Adams.


Golf Tourney Raises Funds for Metro Volunteer Lawyers

On Monday, June 7, approximately eighty lawyers and judges gathered at the Lakewood Country Club to compete in the Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament and help raise money for the Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL) organization. The event raised more than $4,000 for MVL, which provides free or low-cost legal services to Denver-area residents who meet certain financial criteria.

The following individuals earned top honors in their respective divisions: Challenge/Low Gross—Peter Garvin, Joe Mowery, Rick Miller, and Rich Yoke; Challenge/Low Net—William Hood, John Baker, Dave Stevens, and Michael Mullins; Champions/Low Gross—Tim Kratz, Edgar Neel, Susie Roh, and Sarah Hall; Champions/Men Low Gross—Todd Jansen; and Champions/Women Low Gross—Susie Roh.

Left to right: Miranda Fleischer, Nancy Rice, Andrea Berry, and Holly Sterrett.
Left to right: John Sadwith, Brad Levin, Chuck Turner, and Alan Ogden.
Left to right: Michael Valdez, Greg Smith, Gary Abrams, and Bob Steenrod. Left to right: Harvey Curtis, Susan Veihman, Sheela Stach, and Marlene Curtis.


CAN’s Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive
Raises Nearly $38,000 in Food and Monetary Donations

During mid-May, the Denver Bar Association’s (DBA) Community Action Network (CAN) sponsored its annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive. The sixty-seven firms and businesses that participated in the drive collected approximately seventy-two barrels (6,959 pounds) of food that was valued at close to $9,000. In addition, $28,871 was raised in cash donations. All proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies.

Special recognition was given to the following "winners" of the friendly food drive competition: Orten Cavanagh Richmond & Holmes, LLC; Harris, Karstaedt, Jamison & Powers, P.C.; Berenbaum Weinshienk PC; Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP; Faegre & Benson LLP; and Baker and Hostetler LLP (recipient of the Overflowing Barrel Award, which honors the largest donations by a first-time participating firm of any size). The CBA Litigation Section also earned special recognition for donating an additional $5,000 to food banks around the state.

New Member Mixer Offers Valuable Networking Opportunity

On Thursday, June 10, the DBA hosted the New Member Mixer, a networking event that offered new and young lawyers the opportunity to meet and chat with seasoned attorneys. Due to the large turnout, the DBA plans to hold similar networking events in the future. To learn about these and other upcoming DBA events, check out the DBA’s Facebook page or visit

DBA Immediate Past President John Baker addressing attendees at the New Member Mixer on June 10.

Workers’ Comp Section Recognizes
Cliff Eley for Outstanding Achievement

The CBA Workers’ Compensation Section held its annual dinner on Wednesday, June 23, at Maggiano’s Restaurant in downtown Denver. During the event, the Lance Butler award was presented to Denver attorney Cliff Eley for outstanding practice in the field of workers’ compensation. Cliff’s brother, Administrative Law Judge Craig Eley, presented the award. Among the speakers at the dinner were Larry Blackman, Tom Kanan, and John Sbarbaro.

Cliff Eley (left) with family members and co-workers during the CBA Workers’ Compensation Section’s annual dinner at Maggiano’s Restaurant. Hon. Craig Eley (right), an administrative law judge with the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation, presenting the Lance Butler award to his brother, Cliff Eley.


DBA Annual Awards Party Honors
Outstanding Legal Professionals

On Tuesday, June 8, hundreds of attorneys, judges, and guests attended the DBA’s awards dinner at the Curtis Hotel ballroom in Denver. The event is held annually to recognize the exemplary achievements of DBA members. This year’s award recipients are pictured below (left to right): Hon. Larry J. Naves, Judicial Excellence Award; Jason A. Crow, Volunteer of the Year; Kara D. Veitch, Young Lawyer of the Year; and Mark A. Fogg, Award of Merit. Also during the event, outgoing DBA President John Baker passed his presidency gavel to incoming DBA President Stacy Carpenter.

APABA Past President Receives Minuteman Award

On May 26, Buckley Air Force Base celebrated Asian Heritage Month at the base’s Leadership Development Center. Dennis Kaw, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Immediate Past President, was the keynote speaker. Kaw, a trial attorney at Sweetbaum, Levin & Sands, P.C. and a former Air Force Captain with the Judge Advocate General Corps, shared lunch with 100-plus active-duty and reserve soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. After lunch, Kaw addressed the group, speaking about leadership in the military and the community. At the end of the ceremony, Colonel Kenneth Sanchez, a Colorado Air National Guard commander, presented Kaw with the Minuteman Award for his contributions to the military and to Colorado communities.

Dennis Kaw speaking at the Buckley Air Force Base Leadership luncheon. Dennis Kaw with troops at Buckley Air Force Base on May 26. Colonel Sanchez presenting the Minuteman Award to Dennis Kaw.


Seniors Banquet Celebrates DBA Members
Admitted to the Bar in 1960

On Wednesday, June 9, the DBA hosted its Seniors Spring Banquet to recognize members who were admitted to the Bar fifty years ago. The event, which boasted a record turnout, was held at the University Club in Denver. This year’s honorees were: Lawrence A. Atler; Gerald L. Bader, Jr.; Richard H. Bate; Charles F. Brega; John E. Clough; Robert H. Durham, Jr.; Sheldon E. Friedman; William G. Kemp; William O. Lamm; Edward T. Lyons, Jr.; R. Lee Payne, Jr.; and John D. Phillips, Jr. The two emcees for the evening were DBA Past President Mary Jo Gross and Immediate Past President John Baker, who took turns introducing each of the fifty-year honorees by reading short bios summarizing the achievements of each member.

Seated (left to right): Jerry Bader, Bill Kemp, and Bill Lamm. Standing (left to right): Ed Lyons, Larry Atler, John Clough, R. Lee Payne, Richard Bate, and Bob Durham. Not pictured: Charles Brega, Shel Friedman, and John Phillips.


CCIE’s "Dream Teams" Foster Interest
in Law Among Minority Students


Members of the Martinez Dream Team at the State High School Diversity Conference in January 2010 (left to right): Colorado Court of Appeals Judge José Márquez; University of Denver law student Sana Hamelin; Jenny Van; Gina Casias of Qwest; DILP Chair Meshach Rhoades of Qwest; and Harisha Bastiampillai of Qwest.

In response to the declining rate of law school applications from minorities, the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) has been working with the legal community to develop projects that encourage diverse individuals to choose law as a career. The "Dream Team" pipeline initiative is one such project. Dream Teams are made up of ten to twelve legal professionals who volunteer at various events around the state. The teams’ goal is to encourage minority undergraduate students to do well in school and start planning for the future, possibly one that would include a career in law.

Currently, CCIE has five Dream Teams. Each is anchored by one federal or state judge, and comprises a combination of minority and non-minority law students, legal administrators, in-house counsel, government attorneys, and lawyers at small and large law firms. Current Dream Team leaders are: Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez; Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Daniel; U.S. Magistrate Judge Kristen Mix; U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer; and Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Gilbert Román.

Students from Escuela Bilingue in Lafayette.

Since 2008, Dream Team members have participated in career days at elementary, middle, and high schools; attended law school events; hosted courtroom visits; and served as judges and coaches for high school debate and mock trial teams. Specifically, Judge Shaffer has volunteered with the Denver Urban Debate League (DUDL) as part of his Dream Team’s initiatives. Chief Judge Daniel has opened his federal courthouse to Denver Kids, an organization that supports Denver Public School students in high-risk environments, encouraging them to complete high school and pursue post-secondary options. This spring, members of his team also met with students at Regis University to talk about the process of applying to law school. Damian Arguello, Dream Team volunteer and current Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) President, recently organized a CHBA presentation to sixty fifth-graders at Escuela Bilingue in Lafayette, an elementary school with a large number of native Spanish speakers.

Dream Teams work closely with the CBA/DBA Diversity in the Legal Profession (DILP) Committee. Many Dream Team members also volunteer with DILP, including its Chair Meshach Rhoades, an attorney at Qwest Communications. Rhoades has volunteered with the Dream Teams since the program’s inception. She coordinates two teams and has spent many hours working with inner-city high school debate teams.

CCIE currently is seeking volunteers for Dream Teams for the upcoming school year. Volunteers participate in three to four activities a year (generally donating approximately ten hours per year) and may choose to volunteer more time. Members of the profession who are interested in joining a Dream Team or who would like additional information about this or other CCIE projects may contact CCIE Executive Director Kathleen Nalty at or visit the CCIE website at

Dream Team member Eric Bono of the University of Colorado Law School’s Career Development Office speaking with elementary school students at a career fair in 2009. High school student Reuben Aguirre with U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer at the DUDL City Championship Tournament in March 2010.


Are You Ready for Some Football?

The DBA Lawyers’ Touch Football League starts its forty-second season on Sunday, September 12. Games will be played at Eisenhower Park in southeast Denver. Teams must have at least seven players, but it is recommended that each team’s roster have at least thirteen players. Team members can be lawyers or law students. If you are interested in fielding a team or wish to place your name on the list of free agents, contact Vic Stazzone at or John Stevens at

Collateral Attack has been the Touch Football League champ for three years straight. Team members are (back row, left to right): Mike Fredregill, Barry Burns, Sean Hanlon, Mark Walters, James Allen (with daughter Olivia), and C.J. Chapman; and (front row, left to right): Coach Judge Alfred Harrell, Kevin Robinson, Jereme Lynn Baker, Greg McClure, Jason Rietz, and Jeff Smith. Not pictured are Buck Beltzer, Jeff Gaston, and Matt Striegel.


Network With Fellow Attorneys and Judges
at the Tenth Circuit Bench and Bar Conference

Don’t miss the 2010 Tenth Circuit Bench and Bar Conference, which is being held on August 26–28 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Distinguished guests will include Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor; Lord Igor Judge, Chief Justice of England and Wales; and Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Canadian Supreme Court. The conference is an excellent networking opportunity, and is a good occasion for attorneys and judges to become acquainted outside the courtroom. For more information about the conference, visit

CBA–CLE Highlights

2010 Estate Planning Retreat—June 17–19 in Vail

Nearly 200 attorneys went to Vail for the 2010 Estate Planning Retreat in June. Between the excellent plenary sessions and concentrated breakout sessions, attendees were able to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather, including taking rides on the gondola.




IP and Technology Institute—June 3–4 in Westminster

A packed house of more than 300 attorneys, including many in-house counsel, attended the Intellectual Property and Technology Institute in Westminster. Prestigious local and national speakers provided up-to-the-minute information on patents, trademarks and copyrights, and trade secrets.

Mark Lemley, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, served as moderator of a panel of U.S. District Court judges from around the country. Attendees network with colleagues at a wine-tasting event following the Institute.


Rocky Mountain Securities Conference—May 7 in Denver

  The annual Rocky Mountain Securities Conference marked its forty-second year in 2010. Attendance numbers were especially high this year. Headline speakers included former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt and current SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter, who discussed such topics as ethics and enforcement.
Elisse Walter, Commissioner of the SEC in Washington, DC, was a special guest speaker at the conference.  


 Coming Attraction: Senior Law Day—August 14

This year, Senior Law Day is on Saturday, August 14, and is being held in three locations: Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. The event is recommended for seniors and their children, as well as attorneys and other legal professionals who deal with Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance, trust and estate, and other related issues. Each participant will receive a free copy of the Senior Law Handbook, which is packed full of useful information for seniors. The event is jointly sponsored by CBA–CLE and the CBA Trust and Estate and Elder Law Sections. For more information, visit

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