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October 2010       Vol. 39, No. 10       Page  5
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

Senior Law Day 2010 Draws the Masses

On August 14, more than 1,600 people attended Colorado’s annual Senior Law Day event, co-sponsored by the CBA Trust and Estate and Elder Law Sections. For the first time, the full-day event was held simultaneously in three locations: Denver, Boulder County, and Larimer County.

The event offered numerous workshops on legal topics likely to affect seniors living in Colorado, and provided information for caretakers of seniors. Attorneys and other legal professionals conducted the workshops, presenting on such topics as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and fraud prevention. All attendees received a complimentary copy of the Senior Law Handbook, written by attorney volunteers and published by CBA Continuing Legal Education, Inc.

Attorney Carl Glatstein provided opening remarks
at the Denver event, which was held at the
Colorado Convention Center.

To handle the large turnout, the CBA relied on volunteer assistance from attorneys and CBA staff members.


Left to right: Boulder County event sponsor and committee member Kathy Pollicita with Sheila Powell and Darla Schueth of HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Residents of Boulder’s Frasier Meadows Retirement Community with intern Andrew Thompson.



Firms Help Kids Get Prepped for School

During July, forty firms participated in the Denver Bar Association (DBA) Community Action Network’s (CAN) annual school supply drive benefiting children in the Denver Public Schools’ Education Outreach Program. In addition to sundry school supplies, the firms collected more than $2,000 in cash donations.

The CAN Committee, led by the drive’s co-chairs Jennifer DiLalla of Morrison Foerster and Karen Spaulding of Beatty & Wozniak, met its goal of providing 300 children a backpack filled with school supplies.

The children received their backpacks on Sunday, August 8, during a celebration at the Denver Zoo’s Norgren Hall’s Grassland Studio. In addition to receiving school supplies, the children and their families were granted free admission to the park and a complimentary meal, courtesy of the zoo.

Children in the Denver Public Schools’ Education Outreach Program
are all smiles about their new backpacks and supplies.


Volunteer Milo Evangelista organizes the backpacks before the children arrive. Decisions, decisions.

A Family Law Weekend

The 2010 Family Law Institute was held during the first weekend in August at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs. More than 350 Colorado family law attorneys attended the event, which offered a variety of informative programs on emerging family law issues, as well as plenty of social and networking opportunities. During the awards luncheon, the CBA Family Law Section presented its Icon Award to attorney Robert Hinds and honored past chairs who have led the section through its thirty-five-year history. Hinds is only the third recipient of the award; Barb Quade and Joan McWilliams are previous recipients. To read more about the 2010 Family Law Institute and the Icon Award, visit and click on the Community tab.

Past chairs of the CBA Family Law Section were honored at the 2010 Family Law Institute.


Left to right: Les Katz, Beth Lieberman, and Stan
Lipkin were enthusiastic participants in "Hawaiian
Shirt Day" at the Family Law Institute.
Gary Abrams and Lauren Sigman,
in a Hawaiian state of mind.



Pro se Instructors Needed for "Doing Your Own Divorce" Clinic

The DBA Public Legal Education Department needs instructors for the "Doing Your Own Divorce" clinics, which are held on the third Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m., at 303 W. Colfax Ave., Denver. The clinics are informational only and cover divorce procedures and forms, child custody, child support, maintenance, and property division.

This public-service program is presented by attorneys who are DBA members, in partnership with the Denver District Court, the Pro Se Resource Center, and the Office of the Family Court Facilitator. For more information, e-mail Meghan Bush, CBA/DBA Public Legal Education Program Coordinator, at

Wheels of Justice Reaches $1 Million Mark

For the fifth straight year, the Wheels of Justice (WoJ) team, sponsored by the CBA and DBA, participated in the Courage Classic, a three-day mountain bike ride held annually to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital. The 2010 ride took place on Saturday, July 31 through Monday, August 2.

WoJ riders successfully navigated the 157-mile course, which weaves through the Colorado Rockies and up three mountain passes. Through their efforts, the team raised approximately $246,000 for the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD).

On August 31, WoJ Leadership Council members, including Aaron Bradford of Lathrop & Gage, Heather Purcell of Design Onscreen, and Jim Spaanstra of Faegre & Benson, hand-delivered to the CCDB medical staff some of the final checks received this year. Significantly, these additions brought the WoJ’s five-year fundraising total for the Children’s Hospital to more than $1 million.

On Thursday, October 21, the WoJ will host an appreciation party to thank all the sponsors, riders, and volunteers who helped them reach the $1 million milestone. For more information, visit

Left to right: WoJ riders Ricardo Davis of the CCBD, Scott Spangler, Aaron Bradford, Heather Purcell, Jim Spaanstra, Bradley Scott, and Scotty Rolfs during a check presentation ceremony at the Children’s Hospital on August 31.


Jim Spaanstra (left) and Aaron Bradford, shown with one of the Children’s Hospital’s signature red wagons. WoJ team members, including coach Megan Hottman (front), take a break during their training ride up Lookout Mountain.



DILP Reception Acknowledges Diversity Efforts in Colorado


The CBA/DBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee (DILP) hosted a reception on September 23 to honor recipients of the 2010 Qwest Diversity Leadership and Trailblazer Awards. The awards were created in 2007 and were named in appreciation of Qwest’s support of the inaugural Rocky Mountain Legal Diversity Summit.

The Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck law firm received the Qwest Diversity Leadership Award, which recognizes a Colorado law firm or corporate legal department for being a leader in matters related to diversity. The nominees were judged on how well they attracted, welcomed, retained, and promoted diverse attorneys, thus showing their commitment to advance diversity within their organizations.


Recipients of the Qwest Diversity Trailblazer Award were Rich Baer, left, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Qwest, and Michael Connelly, right, Vice President and General Counsel of Xcel Energy. The Trailblazer Award recognizes Colorado attorneys who have made meaningful and significant efforts to advance diversity within their organizations or in the legal profession.

DILP congratulates all of the individuals nominated for their work to improve diversity in the legal profession, including Cynthia Coffman of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, David Fine of the Denver City Attorney’s Office, and Kevin Hecht of White and Steele, as well as law firm nominees Holland & Hart and Reilly Pozner.

Call for Nominations: Mary Lathrop Award

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) Mary Lathrop Award is presented annually to an outstanding female attorney who has enriched the community through her legal and civic activities. The award recognizes the tradition begun by Mary Lathrop, a Colorado lawyer who practiced during the first half of the 20th century and blazed many trails for women in the profession.

Members of the Bar are encouraged to submit nominations for the next Lathrop award, to be presented at the thirty-fourth annual CWBA Convention in June 2011. Nominations are due by November 5, 2010. For more information or to submit a nomination, contact a Professional Advancement Committee Co-Chair: Sarah Chase-McRorie,, or Alexa Roberts Salg,

Seniors Golf Tourney: The Results Are In

The DBA’s annual Seniors Golf Tournament was held on August 11 at the Homestead Golf Course in Lakewood. Seventeen DBA members thumbed their clubs at the summer heat and competed in the annual tournament. The winners were:

Low gross:
1st place—Dave Brouhgom
2nd place—Jack Barker
3rd place—Dick Harvey

Low net:
1st place—Pete Willis
2nd place (three-way tie)—Jon Clarke, Dave Furgason, and Bill Waggoner

  Left to right: Dave Furgason, Dave Brougham,
Pete Willis, and Jack Barker.


Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Elects New Officers


Peter Koclanes has been elected President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA). Koclanes, left, is a member of Sherman & Howard L.L.C. in Denver, where he focuses on commercial, class action, securities, corporate governance, natural resources, and intellectual property litigation. He has been an active CTLA member for the past fourteen years and has been named CTLA Volunteer of the Year three times.

Other newly elected CTLA officers are: Carrie Frank of Klein | Frank PC in Boulder, president-elect; Pueblo attorney James Croshal, vice president; Michael Ogborn of Ogborn, Summerlin & Ogborn LLC in Denver, secretary; and Michael Mihm of Starrs Mihm LLP in Denver, treasurer. Each of the officers will serve a one-year term. For more information about the CTLA, visit

Clean Out Those Closets for a Good Cause

Tony Ryan and Trent Ongert collecting donations during Law Suit Days 2009.

On Thursday and Friday, October 21 and 22, the DBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is hosting Law Suit Days. Donations of gently used professional clothing, shoes, and accessories will be taken on the steps of the Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St., from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days. If weather is inclement, donations will be taken on the second floor of the rotunda, just inside the entrance to the Denver City and County Building. The DBA YLD will not be able to pick up donations and cannot accept donations on alternative dates.

All items donated will be given to Bayaud Enterprises, a local nonprofit organization that provides vocational training, job coaching, résumé building, and job placement services for individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, as well as to homeless or low-income individuals and families. For additional details about Law Suit Days, contact DBA YLD Chair Tony Ryan at





Transitions: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Here’s an idea: spend two weeks building a home in the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire with Habitat for Humanity. Need more options? What about spending two years with the Peace Corps in Mongolia or Eastern Europe or Africa? You’d prefer to stay in-state? Why not invest one day a week working in Denver on a variety of service projects?

On Wednesday, October 13, the DBA Transitions Committee is hosting a program to inform legal professionals who are retiring or scaling back their workloads about these and other exciting volunteer opportunities. The program will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the DBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900. Cost is $10 for DBA members and $15 for nonmembers. To register, e-mail or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

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