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The Colorado Lawyer
November 2010
Vol. 39, No. 11 [Page  9]

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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 sklein@cobar.org.


The President’s Big Swing

Every year, the CBA President travels to local bar associations to meet the members and to learn about issues important to them. From September 14 to September 17, CBA President Paul Chan headed to the mountains for a jam-packed week of President’s visits customarily known as the Big Swing. In a whirlwind of four days, Chan visited seven local bar associations: Pueblo; San Luis Valley; Southwestern; Four Corners; Seventh Judicial District (J.D.) and Delta (combined visit); and Mesa County. CBA Deputy Executive Director Greg Martin accompanied Chan on this weeklong expedition.

San Luis visit. Left to right: San Luis Valley Bar President Matthew Hobbs, Paul Chan, and Ron Howard.

 

Four Corners visit. Left to right: Judge Douglas Walker, Andrew Hughes, Four Corners Bar Secretary Jeremy Botkins, and Richard Sims. 7th J.D. and Delta visit. Left to right: Jock Fleming, Roger Seigel, Mark Howe, Brian Kidnay, and Paul Chan.

 

7th J.D. and Delta visit. Seventh J.D. Bar Secretary Ryan Callahan. Mesa County visit. Left to right: Mesa County Bar President Michael Santo, Jarrod Pearson, Laura Pearson, Paul Chan, and Mesa County Bar Secretary Lloyd Quesenberry.

 


Reciting the Supreme Law of the Land

During the divisive election cycle of 2008, Fort Collins criminal defense attorney Jerry Roselle saw a need to educate voters about their rights and responsibilities as U.S. citizens. He determined that the best place to start would be with the supreme law of the land—the U.S. Constitution. He decided that every day at noon, from Constitution Day in September until Election Day on the first Tuesday in November, he would recite the Constitution outside the Larimer County Justice Center. He named the program Our Constitution Out Loud.

Roselle continued these daily readings during 2009 and 2010, inviting fellow Larimer County Bar Association members to give readings, as well. The readings have extended beyond the Constitution and might include passages from other important documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.

The final reading in 2010 will take place at noon on Election Day, November 2. Members of the public, students, and members of the legal profession are encouraged to join Roselle and others in commemorating the Constitution at the Justice Center in Fort Collins. For more information about the program or to become involved next year, contact Kathryn Hay at (970) 493-1212 or kathryn.hay@coloradodefenders.us.

 

Jerry Roselle reads the Constitution on September 24 outside the Larimer County Justice Center. Left to right: Dan Quinn, Larimer County Bar Association President Kathryn Lonowski, Kathryn Hay, and Jerry Roselle.

 


The Law Club’s Annual Ethics Revue

The Denver Law Club and the CBA Ethics Committee recently hosted two sold-out performances of the Ethics Revue at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret on Denver’s Sixteenth Street Mall. The Ethics Review is an annual CLE program that presents ethics topics in a fun, musical format.

This year, the Law Club performed to the music of Lady Gaga, John Denver, and other well-known artists. Song parodies and skits addressed pertinent legal scenarios and incorporated the night’s theme: a firm of giant blue attorneys debating the merits of teaming up with a firm of humans. Guests learned about topical ethics issues and recent rule changes from an experienced panel of attorneys, including Dick Reeve, Dave Little, Ben Aisenberg, and Doug Foote. DBA Immediate Past President John Baker was the program’s moderator.

Greg Cairns is the fierce "Tan Jal, Client Hunter." Judge Rodgers rocks out at the Ethics Revue.

 

The Law Club belts out a tune.

 


Arapahoe County Bar Association Town Meeting on Diversity

Left to right: Columbia Middle School eighth-grader Sam Whiteside, ACBA member Jim Peters, and Columbia Middle School seventh-grader Triston Childs.

On Thursday, September 30, the Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA), with sponsorship from the CBA, hosted a town hall meeting addressing the importance of a multicultural education. The event took place at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora and was attended by students, teachers, parents, and members of the community. Program moderators were ACBA Diversity Committee Chairman Doddridge Shelby and television journalist Bertha Lynn of KMGH Channel 7.

The program specifically examined the effects of diversity and multiculturalism on the community, the law, health, and social services. Among the presenters were City of Littleton Mayor Doug Clark, Judge Rebecca Moss of the Arapahoe County Juvenile Court, Colorado Women’s Bar Association President Lucy Hojo Denson, and Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.

 

Left to right: Judge John Leopold, ACBA member Dave Stevens, Magistrate Rebecca Moss, and Stacie Bolen and Peggy Rudden-Black of Advocates for Children in Aurora.

 

Left to right: ACBA Diversity Committee Chairman Doddridge Shelby, ACBA President Tom Tomazin, program moderator Bertha Lynn, ACBA Immediate Past President Judge Christine Chauche, and Dave Stevens.

 


Elder Law Retreat

 
Breckenridge provided a beautiful backdrop for the wine-tasting reception.

The CBA–CLE’s second annual Elder Law Retreat was held in late August at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge. The retreat included substantive general and breakout sessions, as well as a unique "unprogram" in which all participants took part in a series of roundtables discussions. As part of the social agenda, guests had the opportunity to explore the scenic town of Breckenridge and to attend an outdoor wine-tasting reception featuring a variety of domestic and international wines.

Left to right: Wayne Stewart and Judge John Leopold. Left to right: Marco Chayet and Mike Kirtland were among faculty at the retreat.

 


Colorado GLBT Awards Dinner

On September 30, approximately 160 people attended the Colorado Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Bar Association’s seventh annual Awards Dinner, which was held at the University of Denver (DU). Proceeds from the dinner will go toward book scholarships for students attending law school at DU or the University of Colorado.

The night’s honorees were: First Assistant Attorney General Andrew P. McCallin, who received the 2010 GLBT Outstanding Attorney Award; Kathleen Nalty, Executive Director of the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, who received the 2010 GLBT Outstanding Ally Award; and past GLBT Bar President Monica Márquez, who received a tribute in recognition of her recent appointment to the Colorado Supreme Court. Speakers included Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and attorney Susan Daggett, the wife of U.S. Senator for Colorado Michael Bennet.

Newly appointed Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Márquez and her parents, Cherry Márquez and retired Colorado Court of Appeals Judge José Márquez. University of Colorado law students enjoy an evening with their future colleagues.

 


Judge Ruckriegle’s Retirement Party

On August 31, the Fifth Judicial District hosted a farewell celebration in Copper Mountain for retiring Chief Judge W. Terry Ruckriegle. The gala was an excellent way for members of the legal profession to pay tribute to the judge for his significant efforts at improving the judicial system. Judge Ruckriegle began his retirement on September 1 after serving twenty-six years on the Bench.

Among those who attended the celebration were Judge Ruckriegle’s daughter, who delivered a dedication to her father regarding his lessons of honor, as well as numerous attorneys who had appeared before him, fellow judges, judicial staff members, and elected officials. CBA President Elect David Masters and CBA Assistant Executive Director Dana Collier Smith also attended the celebration to thank the judge for his serviceto the CBA.

Grant Riva, a private practitioner in Edwards, delivered an entertaining ode to Judge Ruckriegle. Judge Ruckriegle and Kathy Reed, Executive Director of Continental Divide CASA. Judge Ruckriegle and Summit County Judge Ed Casias.

 

After granting Judge Ruckriegle membership into the fictitious "Sheriff’s posse," Summit County Sheriff John Minor commented that he’d been taking orders from the judge all these years—and now it was his turn to give the orders. He then promptly told Ruckriegle to take his seat. State Senator Dan Gibbs and State Representative Christine Scanlin presented Judge Ruckriegle with the state flag that had flown above the capitol on his last day on the Bench.

 

Judge Ruckriegle among colleagues and friends at his retirement party.

 


DU Law Stars Dinner

The University of Denver’s (DU) annual Law Stars dinner was held on Thursday, September 16, at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in Denver. The Law Stars dinner is hosted annually by the DU Sturm College of Law Alumni Council to celebrate DU alumni and others who have made lasting contributions to the field of law and legal education. The 2010 honorees were:

  • solo practitioner and DBA Immediate Past President John Baker—Alumni Professionalism Award;
  • DU law professor Lucy Marsh—Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award; and
  • attorney Fay Matsukage of Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings, PC—Outstanding Alumni Award.

All proceeds raised during the dinner benefit the DU Student Law Office and the DU Law Scholarship Fund.

 

Award recipients, left to right: Lucy Marsh, John Baker, and Fay Matsukage.

 

Distinguished guests at the 2010 Law Stars dinner. Front row, left to right: Ralph Torres, DU Law Professor Tammy Kuennen, Doris Truhlar, Mary Jo Gross, and Laura Dean. Second row, left to right: CBA Exectutive Director Chuck Turner, Pam Gagel, CBA Past President Bob Truhlar, DU Law Dean Marty Katz, and Max Stich. Back row, left to right: Craig Joyce, Howard Kenison, Frank Robinson, Bob Holmes, and Phil Johnson.

 


CBA Joins CWBA in Opposing Amendment 62

On September 21, the CBA and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association held a joint press conference to officially state their opposition to Amendment 62. CBA Executive Council Senior Vice President Andy Toft and CBA President Paul Chan spoke during the press conference, outlining the far-reaching consequences the amendment would have on virtually every area of law in Colorado.

If approved by voters, the amendment would define a person and extend legal rights "to every human being from the beginning of biological development of that human being." The CBA is opposed to this "personhood" amendment solely based on the ramifications it would have on the laws and jurisprudence of Colorado. The term "person" appears more than 20,000 times in the Colorado Revised Statutes and in Colorado regulations and municipal ordinances. To redefine the term as Amendment 62 proposes effectively would amend all of the statutes in Colorado that contain that term.

The CBA’s press release regarding its opposition is available at bit.ly/aO4sSS. A video of Toft delivering the CBA’s statement at the press conference can be viewed at youtu.be/VQ4vSsRQMuw.  

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