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December 2010       Vol. 39, No. 12       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

CBA Co-Sponsors Attorney General Debate

 On Thursday, October 14, the CBA co-sponsored a Colorado Attorney General debate between Republican incumbent John Suthers and Democratic challenger Stan Garnett. The debate was held at the University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law, and was moderated by DU Law Dean Martin Katz. Other sponsors of the event were the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and the Sam Cary Bar Association. Attendees were eligible for one general CLE credit.

Left to right: Colorado Attorney General John Suthers (re-elected on November 2); DU Law Dean Martin Katz (program moderator); and Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett.

CBA Committee Hosts Advanced Domestic Violence Seminar

On October 1, the CBA Domestic Violence and Legal Issues Committee hosted a seminar at the CBA offices entitled "The State of Civil Law and Best Practices in 2010." Among the presenters were Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Victor Reyes (left), and Adam Espinosa (right), Assistant Regulation Counsel with the Office of Attorney Regulation.

DBA Seniors Roast

Walter Gerash was the guest of honor at the Denver Bar Association’s (DBA) annual Seniors Roast, which was held at the University Club in Denver. Gerash, 83, was recognized for his long and successful career as a criminal defense attorney, as well as his demonstrated commitment to social justice. The event was sponsored by the DBA Seniors Committee and emceed by attorney Don McMichael.

Approximately 100 people attended the dinner, including former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justices Joseph Quinn and Luis Rovira; former U.S. District Court Judge Jim Carrigan; and former Denver District Court Judge Roger Cisneros. "Roasters" included Gerash’s son Dan Gerash of Gerash Steiner & Toray; Michael Canges of Senn Visciano Canges Rosenstein; retired attorney Ted Borrillo; sole practitioner Joe Saint-Veltri; and Tony DiVirgilio, Gerash’s longtime investigator.

Walter Gerash and Jim Carrigan. Ted Borrillo and Don McMichael.

Wheels of Justice Appreciation Party

On Thursday, October 21, The Children’s Hospital hosted an appreciation party for members and supporters of the Wheels of Justice (WoJ) cycling team. The WoJ team has been raising money for the hospital for the past five years by participating in the annual Courage Classic. To date, the team has raised more than $1 million for the hospital.

This past summer, the WoJ team raised $250,000 for the hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Party attendees were given a tour of the Center, and learned that the money will go toward research and treatments for cancer and blood disorders.

WoJ team member Heather Purcell and Dr. Roger Giller at the WoJ appreciation party on October 21. Children’s Hospital patient Addison Kleinham and her mother, Sarah.

Law Suit Days

The DBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) hosted its annual Law Suit Days clothing drive on October 21 and 22. Volunteers from the YLD were at the Denver City and County Building both days to collect donations of gently used professional clothing, shoes, and accessories. The items will be given to Bayaud Enterprises, which provides vocational training, job coaching, résumé building, and job placement services for individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.

Left to right: YLD members Nic Heinke, Anna Edgar, and JP Phillips accept donations at the Denver City and County Building.

Introducing the 2011 COBALT Class

The CBA’s leadership training program—COBALT—begins its fifth year in 2011. The program’s new class members are: Teddi Ann Barry, Avon; John D. Becker, Castle Rock; Gillian M. Bidgood, Denver; Becky Bye, Denver; Beth A. Faragher, Denver; Nike L. Fleming, Denver; Frances R. Johnson, Colorado Springs; Donald E. Lake III, Denver; Brian S. Mason, Wheat Ridge; Ian D. McCargar, Fort Collins; Carlos Migoya, Jr., Denver; Daniel C. Mong, Denver; Danielle L. Moore, Denver; Troy R. Rackham, Denver; M. Robin Repass, Denver; Jessica Schmidt, Denver; Shannon B. Sharrock, Fort Collins; Sarah Steinbeck, Denver; Sara Stieben, Fort Collins; and Dianne A. Van Voorhees, Denver.

The 2011 class will meet once a month, from January to June, and will work toward enhancing, promoting, and inspiring leadership in the legal profession and community. For more informationabout COBALT, visit or contact Dana Collier Smith at

Metro Volunteer Lawyers Receives $7,500 Grant

Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL) recently received a $7,500 grant from the Fred and Jean Allegretti Foundation. The organization selected MVL for the grant because it was impressed with MVL’s mission, which is to provide pro bono and low-cost legal assistance to those who qualify based on income.

On October 14, Kimberly Allegretti presented the $7,500 check to MVL Executive Director Dianne Van Voorhees and DBA President Stacy Carpenter on behalf of her family’s foundation. Allegretti, an attorney with Wood Ris & Hames PC, has practiced law in Colorado for nearly twenty years and has served as a volunteer for MVL.

Left to right: Stacy Carpenter, Kimberly Allegretti, and Dianne Van Voorhees.

First Judicial District Judges and Awards Banquet

Award of Merit recipient
Jim Arndt.

The First Judicial District Bar Association’s (1st J.D.) Judges and Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, October 2, at the Lakewood Country Club. The annual event honored incoming and retiring members of the judiciary and featured an awards presentation to recognize individuals for their contributions to the 1st J.D. The 2010 award recipients were:

Melody Glogowski—Lisa Harness Memorial Award

Matthew Kristofco—George Holley Young Lawyer Award

Kerry Simpson—Linda T. Palmieri Award

Jim Arndt—Award of Merit.

In addition, the 1st J.D. welcomed Magistrate Ryan Stuart and honored retiring Magistrate Babette Norton. The event also celebrated the "passing of the gavel" from outgoing President Mark Pautler to incoming President Brian Jeffrey.


Judge R. Brooke Jackson and retiring Magistrate Babette Norton. Judge R. Brooke Jackson, Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Diane Terry, and Judge Randall Arp.

Douglas–Elbert Bar Association Annual Golf Tournament

On October 1, the Douglas–Elbert Bar Association (DEBA) hosted its 2010 Golf Tournament, proceeds of which benefit Douglas Partners. Pictured here, from left to right, are DEBA members Juliet Miner and Aras Ohanian, DEBA President John Becker, and DEBA Secretary Emily Jeter.

LCBA’s Fall Term Day

The Larimer County Bar Association (LCBA) hosted its annual Fall Term Day on Friday, September 10. During the afternoon, LCBA members and their guests were invited to compete in a golf tournament at the Southridge Golf Course in Fort Collins, or to head out for a leisurely twenty-five mile bike ride through the town. Afterward, everyone met for dinner and dancing at the Beach House Grill in downtown Fort Collins.

LCBA members and guests at the Beach House Grill on September 10. Left to right: Peter Linder, Celeste ling, Bob Kling, Laurie Stirman, Elizabeth Linder, Mark Korb, Shannon Sharrock, Joe Sharrock, Elizabeth Macritche, and Eric Sunness.

Recapping 2010
CBA–CLE Keeps Up With Evolving Needs of Members

With the help of countless volunteer attorneys and legal professionals, CBA–CLE is able to offer hundreds of live educational programs and webcasts, thousands of home studies, and more than 140 legal publications to the legal community in Colorado, as well as to attorneys around the country. Although traditional full-day and multi-day live programs are still in demand, time-crunched attorneys appreciate the convenience of live webcasts and home studies, which they can take from the convenience of their offices.


New this year to CBA–CLE is the Legal Connection series. Programs in this series are one or two hours long and deal with hot topics of the day. They are developed by leading experts in the field and information is timely and relevant. There were thirty Legal Connection programs offered in 2010 in areas ranging from bankruptcy to health law. Among the presentations were: "Medical Marijuana Reform: The Definitive Update on H.B. 1284" and "Citizens United and S.B. 203: What’s in Store for Campaign Financing in Colorado’s Mid-Term Election."

Colorado State Senator Morgan Carroll speaks at the "Citizens United and S.B. 203" Legal Connection program.   


Programs and Institutes: The Year in Review

The year started out on a festive note with the Annual Law Education Institute in Vail in January. Hundreds of attorneys from around the country attended the five-day program, which featured top-notch national speakers discussing topics from nine practice areas.


It may come as no surprise that CBACLE summer programs held in the mountain towns continue to draw hundreds of legal professionals each year. Starting in June with the Estate Planning Retreat in Vail and ending in August with the Elder Law Institute in Breckenridge, the summer programs serve as good networking opportunities and are ideal ways to earn quality CLE programming in beautiful Colorado settings.


CBACLE is particularly proud of this year’s Senior Law Day, which offered substantive workshops on issues critical to seniors. For the first time, the event was held in three locations—Denver, Boulder, and Larimer County. More than 1,000 seniors, adult children, and caregivers attended the Denver event. All attendees received a copy of CBACLE’s 2010 Senior Law Handbook. Mark Masters, pictured here, was one of the keynote speakers at the Denver Senior Law Day event.


CBA–CLE in the Blogosphere

Legal Connection not only is the name of CBA–CLE’s short, hot-topic CLE program series, but it also is the name of one of the blogs that CBA–CLE publishes. Focused on delivering timely resources, updates, and continuing legal education to Colorado lawyers, subscribers can opt to receive updates via an RSS feed or by e-mail. Included among the material are new opinions from the Tenth Circuit Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Colorado Supreme Court.

The Learned Lawyer is another CBA–CLE blog. It focuses on events in the Colorado legal community and provides law practice management and technology tips for attorneys. This year, The Learned Lawyer interviewed retiring Colorado Supreme Court Justice Mary Mullarkey; Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Robin F. Finegan; and Denver lawyer and award-winning crime fiction writer Manuel Ramos, left, who published his seventh novel in 2010. Their interviews are available at



CBACLE recently published a book by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs entitled Living the Four Corners: Colorado, Centennial State at the Headwaters. This is a companion volume to his first book, The Public’s Water Resource: Articles on Water Law, History, and Culture. Four Corners is a fascinating read and provides a framework for water law policy and water law history in Colorado.

CBACLE also is publishing a compilation of Historical Perspectives articles, which will be available just in time for holiday sharing.


Coming Attractions

CBACLE is hosting two major events in January: the Annual Law Education Institute in Vail (where else would you rather be skiing in January but Vail), and a new program titled "CLE by the Sea," which will be held in Cancún at the Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort. For years, members have been asking CBACLE to hold a program in a warm-weather locale, and CLE heard the call. The program has been designed so that attendees can attend early morning and late-afternoon CLE programs, and still have time for daytime activities such as golf, swimming, fishing, and shopping.

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