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February 2011       Vol. 40, No. 2       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

The Colorado Legal Community Celebrates the Holidays

DBA Seniors Committee Holiday Luncheon—December 7

Seniors Committee Chair Don McMichael tests the guests knowledge of notable people in Colorado legal history.

The Denver Bar Association (DBA) Seniors Committee hosted its holiday ­party on December 7 at the CBA offices. More than forty members of the Committee shared news and goings-on about one another over lunch amid a holiday atmosphere. In keeping with tradition of the event, Committee Chair Don McMichael led the guests in a quiz about notable people in Colorado legal history, which highlighted the legal accomplishments of several attendees.


Guests enjoy lunch at the DBA Seniors
Committee holiday party.
Jim Bayer fills guests in on what he’s been
doing since last year’s holiday lunch


CBA YLD Holiday Party and Awards Celebration—December 8

CBA YLD Chair Becky Bye and Outstanding Young Lawyer Emanuel Anton.

On December 8, the CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) hosted its annual holiday party at Argyle Gastro Pub in Cherry Creek. The event honored the recipient of the YLD’s 2010 Gary MacPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year award, Emanuel Anton, who attended the event with his wife. Also among attendees were YLD Chair Becky Bye, Immediate Past Chair James Garts, and YLD Council members and their spouses. Bye presented Anton his Outstanding Young Lawyer award and helped lead a white elephant gift exchange for partygoers.





COBALT Holiday Party—December 10

On December 10, sixty people attended the COBALT holiday party at the Denver Athletic Club. The group included members of the 2007–10 COBALT classes, as well as a number of incoming 2011 class members. Also in attendance were CBA President Paul Chan and several members of the inaugural COBALT Steering Committee, including Roger Clark, Mary Jo Gross, Kirk Rider, Liz Starrs, and Bill Walters. The party provided a wonderful opportunity for COBALT alums, newcomers, and founders to meet for the first time and renew old acquaintances.


CAN Holiday Party—December 14

The DBA Community Action Network (CAN) Committee held its holiday party on December 14 at the Uptown Tavern in Denver. The CAN Committee celebrated a successful year of providing valuable legal, educational, social, and civic assistance to people in need. Programs throughout the year addressed matters related to the homeless, and included networking with the legal community and encouraging attorneys to serve on boards of nonprofit agencies for the betterment of the community.

The CAN committee welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining, contact DBA staff liaisons Heather Clark at (303) 824-5350 or, or Kate Mills at (303) 824-5312 or

Left to right: DBA CAN Committee members Nike Fleming (Co-Chair), Patrick Thiessen, Karen Spaulding, Jennifer DiLalla (Co-Chair), and Kalisha Chorba at the annual holiday party.

Monica Márquez Sworn in as Colorado Supreme Court Justice

On December 10, Monica Márquez, deputy state attorney general, was sworn in as a Colorado Supreme Court Justice. She was sworn in by her father, retired Colorado Court of Appeals Senior Judge Jose Márquez. Monica Márquez is the state’s first female Hispanic and first openly gay jurist to serve on the high court. She replaced Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, who retired on November 30.

WCBA Nuts and Bolts CLE

On Friday, December 10, the Weld County Bar Association (WCBA) and the Nineteenth Judicial District (J.D.) Bench–Bar Committee held its Annual Nuts & Bolts CLE program at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Greeley. The event, now in its seventh year, brought together 120 lawyers from all across Colorado for a full day’s worth of CLE programs covering a wide range of topics—from criminal, family, and civil law updates, to immigration and ethics issues.

A highlight of the event was an hour-long Q&A session with judges of the Nineteenth J.D. Panel members were Chief Judge James F. Hartmann; District Court Judges Julie Hoskins, Elizabeth Strobel, Thomas J. Quammen, and Dinsmore Tuttle; County Court Judge Dana Nichols; and Magistrate Mark Gonzales. Attorney William L. Crosier served as panel moderator. The judges answered questions submitted by attendees at the time of registration. Among topics the judges discussed were their courtroom expectations and how electronic filings are handled in the courtroom.

Other presentations included "Ethics in Social Media," by Joshua King; "Personality Disorders and Your Family Law Practice," by Dr. Kathleen McNamara and Robert M. Smith; "Breaking Down the World of Business Immigration," by David A. Harston; "Amending Recorded Covenants," by Lauren C. Holmes; "Family Law Update," by Judge Julie Hoskins and Amy Antommaria; "Criminal Law Update," by Judge Thomas Quammen and Shannon D. Lyons; "DUI Basics & Tips," by Jerry Roselle; and "Civil Law Update," by Judge Elizabeth Strobel, Jennifer Lynn Peters, Brett Payton, and Michael C. Payne. In keeping with tradition, Magistrate John Jostad of the Eighth J.D. gave the final presentation, entitled "Ethics by John."

Planning is underway for the Eighth Annual Nuts & Bolts CLE, which will be held on December 9, 2011. If you would like to present or would like to be included on the e-mail distribution list for announcements related to this event, please contact organizer Jennifer Lynn Peters at

Other upcoming events for the WCBA include the annual dinner, which will be held May 6, 2011. Visit the WCBA website,, for more details.

Shannon Lyons of Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC speaks during a break-out session. To his left is Judge Thomas Quammen.   David Harston of Elkind Alterman Harston, PC presents "Breaking Down the World of Business Immigration."   Chief Judge James Hartmann presents the State of the Courts address.


Judges of the Nineteenth J.D. participated in a panel discussion at the seventh annual Nuts & Bolts CLE. Left to right: Judge Dinsmore Tuttle, Judge Elizabeth Strobel, Judge Julie Hoskins, Judge Thomas Quammen, Judge Dana Nichols, Magistrate Mark Gonzales, and Chief Judge James Hartmann.

Qwest Ethics Program Benefits Legal Aid Foundation

In early December, Qwest, CLE in Colorado, and the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies at the Daniels College of Business co-hosted an interactive ethics CLE presentation for in-house lawyers. Qwest, which served as the program’s sole underwriter, donated all of the proceeds raised—approximately $16,000—to the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado (LAF). LAF raises money to provide civil legal services for low-income people in Colorado.

The event featured a keynote address by Ben Heineman, Jr., former General Counsel at General Electric and one of the National Law Journal’s "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America." It also included a series of panel discussions that involved the audience in a variety of everyday ethical dilemmas confronting in-house counsel. Panelists were: Rich Baer, Andy Crain, David Miller, and Art Saltarelli from the General Counsel’s Office at Qwest; Professor Stephen Pepper of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Pamela Mackey of Haddon Morgan Mueller Jordan Mackey & Foreman; and Rico Munn, former Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Rich Baer, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Administrative Officer at Qwest, presents a $16,000 check to Diana Poole, LAF Executive Director.

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado—News and Highlights

Annual Food Drive Helps Those in Need

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) and the Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC) raised approximately $3,000 during their 2010 holiday food drive. As a result, the organizations were able to provide food baskets to 119 needy Asian/Pacific Islander refugee or immigrant families in Colorado.

More than thirty volunteers came to the APDC’s York Street office to help assemble the baskets, each of which included a twenty-pound bag of rice, a box of noodles, a can of sardines, a box of Choco Pie, and cash gifts. H Mart generously provided extra bags of rice and other food items. Target Stores also donated two fully decorated Christmas trees, which were given to two families selected by APDC staff. Among APABA members who volunteered their time to assist with the food drive were Elisa Chen, Mechelle Faulk, Lynn Hsu, Dennis Kaw, Darlene Kondo, Chuong Le, and Fay Matsukage.

APABA members Dennis Kaw, general counsel for Appliance Factory Outlet, Inc.; Chuong M. Le of Katz, Look & Onorato, P.C.; Mechelle Faulk of Dufford & Brown, P.C.; Lynn Hsu of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP; Elisa Chen of Stettner Miller, P.C.; and Darlene Kondo of RealD.


Save the Date for the Annual Banquet on April 8

The APABA is hosting its annual banquet on Friday, April 8, at the Palace Restaurant, 6265 E. Evans Ave., in Denver. Cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $65 for government and nonprofit employees, and $75 for all others. Platinum and corporate table sponsorships also are available. For more information, contact the APABA at (303) 534-0273 or visit

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