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April 2011       Vol. 40, No. 4       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

DEBA and SCBA Welcome Paul Chan

CBA President Paul Chan made visits to several local bar associations over the winter, including visits to the Douglas–Elbert Counties Bar Association (DEBA) on February 9 and the Southern Colorado Bar Association (SCBA) on February 11. Here are a few photo highlights.

Paul Chan speaks to DEBA members at Siena at the Courtyard in downtown Castle Rock. Also pictured is DEBA President John Becker.   Left to right: DEBA Secretary Emily Jeter, DEBA President John Becker, CBA President Paul Chan (with son Andrew), and DEBA Vice President Donna Stewart.
Retired Judge George Newnam (left) and Chief Judge Claude Appel of the Third Judicial District.   Paul Chan delivers his CLE presentation to SCBA members at the Little Catering Company in Trinidad. Debra Garcia, Huerfano County Court Reporter, is at left.

Lessons on Leadership for COBALT Class

On February 18, participants in this year’s CBA Leadership Training Program—familiarly known as COBALT—attended a meeting at the CBA offices in Denver. Featured speakers were CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner (left) and CBA President Elect David Masters (right), who spoke to the class members about their experiences as leaders in the Colorado legal community.

At the Movies With DBA YLD

On March 2, nearly 100 young lawyers attended Legal Film Night at the University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law. The free event was co-sponsored by the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (DBA YLD) and the DU Student Business Law Society. Guests watched The Social Network and chatted with other young lawyers over pizza, and then participated in a CLE program by Michael Dulin of Hensley, Kim & Holzer LLC. Visit the DBA website,, for information about future YLD programs and events. See also the CBA?YLD "News and Notices" section in The Colorado Lawyer for more.

DBA Past Presidents’ Dinner

The DBA Past Presidents’ dinner was held on Wednesday, March 2, at Olivéa Restaurant in downtown Denver. Approximately fifty former Presidents and their guests gathered to salute the DBA’s most recent leadership.

Past President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro is pictured here presenting the President’s Pin to Immediate Past President John Baker. Tenreiro congratulated Baker on his outstanding leadership during his tenure and for exemplifying a true Citizen Lawyer.

Judge Mary Celeste Named
Recipient of CWBA Award

The Professional Advancement Committee of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) recently named Judge Mary A. Celeste recipient of its 2011 Mary Lathrop Award. Created in 1991, the award is presented annually to a female attorney who has enriched the community through her legal and civic activities.

Judge Celeste was recognized for her commitment to public service, outstanding leadership, and devotion to excellence throughout her legal career. Judge Celeste had practiced personal injury law for fifteen years when she was appointed to the Denver County Court in 2000. In 2008, she became the first female Presiding Judge of the Denver County Court. She also was the first female chair of the American Judge’s Association (AJA) Educational Committee, and is the current President of the AJA.

Judge Celeste has been an active member of the CWBA, serving on the Board from 2001 to 2004. She was co-chair of the Convention Committee in 2000 and 2001, and was a representative to the CBA Board of Governors in 2002. She is the current President of the Colorado Women’s Bar Foundation. She also is an active member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and has served on the CBA Board of Governors.

John Flanders to be Inducted Into
Boulder County Business Hall of Fame

On Wednesday, April 27, Longmont attorney John C. Flanders will be inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Plaza Conference Center in Longmont. He and five other individuals will be honored for their success in business and their contributions to philanthropic endeavors.

A native of Longmont, Flanders graduated from the University of Colorado Law School before joining Flanders Elsberg Nash Herber & Dunn in 1970. His great grandfather co-founded the firm in 1871, and his great uncle and father also were members of the firm. His practice focuses on estate and trust planning and administration, real estate law, business law, banking law, and taxation.

Flanders is active in the Longmont Rotary Club, having served as its Editarian and on many committees throughout the years. He served as chair of the Longmont Rotary Charity Fund from 1996 to 2002. He has been chair of the Longmont United Hospital Foundation since 1999 and a member of the Board since 1993. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Longmont United Hospital from 1979 to 1988, serving as President from 1982 to 1988. He has served on the Boards of the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce, the Longmont Red Cross, the First Congregational Church, the Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Longmont, the Longmont YMCA, and St. John’s School.

Flanders also has coached little league basketball for many years. He has logged more than 1,000 wins as head coach of the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade competitive league teams for the Longmont Lightning Club (girls) and the Longmont Youth Boys Basketball Club from 1993 through 2008. He was the head coach of the Longmont High School girls’ basketball team for the 2000–01 school year.

Tickets for the 2011 Hall of Fame induction ceremony are available for $55 each or $500 for a table. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or contact Stacy Cornay at (303) 651-6612.

ABBA Implements New Civil Practice Section

The Adams/Broomfield Bar Association (ABBA) recently added the Civil Practice Section (CPS) to its membership programs. Attorney Michael Grills was appointed to serve as the founding section chair of the CPS. A longstanding member of the ABBA, Grills has more than twenty years’ experience handling various civil matters in courts throughout Colorado. He has nurtured his interest in facilitating opportunities for continuing education within the local legal community and his commitment to improving the quality of legal services to those served in the community throughout his entire career.

CPS has several programs scheduled for the upcoming months. The inaugural program—a brown-bag luncheon featuring Judge Harlan Bockman—was held on March 16 at the Adams County District Attorney’s Office. Judge Bockman’s presentation addressed the topic of preparing a client for mediation. Future CPS program topics include: understanding and getting the best values and coverage from your malpractice insurance; a trial advocacy topic facilitated by a representative of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; communications strategies for attorneys; and professionalism. Programs generally will rotate between Broomfield and Brighton for the convenience of ABBA members.

For more information about CPS and upcoming programs, contact Mike Grills at (303) 453-4929 or Suggestions on topics and presenters are welcome.

Report on the Denver Regional
High School Mock Trial Tournament

Colorado Academy Teams A and B advanced from the Denver Regional High School Mock Trial Tournament on February 11 and 12. The Colorado Academy students and teams from CEC Middle College of Denver, George Washington High School, La Academia, and Denver School of Science & Technology argued a civil cyberstalking case in front of local attorneys and judges. They were competing for two spots in the Colorado State High School Mock Trial tournament, which took place March 11 and 12 at the Adams County Justice Center.

Glenwood Springs High School was the ultimate victor in the state competition, and will be representing Colorado in the national competition in Phoenix, Arizona in May. A complete rundown of the 2011 tournament, including team photos, will be printed in the May issue of The Colorado Lawyer.

Magistrate Peter Stapp presiding
over witness testimony
  Students from the Denver School
of Science & Technology.
Hon. Donald Abram presiding.   Denver Regional Outstanding
Witness Award winners.
Denver Regional Outstanding
Attorney Award winners.
  Denver Regional Team
Professionalism Award winners.

Chief Judge David Bottger Receives
MCBA Professionalism Award

Chief Judge Bottger
reflects on professionalism.

On February 11, the Mesa County Bar Association (MCBA) presented Chief Judge David A. Bottger its 2011 Professionalism Award during a celebration at the Bookcliff Country Club. Approximately 120 Grand Junction lawyers and their guests attended the event, which featured dinner, a live performance by the band Pineapple Crackers, and trivia questions about Chief Judge Bottger. During the evening, Judge Bottger’s law school classmate and moot court teammate, William M. Kane, and his law clerk of twenty-seven years, Joyce Bailey, also paid tribute to their friend. The MCBA thanks event sponsors, including the CBA Young Lawyers Division, as well as Ed Nugent, MCBA representative for the CBA Board of Governors, who dutifully accepted the role of photographer for the evening.

It was a packed house at the MCBA’s annual dinner.


Left to right: Bill Kane, MCBA Treasurer Laurie Cahill, MCBA Secretary Lloyd Quesenberry, Hon. David Bottger, Joyce Bailey, and MCBA Vice President Leslie Castro.

2011 Toothbrush Drive for KIND

The DBA Community Action Network Committee held its annual toothbrush drive in February. Co-chairs of the drive, Ryann Love and Patrick Thiessen (pictured here), met at the CBA/DBA offices to sort toothpaste, toothbrushes, and floss. They reported that more than ten boxes of dental items had been donated by the legal community, along with $980 in cash. All donations benefit Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND), which works to serve the dental needs of underserved children.

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