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May 2011       Vol. 40, No. 5       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

CU Law Hosts Thirtieth Annual Alumni Awards Banquet

Nearly 500 people attended the University of Colorado Law School’s (CU Law) Annual Alumni Awards Banquet on March 9 at the Hyatt Regency in Denver. Four alumni were honored with awards during the event: Anne Castle received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Public Sector; DBA Past President Mark Fogg received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Private Practice; former Denver District Court Chief Judge Larry Naves was given the Distinguished Achievement Award for Judiciary; and L. Richard Bratton (pictured at right) was presented the William Lee Knous Award—the highest award for a CU Law alumnus. Additionally, Judge James R. Carrigan, Dean David Getches, and Professor William Pizzi were honored for their contributions to CU Law.


Anne Castle receives her award from Former Secretary of State Bernie Buescher. Left to right: Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender, Judge Larry Naves, and CU Law Dean David Getches.
David Getches and CU Law Alumni Board Chair Jan Steiert. Left to right: Chief Justice Michael Bender, attorney Craig Truman, and Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer chat during the cocktail reception.

CLI’s 2011 Diversity Summit and Awards Dinner

 CLI Leadership Award recipient Larry Theis, Colorado Lawyers Committee Executive Director Connie Talmage,and attorney Chris Mootz.

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI) hosted its annual Legal Inclusiveness and Diversity Summit on March 14 and 15 at the University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law. Approximately 150 people attended the summit each day, participating in workshops on leadership, inclusiveness, balanced hours, professional development, and diversity and inclusiveness research and training.

CLI’s first-ever diversity awards were presented during the Dean’s Diversity Dinner on March 14. The awards recognized individuals and legal organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession. Award recipients were: Larry Theis (Leadership Award); Qwest Communications (Outstanding Law Department Member); Faegre & Benson LLP (Outstanding Law Firm Member); and Patricia Powell (Volunteer of the Year).

CLI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession. The organization takes a multi-faceted approach, emphasizing pipeline, recruiting, and retention in the legal profession, in law firms, within government, and inside in-house legal departments. Additional information about CLI can be found at

CLI Volunteer of the Year Patricia Powell. CLI Colin Deihl and Leslie Fields accept the Outstanding Law Firm Member Award on behalf of Faegre & Benson LLP. Stephanie Boyett accepts the Outstanding Law Department Member Award on behalf of Qwest Communications.
Chief Judge Wiley Daniel was among presenters
at the 2011 Diversity Summit
Left to right: Attorneys Michael Connelly, Rich Baer, and Michael Spencer serve as panelists. Dr. Arin Reeves talks about the skills and tools needed for effective leadership.

A Party With a Purpose—
Firm’s Open House Benefits Legal Services

The attorneys at the Denver law firm of Recht Kornfeld PC recently found a creative way to give back to the Colorado community: they made a donation to the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado for each commitment and regret received for their inaugural open house on February 24. The firm raised $5,000, which was presented to the Legal Aid Foundation on March 29.

Law firm partner Dan Recht said that having a party and donating funds for each RSVP seemed like a great way to support Colorado Legal Services (CLS), which is facing significant federal funding cuts. The Legal Aid Foundation raises money for CLS, which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income families and individuals, including senior citizens, people with physical and mental disabilities, and victims of domestic violence. For more information or to make a donation, visit

Recht Kornfeld attorneys, from left to right: David Beller, Heather Hanneman, Brian Holland, Rick Kornfeld, and Dan Recht.

COBALT Class Heads to Air Force Academy

On March 18, members of the CBA’s Leadership Training Program (COBALT) attended a presentation on leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy (AFA) by Lieutenant General Michael Gould (pictured at right). Gould is the Superintendent of the AFA. The 2011 COBALT class is pictured below.

BCBA Raises Money for Legal Aid Foundation
at Food Wine Jazz Art Event

The Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) hosted its annual Food Wine Jazz Art fundraiser on February 10 at the St. Julien Hotel in downtown Boulder. All proceeds raised during the event—approximately $9,200—will benefit the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado.

The BCBA thanks everyone who helped make the event a success, including the numerous event sponsors (see page 162 for a complete list); event coordinators Christine Hylbert and Lynne Barnett; and organizing committee volunteers Ellen Cadette, Mia DellaCava, Keith Olivia, Craig Small, and Star Waring.

Legal Aid Foundation Director Diana Poole (left) and BCBA Executive Director Christine Hylbert. Left to right: Kim Gent, Ann Mygatt, Lee Strickler, Bev Nelson, Paul Bierbaum, and Sidney McKay.
Left to right: Kim Fischer, Melanie Lewis, Judy Snyder,
Sally Berg, and George Berg
Left to right: Martha Kiger, Rick Angel,
and Petra Zunt

Burns Award Presented to Karen Samuels Jones

Karen Samuels Jones, a partner at Perkins Coie in Denver, has been named recipient of the Joy S. Burns Women of Enterprise Award by the DU Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the Daniels College of Business. The award is presented annually to a professional woman in the real estate or construction industry who demonstrates outstanding achievement, leadership, ethical standards, and character, and who gives her time and resources to promote the talents and accomplishments of other women in the industry. Jones received the award on Wednesday, April 27, during the 2011 Women of Enterprise Forum at the DU Governor’s Ballroom.

Caroline Fuller Named Fellow
of the American Colleg e of Bankruptcy

Caroline Fuller, Director at Fairfield and Woods, P.C., has been named a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. She is among forty nominees from the United States and abroad who were inducted into the 2011 Class of College Fellows, in recognition of their contributions to the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency. The induction ceremony was held on March 18, in Washington, DC.

The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary professional and educational association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. The College plays an important role in sustaining professional excellence. College Fellows include commercial and consumer bankruptcy attorneys, insolvency accountants, turnaround and workout specialists, law professors, judges, government officials, and others involved in the bankruptcy and insolvency community.


Colorado Judicial Branch Honors
Employees for Outstanding Service

The Colorado Judicial Branch (CJB) annually recognizes several outstanding employees and employee teams for work contributing to the high-quality of service provided throughout the state’s twenty-two judicial districts. In 2011, the CJB presented the following awards:

  • Judicial Officer of the Year—Hon. David Bottger, Chief Judge of the Twenty-First Judicial District (J.D.)
  • Manager of the Year—Karen Salaz, Nineteenth J.D. District Administrator
  • State Court Administrator’s Office Employee of the Year—Shane Bahr, Program Coordinator for the state’s problem-solving courts
  • Probation Employee of the YearKaroline Borega-Kern, an officer in the Fourth J.D. Female Offender Program
  • Outstanding Team—Juvenile Probation Team of the Tenth J.D.

The CJB includes the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as the state’s district and county trial courts. As of July 1, 2010, the CJB employed approximately 3,400 employees, including 316 justices, judges, and magistrates. The CJB also is home to the Department of Probation Services, which employs more than 1,100 people, including nearly 900 probation supervisors and officers.

Helping the Earth Recover—
Planting Trees at Fourmile Canyon

In September 2010, a 3,500-acre fire in Fourmile Canyon in Boulder Canyon burned numerous buildings and forced the evacuation of approximately 3,500 residents and 1,000 homes. To contribute to the recovery of the destroyed land and in observance of Earth Day 2011, members of the legal profession gathered on Saturday, April 23, to plant trees in the Fourmile area.

The CBA Environmental Law Section and the CBA Young Lawyers Division each contributed $500 toward the purchase of trees. In addition, numerous law firms and individual lawyers also made contributions. In all, close to $4,000 was raised and approximately 3,500 trees were planted.

The organizers of this local effort thank the following major contributors to this effort: Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti; the BCBA; James and Katrina Carpenter; the CBA Environmental Law Section; the CBA Young Lawyers Division; M. and J.A. Goodman; Hall & Evans; Kelly Garnsey Hubbell and Lass; Kottke and Brantz; Larry Lee; Jerry Raisch; and Snell & Wilmer. The effort was part of the American Bar Association’s One Million Trees Project. For more information about the project, visit

Tenth Counselors for Critters Pet Adoption Event

The First J.D. Bar Association invites CBA members and their friends and family to attend the spring Counselors for Critters pet adoption event on Saturday, May 21. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the PETCO store in Golden, 17132 West Colfax Ave. (by Home Depot and Kohl’s). More than twenty-five animal rescue groups and shelters will be present with dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and other animals needing permanent, loving homes.

This is the tenth year Counselors for Critters has held this event. Since 2006, members of the Jefferson County Bar Association have been working with Elaine Marler at PETCO to find homes for shelter animals. In five years, more than 800 homeless animals have been adopted. The First J.D.’s goal is to find "fur-ever" homes for 1,000 deserving animals. Volunteers are welcome. For additional information or to volunteer, contact Diana Richett at

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