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TCL > June 2011 Issue > News From CBA Sections, Committees, Local and Specialty Bars, and More

June 2011       Vol. 40, No. 6       Page  9
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.


Dancing the Night Away
at the 2011 Barristers Benefit Ball

The Denver Bar Foundation hosted its 2011 Barristers Benefit Ball on April 30 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Denver. The Ball is held each year to raise funds for Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL), which works to provide free and low-cost civil legal services for people with low income who live and work in and around Denver.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s event—"Dancing with the Bar Stars for MVL"—the Ball included a dance competition featuring four local attorneys: Cyndy Ciancio, Hubert Farbes, Vicki Johnson, and John Moye. The dancers did their own fundraising and collectively raised more than $14,000 for MVL. The competition included a People’s Choice winner, who was selected based on audience applause, and an award for the dancer who raised the most money. Ciancio was the People’s Choice award recipient and took the prize as the top fundraiser, as well.

The event also included a raffle prize drawing. Among the night’s lucky winners were Terry Cipoletti, who won a Rodney Wallace portrait; Roger Chamberlain, who won a Twist Express hybrid bicycle; and Mary Dilworth, who won an iPad.

DBA President-Elect Ilene Bloom and
JJ Henrikson.
Justin Prochnow and DBA President
Stacy Carpenter.
Steve Theis and DBA
Past President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro.
Doris Truhlar and CBA
Past President Bob Truhlar.
Left to right: Faith Wailes,
Vicki Johnson, and Cyndy Ciancio
.

 


Pro Bono Recognition Programs
Are Underway in Colorado

Since 2007, the Colorado Supreme Court has recognized law firms, solo practitioners, and in-house counsel groups that have committed to and achieved the annual goal of performing fifty hours of pro bono legal services. In years past, the CBA has hosted a single Pro Bono Recognition Program in Denver to recognize everyone across the state who fulfilled the goal during the previous calendar year.

This year, the CBA and local bar associations are sponsoring ten Pro Bono Recognition Programs around the state. The program is receiving support by and cooperation from the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, and local access to justice committees. The programs recognize contributing attorneys and law firms; enhance the public image of the legal profession; and improve the coordination of pro bono delivery efforts. Below is a summary of the four events that were held from February through April, accompanied by photos taken during these events.

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Pueblo County

This year’s first Pro Bono Recognition Program was hosted by the Pueblo County Bar Association (PCBA) on February 25 at the Pueblo Union Depot. The event recognized thirteen firms.

Left to right: Judge Bill Alexander, Pueblo Municipal Court; Molly Ryan, Colorado Legal Services; Judge Gale Miller, Colorado Court of Appeals; Judge Dan Taubman, Colorado Court of Appeals; Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs; Colorado Legal Services Director Jon Asher; and PCBA President Chris Turner. Left to right: Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender; Chris Turner; Justice Hobbs; and Gail Rodosevich, Pueblo County Pro Bono Project Coordinator.

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Larimer County

The Larimer County Bar Association (LCBA) held its event on March 4 at the Larimer County Justice Center. Nine firms were recognized.

Chief Justice Bender and Justice Hobbs address
LCBA members
.
It was a packed house at the LCBA event.

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El Paso County

On March 25, the El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA) held its program at the Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs. Thirteen firms were recognized.

EPCBA President Hank Eastland. The EPCBA’s event featured an ethics CLE program presented by Adam Espinosa of the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation. Mary Ann Corey, El Paso County Pro Bono Project Coordinator, thanks attorneys for their volunteer work.

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Denver, Adams/Broomfield, and Boulder Counties

A combined event was held for the Denver, Adams/Broomfield, and Boulder County Bar Associations on April 8. It took place in the Wittemyer Courtroom at the University of Colorado (CU) School of Law Wolf Law Building. The event recognized sixty-seven firms.

Melissa Hart, Associate Professor and Director at CU’s Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law, and Justice Hobbs at the April 8 event at CU Law School. BCBA President Richard Irvin presents a CLE program on unbundled legal services.

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The six remaining Pro Bono Recognition programs are being held from May through July. Look for a summary of these programs in a future issue of The Colorado Lawyer. For more information about the programs listed here or future programs, contact CBA staff member Jill Lafrenz at jlafrenz@cobar.org.


Boulder County Legal Services
Pro Bono Luncheon

On April 18, Boulder County Legal Services (BCLS) celebrated pro bono service in Boulder County at its annual Pro Bono Luncheon at the Boulder Marriott. Approximately 130 people attended the event to honor the local attorneys, mediators, paralegals, and other community members who volunteered 6,600 hours in 2010 to provide legal services for the poor of Boulder County. Among attendees were sixteen judges and magistrates of the Twentieth Judicial District, including Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin, who was the event’s keynote speaker.

The luncheon included an awards presentation to recognize specific individuals for their outstanding pro bono efforts. Among award recipients was Rachael K. Lattimer, who received the John Robert Marshall Award in recognition of her generosity, consistency, and strong advocacy in providing access to justice to the poor. Lattimer has accepted family law cases from BCLS for more than a decade, specializing in monolingual Spanish-speaking clients. Other award winners included Christina Ebner, who received the "Astounding Pro Bono Dexterity Award"; Leonard Tanis, who received the "Triple Crown Award"; and Bruce Wiener, who received the "I Gave at the Office Award."

John Marshall Award recipient Rachael Lattimer with husband Chris, son Eli, and daughter Isabelle. Judge Lael Montgomery applauds Bruce Wiener after presenting him an award for volunteering 700–800 pro bono hours. Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin gave the keynote address, emphasizing the  ethical obligation of pro bono service.

 

Judge Maria Berkenkotter (far left) presents awards for 100% Firm Recognition to (left to right): Kim Gent of Ebner & Gent; Leonard Tanis of Cooper Tanis & Cohen; Maureen Eldredge of Hutchinson Black & Cook; Ronald Jung of Jung & Associates; Graham Fuller of Stone & Rosen; Richard Carlson of Warren, Carlson & Moore; and Richard Romeo of Vincent, Romeo & Rodriguez.

 

Left to right: Emma Pinter, Bruce Wiener, Norton Steuben, and Meg Quiat are recognized for their outstanding contribution as BCLS in-house pro bono attorneys in 2010. Magistrate Elizabeth Brodsky recognizes Tucker Katz (center) and Peter Shelley (right) for volunteering 75–100 pro bono hours.

 

Recognized for volunteering 50–75 pro bono hours in 2010 were, from left to right: Mary Louise Edwards, Judson Hite, Kim Gent (accepting for Christina Ebner), Ronald Jung, Rachael Lattimer, Leonard Tanis, and Benjamin Stetler.

 

Students of the CU Legal Aid & Defender Program and CU Professor Norman Aaronson are recognized by Judge Carol Glowinsky (at podium) for volunteering 532 pro bono hours during 2010. From left to right: Charles Fuller, Jonathan Shrader, Katherine Hinde, Professor Norman Aaronson, Sahar Safi, Shannon Rollert, Michael Ley, and Anna-Liisa Mullis. Not pictured is Heather Strack.

Paralegal RoxAnn Mack
Honored for Outstanding Pro Bono Efforts

In conjunction with the April 8 Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition event honoring Denver and Boulder lawyers and law firms that fulfilled the Supreme Court’s pro bono pledge, the Supreme Court recognized RoxAnn D. Mack, a paralegal at Faegre and Benson, LLP, for her outstanding pro bono contributions. Among her many volunteer activities, she assisted attorneys with a pro bono asylum matter referred from the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children. The client was a teen-aged boy fleeing gang violence in his native country of El Salvador. Mack continues to provide pro bono assistance for Project Homeless Connect, National Veterans Legal Services Lawyers Serving Warriors Program, and the post-decree clinic in Jefferson County.

Back row, left to right, Justices of the Colorado Supreme Court: Allison Eid, Chief Justice Michael Bender, Nathan Coats, Nancy Rice, and Greg Hobbs. Front row, left to right: honoree RoxAnn Mack; Cindy Baldwin, Chair of CBA Paralegal Committee; and Candace Whitaker, Pro Bono Coordinator at Faegre and Benson, LLP.

 


Larimer County Bar Association Names Richard Gast
2011 Professionalism Award Recipient

Richard S. Gast, a partner in Myatt Brandes & Gast PC, received the LCBA’s 2011 Professionalism Award during the association’s March 4 Term Day event. The award was presented "in recognition of adherence to the highest standards of legal professionalism and outstanding service to the community."

Gast is a graduate of Stanford University and CU Law School. He has practiced law in Fort Collins since 1981. A fourth-generation Colorado lawyer, his great-grandfather was CBA President in 1898 and his grandfather was CBA President in 1923.

Gast received the Colorado Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 1987. He has served as Chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Division and has spent several terms on the CBA Board of Governors Executive Committee, including serving as Vice President. He currently is a CBA delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA). He has served as Chair of the CBA’s Real Estate Section Council and as President of the LCBA.

Gast has chaired the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado and previously served on the Board and as President of the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation. He presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Northern Colorado.


Boulder Attorneys Lead Fourmile Canyon
Fire Restoration Tree-Planting Effort

With shovels and strong backs, Colorado lawyers led an all-volunteer effort to plant approximately 3,500 trees on Boulder County properties that burned in the 2010 Fourmile Canyon Fire. The April 30 tree-planting effort brought together more than sixty volunteers and homeowners to plant seedlings on forty-five privately owned properties affected by the fire. The Fourmile Canyon Fire was the most destructive fire in Colorado history in terms of property damage, destroying 169 properties in the foothills west of downtown Boulder.

Attorneys from Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP, Fairfield and Woods P.C., Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., Perlick Legal Counsel, and Hall & Evans LLC helped coordinate the tree-planting effort and donated funds for the purchase of trees. Members of the CBA Young Lawyers Division, CBA Environmental Law Section, and Boulder County Bar Association also donated funds and volunteered their time to plant trees. Local residents Susan Hofer, Johanna Hurly, and Kit McChesney organized the volunteers and homeowners.

This local tree-planting event was part of a national public service project created by the ABA Section of Energy Environment and Resources, which aims to plant one million trees by 2014. The project was created in March 2009 as a way to counterbalance the volume of paper used in the legal industry, as well as to realize the environmental benefits of reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide.

To commemorate Earth Day, eight ABA groups created a tree-planting event in their hometown; the Fourmile Canyon Fire event was one of them. The money raised by Colorado lawyers went toward the purchase of a variety of low-cost seedling trees, which were chosen based on recommendations by the Colorado State University Forest Service.

The event originally was scheduled for April 23, but was postponed due to snowy conditions. Though it was still chilly and windy on April 30, volunteers were in good spirits. The Fourmile Canyon Fire, which started September 6, 2010, burned 6,179 acres and destroyed 169 properties.

CBA President Thanks Outgoing Members
of The Colorado Lawyer Board

On Friday, April 29, CBA President Paul Chan attended the spring meeting of The Colorado Lawyer’s Advisory Board. Chan spoke of his travels to local bar associations in Colorado during his presidency, and relayed member appreciation for the CBA’s official publication. He thanked Board members for their service to the publication and presented plaques to outgoing Board members John Becker and Tony Viorst. Viorst, who is the current Board Chair, and Becker will be exiting the Board when their respective terms end on June 30. New Board members will be appointed by CBA President-Elect David Masters and will begin their terms on July 1.

Left to right: Tony Viorst, Paul Chan, and John Becker at The Colorado Lawyer’s April Board meeting.

 


Supreme Court Justices Perform
as Abigail and John Adams in Honor of Law Day

Law Day 2011, observed during the week of May 1, celebrates the legacy of John Adams. Forever part of this legacy is his wife of fifty-four years, Abigail Smith Adams. On April 18, Colorado Supreme Court Justices Greg Hobbs and Nancy Rice donned powdered wigs and performed as John and Abigail as part of a CLE-accredited program benefiting the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado. During their performance, the justices read letters John and Abigail wrote to each other from 1762 to 1801. Among topics discussed were the rule of law and the role of women in the newly formed United States.

 

A video of the program can be purchased and downloaded for home study through the CBA website at www.cobar.org/cle/item.cfm?productid=LAWDAY041811N. The cost is $18 for CBA members and $22 for nonmembers. The program is accredited for one general credit and one ethics credit. For a sneak peek, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtkqDVovtpk&feature=youtube.


Troy Eid is New Chair of
Indian Law and Order Commission

Troy A. Eid, a shareholder in the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been elected Chair of the U.S. Indian Law and Order Commission. The blue-ribbon Commission was created by the Tribal Law and Order Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama last July with bipartisan support to strengthen public safety on Indian reservations and surrounding communities. The Commission’s purpose is to propose improvements to the President and Congress next year to make federal agencies more accountable for serving Indian lands, and to provide greater freedom for tribes to design and run their own criminal justice systems.

 

Eid, who co-chairs Greenberg Traurig’s American Indian Law Practice Group, served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado under President George W. Bush. He was appointed to the Commission by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) last December, and was unanimously elected Chair of the Commission by its members at a meeting on April 6 at the Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico.


CU Law Students Travel to Peru
to Install Demonstration Cookstoves

On May 12, students involved in CU Law School’s Center for Energy & Environmental Security (CEES) traveled to Ayaviri, Peru to install fifteen cookstoves, educate residents on how the cookstoves work, and highlight their potential health benefits. CEES began working with the Ayaviri region in May 2010, when CU law students joined engineering students from the University of San Pablo to conduct a needs assessment in five communities surrounding Ayaviri. The assessment, supported by Caritas (a nonprofit organization that works to reduce poverty and social inequities), was based on approximately 200 interviews with community members who indicated that the most pressing concern was indoor air pollution and related negative health consequences.

Approximately 3 billion people—more than one-third of the world’s population—have no access to modern energy resources, so a large majority of them rely on burning biomass (cow manure, crop residues, or wood) for cooking, heating, and lighting. Unfortunately, burning biomass within the home generates indoor air pollution, consisting of black carbon and other particulates, which results in 2 million premature deaths annually, primarily among women and children. Additionally, black carbon is the second largest cause of global warming.

The fifteen cookstoves that are being installed will be monitored for air pollution output. Based on this data, CEES will conduct a needs assessment to determine the amount (if any) that community members are willing to pay for them. In the summer of 2012, CEES plans to begin providing cookstoves to any community member in the Ayaviri region who wants one—which may be as many as 250 units. CEES will work with Caritas to offer a "sweat equity" option, whereby residents can contribute a certain amount toward payment of their cookstoves by working on other community development projects, such as irrigation improvements, community gardens, and animal husbandry. Caritas and the University of San Pablo also will conduct ongoing auditing to ensure that the cookstoves are being used and maintained properly.

Among CEES students who traveled to Peru on May 12 were (left to right): Mariah Zebrowski, a recent CU Law/Masters dual degree graduate, and third-year CU law students Jocelyn Jenks and Angela Cifor. This photo of the residents of Ayaviri, Peru was taken during CEES’s 2010 visit to the region.

COBALT Class Update

Members of the 2011 COBALT class convened on April 15 in Boulder for the fourth in a series of six presentations focused on leadership. The group heard from four prominent members of the Colorado legal community (pictured here, from left to right): U.S. District Court Judge Christine Arguello; CBA President Paul Chan; former Colorado Court of Appeals Associate Judge Raymond Jones; and Dawn Weber, Chief Deputy District Attorney in Denver.

COBALT is the CBA’s leadership training program. It was created in 2007 to encourage leadership among members of the legal profession and in the community. For information about COBALT, contact CBA Assistant Executive Director Dana Collier Smith at dcolliersmith@cobar.org.


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