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July 2011       Vol. 40, No. 7       Page  13
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

Senior Law Day Recipient of
Community and Educational Outreach Award

The National Association of Bar Executives has named the CBA Senior Law Day program the 2011 recipient of the LexisNexis® Community and Educational Outreach Award. The award is presented annually to honor bar associations that regularly perform outstanding public service or present law-related public education.

Senior Law Day is a free, annual event featuring a variety of workshops that address legal and other issues specific to the aging population. The workshops are presented by attorneys and other professionals in the field of elder care, and are designed for seniors, their adult children, and caregivers. Among topics addressed are: Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, assisted living, guardianship for adults, lifelong learning and the aging brain, and benefits for veterans.

The University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law started the program in Denver in 1999. This year, it is being held in several locations around the state, including Boulder County (August 13); Denver County (July 23); and Larimer County (August 13). For complete information on 2011 Senior Law Day events and locations, visit

CBA Board of Governors Spring Meeting

The CBA Board of Governors (BOG) convened for its quarterly meeting on Saturday, May 8, at the DU Sturm College of Law. During the meeting, the BOG considered proposals and recommendations from several CBA sections and committees. Among the items approved were the CBA Budget Committee’s 2011–12 proposed budget; the CBA Membership Committee’s recommendation not to extend beyond six months the free membership for new attorneys; and the creation of a bylaw amendment making COBALT, the CBA’s leadership training program, a standing committee. The BOG also held a strategic break-out session focused on mentoring. U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter was present at the meeting and received appreciation from the BOG for his work to retain funding for legal services in Colorado. The complete agenda can be found at Minutes will be posted to the CBA website following their approval at the BOG’s fall meeting.

Left to right: CBA Immediate Past President Paul Chan, U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter, CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner, and CBA Legislative Relations Director Michael Valdez are presented a check representing the $6.5 million the state of Colorado has appropriated for legal services for victims of domestic violence. The state began providing funding for legal services after the passage of the bill that Congressman Perlmutter sponsored in 1999.

Glenwood Springs High School Places Third
at National Mock Trial Tournament

Glenwood Springs High School’s mock trial team finished in third place at the National High School Mock Trial Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. The team competed against forty-seven teams from forty-three states, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, South Korea, and Australia. To advance to the national tournament, the Glenwood team competed against Lakewood High School, winning the Colorado State Mock Trial Tournament. This is the fifth time in ten years that a team from Glenwood Springs has competed in the national tournament. A Colorado team last won the National Championship title in 1990.

Students on the Glenwood team were Erica Arensman, Christian Bergren-Aragon, Isaac Carlson, Isabel Carlson, Joseph Ciborowski, Grace Gamba, Eileen Klomhaus, Alex Pototsky, and Hope Whitman. Bergren-Aragon and Pototsky also won individual awards for Best Attorney and Best Witness, respectively. Coaches were Charlie Willman (head coach); Wes Burke and Vic Zerbi (assistant attorney coaches); and Bryan Gonzales (teacher coach).

The case at nationals focused on a dispute in northern Arizona between a Native American tribe and a uranium mining company. The dispute was whether the expansion of the mining operations would impact the water and wildlife on the land and would significantly impact the public health and safety of the native residents. Teams competing at nationals had one month to prepare their case. They were judged on how well they knew the case, questioned witnesses, advocated their side of the case, and made and responded to objections.

The national tournament took place from May 5 to 7. The awards banquet was held in the Sandra Day O’Connor District Courthouse. The former U.S. Supreme Court Justice attended the banquet and made opening statements.

The Glenwood Springs High School mock trial team.

DBA Members Volunteer at Lawline 9 Call-in Program

On May 4, members of the Denver Bar Association (DBA) Board of Trustees provided legal information and suggestions for assistance to callers at the Lawline 9 program, which takes place every Wednesday at 9News in Denver. Participating Board of Trustee members were past DBA President John Baker, James Benjamin, DBA President Ilene Bloom, DBA Immediate Past President Stacy Carpenter, Michelle Ferguson, and Mark Pautler. DBA member volunteers were Matt Aguero, Christopher Carrington, John Connell, Teresa Garcia, former DBA President Mary Jo Gross, Laura Riese, and Douglas Stevens.

Volunteers for the first shift, from left to right: John Connell, Ilene Bloom, Laura Riese, Mark Pautler, Mary Jo Gross, and Matt Aguero.

Spring Swearing-in Ceremony

The spring swearing-in ceremony for individuals who passed Colorado’s February bar examination was held on Tuesday, May 24, at the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. Senior U.S. District Judge John Kane gave the keynote address to the 175 individuals who attended the ceremony. Out of the 447 who took the February Colorado bar exam, 332 passed. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender administered the oath of admission to the new lawyers.

Judge John Kane.   Chief Justice Michael Bender.


New lawyers are sworn in during the ceremony on May 24.

CU Law Announces Professor
Philip Weiser as New Law Dean

Philip J. Weiser, senior advisor for technology and innovation to the National Economic Council at the White House, is the new dean of the University of Colorado (CU) Law School. Weiser begins his duties as dean in July.

Weiser was a member of the CU faculty from 1999 until 2009. During that time, he served as a professor of law and telecommunications; associate dean for research; and the executive director and founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Previously, he served as senior counsel to the assistant attorney general at the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division; law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justices Byron R. White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; and law clerk to Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David Ebel in Denver. He received his law degree from New York University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.

Alec Rothrock to Serve on
Colorado Judicial Ethics Advisory Board

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael Bender recently appointed Alec R. Rothrock to the Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Board. Board members provide advice on ethical issues to judicial officers who request a written opinion on prospective conduct. There are seven Board members—four judges, one nonlawyer citizen, one attorney, and one law professor. Rothrock will serve as the attorney member of the Board.

Rothrock is a shareholder with the law firm of Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. in Englewood. He received his BA degree in history from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1981 and his JD degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago in 1984. Rothrock practices in the areas of legal ethics and attorney discipline defense, as well as the law of practicing law. He is the author of the book Essays on Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct in Colorado and has published numerous articles in The Colorado Lawyer. He has been a frequent lecturer on topics of legal ethics and professional conduct and is a former chair of the CBA Ethics Committee.

CBA/DBA Team Participates in
Annual Furry Scurry in Washington Park

The 2011 Furry Scurry benefiting the Dumb Friends League was held on May 7 at Washington Park in Denver. The event raised more than $1 million to care for homeless pets. This year’s small but mighty CBA/DBA team included members, staff, and family. Team members were: Ben Dinsmore, Soren Dinsmore, Alivia Ertle, Doug Foote, Lynette Hampton, Jennifer Kemp, Melissa Locke, Christopher McLane, Trisha McLane, Tracy Rackauskas, Julie Rosen, Nora Roth, Richard Simons, Amber Vanden Hout, Bryonna Vanden Hout, Triston Vanden Hout, George Wortman, and Taylor Wortman.

The CBA sponsors the Colorado Alliance for Cruelty Prevention (CACP), which teaches lawyers, judges, and other professionals about the link between animal abuse and family violence. The Dumb Friends League is a partner in this effort. Contact Kathleen Schoen, CBA Director of Local Bar Relations and Access to Justice, at for information about CACP.

Members of the CBA/DBA’s 2011 Furry Scurry team.

Incorporating Animal Abuse
into Family Violence Evaluations

On April 27 and 28, the Colorado Alliance for Cruelty Prevention—which is part of the CBA’s Family Violence Program—co-sponsored a workshop for criminal justice personnel and mental health professionals on incorporating animal abuse into the assessment and evaluation of various forms of family violence, including domestic violence. The training was conducted by the Colorado LINK Project of the Institute of Human–Animal Connection at the DU Graduate School of Social Work (Institute).

Approximately 100 therapists, evaluators, probation officers, and animal welfare and human services professionals attended the training to work with a variety of national and Colorado experts on assessing the complexity of family violence cases. Among presenters were: Frank Ascione, Executive Director of the Institute; Denver Deputy District Attorney Diane Balkin; Randall Lockwood, Senior Vice President for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Anti-Cruelty Field Services; Joe Stafford, Director of Animal Services for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, and Phillip Tedeschi, Clinical Director for the Institute.

Presenters included, left to right: Kay Dahlinger, Chief Probation Officer for the City of Aurora; Kathleen Schoen, CBA Director of Local Bar Relations and Access to Justice; Janet Mickish, Program Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Program; Diane Balkin; Joe Stafford; Randall Lockwood; Stephanie Lafarge, ASPCA Senior Director of Counseling Services; Jim Pyle, Colorado LINK Project Manager; and Phillip Tedeschi.

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
Fourteenth Annual Spring Dinner

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) hosted its Annual Spring Dinner on Thursday, May 12, at the Denver Marriott City Center. The keynote speaker was T.R. Reid, a veteran foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, commentator for National Public Radio, and best-selling author.

The dinner program included the presentation of outstanding achievement awards to several CTLA members: Mari Bush of Kaye & Bush, LLC received the Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award; Sommer Luther of Buxton & Luther, P.C. received the New Trial Lawyer of the Year Award; and Larry Lee of Larry D. Lee, P.C. received the Outstanding Service to CTLA Award. In addition, Legislator of the Year Awards were presented to Rep. Daniel Kagan and Sen. John Morse.

The CTLA also awarded its Case of the Year Award to attorneys who represented Tim Masters in a civil lawsuit against the Eighth Judicial District (J.D.). Masters v. Gilmore found that the Eighth J.D. wasn’t immune from suit in the wrongful conviction of Masters in the 1987 murder of Peggy Hettrick in Fort Collins. Masters was convicted in 1999 and sentenced to life without parole. The winning attorneys were David Lane, Darold Killmer, and Rebecca T. Wallace of Denver law firm Killmer Lane & Newman, LLP; Maria Liu of Greeley law firm Collins Liu & Associates, LLP; and David Wymore of David D. Wymore, P.C. in Boulder.

The Case of the Year Award was created to acknowledge the positive impact that a single case can have on correcting injustices, advancing fairness under the law, changing attitudes, or providing economic incentives to protect public safety. Other Case-of-the-Year finalists were "Guantánamo Bay Litigation" attorneys Darold Killmer, Mari Newman, David Lane, and Sara Rich of Killmer Lane & Newman, LLP; and Dunn v. University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine attorneys Ben Sachs and Hollynd Hoskins of Leventhal, Brown & Puga, P.C.

Left to right: Michael Keating, New Trial Lawyer of the Year Award recipient Sommer Luther, and CTLA President Peter Koclanes. Left to right: Peter Koclanes, CTLA Executive Director John Sadwith, and Outstanding Service to CTLA Award recipient Larry Lee.


Left to right: Peter Koclanes with Case of the Year Award recipients Sara Rich, Darold Killmer, Rebecca Wallace, and David Lane. Bruce Kaye and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Mari Bush.

Barbara Brohl Recognized
as Finalist for Athena Award

Barbara J. Brohl, Corporate Counsel for Qwest Communications, recently was honored by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as a finalist for its 2011 Athena Award. The award recognizes women from the Colorado business community who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for those in their community; and assist women in reaching their full leadership potential.

Brohl is an active member of the Colorado legal and business communities. She has been a member of the CBA since 2007 and is a longtime member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, where she has served on the Board and chaired several working committees. She has served as an elected Board member for the Regional Transportation District since 2004. In addition, she routinely participates in events for high school and law students that focus on recruitment, pipeline, and business development initiatives.

Brohl is involved in numerous community service and professional activities that support the advancement of women. She hosts an annual baby shower for the Denver Health Newborns in Need program. In addition, she frequently provides bus passes to new mothers to ensure that they and their babies have transportation to and from their medical appointments at Denver Health. She also has mentored numerous young women in her position at Qwest as part of the Summer Pledge to Diversity Program.

Denver Law Hosts Tribute
to Professor Emeritus John Carver

On May 3, John A. Carver, Jr., a former professor at the DU Sturm College of Law, was recognized at a luncheon at the school’s Frank H. Ricketson, Jr. Law Building. The event was hosted by DU Law Dean Martin J. Katz, who praised Professor Carver’s commitment to public service, as well as his many contributions as a member of the law faculty.

Professor Carver, who taught environmental and natural resources-related courses at DU from 1972 through 2004, has been a leader in the American environmental and natural resources communities for six decades. Throughout his career, Carver worked in many capacities, including serving as administrative assistant to former U.S. Senator Frank Church; as assistant secretary and undersecretary to the U.S. Department of Interior; and as a member of the Federal Power Commission.

Among those attending the honorary luncheon were members of Professor Carver’s family, including his wife Ruth, children Craig Carver and Candace Kramer, and several grandchildren. Also in attendance were former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Scott, DU Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Fred Cheever, DU Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Dan Vigil, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation David Phillips, as well as many former teaching colleagues, current members of the faculty and staff, and members of the Denver legal community.

To learn more about the life and career of John A. Carver, Jr., visit the "John A. Carver Jr. Oral History," available at

Left to right: Dick Lamm, Marty Katz, and John Carver.

RoxAnn Mack Receives
Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award

CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner with 2011 Paralegal of the Year RoxAnn Mack.

On Wednesday, May 4, RoxAnn Mack was presented the 2011 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award during the Colorado Paralegal Day Reception at the Warwick Hotel in Denver. The reception is hosted annually by the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations to recognize outstanding pro bono contributions of paralegals to the legal profession and the Colorado community.

Mack has worked at Faegre & Benson in Boulder since 1989 and has been a paralegal with the firm since 1999. Among the agencies she has served are the Boulder Software Club, the Veditz Center, Providing Opportunities to Women, and the Colorado Music Festival. She also is a regular volunteer at the Metro Volunteer Lawyers Post-Decree Clinic in Jefferson County, where she supports attorneys assisting low-income clients with child support, parenting time, and spousal maintenance issues. In 2009, she began assisting attorneys with a pro bono asylum matter referred from the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children. The client is a teenager fleeing gang violence in El Salvador. Mack continued to work on this matter throughout 2010, acting as the primary paralegal managing the case.

Also recognized during the Paralegal Day event were Jo Denious and Susan Williams, both of Davis, Graham & Stubbs, LLC; Carol J. Leffler of Holland & Hart LLP; Linda Moon of Solem, Mack & Steinhoff PC; and Jennifer Oviatt of Chayet & Danzo LLC. These nominees also were honored for their commitment to pro bono activities, along with their outstanding contributions to furthering access to justice for the underserved population.

Middle School Students Honored for
Essays on Youth Violence Prevention

The Colorado Do the Write Thing (DtWT) Challenge hosted its annual awards celebration on Wednesday, May 11, at the Mile High Station. The event recognized the forty-six local student semifinalists who participated in this year’s program by submitting an essay, short story, or poem addressing the prevention of youth violence. The DtWT program is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence, which seeks to encourage students in middle schools to consider the impact of youth violence on their lives and their communities.

During the celebration, keynote speaker and Columbine survivor Evan Todd announced that students Darius Frimpong of South Middle School and Morgan Northrup of Mesa Middle School will serve as the Colorado ambassadors at the DtWT National Recognition Ceremony in Washington, DC. The national gala will celebrate youth around the country who have made a meaningful commitment to nonviolence and encourage them to serve as leaders in their schools.

The Colorado DtWT program began under the leadership of attorneys and staff at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Approximately 400 local middle students from the Denver Public Schools, Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek Public Schools, Douglas County Public Schools, and the Archdiocese of Denver participated in this year’s program. For more information about the Colorado DtWT program, visit

Colorado Lawyers Committee Annual Meeting

The Colorado Lawyers Committee (Committee) held its thirty-second Annual Meeting at the Denver Marriott City Center on Tuesday, May 17. Approximately 450 attorneys and community leaders were in attendance. The keynote speaker for the event was G. Douglas Jones, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.

The meeting included the presentation of the Committee’s annual awards. Award recipients were:

> James W. Hubbell, who received the Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award for his many years of dedication and support and his extensive contributions to the work of the Committee, most recently in connection with the Homeless ID Task Force

> John H. Tatlock, who received the Individual of the Year Award for his work as Co-Chair of the DPS School Closings, Restructuring, and Enrollment Subcommittee of the Education Task Force

> Jenny Rose Flanagan, Faith A. Gross, Elena Nuñez, Daniel A. Sweetser, and Carol Tone, who received Special Recognition Awards for their work on Just Vote! Colorado Election Protection

>  Reilly Pozner LLP, which was named Law Firm of the Year (nineteen of the firm’s attorneys, paralegals, and staff participated on seven Committee projects and took leadership roles in three task forces).

Numerous law firms and organizations sponsored the Annual Meeting. Among them were Gold Sponsors Arnold & Porter LLP, Faegre & Benson LLP, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Patton Boggs LLP, Reilly Pozner LLP, Sherman & Howard L.L.C., and Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Keynote Speaker
Doug Jones.
 Individual of the Year
John Tatlock.


Iris Eytan, accepting the Law Firm of the Year Award of behalf of Reilly Pozner LLP.


Special Recognition Award Recipients, from left to right:
Faith Gross, Carol Tone, Jenny Flanagan, Elena Nuñez,
and Dan Sweetser.
Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award Recipient Jim Hubbell.

CTLA Makes Sizeable Donation
to the American Red Cross

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association recently donated $10,000 to the Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist with relief efforts for Japan and to benefit victims of the recent tornado outbreak in the United States. John Sadwith, Executive Director of CTLA, is pictured here with representatives from the American Red Cross Colorado Chapter.

MCBA Recognizes High School Mock Trial
Participants at Monthly Meeting

During its April meeting, the Mesa County Bar Association (MCBA) presented the Grand Junction High School mock trial team the John Siddeek trophy for winning this year’s Mesa County Mock Trial Competition. The five team members—Bettina Bostelman, Paul Harmon, Sean Harmon, Haeleigh Jacobson, and Spencer Pendry—went on to participate in the Western Slope Regional High School Mock Trial Competition in February. The team was led by Mark Carris, longtime coach of the Grand Junction High School mock trial team.

During the meeting, the MCBA also announced Paul and Sean Harmon as recipients of the John Siddeek Memorial Scholarship, which typically is awarded to one outstanding student participant in the High School Mock Trial Program. This year’s award to two individuals recognizes Paul and Sean’s four-year participation in the Mock Trial Program, as well as their work at Grand Junction High School to encourage student participation in the Mock Trial Competition. The trophy and scholarship commemorate recently deceased MCBA member John Siddeek’s devotion and efforts toward ensuring that the Western Slope Regional High School Mock Trial Competition continues to be sponsored by the MCBA. The MCBA also thanks Debbie Campbell and Debbie Fisher of Hoskin, Farina & Kampf for their hard work in making the competition a success.

The Grand Junction High School mock trial team ­accepting the John Siddeek trophy for winning the Mesa County Mock Trial Competition. Left to right: Spencer Pendry, Paul Harmon, Sean ­Harmon, Haeleigh Jacobson, Bettina Bostelman, and coach Mark Carris.


Left to right: Sean Harmon, Paul Harmon, and MCBA member and scholarship committee chair Ed ­Nugent. The Harmons received the John ­Siddeek Memorial Scholarship award.

Local Bar Associations Celebrate Law Day 2011

Every spring, bar associations throughout the state host celebrations to commemorate Law Day, which is observed the week of May 1. Here’s a sampling of Law Day events that took place this year.


Adams Broomfield Bar Association

The Adams Broomfield Bar Association (ABBA) held its Law Day celebration on Friday, April 29, at the Waymire Building at the Adams County Fairgrounds. More than 600 people attended the event. ABBA member Bill Leone, a former U.S. Attorney for Colorado and a partner at Faegre & Benson, served as the keynote speaker.

The event featured the presentation of several Law Day awards. Recipients were: Jennifer Denning, Court Clerk of the Year; Joanie Schaefer, Legal Secretary of the Year; Laura Bergstreser, Paralegal of the Year; Loren Brown, Volunteer Attorney of the Year; Detective Bruce Fitzgerald, Peace Officer of the Year; Ted Arnold, Liberty Bell Award (Outstanding Citizen); and Jennifer Little, Probation Officer of the Year. In addition, DU law student Renae Mundis was awarded the 2011 Floyd Marks Scholarship.

The ABBA’s 2011 Law Day charity was Hands For Students, a nonprofit clothing bank that serves the students and families of District 27J schools. Hands For Students collects and distributes clothing and shoes to all students and families who have been identified as having a need for such items. Dr. Mark Weinstein, Cheryl Weinstein, and their son Mark were in attendance to accept the generous donations from ABBA members and Law Day attendees on behalf of the charity.

17th J.D. District Attorney Don Quick speaks during the ABBA Law Day celebration.


Loren Brown accepts the award for
ABBA Volunteer Attorney of the Year
DU law student Renae Mundis accepts
the ABBA 2011 Floyd Marks Scholarship


Douglas–Elbert Bar Association

The Douglas–Elbert Bar Association (DEBA) hosted a Law Day luncheon, featuring Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice as the guest speaker. The luncheon included the presentation of several awards: Judge Richard Turelli was presented a lifetime achievement award; Laura Page received an award for her outstanding volunteer efforts; former clerk Stacy Williams was presented an award for providing outstanding staff support; and George Brauchler received a military service award. Also during the luncheon, DEBA recognized the contributions of John Becker, who is retiring from the Board of Officers this year, and presented a scholarship to a local high school student.

Justice Nancy Rice speaks
at DEBA’s Law Day luncheon.



El Paso County Bar Association

The El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA) hosted a Law Day dinner and celebration on April 29 at the Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs. Among attendees were Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender, retired district court Judge Steven Pelican of the Fourth J.D., and El Paso County Judge Regina Walters. As part of its Law Day celebrations, the EPCBA also participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in Colorado Springs on May 6.

Chief Justice Michael Bender, left, and Judge Steven Pelican at the EPCBA’s Law Day celebration. Left to right: Judge David Prince, Larry Gaddis, and retired Judge J. Patrick Kelly. Kelly received the EPCBA’s Ben S. Wendelken Special Trustees Award, presented to an individual who embodies the spirit of service and giving


Attorney Scott Briggs
installs trim at the
EPCBA’s Habitat for
Humanity project.
Judge Regina Walters with Mark Qualls and members
of the Wm. Jackson Palmer High School mock trial
team, the SouthernColorado High School Mock
Trial Tournament champions
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