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August 2011       Vol. 40, No. 8       Page  9
In and Around the Bar
Bar News

News From CBA Sections, Committees, Local and Specialty Bars, and More

DBA Salutes Members at Annual Awards Party

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

Seniors Banquet Celebrates
Members in Practice for Fifty Years

The Denver Bar Association (DBA) hosted the Seniors Spring Banquet on June 22 at the University Club in Denver. This is the thirteenth year the banquet has been held. This year, DBA members who began their legal careers in 1961 were recognized. Honorees were:

H.G. Austin, Jr.
Donald K. Bain
T. Larry Barnes
Thomas L. Barton
Joe Borus
Donald M. Burkhardt
Roger C. Cohen
Charles (Kit) H. Cowperthwaite
James J. Doherty
Harry A. Ells, Jr.
Herbert L. Fenster
Terry N. Fiske
Robert R. Gallagher, Jr.
Ernest Franklin Gaylord
Harmon S. Graves
Stuart S. Gunckel
Peter C. Guthery
James E. Hautzinger
Charles E. Holmes
John L. Kane, Jr.
Gene Keith
John (Jack) A. Kintzele
Bruce G. Klaas
John Mason, Jr.
Edward J. McGrath
Gilbert L. McSwain
Joe C. Medina
John Nicoll
Kenneth R. Oldham
Robert M. Phares
Leonard P. Plank
Charles R. Roberts
Robert L. Roberts
Edwin G. Ruland
E.E. Schnabel
Jeremy Shamos
Don H. Sherwood
Donald P. Shwayder
Robert S. Slosky
Richard Tuttle Spriggs
Clyde G. Starbuck
Fred B. Strothman
Ronald O. Sylling
Gerald L. Wallis
Arnold C. Wegher
Albert B. Wolf
L. Thomas Woodford
Honorees in attendance were, from left to right: Leonard Plank, Edwin Ruland, L. Thomas Woodford, John Mason, Jr., Peter Guthery, Terry Fiske, Joe Borus, Jack Kintzele, Donald Bain, Albert Wolf, Robert Phares, Donald Burkhardt, Kit Cowperthwaite, James Hautzinger, and Arnold Wegher.

DBA Salutes Members at Annual Awards Party

On Tuesday, June 7, attorneys and judges and their guests attended the DBA’s Awards Party at the Hotel Monaco in Denver. The annual event recognizes the outstanding achievements of DBA members. This year’s award recipients were (pictured below, from left to right): Mary Jo Gross, Volunteer of the Year; Molly Lepore, Teacher of the Year; Hon. William W. Hood, Judicial Excellence Award; David C. Little, Award of Merit; and Lucia Padilla, Young Lawyer of the Year. Also during the event, outgoing DBA President Stacy Carpenter passed the DBA President’s gavel to incoming 2011–12 President Ilene Bloom.

Henry Hall Golf Tourney

Left to right: Tim Schimberg, Jeff Stalder,
and Andy McLetchie.

On Monday, June 6, seventy-seven golfers competed in the DBA’s annual Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament at the Inverness Golf Club. The event raised more than $3,000 for Metro Volunteer Lawyers, which provides free or low-cost legal services to Denver-area residents who meet certain financial criteria. The following individuals earned top honors in their respective divisions: Challenge/Low Gross—Mike Franzmann, Jeff Keiffer, George Pennock, and Jason Redman; Challenge/Low Net—Dan Fowler, Andy McLetchie, Timothy Schimberg, and Jeff Stalder; Champions/Low Gross—Steve Briggs, David Brougham, Phil Cardi, and Scott McGath; Champions/Men Low Gross—Tim Kratz; and Champions/Women Low Gross—Sarah Hall.

Left to right: Steve Briggs, David Brougham, Phil Cardi, and Scott McGath. Left to right: George Pennock, Jeff Keiffer, Mike Franzmann, and Jason Redman.

DBA Reception for
Mentoring Program Participants

Judge Alan Loeb and Nancy Cohen.

On Wednesday, June 22, the DBA hosted a reception for mentors and mentees who participated in the organization’s 2010–11 mentoring program. Speakers were Nancy Cohen, who is the past chair of the Mentoring Planning Committee, and Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Alan Loeb, who served as a mentor in the program this year. Fifty people attended the event, including Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender.

The DBA is currently accepting applications for mentees and mentors interested in participating in next year’s program, which will begin in January 2012. For more information about the mentoring program or to request an application, contact Melissa Nicoletti at (303) 824-5321 or




CBA Spanish-Language Lawyering Reception

On June 23, the CBA Spanish-Language Lawyering Committee hosted an "end of year" reception for individuals interested in learning more about the activities of the Committee and to welcome incoming Chair Roberto Ramirez. Ramirez is a Senior Litigator with the City of Arvada and has been actively involved with the Committee since its founding three years ago. Under his leadership, the Committee will continue to focus on providing public legal education outreach to the Spanish-speaking population, working closely with the Colorado Judicial Institute to expand Our Courts programming, hosting opportunities for members to practice their Spanish-speaking skills, and developing continuing legal education programs. The Committee will resume its monthly meetings in September on the second Thursday of the month.

COBALT Class Members Earn Their Diplomas

On June 24, members of the CBA’s 2011 COBALT class concluded their six-month program on leadership. Program participants were (pictured below, from left to right): Beth Faragher, Shannon Sharrock, Carlos Migoya, Nike Fleming, Dan Mong, Gillian Bidgood, Danielle Moore, Sara Stieben, Jessica Schmidt, Brian Mason, Troy Rackham, Teddi Ann Barry, John Becker, Becky Bye, Frances Johnson, Donald (Tripp) Lake, Sarah Steinbeck, Ian McCargar, and Dianne Pacheco Van Voorhees. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 COBALT program. For more information, contact Dana Collier Smith at

The 2011 COBALT class.

CBA YLD Fundraiser Benefits Third Way Center

On June 3, the CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) held its annual charity fundraiser at Moye White, LLP in Denver. The fundraiser raised more than $2,000 for the Third Way Center, which provides residential treatment and education for troubled teens. The event featured a beer and wine tasting, as well as a silent auction. The CBA YLD thanks those who attended the event and the many generous donors who provided items for the silent auction.

Left to right: CBA YLD Chair Ben Currier and Chair-Elect Carlos Migoya, Jr. tended bar during the section’s annual charity fundraiser. Left to right: CBA YLD council members Leia Ursery and Becky Bye.

Our Courts: ¡Hablamos Español!

The CBA has teamed up with Bienestar Servicios Familiares of Centro San Juan Diego to bring the Our Courts program to members of the Latino communities of metro Denver and northern Colorado. Our Courts is a nationally recognized speakers bureau that provides nonpartisan educational information about the Colorado state and federal court systems.

On June 10, Bienestar Servicios Familiares, the Family Support Services ministry of Centro San Juan Diego, hosted a special event to showcase the first-ever Spanish-language Our Courts programs. Attendees included appellate and trial court judges, leaders of the Colorado legal community, and Hispanic community leaders.

The reception featured abbreviated versions of two Our Courts programs: "Law and Order: The Life of a Criminal Case" and "See You in Court: The Life of a Civil Lawsuit." The presentations focused on how courts conduct criminal and civil cases, and discussed the rights of the parties and the roles played by witnesses, jurors, lawyers, and judges.

GLBT Bar Association
Hosts Judicial Cocktail Reception

The Colorado Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Bar Association hosted its annual Judicial Reception on June 23. The event was held in the backyard garden of Milo Gonser and Steven Kiely’s home in Denver. Approximately forty judges were among the event’s estimated 100 attendees. The Judicial Reception is one of the GLBT Bar Association’s signature events. The first reception was held fifteen years ago.

Left to right: Judge Michael Vallejos, Kate Boland, CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner, and Debbie Turner at the GLBT’s 2011 Judicial Reception.

Pro Bono Recognition Ceremonies Continue 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. The CBA traditionally has hosted a single Pro Bono Recognition Program in Denver to recognize everyone across the state who fulfilled the fifty-hour goal during the previous calendar year.

This year, the CBA and local bar associations are sponsoring ten Pro Bono Recognition Programs around the state, with support from the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, and local access to justice committees. The programs seek to recognize contributing attorneys and law firms while enhancing the public image of the legal profession and improving the coordination of pro bono delivery efforts. Below is a summary of two recent programs.


Southwestern Colorado and Four Corners Bar Associations

On May 24, the Southwestern Colorado and Four Corners Bar Associations held a tandem Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Program at the historic Strater Hotel in Durango. During the event, four firms and forty-six individuals were recognized for their commitment to pro bono services. The program was presented by the Sixth Judicial District (J.D.) Access to Justice Committee, which is chaired by Lynne Sholler of Durango.

Colorado?Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs speaks to members of the Southwestern Colorado and Four Corners Bar Associations. Standing ­beside him is Sixth J.D. Chief Judge Gregory Lyman.  Left to right: Judge Gregory Lyman,
Lynne Sholler, and Justice Gregory Hobbs.


First J.D. Bar Association

The First J.D. Bar Association held its Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony on June 3.Twelve law firms and sixteen individuals were recognized. The event was presented by the First J.D. Access to Justice Committee, which is chaired by Judge Tammy Greene.

Justice Gregory Hobbs addresses members of the First J.D. Bar ­Association. Seated, left to right, are: First J.D. Bar President ­Brian Jeffrey, First J.D. Chief Judge R. Brooke Jackson, and ­Jefferson County Judge Tammy Greene.
Left to right: Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender, and Justices Allison Eid and Gregory Hobbs at the First J.D. Bar’s Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony.

Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Celebrates
Thirty Years of Representing Child Victims

Keynote speaker
Ashley Rhodes-Courter.


The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center (RMCLC) hosted its Annual Dinner and Anniversary Celebration on May 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Denver. The dinner commemorated the RMCLC’s thirty years of providing legal advocacy for victims of child abuse and neglect, with the goal of securing a permanent, nurturing environment for every child. Among the 500 guests in attendance were CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner and DBA President Illene Bloom.

Dave Aguilera, Emmy Award winning CBS4 meteorologist, emceed the program, which included a keynote speech from award-winning youth advocate Ashley Rhodes-Courter. Rhodes-Courter, a former foster child herself, is the New York Times bestselling author of Three Little Words. Other speakers included RMCLC founder and President Shari F. Shink and Executive Director Stephanie Villafuerte.

The event raised more than $350,000 for the organization. Among the sponsors and donors were Noble Energy ($50,000); the Abdoulah Family Fund and Erna Butler ($30,000 each); and the Diane and Charles Gallagher Family Fund, the Jack Hogan Charitable Foundation, David and Suzu Neithercut, Carlsen Resources, and Holland & Hart LLP ($10,000 each). Among other contributors were: Baker & Hostetler, LLP; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck, LLP; the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations; Continuing Legal Education, Inc.; Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP; Faegre & Benson LLP; Greenberg Traurig LLP; Holme Roberts & Owen LLP; Sheridan Ross P.C.; and Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C.

RMCLC President
Shari Shink.
RMCLC Board member
Jane Michaels.
RMCLC Executive Director Stephanie Villafuerte. Stephanie Villafuerte
and her daughter
Sierra Grob.

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