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September 2011       Vol. 40, No. 9       Page  8
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

CBA President Visits Local Bars in July

On July 20 through July 22, CBA President David Masters met with members of seven local bar associations as part of his first swing of visits to local bar associations around the state. Each local bar visit included a Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony as part of the day’s activities.

A few Colorado Supreme Court jurists attended some of these programs to personally recognize members who achieved the goal of providing fifty or more hours of pro bono legal service. In addition, Masters presented a continuing legal education program on the topic of mentoring.


Day 1—Northwest Colorado

The first of these local bar visits was an afternoon meeting with members of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association (NCBA) on Wednesday, July 20. Masters spoke with NCBA members at the Sweetwater Grill in Steamboat Springs.

David Masters talks to NCBA members about mentoring.
Left to right: David Masters, Fourteenth J.D. Chief Judge Mick O’Hara, NCBA President Jessica Ryan, and Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs. Left to right: Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender, Colorado Legal Services (CLS) Pro Bono Coordinator Sherri Ferree, Chief Judge Mick O’Hara, and Justice Greg Hobbs. Ferree was recognized for ten years of dedication to CLS.


Day 2—Continental Divide,
Pitkin County, and the Ninth J.D.

On Thursday, July 21, Masters met with members of the Continental Divide Bar Association (CDBA), the Pitkin Bar Association, and the Ninth J.D. Bar Association at the Eagle County Judicial Center. This visit included a second CLE program on unbundled legal services, presented by Adam Espinosa of the Office of Attorney Regulation. (A related article appears on page 75.)

Left to right: Adam Espinosa, Eagle County District Court Judge Thomas Moorhead, CDBA Past President Monica McElyea, David Masters, and CDBA President Courtney Holm. McElyea accepted the Rebekah A. McBride Pro Bono Award on behalf of Helmer & McElyea, LLC. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Márquez (right) presents Courtney Holm a certificate for her pro bono work in 2010.


Day 3—Mesa County

The next local bar visit was a lunchtime meeting with members of the Mesa County Bar Association (MCBA). It was held on Friday, July 22, at the Doubletree Hotel in Grand Junction. Several MCBA members were recognized at the meeting for being longtime members of the CBA, including James Golden, Judge Harold Moss, Carroll Multz, and Warren Reams.

Left to right: Justice Monica Márquez, Charlie Traylor award winner Drew Moore, MCBA President Leslie Castro, and CLS Pro Bono Coordinator Karen Detmers. The Charlie Traylor Award is presented annually by the MCBA to an attorney for outstanding pro bono work. Back row (left to right): Judge Harold Moss, Carrol Multz, David Masters, and James Golden. Front row: Warren Reams (center), with grandsons Guy (left) and Zack.


Day 3—Seventh J.D. and Delta County

The final stop on the trip was a Friday evening meeting with the Seventh J.D. and Delta County Bar Associations. The joint local bar visit was held at the Aspinall Wilson Center in Gunnison.

Left to right: Dick Bratton, David Masters, Don Cashen, and Justice Hobbs. Bratton and Cashen were honored for being longtime members of the CBA. Left to right: Gunnison County District Court Chief Judge J. Steven Patrick, Uncompahgre Volunteer Legal Aid Pro Bono Coordinator Patty Bennet, Don Cashen, David Masters, and Justice Greg Hobbs. Cashen and Masters were recognized for their commitment to pro bono services.

Spotlight on a Longtime CBA Member

Carroll Multz is celebrating his fiftieth anniversary of being a lawyer. The CBA recently recognized him and several of his colleagues in Mesa County who share the same milestone in 2011.

Multz is the son of a prominent Montana attorney. He earned his JD from the University of Montana School of Law in 1961. After he was admitted to the Montana Bar, he served as Marshal and Law Clerk for the Montana Supreme Court and later as an Assistant Attorney General.

He moved to Denver, took and passed the Colorado bar exam, and was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1964. During his career, he practiced law in Denver, Steamboat Springs, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction.

Multz was a Chief Trial Deputy for the Fourth J.D. from 1968 to 1972. He was selected "Outstanding Young Lawyer" of Colorado Springs in 1971. He served as District Attorney for the Fourteenth J.D. from 1974 to 1981. He was president of the Colorado District Attorney’s Council from 1978 to 1979 (the first Western Slope District Attorney to do so). In 1978, he was named the "Outstanding District Attorney" for the state. He also served as a federal trustee in bankruptcy and a municipal judge.

Multz’s service to the CBA throughout the years has been extensive. He served on the CBA Publications Committee from 1971 to 1984; he was Chair from 1976 to 1979. The Colorado Lawyer is a product of the efforts of the Publications Committee. Multz served on The Colorado Lawyer Board of Directors and Board of Editors for twenty years. He was Chair of both boards from 1976 to 1979. (A single advisory Board exists today.) He also has the distinction of being the author of the first article that appeared in the CBA’s official publication. Over the years, he was a prolific writer, contributing twenty-one articles.

From 1975 to 1977, Multz served as president of the CBA–CLE Board. During these years, attaining CLE credits became mandatory in Colorado. He served on this Board for seventeen years, and was a featured speaker at many seminars and institutes. He also contributed to several CBA–CLE publications.

He was active on other CBA committees over the years, including the CBA Ethics Committee. Multz was the first prosecutor in the state to be elected Chair of the CBA Criminal Law Section. He was designated by the CBA to serve as its representative on the drafting committees of the Colorado Criminal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure in 1971 and 1972.

Now semi-retired, Multz is an adjunct professor at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, teaching law-related courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has just completed his twenty-first year teaching at Mesa State and his thirtieth year of teaching college students.

He hasn’t stopped writing, either. He has written a number of technical manuals and five novels. Two of his latest novels, Justice Denied and Deadly Deception, are available at major book stores.

Senior Law Day in Denver

Elizabeth and Bernard Butler.

On Saturday, July 23, approximately 900 people attended the 2011 Senior Law Day program at the Merchandise Mart in Denver. The annual program offers the public opportunities to hear from experienced elder law attorneys and other professionals with experience in elder care issues. This year, twenty-eight short, informative workshops were conducted, including "DNR Orders, Advance Directives and End of Life Issues," "Planning for Your Pets," "Dealing With Trusts and Trustees," and "Nontraditional Domestic Relationships." In addition, nearly fifty organizations and companies set up booths in the exhibitor area to provide information and resources relevant to seniors.

Senior Law Day is co-sponsored by the CBA Elder Law Section, the CBA Trust and Estate Section, and CBA–CLE. It was created to help seniors learn how to better manage family and financial issues and prepare for retirement. The educational workshops are designed to benefit seniors in the community, as well their adult children and caregivers.

The event continues to grow each year. Jefferson County held a Law Day program in June, and Boulder County and Larimer County held Senior Law Day programs in their communities in August.

Much of the content presented at Senior Law Day can be found in the 2011 Senior Law Handbook, which is published by CBA–CLE and written by attorneys and professionals in the elder care field. The Handbook is distributed to everyone who attends Senior Law Day events in Colorado.

More than seventy volunteers helped make Denver’s Senior Law Day a success. Among them were (left to right): Colin Servis, Kate Noble, Arlene Barringer, Casey Williams (seated), Michele Vargo, and Kelly Carlsen.

DBA YLD Attorneys’ Night Out

On June 23, the Denver Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (DBA YLD) held its annual Attorneys’ Night Out at the Blake Street Tavern in Denver. The fundraiser, in its sixth year, featured a Glenlivet Scotch tasting with hors d’oeuvres, as well as a silent and a live auction. The event raised more than $20,000 for the Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, which is celebrating thirty-five years of protecting and promoting the rights of people with disabilities and older people in Colorado through direct legal representation, advocacy, education, and legislative analysis.

Left to right: Steve Rickles, Mary Anne Harvey, Raj Kukreja, and Lori Albert were among attendees at the DBA YLD’s Attorneys’ Night Out fundraiser for the Legal Center.

Wheels of Justice
Cycling Team Rides Again

Nearly 200 riders, including doctors, nurses, patients, and family members, made up this year’s Wheels of Justice cycling team at the annual Courage Classic, a three-day, 157-mile bike ride through the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The team raised more than $246,000 for the Children’s Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. An appreciation party will be held at the Children’s Hospital in October. In 2010, the Wheels of Justice team celebrated raising $1 million in five years.

Members of the Wheels of Justice team during its annual party on July 24 at Copper Mountai n. Team members heard from doctors and families whose lives have been affected by the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.


Rico Munn Elected to
Denver Scholarship Board

Rico Munn, a partner with Baker & Hostetler LLP, recently was elected to the board of directors of the Denver Scholarship Foundation. Munn is the former executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a longtime advocate for Colorado students.

Munn’s law practice focuses on public law, commercial litigation, and regulatory matters. He holds a degree in Secondary Education and received his JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He is a graduate of the Leadership Denver program and has served on the boards of numerous community and legal organizations. He is a founding board member and co-chair of the Denver Urban Debate League.

The Denver Scholarship Foundation has awarded approximately $9.6 million to Denver Public School graduates since 2006. For more information about the Foundation, visit

Bar Association Staffer to Head
National Association of Bar Executives

Dana J. Collier Smith, the assistant executive director of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, began her term in August as president of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Toronto. Founded in 1941, NABE is dedicated to serving professionals who work for bar associations and law-related organizations. It is an affiliate of the American Bar Association.

Collier Smith has worked for the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations since 1976, and has served as assistant executive director since 2000. Prior to becoming NABE President, she served as Vice President, and then as President-elect. In 2005, Collier Smith was elected to the first of two terms as a State Bar Director on NABE’s Board of Directors. She has served in other leadership positions, including Chair of the Sponsorship Committee. She has been a member of the Program Committee and founded the Meetings/Events/Seminars Forum. Her national leadership role will help CBA and DBA remain on the forefront of developments in the legal community.

Probation Officers Honored
During National Recognition Week

The week of July 17 to 23 was national "Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week," celebrating professionals who work to ensure public safety and provide services to crime victims while holding offenders accountable. Established in 2000, the observance recognizes probation and parole officers as an essential part of the criminal justice system. The theme of this year’s commemoration—"Creativity in Times of Crisis"—promotes innovative solutions to budget-related problems in offender supervision.

During Fiscal Year 2010, Colorado’s probation system showed impressive numbers:

  • an average daily population of 50,476 adult and juvenile offenders supervised
  • 11,448 adults convicted for DUI/DWAI monitored
  • 22,193 adults (average) on private probation
  • 66% of adults and 73% of juveniles successfully fulfilling their court orders and terms of probation
  • 16,669 victims of crime approved to receive notification of certain critical stage events (17% of those victims asserted their rights)
  • more than $26 million in restitution collected by the Judicial Department and distributed to victims
  • an additional $30 million collected for victim assistance and compensation funds
  • more than $8.7 million collected in fees and surcharges designated for helping indigent probationers with court-ordered treatment and services.

For more information, visit the Colorado Division of Probation Services at or the American Probation and Parole Association at

ACBA Annual Meeting and
Golf Tournament

On Friday, July 1, the Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA) held its annual golf tournament—"Play 18 with the 18th"—at the Highlands Ranch Golf Club. Following the tournament, the ACBA hosted its annual meeting and awards ceremony, which included a joint Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony with the Douglas/Elbert Bar Association.

Judge Angela Arkin presents the Charles B. Dillion Award of Merit to Ric Morgan.

ACBA Immediate Past President Tom Tomazin (right) presents the Tommy D. Drinkwine Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award to Jake Eisenstein. ACBA President Paul Prendergast presents the Raymond C. Frenchmore Juvenile Law Award to Cherryl J. Workman.

Legal Aid Foundation
Recognizes Fundraising Champs

The Legal Aid Foundation’s annual fundraising drive benefiting Colorado Legal Services concluded on June 30. More than $1.3 million was raised to provide civil legal services for low-income Coloradans. Among the drive’s campaigns was the annual Associates Campaign, which is structured as a friendly competition among participating law firms. The Associates Campaign raised nearly $45,000, with more than 70% of the associates at thirty-two firms participating.

The winners of this year’s Associates Campaign competition were Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP ("smaller firm" category); Sheridan Ross PC ("mid-size firm" category); and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP ("larger firm" category). In addition, twelve firms achieved 100% participation among their associates: Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP; Greenberg Traurig LLP; Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe PC; Jones & Keller PC; Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP; Kennedy Childs & Fogg PC; Littler Mendelson PC; Merchant & Gould PC; Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti; Sheridan Ross PC; Snell & Wilmer LLP; and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica M. Márquez attended the Legal Aid Foundation’s July Board of Trustees meeting to present the awards.

Justice Monica Márquez and Associates Campaign Chair Marisa Hudson-Arney with representatives of firms with 100% participation in the Campaign. Left to right: Justice Márquez, Aaron Goldhamer of Jones & Keller, Liz Titus of Davis Graham & Stubbs, Hudson-Arney, Mark Lacis of Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, Brooke McKinley of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, Mackenzie Morgan & Chris Brown of Kennedy Childs & Fogg, Patty Ho of Sheridan Ross, Dustin Kitson of Snell & Wilmer, and Drew Unthank and John Streelman of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell.

Left to right: Patty Ho , Brooke McKinley, John Streelman, and Drew Unthank accepted "highest per capita donation" awards on behalf of their firms. Marisa Hudson-Arney and Justice Monica Márquez also are pictured.
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