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October 2011       Vol. 40, No. 10       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

CBA President Travels to the Eastern Plains

On August 16 and 17, David Masters made his second string of visits to local bar associations since beginning his term as CBA President in July. This time, Masters traveled to the Eastern Plains, visiting with members of the Weld County Bar Association in Greeley, members of the Thirteenth Judicial District (J.D.) Bar Association in Fort Morgan, and members of the Sixteenth J.D. and Southeastern Colorado Bar Associations in La Junta. Masters made the trips by airplane, flying first to Greeley, and then to Fort Morgan and La Junta. His pilot was his close friend and former law partner, Steve Mathis. The two men flew out of Montrose in Mathis’s Cessna T210.

David Masters speaks to members of the Weld County Bar Association about the benefits of creating a paperless office.   During his visit to the Thirteenth J.D., Masters recognized several individuals who have been CBA members for fifty years, including William Paynter (left).
Left to right: Steve Mathis, CBA Assistant Executive Director Dana Collier Smith, and David Masters.   Masters (right) and Mathis at the La Junta Airport.

Legal Film Night Features The Inside Job

On Thursday, August 25, more than sixty people attended Legal Film Night at the CBA–CLE offices in Denver. Legal Film Night is a recurring event sponsored by the Denver Bar Association (DBA) Young Lawyers Division. It features a CLE program, along with the presentation of a legal-themed movie related to the topic of the program.

The featured speaker in August was Colorado Securities Commissioner Fred Joseph, who explained his office’s role in investigating and preventing securities fraud in Colorado. The film shown was the Inside Job, a documentary film about the financial crisis of the late-2000s.

Members are encouraged to visit the DBA website,, for details regarding future installments of Legal Film Night. The event is a great (and low-cost) way to earn CLE credit while enjoying pizza and a movie with friends and colleagues. Tickets are only $10.

Seniors Committee Tees Off at Annual Tournament

On Tuesday, August 16, the DBA Seniors Committee hosted its 2011 Seniors Golf Tournament at the Homestead Golf Course in Lakewood. The sixteen participants broke into foursomes to compete in the afternoon event, which kicked off with lunch in the clubhouse. The individual winners were: Jack Barker, low gross; Bob Benson, low net; and Beverlee Henry, most valuable player.

Left to right: John Conway, Mike Homyak, Van Wilgus, and Keith Sleater.   Left to right: Richard Harvey, Bill Waggener, Jon Clarke, and John Clough.
Left to right: Bob Benson, Jack Barker, Dave Furgason, and Peter Willis.   Left to right: Hon. Robert Fullerton, Beverlee Henry,David Naiman, and Seniors Committee Chair Don McMichael.

Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee Hosts Happy Hour

The CBA’s Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee hosted an end-of-summer Hora Social (happy hour) on August 25 at the Tavern Uptown in Denver. Approximately thirty people attended the event, including several recent graduates from the University of Colorado and University of Denver law schools. While enjoying appetizers on the patio, members explored how the Committee can provide more assistance to the Spanish-speaking community in Colorado, and discussed educational opportunities for attorneys and students to enhance their legal Spanish skills.

Stan Kent is the 2011 R. Sterling Ambler Award Recipient

The CBA Trust and Estate Section has named Stanley C. Kent recipient of the 2011 Sterling Ambler Award. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to the trust and estate practice in Colorado, and is given to an individual who has contributed substantially to the furtherance of Colorado law, to the education of others, and to the CBA Trust and Estate Section.

Kent has been an active member of the Trust and Estate Section for more than twenty years. He has served as Section Chair, and has been a member of the Statutory Revisions Committee and the Uniform Trust Code Review Committee, among other CBA committees. Kent also serves as a Section liaison to the Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws.

Kent has participated in the legislative drafting and review process of bills related to trust and estate law, and his efforts have on many occasions led to consensus in the CBA or with other groups to either move forward with or pull back on proposed legislation. His calm demeanor, depth of knowledge, and constant willingness to pitch in and help resolve matters in which there may be differences of opinion have been invaluable assets to the Section.

The Ambler Award is named in honor of R. Sterling Ambler, an exceptional attorney who practiced law in Colorado for more than fifty years. Ambler gave freely of his time and expertise to individual lawyers, to the CBA, and to the legal profession until his death in 2004 at the age of 72.

Wheels of Justice Team Earns Top Fundraiser Title

  The CBA/DBA cycling team, the Wheels of Justice, has earned the title of top fundraising team among the 142 teams that participated in the 2011 Courage Classic cycling race. As of August 31, the team had raised $285,776 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation Children’s Fund, which seeks to improve the care of every child admitted to the hospital. This is the sixth year the Wheels of Justice team has participated in the Courage Classic ride. With 213 members, the team is the largest in the history of the Courage Classic.

ABBA Adds New Criminal Practice Section

The Adams/Broomfield Bar Association (ABBA) recently added the Criminal Practice Section (CrimPS) to its membership programs. Attorney Jay Tiftickjian was appointed to serve as its section chair. As President of Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C., Tiftickjian focuses his practice exclusively on DUI and criminal defense. He is a Life Member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and formerly served as Deputy District Attorney with the Seventeenth J.D. Attorney’s Office.

The CrimPS’s inaugural program was held on September 27 at the Adams County District Attorney’s Office in Brighton. The free brown-bag luncheon was hosted by Tiftickjian and focused on driver’s license revocations in DUI cases. Future programs will address criminal law and ethics in the criminal litigation field. Programs generally will rotate between Broomfield and Brighton.

For more information about the CrimPS and upcoming programs, contact Tiftickjian at (303) 991-5896 or Suggestions on topics and presenters are welcome.

Daniel Rohner Accepted Into
Leadership Jefferson County Program

Attorney Daniel Rohner, a partner in the law firm of Sander Ingebretsen & Wake, P.C., recently was accepted into the Leadership Jefferson County program. Each year, the program selects twenty-five to thirty leaders who want to help shape their community and use their professional leverage to make positive changes. The program includes a retreat and monthly forums that highlight issues involving the Denver area while also connecting the participants to engaged community leaders. This year’s program began in September and will conclude in June.

Rohner specializes in business litigation and has extensive experience representing large and medium-sized businesses, business owners, and financial institutions in commercial disputes. He lives in Jefferson County with his wife and two daughters. Through his participation in Leadership Jefferson County, Rohner intends to use his legal expertise to strengthen his community.

Leadership Jefferson County is in its twenty-seventh year of identifying emerging leaders within the Jefferson County area and cultivating them to help give back to their communities. For more information about the program, contact Marta Murray at or visit

CU Law Students Teach Class on the U.S. Constitution

In September, nineteen University of Colorado Law School (CU Law) students began teaching the U.S. Constitution to high school students in public schools across the Denver metro area. The class is part of the Marshall–Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which aims to give law students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of constitutional law and education while engaging high school students in analysis and understanding of the Constitution.

The class will run throughout the 2011–12 academic year. In addition to learning about constitutional law, some high school students will compete in a local moot court competition, coached by the law students. The winning Colorado team will travel to Washington, DC to compete in the National Marshall–Brennan High School Moot Court Competition.

The Marshall–Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project began in the fall of 1999 at the American University Washington College of Law in honor of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and William J. Brennan, Jr. The project mobilizes talented second- and third-year law students to teach courses on Constitutional law and juvenile justice in public high schools and has licensed chapters in law schools across the country.

In this inaugural year, CU Law has partnered with public schools in Denver, Mapleton, and St. Vrain School Districts. The law school will expand to partner with other school districts in subsequent years. Colorado Law’s Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law coordinates this effort, interviews each law student applicant, and requires each law student to commit to teaching throughout the entire school year.

Katayoun Donnelly to be Recognized
at the Celebration of Excellence at the U.S. Supreme Court

Katayoun Donnelly, an associate with Baker & Hostetler, LLP, will be recognized as a 2010 Temple Bar Scholar at the 2011 Celebration of Excellence. The event will take place on Saturday, November 5, at the U.S. Supreme Court. Each year, the American Inns of Court selects four outstanding young U.S. lawyers as Temple Bar Scholars, and they participate in a one-month program designed to introduce them to the English legal system. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will host the 2011 Celebration of Excellence.

Donnelly focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. She has advised clients through both trial and appellate phases of litigation in areas including class action, antitrust, contract disputes, intellectual property, product liability, and regulatory matters. Before joining Baker Hostetler, Donnelly was a judicial clerk for Hon. Stephanie K. Seymour of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She previously worked in the Appeals Section of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Donnelly received her JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; her LLB (with honors) from Tehran University; and an LLM (private law) from Azad University.

BCBA Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

The Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) hosted its Annual Dinner in June at the Folsom Center Plate restaurant. A highlight of the dinner was the presentation of the Ron Porter Award of Merit to Alex Garlin, a criminal defense attorney with Garlin Driscoll LLC in Louisville. Garlin is a past BCBA President and served as co-chair for the BCBA’s Medical–Legal and Criminal Law Sections.

Also during the event, outgoing BCBA President Rich Irvin welcomed Ellen Cadette as new BCBA President. Past President and Board of Director Karl Kumli stepped down from the Board, and the membership voted Craig Small to be the new Director for a three-year term. Judson Hite was voted to be the Secretary/Treasurer and will serve as BCBA President during the 2013–14 term.

David Driscoll (left) presents the Ron Porter Award of Merit to Alex Garlin at the BCBA’s Annual Dinner in June.   Outgoing President Rich Irvin (left) thanks Karl Kumli for his years of service to the BCBA.

Larimer County DUI Court Celebrates First Anniversary

The Larimer County DUI Court celebrated its first anniversary on July 15. The problem-solving court seeks to promote public safety by providing qualifying repeat DUI offenders with intensive court supervision, prompt and comprehensive access to treatment, and accountability for their progress in the program. The DUI Court’s primary objectives are to reduce the number of DUI offenses in Larimer County and to rehabilitate repeat DUI offenders.

DUI Court participants are reviewed regularly by the network of agencies that make up the DUI Court team, which comprises representatives from the Probation Department; the District Attorney’s Office; the Public Defender’s Office; the private defense bar; local treatment providers; and the Larimer County offices for the Sheriff, Criminal Justice Services, Alternative Sentencing Department, and Pretrial Services. The program is offered to qualifying repeat DUI defendants through a sentence agreement with the District Attorney, with reduced jail offered as an incentive to participate. Participants work to improve all areas of their lives; however, the treatment of their substance abuse issues is the primary emphasis of their supervision.

More than sixty problem-solving courts are in operation in seventeen of Colorado’s twenty-two judicial districts. In addition to DUI courts, other problem-solving courts operating in the state include adult and juvenile drug courts and mental health courts, dependency and neglect courts for families, truancy courts, and a veteran trauma court.

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