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December 2011       Vol. 40, No. 12       Page  5
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 Makes "Big Swing"
to Southern Colorado

Over the course of three days—October 11 through October 13—CBA President David Masters paid visits to five local bar associations in what is customarily known as the "Big Swing." Masters kicked off the Big Swing with a lunchtime visit with members of the Pueblo Bar Association at the Le Renaissance Restaurant. The following day, he had lunch with members of the Southern Colorado Bar Association at La Quinta Suites in Trinidad, and dinner with members of the San Luis Valley Bar Association at the Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa. On the third day, Masters met with members of the Southwestern Colorado Bar Association over lunch at the Strater Hotel in Durango, and then dined with members of the Four Corners Bar Association at the Shiloh Steakhouse in Cortez. During each visit, Masters led a CLE presentation on the topic of mentoring.

David Masters presented a 50+-year CBA membership pin to Harry Sayre during his visit to the Southern Colorado Bar Association.   Masters spoke to members of the Southwestern Colorado Bar Association about the benefits of mentoring.
Southwestern Colorado Bar Association members Nick Palmer (left) and Keith Newbold.   Dinner with the Four Corners Bar Association. Left to right: County Judge Jenny Lawrence, Andrew Hughes, Russell Wasley, Jeremy Botkins, David Van Winkle, Adam Barnhurst, Richard Sims, and David Masters.

CBA Board of Governors Convene in Vail

On October 28, the CBA Board of Governors (BOG) held its annual fall meeting at the scenic Vail Manor Lodge. During the meeting, Peter Griffiths presented on the CBA Real Estate Section’s Title Standard 7.1.5, and the BOG voted unanimously to adopt it. Other items discussed were the CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Disaster Legal Services Manual, the Colorado Principles of Professional Conduct, and the Colorado Reform Roundtable. The meeting also included informational presentations by both Colorado law schools, the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the CBA Law Practice Management Department, the CBA YLD, and the CBA/DBA Joint Judicial Task Force. In keeping with tradition, CBA President David Masters presented Immediate Past President Paul Chan with a scrapbook of his year in office created by the CBA staff. The Agenda and Minutes from the meeting are available online at The Minutes also will be published in the January 2012 issue of The Colorado Lawyer.  
CBA President David Masters addresses meeting participants at the BOG’s fall meeting.

CBA and DBA Take Home Luminary Awards

  The CBA and the Denver Bar Association (DBA) recently received Luminary Awards from the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) Communications Section for work in marketing and electronic communications. The CBA received an award for Excellence in Marketing for a membership campaign spearheaded by its Economic Task Force, as well as an award for Excellence in Electronic Communications for its blog Solo in Colo (, which is aimed at solo and small firm lawyers. The DBA received an award for Excellence in Electronic Communications for its weekly e-newsletter, the D-Brief ( Entries were judged by a group of bar association executives from across the country. The awards were presented on October 21 in Nashville, Tennessee, during the NABE Communications Section’s annual workshop.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers Receives $7,500 Grant

Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL) has received a grant of $7,500 from the Fred and Jean Allegretti Foundation. Kimberly Allegretti, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts, presented the check on October 13 to MVL Executive Director Dianne Van Voorhees, DBA President Ilene Bloom, and the DBA Board of Trustees. The Foundation’s generous donation for general operating funds helps MVL maintain its mission of assisting needy community members with their legal services. This is the second year that the Fred and Jean Allegretti Foundation has donated funds to MVL.

Back row, left to right: DBA Board of Trustee members Judge William W. Hood III, Daniel McCune, Janet Drake, Paul Chessin, Richard Strauss, and James Benjamin. Front row, left to right: MVL Executive Director Dianne Van Voorhees, ALJ Kimberly Allegretti, DBA President Ilene Bloom, and DBA Trustees Catherine Chan and Gillian Bidgood.

DBA Young Lawyers Division
Collects Clothing for Law Suit Days

On October 13 and 14, the DBA Young Lawyers Division hosted its annual clothing drive—Law Suit Days—on the steps of the Denver City and County Building. The goal of Law Suit Days is to help outfit those in need with professional attire suitable for job interviews, including business suits, shoes, and accessories.

All items gathered during this year’s event were given to Bayaud Enterprises, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that provides vocational training, job coaching, résumé building, and job placement services for individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, as well as to homeless or low-income individuals and families. The organization’s mission is to provide hope, opportunity, and choice through gainful employment.

DBA YLD members JP Phillips (left) and Nic Heinke await donations during Law Suit Days 2011.

Paralegal RoxAnn Mack Caps Off Year
With Third Pro Bono Award

  RoxAnn Mack, a paralegal from Faegre & Benson’s Boulder office, recently received the 2011 Individual Pro Bono Award from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. Earlier this year, she was recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court for outstanding pro bono efforts and was named the CBA Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year. Among her many pro bono activities, Mack has participated in Metro Volunteer Lawyers’ Post-Decree Clinics in Jefferson County and was a member of the Project Homeless Connect Legal Team.

Special Recognition Awards Honor
Exemplary Leadership and Support of Legal Aid

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado presented special recognition awards to Fred Baumann, a partner at Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, and to the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP. The awards were presented during the Foundation’s Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration on September 15.

Fred Baumann.

The awards recognize exemplary contributions to the organization. Baumann is a past chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and a founding member of the Foundation’s Justice Society. He currently serves as chair of the Colorado Access to Justice Commission. Holland & Hart has long been one of the Foundation’s Leadership Law Firms, contributing annually at the Foundation’s target giving level and leading the effort to expand law firm support for the organization.

The Legal Aid Foundation, founded in 1981, raises money to support Colorado Legal Services, which provides free legal assistance to low-income Coloradans who are facing serious civil legal problems. To learn more, visit

Linda Rockwood Becomes ACOEL Fellow

  Linda Rockwood recently was inducted into the American College of Environmental Lawyers as a Fellow. Consideration for the fellowship is by invitation to attorneys who have practiced environmental law for a minimum of fifteen years, with at least 50% of environmental law practice occurring in the last five years. Rockwood, a partner in Faegre & Benson’s Denver office, is the fifth attorney from Colorado to join the group.

2011 Seniors Roast Honors Laurence W. DeMuth, Jr.

On October 4, longtime general counsel Larry DeMuth was roasted and then toasted by longtime friends and family at the DBA’s annual Seniors Roast. DeMuth, who served as general counsel for what started as Mountain Bell and later became US West, Qwest, and now CenturyLink, was the twenty-eighth person to be honored with a roast by the DBA Seniors Committee. He was roasted by Dan Brinker, retired Judge Ken Barnhill, and Peter Willis. Willis also organized a surprise for DeMuth: the Century-Link law department’s informal chorale group attended the event and sang tunes about DeMuth.

To the tune of "We Love You Conrad" from Bye, Bye Birdie, the CenturyLink chorale group sang, "We love you Larry, oh yes we do, with your fine suits of green and powder blue, they’re not exactly GQ, still Larry, we love you."   Left to right: DBA Seniors Committee Chair Don McMichael, Ken Barnhill, Larry DeMuth, Peter Willis, and Dan Brinker.

MCBA Spring Fling to Honor Ed Nugent

Attorney Ed Nugent of Nugent & Palo LLC in Grand Junction will be the guest of honor at the Mesa County Bar Association’s (MCBA) annual Spring Fling in February. He will be presented the Professionalism Award, which recognizes not only professionalism, but also mentoring, pro bono service, and contributions to the MCBA.

Nugent currently sits on the CBA Executive Council. He is a past president of the Criminal Defense Bar and past recipient of its highest honor, the Jonathan Olom Award. He contributed to the formation of the Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel, which provides legal representation to individuals who cannot be represented by the public defender due to ethical conflicts, and he teaches at the organization’s annual Trial Advocacy Training. He is the former head of two regional offices of the Colorado State Public Defender (Greeley and Grand Junction), a former president of COLTAF, a past member of the Twenty-First Judicial District judicial nominating committee, and a former board member for Colorado Legal Services.

Nugent is a Past President of the MCBA and is heavily involved in the MCBA’s pro bono activities, including the Pro Bono Project and Call-a-Lawyer Program. He also helped establish the Mesa County Access to Justice Committee and revived the very Spring Fling at which he will be honored. He has been an unfailing mentor to attorneys within the MCBA and is a role model within the community.

Members are invited to join the MCBA in honoring Nugent at the 2012 Spring Fling, which will take place on Friday, February 10, at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom. There will be a live band, dinner, and drinks. The cost of tickets is $50. For more information, contact Leslie Castro at

Greenberg Traurig Donates $10,000 to Colorado Nonprofit

Stephen Dietrich works as a "Big" with a group of middle school "Littles" on a Team Big rocket event at the BBBS Training Center in Denver.




Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Colorado recently received a $10,000 grant from Greenberg Traurig’s Great Minds Great Hearts program. The grant was funded by the firm’s Philanthropic Fund and a personal donation from firm Shareholder Stephen Dietrich, who serves on the BBBS of Colorado board of directors. This gift will be used to help support the organization’s "Team Big" mentoring program.

In addition to his work with BBBS, Dietrich has served on the board of Families First since 2002. He also volunteers at Colorado Academy. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Minnesota, focusing on corporate and real estate law.

The Great Minds Great Hearts program was created by Greenberg Traurig’s Denver office to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. Grants are given in the areas of arts, diversity, education, leadership, and people in need.

Dietrich helps his "Little" create a budget to purchase supplies for the team’s rocket   Dietrich and his "Littles" prepare to launch a rocket on the roof of the BBBS headquarters building in Denver.

The Bridge Project Honors Neil Oberfeld  
 for Leadership and Service

Denver attorney Neil Oberfeld has received the 2011 Philip D. and Eleanor Winn Community Service Award from The Bridge Project, a community outreach initiative of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work that strives to help children achieve their academic potential and graduate from high school with the resources necessary to succeed as adults. Oberfeld was presented the award at the organization’s Twentieth Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 1.

Oberfeld has been a supporter of The Bridge Project for more than fifteen years. He served for twelve years on the organization’s board of directors, including a term as president. He was the first scholarship chair and supervised creation of the scholarship rules, which the organization still uses today. He also has chaired numerous dinners and fundraisers for the organization.

Oberfeld is a member of the Real Estate department of the Greenberg Traurig Denver office. He serves on the Colorado Business Advisory Committee, the International Council of Shopping Centers National Law Committee, and the board of trustees of Rose Community Foundation. He also is co-chair of the regional development committee for the Anti-Defamation League. In 2010, Oberfeld was named one of Law Week Colorado’s Lawyers of the Year and, in 2005, he received the DBA’s Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award.

Sam Cary Bar Association Celebrates
Forty Years of Excellence

The Sam Cary Bar Association (SCBA) hosted its Fortieth Anniversary Celebration and Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 22, at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. Award recipients were: Denver’s former manager of safety Al LaCabe, who received the Courage Under Fire Award; former Denver City Attorney Dan Muse, an attorney with Pendleton, Friedberg, Wilson & Hennessey, who received the King Trimble Lifetime Achievement Award; and Nicole Gorham of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, who was named Young Lawyer of the Year.

U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Daniel and his wife, Ida.   SCBA founding members, left to right: Judge Raymond D. Jones (ret.), Gary Jackson, Gloria Monroe, and Phillip Jones.
Al LaCabe, recipient of the Courage Under Fire Award, and attorney Patty Powell.   Left to right: Rita Booker, Susan Harris, and Roslyn Booker.
Patty Powell and Skip Gray.   Left to right: Denver County Court Judge Dianne Briscoe, Gary Jackson, and Regina Jackson.

Photos courtesy of David Zalubowski, Special to The Denver Post.

First J.D. Bar Association Hosts Annual Golf Tourney

On August 5, twenty people participated in the First Judicial District (J.D.) Bar Association’s annual Golf Tournament at the Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood. The event used a scramble best ball format, where each golfer from a foursome tees off his or her ball, the best positioned ball is determined, and then all four golfers play the remaining shots from the position of the best ball. This format enables participants to concentrate on having fun and not simply on getting a great score. Of course, that didn’t stop the First J.D. from awarding prizes for the lowest score and other golfing feats. Winners were: Kristen McLaughlin, John Eckelberry, and Victor Boog, who took first place with a score of 65; Magistrate John Livingston, who had the longest putt; Kristen Mclaughlin, who had the longest drive; and Victor Boog, who won "closest to the pin."

Left to right: Magistrate John Livingston, Joel Varnell, Mike Benschneider, and Dave Gruber.    Left to right: Mike Sexton, John Vargo, Yosy Janson, and Jerry Vargo.
Joe Pickard (left) and Justin Ross.   Left to right: David Wunderlich, Stewart Cables, and Joe Gilmore. 
Left to right: Kristen McLaughlin, Victor Boog, and John Eckelberry.   Left to right: Jean Arnold, Scott Havn, Kelley Shirk, and Rich Arnold. 
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