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January 2012       Vol. 41, No. 1       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

New Attorneys Sworn in
During Fall Admission Ceremony

An estimated 500 new attorneys took the Oath of Admission at the CBA’s Fall Admission Ceremony on October 24 at the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. Admittees were welcomed by U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado Chief Judge Wiley Daniel and CBA President David Masters. Steven Farber, president and founding partner of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, delivered the keynote address. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender administered the oath of admission. In total, 778 people passed the Colorado Bar Examination in July 2011.

New lawyers take the Oath of Admission during the CBA’s Fall Admission Ceremony.   Steven Farber was the event’s keynote speaker.
Kyu Cho snaps a photo of his daughter Su (center), a new Colorado attorney, who is joined by her sister Ok (left) and her mom Kwang.   CBA President David Masters congratulates the new lawyers.

Order of the Water Buffalo
Welcomes New Inductees

The Ancient and Honorable Order of the Water Buffalo inducted three new members at a luncheon event on Friday, November 18, at the CBA–CLE offices in Denver. This prestigious honor is bestowed on members of the CBA’s Water Law Section in recognition of their contributions in the area of water rights.

The inductees were Jeris Danielson, former State Engineer; Leo Eisel, Consulting Engineer, and Judge Roger Klein, Water Judge for Water Division 1. Judge Klein was unable to attend the ceremony, so Eric Potondy, Klein’s former law clerk, attended the event on his behalf. Attorney Bill Tourtillott was the Master of Ceremonies.

The induction ceremony was held during the Water Law Section’s "Water Law 301" CLE program. More than seventy people were in attendance.

The new inductees, from left to right: Eric Potondy (standing in for Judge Roger Klein), Jeris Danielson, and Leo Eisel.   Judge Robert Behrman
of Greeley.

CBA Past Presidents Attend Annual Dinner

On Saturday, November 5, Past Presidents of the CBA and their guests gathered at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs for the association’s annual Past Presidents’ Dinner. As part of the evening’s festivities, CBA Immediate Past President Paul Chan was honored for his service to the CBA and was presented a commemorative pin. Chan is pictured here (far right) with fellow CBA Past President Steve Briggs.  

Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program
Names New Director

The Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee recently announced Barbara Ezyk as director of the newly created Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP). Ezyk brings a wealth of legal and peer assistance experience to the position. During her sixteen years as a Colorado attorney and twenty-eight years as a licensed registered nurse, Ezyk has worked with professionals in need of assistance due to substance use and/or mental health issues. Ezyk has held the position of Substance Use Education Director for a peer assistance services program, has managed the Colorado Drug Abuse Task Force, has served on the Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyers Board of Directors, and has been an active participant in the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs. As the Director of COLAP, Ezyk will help lawyers, judges, law firms, law schools, courts, and others identify and intervene with impaired or struggling legal professionals and law students, and assist those individuals in recovery.

New Legal Clinics Assist Colorado Veterans

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (right) chats with U.S. Army veteran Jimmy Lewis.

Volunteers in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Fort Collins helped veterans and their families with legal issues during the CBA’s Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans inaugural free legal clinics on November 10 and 11. Attendees received information on topics such as veterans’ resources, benefits, taxes, housing, and family law.

In Denver, approximately fifty veterans attended and more than sixty attorneys, paralegals, and law students volunteered. In Fort Collins, four volunteers, including two from the Colorado Legal Services ID Project, helped nineteen veterans with their legal issues and five veterans who needed assistance obtaining identification. At the Colorado Springs event, which was hosted by the El Paso County Bar Association, fifteen veterans sought legal assistance and twelve volunteers were on hand to help them. To volunteer for a clinic or to learn more about attorney volunteer training, contact Carolyn Gravit, CBA Director of Public Legal Education, at

Attorney Glenda Dominguez provides legal advice to Jimmy Lewis, a U.S. Army Medical Corps veteran, during the CBA’s inaugural legal clinic for Colorado veterans.   Paul Phillips, an operations associate for Denver’s Department of Human Services, was among the volunteers at the Denver clinic.

Photos by Jamie Cotten.

Court Orientation for
New Colorado Lawyers Held in Denver

The Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (DBA YLD) hosted a district and county court orientation for the City and County of Denver on Thursday, November 17. Approximately seventy new (or new to the area) attorneys attended the event, which commenced with opening remarks by DBA YLD Chair Gillian Bidgood. Among the judges who spoke were Colorado Court of Appeals Judge John Webb, who offered appellate court advice; Denver District Court Judge William W. Hood, who spoke about courtroom decorum; and Denver County Court Judge Brian T. Campbell, who gave a speech about protective orders. Following the program, the DBA YLD held a "Barristers After Hours" party for guests at Katie Mullen’s Irish Pub on Denver’s Sixteenth Street Mall.  
Jack Tanner of Fairfield and Woods, PC gives a speech on ethics at the DBA YLD’s court orientation program.

CLE Program for Young Lawyers Addresses
Practical Issues and Hot Topics in the Law

The CBA YLD hosted its annual CLE program on November 17 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Fourteen YLD members led the various presentations, which addressed practical issues and hot topics pertinent to young lawyers. Topics included "jury whispering," effective direct- and cross-examination, the changes to the rules of civil procedure under the Colorado Civil Access Pilot Project, appellate basics, and tribal sovereignty. The program also featured panel presentations on hanging one’s own shingle, energy law, networking, mistakes young lawyers make, and ethical issues. More than eighty attorneys attended the full-day program.

CBA YLD Chair Ben Currier.   CBA YLD member Michael O’Connell.

Court in Session at Veterans Stand Down

On Thursday, November 3, homeless veterans who had open Denver County Court cases were be able to resolve their legal issues in a special courtroom during the Veterans Stand Down event in Denver. Stand Downs are held in various locations throughout the year as part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless veterans.

Forty-nine cases were heard on November 3 by Denver County Court Judge Raymond Satter. City and municipal attorneys also attended the day-long event to assist veterans in the courtroom, and volunteers from the DBA were on hand to provide veterans information and referrals to organizations that offer free legal services in areas such as rental eviction, landlord–tenant issues, child support, and disability. Veterans who attended the Stand Down also received food, health checkups, clothing, and employment services.

Denver County Court Judge Raymond Satter, with judicial assistant Marlene Salazar, talks to Army veteran Lance Rivera in a temporary courtroom on November 3. This was the first year that the Veterans Stand Down provided a venue for resolving legal issues. Photo by Andy Cross, courtesy of The Denver Post.  

Stacy Carpenter Joins RMCLC Board of Directors

Photo courtesy of Jim Havey, Havey Productions.  

The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, a nonprofit organization that provides legal advocacy for abused and neglected children, recently announced that Stacy Carpenter has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. Carpenter is the Immediate Past President of the DBA and currently serves on the CBA Board of Governors. She also is a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation and serves on the CBA Legislative Policy Committee. Among other accolades, Carpenter received the CBA Sue Birch Legislative Award in 2005 and was the DBA’s 2003 Young Lawyer of the Year.

Carpenter recently became a partner with Polsinelli Shughart PC, where she focuses on commercial litigation, employment law, professional liability defense, and ERISA litigation. She represents clients on numerous commercial issues and contract disputes and regularly defends professionals in errors and omissions and malpractice claims. She received a BA from the University of Rochester and her JD from Northwestern University.


Reception Celebrates
Wheels of Justice and its Sponsors

On October 20, Wheels of Justice team members and sponsors attended an appreciation party for the 2011 Courage Classic at the Colorado Children’s Hospital in Aurora. The Courage Classic is an annual three-day bike race across Colorado that benefits the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) at the Children’s Hospital. The Wheels of Justice was the Courage Classic’s number one fundraising team for the second year in a row, raising more than $290,000.

During the reception, the Wheels of Justice Leadership Council—Heather Purcell-Leja, Bradley Scott, and Aaron Bradford—thanked sponsors and MVPs with Courage Classic plaques and framed jerseys. Among the honorees was CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner, who received a framed jersey for the CBA’s ongoing support of Wheels of Justice. A former CCBD patient, Kelsey Bohman, was the reception’s guest of honor. Bohman spoke of her positive experience with the staff and facility when she received her oncology treatments at the Children’s Hospital.

Guest of honor Kelsey Bohman.   Left to right: Bradley Scott, Chuck Turner, Heather Purcell-Leja, and Aaron Bradford.
The Wheels of Justice Leadership Council with doctors and staff of the Children’s Hospital.

Strikes for Tykes
Benefits Community Action Network

On Saturday, November 5, the DBA’s Community Action Network (CAN) Committee held its first annual Strikes for Tykes bowling event. Proceeds raised during the event benefit the Children’s Outreach Project, a nonprofit therapeutic preschool and child-care center serving north Denver and the surrounding communities.

This year’s fundraiser was held at Elitch Lanes in Northwest Denver. Fifty-five bowlers enjoyed a lunch buffet, three rounds of bowling, and a friendly competition. The team winner was Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and the individual winner was Jordan Olsen. Approximately $4,725 was raised for Children’s Outreach Project.

Left to right: CBA YLD Council Member Arax Corn; Stephanie Baer, Executive Director of Children’s Outreach Project; and Richard Lynch.   Event Co-Chairs Evan Lee and Kasi Schuelke.
William Clark, son of CBA/DBA Director of Communications and Marketing Heather Clark.   DBA President Ilene Bloom and her daughter Harper with CAN Committee Co-Chair Patrick Theissen.

CJI Judicial Excellence for Colorado
Dinner Has Record Attendance

On Tuesday, November 1, more than 680 attendees turned out to honor four outstanding Colorado judges at the Colorado Judicial Institute’s (CJI) ninth annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner. That is a record number of attendees for this CJI event. The honored jurists were: District Judge O. John Kuenhold from Southern Colorado, District Court Presiding Judge C. Jean Stewart from the Denver Probate Court, Judge Christine Carney from Larimer County, and Magistrate Stephanie Rubinstein from Mesa County. The keynote speaker was Jeffrey Toobin, CNN legal analyst and author of the best-selling book The Nine. During his speech, Toobin praised Colorado’s merit selection and non-partisan retention election system, and discussed the history of the Supreme Court.

In addition to recognizing judicial excellence, the annual dinner event raises funds to foster excellence through education. Since the creation of the CJI Judicial Education Fund in 2002, more than $200,000 has been awarded to support continuing education for judges, magistrates, and full-time judicial department employees. Such grants have become even more crucial in recent years as cutbacks in the court system’s state budget have eliminated many judicial education opportunities. For more information about CJI or to become a CJI member, visit or contact the CJI at (303) 766-7501.

Left to right: Otto Hilbert, Tom O’Donnell, and Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender.   Judge Bob Fullerton (left) and Larry DeMuth.

Interactive Program Educates
Students in Denver About the Judiciary

  Students from the Denver Center for International Studies apply the law they created regarding adult penalties for juvenile offenders.

On October 14, a class of high school students at the Denver Center for International Studies took part in Judicially Speaking, a public education program that informs students about the role of the judiciary in the American legal system. Denver District Court Judge William Hood and Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Nancy Lichtenstein led the interactive program.

Taking on the role of the Colorado General Assembly, the students debated age limits, the significance of prior records, and what constitutes a serious crime. They also voted on a standard for when juveniles should be subject to adult penalties. Students then broke into small groups and applied their new law to real cases by ruling on how to try the juvenile defendants involved in serious crimes.

After making their decisions, the mock judges reconvened to share their rulings and discuss the importance of fairly and impartially applying the law to each case. Before concluding the program, Judge Hood and the students contemplated the characteristics of a good judge.

This was the second time the event took place in Denver area schools. Judges David Shakes and David Prince of the Fourth Judicial District started Judicially Speaking two years ago to help high school students in El Paso and Teller Counties better understand the American judicial system. For more information about the program, visit

Legal Aid Foundation
Hosts Donor Appreciation Party

On Thursday, November 3, CBA Past President David Johnson and attorney Edward Gleason hosted a Donor Appreciation Reception on behalf of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado. Johnson and Gleason are Legal Aid Foundation Trustees and Co-Chairs of the Foundation’s El Paso County Campaign.

Approximately fifty guests attended the reception, which was held at the Country Club of Colorado at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Attendees sampled hors d’oevres while listening to a legal aid client talk about the impact legal services had on the quality of her elderly mother’s life. Remarks also were made by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs, who thanked benefactors in El Paso County for their support of legal aid over the years.


Legal Aid Foundation Board of Trustees Ed Gleason (left) and Dave Johnson.   Left to right: Bruce Kolbezen, Deborah Adams, Hank Worley, and Sharon Tarr Worley.

DU Law Crowns Hoffman Cup Champions

The University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law recently crowned this year’s champions of its annual Hoffman Memorial Trial Advocacy Cup. The Championship Round was presided over by U.S. Federal District Court Judge William Martinez and four scoring panelists. In a close, split-ballot final round, the team of Ashley Opfer and Brian Caplan prevailed over Katelyn Konecny and Chris Wilcox. For the second year in a row, Wilcox earned the Best Orator Award.

The Trial Advocacy Cup is hosted by DU’s Advocacy Department and the student Moot Court Board. It is named for the late Daniel Hoffman, a DU alumnus and former DU Law School Dean. Dean Hoffman’s family, including two of his grandchildren who are students at the law school, attended the event.

Left to right: Championship Finalist Chris Wilcox, Hoffman Cup Champions Ashley Opfer and Brian Caplan, Championship Finalist Katelyn Konecny, and DU Advocacy Department Director David Schott.


Left to right: Ogletree Deakins Trial Attorney Cole Wist, Denver Probate Magistrate Rueben Hernandez, Outstanding Orator Chris Wilcox, Federal Magistrate Craig Shaffer, DU Law Professor Rhonda Brownstein, and Federal Judge William Martinez.

Foursomes Compete in
EPCBA’s Annual Golf Tourney


The El Paso County Bar Association hosted its annual golf tournament on Friday, September 9, at The Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs. Winning team members were District Court Judges Ronald Crowder and Thomas Kennedy, and attorneys Nikki Allen and Scott Peterson.  
Eric Anaya rides "shotgun" alongside
Judge D. Richard Toth (ret.).


Left to right: Gary Link, Eric Anaya, Judge Richard Toth, and Mark Finlayson.   Left to right: Joe Dirscherl, Bill Duven, Steven Nolan, and Judge Ann Rotolo.
Left to right: Judge Tom Kennedy, Judge Ronald Crowder, and Scott Peterson.   Left to right: Mark Kane, HayDen Kane, John Fitzgerald, and Mike Allred.

Photos courtesy of Kevin Schar.

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