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February 2012       Vol. 41, No. 2       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

Gary M. Jackson Receives CBA Award of Merit

Gary Jackson was presented the Colorado Bar Association’s (CBA) highest honor, the Award of Merit, during the Colorado Bar Foundation’s Annual Bar Fellows Dinner on Friday, January 6. The Award of Merit is given annually to a CBA member for outstanding service to the association, the legal profession, the administration of justice, and the community.

Jackson has served as CBA Vice President and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Denver Bar Association (DBA). He also has chaired the CBA–DBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee and is a Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow. He is a founding member and former president of the Sam Cary Bar Association, as well as the Sam Cary Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships to law students at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. He also helped found the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and was the 2010 Colorado Chapter President of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Jackson has served his community in non-legal capacities, as well. He chairs the Delta Eta Boule Foundation, which provides scholarships to Denver high school graduates. As an advocate for youth, he has chaired Northeast Denver Youth Services, which offers recreational and educational opportunities. He also has been involved with the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, the United Negro College Fund, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, 100 Black Men of Denver, Inc., Beckwourth Outdoors, and the Sixteenth of May Foundation.

Jackson has been a partner at DiManna & Jackson since 1976, focusing his practice on complex civil litigation and representation of legal professionals. He began his career in 1970 in the Denver District Attorney’s Office and later served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, where he received a commendation from Hon. Edward Levi for trial excellence. He was honored in 2006 by the Sam Cary Bar Association with the King Trimble Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized by the University of Colorado with the Merle Knous Award in 2010, the Norlin Award in 2008, and the Order of Coif Award in 2003.

Matthew J. McCune Receives Carnegie Hero Medal

CBA member Matt McCune recently was awarded a Carnegie Hero medal for rescuing a 23-year-old woman who was being assaulted in Denver’s Berkeley Park. The award recognizes individuals who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.

During the incident, which occurred on October 13, 2010, the assailant stabbed McCune six times and then fled the scene (he ultimately was apprehended by police officers). The female victim was not badly injured, but McCune spent two days in the hospital for treatment, which included surgery. In January 2012, The Colorado Lawyer published an article by McCune entitled "Lessons From the Edge," in which he speaks to young lawyers about what this unique experience has taught him about work and life.

McCune is a partner in the Englewood firm of McCune & Sullivan LLC and a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He was among eighteen individuals from across the country who were named recipients of the Carnegie Hero medal on December 14, 2011.

Kara Veitch is the CBA YLD’s
Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year

  Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Kara Veitch with CBA YLD Chair Ben Currier during the CBA YLD’s annual holiday party.

Kara Veitch recently was named the CBA Young Lawyers Division’s (YLD) Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. The award is presented annually to a young lawyer who has outstanding professional achievements, is inspiring to others, and is committed to public service. She received the award at the CBA YLD holiday party on December 14.

Veitch, 37, is the current president of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and is a member of the Colorado Commission on the Legal Profession. She has served on the CBA Executive Committee and is a former president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She was the DBA’s Young Lawyer of the Year in 2010 and was recognized among the Denver Business Journal’s "Forty under 40" in March 2011.

Veitch focuses her community work on serving women and children. She is a founder of the BabiesNow! Foundation, which provides diapers to local nonprofit organizations, as well as incentives for families to participate in programs that benefit babies, such as parenting classes. She serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Bean Project, which teaches life and job readiness skills to women. Veitch also is granting co-chair of Beyond Our Borders, which provides grants to promote the interests of women and children in the developing world.

Veitch is assistant director at Colorado Forum, a member organization that advances public policy issues in Colorado. Before joining Colorado Forum, she was a partner with Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C.

CAN Committee Hosts Happy Hour for New Members

  On Tuesday, December 6, the DBA Community Action Network (CAN) Committee hosted a happy hour to welcome and recruit new members. More than thirty individuals attended the event, which was held at Katie Mullen’s Irish Pub in downtown Denver. Highlights included a presentation by CAN Committee member Arax Corn and a slideshow of past events.
Arax Corn (left) and Karen Spaulding.    
Left to right: Evan Lee, Kasi Schuelke, Igor Raykin, and Karen Spaulding.   Left to right: Robin Perkins, Kasi Schuelke, and Evan Lee.

CBA and DBA Groups Celebrate the Holiday Season

It’s Gifts Galore for the CBA Solo and Small Firm Section

On Monday, December 12, approximately 100 members of the CBA Solo and Small Firm Section gathered at the CBA-CLE large classroom for their annual holiday party. Attendees enjoyed lunch and plenty of socializing before the door-prize giveaway. This year, several CBA member benefit providers donated prizes: Mozy gave away tech gifts, including an iPad; LexisNexis® gave out blankets; and American Bar Association Retirement Funds and Brooks Brothers each donated $100 gift cards.

Clyde Hook (left) and Eric Nesbit during the Solo and Small Firm Section’s annual holiday party.   Brian Pushchak and Tamara Pester at the December 12 gathering.

DBA Seniors Committee—’Tis the Season to Catch Up

Approximately fifty members of the DBA Seniors Committee turned out for this year’s holiday party on December 12. The "65 and Better" crowd enjoyed a holiday meal while catching up on everyone’s current activities. Seniors Chair Don McMichael served as the master of ceremonies for the festive event. DBA President Ilene Bloom stopped by with her daughter to extend holiday greetings.

Left to right: Bruce Evans, Don McMichael, and Thomas Grimshaw.   Left to right: Nick Muller, Larry DeMuth, and Lester Ward.

Young Lawyers, a Holiday Party, and White Elephants—Oh, My!

The CBA YLD held its annual holiday party on Wednesday, December 14, at Vita restaurant in the Denver Highlands neighborhood. Twenty-six members and their guests attended the event, which featured drinks, dinner, and a white elephant gift exchange. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the CBA YLD’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award to Kara Veitch.

YLD member Alli Gerkman proudly displays her white elephant gift.   University of Colorado student liaison Julie Cuypers can cross "monkey portrait calendar" off her Christmas list.
YLD Council member Ruth Mackey, seated beside YLD Chair-Elect Carlos Migoya, hoists her new fish bowl.   Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Kara Veitch will be curling up with a giant remote while she watches The Bodyguard.

Norman R. Mueller Elected to Board of Directors
of National Criminal Defense Bar Association

Denver attorney Norm Mueller recently was elected to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Board of Directors. A Past President of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Mueller has served on NACDL’s Amicus Committee as Tenth Circuit Vice Chair. He also has served on the Amicus Committee of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar since 2004.

Mueller has practiced criminal law for nearly forty years. He serves on the board of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, where he worked for the establishment of a Sixth Amendment Task Force to address the constitutionality of the Colorado statute that requires individuals charged with misdemeanors to meet with the prosecutor before counsel is appointed. In 2010, Mueller was appointed by Colorado’s governor to the Judicial Performance Commission. He has been a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Appellate Rules for more than twenty years and served two terms on The Colorado Lawyer Board.

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