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March 2012       Vol. 41, No. 3       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

Colorado Bar Foundation Salutes
Award Recipients at Annual Dinner

The Colorado Bar Foundation hosted its annual dinner on Friday, January 6, at the Hyatt Regency Denver. More than 400 people attended the event, which featured the presentation of two awards—the Award of Merit and the Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

Gary Jackson received the Award of Merit, which is the CBA’s highest honor. During his acceptance speech, Jackson discussed the landscape for lawyers of color throughout his forty-one years of practicing law. When he helped establish the Sam Car Bar Association in 1971, for example, he was the only Black prosecutor in Colorado and there were only fifteen Black lawyers in the state. Read some of Jackson’s recollections about his career in his "Golden Book" entry on in this issue.

Kara Veitch, assistant director at Colorado Forum and current President of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, was the CBA Young Lawyers Division’s 2012 Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. On accepting the award, she thanked her grandmother, calling her the glue that holds their family together; her parents, who showed her the importance of community involvement; her husband, who makes sacrifices so that she can succeed; and her many mentors, who have guided her along the way.

Young Lawyer of the Year Kara Veitch and Award of Merit recipient Gary Jackson.   Pamela Mackey and Judge (ret.) Terry Ruckriegle.   Gary Jackson and his mom, Nancy.
CBA President David Masters and his wife, Mary Jane.   Regina and Gary Jackson, with their son Mike Mascotti.   Left to right: Allan Friedberg, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender, and Hubert Farbes, Jr.

Another Round of Local Bar Visits
for the CBA President

During January, CBA President David Masters made visits to four local bar associations—El Paso County, Aurora, Boulder, and Douglas/Elbert—to meet with members and learn about issues important to them. Each visit included a continuing legal education (CLE) program on the topic of mentoring, presented by Masters. In addition, individuals who have been CBA members for fifty or more years were recognized and congratulated for their long and successful legal careers.

50+ year members at the El Paso County Bar event. Front row, left to right: Paul Evans, Ellen Chestnutt, and Robert Hill. Back row, left to right: Bruce Buell, CBA President David Masters, Robert Safranek, Jim Mundt, and Richard Hanes.   Masters and CBA Past President David Johnson at Springs Orleans in Colorado Springs.
Masters with 50+ year member Joe Kuttler during the Aurora Bar visit at the Bent Noodle.   Masters with 50+ year member Ron Sylling at the Aurora Bar visit.
Left to right: 50+ year members Chris Brauchli, Karl Anuta, Jerry Caplan, E. Greg Martin, and Jim Buchanan at the Boulder Bar visit at the Cork Restaurant.   Past Boulder Bar Presidents David Driscoll (left) and Sonny Flowers.

Stacy Carpenter Honored With Davis Award

On Tuesday, January 24, Stacy Carpenter was presented the Davis Award during a dinner in her honor at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. The award is presented annually to a Denver lawyer who is 40 years old or younger and who has exhibited excellence as a lawyer, along with civic, cultural, educational, and charitable leadership. Carpenter is the nineteenth honoree of the Davis Award, which was created in memory of Richard Davis, a co-founder of Davis Graham & Stubbs who devoted himself to the profession and the community.

Carpenter is a shareholder at Polsinelli Shughart and an experienced civil trial attorney whose practice focuses on commercial litigation, employment law, professional liability defense, and ERISA litigation. She has assumed leadership roles for a number of bar associations. She is the Immediate Past President of the Denver Bar Association (DBA) and has served on the CBA Board of Governors for three terms.

DBA President-Elect Jim Benjamin introduced Carpenter at the award ceremony. He spoke of Carpenter’s many contributions to politics and policy, including her work spearheading the CBA’s "Vote No 40" campaign in 2008, which sought to educate voters about the benefits of Colorado’s merit selection system. She was honored in 2005 with the Sue Birch Legislative Award and is an active member of the CBA’s Legislative Policy Committee.

Carpenter also has been involved with pro bono legal assistance. In 2001, she received the Donald W. Hoagland Award, given to leaders in the development and implementation of pro bono representation. She received the DBA’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2004. Recently, she was appointed to the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, which provides legal advocacy for abused and neglected children.

Left to right: DBA President Ilene Bloom, Davis Award recipient Stacy Carpenter, and CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner.   Left to right: Chuck Turner with Stacy Carpenter’s father, Will Carpenter (also a former DBA President), and her husband, Justin Prochnow.

Eric H. Drummond Appointed to CU Law School
Energy Innovation Initiative Advisory Board

Patton Boggs Denver Energy and Natural Resources Partner Eric Drummond recently was appointed by University of Colorado Law School (CU Law) Dean Phil Weiser to the Advisory Board of CU Law’s Energy Innovation Initiative. Launched in fall 2011, the Energy Innovation Initiative is a joint effort undertaken by CU Law’s Silicon Flatirons Center on Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and the Program on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law. The Initiative brings together leaders in government, law, commerce, industry, and academia to meet the challenges posed by the world’s growing energy appetite. Currently, Dean Weiser leads the project in conjunction with Associate Law Professor and Faculty Director William Boyd.

In the program’s first year, efforts to modernize the electricity grid, financing for clean technology, the changing utility business model, and the impacts of unconventional natural gas on the electric power sector will be addressed. The Initiative is intended to support expanded training and educational opportunities for students, professionals, and the broader community. The Advisory Board is in the process of developing an LLM in energy innovation.

Past Presidents to Vie for "Bar Stars" Title
at This Year’s Barristers Benefit Ball

Three teams, each comprising a former DBA President, will compete in this year’s "Dancing with the Bar Stars" dance-off during the 2012 Barristers Benefit Ball. Strutting their stuff on the dance floor will be DBA Past President and CBA President-Elect Mark Fogg and his wife, Pat Fogg; DBA Past President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro and her husband, Steve Theis; and DBA and CBA Past President Bill Walters and his wife, Christy Cutler.

The Barristers Benefit Ball will be held on Saturday, May 5, at the Grand Hyatt in Denver. Proceeds from the event benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL), which coordinates pro bono legal services by volunteer lawyers in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties to assist those in need with civil legal issues.

The dancers will vie for applause (to earn the title of crowd favorite), and for dollars (to be named the top fundraising couple). CBA members can show their support for any or all of the couples, as well as for MVL, by visiting and selecting the couple names from the links on the page. Last year’s four Bar Stars dancers—Cyndy Ciancio, Hubert Farbes, Vicki Johnson, and John Moye—raised approximately $15,000 for MVL.

Tickets are available at A patron table of ten is $3,250 per table; a patron ticket is $275 per person; an individual ticket is $165 per person; judge tickets are $120 per person; and young lawyer and non-lawyer tickets are $100 per person. Those who purchase a patron table or ticket will get preferred seating and will be recognized in the dinner program. For more information, contact Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 or

Team A: Mark and Pat Fogg.   Team B: Elsa Martinez Tenreiro and Steve Theis.   Team C: Bill Walters and Christy Cutler.

SWCBA Members Pen Columns "On the Law"

Continuing a long-standing tradition, the Southwest Colorado Bar Association is partnering with The Durango Herald to present "On the Law"—a monthly op-ed column written by members of the bar association for the community. Several attorneys volunteer to write columns each year. Authors and topics for 2011 are listed below.

  • Nancy Agro—"Ditch use requires communication and understanding"
  • Kate Burke—"With animals, courts look not to cost but to value"
  • Geoff Craig—"Under Colorado law, rainfall can be legally diverted"
  • Melissa Delio—"Planning your estate: Choosing between a will and a trust"
  • Amy Huff—"Tributary or not? Decoding confusing water rules"
  • Matt Kenna—"Court wrong to give corporations rights as persons"
  • Paul Maliszewski—"FAQs on patenting an invention"
  • Doug Reynolds—"Follow protocol when dealing with building repairs"
  • Lynne Sholler—"Many free legal resources are available online"

"On the Law" articles are available online at To locate an article listed here, perform a search using the author’s full name.

CTLA Donates $55,000 to DU Law School
in Honor of Denver Trial Attorney Mike Hodges

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) recently donated $55,000 to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law to establish a scholarship fund in the memory of Richard (Mike) Hodges, who unexpectedly passed away in January. The college matched the gift, bringing the total scholarship to a $110,000 endowment.

Hodges (pictured at left) joined CTLA in 1990. He served as CTLA President from 2003 to 2004, chaired the organization’s insurance/bad faith committee, spoke at numerous seminars, and was a champion on behalf of Colorado consumers.

The CTLA protects consumer rights and works to increase public safety. It comprises Colorado trial lawyers who are committed to the protection and advancement of trial advocacy skills, high ethical standards, and professionalism in the ongoing effort to preserve and improve the American system of jurisprudence.

Left to right: Lana Meseck, longtime paralegal of Mike Hodges; Carrie Frank, CTLA President; Jenny Savage, DU alumni relations coordinator; and John Sadwith, CTLA Executive Director.

Head to the Mountains
for Some High-Altitude CLE Events

If you’re a fan of outstanding CLE programming, spectacular scenery, and abundant networking opportunities, consider registering for one of CBA-CLE’s annual institutes, symposiums, or retreats in the mountains this summer. The Estate Planning Retreat will be held in Breckenridge in June, followed by the July Real Estate Symposium in Steamboat Springs. In August, both the Family Institute and the Elder Law Retreat will take place in Vail. Attendees will have no short supply of outdoor activities to choose from when class is over. Go to and click on "Annual CLE Conferences" for more information.

Attendees participate in a wine-tasting event during the 2011 Real Estate Symposium in Vail.

Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Hosts Annual Banquet

The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) Annual Banquet and silent auction was held on January 28 at the EXDO event center in Denver. The banquet is the annual fundraiser for the CHBA and for the CHBA Scholarship Foundation. Among the 450 guests who attended this year’s event were U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia, and Colorado Supreme Court Justices Greg Hobbs and Allison Eid. Retired Justice Alex Martinez, who is the current Denver Manager of Safety, served as keynote speaker.

Left to right: Gary Jackson, CHBA President Cynthia Mares, and Karen Parez.   Denver District Court Judge Christina M. Habas (far left) speaks with students from Wiggins, Lincoln, and Early Tech High Schools who attended the CHBA Banquet.
Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia.   Left to right: Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Finance Chair Miguel A. Pozo, CHBA President Cynthia Mares, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and HNBA President Benny Agosto, Jr.
The reception featured a silent auction.   Pat Cortez of Wells Fargo, which was a major sponsor of the banquet, and her husband Manuel Martinez of Bryan Cave HRO.

Annual Ethics Revue Features
Pirates of the Cobarrrrrrr!

Some of the most educational and entertaining ethics lessons of the year were brought to life by the Law Club during a three-night run on the stage of Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret in November. The Ethics Revue is an annual CLE program produced and performed by lawyers and judges from the Law Club. The production weaves dancing, singing, music, and ethics lessons into one irreverent musical satire.

The theme this year was "Pirates of the COBAR: Search for the Ethics Pearl," featuring Greg Cairns as Captain, Patricia Madsen as First Mate, CBA Ethics Committee Chair Phil James as program host, and Judge Claude Appel as moderator. Director Barbara Laff guided the production, which featured legal-themed twists on the lyrics of familiar songs, including: "Mister Adjuster" ("Officer Krupke"), "Litigation—A Lawyer’s Life for Me" ("A Pirate’s Life for Me"), and "It’s Gone" ("She’s Gone").

The Law Club was founded nearly 100 years ago by a group of young lawyers as a way to meet and discuss legal topics. The club evolved over the years and began staging elaborate skits and productions featuring distinguished judges, as well as founders and senior partners of some of Colorado’s most prestigious law firms. Today’s Law Club performs at various law functions throughout the year.

Captain Greg Cairns and First Mate Patricia Madsen plot to overtake the ethics training.   A merry band of pirates "Tweet It" to the tune of Michael Jackson’s "Beat It."

Attend the First J.D.’s Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony
and Free CLE Program

On April 20, at 4:00 p.m., the Colorado Supreme Court, in collaboration with the First Judicial District (J.D.) Bar Association and the First J.D. Access to Justice Committee, will honor the attorneys who provided pro bono legal services to members of the community while advancing the reputation of lawyers and fulfilling the admonitions of Colorado Rule of Professional Responsibility 6.1 during the 2011 calendar year. The ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the Jefferson County Court Jury Assembly Room. The primary objective of this event is to recognize contributing attorneys, enhance the public image of the legal profession, and improve the coordination of pro bono delivery efforts.

Attorneys also are invited to attend a free continuing legal education (CLE) program before the awards ceremony. The program will be presented by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs and will begin at 3:00 p.m. One ethics CLE credit will be available. To register for the CLE program, contact Vicki Malara at (303) 279-5568 or

Training Held for Two New Our Courts Programs

On Saturday, January 28, the CBA hosted a training session to educate Our Courts presenters on two new programs—"Divorce in Colorado" and "An Economic Fresh Start—Bankruptcy Basics." Twenty-five people attended the half-day program, either in-person or via webcast.

Our Courts is a joint activity of the CBA and the Colorado Judicial Institute that provides nonpartisan information programs to adult audiences around the state to further public knowledge and understanding of the state and federal courts in Colorado. There are seven free presentations offered to the public. If interested in participating in Our Courts as a speaker, please contact Carolyn Gravit, CBA Director of Public Legal Education, at

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