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The Colorado Lawyer
April 2012
Vol. 41, No. 4 [Page  5]

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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 sklein@cobar.org.


DBA Past Presidents Gather for Annual Dinner

The Denver Bar Association (DBA) hosted its Past Presidents Dinner on February 22 at Vita Restaurant in the Denver Highlands neighborhood. The event is held each year to thank the Immediate Past President for his or her service to the DBA and to provide past presidents a chance to reconnect with one another. Immediate Past President Stacy Carpenter had the unique honor of being "pinned" by her father, Will Carpenter, who represented the DBA as President more than thirty years ago.

 
DBA Immediate Past President Stacy Carpenter receives a past president pin from her father, Will Carpenter, who was DBA President during 1978–79.   In the foreground, current DBA President Ilene Bloom chats with DBA Past President Bill Walters. CBA Assistant Executive Director Dana Collier Smith and Greg Smith are in the background.
     
 
DBA President-Elect nominee Dan McCune (left) with DBA Past President Mark Fogg, who is the CBA President-Elect.   Left to right: DBA Past Presidents John Baker, Mary Jo Gross, and Bill Walters.

Law Firms Collect Dental Items for Underprivileged Kids

During February, several Colorado law firms engaged in a friendly competition to see which firm could collect the most dental items for the annual Toothbrushes for Tots charity drive. After the items were tallied, the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton was announced as the winning firm. Overall, fourteen boxes of dental items and $1,036 in cash donations were collected during the drive.

Toothbrushes for Tots is sponsored by the DBA Community Action Network and benefits Kids In Need of Dentistry (KIND), a nonprofit organization that provides dental care to children from low-income families. For more information about the program, visit KIND at www.kindsmiles.org.

Patrick Thiessen and Robin Perkins, co-chairs of the 2012 KIND Toothbrush Drive, meet at the CBA/DBA offices to pick up donations and deliver them to KIND.

Y LD Sponsors Kick-Off Party
for the Wee Give Charity Drive

The DBA and CBA Young Lawyers Divisions co-hosted a kick-off party for the Wee Give Children’s Charity Drive on Thursday, February 16. Many donations of new and gently used baby gear were collected during the well-attended event, which was held at Katie Mullens in downtown Denver. The drive benefits WeeCycle, a Denver-based charity that provides baby gear to low-income families with infants and toddlers in the metro area.

The Wee Give Charity Drive was held from February 16 to March 31.
 

Criminal Law Section Holds "Meet and Greet"
for Members and Nonmembers

The CBA Criminal Law Section hosted a networking reception on Thursday, February 23, at the CBA offices in Denver. Nonmembers were invited to attend and network with section members over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, while learning a bit about the benefits of section participation.

Approximately fifty people attended the Criminal Law Section’s recent networking event.
 

CBA Board of Governors Supports
Request to Supreme Court to
Provide Emergency Funding to Legal Aid

 
Left to right: CBA President David Masters, CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner, Colorado Access to Justice Commission Chair Fred Baumann, and CBA Assistant Executive Director Dana Collier Smith.  
   

At a special meeting of the CBA Board of Governors (BOG) on Thursday, February 16, the CBA voted to request that the Colorado Supreme Court allocate a portion of the funds received from attorney registration fees to help meet an emergency shortfall in funding for civil legal services. For the past three years, Colorado Legal Services (CLS) has been faced with decreased funding from three of its primary resources: federal appropriations through the Legal Services Corporation, grants from COLTAF, and state funding from the Family Violence Justice Fund. CLS anticipates approximately $3.2 million dollars less in funding this fiscal year than it received in 2009.

The BOG proposal was for CLS to receive two contributions of an amount to be determined by the Supreme Court—one in 2012 and one in 2013. The goal of these contributions would be to lessen the impact of the funding cuts on CLS, and to enable the organization to maintain services to low-income clients.

At the meeting, BOG members voiced their support and concerns regarding the proposal. Opponents said they were concerned that there was not a long-term funding plan in place to ensure that CLS finds a solution to its funding deficits; others expressed concerns as to whether the Court could spend these funds. Supporters noted that attorneys are aware of the backlog of civil cases and that people struggle to navigate that system alone. Requesting this funding would allow CLS to continue its mission and serve those who would not otherwise be able to afford an attorney.

Following a failed motion to table the discussion until the May BOG meeting, the request was approved. Ultimately, the Colorado Supreme Court has discretion over the spending of this money and will make the final decision on whether to provide this emergency funding to CLS.

Members of the CBA BOG attended the February 16 meeting in person at the CBA-CLE offices and via the phone.
 

  Ryann Peyton Selected as
GLBT President-Elect

  The Colorado Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Bar Association recently selected Ryann Peyton as its vice president and 2012 president-elect. Peyton will become president of the organization in 2013. Peyton, an associate at the Harris Law Firm in Denver, expanded her firm’s practice area in non-traditional family law and same-sex domestic relations. She also helped pass legislation to change Colorado’s Divorce Act statute to require a parent moving out of the state with a child to obtain the other parent’s consent, regardless of marital status.
     

Local Nonprofit Brings
America’s Past-Time to Africa

In January, Boulder lawyer Jim Cederberg; Drew Sauer, a banker from Superior; Denver lawyer Ralph Ogden; and Max Van Rensselaer, a college student from Los Angeles, traveled from Denver to Western Kenya as part of their work with the 42/22: Humanity Through Baseball Foundation. The men spent several weeks leading baseball clinics at secondary schools around the Ahero area. They played baseball at nine schools and an orphanage in Ahero, one school in Kakamega, and one school in the Masai Mara. They also hosted an all-day tournament, with eight teams and nine games. Over the course of their trip, they donated nine large bags of baseball equipment, including 150 gloves, more than twenty dozen balls, numerous bats, helmets, six sets of bases, dozens of used youth baseball shirts, and other gear.

Cederberg and Sauer co-founded Humanity Through Baseball in 2010 as a way to establish goodwill between Americans and citizens of underdeveloped regions in Kenya and throughout the world by teaching baseball and providing baseball equipment. In addition, the program seeks to support orphans and other impoverished children with financial assistance for shelter, clothing, food, non-religious educational materials, school fees, school supplies, drinking water, sanitation facilities, construction or improvement of structures, and other basic needs.

If you’re interested in meeting and spending time with orphan children and the people who care for them, consider participating in the Humanity Through Baseball program. The main requirements are a basic proficiency in baseball and an interest in helping young people. The next trip to Kenya is scheduled for January 2013. For more information, visit www.42-22.org or call Jim Cederberg at (303) 499-0449.

 
Drew Sauer (left) and Jim Cederberg high-fiving some of the children in Ahero.   Ralph Ogden (left) and Jim Cederberg with two Ahero orphans. Empowering women is a chief goal of the Foundation.

 

   
Batting practice.   The children of Pastor Joshua Omora’s orphanage, which is one of the Foundation’s main beneficiaries.   Keep that elbow up!

CLE Program Addresses
Work–Life Balance Issues

The CBA Committee for Balanced Legal Careers (CBLC) hosted a complimentary CLE breakfast program on March 7 at the CBA-CLE offices in Denver. The program, entitled "Reduced-Hours Policies: Ignore at Your Peril," focused on the benefits and challenges of creating reduced-hours programs for attorneys, and sought input from attendees on innovative approaches to creating reduced-hours policies.

Program presenters were CBLC members Jessica Brown and Jason McCord. Brown, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, discussed the latest trends in part-time work for attorneys. Brown has worked part-time since 2007. McCord, Director of Administration of Morrison Foerster LLP’s Denver office, discussed the economic viability of reduced-hours programs.

The CBLC’s mission is to investigate, analyze, and create new models and best practices for establishing balanced-hours and reduced-hours programs and culture. It has been involved in a number of activities, including presenting programs, conducting surveys, disseminating information, and creating economic models. For additional information, contact CBLC Chair Ken Stern at ken.stern@sterncurray.com.


Reception Celebrates Partnership
Between MCCA and CLI

 
  CLI Executive Director Kathleen Nalty presented on MCCA’s new Academy for Leadership and Inclusion Academy during the kick-off reception on January 30.
   

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) recently hosted a reception to celebrate the launch of its new Academy for Leadership and Inclusion, an interactive training program designed to help law departments and firms learn how to support, nurture, and maximize the talents of their entire workforce. MCCA is partnering with Colorado’s Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI) to provide the training, which will be held during 2012 in Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Seattle, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Washington, DC. CLI Executive Director Kathleen Nalty will lead the training programs.

The kick-off reception was held on January 30 in the Innovation Center at the Washington, DC offices of Microsoft Corporation. During the reception, Nalty informed attendees about the various aspects of the Academy for Leadership and Inclusion. Interested corporate counsel or law firm attorneys can learn more about the Academy at www.mcca.com/academy. For more information about CLI, visit www.centerforlegalinclusiveness.org.

 
Kathleen Nalty and MCCA President
and CEO Joseph K. West.
  Dr. Arin N. Reeves of Nextions LLC
and Kathleen Nalty.
     

Photos courtesy of Minority Corporate Counsel Association.


BCBA Hosts "Food Wine Jazz Art" Fundraiser

The Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) hosted its eleventh annual "Food Wine Jazz Art" Fundraiser benefiting the Legal Aid Foundation on February 9 at the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery and Event Center. Approximately 180 people attended the event, and more than $10,000 was raised to provide free civil legal assistance to low-income families, senior citizens, disabled persons, and victims of domestic violence. The BCBA thanks everyone who participated in the fundraiser, including event staff, volunteers, artists, and sponsors. For a complete list of sponsors, see page 158 of this issue.

 
Left to right: Jodi English, Casey Mulligan, Mary Claire Mulligan, and Tracy Condon.   Jennifer Wunsch (left) and Thea Reiff.
     

Colorado Academy Sweeps
Denver Mock Trial Tournament

 
Colorado Academy student Petal Niles makes her argument in a courtroom at the Denver City and County Building.  

 

Colorado Academy Teams A and B came out on top at the Denver Regional High School Mock Trial Tournament on February 10 and 11. Colorado Academy was one of seven high school teams that participated in the tournament, which also included teams from CEC Middle College of Denver, Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS), Denver School of Science & Technology, Fleming High School, George Washington High School, and La Academia. Student teams argued a criminal case in front of a panel of Denver-area lawyers and judges. The two teams advanced to the Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament, which was held on March 9 and 10.

As the April issue goes to press, this last-minute news flash is just in: Students from Rock Canyon High School of Highlands Ranch took first place in the state competition and will advance to the National Mock Trial Championship on May 3 to 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The state tournament will be featured in next month’s issue of The Colorado Lawyer.

 
Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Steven Bernard listens to Colorado Academy student Barry Linden.   Olivia Sanders, a student from DCIS, won an award for outstanding witness. DCIS students participated in the mock trial tournament for the first time this year.

Mesa County Bar Association
Honors Edward J. Nugent III

On Saturday, February 11, the Mesa County Bar Association (MCBA) presented Ed Nugent with its Professionalism Award for his long-standing dedication to the legal profession and service as an outstanding mentor and advocate in his field and in his community. During the reception in his honor, Nugent spoke about the power of individuals to better the world around them.

Nugent is a past president of the MCBA and currently sits on the CBA Executive Council. He is involved in numerous MCBA activities, including the Pro Bono Project, the Call-a-Lawyer program, and the Western Slope Mock Trial Competition. Additionally, he helped establish the Mesa County Access to Justice Committee.

Nugent is a past president of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and a past recipient of its highest honor, the Jonathan Olom Award. He saw the formation of the 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 (21st J.D.) Judicial Nominating Committee, and a former member of the Colorado Legal Services Board.

 
Master of Ceremonies Bill Haggerty presents Ed Nugent (right) with the MCBA Professionalism Award.   The evening’s speakers and longtime friends of the honoree, from left to right: Nick Massaro, former 21st J.D. Chief Judge; Andrew J. Simpson, partner, Kottke & Brantz; Ed Nugent; and Bill Haggerty.
     
Left to right: Lloyd Quesenberry, MCBA Vice President; Leslie J. Castro, MCBA President; Ed Nugent; Damon Davis, MCBA Treasurer; and Rob Zentner, MCBA Past President and Board of Governors delegate.

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