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May 2012       Vol. 41, No. 5       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

Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans Hosts Lawline 9

On Wednesday, March 7, volunteers for Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans hosted Lawline 9, a program sponsored by the CBA and 9News where callers can receive legal information from lawyers. Volunteers answered questions about veterans benefits, resources, taxes, housing, and family law. Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans was created by the CBA to provide free and low-cost legal services to veterans, their families, and some active-duty service members. The group provides monthly legal clinics across the state. For more information, visit

CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Chair Ben Currier takes a call. The CBA YLD helped found Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans and helps staff the legal clinics.   The call-in program is one of the many services the CBA provides to veterans.

Colorado Judicial Branch Launches Facebook Page

The Colorado Judicial Branch recently launched a Facebook page as another way for the public to follow Colorado court-related news and events. To become a Colorado Judicial Branch fan on Facebook, visit and click on the Facebook icon on the home page. The Colorado Judicial Branch includes the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals; the state’s district and county trial courts; and the Colorado probation departments.

DBA Committee to Receive Helen Phelps Award
From Denver Public Schools

The Denver Bar Association (DBA) Democracy Education Committee has been named recipient of the Helen Phelps Award, in recognition of its outstanding volunteer contributions to Denver Public Schools. The award will be presented during the Denver Teachers’ Awards celebration on May 11.

The Democracy Education Committee recruits law professionals to volunteer for a variety of DPS programs and initiatives. This past year, to commemorate National Constitution Day, committee members visited DPS classrooms to educate students on the U.S. Constitution. They also participated in the DBA’s Guest Teaching Initiative, which was created in 2008 to recruit substitute teachers so that full-time teachers could participate in career development opportunities outside the classroom. Other committee projects include the annual Denver Regional Mock Trial Tournament; court tours at the City and County Building; "We the People" volunteer training; a K–5 Law Day Art Contest; and speaker bureaus.

The Committee currently is piloting a program that expands on the Guest Teaching Initiative called the Partner Alliance of Lawyers and Schools (PALS). As part of PALS, three attorneys will be assigned to each of the following DPS schools—Beach Court Elementary School, Morey Middle School, and Smiley Middle School. Throughout the year, the attorneys will volunteer in various capacities, such as serving as a substitute teacher or facilitating a lunch discussion about current events.

The DBA Democracy Education Committee meets on the first Thursday of every month at the CBA offices in Denver. For more information about the committee, contact CBA staff liaison Carolyn Gravit at (303) 824-5323 or

Veronica L. DeJoie Named
Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year


Veronica DeJoie has been named the 2012 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year by the CBA and the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association. DeJoie works at the Denver firm of Stern & Curry LLC, which specializes in immigration law. She has been a paralegal for twelve years and regularly offers her legal services to immigrants in need at no charge. She also volunteers for the San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center, a nonprofit agency that assists low-income clients with certain types of immigration matters.

DeJoie received her award on Friday, April 13, at the Colorado Supreme Court’s Pro Bono Recognition Celebration at History Colorado. She also is being recognized for her achievement on Thursday, May 3, at the CBA’s Paralegal Day Reception at the Warwick Hotel.

The Paralegal of the Year Award was created in 2002 to honor paralegals for their commitment to pro bono activities. In recognition of the award, a $1,000 donation, contributed by Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP and Robert Half Legal, will be made to a pro bono or charitable organization of DeJoie’s choice.

Kenzo Kawanabe Receives
Minoru Yasui Community Service Award


The Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of Colorado recently presented Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP partner Kenzo Kawanabe the Minoru Yasui Community Service Award. The award recognizes an individual whose community service exemplifies the achievement of Mr. Yasui, who challenged the laws applied to Japanese Americans during World War II and advocated for civil rights and liberties for American citizens, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Kawanabe is a commercial litigator who represents clients in a variety of matters relating to contract disputes, business torts, product liability, and intellectual property. His recent pro bono work includes participating in a five-week trial with the Colorado Lawyers Committee in the ground-breaking Lobato v. State of Colorado case, where he successfully led a team of attorneys asserting constitutional claims on behalf of school districts and students.

Kawanabe has served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Denver Foundation, overseeing the distribution of tens of millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations. He also was board chair of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, a consortium of fifty-six law firms dedicated to assisting children, the poor, and other disadvantaged groups. He currently serves on the boards of Colorado Legal Services and the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, and is a member of the U.S.–Japan Council. He is a past president of the APABA of Colorado and currently serves on the APABA of Colorado Foundation Board. He also served as the first General Counsel of the National APABA.

First J.D. Bar Hosts Judges Legislature Dinner

The First Judicial District (J.D.) Bar Association hosted its annual Judges/Legislature Dinner on Monday, March 12, at 240 Union Grille in Denver. First J.D. Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger presided over the event, which was attended by thirteen members of the judiciary and seven members of the legislature, as well as the officers of the First J.D. Bar Association. Discussion centered on current legislation coming up for vote and the impact on the judiciary.

First J.D. Bar Association President-Elect Caroline Sada (left) and Secretary Treasurer Robin Beattie.   Colorado State Senator Evie Hudak.
Colorado State Senator Betty Boyd.   Left to right: Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger, Colorado State Representative Max Tyler, and Colorado State Senator Jeanne Nicholson.

YLD Rockies Networking Event—June 10

On Sunday, June 10, the CBA YLD is hosting a networking event at the Rockies versus Angels home game (game time is 1:10 p.m.). The event will take place in the exclusive Warning Track Room, which is located at right field level and features flat-screen televisions and private restrooms. Individual tickets are $55 and include a catered buffet, commemorative cups and pens, and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages; a full-service cash bar will be available in the facility. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Stephanee Estrella at (303) 293-3218 or This is a popular event that sells out every year, so be sure to secure your tickets early!

Highlights From the El Paso County Bar Association

    There was a good turnout for the EPCBA’s Trial Advocacy School, which took place from February 27–March 1.

During the last week of February, more than seventy people attended the El Paso County Bar Association’s (EPCBA) Trial Advocacy School at the El Paso County Courthouse. The workshop included a presentation on the "The 7 Deadly Sins of Trial Advocacy"; a judges’ panel on what jurists wants to see from practitioners; and "Track Nights," featuring civil, criminal, and domestic issues.

The EPCBA hosted a foreclosure "boot camp" on Friday, March 9, at the El Paso County Courthouse. Approximately fifty people attended the program, which was entitled "Advising and Representing Clients Facing Foreclosure." Among speakers were Andrew McCallin, first assistant to the Colorado Attorney General, and Colorado attorneys Keith Gattenbein, David Margrave, Sara Mobley, and Paul Murphy. Retired Judge Doug Anderson, President of the Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project, provided opening remarks and talked to attendees about taking foreclosure cases on a pro bono basis.

The ninth annual EPCBA Foundation Gala was held on Saturday, March 3, at the Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs. Photo highlights are below.

Left to right: Attorney General John Suthers and Janet Suthers, with Cathleen and Buster Cogswell.   Joe and Jessica Muzzio.
Gala Chair Debra Eiland and Steve Eiland.   Left to right: Norm Thom, Judge (ret.) Donald Campbell, Olivia Bennett, Diana Anderson, and Judge (ret.) Douglas Anderson.

CBA and DBA Co-Host Open House for Sections and Committees

On Friday, March 30, the Young Lawyers Divisions of the CBA and DBA co-hosted an open house at the Warwick Hotel in Denver. Approximately 120 people attended the event to learn more about the various sections and committees of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and to meet other members. CBA President-Elect (and past DBA President) Mark Fogg and current DBA President Ilene Bloom were among the event’s attendees. A big hit with the crowd was the mac ’n’ cheese bar, where chefs cooked up made-to-order dishes on the spot.

Left to right: CBA YLD Chair Ben Currier, incoming CBA President Mark Fogg, and DBA President Ilene Bloom.   The open house was a great networking opportunity for new members.

Larimer County DUI Court Honors First Graduating Class

The Larimer County DUI Court hosted its inaugural graduation on Friday, March 16, when two Fort Collins residents marked their completion of the intensive monitoring and treatment program. The court was started in July 2010 to rehabilitate high-risk, high-need repeat DUI offenders. Since its inception, twenty-seven participants have entered the program after screening by the District Attorney’s Office and the DUI Court Team. To date, none has dropped out or been discharged due to noncompliance.

Participants who enter the program typically have four to five previous DUI convictions. Participants must spend a minimum of eighteen months in the program, which includes community service, DUI education, DUI therapy, and group and additional therapy based on individual need. Sanctions, including jail time, may be imposed for noncompliance, and incentives such as public transportation vouchers may be awarded as encouragement to continue advancing in the program.

The Larimer County DUI Court is a collaborative effort among state and local agencies, including substance abuse treatment providers, law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Alternative Sentencing Department, the Probation Department, the Larimer Center for Mental Health, and the Colorado Judicial Branch. The court developed its treatment model with help from the National Center for DWI Courts, which emphasizes rehabilitating offenders through customized treatment programs, intensive supervision, and regular in-court review hearings.

CU Law Hosts Annual Alumni Awards Dinner

Former CU Law Dean David Getches, who passed away last year, was honored at the Alumni Awards Banquet.  

The University of Colorado (CU) hosted its thirty-first annual Law Alumni Awards Banquet on Wednesday, March 14, at the Hyatt Regency Denver. Among the event’s speakers were CBA-CLE board member and CU Law Alumni Board Chair Kristin Rozansky, who made opening remarks, and CU Law School Dean Phil Weiser.

The evening featured the presentation of awards to four outstanding alumni. The honorees were: Bill Johnson (William Lee Knous Award); Joe Blake (Distinguished Achievement in the Public Sector Award); Jane B. Korn (Distinguished Achievement in Education Award); and Joseph Neguse (Distinguished Recent Alumnus Award).

The evening concluded with a tribute to David Getches, the late dean of the law school. Getches was remembered in a video that included testimonials from his widow, Ann Getches; members of the law school faculty, including Professor Charles Wilkinson and Dean Weiser; and colleagues from his work with the Native American Rights Fund. On behalf of the Getches family, Getches’s son-in-law, Rudy Verner, thanked the CU Law community for its support and well wishes. Proceeds raised during the event will support a scholarship fund in Dean Getches’s name.

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