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July 2012       Vol. 41, No. 7       Page  11
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, CBA Legal Editor, at

Dance Contest Headlines
Barristers Benefit Ball for Second Year

On Saturday, May 5, three past Presidents of the Denver Bar Association (DBA) and their spouses competed on the dance floor during the 2012 Barristers Benefit Ball at the Grand Hyatt Denver. This is the second year the event has featured a dance contest to raise money for Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL), which provides free and low-cost civil legal services to people in the Denver metro area.

Participants in the friendly competition were former Colorado and Denver Bar Association President Bill Walters and his wife, Christy Cutler; former DBA President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro and her husband, Steve Theis; and former DBA President and current CBA President Mark Fogg and his wife, Pat Fogg. The couples raised more than $27,000 for MVL.

Videos of the dance routines are available at More photos can be found on the DBA Facebook page,

Bill Walters and Christy Cutler took the audience on a tour of dance moves through the years, ending with choreography from Beyoncé’s famous video "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)."
Elsa Martinez Tenreiro and Steve Theis danced to a sultry rumba.
Mark and Pat Fogg opted for a rock-and-roll theme, dancing to "Born to Be Wild." The Foggs earned the distinction of top fundraiser.
Cyndy Ciancio, last year’s top fundraiser, performed with her professional dance partner, Tim Edgar.

DBA Celebrates Law Day

On Thursday, May 3, the DBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) hosted a Law Day reception at The Lobby in Denver. The keynote speaker for the event was former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, who is the current Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS).

Winners of the DBA YLD’s Law Day contest were among guests at the reception. The contest was open to high school students attending Denver Public Schools. Participants submitted an art work, an essay, or a video or other recording related to the Law Day theme, "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom." The first-place winner was Schyeler Gilman, who received a $400 cash prize for the cartoon she created. Second- and third-place finishers, respectively, were Stephanie Acheampong and Sabreana Gonzales.

Keynote speaker Rebecca Love Kourlis and contest winner Schyeler Gilman, who attends Evergreen High School.   Kourlis with IAALS Director of Communications Dan Drayer and DBA YLD Chair Gillian Bidgood.

Our Courts Receives $1,500 Donation

 The Colorado Academy of Lifelong Learning (Academy) recently donated $1,500 to the Our Courts program. The donation was made to support the continued success of Our Courts, a joint activity of the CBA and the Colorado Judicial Institute that provides nonpartisan informational programs to audiences around the state to further public knowledge and understanding of the state and federal courts.

The Academy is a nonprofit corporation headquartered in Denver that seeks to bring stimulating intellectual, cultural, and social opportunities to adults in the Denver area. The donation was made as part of the organization’s "Success Sharing" project, which also included donations to the Denver Art Museum, Opera Colorado, and the Playground Ensemble. For more information about the Academy, visit

  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Richard L. Gabriel speaks during an Our Courts presentation.

Attorneys Honored for Efforts
in "Step Up for Diversity" Campaign

Denver attorney Yvette Lewis-Molock accepts an award for her outstanding participation in the Step Up for Diversity campaign. Chief Judge Wiley Daniel, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, presented the award.  

Three attorneys recently were named top participants in the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI) Step Up for Diversity campaign: Marcos Barbosa of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice in Kansas City, Kansas; Scot Duvall, Equity Director with Middleton Reutlinger in Louisville, Kentucky; and Yvette Lewis-Molock, Assistant General Counsel for Xcel Energy in Denver. The attorneys were honored during the CLI’s Legal Inclusiveness and Diversity Summit luncheon on May 7 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel.

Step Up for Diversity is an online initiative aimed at improving the retention and advancement of diverse and female attorneys. The inaugural campaign ran from fall 2011 to spring 2012 and attracted attorney participants from across the country. Participants completed hundreds of diversity and inclusiveness action items aimed at fostering inclusive practices in the workplace.

The CLI is a Denver-based nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in the legal profession. Individuals or firms interested in participating in CLI’s initiative can learn more at


A Great Way to Stay Informed—
e-Legislative Report

Colorado’s 68th General Assembly (Legislature) convened the second regular session on Wednesday, January 13, and adjourned sine die on Wednesday, May 9. Governor John Hickenlooper called for a special session of the Legislature, beginning on Monday, May 14. The special session lasted three days.

CBA members can review the highlights (and lowlights) of the session via the e-Legislative Report, available on the CBA website at Any member who has a question on legislation or who would like a copy of a new piece of legislation should contact Michael Valdez at A comprehensive summary of important legislation will be printed in the August issue of The Colorado Lawyer.

  Michael Valdez, CBA Director of Legislative Relations.

Middle School Students Honored
for Essays on Youth Violence Prevention

The Colorado Do the Write Thing (DTWT) Challenge Program hosted its annual awards celebration on Thursday, May 10, at the Mile High Station. The event recognized twenty-eight local student semifinalists who participated in this year’s program by submitting an essay, short story, or poem addressing the following three questions:

  • How has youth violence affected my life?
  • What are the causes of youth violence?
  • What can I do about youth violence?

Two students were selected by judges to attend the DTWT National Recognition Ceremony in Washington, DC—Treya Dabney from Blessed Sacrament Catholic School and Yonathan Fisseha from South Middle School.

The awards celebration featured a presentation by Terrance Roberts, founder and Executive Director of the Prodigal Son Initiative in Denver. Roberts highlighted the potentially disastrous effects of youth violence in Colorado and offered advice to the semifinalists on how they can actively prevent violence in their communities. Lisa Cone of the National Campaign to Stop Violence also remarked on the importance of DTWT’s mission, which seeks to encourage middle school students to consider the impact of youth violence on their lives and their communities.

The Colorado DTWT Challenge Program is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence. The local celebration and national gala provide an opportunity to celebrate youth who have made a meaningful commitment to nonviolence and encourage them to serve as leaders in their schools and communities. The Colorado program was formed with the help of the attorneys and staff at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. More information on the national DTWT program can be found at

Annual Dinner Recognizes
Outstanding Contribution to the CTLA

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) hosted its fifteenth annual Spring Dinner on Thursday, May 3, at the Denver Marriott City Center. The event featured keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who was named one of Time magazine’s "Heroes for the Planet" for his success in helping Riverkeeper, New York’s clean water advocate, lead the fight to restore the Hudson River.

CTLA honored several members during the dinner, including Daniel W. Patterson, who was presented the Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award, and Nelson P. Boyle, who was named the New Trial Lawyer of the Year. CTLA also presented the Outstanding Service to CTLA Award to Leventhal, Brown & Puga, PC and gave special recognition to Michael Mihm for his help during the legislative session.

In addition, CTLA presented the Case of the Year Award to David Woodruff for his work on Baby Abigael v. "K," a California HMO, which resulted in the largest medical malpractice arbitration award in U.S. history. The Case of the Year Award acknowledges the positive impact a single case can have on correcting injustices, advancing fairness under the law, changing attitudes, or providing economic incentives to protect public safety.

CTLA members Peter Burg (left) and Gary Ceriani.   Howard Zucker, CTLA Dinner Chair, and Holly Bennett, CTLA Deputy Director.   CTLA Vice President Mike Ogborn (left) presents Nelson Boyle the New Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.
Left to right: Saul Sarney, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, and George McLaughlin.   Left to right: Catherine Patterson, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Dan Patterson, Susan Patterson, and Julia Patterson.
Hollynd Hoskins (left) and Natalie Brown accept the Outstanding Service to CTLA Award on behalf of Leventhal, Brown & Puga, PC. Adam Eichberg, CTLA lobbyist, presented the award.   Mike Ogborn presents Dan Patterson (left) CTLA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.   Rebecca and Abigael Blasco with David Woodruff, CTLA Case of the Year winner.

Rebecca Love Kourlis Receives
2012 John Marshall Award


The American Bar Association (ABA) Justice Center has named former Colorado Supreme Court Justice and current IIALS Executive Director Rebecca Love Kourlis recipient of its prestigious 2012 John Marshall Award. Kourlis will formally accept the award in August, during the ABA’s Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The John Marshall Award recognizes individuals who are dedicated to the improvement of the administration of justice. Recipients are chosen based on their work to promote justice system reform and public awareness about the justice system. Previous recipients include former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and current U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kourlis is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford University School of Law. She served as a trial court judge for seven years and was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1995, where she served for eleven years. She became Executive Director of IAALS in 2006.

Kourlis has received numerous honors, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Legal Reform Organization of the Year Award (2007) and the ABA Judicial Division Robert B. Yegge Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Judicial Administration (2009). She is a Fellow of the Colorado Bar and American Bar Foundations.

IAALS is a national, independent research center at the University of Denver dedicated to continuous improvement of the civil justice system. IAALS envisions a civil justice system that is accessible, efficient, and accountable to the litigants it was designed to serve.

Rocky Mountain IP Institute
Marks Ten-Year Anniversary

The Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute celebrated its tenth year of operation in 2012. Approximately 370 people attended this year’s event, which took place from May 31 to June 1 at the Westin Westminster. Speakers included Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Bernard Knight, General Counsel for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Left to right: Nate Trelease, Molly Kocialski, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, and Gary Abrams at the tenth annual IP Institute.

Troy A. Eid Receives
Navajo Nation Bar Association Award


The Navajo Nation Bar Association (NNBA) recently named Troy Eid recipient of its 2012 Member of the Year Award. With approximately 500 members, the NNBA is the largest bar association in the United States that directly serves an Indian nation. Eid received the award on June 7, during the NNBA’s Annual Convention in Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico.

Eid was recognized for his significant efforts in improving the practice of law in the Navajo Nation. Since 2009, he has chaired the NNBA Training Committee, which oversees the semi-annual review course for attorneys and tribal court advocates who wish to take the bar exam. He also served as Chair of the National Indian Law and Order Commission, a nine-member volunteer commission that advises President Obama and provides recommendations to the U.S. Congress on public safety and criminal justice issues affecting the Navajo Nation and 564 other federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States.

Eid is a litigation shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Denver office, where he co-chairs the firm’s National American Indian Law practice group and handles a wide range of litigation, natural resource, environmental, and regulatory matters. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Weld County Bar Association
Honors Local Attorneys at Annual Dinner

  Outgoing WCBA President Stacey Aurzada passes the gavel to incoming President Brett Payton.

On May 4, more than 100 members and their guests attended the Weld County Bar Association’s (WCBA) Annual Awards Dinner. The event, in its ninety-ninth year, was held at the Union Colony Dinner Theatre in Greeley.

The awards dinner was hosted by Weld County District Court Chief Judge James Hartmann. Special guests included Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender, Justice Gregory Hobbs, and Justice Monica Márquez. The justices presented pro bono recognition certificates to the law firms of Houtchens, Houtchens & Greenfield, LLP; Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC; and Witwer, Oldenburg, Barry & Johnson, LLP.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the annual WCBA awards to local bar members. This year’s recipients included Regina Walsh-Adams and Ann LaPlante, who were named co-recipients of the Mediator of the Year Award for providing free mediation services to pro se parties appearing in Weld County Small Claims Court. The award was presented by Magistrate Randall Lococo, who oversees the small claims docket.

The Andrew Borg Award was presented to attorney Stanley C. Peek. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the representation and availability of legal services to indigent persons.

The Sandy Carr Award, given to an attorney or non-attorney who strives to make the legal process accessible to those without counsel, was presented to Kevin Strobel. The Sandy Carr Award recipient is chosen each year by Weld County Legal Services, Inc.

The Frank Henderson Professionalism Award was presented to Thomas Hellerich. The award is given to an attorney in recognition of a life and practice that displays sterling character and unquestioned integrity, and ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession. The award bears the image of a fly fisherman, in honor of the late Magistrate Henderson, a champion of professionalism among lawyers (and an avid fly fisherman).

In addition to the presentation of the annual awards, Krea Sledge, Jacob Lofgren, and Lisa Harbour were elected WCBA’s newest board members. The evening ended with the passing of the gavel from outgoing WCBA President Stacey Aurzada to incoming President Brett Payton.

Left to right: Weld County Chief Judge James Hartmann; Weld County Magistrate Randall Lococo; Regina Walsh-Adams, Co-Mediator of the Year; Justice Gregory Hobbs; Chief Justice Michael Bender; Ann LaPlante, Co-Mediator of the Year; and Justice Monica Márquez.
Thomas Hellerich (center) received the Professionalism Award. Pictured with the award recipient are (left to right) WCBA President Stacey Aurzada, Chief Judge James Hartmann, Justice Greg Hobbs, Chief Justice Michael Bender, and Justice Monica Márquez.
Stanley Peek (center) received the Andrew Borg Award.
Kevin Strobel (center) was the Sandy Carr Award recipient.

Colorado Lawyers Committee
Hosts Annual Luncheon

Approximately 500 attorneys and community leaders attended the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s Annual Luncheon on May 21 at the Marriott Denver City Center in Denver. This year’s keynote speaker was Professor John Brittain, a longtime civil rights activist whose far-reaching work includes landmark school desegregation cases heard before the U.S. and Connecticut Supreme Courts. Brittain is the former Chief Counsel and Senior Deputy Director for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He served on the faculty of University of Connecticut School of Law for twenty-two years before being named Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. He is now a tenured professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.

Another highlight of the luncheon was the awards presentation, which recognized individuals and organizations that made significant contributions to the Colorado Lawyers Committee during 2011. Honorees were:

> Lawrence W. Treece, who received the Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award for his longstanding support and extensive contributions to the work of the Colorado Lawyers Committee

> Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (DGS), which was named Firm of the Year in recognition of the many DGS attorneys and paralegals who worked on Colorado Lawyers Committee projects and took a leadership role in the organization’s task forces

> The Colorado Center on Law and Policy and Colorado Legal Services, which received Special Recognition Awards for their significant work on Colorado Lawyers Committee task forces

> The Lobato Litigation Team, which was named the Team of the Year in recognition of the seventy-two individuals who volunteered their time to work on Lobato v. State of Colorado, a case that challenges the failure of Colorado’s school financing system to provide a "thorough and uniform" system of public education as required by the Colorado Constitution.

The Colorado Lawyers Committee thanks all the law firms and organizations that sponsored the Annual Luncheon. A special thank-you is extended to the Gold Sponsors: Arnold & Porter LLP; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; Faegre Baker Daniels LLP;The Harris Law Firm P.C.; Morrison & Foerster LLP; Patton Boggs LLP; Reilly Pozner LLP; Sherman & Howard L.L.C.; and Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Accepting the Special Recognition Award on behalf of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy were (left to right): Ali Mickelson, Ed Kahn, Christy Murphy, Carol Hedges, and Adela Flores-Brennan.   Larry Treece speaks after receiving the Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award.
Professor John Brittain was the keynote speaker.   Accepting the Special Recognition Award on behalf of the Colorado Legal Services were (left to right): Linda Olson, Jim Dean, Peter Komlos-Hrobsky, Angela Reyes, Jon Asher, and Manuel Ramos.
Members of the Lobato litigation team and the Lobato family.
Employees of Davis Graham & Stubbs, 2012 Law Firm of the Year. 

Photos courtesy of Hartmannphoto, LLC.

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