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August 2012       Vol. 41, No. 8       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

Barrie G. Sullivan Receives Lance Butler Award

The CBA Workers’ Compensation Section presented the prestigious Lance Butler Award to Barrie G. Sullivan II during the section’s annual dinner on June 14. The award is given each year to an attorney who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of workers’ compensation law. Award nominees are selected by the Workers’ Compensation Executive Council based on the attorney’s contribution to the workers’ compensation system.

Barrie Sullivan gives his acceptance speech.   Left to right: Peter McGuire, Kerry Sullivan,
and Barrie Sullivan.
The Workers’ Compensation Section’s annual dinner was held at Fogo de Chao in Denver.

DBA Recognizes Outstanding Achievement
at Annual Awards Party

The Denver Bar Association (DBA) honored members who have made extraordinary contributions to the legal community at its annual party on June 5 at the Sherman Street Event Center. The honorees were recognized for their dedication to serving their peers and the community through their volunteer efforts with the DBA and other organizations.

Party guests enjoyed music by Not Mona Lisa.   More than 100 people attended the annual party, which honors DBA award recipients and marks the passing of the gavel from the current president to the incoming president.
Award recipients were (left to right): Elizabeth Correa-Leslie, Teacher of the Year; Erich L. Bethke, Volunteer Attorney of the Year; Elsa Martinez-Tenreiro, Award of Merit; Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Daniel M. Taubman, Judicial Excellence Award; and Troy R. Rackham, Young Lawyer of the Year.   2011–12 DBA President Ilene Lin Bloom served as emcee for the event. Bloom’s term ended on June 30.

  John W. Suthers Receives Prestigious Award

Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers has received the National Association of Attorneys General’s (NAAG) most prestigious honor—the Kelley Wyman Memorial Award. The award is presented annually to a state Attorney General who has made significant strides in advancing the objectives of the NAAG. Suthers received the award in June during the NAAG’s annual meeting in Alaska.

DBA and CBA Honor Members for
Fifty Years of Service to the Legal Community

On June 12, fourteen Denver attorneys who were admitted to the bar in 1962 were honored for their achievement and service to the profession at the DBA’s 2012 Seniors Spring Banquet. Approximately ninety guests attended the event, which was held at the University Club in Denver.

The CBA also salutes members who have practiced law for fifty years and who have had active membership in the CBA for past ten years. These members are conferred the status of "HonorLife" member for their exemplary service to the legal profession and for their participation in the bar association. HonorLife members receive a free lifetime CBA membership and a certificate of gratitude and recognition. The most recent HonorLife members are listed in the July issue of The Colorado Lawyer on page 32.

DBA Seniors Spring Banquet fifty-year honorees were (left to right): Joseph R. Quinn; Richard W. Laugesen; Joseph C. Jaudon, Jr.; Barrie G. Sullivan II; R. Neil Quigley; Ronald C. Hill; Lee George Rallis; William Schmidt; James R. Wade; William Jensen; Dale R. Harris; and Donald B. Gentry. Also in attendance but not pictured were Frederic K. (Jerry) Conover and Randall L. Weeks.   DBA Seniors Committee Chair Don McMichael presided over the event.
CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner presents Neil Quigley a medal commemorating his fifty years of service.   DBA Past President Mary Jo Gross
with honoree Ronald Hill.
  DBA President Ilene Lin Bloom speaks at the banquet.

Golf Tournament Raises $7,000
for Metro Volunteer Lawyers

  Challenge Division Net winning team (left to right): Mark Miller, Kristen McLaughlin, Daniel Mong, and David Simmental.

More than $7,000 was raised for Metro Volunteer Lawyers—the pro bono arm of the DBA—during the 2012 Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament. Ninety-two golfers participated in the event, which took place on June 4 at the Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen. Top finishers in the tournament were Tim Kratz, the Men’s Individual Gross winner, and Susie Roh, the Women’s Individual Gross winner.

Champions Division Gross winning team (left to right): Sarah Hall, Susie Roh, Edgar Neel, and Tim Kratz.   Challenge Division Gross winning team (left to right): Rich Yoke, Jonathan Kunkle, Joe Mowery, and Pete Garvin.

Wheels of Justice Kicks Off
Seventh Year of Participation in the Courage Classic

On June 6, the Wheels of Justice (WoJ) cycling team hosted a group ride and kick-off party to celebrate the start of training for the 2012 Courage Classic. The Courage Classic is a three-day, 157-mile cycling tour through the Rockies that raises money for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Over the past six years, the WoJ?team has raised more than $1.3 million for the Children’s Hospital. For the last two years, the WoJ was the top fundraising team of the cycling event.

The kick-off party was hosted on the rooftop
of the Denver Athletic Club.
WoJ Co-Captain Aaron Bradford speaks during the event.   WoJ Co-Captain Heather Purcell introduces Jacob and Meagan Gump, parents of a child treated at the Children’s Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
The Gumps’ son, Eli, sits among guests.

Attorneys’ Night Out Raises Funds for Legal Center

The DBA Young Lawyers Division hosted its seventh annual Attorneys’ Night Out on June 20 at the Blake Street Tavern in Denver. All proceeds raised benefit the Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, a Denver-based nonprofit organization that works to protect and promote the rights of those served through direct legal representation, advocacy, education, and legislative analysis.

Guests had the opportunity to bid on items through a silent and a live auction.   DBA Access to Justice Committee Co-Chair Alison Daniels and University of Denver Sturm College of Law Administrative Director of Academic Programs Randy Wagner.
The event featured a scotch tasting and a wine ring toss.

Denver Firm Teams Up With Rebuilding Together

On June 16, 2012, a team of more than twenty volunteers from the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP—including attorneys, law firm staff, and their family members—participated in a service project coordinated in conjunction with Rebuilding Together Metro Denver. Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities live in safe and healthy homes.

The volunteers helped renovate and repair the home of an 89-year-old resident of the Five Points neighborhood in Denver. The team helped install new flooring, new front porch railings, and a new kitchen sink. They also assisted with various other tasks around the house, including painting interior walls and installing a grab-bar to help the resident use the stairs to the home’s basement storage area.

Holland and Hart attorney Doug Abbott helps assemble the new kitchen sink and countertop.   Doug Abbott and fellow Holland & Hart attorney Dennis Brown work on constructing and installing a hand rail attached to the back porch of the home.
The Holland & Hart volunteer team.

Southwest Colorado Bar Recognizes Pro Bono Efforts of Members

On June 22, the Southwest Colorado Bar Association held its annual Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony at the Strater Hotel in Durango. Chief Justice Michael Bender attended the event and presented awards to local attorneys for their pro bono contributions. In addition, Chief Justice Bender and Sixth Judicial District Chief Judge Greg Lyman paid tribute to longtime Durango attorney Alexander C. Tejada, who passed away in June. Tejada’s two sons attended the event and accepted the pro bono award on his behalf.

Chief Justice Michael Bender presented pro bono certificates
to the nominees for hours contributed during 2011.

Honoree Tracy Cross.   Honoree Michael Goldman.
Honoree Gail Harriss.   Honoree Brian Schowalter.
Honoree Marian Tone.    

Mesa County Hosts First-Ever
"Big LawBowlski" Bowling Tournament

The Pro Bono Project of Mesa County hosted its first annual "Big LawBowlski" fundraiser on June 15 at Orchard Mesa Lanes. With more than sixty participants, including attorneys, judges, and family members, the competition was fierce for the coveted first-place trophy. The winners were:

  • First-Place Team: Caterwaulers—Ray Hailey, Jim Giese, Rich Caul, and Joel Soronen
  • Second-Place Team: The LowBallers—Will McNulty, Dick Gurley, Valerie Robison, and Craig Henderson
  • Third-Place Team: A Lucky Strike—Angela Barnes, Kristin Hailey, Brittany Hailey, and Patty Howell
  • Kingpin Awards: 2012 "Dude"—Ray Hailey; 2012 "Dudette"—Brittany Hailey
  • Best Team Name Award: Colorado Legal Services for "A Motion to Strike."
The "bedazzled" first-place trophy was created by Kathleen Lyon, Vice President of the Pro Bono Project.
Team Caterwaulers (left to right): Rich Caul, Ray Hailey, Joel Soronen, and Jim Giese.
Dude Ray Hailey and Dudette Brittany Hailey.   The Holy Rollers (left to right): Leila Reilly, Leslie Castro, Barbra Butler, and Ed Nugent.
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