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September 2012       Vol. 41, No. 9       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, CBA Legal Editor, at

CBA President Embarks on First Round
of Visits to Local Bar Associations

In July, CBA President Mark Fogg started the annual trek around the state, which all CBA presidents are privileged to make, to visit Colorado’s twenty-seven local bar associations. His first stop was the Little Nell is Aspen on July 11 for lunch with members of the Pitkin County Bar Association. After a short trip along the Roaring Fork River, he stopped at Veltus Park in Glenwood Springs for a picnic dinner with members of the Ninth Judicial District Bar Association (9th J.D.). On July 12, after a morning of fly fishing in Carbondale, Fogg met with members of the Continental Divide Bar Association at the Silverthorne Pavilion. On July 20, he traveled to the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs for an afternoon with members of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association. During each of the visits, Fogg led a CLE presentation called "Traveling the Four Corners: Where Practice, Access to Justice, Professionalism, and Community Service Meet." For a list of Fogg’s upcoming president’s visits, see page 7 of this issue or go to

CBA President Mark Fogg speaks to members of the Northwest County Bar Association in the Library Hall of the Bud Werner Memorial Library.   Sally Claassen, an attorney in Steamboat Springs, receives an award from Chief Judge Mick O’Hara for her pro bono work with Northwestern Colorado Legal Services.
Mark Fogg gives a CLE presentation at Veltus Park following his visit with members of the 9th J.D.   Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael Bender presents 9th J.D. member Hugh Warder a certificate recognizing his standing as a fifty-year member of the CBA.

2012 YLD Fundraiser Supports Byrne Urban Scholars

The CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) hosted its 2012 annual charity fundraiser on June 1 at Moye White LLP. The event raised approximately $3,500 for this year’s chosen charity, the Byrne Urban Scholars, which provides financial, academic, and emotional support to adolescents at risk of dropping out of high school. Patrick Byrne, Executive Director of Byrne Urban Scholars, was among the 120 guests who attended the event. The CBA YLD thanks everyone who helped make this year’s fundraiser a success, including the fifty-six businesses that donated items for the silent auction, as well as the event’s sponsor, Stratos Legal.

Patrick Byrne, Executive Director of Byrne Urban Scholars, speaks during the CBA YLD’s annual fundraiser.   CBA YLD Chair Carlos Migoya, Jr. (left) and Immediate Past Chair Ben Currier, sporting complementary bow ties.

Connection Between Animal Abuse and Family Violence
is Focus of NCADV Annual Conference

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) held its annual conference in Denver on July 20–25. The conference featured a track dedicated to the connection between animal abuse and family violence—also known as "the link." Among nationally recognized experts who presented on this topic during the conference were Randy Lockwood, Senior Vice President for Anti-Cruelty Initiatives and Legislative Services for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Phil Arkow, coordinator of the National Link Coalition; Diane Balkin, a contract attorney for the Animal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Program; and Kathleen Schoen, Director of the CBA’s Local Bar Relations Access to Justice Department.

Left to right: Randy Lockwood, Kathleen Schoen, Diane Balkin, and Phil Arkow presented on "the link" during the NCADV’s annual conference.

Senior Law Day Offers Wealth of Resources
for Seniors and Their Caregivers

On Saturday, July 28, more than 1,000 seniors, adult children, and caregivers attended the fourteenth annual Denver Senior Law Day at the Merchandise Mart. Senior Law Day offers the public the opportunity to hear from experienced elder law attorneys and other professionals involved in elder care issues.

This year, attendees had twenty-eight short, informative workshops to choose from. The workshops were focused on helping seniors learn how to manage family and financial issues and prepare for retirement.

Seniors, along with their caregivers and loved ones, packed the classrooms and the exhibitor hall for presentations throughout the day.   Booths were set up throughout the Merchandise Mart with helpful information for seniors.
Michael Kirtland discussed living wills, advance medical directives, do-not-resuscitate orders, proxies, and end-of-life issues.   Michele Lawonn spoke to attendees about maintaining independence at home and creating a safe and accessible living environment.

Celebrate Legal Professionalism Month in October


On May 1, 2012, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Colorado and the CBA President proclaimed October 2012 Legal Professionalism Month, and encouraged lawyers, judicial officers, and legal organizations to re-dedicate themselves to demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, and promoting public trust in the rule of law. In the Proclamation (reprinted on page 24), the Chief Justice and the CBA President invite all judicial officers and members of the legal profession to assemble at Boettcher Concert Hall on October 29, 2012, and to attend the special session of the Colorado Supreme Court to welcome to the legal profession those who will be admitted to the practice of law. See the ad about Professionalism Month on page 25 and read a related article on page 83. Information about the month and events can be found at

CBA YLD Retreat a Chance to Plan for the Year Ahead

The CBA YLD hosted its annual retreat in July in Keystone, during which eighteen members of the 2012–13 YLD Executive Council met to plan projects and events for the upcoming term. Some of those projects include having a more integrated website with social media and a movie night CLE for Professionalism Month. For more on the YLD, read this month’s CBA President’s Message on page 5. A profile of new YLD President Carlos Migoya, Jr. can be found on page 93.

Back row (left to right): Arax Corn, Ruth Mackey, Jaci Casey, Erica Longnecker, Mackenzie Morgan, Lance Timbreza, Cassie Ta, Tim Garvey. Front row (left to right): Chris Achatz, Ben Currier, Nicole Black, Julie Cuypers, Chad Lawler, Carlos Migoya, Nicoal Miller, Emma Garrison, and Josh Berry.

Sean May Memorial Walk/Run
Raises Funds for Access to Justice

On May 12, the Seventeenth Judicial District (17th J.D.) Access to Justice Committee hosted the fourth annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk at Barr Lake State Park. The event was created in 2009 in memory of District Attorney Sean May, who was killed outside his home in 2008. Half of the proceeds raised each year go to Sean May’s family; the other half go toward providing legal assistance to the pro se community. This year, 223 people participated in the event and the race raised more than $5,500, bringing the four-year total to nearly $25,000.

The 17th J.D. is proud to host this event in Sean May’s memory and looks forward to hosting the event next year on May 11 at Barr Lake State Park. To stay updated on the 2013 run, please "like" the Sean May Memorial Run/Walk page on Facebook, or visit

Beautiful Barr Lake State Park has been the host site of the Sean May Memorial Run/Walk since the inaugural event in 2009.
Race participants head to the starting line for the 5K and 9-mile run/walk.   The 5K race begins.

1st J.D. Holds Annual Bowling Challenge

The First Judicial District Bar Association (1st J.D.) hosted its seventh annual Bowling Challenge on May 16 at Fat City in Littleton. Twenty-eight people bowled in the friendly competition, which pitted several 1st J.D. teams against a team from the Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA).

Playing on behalf of the ACBA were Josh Bekerman, Angel McCall, Catherine Stevens, David Stevens, Alisha Tiabo, and Craig Wagner. Among 1st J.D. bowlers were Jerry Malman, Chris Radeff, 1st J.D. President Erin Hickey, and Board members Lindsay Andrew and Brett Riley.

The trophy was hotly contested and the scores were close. In the end, though, it was ACBA member Josh Bekerman who won the first-place trophy. The 1st J.D. thanks everyone who attended the event and looks forward to bringing the trophy back "home" next year.

Chris McLane (left) and winner Josh Bekerman.   Left to right: James Shackelford, Chris McLane, Cheryl Doyle, Erin Doyle, and Georgine Kryda.
Jerry Malman (far right) competed on "Team Malman" with his sons and their friend.   1st J.D. President Erin Hickey (right) and friend.

BCBA Annual Dinner Celebrates Members

The Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) hosted its annual meeting and awards dinner on June 9. During the meeting, the BCBA approved two new Board members, Chris Lane and Abigail Smith, and thanked outgoing Board members Rich Irvin and Tucker Katz for their service to the bar. Rich served for five years on the Board and was BCBA President in 2010. Tucker was a Board member for three years.

BCBA President Keith Collins thanks outgoing President Ellen Cadette for her contributions to the association.
BCBA Board of Director Dave Cheval presents the Ron Porter Award of Merit to 29th J.D. District Attorney Stan Garnett (right).   Joel Hayes, managing director of Boulder County Legal Services, presents the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award to Bruce Wiener (right).
Fifty-year members honored at the dinner were (left to right) Dave Hill, Peter Dietze, E. Greg Martin, John Clough, and Karl Anuta.

Law Firms Earn Recognition for Fundraising Efforts

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado completed its annual fundraising drive for Colorado Legal Services on June 30. Nearly $1.4 million was raised to provide civil legal services for low-income Coloradans. Among the liveliest campaigns again this year was the annual Associates Campaign, which is structured as a friendly competition among participating law firms. When the dust settled, the Associates Campaign had raised more than $50,000, with nearly 75% of the associates at thirty-four firms participating.

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender attended the Legal Aid Foundation’s July Board meeting to present awards to the firms that raised the most money during the campaign. The top three fundraisers were Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP ("smaller firm" category); Sheridan Ross PC ("mid-size firm" category); and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP ("larger firm" category). In addition, fourteen firms were recognized for achieving 100% participation among their associates: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP; Greenberg Traurig LLP; Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC; Jones & Keller, P.C.; Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP; Kennedy Childs P.C.; Littler Mendelson P.C.; Merchant & Gould P.C.; Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti; Patton Boggs; Reilly Pozner LLP; Sheridan Ross P.C.; and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP. The three firms recognized for top performance in broadening participation were Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; Sherman & Howard L.L.C; and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP.

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender (center) stands with representatives from the three firms that received "per capita" honors (left to right): Drew Unthank and John Streelman of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell; Hiwot Covell of Sheridan Ross; and Brooke McKinley of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell.
Front row (left to right): John Streelman of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell; Hiwot Covell of Sheridan Ross; and Brooke McKinley of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell. Back row (left to right): Clarissa Raney of Holland & Hart; Leslie Schulze of Sherman & Howard; Cory Kalanick of Sherman & Howard; Aaron Goldhamer of Jones & Keller; Maranda Compton of Greenberg Traurig; Chief Justice Michael Bender; Liz Titus of Davis Graham & Stubbs; Mackenzie Morgan of Kennedy Childs; Drew Unthank of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell; Martine Wells of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Paul Kyed of Holland & Hart; Sarah April of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; and Susan Ryan of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite.

CBA-CLE Program Highlights

Thirtieth Annual Real Estate Symposium

The CBA Real Estate Section hosted its 2012 Real Estate Symposium on July 19–21 at the Sheraton in Steamboat Springs. The symposium attracted more than 400 people to this thirtieth anniversary of the annual event. In addition to the numerous substantive programs, attendees enjoyed the annual wine tasting, luncheon, and cocktail reception.

  Guests mingle and enjoy live music at the cocktail reception.  


Prosecutors on Trial: The Rule of Law or Unfettered Discretion

Colorado Attorney Regulation Counsel John Gleason and Chief Deputy Jamie Sudler spoke to a packed house on July 18 during a CLE presentation at the CBA-CLE offices in Denver. Gleason and Sudler discussed their two-year involvement in an investigation and prosecution in Arizona of what became the most significant attorney discipline case ever to go to hearing. Over the course of their participation in this case, Gleason and Sudler were subject to harassment and intimidation as they worked to bring down a web of abuses by attorneys at the highest levels.

John Gleason (right) and Jamie Sudler present
at the CBA-CLE classroom in Denver.


Couldn’t Attend?

Anyone unable to attend a CBA-CLE program can purchase audio or video of a missed presentation for home study through the CBA website. Home-study materials for the Real Estate Symposium are available at Home-study materials for the "Prosecutors of Trial" CLE presentation are available at

Legal Aid Foundation Hosts Donor Appreciation Party

Michael Goldman, Legal Aid Foundation Trustee and Chair of the Foundation’s Southwest Colorado Campaign, and his firm Goldman, Robbins & Nicholson, PC hosted a Donor Recognition Reception on June 22 in Durango. Guests enjoyed refreshments and were reminded how their consistent support of legal aid makes a difference in the lives of low-income individuals and families throughout the state. Remarks also were made by Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender, who attended to thank benefactors in Southwest Colorado who support access to justice.

Left to right: Michael McLachlan, Tom Shipps, Michael Goldman, Judge Gregory Lyman, and Chief Justice Michael Bender.   Left to right: Leigh Meigs, Diana Poole, Steve Boos, and Patricia Hall.
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