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December 2012       Vol. 41, No. 12       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 CBA legal editor Susie Klein at

Newest Attorneys Sworn in at Fall Admissions Ceremony

The 804 new attorneys who passed the bar in July 2012 were admitted to practice in Colorado on Monday, October 29. A special session of the Colorado Supreme Court was held at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver and was attended by hundreds of the new admittees and their families. The special session included the swearing-in ceremony, as well as the presentation of the American Bar Association (ABA) Civility Award to Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Russell Carparelli. Among speakers at the afternoon session were Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender; U.S. District Court Chief Judge Wiley Daniel; CBA President Mark Fogg; Immediate Past Chair of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section Deborah Masucci; and Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia.

Mark Fogg welcomes the new attorneys to the practice of law.   Chief Justice Michael Bender presides over the ceremony.   Chief Judge (and a past CBA President) Wiley Daniel presents at the session.   Joseph Garcia gives the keynote address.
Judge Russell Carparelli accepts the ABA Civility Award.   New attorneys take the oath.

DBA Seniors Committee Roast Honors Chuck Brega

More than sixty-five people gathered at the University Club on October 22 to roast Charles Brega at the Denver Bar Association’s annual Seniors Committee Roast. Throughout his career, Brega has tried more than 400 civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels dealing with matters ranging from securities, intellectual property, and aerospace to professional liability, domestic relations, and personal injury. Roasters, who had many humorous anecdotes and idiosyncrasies to share, included Stu Bennett, Jack Berryhill, and John Birkeland. Robert Fullerton emceed the event.

Brega enjoys the "hot seat."   Left to right: Jack Berryhill, Robert Fullerton, Chuck Brega, Stu Bennett, and John Birkeland.

Local Bar Hosts "Mix and Mingle" Event
for Attorneys and Educators

The Adams Broomfield Bar Association (ABBA) and the CBA are collaborating with Colorado school districts to advance civic education among students in Colorado. The organizations hosted their first "Mix and Mingle" reception on October 4 for attorneys and teachers employed by Adams 12 Five Star Schools (Adams 12). More than thirty attorneys and educators attended the reception to meet and discuss how the attorneys could assist the teachers in the classroom during the 2012–13 school year. The ABBA and CBA extend a special thanks to Judge Francis Wasserman, who spoke to the group about his involvement with Adams County schools, and Adams 12 Social Studies Coordinator Donna O’Brien, who helped organize the event.

Attorneys and Adams 12 educators chat during the October 4 reception, which was the first "Mix and Mingle" event of the school year.   Cheryl Karstaedt, Adams 12 General Counsel, and attorney Gene Ciancio.

CBA President Mark Fogg
Continues His Statewide Swing

Throughout his term as CBA President, Mark Fogg has been traveling to Colorado’s local bar associations to meet with members and talk to them about access to justice issues, professionalism, and mentoring opportunities. These photos were taken during some of his recent visits.

Fogg gives a CLE presentation during his visit to the First J.D. Bar Association.
During the Seventh J.D. visit, Montrose attorneys Frank Woodrow and John Overholser were honored as fifty-plus-year members. Here, Fogg presents a certificate to Woodrow.   The Delta County Bar Association visit included dinner at the Wildfire Restaurant.
Fogg speaks with members of the Douglas Elbert Bar Association at John Holly’s Asian Bistro in Lone Tree.   Fogg and Lloyd Quesenberry, President of the Mesa County Bar Association.

CDLA and CTLA Unite to Celebrate
Legal Professionalism Month

Earlier this year, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender declared October as Legal Professionalism Month in Colorado. The two sides of the civil litigation bar—the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) and the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA)—decided to participate in Legal Professionalism Month by challenging each other to a competition to donate time and raise money for pro bono organizations in Colorado. The CTLA edged out the CDLA in the friendly competition, but both sides of the bar had reason to be proud. Collectively, the CDLA and CTLA donated more than 1,000 hours and raised more than $100,000 in support of pro bono legal efforts.

The CTLA and CDLA also acknowledged the importance of professionalism in the legal profession by co-hosting a free CLE program on October 10. CTLA member Michael Rosenberg and CDLA member Jon Sands led the two-hour presentation, discussing issues facing both sides of the civil bar in light of CRS §§ 10-3-1115 and -1116. Sam Gordon of JAMS served as the program moderator.

Following the CLE presentation, the CTLA and CDLA each recognized a member from the other association for his or her demonstration of professionalism and ethical responsibility in their respective practices and throughout their legal careers. The CDLA nominated Randall Paulsen and the CTLA nominated Jon Sands. Both individuals were acknowledged for their commitment to honesty, integrity, and courtesy while practicing in the civil litigation arena.

Chief Justice Bender with Professionalism Award recipients Randall Paulsen (left) and Jon Sands (right).   Left to right: Michael Rosenberg, Sam Gordon, and Jon Sands.
Left to right: Jon Sands, Caitlin Quander, Brendan Powers, Jan Spies, Chief Justice Michael Bender, Heather Salg, Kristen Caruso, Jeff Reubel, Tim Schimberg, Teresa Seymour, and Jeff Garcia.

New COBALT Class Hosts Half-Day CLE

On October 25, members of the CBA’s leadership training program—COBALT—sponsored a half-day interactive leadership seminar as part of its mission to enhance, promote, and inspire leadership throughout the Colorado legal profession. The program, entitled "The Lawyer’s Narrative: A Path to Leadership," focused on improving participants’ leadership abilities by enhancing the skills necessary to motivate, persuade, and connect with others. Program presenters were Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael Bender; former Denver Manager of Safety Charles Garcia; former Denver Mayor Bill Vidal; and Ann Roan, Training Director for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. The seminar also included a panel discussion moderated by past CBA President Paul Chan. Panel members were Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Márquez; D. Rico Munn, former Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education; and Kelly Brough, President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

COBALT is a six-month program that comprises an initial leadership retreat, followed by five monthly workshops and a graduation ceremony. Each COBALT class includes approximately twenty lawyers of varying ages and experiences, who hail from different parts of the state. Class members are selected based on their demonstrated leadership in and commitment to the legal profession. Members of the current COBALT class are Harry Budisidharta, Bobbie Collins, Jacob (Jake) Eisenstein, Paul Fisher, Emma Garrison, Timothy Garvey, Andrea Gomez-Oxman, Andrew Hart, Ruben Hernandez, Miro Kovacevic, Erica Longnecker, Mackenzie Morgan, Margrit Parker, Caitlin Quander, Lance Timbreza, Don Toussaint, Leia Ursery, Jeffrey Vail, Kirsten Westerland, and Megan Zatz.

CBA President Mark Fogg provides opening remarks.   Paul Chan facilitates a panel discussion featuring (left to right) Justice Monica Márquez, Kelly Brough, and Rico Munn.
Chief Justice Michael Bender presents on professionalism.   Turnout was high, with more than seventy people attending the seminar.

New Attorneys in El Paso and Teller Counties
Take Oath of Admission

On October 30, the Fourth Judicial District held a welcoming ceremony for newly admitted attorneys who plan to practice in El Paso and Teller Counties. In addition to taking the Oath of Admission, the eight new lawyers in attendance also received words of advice from El Paso County Bar Association President HayDen Kane and Fourth J.D. Court Chief Judge Gilbert Martínez.

HayDen Kane addresses participants during the fall welcoming ceremony.   Chief Judge Gilbert Martínez swears in the new attorneys.

Annual Breakfast Raises $30,000
for Children’s Law Center

The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center (RMCLC) hosted its fourth annual breakfast—"Quiche and Kids"—at Mile High Station on October 4. The event raised nearly $30,000 to help the organization carry out its mission of providing compassionate legal advocacy, education, and public policy reform for abused and neglected children. Among the 220 guests in attendance were Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett and Colorado Representative Mark Ferrandino.

The program began with an introduction by Carla Dore, president of the RMCLC Board of Directors. This was followed by a speech by RMCLC Executive Director Stephanie Villafuerte, an inspirational video, and a presentation by a former beneficiary of RMCLC assistance.

Founded in 1981, the RMCLC is a nonprofit organization that relies heavily on community support. It serves more than 1,500 children each year, primarily those in foster care, and is committed to providing stability for these children while pursuing a permanent, nurturing home.

Penfield Tate Receives Rupert–Tate Game Changer Award

Denver attorney Penfield Tate is the recipient of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition’s (CCJRC) inaugural Rupert–Tate Game Changer Award for his role in sponsoring legislation in 1999, while he was a Colorado Representative, to reduce prison expansion and create a task force to explore other alternatives to incarceration. Former Colorado Senator Dorothy Rupert co-sponsored the failed legislation that inspired a grassroots movement for criminal justice reform and the establishment of the CCJRC. The legislation Tate and Rupert introduced encouraged later measures and started a movement that has seen Colorado’s prison population decline.

Tate is a shareholder with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, specializing in public finance and municipal law. While employed in government service, he served in both the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the CBA, the DBA, and the Sam Cary Bar Association. His community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for the Aurora Economic Development Council, the Bell Policy Center, Cerebral Palsy of Colorado, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

CU Law Hosts Second Annual Judicial Appreciation Reception

The University of Colorado Law School (CU Law) held its annual Judicial Appreciation Reception on September 27 at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell in Denver. The event was created in 2011 to honor members of the judiciary for their service and to facilitate interaction between CU Law students and members of the judiciary.

More than twenty judges attended the reception, including Colorado Supreme Court Justices Brian Boatright, Nathan Coats, and Monica Márquez, and Colorado Court of Appeals Judges Steven Bernard, Laurie Booras, James Casebolt, Richard Gabriel, Alan Loeb, Daniel Taubman, and Diana Terry. The event also featured presentations by Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender and Justice Nancy Rice, Judge Tim Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Krieger.

Left to right: Judge Richard Gabriel, Colorado Court of Appeals; Magistrate Boyd Boland, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; CU Law Dean Phil Weiser; and Becca Siever, CU Law student and ambassador.   Left to right: Stacy Brownhill, CU Law student; Judge Patrick Butler, 20th J.D. Court; and Melissa Jensen, CU Law student and ambassador.
CU Law student Matthew George and Justice Nancy Rice.   17th J.D. Court Judge Edward Moss and CU Law student Megan Rose.

Mesa County Celebrates Legal Professionalism Month

In honor of Legal Professionalism Month, the Mesa County Bar Association (MCBA) and the Pro Bono Project of Mesa County held an informal drop-in session on October 4 at Main Street Bagels in Grand Junction. Executives from the MCBA and the Pro Bono Project were on hand to discuss pro bono service opportunities over hot coffee, bagels, and other tasty treats.

Left to right: Barb Butler, MCBA President Lloyd Quesenberry, Hanneke Nelson, Pro Bono Project Executive Director Karen Detmers, Jason Bailey, Greg Kampf, and Gerald Feather.   Left to right: Jon Pfeifer, Jason Bailey, Jessica Scholl, Barb Butler, Hanneke Nelson, and Lloyd Quesenberry.
Left to right: Damon Davis, Lloyd Quesenberry, Dan Robinson, Barb Butler, and Dennis Baker.   The Mesa County Pro Bono Project provided goodie bags for all participants.


Rosemary Orsini is 2012 Primo Award Recipient

Denver attorney Rosemary Orsini recently was awarded the Colorado Italian American community’s Primo Award for 2012 Attorney of the Year. She was honored during a ceremony on October 7 at the Mt. Vernon Event Center in Golden.

Orsini is a shareholder at Berenbaum Weinshienk, where she focuses on employee rights litigation, including wage and overtime pay, civil rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act, non-compete agreements, trade secrets, and wrongful discharge. She helps business clients avoid needless litigation by advising them on employment-related issues, drafting employment policies and procedures, and providing preventative counseling. In addition to her employment law practice, she handles complex commercial litigation, including partnership and LLC disputes, loan disputes, and class actions.

Orsini has been repeatedly selected to Super Lawyers,® and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in American Women. She is a longtime CBA member and is the current president of the Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association. She is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Sheila Gutterman Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce recently presented attorney Sheila Gutterman its annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors a woman who is a leader in her community and who has made an impact on other women in the community. Gutterman was recognized for her work in forming a new model of dispute resolution that has empowered and protected thousands of divorcing couples and their families. She received the award on October 3 during a luncheon at the Denver Marriott City Center hotel.

Gutterman is president and co-founder of the Littleton law firm of Gutterman Griffiths. She is the immediate past chair of the Colorado Judicial Institute and currently serves as its membership chair. She is a member of the CBA and has chaired and held all offices in the CBA Family Law Section. She also has served on numerous commissions, including the Colorado Supreme Court Commission on Families and Children, and spends time mentoring young lawyers throughout the state.

Sheila Gutterman and her husband, Gary, during the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce annual awards luncheon.   Gutterman with Donna Evans, Chair of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Correction Notice re November Bar News

In the November issue, on page 9, The Colorado Lawyer ran a photo of several participants in the COBALT charity golf tournament. The individuals in the photo were misidentified in the caption. The two photos are being reprinted here to correctly identify the participants. The tournament champions are pictured in the photo on the left.

Left to right: Dave Kurtenbach, Mike Sauer, Michael Stuzynski, and John-Paul Sauer.   Left to right: Eric Rud, Tim Brewer, Don Miller, and Jack Donley.
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