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TCL > January 2013 Issue > News From CBA Sections, Committees, Local and Specialty Bars, and More

January 2013       Vol. 42, No. 1       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 CBA legal editor Susie Klein at sklein@cobar.org.


Past Presidents Separate Fact From Fiction
at Annual Dinner

On Saturday, November 10, approximately fifty past CBA Presidents and their guests attended the CBA’s annual Past Presidents Dinner. The event was held at The Broadmoor and was hosted by Past President Roger Clark and his wife, B.J.

This year, Clark asked the past presidents to send him three "facts" about themselves, two of which were true and one that was false. During the dinner, he read the three "facts" and the attendees tried to guess which one was false. Everyone seemed to enjoy the guessing game, as well as the opportunity to reminisce and catch up with old friends.

 
Roger Clark presents CBA Immediate Past President David Masters his past president’s pin.

 

 
Past CBA Presidents and their guests gathered for the annual dinner at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.  

 

Immigration Section
Hosts Member Social

The CBA Immigration Law Section held the 2012 Immigration Bar Social at Venue Food and Wine Bar on November 15. The social is an annual event. Pictured here are, left to right, section members Kelly Ryan, Kristen Knudson, and Stephanie Aretz.


Reception Honors Attorneys Who Served

 
  CBA President-Elect Terry Ruckriegle (left) with John Vaught, a partner with Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell and a founder of Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans.

In commemoration of Veterans Day, Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell co-hosted a reception to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. Among attendees was Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender, who spoke about the importance of supporting veterans.

Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans was developed by the Colorado Supreme Court, the CBA, and the CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD), in cooperation with several local bar associations. The program offers free legal clinics for veterans across the state, providing information on topics such as resources available to veterans, benefits, taxes, housing, and family law. For more information, visit www.cobar.org and select the Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans icon on the left-hand side of the home page.

 
Left to right: Mark Fogg, Richard Murray, Mark Miller, John-Patrick Sansom, and Lloyd Boyer.   CBA President Mark Fogg offered remarks at the November 12 reception.

 
  EPCBA volunteers field calls at the Call-A-Lawyer event on KKTV Channel 11.

Volunteers Assist Victims of
Colorado Wildfires Through CBA Helpline

Last summer, the CBA launched a toll-free helpline for victims of the High Park Fire. The helpline later was expanded to assist all victims of Colorado wildfires. To date, more than 150 attorneys have served as helpline volunteers, assisting hundreds of callers from across the state with legal issues resulting from the disaster.

Volunteers were especially important in Larimer and El Paso Counties, where the two most devastating fires—High Park and Waldo Canyon—took place. Members of the El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA) offered their legal expertise during three events specifically held for wildfire victims: an Ask-A-Lawyer session at the Citadel Mall, a Call-A-Lawyer program on KKTV Channel 11, and a Q&A session at the Disaster Recovery Center. The EPCBA volunteers assisted 177 people with their legal questions.


Loren M. Brown is
CBA Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year

 
   

Loren Brown, a shareholder with Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C. in Broomfield, is the CBA’s 2012 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. The award is given annually to a young lawyer with an outstanding record of professional success, community service achievements, and civic participation. It is presented in honor of Gary L. McPherson, a Colorado state representative who was killed in a plane crash at the age of 37.

Brown, 35, has served as a leader in organizations that work to provide access to the courts for all. He is the chair of the board of governors for Metro Volunteer Lawyers and is the vice president of CASA for Adams and Broomfield Counties. He has played a key role in the Seventeenth Judicial District’s Access to Justice program and worked to create the Sean May Memorial Run to raise money to fund a legal self-help center, which has become a model for the state. Brown also is a former president of the Adams Broomfield Bar Association; a fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation; a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; and a graduate and executive committee member of the CBA Leadership Training Program, known as COBALT.

Brown was honored for his achievement during the CBA YLD’s holiday party on December 12. The three other award finalists—Sara Stieben, Chris Turner, and Danielle Young—also were recognized during the event. Stieben is an attorney with Montgomery Kolodny Amatuzio & Dusbabek, LLP in Fort Collins. She is the chair of the Larimer County Bar Association pro bono program and the president of ChildSafe in Fort Collins. Turner practices personal injury law and criminal defense at Koncilja & Koncilja, P.C. in Pueblo. He is a past president of the Pueblo County Bar Association and hosts the Pueblo County Ask-a-Lawyer public television program. Young works for Colorado Legal Services in Colorado Springs, where she represents victims of domestic violence and assists clients with landlord–tenant matters, denial of public benefits, and consumer cases. She created and teaches a monthly class for seniors that focuses on power of attorney and other advanced directives, and serves on the board of the Colorado Springs Senior Center.


Court in Session at Veterans Stand Down

For the second year, homeless veterans with open Denver County Court cases on certain charges were able to resolve those issues in a special courtroom at the Colorado Army National Guard Armory. The service was held on November 8 as part of the Veterans Stand Down.

Members of the Denver Bar Association (DBA) were among those who volunteered their services during the event. In addition to providing basic information to assist the vets with legal issues, the DBA volunteers referred veterans to organizations that provide free legal services in such areas as rental eviction, landlord–tenant issues, child support, and disability.

The Veterans Stand Down is an effort by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide services and resources to homeless veterans. Stand Downs typically are one- to three-day events, which may include providing homeless veterans services such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services.

 
Denver County Court Judge Raymond N. Satter led the special court for the second straight year.   Haircuts were among the services offered at the Veterans Stand Down.

CBA Board of Governors
Attend Semiannual Meeting

Members of the CBA Board of Governors (BOG) convened on November 10 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. The BOG meets twice a year to discuss action items and administrative matters, as well as to receive informational reports and updates from other legal organizations. Look for meeting minutes in next month’s issue of The Colorado Lawyer.

 
  Left to right: Richard Murrray, Gillian Bidgood, and Stacy Carpenter perform an exercise during Barbara Ezyk’s presentation on the Colorado Lawyers Assistance Program.
 
CBA President Mark Fogg (right) presents CBA Immediate Past President David Masters a scrapbook commemorating his year in office.   CBA President-Elect Terry Ruckriegle (left) presents Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Russell Carparelli the American Bar Association Civility in the Law Award.

Young Lawyers Host Annual CLE

On November 16, the CBA YLD held a CLE program entitled "Practical Aspects of Practice and Hot Topics in the Law" at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The full-day program addressed a wide range of topics, including best practices for new lawyers, courtroom etiquette, and young lawyer bloopers. It also featured "Profiles in Legal Courage," a presentation by Mark Lyda that highlighted attorney trailblazers such as Myra Bradwell, Chen Guangcheng, and Minoru Yasui.

The CBA YLD will be hosting another full-day CLE program in the spring; it will be geared toward young lawyers starting their own practices. Check the YLD website, www.cobar.org/yld, for information about this and other upcoming events and activities.

A panel discusses the dos and don’ts of courtroom etiquette. Left to right: Timothy Garvey (moderator), Danielle Lee, Emily Hanna, and Nelson Waneka.

Fogg Logs Two More President’s Visits

CBA President Mark Fogg visited the Pueblo County Bar Association on October 30, and then traveled northward to visit the Adams Broomfield Bar Association (ABBA) on November 5. Each visit included a CLE program, led by Fogg, called "Where Practice, Access to Justice, Professionalism, and Community Service Meet." The presentation focused on how to incorporate pro bono and modest means work into a successful law practice.

In addition, during the Pueblo visit, Fogg recognized two CBA members for their longtime dedication to the legal profession. John Naylor and Robert Ogburn are among an exclusive group of members who have been presented fifty-year pins by a CBA President.

   
Left to right: Mark Fogg, Judge Harlan Bockman, and Don Quick following the ABBA visit.   Mark Fogg and John Naylor.   Mark Fogg and Robert Ogburn.

Stan Morris Recognized for Professionalism

At its October 31 meeting, the Four Corners Bar Association presented Stan Morris its Legal Professionalism Award as part of the organization’s participation in Legal Professionalism Month. Morris has been practicing law for more than forty-two years, and oversees a local access-to-justice project that he created in 2011.

 
    Legal Professionalism Award recipient Stan Morris (right) and Four Corners Bar Association President Jeremy Botkins.

Trust and Estate Section Recognizes
Contributions of Members

The CBA Trust and Estate Section held its annual dinner at Strings Restaurant on November 15. During the event, Bob Steenrod of Steenrod, Schwartz & McMinimee, LLP received the R. Sterling Ambler Award for his outstanding contribution to the trust and estate practice in Colorado. In addition, section chair Spencer Crona thanked fellow members of the section’s Executive Council for their service to the section.

 
Bob Steenrod receives the R. Sterling Ambler Award. Also pictured are Dottie Ambler and Phil Keenan. (Editorializing equine not identified.)   Left to right: Section members David Griffith, Chris Brauchli, and Connie Wood.

DBA YLD Hosts Annual Court Orientation

The DBA YLD hosted its annual court orientation program for new attorneys on November 14. The full-day CLE included presentations by Judge Richard Gabriel of the Colorado Court of Appeals; Dianne van Voorhees, Executive Director of Metro Volunteer Lawyers; and Barbara Ezyk, Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program. In addition, a number of law clerks from the Second Judicial District provided tips and pointed out pitfalls for new attorneys.

 
Barbara Ezyk’s presentation brought attendees to their feet.   Following the orientation, attendees gathered at Katie Mullen’s for "Barristers After Hours."

Mesa County Welcomes Judges of the
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

 
  Chief Judge Wiley Daniel presents Magistrate Gudrun Rice a plaque honoring her service to the judiciary.

The Mesa County Bar Association hosted a contingent of the federal judiciary at its monthly membership meeting on October 12. Judges in attendance were Chief Judge Wiley Daniel, Judge Marcia Krieger, Magistrate Judge Boyd Boland, and Magistrate Judge Gudrun Rice. The event was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction.

During the meeting, Chief Judge Daniel announced he would be stepping down as Chief Judge in 2013, and that Judge Krieger would be taking over the position. He also presented outgoing Magistrate Rice a plaque honoring her years of service to the judiciary, and announced that Grand Junction attorney Gordon Gallagher had been named her successor. The Chief Judge also introduced the new Clerk of the Court, Jeffrey Colwell. The judges then jointly led a presentation entitled "Practice Before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado."


Bowling Benefit Raises Funds
for Children’s Outreach Project

 
Representing Kilpatrick Townsend were (back row, left to right) Ross Berry, Staci Berry, Laura Mullendore, Sarah Brock, and Colin Ruble, and (in front) Kristi Swenson and her daughter Jude.  

The DBA Community Action Network (CAN) held its second annual Strikes for Tykes fundraiser on November 3 at Elitch Lanes in Denver. The family-friendly bowling event attracted more than sixty bowlers and raised approximately $2,500 for Children’s Outreach Project, a nonprofit, therapeutic preschool and child-care center serving north Denver and the surrounding communities. The mission of Children’s Outreach Project is "to provide young children of all abilities with excellent early childhood education and care that is affordable for families." Event sponsors were ET Investments, LLC; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP; Baldwin Morgan & Rider, P.C.; Litvak Litvak Mehrtens & Epstein, P.C.; Lowe, Fell & Skogg, LLC; and Litigation Solutions, Inc.

 
 
Stephanie Baer, Children’s Outreach Project Executive Director.   Evan Lee, CAN Strikes for Tykes event co-chair.

"Night Out at the Rockies" Benefits
ABBA Scholarship Fund

The Adams Broomfield Bar Association (ABBA) hosted its second "Night Out at the Rockies" of the season on Friday, September 21. ABBA members in attendance enjoyed a night of beautiful fall weather and a fireworks display following the game. Attendees also helped raise money for the ABBA’s annual scholarship—the Floyd Marks Scholarship—which is presented on Law Day to a 1L, 2L, or 3L law student residing in Adams or Broomfield County.

 
Left to right: Brian Mattie, Mariana Vielma, and Nathan Coursey.   ABBA member Joe Elion and his wife, Diane.

CBA YLD Movie Night
Features Screening of Inherit the Wind

The CBA YLD hosted "Movie Night" on October 30 at the Mayan Theater in Denver. The CLE-accredited program featured a viewing of Inherit the Wind, a courtroom drama centered on the 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial," in which a teacher was tried for teaching evolution in the classroom. It also included a brief presentation by Dianne van Voorhees, Executive Director of Metro Volunteer Lawyers, who spoke to attendees about professionalism and encouraged them to make a commitment to pro bono work. Similar CLE programs were held in October in Grand Junction and Fort Collins.


Aurora Bar Association Elects
New Officers and Board Members

The Aurora Bar Association held its annual meeting on November 13. CBA President Mark Fogg attended the meeting and gave a CLE presentation on unbundled legal services. Fogg explained that the state of Colorado is very interested in attorneys being able to assist those who cannot afford traditional representation.

Following Fogg’s presentation, the Aurora Bar selected new officers and board members for the upcoming year. Charles Peters was elected president and Sam Cheris was elected vice president. Bette Heller is the immediate past president and will serve as the Aurora Bar’s representative to the CBA Board of Governors. Martha Karnopp, Steve Ruddick, and Tim Franklin were retained as board members.

CBA President Fogg speaks to members during the Aurora Bar’s annual meeting. 
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