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

May 2013       Vol. 42, No. 5       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 CBA legal editor Susie Klein at sklein@cobar.org.


Award Recognizes Paralegal’s Commitment
to Pro Bono Service

 
   

Ginny Lee recently was named recipient of the 2013 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award by the CBA and Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association. The award is presented annually to a paralegal whose pro bono and community service activities exhibit outstanding dedication to providing legal assistance to those in need. In recognition of Lee’s accomplishments, a $1,000 donation will be made to a pro bono organization of her choice.

Lee is a nurse paralegal with Kennedy Childs P.C., where she focuses on medical malpractice. Since 2004, she has volunteered more than 1,500 hours as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate volunteer in Jefferson and Gilpin Counties, appearing in court and speaking on behalf of child victims in abuse and neglect cases. In 2010, Lee was named a 7Everyday Hero by 7News for her advocacy for abused and neglected children. She is an active member of the Colorado Association of Legal Support Staff and the Mile High Association of Legal Support Staff.

Lee was honored for her achievement on April 8 during the Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center. She also will be recognized on May 2 during the CBA Paralegal Committee’s Paralegal Day Reception.


Cutthroat Hockey Takes Center Ice
at YLD Networking Event

The Young Lawyers Divisions of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations co-hosted a networking event for YLD members and their friends and families on March 1. The event was held at the Denver Coliseum during the final home game of the Denver Cutthroat’s inaugural hockey season. Approximately seventy-five people purchased tickets to the event and enjoyed rink-side seats at the game.

 
DBA YLD Chair Jake Eisenstein was among attendees.   CBA YLD Past Chair Ben Currier hoists son Samuel on his shoulders to meet Dinger, the Colorado Rockies mascot, as his wife Suzanne looks on.

Mark Fogg Winds Down Presidential Tour
in the Mile High City

 
Mark Fogg congratulates longtime member Tom DeMarino.  

On March 14, CBA President Mark Fogg met with members of the Denver Bar Association (DBA) as part of his presidential tour around the state. Among attendees was DBA President Jim Benjamin, who joined Fogg in recognizing nearly thirty CBA members for their continued membership over the last fifty years. Many of the longtime members shared stories about their legal careers and offered words of wisdom for their younger counterparts. Following the recognition ceremony, Fogg led a presentation entitled "Traveling the Four Corners: Where Practice, Access to Justice, Professionalism, and Community Service Meet." The free program earned attendees one CLE ethics credit.

 
Left to right: DBA President Jim Benjamin with fifty-year honorees Richard Laugesen and Carl Eiberger.   Honorees Dolores Kopel and Larry Litvak.
     
 
Jim Benjamin and honoree David Naiman.   CBA President Mark Fogg talks to DBA members about attorney professionalism and community service.

Colorado High School Students
Compete in Mock Trial Tourneys

Nine regional high school mock trial tournaments took place throughout the state during the month of February. Those teams advancing to the state tournament met in Fort Collins on March 8–9. Congratulations to William Jackson Palmer from Colorado Springs for advancing to the National Tournament on May 9–11 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A few photos from the regional tournaments appear below. More photo highlights of this year’s Colorado High School Mock Trial event can be found beginning on page 29. At right is the final ranking of the twenty-four teams that competed in the state tournament.

Students from the Denver School of Science and Technology celebrate after learning they will advance to the state tournament. This was the first year a team from the school participated in mock trials.
 

Final 24

  1. William Jackson Palmer A
  2. Colorado Academy A
  3. Rock Canyon A
  4. Glenwood Springs A
  5. Fairview
  6. Kent Denver A
  7. Denver School of Science and Technology A
  8. Lakewood B
  9. Colorado Academy B
  10. William Jackson Palmer B
  11. Lakewood A
  12. Aurora Central A
  13. St. Mary’s A
  14. Coronado A
  15. Mountain Vista A
  16. Glenwood Springs B
  17. Mountain Vista B
  18. Evergreen A
  19. Regis A
  20. Boulder
  21. Rocky Mountain
  22. Poudre A
  23. Ft. Collins
  24. Coronado B

A

 
 

 

 
Students from the Denver School of Science and Technology celebrate after learning they will advance to the state tournament. This was the first year a team from the school participated in mock trials.     The Lakewood High School A team took first place in the Jefferson County regional tournament.

John Maxfield Earns Tax Section’s
Lifetime Achievement Award

Holland & Hart attorney John Maxfield recently was named recipient of the CBA Tax Section’s James E. Bye Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding dedication to the practice of tax law. For the past thirty years, Maxfield has provided tax advice on thousands of business transactions. Best Lawyers® in America named him the Denver Tax Lawyer of the Year for 2013, and he is listed among the Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyers for 2012. He is a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Tax Counsel, representing the Tenth Circuit. He also is a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation; a board member of Colorado Public Television, Channel 12; and a former board chair of the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association.  
Left to right: CBA Tax Section Chair Andrew Elliot, Tax Section Vice Chair Hank Vanderhage, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient John Maxfield.

Chief Justice Among Honorees
at CU Law’s Alumni Banquet

The University of Colorado Law School (CU Law) hosted its 32nd Annual Law Alumni Awards Banquet at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts ballroom on March 13. During the event, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender (’67) was presented the William Lee Knous Award, CU Law’s highest alumni award. Other award recipients were Regina Rodriguez (’88), Distinguished Achievement in Private Practice; Judge Timothy Tymkovich (’82), Distinguished Achievement in the Judiciary; and Carole Yaley (’80), Distinguished Achievement in Industry. In addition, CU Law Dean Phil Weiser presented two Dean’s Choice awards, recognizing individuals who have made exceptional contributions to CU Law in the past year. John H. Schultz (’53) received the Dean Edward C. King "Pay it Forward" Award, and Jason Mendelson received the Richard Schaden "Adopted Alumnus" Award.

The award recipients with CU Law Dean Phil Weiser, from left to right: John Schultz, Phil Weiser, Carole Yaley, Chief Justice Michael Bender, Regina Rodriguez, Judge Tim Tymkovich, and Jason Mendelson. (Photo credit: Madeline Tyo)

CAN’s Toothbrushes for Tots Drive
Benefits Children in Need

On February 18, the DBA Community Action Network (CAN) kicked off its weeklong drive to collect dental items from law firms throughout the metro area. Local attorneys and other legal professionals donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and other dental items, as well as more than $300 in cash to benefit Kids In Need of Dentistry (KIND). CAN thanks all who contributed to the drive, including Ricoh, which provided drivers to pick up donations from firms and individuals.   Julie Collett, Executive Director of
KIND, and CAN member Trent Ongert.

Larimer County Recognizes Pro Bono Service,
Welcomes CBA President, and
Honors Longtime Members

 
Left to right: Judge Stephen Schapansky, Donna Hochberg, and Justice Greg Hobbs.  

The Larimer County Bar Association (LCBA) held a business meeting at the Larimer County Justice Center on the morning of March 1. The event was an opportunity for members to welcome incoming LCBA President Jennifer Rice, as well as recognize outgoing President John Duval’s service to the LCBA. Also recognized during the meeting were Larimer County lawyers and law firms that met the Colorado Supreme Court’s goal of providing at least fifty hours of pro bono service during the past year. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs and Larimer County District Court Judge Stephen Schapansky led the Court’s pro bono recognition ceremony.

Following the business meeting, LCBA members gathered for the association’s annual luncheon at the Fort Collins Hilton. Among attendees was CBA President Mark Fogg, who met with members as part of his presidential tour around the state. Fogg also presented fifty-year pins to longtime CBA members Garth Rogers and David Wood, and led a continuing legal education program on attorney professionalism and community service.

 
Left to right: Peter Dauster, Richard Gast, Jeff Johnson, Brian Leone, and Justice Greg Hobbs.   Left to right: Judge Stephen Schapanski, Bryan Van Meveran, William Doutte, and Justice Greg Hobbs.
     
 
Left to right: Judge Stephen Schapansky, Randy Starr, Michael Westbrook, and Justice Greg Hobbs.   Left to right: Garth Rogers, LCBA President John Duval, CBA President Mark Fogg, and David Wood.

IP Attorney John Posthumus Earns
Distinguished Service Medal

 
   

Sheridan Ross shareholder John Posthumus was presented the Distinguished Service Medal from the Linn Inn Alliance on March 22 during the New York Intellectual Property (IP) Law Association’s Annual Dinner honoring of the Federal Judiciary. He received the award in recognition of his leadership efforts in bringing the American Inn of Court experience to the Colorado IP community, helping to secure a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Colorado, and bringing the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals to Denver for oral arguments last year.

Working together with a small group of his IP colleagues, Posthumus was a founding member of the Colorado IP Inn of Court. Since its inception in 2010, the Colorado IP Inn has grown to 180 members and is the largest Inn of Court in the country based on membership and overall participation by its members.

The American Inns of Court is designed to improve the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bench and bar. Its membership includes judges, lawyers, law professors, and students. The Linn Inn Alliance is the IP specialty branch of the larger organization and represents twenty-one American Inns of Court throughout the United States and Tokyo.


Mesa County Honors Laird Milburn at Spring Fling

The Mesa County Bar Association (MCBA) held its annual Spring Fling on March 2 at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom. Laird Milburn was the guest of honor for the evening. After being roasted and toasted with his life’s accomplishments through stories, pictures, and video, Milburn was presented the MCBA 2013 Professionalism Award. Milburn served as CBA President during 2001–02.

Left to right. Laurie Cahill, Lloyd Quesenberry, Laird Milburn, Leslie Castro, Lance Timbreza, and Michael Santo.

Ciara Fernández Faber is MVL’s New Rovira Scholar

 
   

Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL) recently announced the selection of its latest Rovira Scholar, Ciara Fernández Faber. Faber is a 2011 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. During her fellowship period as the Rovira Scholar, Faber will work at the MVL offices, carrying out a variety of tasks, including providing legal advice and representation to MVL clients who might not otherwise be assisted through other MVL programs, and assisting with MVL’s mentoring collaborations. She also will participate in other MVL special projects as needed while working with key members of the CBA, DBA, and other metro area bar associations.

Faber grew up in Taos, New Mexico in an impoverished but diverse and close-knit community. She says her mother, who single-handedly raised four children while developing the county’s most accessible youth and family counseling program, is her inspiration.

The Rovira Scholar Fellowship was made possible by a generous gift from Lois Ann Rovira, in memory and honor of her husband, the late Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Luis Rovira. The goal of the Fellowship is to enhance the overall understanding of the complex and unique legal challenges presented in pro bono public service through the early training and professional development of outstanding law school graduates. This position, designed for a recent law graduate, permits MVL to increase critical legal services to those in need.


First J.D. Hosts Annual Judges and Legislature Dinner

 
Senator Evie Hudak (left) and Representative Tracy Kraft Tharp.  

On March 14, fourteen judges from Jefferson and Gilpin Counties and ten members from the Colorado Legislature representing Jefferson and Gilpin Counties gathered at 240 Union for the First J.D.’s Annual Judges and Legislature Dinner. The officers of the First J.D. Bar Association attended as sponsors of the dinner.

First J.D. Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger opened the dinner with a toast for Claudia Miller, a valued bar member who was recently killed in her Lakewood law office. The group stood in respect for Miller and expressed their condolences.

During the event, Judge Munsinger also asked the attending members of the legislature to speak about bills they are supporting that would affect the bench or bar. Discussion centered on elder law, mandatory reporting of elder abuse, gun control, the mandatory surrender of personal weapons for anyone convicted of domestic violence, and DUI laws and sentencing for repeat offenders.

 
Judge Jean Woodford.   Judge Bradley Burback (left) and Judge Mark Randall.
     
 
Judge David Gloss and Senator Jeanne Nicholson.   Judge Jack Berryhill.

Leadership Summit Focuses on
the Importance of Association Membership

The South Asian Bar Association of Colorado (SABA-CO) held a Bar Association Leadership Summit for its members on February 21. Nadeem Bezar, incoming President of SABA-North America, led a panel comprising a distinguished lineup of bar association leaders. Panel members were Paul Chan, CBA Past President, DBA Past President, and founding member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of Colorado; CBA President Mark Fogg; APABA of Colorado President Franz Hardy; CBA Past President Diego Hunt; Judge Gary Jackson, founding member of the Sam Cary Bar Association; Colorado Women’s Bar Association President Patricia Jarzobski; and SABA-CO Past President Siddhartha Rathod. The panelists answered questions from members on topics such as how to decide which bar association to join, how to get involved in the association, and how to generate business from involvement in the association.

Panel members also shared personal experiences. Bezar, who flew in from Philadelphia specifically to engage the SABA-CO chapter, spoke to attendees about how to leverage bar association membership on a national level. He talked about personal and professional relationships that he has cultivated through his involvement and leadership with a national bar association. Hardy reflected on his own personal journey to success and leadership, finding that he did not have a set course, but rather recognized the opportunities that came to him and took advantage of the ones that felt right to him. He pointed out that opportunities aren’t as likely to present themselves without meaningful connections first being made in the community. Judge Jackson, a recent CBA Award of Merit recipient, impressed on SABA-CO members the importance of excelling at everything you do—in your legal practice and in your personal and professional affiliations, including your bar association memberships.

The event was hosted and sponsored by Sherman & Howard LLC. Food was provided by Café Byblos Mediterranean Grill in Denver.

 
Left to right: Paul Chan, Judge Gary Jackson, and Siddhartha Rathod.   Left to right: Patricia Jarzobski, Nadeem Bezar, and Neeti Pawar.
     
 
Left to right: Nadeem Bezar, Siddhartha Rathod, Kirpal Singh, Sana Hamelin, and Faisal Salahuddin.   Left to right: Nadeem Bezar, Patricia Jarzobski, Diego Hunt, and Franz Hardy.
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