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August 2013       Vol. 42, No. 8       Page  7
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

DBA Honors Member Contributions at Annual Party

The Denver Bar Association (DBA) hosted its annual awards party on June 6 at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center. The event honored four members who have made extraordinary contributions to the legal community.

  • Charley Garcia, Award of Merit
  • Hon. Alex Martinez, Judicial Excellence Award
  • Karen Spaulding, Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Jaclyn Casey, Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

The event also served as an opportunity for guests to welcome incoming DBA President Dan McCune and to thank outgoing DBA President Jim Benjamin for his service to the association.

Left to right: Judicial Excellence recipient Justice Alex Martinez, Volunteer of the Year Karen Spaulding, Young Lawyer of the Year Jaclyn Casey, and Award of Merit recipient Charley Garcia.   DBA President Dan McCune (left) accepts the gavel from Immediate Past President Jim Benjamin, whose term ended June 30.

Davis Award Nominations Sought

Nominations are invited for the 2013 Richard Marden Davis Award to honor attorneys under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence as a lawyer and leadership in Denver’s civic, educational, and charitable activities. The award was established by Davis Graham & Stubbs, the family of Dick Davis, and the Denver Bar Foundation in 1992 to recognize successful and community-minded young attorneys in private and public practice, and to inspire new members of the Denver legal community. The 2012 Davis Award recipient was Franz Hardy of Gordon & Rees. Nominations are due September 1.

Nomination forms can be downloaded at For more information, contact Margee Fawley at (303) 892-7528 or

Community Action Network Participates
in a Day of Service in Honor of Sarah Rector

  Sarah Rector.

On Tuesday, June 18, the DBA Community Action Network (CAN) held a day of service in honor of Sarah Rector, a CAN Committee member who passed away suddenly in March. CAN members volunteered at two local nonprofit organizations, Project Angel Heart and Metro CareRing, and encouraged the entire DBA community to volunteer during the month of June in Rector’s honor.

At Project Angel Heart, volunteers Arax Corn, Sarah Millard, and Kris Reed helped prepare meals for individuals facing life-threatening illnesses. At Metro CareRing—the organization that benefits from CAN’s annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive—volunteers Kasi Schuelke and JoAnne Zboyan provided personal shopping services for families and individuals using Metro CareRing’s services. In addition, volunteers Molly McNab, Trent Ongert, Robin Perkins, and Patrick Thiessen helped sort and stock donations in the pantry.

Rector was committed to community service, and the CAN Committee will continue to honor her memory through participation in public service projects that benefit the Denver community. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with CAN, contact Robin Perkins at or Kate Schuster at

Left to right: Kris Reed, Sarah Millard, and Arax Corn volunteer at Project Angel Heart.    Trent Ongert sorts food donations at Metro CareRing.

Center for Legal Inclusiveness
Welcomes New Executive Director


Karen Hester is the new Executive Director of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI), a Denver-based nonprofit organization that supports diversity and inclusiveness efforts within legal organizations. Hester is the former Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Kansas School of Law. She has more than ten years’ experience working in diversity and inclusiveness. She is an accomplished diversity and inclusiveness trainer, presenter, and author, and also practiced law for several years. She has a JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, an LLM in taxation from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law, an MS in student personnel and counseling, and a BS in mathematics from Kansas State University.

Hester assumed her duties as CLI Executive Director on June 10. That evening, CLI hosted a reception at the Oxford Hotel to welcome Hester to the organization and to say goodbye to Interim Executive Director Andrea Juárez, who is moving out of state. For more information about CLI, visit

COBALT Class Volunteers With Third Way Center

On Saturday, June 22, members of the CBA’s 2013 leadership training program, known as COBALT, completed the first part of its community service project. The class spent the morning with Third Way Center, which provides mental health residential treatment, education, and basic life-skills training to disadvantaged teens throughout Colorado. The organization has several residential facilities and serves more than 200 youth annually, with the goal of helping them avoid worst-case scenarios such as homelessness and future incarceration.

The COBALT class assisted Third Way by traveling to one of its residential facilities and removing river rock, which was destroying the property. With estimates for removal ranging in the several thousands of dollars, the class was able to provide a service that was otherwise cost-prohibitive to Third Way. Following the cleanup, class members and Third Way residents had lunch on the campus and discussed various aspects of the legal system, including the rule of law and substantive and procedural issues raised by the residents.

The 2013 COBALT class begins the second part of its service project in September. Class members will work with, which uses proven methods of empowerment and behavioral modification through music education to help at-risk youths turn their lives around. For more information about the COBALT program, visit or contact Dana Collier Smith at or (303) 824-5318.

The 2013 COBALT class, left to right (back row): Nancy Rodgers, Harry Budisidharta, Andy Hart, and Emma Garrison; (middle row): Ruben Hernandez, Megan Zatz, Kirsten Westerland, Caitlin Quander, Jake Eisenstein, Miro Kovacevic, Leia Ursery, and Margrit Parker; (front row): Paul Fisher, Tim Garvey, Angela Gomez-Oxman, Don Toussaint, and Erica Longnecker.   Andy Hart helps remove river rock at a Third Way residential facility.
Harry Budisidharta flexes his muscles during the group’s cleanup effort.   Jake Eisenstein puts his
handyman skills to use.
  Erica Longnecker allows herself a moment’s rest from the hard work.

DBA Banquet Honors Members
for Fifty Years in Legal Community

  DBA President Jim Benjamin emceed the event.

The DBA hosted its annual Seniors Spring Banquet on June 4 at the University Club in Denver. During the event, four attorneys who were admitted to practice in 1963 were recognized for their achievement and service to the profession. The honorees were Dee Biesterfeld, Tom Brightwell, Judge Tom DeMarino, and Dick Harring.

Seniors Committee Chair Leonard Plank (left) thanks outgoing Chair Don McMichael for his service.   Fifty-year honorees, left to right: Dick Harring, Judge Tom DeMarino, Dee Biesterfeld, and Tom Brightwell.  

Wheels of Justice Kicks Off Eighth Year

  Aaron Bradford speaks at the kickoff event.

The CBA- and DBA-sponsored cycling team, the Wheels of Justice, held its annual kickoff event on June 5 at the Denver Post building. The event commemorated the start of training and fundraising for the Courage Classic, a three-day, 157-mile cycling tour through the Rockies that benefits Children’s Hospital Colorado. The sixty-plus guests in attendance enjoyed complimentary beverages and food donated by Plaza Catering.

To date, the Wheels of Justice has raised more than $1.6 million for Children’s Hospital Colorado, directing its funds to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. In 2013, the team’s goal is to raise $400,000, which would bring its overall total to $2 million. For the last three years, the Wheels of Justice was the top fundraising team of the cycling event.

Left to right: CBA Immediate Past President Mark Fogg with Wheels of Justice riders Roger Hilden and Adam Espinosa.   Jim Spaanstra (left) with Wheels of Justice team captain Heather Leja and David Babiarz. 

Golf Tournament Raises Funds for
Metro Volunteer Lawyers

Left to right: Challenge Low Gross winners Will Ross, Mike Lahey, Chris Little, and Mike Zarlengo.  

On June 10, seventy-one golfers gathered at Valley Country Club in Centennial to compete in the annual Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament and help raise money for Metro Volunteer Lawyers. The golfers were treated to lunch before the afternoon shotgun, followed by a silent auction and awards ceremony after play.

The following individuals earned top honors in their respective divisions: Challenge Low Gross, with a score of 58—Mike Lahey, Chris Little, Will Ross, and Mike Zarlengo; Challenge Low Net, with a score of 68—Steve Cramer, Gary Oxman, Richard Strauss, and Steve Van Daele; Champions Low Gross, with a score of 141—Steve Briggs, David Brougham, Gary Cowan, and Scott McGath; Champions Men Low Gross Individual, with a score of 73—Steve Briggs; and Champions Women Low Gross Individual, with a score of 71—Susie Roh.

Left to right: Challenge Low Net winners Richard Strauss, Steve Van Daele, Steve Cramer, and Gary Oxman.   Left to right: Champions Low Gross winners Gary Cowan, Steve Briggs, Dave Brougham, and Scott McGath. 

CBA YLD Hosts Successful Fundraiser
at the Space Gallery

The CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) held its annual Beer and Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Friday, May 31, at the Space Gallery in the Santa Fe Arts District. All proceeds raised during the event benefited Denver Urban Scholars, a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk students in the metro Denver area graduate high school and enter higher education with a life plan for success.

The event drew approximately 150 people, including CBA President Terry Ruckriegle, CBA Immediate Past President Mark Fogg, and DBA Past President John Baker. It was the most well-attended fundraiser in CBA YLD history and raised a record $4,980.

Marc Hughes (left) and Tim Garvey.   Left to right: Jaci Casey, Chris Achatz, and Cassie Ta.   DU student liaison to the CBA YLD Council, Christopher Newman. 

Recent EPCBA Events Promote Access to Justice

On June 19, the El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA) sponsored an Ask-a-Lawyer program for victims of the Black Forest Fire. Volunteers assisted approximately fifty families whose homes were destroyed by the fire.

The following weekend, the EPCBA hosted its annual charity golf tournament at the Colorado Springs Country Club. Proceeds from the event benefited the Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project, which strives to provide access to justice for citizens of limited means.

More than thirty attorneys volunteered for the EPCBA’s disaster assistance program for victims of the Black Forest Fire.   Taking home first prize in the golf tournament were, left to right: Jack Donley, Kline Donley, Colin Prater, and Bob Nolette. 

Big LawBowlski Benefits Legal Aid in Mesa County

  First-place team, left to right: Jason Bailey, Mary Lindsey Bailey, Trevor Johnson, and Brooke Johnson.

The Pro Bono Project of Mesa County hosted its second annual Big LawBowlski fundraiser on June 14 at Orchard Mesa Lanes. Sixteen teams took to the lanes to battle for the coveted first-place "bedazzled" trophy. Taking home top-honors were:

  • First-Place Team: Mark it 8, DudeJason Bailey, Mary Lindsey Bailey, Brooke Johnson, and Trevor Johnson
  • Second-Place Team: The NihilistsBarbara Butler, Willie DeFord, Amanda Howard, and Whitman Robinson
  • Third-Place Team: Flippin Nuts—Dee Green, Morgan Hailey, Bob Swim, and Renee Swim
  • Best Team Name: Irritable Bowl Syndrome—Jesse Bond, Stacy Hardee, Velvet Johnson, and Robert Vaughn
  • Kingpin Awards (highest individual scores): 2013 Dude Trevor Johnson; 2013 "Dudette"—Brooke Johnson.

The Pro Bono Project of Mesa County is dedicated to providing free legal advocacy and representation to low-income Mesa County residents. The organization thanks everyone who participated in the tournament, as well as those who made cash donations.

Second-place team, left to right: Barbara Butler, Amanda Howard, Whitman Robinson, and Willie DeFord.   Third-place team, left to right: Morgan Hailey, Renee Swim, and Bob Swim. (Amy Mueller, front, is standing in for Dee Green).
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