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September 2013       Vol. 42, 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 CBA legal editor Susie Klein at

Boulder County Bar Recognizes
Outstanding Member Achievement

The Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) hosted its annual meeting and reception on June 5 at Folsom Field. Hon. Roxanne Bailin, who retired as Chief Judge of the Twentieth Judicial District (J.D.) bench on August 31, was among those honored for outstanding contributions to the BCBA. Also recognized during the event were James Buchanan, who was acknowledged posthumously with the Award of Merit, and Brandy Rothman, who was presented the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

E. Greg Martin (right) presents the Award of Merit to James Buchanan’s son Ross and wife Jan. James passed away in November 2012.   Joel Hayes presents the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award to Brandy Rothman.
Hon. Roxanne Bailin (right) is recognized for her outstanding contributions to the BCBA. Norm Aaronson and Carol Glowinsky presented the award.   Left to right: Outgoing BCBA Board members Ellen Cadette, Keith Olivia, and David Cheval, along with BCBA President Keith Collins, were presented plaques to commemorate their service to the association.

CBA President Commences
Whirlwind Presidential Tour

In July, Judge Terry Ruckriegle began the CBA president’s annual tradition of traveling the state to meet with members of bar associations. During each visit, Ruckriegle dined and chatted with members about issues affecting their practice, and led a CLE presentation entitled "A Bench View of Survival in the Legal Profession."

Ruckriegle kicked off his presidential tour with a lunchtime visit to the Northwest Colorado Bar Association. The event was held at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs.

Next up was the Ninth J.D. Bar Association, which held its presidential visit in conjunction with its summer social at the Rivers Restaurant in Glenwood Springs. Guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers on the outdoor patio before the CLE presentation. Among attendees was Arnold (Arnie) Mordkin, who was recognized for fifty years of CBA membership.

The Pitkin County Bar Association hosted its president’s visit at the Little Nell Restaurant in Aspen. During the lunchtime event, Ruckriegle recognized two members for their fifty-year membership—Douglas Allen and Robert Grueter.

The CBA president’s annual tour around the state would not be possible without the support and assistance of local bar leadership. The CBA thanks Northwest Colorado Bar President Meghan Lutterman, Ninth J.D. Bar President Susan Snyder, and Pitkin County Bar President Chris Bryan for their help in organizing these events.

Left to right: CBA Board of Governors Representative Scott McGill, Northwest Colorado Bar President Meghan Lutterman, CBA President Terry Ruckriegle, and Fourteenth J.D. Chief Judge Michael O’Hara.   Terry Ruckriegle gives his first CLE presentation as CBA president. 
Ruckriegle addresses members of the Ninth J.D. Bar Association.   Approximately twenty members attended the Pitkin County Bar Association visit at the Little Nell.
Douglas Allen was among those recognized as a fifty-year member.   Robert Grueter holds up his fifty-year certificate.

EPCBA Holds Second Clinic for Wildfire Victims

Attorney John Husson (left) speaks with a wildfire victim during the first clinic, which was held in June.  

The El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA) hosted a second Ask-A-Lawyer event for victims of the Black Forest Fire on July 23 at the El Paso County’s Charles C. Brown Transportation and Environment Complex. According to EPCBA Executive Director Claire Anderson, there was such a need for legal help at the first legal clinic that the association decided to offer a second clinic to provide further clarity, guidance, and support for wildfire victims. To serve the needs of this special group, the EPCBA brought in attorneys specializing in real estate, tenant/landlord, homeowners associations, insurance, probate, and employment matters.

Attorney Jason Kinnaird assists two Ask-A-Lawyer attendees.   More than twenty families were served during the July clinic.

Food Drive Improves on Last Year's Totals

  Left to right: Berenbaum Weinshienk representatives Robin Nolan, Vickie Smiley, Nancy Orcutt, Annette Ponce, and Steve Hot.

Members of the legal community donated food and dollars totaling $54,145 to hunger relief organization Metro CareRing through the Fourteenth Annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive, collecting 3,000 pounds more food than last year. Forty-eight law firms participated in the drive. This year’s top donating firms were Berenbaum Weinshienk PC; the Castle Law Group; Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Katz, Look & Onorato PC; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; and Orten Cavanagh & Holmes LLC. The food drive was sponsored by the DBA’s Community Action Network.

Left to right: Brenda McHenry, Clara Curtis, and Shannon Kelley of Faegre Baker Daniels.   Representatives from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, left to right: Karla Rude, Staci Berry, Andrew Joseph, and Kris Reed.

CBA-CLE—Your Partners in Health

On July 16, the CBA and CLE in Colorado, Inc. held a four-hour CPR training class for staff members of both organizations at the CLE Offices in Denver. The program instructed CBA-CLE staff on how to conduct CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), which the CBA has on hand in the two offices. It also provided information on basic first aid techniques and covered what to do in the event of an emergency. Attendees learned that the goal of first aid is to keep injured or ill victims as stable as possible while they wait for a medical provider to tend to them, and the goal of CPR is to ward off death until the person can get professional assistance and ultimately hospital care. A variety of scenarios were discussed, and the staff used dummies to practice their CPR technique and learn how to use the AED. Everyone who completed the four-hour program earned a certification in CPR/first aid.

CBA Deputy Executive Director Greg Martin and Director of Sections and Committees Melissa Nicoletti practice CPR during a class sponsored by CBA-CLE.

Legal Services Corporation
Holds Quarterly Meeting in Mile High City

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting in Denver on July 21–23. In addition to meetings, the LSC board held two panel discussions at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in the Supreme Court courtroom, as well as an awards reception honoring four Coloradans and one law firm for outstanding pro bono contributions.

The first panel discussion centered on the importance of access to justice (ATJ) to the judiciary. Panelists were Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender, Wyoming Supreme Court Justice James Burke, Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham, Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican, New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Petra Jimenez Maez, and Judge William Martinez of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The moderator was Robert Grey, Jr., a partner with Hunton & Williams and former president of the American Bar Association.

The second panel, which comprised executive directors from LCS-funded legal aid offices, discussed legal services in the Mountain West region. Panelists were Jon Asher, Colorado Legal Services; Jim Cook, Idaho Legal Aid Services; Ed Marks, New Mexico Legal Aid; Anne Milne, Utah Legal Services; and Colline Wahkinney-Keely, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services. LSC President James Sandman moderated this discussion.

The awards reception was held on July 22 at the CBA Offices. Among speakers at the reception were Colorado ATJ Commission Chair Frederick Baumann, LSC Board Chair John Levi, and CBA President Terry Ruckriegle. Recipients of the Pro Bono Service Awards were retired Chief Judge Donald Campbell of Colorado’s Fourth J.D.; Christina Ebner, a partner in the Longmont firm of Ebner & Gent; Ronald Stowell of Stowell, P.C. in Lone Tree; Gina Weitzenkorn of the Denver firm Mills & Weitzenkorn; and the Denver-based law firm of Holland & Hart.

A panel of distinguished jurists from five states discusses ATJ issues before an audience of more than 100 attorneys, judges, and other ATJ leaders. Left to right: Judge William Martinez, Chief Justice Michael Heavican, Chief Justice Petra Jimenez Maez, Robert Grey, Jr. (moderator), Chief Justice Michael Bender, Justice Christine Durham, and Justice James Burke.
Legal services directors examine the state of civil legal services for low-income people in the Mountain West region. Left to right: Ed Marks, Anne Milne, Jon Asher, James Sandman (moderator), Colline Wahkinney-Keely, and Jim Cook.

Attorneys’ Night Out Raises Funds for Denver Nonprofit

  Left to right: Georgia Beake, Annie Woods, and Stephanie Pham.

More than $23,000 was raised during Attorneys’ Night Out, an annual fundraiser organized by the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (DBA YLD). All proceeds raised benefit The Legal Center for People With Disabilities and Older People, a local nonprofit that works to protect the rights of the disabled and elderly in Colorado through direct legal representation, advocacy, education, and legislative analysis.

The fundraiser took place at Blake Street Tavern, and featured food, drink, and a silent auction. Twenty-one sponsors participated in the event, including Title Sponsors Berenbaum Weinshienk PC and Sheridan Ross PC. The DBA YLD thanks the Blake Street Tavern for hosting the event, as well as Patrón Spirits/Southern Wine & Spirits for its generous support.

Jorde and JJ Smith.   Marty Zimmerman (left) and Brad Zieg.

Fundraiser’s Success Demonstrates
Coloradans’ Commitment to Legal Services

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado raised a record $1.5 million in its annual fundraising drive for Colorado Legal Services. The funds will be used to provide necessary legal assistance in civil matters for low-income Coloradans who cannot afford counsel.

The fundraiser’s success is a result of the ongoing commitment of lawyers and law firms across Colorado to improve access to the civil justice system. Law firm giving accounted for 65% of the total amount raised, with 114 donor firms giving at the Leadership Level of $400 per lawyer in the firm. The number of individual donors increased by more than 20%, and a significant number of donors doubled the size of their gift this year to help meet the large need for access to civil justice.

The results of this year’s Campaign also speak to strong leadership on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and its new Associates Advisory Board. Hugh Gottschalk of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell was chair of the Board of Trustees for the 2012–13 Campaign. The various fundraising committees were chaired by Charles Baker, John Barry, Jon Bender, Josh Berry, Jessica Brown, Pat Carrigan, Stanton Dodge, Robert Duncan, Chris Ford, Ed Gleason, Michael Goldman, Steve Gottesfeld, Dave Johnson, Mike Keating, John Keilbach, Chris McAnany, Kevin Rohnstock, Jon Steeler, Randy Williams, and Josh Zugish.

Car Show Benefits Pro Bono Project of Mesa County

Jerry Feather gets his Porsche 928 ready for the Independence One Car Show.  

The first annual Independence One Car Show was held on July 6 at A Taste of Heaven Catering in Grand Junction, with proceeds benefiting the Pro Bono Project of Mesa County. Local attorney Gerald (Jerry) Feather organized the event, which was held in conjunction with the "928 Function at the Junction," a three-day event for Porsche 928 car owners.

The Function (also organized by Feather) kicked off on July 4 with a wine country tour in Palisade, followed by an evening of spectacular fireworks sponsored by the Grand Junction City Parks and Recreation Department. The next day included a drive over the Colorado National Monument, a drive to Gateway, and lunch at the Paradox Grill. The group also took a tour of the Gateway Auto Museum.

The Independence One Car Show was held on the final day of the Function. Through donations from the public and the car show registrations, the event raised nearly $650 for the Pro Bono Project of Mesa County. Feather is already making plans for a similar event in 2014.

The car show featured more than forty cars, including ten Porsche 928s.
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