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TCL > October 2013 Issue > In Memoriam

October 2013       Vol. 42, No. 10       Page  90
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In Memoriam

The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth where available, and date of death of deceased attorneys, JDs, judges, and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed at the top of the In Memoriam section, are welcomed. Tributes should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are encouraged. Tributes will be published as space is available and as the publication schedule allows. Send tributes and notices about recently deceased attorneys to Tracy Rackauskas at tracyr@cobar.org.


Earl C. Hancock
March 14, 1930–July 10, 2013

James Preston (J.P.) Oxenham
August 5, 1945–August 2013

Walter (Alan) Woods
July 1, 1932–July 27, 2013

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Tributes

Harlan G. Balaban

Harlan G. Balaban, noted Denver attorney, passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona on August 5, 2013. He is survived by his wife Norma; children Hal and Lisa (Stefan) Mozer; grandchildren Justin and Marisa; sister Arlene (Arthur) Moss; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Dorothy Goldberg. He received his LLB from the University of Denver in 1950 and was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates in 1982. In 1985, he was chosen to serve as president of the Colorado Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was of counsel to the law firm of which he was an esteemed founder, Balaban, Levinson & Costigan, P.C. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1280 S. Parker Road, Denver, CO 80231.

—Submitted by Balaban, Levinson & Costigan, P.C.

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Laird S. Campbell

Laird S. Campbell (March 16, 1924–August 16, 2012) studied law at the University of Kansas. He practiced in Denver from 1950 until 1994 and, at the University of Denver College of Law, taught insurance law for thirteen years and trusts and estates for five years.

Laird was recognized by his peers as an expert in trusts and estates and insurance law, particularly issues involving insurance coverage. He practiced with a number of other well-known and well-regarded lawyers, including Kenneth Wormwood, Winston Wolvington, William P. DeMoulin, and Richard J. Laugesen. He was his firm’s ethics guru and was tasked with associate training. He turned out a contingent of lawyers who knew ethics, knew the law, and knew how to write—and who loved and respected him.

Being very much aware of the gap between law school and the skills needed in practice, Laird delighted in creating exercises for his law school classes that posed problems a newly admitted lawyer might encounter. One of his favorites was an exercise in trusts and estates that started with a memo from a senior lawyer.

The scenario was that the son of a client had bought a condo in Aspen and, because he would be overseas, asked his girlfriend to handle the purchase, including taking title. Differences had arisen between them, and the son was concerned that the girlfriend might sell or give away the condo. The assignment was to prevent this from happening. The memo included a copy of the legal description of the condo (the senior lawyer called the Pitkin County Title Company) and ended with this comment: "I’m sorry to ask you to do this the day after you were admitted to practice, but there’s no one else available."

This assignment involved both civil procedure and trusts, topics separated by law school courses. A good many students were unable to find the proper court or venue or to distinguish between a resulting or constructive trust, or had never heard of a lis pendens.

Laird graded the exercises liberally, because he felt that the students were ill prepared to do them. He also knew, however, that by creating real-world problems, he was training them for real-world practice.

He is survived by his wife Nancy; children SueEllen, David, Douglas, and Bruce; eleven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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