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November 2013       Vol. 42, No. 11       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

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation Hosts
First Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation hosted its First Annual Tournament of Hope on September 16. The charity golf event, which was held at the Meridian Golf Club in Englewood, featured a four-person scramble format. Among participants were CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner and CBA Director of Legislative Relations Michael Valdez. The Littleton law firm of Miller & Steiert, P.C. was a Par Sponsor of the event, and Holland & Hart was one of two Hole Sponsors.

Proceeds from the event will fund research toward understanding behavioral and brain differences in children with SPD, allowing the Foundation to define effective treatments. SPD is a neurological disorder that disrupts the way an individual processes and responds to sensory signals, including smell, movement, touch, taste, sight, hearing, and balance. For more information about the SPD Foundation or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit

Left to right: Joel Cantrick, Gary Clexton, Mark Darling, and Chuck Turner.   Left to right: Michael Valdez, Bradley Frigon, Walter Kelly, and Ben Currier.


Boulder County ADA
Receives Prosecutor of the Year Award

Boulder County Assistant District Attorney Ryan Brackley was awarded the 2013 Robert R. Gallagher Prosecutor of the Year Award. Among his work in the past year, Brackley was a lead prosecutor in three homicide cases, which included a first-degree murder conviction against Michael Clark for the 1994 murder of Marty Grisham and the murder case against Adam Raszynski, who was found not guilty. Brackley also served as a special prosecutor on a Pueblo homicide and is a member of a statewide cold-case team. Brackley was nominated for the award by law enforcement officials for his ability to carry out his administrative duties while still handling big cases, as well as for building relationships with law enforcement.

CBA Partnering With FEMA
to Assist Flood Victims With Legal Issues

The CBA Disaster Relief Program is offering no-cost disaster-related legal advice to those impacted by storms in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, and Weld Counties. Individuals in other counties also may request services. The CBA and its Young Lawyers Division (YLD), Colorado Legal Services, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and several local bar associations are partnering in this effort with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Bar Association.

Victims seeking legal advice can visit to complete a legal assistance form or call the toll-free message line at (855) 424-5347; the message line is open twenty-four hours a day. Those seeking assistance are asked to provide as many details as possible about their situations on the online form or in the message. Applications will be reviewed, and then victims will be paired with a volunteer attorney who has experience in the specific areas of the law involved.

The type of legal assistance available includes:

  • securing FEMA and other government benefits available to disaster survivors
  • assistance with life, medical, and property insurance claims
  • help with home repair contracts and contractors
  • replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster
  • assistance with consumer protection matters, remedies, and procedures
  • mortgage foreclosure counseling
  • landlord/tenant counseling.

DBA Members Tour New Judicial Center

Judge Leonard Plank speaks to the group inside a Judicial Center courtroom.
  On September 4, Colorado Supreme Court librarian Dan Cordova gave approximately forty members of the Denver Bar Association (DBA) a tour of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center. The tour began with an explanation from Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender and Colorado Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janice Davidson about how the Judicial Center came to be. Justice Bender also spoke briefly about the building’s design (for example, the desire was that the exterior be recognizable as a courthouse), and Judge Davidson explained the evolution of the building’s Learning Center. The tour was organized by Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Leonard Plank, who is chair of the DBA Seniors Committee.
Dan Cordova leads DBA members on a tour of Colorado’s new Judicial Center.

Denver Law Ramps Up Experiential
Education Efforts With Recent Chair Appointment

Professor Roberto Corrada addresses the crowd during an event in his honor at Denver Law.  

On September 24, the University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law (Denver Law) hosted a celebration marking the installation of Professor Roberto Corrada as the Mulligan Burleson Chair of Modern Learning. Through the creation of this position, Denver Law will expand its experiential learning opportunities, with the goal of creating lawyers who are practice-ready when they graduate.

Corrada, who has been a national leader in experiential learning for years, will implement simulation courses across the school’s curriculum. These experiential courses will allow students to engage in the Carnegie model of legal education, which integrates three key apprenticeships: doctrine, skills, and professional identity—a departure from traditional law school instruction models.

The Carnegie Integrated Courses will join Denver Law’s clinics, which began in 1904, and the externship program, which is the largest in the country. The Modern Learning Chair will guide Denver Law toward becoming a unified, modern learning pillar.

The creation of Corrada’s endowed position was made possible by a $2.25 million gift from Denver Law alumni James Mulligan and Joan Burleson. Augmenting the donation was an additional gift from alumnus and trustee Doug Scrivner and his wife, Mary.

Denver Law recently produced a video highlighting its Modern Learning initiative. It can be viewed at

Left to right: DU Chancellor Robert Coombe; Douglas Scrivner, chair-elect, DU Board of Trustees; Denver Law Dean Martin Katz; Roberto Corrada; Joan Burleson; and James Mulligan.
Attendees toast Roberto Corrada.

Reception Brings Together
Art Contest Participants and YLD Members

More than forty lawyer–artists and supporters attended a DBA-sponsored reception at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell on September 19. The reception combined the Second Annual Docket Art Party with the DBA Young Lawyers Division’s (YLD) Barristers After Hours monthly networking event. Attendees enjoyed complimentary appetizers, wine, and beer. Details about the 2014 art contest will be coming soon!  
Left to right: DBA Communications and Marketing Director Heather Clark, DBA President-Elect John Vaught, and contest winner Leslie Matthews.
Docket Committee Chair Ryan Jardine speaks to reception attendees, who comprised participants in the The Docket’s recent Arts and Literature Contest and DBA YLD members.
Dan Shifrin took first place in the photography category.    Leslie Matthews and her prize-winning abstract painting.
Andy Engeman reads an excerpt from his award-winning fiction entry "Ricochet."   Contest winner Barry Bartel stands alongside his "Roots and Branches" sculpture.
Judge James Breese displays his prize-winning watercolor.   Leslie Kay won in the drawing category for "Ink Doodle."

DBA YLD Executive Council Plans for Year Ahead

On August 3, the DBA YLD Executive Council held its annual strategic planning retreat to map out its activities for the coming year. The Council welcomed new members Chris Levkulich, Kevin McReynolds, and Mo Weiland. There will be program changes, as well as continuation of popular DBA YLD programs such as Coffee Talk and Barristers After Hours. The DBA YLD will continue to grow its partnership with Denver Law and expand its Court Orientation program to one-and-a-half days, with the goal of providing more practical and hands-on advice and learning opportunities for new practitioners and attorneys new to the area. In addition, the Council will continue implementation of its Practice Area Preview Program, which debuted last spring and was well received by members. The Council hopes to introduce members to new practice areas and give young attorneys with relevant expertise opportunities to present on their respective practice areas. The Council welcomes suggestions from membership as to relevant Practice Area Preview programs; please e-mail any ideas to Matt Larson at

ABA President James Silkenat Speaks at
Hispanic National Bar Association Convention in Denver

James Silkenat presents during the HNBA’s Annual Convention.  

American Bar Association (ABA) President James Silkenat was among the slate of distinguished speakers at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) 2013 Annual Convention, a four-day event that took place in September in Denver. Silkenet, who became president of the ABA in August, spoke about his agenda of promoting diversity in the legal profession, immigration reform, and voting rights. He also reported on the recommendation of the recently unveiled ABA report, "Latinos in the United States: Overcoming Legal Obstacles, Engaging in Civic Life." The report was prepared by the ABA’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, and addresses how to remove obstacles that adversely affect the ability of Latinos to participate in civic life and receive equality and justice under the law.

Silkenat has been active in the ABA for many years. He has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1990, and has been active in many ABA committees, especially in areas related to international law. He received the Diversity Champion Award from the Bar Association of the City of New York, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ABA Section of International Law, and the Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement from Drury University. He received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School and an LLM in International Law from New York University School of Law.

DBA YLD Hosts First Annual Bike Social

More than forty DBA members and law students attended the DBA YLD’s first-ever Bike Social on August 15. The event included an evening of biking on the Platte River Trail, followed by a happy hour and networking reception at Denver Beer Company. The B-Cycle program partnered with the DBA YLD to host the event and provided free bike rentals for those without a bike. The Bike Social attracted the entire spectrum of cyclists, and was a great way to kick off the fiscal year.

Mayor Hancock Attends
Sam Cary Bar’s Fall Membership BBQ

More than 100 people attended the Sam Cary Bar Association’s (SCBA) fall membership gathering at Denver’s City Park on Saturday, August 24. Attendees were treated to a barbecue picnic, along with a visit and short speech from Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. In addition, SCBA co-founder Gary Jackson, standing beside the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument, spoke briefly in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington.

Guests listen to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock during the SCBA’s membership barbecue.   Left to right: Denver County Court Judge Gary Jackson, Mayor Hancock, and SCBA President Terrance Carroll. 
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