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December 2013       Vol. 42, No. 12       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

A Snapshot of Recent CBA President’s Visits

Most CBA president’s agree that traveling the state to visit with members of local bar associations is one of the best aspects of the position—and Terry Ruckriegle is no exception. In his November President’s Message, Judge Ruckriegle told members, "I am humbled by this experience and am grateful for the opportunity to meet with you, speak with you, and listen to you as I continue to travel around Colorado."

Ruckriegle continued his whirlwind tour in September and October, visiting no less than eleven local bar associations. At each stop, Ruckriegle dined with members, gave a CLE presentation called "A Bench View of Survival in the Legal Profession," and recognized individuals who have been members of the CBA for fifty or more years. Below are photo highlights from some of these visits.


Heart of the Rockies

Terry Ruckriegle visited the Heart of the Rockies Bar Association on September 18 at Fiesta Mexicana restaurant in Salida. This traditionally small gathering gives members a good opportunity to communicate one-on-one with the president about their ideas and concerns.

Terry Ruckriegle speaks to members during the lunchtime visit.   Left to right: Laura Evans, Terry Ruckriegle, and Heart of the Rockies Bar Association President Ernie Marquez.



Judge Ruckriegle had dinner with members of the Fremont/Custer Bar Association on September 18. The event was held at La Petit Chablis in Cañon City.

Fremont/Custer Bar President Dan Slater and Terry Ruckriegle.    Judge Ruckriegle speaks to members.


16th J.D. and Southeastern Colorado

The 16th J.D. and Southeastern Colorado Bar Associations hosted a joint presidential visit on September 19 at Jodi’s Grill in La Junta. CBA Deputy Executive Director Greg Martin accompanied Judge Ruckriegle on this visit.

Left to right: Jim Bullock, Ed Garlington, and Kim Verhoeff.   16th J.D. Bar Association President Nathan Shultz and Terry Ruckriegle.


Continental Divide

Terry Ruckriegle visited the Continental Divide Bar Association—his "home" local bar association—on September 23 at the Holiday Inn in Frisco. Approximately forty people attended the event, which was held in conjunction with another CLE program and bar meeting.

Judge Ruckriegle and Continental Divide Bar President Courtney Holm.   Left to right: Emily Gunderson, Patricia Jarzobski, and Melanie Corrin.


First J.D.

The First J.D. Bar Association hosted Judge Ruckriegle and CBA President-Elect Charley Garcia at the Jefferson County Government Center in the Lookout Mountain Room on October 8. Jane Ebisch, who runs the CBA’s Appellate Pro Bono Program, also was among the guests. Although unable to attend the event, Albert Zarlengo, Jr. was honored for fifty years of membership in the CBA.

CBA President-Elect Charley Garcia and Terry Ruckriegle.     Jane Ebisch and Rocco Dodson listen to Judge Ruckriegle’s presentation.



The Summit Restaurant was the meeting spot for Terry Ruckriegle’s visit to the Aurora Bar Association on October 9. During the event, Harold Davison was honored as a fifty-year CBA member.

Jan Hammerman and Terry Ruckriegle.   Aurora Bar Association President Charles Peter.
Aurora Bar Association President-Elect Angela Boykins and CBA President-Elect Charley Garcia.   CBA fifty-year member Harold Davison and wife Diane.

Michael Burg Receives
National Award for Service to the Profession

Mike Papantonio presents the Clarence Darrow Award to Michael Burg (right) during a recent NTL convention.  

Michael S. Burg, founder and shareholder of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., has been awarded the Clarence Darrow Award for his dedication and service to the legal profession. He was presented the award on October 10 during a gala luncheon at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The luncheon was part of the National Trial Lawyers (NTL) convention and was attended by more than 250 leading trial lawyers. NTL President Mike Papantonio presented the award.

The Clarence Darrow Award is nationally regarded as one of the most prestigious and highly coveted honors in the realm of trial law. Clarence Darrow, a trial lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, was renowned for moving juries and even judges to tears with his eloquence and, at the time, unconventional views.


CBA Past Presidents Gather for Annual Dinner

On October 26, approximately forty-five CBA past presidents and their guests attended the CBA’s annual Past President’s Dinner at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. This year’s dinner was hosted by Past President Liz Starrs. Judge Starrs solicited little-known facts from each past president, reading them off during the evening while attendees guessed who she was describing.

CBA Immediate Past President Mark Fogg receives
a past president’s pin from Liz Starrs.

CBA Tax Law Section Presents
Joe Thibodeau Lifetime Achievement Award


Denver tax attorney Joe Thibodeau is this year’s recipient of the James E. Bye Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented annually by the CBA Tax Section to a Colorado tax attorney who has adhered to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession in the practice of tax law, and who has distinguished himself or herself in areas such as the improvement of the quality of the tax law, legal education, service to the tax bar, and community involvement in Colorado. The award is named in honor of the late James Bye, a longtime tax lawyer with the Denver law firm Holme Roberts & Owen (now Bryan Cave). Thibodeau will be presented the award during a luncheon on December 11 at the Warwick Hotel in Denver.

Thibodeau has practiced law in Colorado for forty-two years. He recently was honored by the American Bar Association (ABA) Tax Section as the 2013 recipient of the Jules Ritholz Memorial Award, in recognition of outstanding dedication, achievement, and integrity in the field of civil and criminal tax controversy. In addition to his tax practice, Thibodeau served as an adjunct professor (teaching civil and criminal tax procedure) in the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program from 1983 to 1998. He has been an active member of the CBA Tax Section, the Greater Denver Tax Counsel Association, and the Denver Estate Planning Council. He also served as a panelist and moderator for twenty-six years on the ABA Tax Section National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud.

CBA YLD Co-Hosts
Panel on Professionalism With Local Bar

In recognition of Professionalism Month, the CBA Young Lawyers Division and the Southwestern Colorado Bar Association co-hosted a "Panel on Professionalism" CLE program on October 15 at the Strater Hotel in Durango. Panelists were 6th J.D. District Court Judge William Herringer, La Plata County Court Judge Martha Minot, and Archuleta County Magistrate James Casey.

Left to right: YLD Council Member Beth Padilla, Magistrate Jim Casey, Southwest Colorado Bar Association President Geoff Craig, and Judge Martha Minot.

CBA Trust and Estate Section’s Annual Dinner
Honors Member Contributions

  The CBA Trust and Estate Section hosted its Annual Dinner on October 17 at the Cherry Creek Country Club. The section welcomed to the event more than fifty section council members, past section chairs, and guests. Section Chair Connie Eyster presented Marc Darling the Sterling Ambler Award for his years of service and outstanding contribution to the section. Darling is an attorney at Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley, P.C. Other members who were recognized for their contributions over the last year were Lisa Blattner, Spencer Crona, E. David Griffith, Kerri Klein, Andrew Kroll, Michelle Mieras, and Sonny Wiegand.
Sterling Award recipient Marc Darling (left) and Chris Brauchli.  
Left to right: Spencer Crona, Laurie Hunter, and Marcie McMinimee.   CBA Trust and Estate Chair Connie Eyster and Walter Kelly.

 DBA Members Volunteer at Local Career Fair

Members of the Denver Bar Association (DBA) staffed a table at Denver Public Schools’ Fourth Annual Eighth-Grade Career Fair, held on October 16 at the National Western Complex Expo Hall. The primary objective of the event was to expose students to the numerous career paths available to them, and to assist students in making informed decisions about their futures. The DBA volunteers passed out information about the legal profession and answered questions from students.

Volunteers from the DBA were (left to right): Robert Rosenthal, Roberto Ramirez, Steve Woodrow, DBA Past President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, and Brad Hill.

CDLA and CTLA Unite for Professionalism Month

In honor of Legal Professionalism Month, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) and the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA) hosted a joint ethics CLE presentation and celebration at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center on October 24. The CLE program addressed how both sides of the bar can be more cooperative in discovery to resolve or avoid common discovery disputes. During the celebration that followed, the CTLA and CDLA each recognized a member from the other association for professionalism and ethics. CTLA member Craig Ewing and CDLA member Christine Craigmile were the Professionalism Award recipients.

CDLA President Janet Spies and CTLA President Mike Ogborn welcome guests to the Legal Professionalism Month celebration and CLE program.   Mike Rosenberg presents Christine Craigmile the CTLA Professionalism Award


Janet Spies presents Craig Ewing the CDLA Professionalism Award.   Janet Spies and Mike Ogborn thank Chief Justice Michael Bender (center) for making professionalism a top priority.

University of Denver Celebrates
Achievements of Colorado "Law Stars"

  Professor Emeritus Howard Rosenberg.

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Denver Law) hosted its 2013 Law Stars celebration on October 22 at the Sheraton Downtown hotel. The event was created by the Denver Law Alumni Council to honor distinguished alumni and faculty, raise program funds, and bring alumni together in celebration. The event comprised a reception and dinner, a tribute to Professor Emeritus Howard I. Rosenberg, and recognition of this year’s five Law Star honorees:

  • Michael Burg, JD’75, Outstanding Alumni Award
  • Peter Burg, JD’80, Outstanding Alumni Award
  • Hon. John Leopold, JD’74, Alumni Professionalism Award
  • Professor J. Robert Brown, Jr., Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Lucia Padilla, JD’03, Bruce B. Johnson Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

Video tributes of each of the honorees were shown during the celebration. The tributes were created by Denver Law alumni and friends of the honorees, who collaborated on writing the scripts, performing voiceovers, and selecting music for the videos.

Held annually, Law Stars is an important fundraising event for Denver Law, with proceeds supporting the school’s Student Law Office and Judicial Fellows Program. Denver Law thanks everyone who attended the event, as well as Denver Law alumnus Tom Jordan of Jordan Winery, who donated all of the wine.

2013 Law Stars (left to right): Robert Brown, Peter Burg, Judge John Leopold,
Lucia Padilla, and Michael Burg.
The 2013 Law Stars Committee.

SABA of Colorado Hosts Leadership Retreat in Denver

The South Asian Bar Association of Colorado (SABA-CO) held a Leadership Retreat for SABA-North America on October 4–6 in Denver. The retreat was attended by nearly thirty leaders from across the United States and Canada, as well as local Colorado members.

A VIP Welcome Reception at the downtown Four Seasons kicked off the retreat. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Márquez addressed the SABA-North America leaders and attendees. Justice Márquez recognized the advancement of South Asians in the legal community, particularly at the federal level, and noted that the authenticity each individual brings to the profession benefits the whole profession.

The Welcome Reception also served as an opportunity to mark SABA-CO’s five-year anniversary. As part of the celebration, Mudra Dance Studio entertained the crowd with an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Indian dance, accompanied by live drummers. One of the drummers was SABA-CO member Faisal Salahuddin, and one of the dancers was SABA-CO founding President Neeti Pawar.

Leadership from the United States and Canada were given a taste of Denver’s mountain and city views from Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell’s conference room on Saturday, where the substantive portion of the retreat was held. Other sponsors included the Gold sponsors: Berenbaum Weinshienk PC, the CBA, CH2MHILL, and Ogletree Deakins; the Silver sponsor: Sheridan Ross P.C.; and the "Friend of SABA" sponsors: Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Hasan Legal, Neeti Pawar LLC, and Rathod Mohamedbhai.

Left to right: Nadeem Bezar, President of SABA-North America; Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Márquez; and Neeti Pawar, President of SABA-CO.   At the Welcome Reception, Nadeem Bezar thanks sponsors. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Márquez (left) looks on.
Current SABA-North America President Nadeem Bezar (from Philadelphia) and President-Elect Mansi Shah (from Chicago).   Ravi Patel and Chirag Patel of SABA-CO.
A "speaker break" during the daylong Board meeting on October 5 featured a presentation by Mari Newman and Darold Killmer entitled "Guantánamo Bay: The Failure of all Three Branches of Government."   The group takes a brewery tour following dinner at Denver’s Wynkoop Brewery.

Colorado GLBT Awards Dinner Honors
Colorado Governor and Denver Family Law Attorney

Rachel Clark and Judge Richard Gabriel.  

The Colorado Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender (GLBT) Bar Association held its Tenth Annual Awards Dinner on October 24 at the History Colorado Center. The evening began with cocktails and the judicial reception, followed by a dinner and the presentation of awards. Honorees included Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who was named Ally of the Year for his support of same-sex couples, and Denver family law attorney Barbara Lavender, who was presented the Attorney of the Year Award for her longstanding commitment to protecting the rights of nontraditional families.

The GLBT Bar Association thanks all who attended the dinner, as well as the many organizations and firms that sponsored the event. Sponsors included: The Advocates; Barbara Lavender; the Civil Rights Education & Enforcement Center; the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations; the Colorado GLBT Bar Association Board of Directors; Davis, Graham, & Stubbs, LLP; Denver Law; Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Gutterman Griffiths PC; Heizer Paul Grueskin LLP; Holland & Hart LLP; Jackson Lewis LLP; Killmer, Lane, & Newman, LLP; Larry Hoyt; Littler Mendleson P.C.; One Colorado; Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey, & Crow P.C.; Reilly Pozner LLP; Ryann Peyton; and Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC.

Jon Corrigan and Ariel DeFazio.   Left to right: Kim Willoughby, Magistrate Emily Anderson, and Zachary Roeling.
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