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February 2014       Vol. 43, No. 2       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

Chief Justice Bender Honored
During Commission’s Final Meeting

Left to right: Lorenzo Trujillo, Chief Justice Michael Bender, Sarah Clark, David Stark, and Judge Russ Carparelli.  

Chief Justice Michael Bender’s Commission on the Legal Profession held its final meeting on December 5. Bender, who retired from the bench last month, created the Commission in February 2011 to improve the training of law students, provide more support for new lawyers, improve communications between judges and attorneys, and foster a renewed dedication to pro bono service. The Commission, which comprised four working groups that focused on each of the stated goals, met quarterly since 2011.

Chief Justice Bender was presented an award for his contributions. Also recognized for outstanding service to the Commission were the four working group chairs—retired Court of Appeals Judge Russell Carparelli, CBA Immediate Past President Mark Fogg, David Stark, and Lorenzo Trujillo—and Sarah Clark, Counsel to the Chief Justice.


Shannon Stevenson Receives 2013 Davis Award


Shannon Stevenson was presented the 2013 Richard Marden Davis Award on January 13 during a dinner in her honor. The award recognizes Stevenson’s outstanding service to the legal community, along with her civic and charitable leadership.

Stevenson is a partner in the Trial Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, where she leads the Appellate Group and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. She has briefed and argued cases before the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She also has litigated and tried cases for clients in the energy, natural resources, and construction sectors.

Stevenson is the current president of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA). She has been active in pro bono representation of clients in the state and federal appellate courts, and has represented children in several cases through the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. She also has served on the Screening Committee for the CBA’s Appellate Pro Bono Panel.

The Davis Award is presented annually to a Denver lawyer who is 40 years old or younger and "combines excellence as a lawyer with civic, cultural, educational, and charitable leadership." The award was created in memory of Richard Marden Davis, one of the founders of Davis Graham & Stubbs, who devoted himself tirelessly to the profession and to the community.

Seniors Get in the Holiday Spirit at Annual Luncheon

The Denver Bar Association’s (DBA) Seniors Committee hosted its annual holiday luncheon on December 13 at the CBA offices. The occasion is always a spirit-filled opportunity for DBA members aged "65 and better" to catch up with one another while celebrating the holiday season.

Seniors Committee Chair Leonard Plank quizzes the group on odd laws and history.   Herbert DeLaney, Jr. shares with the group what he's been up to since they last got together.

Introducing PELA’s 2014 Board and Officers

The Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (PELA) recently elected its new Board and Officers for 2014. They are: 

  • Board chair: Barry Roseman
  • Newly elected board members: Qusair Mohamedbhai and Rosemary Orsini
  • Continuing board members: Joan Bechtold, Paula Greisen, Susan Hahn, Darold Killmer, Diane King, Rhonda Rhodes, Lisa Sahli, Elwyn Schaefer, and Charlotte Sweeney
  • Officers: Rachel Ellis, president; Sarah Parady, vice president; Mary Jo Lowrey, secretary; and Clayton Wire, treasurer.

PELA is a nonprofit organization that was created to promote and increase public awareness of the rights of individual employees and to provide educational opportunities, information, and assistance to attorneys who represent employees. Membership applications are available at

First J.D. Hosts Networking Event for Members

The First Judicial District Bar Association held its final Open House of 2013 on November 13 at the newly renovated law offices of Joe Pickard. The First J.D.’s Open House events, which are held four times per year, provide an opportunity for members to meet and network.

Open Houses are among the First J.D.’s most popular functions.   Host Joe Pickard and his wife, Jan.

Strikes for Tykes Fundraiser
Benefits Childhood Education

The DBA Community Action Network (CAN) Committee hosted its third annual Strikes for Tykes bowling fundraiser on November 16 at Elitch Lanes in Denver. The family-friendly event raised more than $6,600 for the Children’s Outreach Project, a therapeutic preschool and child care center serving North Denver and surrounding communities that strives to provide young children of all abilities an affordable education. This year’s event included door prizes and a raffle with fifteen prizes. The CAN Committee thanks all of the attendees and bowlers, as well as the event and raffle sponsors.  
The Children’s Outreach Project team.
Event chairs Evan Lee and Kasi Schuelke.
Nearly 100 bowlers participated in the fundraiser.

Happy Hour Features
Presentation by Museum CEO

On December 5, fifteen people braved subzero temperatures to hear Mike Yankovich, President and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Denver, give a fascinating talk about inspiring the next generation of innovators and inventors. The presentation was held during the CBA Intellectual Property Section’s happy hour at the Wynkoop Brewery.

CEO Mike Yankovich presents at the IP Section’s
December happy hour event.

Holiday Party Unites Past and Present
COBALT Class Members

The CBA’s leadership training program—COBALT—hosted its annual holiday party on December 6 at Churchill’s in Denver. Graduates from all seven of the previous COBALT classes were invited to attend the event, along with participants in the 2014 COBALT program.

The newest session kicked off with a retreat in January and will conclude with graduation in June. The 2014 class members are: Jessica Bernfeld, Joshua Berry, Nicole Black, Ashley Chase, Shelly Dill Combs, Megan Downing, Katy Dunn, Sarah Ehrlich, Adam Espinosa, Rosalia Fazzone, Edward Hopkins, Jr., Sumi Lee, Jean Martin, J. Ryann Peyton, Salvador Quintana, Charles Spence, Patrick Thiessen, Toni Wehman, and Rebecca Wiggins. For more information about the COBALT program, contact Dana Collier Smith at

COBALT participants chat at Churchill’s in Denver
during the organization’s annual holiday party.

Section Hosts Holiday Party for
Solo and Small Firm Practitioners

More than seventy attorneys attended the Solo and Small Firm Practice Section’s annual holiday party on December 12 at the Warwick Hotel. The popular event is held annually to unite members of the CBA section, which focuses on dealing with the nuts and bolts of running a small law firm. Solo and small firm practitioners make up roughly 65% of all Colorado attorneys.

Sponsored by LawBank and Brooks Brothers, the luncheon event featured drawings and door prizes. More than forty prizes were given away, with top prizes including a Microsoft Surface RT Tablet, a Kindle Fire HD, a one-night stay at the Warwick Hotel, Five WordRake licenses, and several gift cards.

Left to right: Section Chair Barb Cashman and council members Karen Kishbaugh and Michele Clark welcome the holiday party attendees.   Left to right: Section staff liaison Reba Nance; Kim Utesch, winner of Kindle Fire HD; Kirstin Smith, winner of Microsoft RT; and Barb Cashman.
Left to right: Bruce Bernstein, with Section Chair-Elect Phil Shuey, and D.A. Bertram.   Stacia Kuhn (left) and Barb Cashman.

Workers’ Comp Section Buries the Hatchet

The CBA Workers’ Compensation Section held its annual "Bury the Hatchet" party on December 6 at the Dominion Towers in Denver. Comedian Chuck Roy, center, entertained the crowd of seventy people.


Colorado Firm Hosts Fundraiser for Legal Aid Clinic

  Stephanie Dulap (left) and Ruth Rojas, recipient of JAMLAC services. Photo courtesy of Blacktie Colorado.

On December 6, the Bachus & Schanker Cares Foundation held its annual Joy of Giving Benefit to raise funds for Denver’s Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic (JAMLAC). Approximately sixty guests attended the event, and more than $12,000 was raised to help JAMLAC provide free legal services for the underserved.

Bachus & Schanker LLC started the Bachus & Schanker Cares Foundation in 2009 to support local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation began collaborating with JAMLAC more than eight years ago, when the clinic’s executive director, Steve Thompson, was introduced to Bachus & Schanker’s Co-Founding Partner Kyle Bachus through a personal injury case. The men co-counseled the client, and through that experience, became friends. Sharing similar missions—and a passion for justice—it made sense to form a new partnership in service to the Denver community.

JAMLAC is a safe and confidential resource for victims of daily hardship and cruelty. Full-time attorneys, paralegals, interns, and volunteers manage approximately fifty active legal cases each week. For more information about the JAMLAC, visit

DBA Court Mediation Services Holds Annual Holiday

The DBA’s Court Mediation Services (CMS) program held its annual holiday party on December 19 at the Paramount Café. The thirty-five attendees included court personnel, court administrators, and CMS mediators.

CMS seeks to educate the public, the legal profession, and the judiciary about the value of mediation and how it resolves conflict by providing mediation services to litigants and their attorneys in the civil divisions of Denver’s County and Small Claims Courts. CMS mediators are dedicated, trained, and experienced mediators who must meet certain requirements and follow certain guidelines to mediate for CMS.

Linda Redding (left) and Michele Leo.   Maria Fenton, CMS Director of Practicum Program, Communications, and Operations.
Lisa Hughes and Bob Beals.   Michele Leo and Magistrate Bucholtz of Denver Small Claims Court.
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