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March 2014       Vol. 43, No. 3       Page  5
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

Interactive CLE Program Works Body and Mind

John Baker talks to the spinners about "Rambo" lawyering during the sold-out class.  

The Denver Bar Association (DBA) Fit to Practice Task Force held its third spinning class the morning of January 30 at the Gym Uptown in Denver. The event included a CLE presentation led by John Baker, Director of the Supreme Court’s Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program, and Judge Dennis Graham of the Colorado Court of Appeals. As the bikers pedaled away, Baker and Graham discussed the negative consequences of "Rambo" lawyering, using video clips and the DBA Professionalism vignettes to show examples of lawyers behaving badly. Following the presentation, Baker and Graham sought feedback from each participant. It was an interactive class blended with a great workout.

The DBA Fit to Practice Task Force holds spinning classes every Thursday from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. at the Gym Uptown in the 1900 Grant Street building. Registration is $5 per class. The Task Force also holds a free yoga class every Friday from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. at the CBA offices. All members and friends are encouraged to attend these events. Visit for more information on these and other healthy programs.

Bernie Gheris shares his thoughts with the group.   Judge Dennis Graham pedals and presents.

CBA President Logs Two More Local Bar Visits

CBA President Terry Ruckriegle recently met with members of the Weld County Bar Association (WCBA) and the Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) as he continued his presidential visits to local bar associations throughout the state. Judge Ruckriegle gave his CLE-accredited presentation, entitled "A Bench View: Survival in the Legal Profession," at both luncheons. During the WCBA luncheon, R. Sam Oldenburg was honored as a CBA fifty-year member; in Boulder, BCBA members A. Jack Mills, Paul C. Benedetti and C. Lane Earnest were honored.

CBA President Terry Ruckriegle speaks during his visit to the WCBA.   WCBA members gather with Terry Ruckriegle for a group photo.
CBA fifty-year member Jack Mills and Terry Ruckriegle.   CBA fifty-year member Paul Benedet and Terry Ruckriegle.
Terry Ruckriegle with BCBA Executive Director Christine Hylbert and BCBA President Judson Hite.ti and Terry Ruckriegle.   Terry Ruckriegle and BCBA member Pat Furman.

Young Lawyers Help
Middle School Get Bullyproof

On January 15, students at Centennial’s Newton Middle School gathered for an anti-bullying assembly coordinated by the Young Lawyers Divisions of the Colorado and American Bar Associations. The assembly featured presentations from Colten Venteicher, a first-year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Denver Law), and several local attorneys. It also included a climate assessment in which students electronically and anonymously answered a questionnaire designed to help school administrators gauge the extent of bullying at the school. The event was part of the "Bullyproof" initiative, a public service project developed by the ABA to educate students and empower them to end bullying.

More than 600 students attended the Bullyproof assembly.
Colten Venteicher speaks to the middle schoolers.   Program collaborators (left to right): Leslie Gardner, seventh-grade teacher at Newton Middle School; Casey Kannenberg of Godfrey Johnson, P.C., Englewood; Raul Chacon of Burns Figa & Will, P.C., Greenwood Village; Colten Venteicher, Denver Law 1L; Lisa Hardin of Lisa Hardin, LLC, Denver; and Kristi Lush of Zupkus & Angell, P.C., Denver.

Banks Named Executive Director of Getches-Wilkinson Center

  The University of Colorado Law School (Colorado Law) recently announced that Britt Banks has been appointed executive director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment. For more than twenty years, Banks has been a leader in the international natural resources sector, as a senior corporate executive, attorney, consultant, researcher, and teacher, having most recently taught at Tokyo’s Waseda University. He has also taught at Colorado Law, where he graduated in 1988, and currently serves on the Center’s Advisory Council.

DBA Encourages Members to Get Healthy

More than fifty people attended the DBA’s inaugural Health Fair on January 9. Guests were offered a variety of health services, including flu shots, biometric screening services, and a spirometry function test. In addition, attendees were able to meet with an acupuncturist, a wellness coach, a chiropractor, and a masseuse, as well as representatives from the Colorado Athletic Club, Kindness Yoga, and Snikiddy Snacks.

The DBA Health Fair was coordinated by members of the DBA Fit to Practice Task Force, and served as a kick-off event for the DBA Fitness Challenge, supporting the Sean May Memorial Run, the Colfax Relay Marathon team (participating on behalf of the Legal Center), and the 2014 Wheels of Justice cycling team. To learn more about the Fitness Challenge, visit

Barbara Ezyk (left) and Lucia Padilla welcome guests to the DBA Health Fair.    Left to right: Event organizers Heather Clark, Troy Rackham, Barbara Ezyk, Dan McCune, Lorraine D’Aversa, and Lucia Padilla.
Chiropractor Robert Ebeling
performs a posture analysis.
  Message therapist Thadd Dudrey
works his magic.
Acupuncturist Jacqui Strike with DBA President Dan McCune.   The Visiting Nurses Association provided biometric screening services, including cholesterol, lipid, and blood glucose profiles.
The spirometry function test, which measures lung function, was administered by National Jewish Health.   A rep from Snikiddy Snacks distributes samples.

CHBA Hosts "Power to the Pipeline" Banquet and Awards Ceremony

The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) held its annual banquet and meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver on January 25. The theme of the banquet was "Power to the Pipeline," which encapsulates incoming President Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa’s focus for the CHBA in 2014. Approximately 400 members and dignitaries attended the event.

The banquet featured remarks from Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia, a live mariachi band, a silent auction benefiting the CHBA Foundation, and a celebration honoring the outstanding work of several Hispanic attorneys. Award recipients were: Manuel Martinez, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Sal Quintana, who was named the CHBA’s Outstanding New Hispanic Lawyer; and Roberto Ramirez, who was presented the Chris Miranda Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer Award. In addition, the Denver City Attorney’s Office was presented the Outstanding Corporate Commitment Award.

At the CHBA annual banquet, left to right, CHBA Board member Arnulfo Hernandez, President Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa, President-Elect Adam Espinosa, and Immediate Past President Adelita DeHerrera.

Michael Berger and Ben Currier Honored
at Colorado Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner

The 2014 Colorado Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner was held on Friday, January 10, at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in downtown Denver. The event began with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and an awards presentation honoring recently appointed Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Michael Berger and Benjamin Currier of Miller & Steiert, P.C. in Littleton.

Berger was recognized as recipient of the CBA’s highest honor—the Award of Merit—which is presented to a member for outstanding service to the association, the legal profession, the administration of justice, and the community. Before joining the bench, Berger was a member of Husch Blackwell’s Financial Services team, where he focused on financial litigation while handling commercial, appellate, employment, and intellectual property litigation matters. He also was a consultant in legal ethics matters, frequently served as an expert witness, led CLE programs in the areas of litigation and legal ethics, and authored a number of articles in the area of legal ethics. He is a past chair of the CBA Ethics Committee, the current chair of the CBA Amicus Brief Committee, and a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.

Currier was honored as the CBA Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. The award is presented to a young lawyer with a notable record of professional success, demonstrated community service achievements, and a strong commitment to civic participation. Currently the youngest partner and shareholder at Miller & Steiert, Currier litigates criminal, family law, and general civil disputes. He is a graduate and Executive Committee member of COBALT, the CBA Leadership Training program; a CBA Executive Council member; and a past chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Division. He also helped establish the CBA Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans program. In addition, he is an associate judge for the City of Littleton and president-elect of the Arapahoe County Bar Association.

The Colorado Bar Foundation is the grant-making arm of the CBA. Bar Fellows are selected from nominees recommended by their colleagues, based on several factors, such as prominence in the legal community and contributions to advancing justice.

CBA President Terry Ruckriegle presents Michael Berger the Award of Merit.    Ben Currier accepts the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from Terry Ruckriegle.
Left to right: Jon Bernhardt, Nancy Cohen, Michael Berger,
Kathy Berger, and Susan Bernhardt.
Left to right: Emma Garrison, James Garts, Ben Currier, and Suzanne Currier.   Left to right: Will Carpenter, Jim Benjamin, and Stacy Carpenter.

CLI Announces Additions to Board or Directors

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI) recently expanded its board of directors. The new members are:

  • Miko Brown, a partner in the Denver office of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP
  • Catherine Chan, the managing partner at the Chan Law Firm, PC, in Denver
  • Susan Klopman, a shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Employment Group
  • Misae Nishikura, the director of recruitment and professional development in the Denver office of Holland & Hart LLP
  • Ryann Peyton, an associate at Pendleton Wilson Hennessey & Crow P.C.
  • Connie Talmage, the executive director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee
  • Mario Trimble, a partner in the public finance department of Kutak Rock LLP’s Denver office.
Miko Brown   Catherine Chan   Susan Klopman   Misae Nishikura
Ryann Peyton   Connie Talmage   Mario Trimble

CLI thanks its departing board members for their dedicated work to the organization. Those directors are: Jim Arundel, Leslie Fields, Franz Hardy, Dean Heizer, Andrew McCallin, Mark Savit, and Paula Torke.

CLI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing diversity in the legal profession by actively educating and supporting private and public sector legal organizations in their own individual campaigns to create cultures of inclusion. Founded in 2007, CLI is headquartered in Denver.

Legal Aid Foundation Holds Appreciation Party
for El Paso County Donors

  Left to right: Dave Johnson, Justice Will Hood, Colorado Springs attorney Brent Rychener, Judge David Prince, and Erin Sokol.

CBA Past President Dave Johnson and Colorado Springs attorney Erin Sokol, in their capacity as Legal Aid Foundation Trustees and co-chairs of the Foundation’s El Paso County Campaign, hosted the Foundation’s third annual El Paso County Donor Appreciation Reception at the Country Club of Colorado at Cheyenne Mountain Resort on January 23. While enjoying good food and company, guests heard from a legal aid client, who shared with them how legal services had made a difference in her life and in the lives of her children. Guests also enjoyed remarks by newly sworn-in Colorado Supreme Court Justice Will Hood, who thanked those in attendance for their role in improving access to justice in El Paso County and across Colorado.

Left to right: Colorado Springs attorney Kent Borges, Judge Barbara Hughes, and Colorado Legal Services Managing Attorney Theresa Kilgore.   Judge Barney Iuppa (left) and Colorado Springs attorney Larry Gaddis.

Free CLE Program Instructs Members on TrialPad App

Paul Unger (left) demonstrates the TrialPad app during a free CLE program hosted by the CBA Litigation Section.  

The CBA Litigation Section held a free CLE presentation for members called "TrialPad for Lawyers" on January 23. The program was led by national speaker Paul Unger, who instructed on using the iPad’s TrialPad app for trial, hearings, mediation, and other presentations. TrialPad, which has become extremely popular as an evidence presentation tool, can be used to organize exhibits so they can be presented clearly and in an organized fashion before a judge or jury.

The CBA Litigation Section is involved in a number of projects and educational programs this year to help develop the litigation skills and expertise of its members. One of the goals of the section is to provide law-related technology education so that attorneys can save time and money in their practice—and become better lawyers.

Litigation Section members are encouraged to visit the section’s new Litigation page for helpful resources, including free litigation-focused videos and books. To access the page, go to, click on the Practice Area menu, and select Litigation from the drop-down menu (users must be logged in).

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