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May 2014       Vol. 43, No. 5       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 CBA, 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

Denver Public School Students Head to Court

On March 5, ninety eighth-grade students from Grant Ranch School visited the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse in downtown Denver. The five-story courthouse has twenty-nine courtrooms and provides space for the District Attorney, City Attorney, Clerks of Court, Public Defender, Probation Offices, Jury Assembly, Jury Commissioner, and temporary inmate holding for adults and juveniles.

During the tour, students met with Judge Andre Rudolph, who currently presides over juvenile court. Students listened intently as Judge Rudolph discussed his experiences working with juveniles. Students also met with Captain Kelly Bruning and Deputy Don Bauer of the Denver Sheriff Department, who explained the processes of the Department, gave students a tour of the holding cells, and even handcuffed a few teachers (to the amusement of the students).

The tour was part of the Denver Bar Association’s Lawyers and Schools program. The DBA thanks Judge Rudolph, the Sheriff Department, Robert Rosenthal, Jessica Gorman, and Lindsay Hammond for making this a successful field trip for Grant Ranch students.

Grant Ranch students with Judge Andre Rudolph
at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse.
Deputy Don Bauer handcuffs Dave Melchior, a teacher at Grant Ranch.   Judge Andre Rudolph talks about
being a juvenile court judge.

SMART Provides Open Forum for Solo Attorneys

On March 11, more than thirty solo and small firm lawyers attended an interactive seminar titled "How to Grow My Business and Not Lose My Mind." The forum was part of the CBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section’s "SMART" program, which stands for Solo Management Attorney Resource Teams. The event provided a unique opportunity for solo attorneys to connect and speak openly about concerns and challenges. Attendees received by-the-book strategy on running a business, along with on-the-ground guidance from other solo and small firm practitioners.

The seminar evolved around discussion groups, during which attendees examined the common elements of a business plan, including taking the time to create a plan suitable for an attorney’s practice. The groups also discussed how to set strong and effective goals and how to go about achieving them.

In addition, the program addressed marketing a solo practice. Topics in this session included where and how to network, creating effective attorney websites, using referral services, and setting a budget for marketing. Each working group ultimately shared the top three "takeaways" from each discussion.

Participants were very forthcoming in the discussions, offering constructive suggestions that attendees could take with them and put into practice in their own office. Afterward, there was time for networking over pizza and beverages. The next SMART session is scheduled for June 10 at the CBA offices.

Reba Nance, CBA Director of Law Practice Management, talks to attendees.   Michele Clark leads the interactive program.
Kelly Starcevich (far right) talks with her SMART break-out group   Kelly Starcevich (far right) talks with her SMART break-out group

Lawyers League Basketball Team Champions

The 2014 Lawyers League Basketball teams’ version of March Madness concluded with its championship games. Here are the results:

  • In A League, Lewis Roca Rothgerber defeated BHFS Ballers.
  • In B League, Evans & McFarland defeated The Deficiency.

Congratulations to the champions!

A League Champs, Lewis Roca Rothgerber.
B League Champs, Evans & McFarland.

Denver Law Firm Fosters Culture of Giving

The Bachus & Schanker Cares Foundation contributed more than $85,000 to nineteen organizations in 2013, through direct and in-kind donations. In addition, the team of fifteen attorneys and staff at Bachus & Schanker, LLC, a Denver personal injury law firm, gave an estimated 600 hours of their time to run, walk, pack toys, pass out candy, swing hammers, and bowl to support worthy nonprofits across the state.

Since launching in 2009, the Foundation has donated nearly $350,000 to local nonprofits. Some of the organizations that benefited from both the firm’s and foundation’s resources include Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Habitat for Humanity, the Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic, Warren Village, Court-Appointed Special Advocates, Urban Peak, and Dolls for Daughters.

Mock Trial State Champs—Glenwood Springs

Tournament Rankings—
Top 10

  1. Glenwood Springs Team A
  2. Colorado Academy Team A
  3. Denver School of Science & Technology Team A
  4. Kent Team A
  5. Lakewood Team A
  6. Colorado Academy Team B
  7. William Jackson Palmer  Team A
  8. Kent Team C
  9. Poudre High School 
  10. D’Evelyn Team A

A team from Glenwood Springs High School won the Colorado High School Mock Trial State Tournament, which was held on March 14 and 15 at the Jefferson County Courts in Golden. The team will compete in the National Tournament on May 8–10 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The top ten finishers from the state tournament are listed at right; for complete rankings, visit the CBA High School Mock Trial Program’s website at Click here for more information about the state tournament, including team photos.

The CBA congratulates all of the students who participated in the tournament, and thanks everyone who donated time to score, preside, and/or monitor rounds at the tournament. The success the program has obtained over twenty-nine years is due to the support of volunteers!

Students from Glenwood Springs Team A and Colorado Academy Team A,
who competed against each other in the championship round.

CAN Toothbrush Drive Benefits
Kids In Need of Dentistry

In late-February, the DBA’s Community Action Network (CAN) Committee hosted a weeklong drive to collect dental items from local law firms and other legal organizations. Denver-area attorneys donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and various other items, as well as more than $700 in cash to benefit Kids In Need of Dentistry (KIND). The CAN Committee thanks everyone who participated in the drive, including RICOH, which picked up donations from firms and individuals.

KIND Executive Director Julie Collett and
toothbrush drive Co-Chair Trent Ongert.
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