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TCL > June 2014 Issue > News From CBA Sections, Committees, Local and Specialty Bars, and More

June 2014       Vol. 43, No. 6       Page  7
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 sklein@cobar.org.


First J.D. Remembers Family Law
Attorney Claudia Miller

On April 15, the First Judicial District Bar Association placed a plaque in the Courage Garden to honor Claudia Miller, who suffered a tragic death last year. Located on the Jefferson County Courts campus, on the hillside behind the courts and administration building, the Courage Garden is a memorial garden for crime victims and Jefferson County employees.

Several members of the bench, bar, and First J.D. District Attorney’s Office, along with many of Miller’s colleagues, attended the commemoration. Among guests who shared their memories of Miller were First J.D. Bar President Robin Beattie and Board of Trustee Chris Radeff.

Robin Beattie places the plaque in the Courage Garden.
 
 
Dave Thomas and Chris Radeff pay tribute to Claudia Miller.   Joe Pickard, a friend and colleague of Miller, says a few words.

DBA Launches Free Co-Working Space for Members

On Tuesday, April 8, the Denver Bar Association (DBA) hosted a ribbon-cutting and happy hour event to celebrate the opening of its new co-working space, Stratum. Located inside the CBA/DBA offices, Stratum offers members high-speed wireless Internet access; meeting space; printing, scanning, copying, and faxing services; complimentary coffee and soft drinks; networking events; and $5 passes to the onsite fitness center. Stratum is free for members to use from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday. For complete information about Stratum, visit www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/22803/DPMEM/STRATUM.

At Stratum’s launch party, more than fifty members explored the new space while enjoying complimentary drinks and appetizers. DBA President Dan McCune, along with DBA Fit to Practice Task Force members Ilene Lin Bloom, Alli Gerkman, Troy Rackham, and Jessica Schmidt led the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Read more about Stratum in the DBA’s Docket at www.dbadocket.org/networking/stratum-building-a-better-bar-by-building-your-foundation.

 
Dan McCune cuts the ribbon, with help from Jessica Schmidt (left) and Alli Gerkman.   The new co-working space is located at the CBA/DBA offices in downtown Denver.
     
 
Left to right: Troy Rackham, Dan Taubman, and Jessica Schmidt.   Attendees enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers at the new space.

April’s Movie Night CLE Features Dazed and Confused

On April 21, the DBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) hosted a movie night CLE program at the CBA/DBA offices. In observance of 4/20, the CLE program focused on the Rules of Professional Conduct as they pertain to attorneys’ use of marijuana. Approximately thirty people, including several law students, attended the program, which was led by Troy Rackham and Mo Weiland of Fennemore Craig. Immediately following the CLE, guests watched the movie Dazed and Confused, which chronicles the adventures of several high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. Attendees enjoyed pizza, wine, beer, soda, and, in keeping with the theme, brownies.

Mo Weiland and Troy Rackham discuss the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct during the DBA YLD’s latest installment of Movie Night.

CBA Trust and Estate Section Donates Funds
to the DU Tribal Wills Project

On April 17, at the CBA/DBA offices, the CBA Trust and Estate Section presented $1,000 to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Denver Law) Tribal Wills Project. Professor Lucy Marsh and two Denver Law students—2L Matthew Hamblin and 3L Sheena Goldsborough—accepted the check on behalf of the program.

The Tribal Wills Project, established by Marsh in 2013, gives law students the opportunity to help tribal members of the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute reservations by writing wills for them under a very complex federal statute. CBA Trust and Estate Section Vice Chair Elizabeth Bryant recently joined Marsh and students on a spring break excursion to do pro bono work for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. To learn more about this project, visit www.cobar.org/tcl/tcl_articles.cfm?articleid=8146.

Left to right: Spencer Crona, Melissa Schwartz, Lucy Marsh, Connie Eyster, Chuck Turner, Matthew Hamblin, Beth Bryant, Sheena Goldsborough, William Welch, Susan Boothby, Jane Paddison, and David Kirch.

YLDs Co-Host Business Law Happy Hour

The CBA and DBA YLDs, along with the CBA Business Law Section, held a happy hour on Thursday, March 20, at Coohills in Denver. The networking event included free drinks and appetizers, as well as a presentation led by Luke Ritchie from WeeCycle. WeeCycle’s mission is to help low-income families with infants and toddlers in the Denver metro area by providing them with new and gently used baby gear free of charge. The YLDs hold a drive each year, with firms participating around the state to collect items. The items are distributed via WeeCycle to local community organizations serving families with infants and toddlers affected by poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, and under-employment.

Left to right: Carol Chancellor, Sara Carlisle, Zoë Gray, and Erica Jacobson.
 
 
Left to right: Grant Sullivan, Paul Kyed, and Amanda Ostrowitz.   Left to right: Kevin McReynolds, Sara Sharp, and Joel Jacobson.
     
 
Nicole Black (left) and Mo Weiland.  

Left to right: Rachel Clark, Josh Berry, and Luke Ritche.


Attorneys Attend Training for
Colorado Poverty Law Project’s Monthly Clinic

 
  Paola Vilaxa (left), legal Spanish tutor assisting the project, and Caitlin Finn, the DBA’s extern from Denver Law.
   

On April 10, approximately forty attorneys met at Kutak Rock LLP for a happy hour and training on a new legal clinic organized by the Colorado Poverty Law Project and held at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). The training discussed how the clinic is set up, the homeless population it serves, guidelines under the professional rules for pro bono work, and common topics that arise at the clinic.

This free monthly clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys who provide a range of law-related services to attendees, including answering general, on-the-spot questions and providing referrals. The clinic is co-sponsored by the DBA Access to Justice Committee and is located at CCH’s Stout Street Clinic at 2100 Broadway, on the third Wednesday of every month from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Contact clinic organizers Blair Kanis at blair@copovertylawproject.org or Tom Snyder at tom@copovertylawproject.org for information on how to get involved.

 
Left to right: Jon Ogline, Martina Hinojosa, and Lauren Walker.   Left to right (in foreground): Mia Della Cava, Blair Kanis, and Sharena Smith.

Program Offers Tips for a
Healthy Work–Life Balance

On April 29, the CBA Committee for Balanced Legal Careers held a "Work + Life = Balance?" event at Epic Brewing Company. Attendees heard from six "mentors" who practice in a variety of legal fields and work environments. The mentors shared their experiences and gave helpful tips on achieving balance, including how to set boundaries with senior partners and clients, the importance of integrating pro bono work into your practice early on, learning to prioritize, and refining time management skills.

A common theme that pervaded the mentors’ comments was that no one will set boundaries or make non-work related activities a priority for you; rather, it is something you must do for yourself. A healthy work–life mix is possible, but only you can make the decision to live a balanced life.

The Committee for Balanced Legal Careers thanks Ilene Lin Bloom, Sean Elliott, Jennifer Eyl, Lucia Padilla, Sarah Schreiber, and Ken Stern for sharing their insights and wisdom. For more information on the CBA Committee for Balanced Legal Careers, contact Sue Bertram at sbertram@cobar.org.

Sean Elliott discusses work–life balance in the legal profession.

BCLS 2014 Annual Pro Bono Luncheon
and Awards Ceremony

 
  Left to right: BCLS Managing Attorney Joel Hayes, BCBA President Judson Hite, and 20th J.D. Chief Judge Maria Berkenkotter.
   

Boulder County Legal Services (BCLS) celebrated the outstanding tradition of pro bono service in Boulder County at its annual Pro Bono Luncheon, held on April 21 at the Boulder Marriott. BCLS honored local attorneys, mediators, law students, and paralegals who volunteered 6,784 hours in 2013 to provide legal services to low-income residents of Boulder County.

Colorado Legal Services Executive Director Jonathan Asher gave the opening address. Chief Judge Maria Berkenkotter gave the keynote talk, emphasizing the important contribution made by those attorneys who fulfill the ethical obligation of serving the poor and disadvantaged members of the community. Colorado Supreme Court Justice William Hood and judges and magistrates of the Twentieth J.D. presented awards for pro bono service.

Also during the dinner, the Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) honored Howard Bernstein with the John Robert Marshall Award for his quiet dedication and his generosity in accepting pro bono clients referred by BCLS over the past two decades. Colleagues remarked on his humility, his inspiration to those he mentors, and his strong belief in giving back to the community. BCBA President Judson Hite presented the award.

Additional honorees included the law students of the University of Colorado (CU) Legal Aid and Defender Program, under the direction of Professors Norman Aaronson and Deborah Cantrell, and the students of the CU Juvenile Law Clinic, under the direction of Professor Colene Flynn Robinson. The students were recognized for their outstanding contribution of a combined total of 1,645 pro bono hours serving clients of BCLS with family law cases during 2013.

Photo credit: Vince Dean Photography

 
John Marshall Award recipient Howard Bernstein (left), with Judson Hite.   Iman Tehrani (left) receives the 100–200 Pro Bono Hours Award from Judge Noel Blum.
     
 
Rick Romeo (right), who was presented the Supreme Court Pro Bono Achievement Award on behalf of Vincent Romeo & Rodriguez, and Justice William Hood.   Paul Bierbaum (right) presents the Client Control Challenge Award to Jonathan Culwell.
 
Left to right: Honorees for 50–75 hours of pro bono service, Helen Stone, Tucker Katz, Meghan Hungate, Keith Edwards, Jonathan Culwell, Howard Bernstein, and Ozzie Mendoza, with award presenter Magistrate Carolyn McLean.
 
Left to right: 100% Firm Participation Award representatives, Laura Moore of Warren Carlson & Moore LLP; Brooke Brestel of Vincent Romeo & Rodriguez LLC; Graham Fuller of Stone Rosen & Fuller PC; Tom Scott of Hutchinson Black & Cook LLC; Meghan Hungate of Robinson Tweedy PC; Kimberly Gent of Ebner & Gent LLC; and Michael Taylor of Cooper Tanis PC, with award presenter Justice William Hood.

Law Students Learn the Benefits of Bar Membership

The DBA hosted an informational lunch at Denver Law on April 17. The thirty students in attendance heard from a panel comprising DBA President Dan McCune, DBA YLD Council Members Chris Levkulich and Kevin McReynolds, DBA Board of Trustee member Barbara Mueller, and attorney Karen Steinhauser. The panel spoke about how bar association membership can help lawyers in their future careers, offering specific examples of where young lawyers had found jobs through networking at bar association events. Panel members also discussed what it was like for them when they went to law school and some of the challenges they faced. The program was moderated by Gayle Keahey, Denver Law’s Associate Director of Career Development and Opportunities.

 
Panel member Chris Levkulich speaks during the April luncheon at Denver Law.   DBA President Dan McCune talks to students after the presentation.

Local Bars Compete in Bar Bowling Battle

On April 10, teams from the First J.D. Bar Association, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA), and CBA YLD competed in the 2014 Bar Bowling Battle. Held annually, the event is sponsored by the First J.D. as a friendly competition among local bar associations. Thirty-five people attended this year’s Bowling Battle, which was held at Lucky Strike Lanes in Lakewood. CBA YLD member Tim Garvey took home the coveted trophy with the top score of 182.

 
Left to right: CHBA President Liz Krupa, First J.D. President Robin Beattie, and CBA YLD Chair Emma Garrison.   Mark Pautler and Erin Hickey.

Rev. David Link is Featured Speaker
at the Catholic Lawyers Guild’s Spring Luncheon

 
  Rev. David Link with Guild President Leslie Boyle and Immediate Past President Brian Bates.
   

The Catholic Lawyers Guild hosted its annual Spring Luncheon on April 9 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cherry Creek. The keynote speaker was Rev. David T. Link, who gave an inspirational talk about his work in the Northern Indiana Prisons to rehabilitate prisoners and to give prisoners a chance at a good and meaningful life after prison.

Rev. Link is a volunteer chaplain at Northern Indiana Prisons and served as dean of Notre Dame Law School from 1975 to 1999, the longest tenure of any American law school dean. He also served as the director of Religious and Community Activities for the Indiana Department of Corrections, provost and academic vice president of the St. Augustine University School in South Africa, dean of law and deputy vice president of the University of St. Thomas, and president for the Centre for Healing and the Law. He was a co-founder of the South Bend Center for the Homeless and serves on the boards of Dismas House, the Future of Russia Foundation, the Miracle of Nazareth Foundation, and World Dignity, Inc.

The luncheon was coordinated by Guild members Laura Tighe of Bayer & Carey, PC and Brian Bates of Antonio Bates Bernard. Everyone who attended was asked to bring toiletries, clothing, and snacks to support residents at the Lennox Guest Home, which provides assisted living to seniors in Denver.


Book Drive Benefits
Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center

The DBA YLD held its second Book Drive on March 10 to 14. The drive benefited the Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center, which provides free drop-in childcare to people with business before the district, juvenile, and county courts of Denver. The Center is staffed by employees of Mile High Montessori, and its operations are funded through money raised under a surcharge on municipal violation fines. In addition to providing brochures and other written material concerning child services and support in Denver, the Center has made a practice of providing each child who visits a reading or activity book to take home. For more information on future book drives, contact Blair McCarthy at bqbowen@gmail.com or Heather Clark at hclark@cobar.org.

The DBA YLD, with the help of eleven local law firms, collected eighteen boxes of books during the Book Drive.

CBA Subsection to Focus on
International Transactions

The CBA recently announced the creation of a new subsection—International Transactions. The new subsection will be a joint subsection of the International Law Section and the Business Law Section.

As the title suggests, the focus of International Transactions will primarily be on transactional and tax work. It will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas related to international transactions (both outbound and inbound) and keep practitioners informed about relevant legal issues and any applicable legal updates. Members will meet regularly for CLE "lunch and learns" to discuss relevant topics, such as foreign–U.S. intercompany agreements, transfer pricing, earnings stripping rules, and treatment of fiscally transparent entities under income tax treaties.

The subsection is slated to begin in fall 2014. CBA members interested in joining may e-mail CBA staff liaison Amy Sreenen at asreenen@cobar.org.`

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