Bar News: News From CBA Sections, Committees, Local and Specialty Bars, and More

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 high-resolution photos (with captions identifying the subjects) to CBA Communications Specialist Jessica A. Volz at jvolz@cobar.org.

Local Bar Visits

On March 4, CBA President Loren Brown attended the Larimer County Term Day luncheon at the Rio Grande in Fort Collins. He also participated in a bowling event held at Chipper’s Lanes and earned the highest score in the first game.

CBA President Loren Brown, 2016–17 President-Elect Dick Gast, and Past President Roger Clark.   Shannon Sharroc, Amy Kolcak,
Loren Brown, and Sara Stieben.
Loren Brown strikes back.

ABOTA Inducts New Members

The Colorado Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates held its annual business meeting on February 25. ABOTA President Sonny Flowers welcomed new members Gary Sandblom and Scott Nixon.

ABOTA comprises active lawyers whose paramount practice is contested litigation in which the right to jury trial is ensured by constitutional provision. The organization strives to improve the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy so that individual litigants receive more effective representation and the public benefits from a more efficient administration of justice.

ABOTA President Sonny Flowers introduces new members
Gary Sandblom (left) and Scott Nixon (right).

CBA YLD Bullyproof Program

Members of the CBA Young Lawyers Division gave a successful Bullyproof implementation presentation at Skinner Middle School. Approximately 120 6th-grade students attended the March 3 event. Bullyproof, a public service project created by the ABA YLD, is a collaborative, comprehensive, and thoughtful initiative dedicated to ending bullying in this country through education and empowerment. For more information, contact CBA YLD Council member Casey Kannenberg at ckannenb@fclaw.com.

CBA YLD Council member Kevin Burns, CBA member Matthew Broderick, school social worker Joe Waldon, and Casey Kannenberg.   Bullyproof in the spotlight at Skinner Middle School.

CWBA Hosts Tea and CLE on Flexible Hours

On March 11, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association hosted a leisurely yet productive tea and CLE program at Holland & Hart LLP on the successes and shortcomings of reduced-hours programs. The symposium culminated in a panel presentation about the comparative advantages and disadvantages of existing reduced-hours and flex-time opportunities. The discussion engendered ideas on how to bolster the feasibility and acceptance of such programs across generational and gendered stigmas. The featured panelists were CWBA President Jessica Brown, Kelly Cooper of Holland & Hart LLP, Todd Frederickson of Fisher & Phillips LLP, and Erik Lemmon of Holland & Hart LLP. Judge (ret.) Mary McClatchey was the facilitator.

Panelists discuss the advantages and challenges of reduced-hours programs.

DBA YLD Hosts Barristers After Hours and
Docket Art Contest Launch Party

The DBA YLD held its monthly Barristers After Hours at the Curtis Club on March 17. The event boasted complimentary drinks and appetizers, along with some quality networking. The March event, which attracted approximately 65 attendees, also served as an informational launch party for the 2016 Docket Arts and Literature Contest.

Barristers After Hours is held on the third Thursday of the month, starting at 5:30 p.m., at various downtown locations. For upcoming dates and locations, visit www.dbayounglawyers.org.

St. Patrick’s Day networking.

CAN Toothbrush Drive Benefits Kids
in Need of Dentistry

The DBA’s Community Action Network held a drive to collect dental items February 29 to March 11. Denver-area attorneys donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and other items, as well as more than $767 in cash to benefit Kids in Need of Dentistry. A special thanks goes to Beatty & Wozniak, PC; Bloch & Chapleau, LLC; the Colorado Court of Appeals; Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP; Frank Patterson & Associates, P.C.; Gordon & Rees LLP; Jackson Kelly PLLC; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; Litvak Litvak Mehrtens & Carlton, P.C.; Perkins Coie LLP; Seter & Vander Wall, PC; Walker, Wright & Associates, LLP; and White and Steele, P.C.

KIND Executive Director Julie Collett
and CAN Committee Co-Chair Trent Ongert.

Bar Leaders Attend ABA Bar Leadership Institute

CBA President-Elect Patricia Jarzobski, ABA President-Elect Linda Klein, and DBA President-Elect Nancy Cohen.

Leaders from the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations attended the ABA Bar Leadership Institute in Chicago in mid-March. This intensive program offered excellent insight into bar association governance, communication, and leadership.

Incoming DBA YLD Chair Klaralee
Charlton with Nancy Cohen.

DBA Lawyers League Basketball Champions

The Denver Bar Association Lawyers League Basketball’s version of March Madness concluded with its championship games for the year. In the A League, the BHFS Ballers defeated Starbury v. Madison. In the B League, Eddie’s Favorites defeated GT.

Congratulations to the 2016 champions!

The 2016 A League champions: BHFS Ballers.
The 2016 B League champions: Eddie’s Favorites.

Colorado State Mock Trial Tournament

Students from Lakewood High School took first place in the 2016 Colorado State Mock Trial Tournament, which was held in Pueblo on April 1 and 2. They defeated a team from Regis Jesuit High School in the championship round. Lakewood High School will compete in the National Mock Trial Championship in Boise, Idaho in mid-May. There, the team will argue a new case and compete with more than 1,000 students from the United States, U.S. territories, and South Korea.

The Colorado State Mock Trial Tournament is funded and supported by the CBA Litigation Section and the Colorado Bar Foundation. A full write-up of the event will appear in the June issue.

Students from Lakewood High School react to their victory in court.

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