Bar News

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.

Legal Aid Foundation Welcomes New Leadership

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado recently welcomed nine new trustees to its board: Maranda Compton, of counsel at the Denver office of Van Ness Feldman; Matt Ellsworth, a shareholder at Sheridan Ross; Patricia Jarzobski, a solo practitioner in Denver and the current president of the CBA; Sarah Klahn, the managing partner at the Denver law firm of White & Janokowski; Mike Miner, a solo practitioner in Boulder; Chris Montville, a partner at the Denver law firm of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell; Lindsey Nicholson, a shareholder at the Durango law firm of Goldman Robbins Nicholson & Mack; Brent Rychener, a partner in the Colorado Springs office of Bryan Cave; and Susan Ryan, a shareholder in the Denver office of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite.

The newly-elected officers are: Chairperson Chris Ford, a member of the Boulder law firm of Hutchinson Black & Cook; Vice-Chairperson Natalie Hanlon-Leh, a partner in the Denver office of WilmerHale; Secretary Eric Olson, a partner in the Denver office of Bartlit Beck; Treasurer Cheryl Walton, a principal in the accounting and consulting firm of Causey Demgen & Moore; and Past-Chairperson Jessica Brown, a partner in Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Denver office.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Announces the New Fellow Class of 2016

John A. Culver.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, recently unveiled the Class of 2016. This year’s class includes 75 new fellows and four honorary fellows from all sections of labor and employment law. CBA and DBA member John A. Culver of Benezra & Culver has been appointed to the class. Fellows are recognized as distinguished members of the labor and employment community who promote achievement, advancement, and excellence in the practice by setting high standards of professionalism and civility, by sharing their experience and knowledge, and by acting as a resource for academia, the government, the judiciary, and the broader community. The 21st installation of fellows will be held in Chicago on November 12 and will coincide with the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section’s Continuing Legal Education Conference.

American Association for Justice Honors Tom Metier

Tom Metier.

CBA member Tom Metier, senior managing partner of Metier Law Firm, has been named a recipient of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Wiedemann & Wysocki Award. Metier received the award at the AAJ’s annual convention in Los Angeles.

The Wiedemann & Wysocki Award recognizes members who have made outstanding efforts to advance AAJ’s political outreach projects and support AAJ’s Political Action Committee. The award is named in honor of Fritz Wiedemann and James Anthony Wysocki, two New Orleans-based attorneys who were traveling on an assignment to help AAJ when they died in a tragic plane crash. This award recognizes members who have carried on the legacy of Wiedemann and Wysocki, who were passionately committed to the principles of the civil justice system and AAJ’s mission.

Metier has successfully represented seriously injured adults and children across the country for over 30 years. He is also director of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and a faculty member of the Trial Lawyers College.

DBA 125th Anniversary Celebration
and Annual Awards Ceremony

Bill Walters accepts the Award of Merit.

More than 100 people gathered at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center to honor this year’s DBA award winners and to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Denver Bar Association. The honorees were: William E. Walters III (Award of Merit); Hon. Shelley I. Gilman (Judicial Excellence Award); Gerald Pratt (Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award); Maureen R. Watson (Young Lawyer of the Year Award); MVL’s Power of Attorney Clinic (Outstanding Program/Project Award); Jerry Conover and Howard Rosenberg (MVL Founders Award); and Norman Campbell, Barbara Chamberlain, Lucy Marsh, Anthony Yuthas, and Jon Nicholls (Outstanding Sustained Volunteer Award). The event also marked the passing of the presidential gavel from Janet Drake to Nancy Cohen.

Hon. Shelley I. Gilman accepts the Judicial Excellence Award.

Mo Watson receives the Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

Attendees celebrate the DBA’s 125th anniversary.

Jerry Pratt receives the Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award.

Janet Drake passes the presidential gavel to Nancy Cohen.

DBA Annual Golf Tournament

On June 24, more than 100 members gathered at City Golf Course to compete in the DBA’s annual golf tournament hosted by the YLD. Four teams earned top honors in their respective divisions.

1st Gross Winners: Hon. Steve Briggs, Molly Greenblatt, Richard Nielson, and Hon. James Casebolt.

1st Net Winners: William Peffer, Cory Kalanick, Johnathon Watson, and Jay Leonard.

2nd Net Winners: Freddie Alvarez, Hon. Marshall Snider, Hollynd Hoskins, and Charley Garcia.

Not pictured: 2nd Gross Winners.

DBA Seniors Golf Tournament

The DBA’s annual seniors golf tournament was held at Homestead Golf Course in Lakewood on July 28. Congratulations to the winners: Pete Willis—low gross; Jim Casebolt—low net; and Ken Fish—longest drive.

Pete Willis and Jack Barker.

Bob Hawthorne, Hon. Richard Gabriel, Hon. Jim Casebolt, and Rich Nielson.

Dick Harvey, Ken Fish, Karen Fish, and Don McMichael.


CBA President Patricia Jarzobski spots former DBA President Charles Casteel of Davis Graham & Stubbs on stage with Adele. #areyoukiddingme!

Casteel with Adele.

Denver County Court Welcomes
Two New Judges to the Bench

The Denver County Court has officially welcomed its two newest judges to the bench. Chelsea Malone and Magistrate Andrea Eddy were sworn in before a standing room only crowd in the atrium of the Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building on July 7.

Judge Andrea Eddy received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In November 2005, she was sworn in as a deputy district attorney for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, where she spent 10 years specializing in domestic abuse, child abuse, and sex crimes. She served on the Child Fatality Review Board, Sex Assault Interagency Council, Sex Assault Response Team, Title IX collaborative committee, and various legislative committees. She was responsible for community outreach trainings, police and first responder trainings, and young lawyer trainings. In March 2015, Presiding Judge John Marcucci appointed her to the Denver County Court as a full-time magistrate, where she served in traffic court, first advisement court, domestic violence arraignment court, and various specialty courts.

Judge Chelsea Malone earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Judge Malone is the first Asian woman to be selected and appointed to serve as a judge in any Colorado county or district court. Prior to being appointed to the bench, she was a solo practitioner specializing in criminal defense and was of counsel for the Law Offices of Fred Andrew Dunsing, a family law practice. Judge Malone has spent her life serving the community. She began her law career as a deputy public defender in the Denver trial office, where she worked with both the Denver County Court and the Denver District Court, defending all levels of misdemeanor and felony charges. She has served as a volunteer coach and judge for high school mock trial competitions and as a reading tutor through Reading Partners Colorado. She currently serves as a board member for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado and as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Ethics Committee Holds Summer Meeting

The CBA Ethics Committee held its summer meeting in Breckenridge in mid-July. Approximately 25 people attended a three-hour CLE program at the Summit County Justice Center.

Phil James presents on juvenile law. Also pictured: Outgoing Ethics Committee Chair Jeff Villanueva; Ron Nemirow (who spoke on marijuana law); and Steve Massciochi (who spoke on conflicts of interest).

2015–16 “Campaign for Justice”
Raises Record Support for Legal Aid

Lawyers and law firms from across the state joined forces to raise a record $1.8 million in the Legal Aid Foundation’s annual fundraising drive for Colorado Legal Services. The funds will be used to provide necessary legal assistance in serious civil matters for Coloradans who cannot afford counsel. This year, law firm giving accounted for 63% of the total amount raised, with 74 donor firms giving at the Leadership Level of $400 per lawyer in the firm and 58 firms giving at the Pacesetter Level of $450 per lawyer in the firm. Donations from individual lawyers reached a record level as well.

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