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

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Local Bar Presidential Visits

CBA President Loren Brown’s visit to the Boulder County Bar took place on January 14 over lunch at the Boulder Cork Restaurant. Judge Gale Miller from the Colorado Court of Appeals was also in attendance.

Loren Brown and Judge Gale Miller. Loren Brown and Boulder County
Bar President Craig Small.

MVL Welcomes Sahar Safi

In January, Metro Volunteer Lawyers welcomed Sahar Safi as coordinator of the Family Law Court Program. Safi is a Colorado native and a longtime FLCP volunteer. She went to law school at the University of Colorado, where she was named a CBA/DBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Scholarship recipient and an Outstanding Asian Pacific American Law Graduate. Previously, she attended the University of Denver, where she earned a master’s degree in international development and human rights and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies. Her professional experience includes work as project coordinator for Jones & Keller and Rollin, Braswell, Fisher LLC and an externship at the Colorado Supreme Court. She can be reached at sahar@denbar.org.

DBA Past Presidents’ Dinner

On the evening of February 24, DBA past presidents and their guests convened in the Oxford Hotel’s Sage Room for a dinner held in their honor. After enjoying a wonderful meal, Past President Dan McCune presented Immediate Past President John Vaught with a lapel pin in recognition of his outstanding presidency last year.

DBA Immediate Past President John Vaught shakes hands
with DBA Past President Dan McCune.

Environmental Law Section
Hosts Ethics Program and Happy Hour

On January 29, the CBA Environmental Law Section hosted a well-attended ethics CLE program and networking happy hour at the bar associations’ offices. The program explored environmental justice from governmental, community, and national policy perspectives. The ethics component of the presentation focused on conflicts of interest.

Happy hour networking.

Launch of Bar Ambassador Program

DBA Immediate Past President John Vaught, CBA/DBA Executive Director Patrick Flaherty, and DBA President Janet Drake at the program’s cocktail reception.
More than 30 local law firm leaders met with the DBA leadership at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell on January 26 to kick off the new Bar Ambassador Program. The program is designed to bolster young and new lawyer membership in the DBA and other bar associations in Colorado by increasing awareness within Denver law firms of the programs, events, and leadership opportunities offered. The ambassador’s role is to serve as a communication resource between DBA leadership and members of the ambassador’s firm.

Denver High School Students Have Their Day in Court

The Denver Regional High School Mock Trial Tournament for the CBA was held on Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13 at the Denver City and County Building. High school students tried a cold brutal murder involving a teenager in Pueblo, Colorado.

The Denver School of Science and Technology placed first in the regional competition. Two teams from Colorado Academy also advanced to compete at the CBA State High School Mock Trial Tournament in Pueblo (April 1–2). Other teams that competed were from La Academia, Arrupe Jesuit, CEC Middle College of Denver, Mullen, George Washington, and Northfield high schools.

"The team, teachers and coaches from Colorado Academy and Denver School of Science and Technology have worked extremely hard and are truly deserving of this achievement," said CBA Director of Public Legal Education Carolyn Gravit. "It is great to see them advance to compete in the state tournament."

This is the 31st year that the CBA has sponsored high school mock trial tournaments. The process helps students develop critical thinking, speaking, reasoning, strategic planning, and team building skills.

Reception Honors 50 Years of Judicial Merit Selection

The DBA Bench–Bar Committee sponsored a reception at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center celebrating 50 years of judicial merit selection. The event played host to more than 50 current and former judges, as well as approximately 200 members of the legal community. Music was provided by the Kent Denver Jazz Combo, and Justice Greg Hobbs was the spotlighted speaker of the evening. As Charley Garcia, immediate past president of the CBA, said of this convivial celebration, "It was a huge success. I recommend we make this an annual event. I have never seen so many judges having so much fun."
Justice Greg Hobbs.
DBA President Janet Drake
shakes hands with David Yun.
Kent Denver Jazz Band.
Standing room only at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center.

Richard Gast Selected as CBA President–Elect

The CBA Nominating Committee recently announced Richard Gast of Fort Collins as the 2016–17 president-elect. Gast, who hails from Pueblo, is a fourth-generation Colorado lawyer and spent most of his childhood in Denver. He attended Stanford University for his undergraduate education and moved back to Colorado for law school. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he settled in Fort Collins, where he has practiced real estate, business, and banking law for the past 35 years.

Gast is delighted to have the opportunity to serve the CBA’s membership in a more far-reaching leadership capacity. His record of accomplishments includes serving on the CBA Executive Council, YLD Executive Council, Joint Management Committee, Board of Governors, and Real Estate Section Council. He has also participated in COBALT, the CBA’s interactive leadership training program.

Gast’s passion for access to justice has yielded similarly tangible results. He has served on the COLTAF Board, the Legal Aid Foundation Board, and the CBA’s Access to Justice Committee.

With his no-nonsense view of progress, Gast has already hinted at his future aspirations: "I expect my efforts as CBA president will focus on implementing our strategic plan with an emphasis on increasing the CBA’s diversity and inclusiveness, strengthening our collaboration with the numerous specialty bars, and fostering closer relationships with local bar associations and their members outside the Denver area." The CBA has much to look forward to in its 2016–17 president-elect.

Mardi Gras-Themed Gala Supports the
Center for Legal Inclusiveness

On February 6, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness hosted its second annual Mardi Gras-themed gala, aptly named "The Ball for All—Magical Mardi Gras," at the Sherman Street Event Center in Denver. The swanky soirée brought together members of the corporate, legal, government, and nonprofit communities with the purpose of celebrating CLI’s mission to advance diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. The evening culminated in the presentation of the Inclusiveness@Work Awards, which recognize those organizations and individuals who are fostering cultures of inclusion in their respective workplaces and communities. This year’s winner for the Law Firm/Legal Department category was Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel, who reminded the audience that we can accomplish the goal of an inclusive society by "staying humble and working together."

Karen Hester, executive director of CLI; Judge Wiley Daniel,
Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Colorado;
and Meshach Rhoades, partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP.
An authentic Mardi Gras experience, complete with a brass ensemble.

Korean and Colorado Lawyers
Build Relationships and Opportunities

On February 26, the CBA International Law Section welcomed delegates from the International Association of Korean Lawyers for an event designed to promote understanding and foster mutually beneficial relationships between the Colorado and Korean legal communities. The well-attended cultural exchange included a one-hour CLE panel followed by a happy hour reception.

DBA YLD Hosts Barristers
After Hours with Young Brokers

The DBA YLD held its monthly Barristers After Hours at the Wynkoop Brewery on February 18. The event boasted complimentary drinks and appetizers, along with some quality networking. The February event, which attracted approximately 100 attendees, was held in partnership with the Young Brokers of the Denver Metro Commercial Association of Realtors®, and several members of the CBA Real Estate Section also participated.

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.

Arthur Loyd, Klaralee Charlton, and Mike Havlik.

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