Get Involved

For more information about a committee contact the staff liaison listed below or call 303-860-1115 or 800-332-6736.


Access to Justice

Chairpersons 2016–2017: Shelly Dill and Noah Patterson
Staff Liaison: Carolyn Gravit, 303-824-5323

The Denver Access to Justice committee meets the first Tuesday at noon at the Denver Bar offices.  This committee works on monthly pro se clinics on Bankruptcy, Family, Collecting Child Support, Small Claims, Collections, Legal nights, Colorado Poverty Law Clinic, weekly lawline 9 program, promoting National Pro Bono celebration, coordinates the Denver Access to Justice Hearing, CLE trainings, a volunteer appreciation, updating the legal resource directory, Adult Self-Sufficiency Juvenile and Immigration legal clinics at College View Elementary.  This Committee also works closely with Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Colorado Legal Services, Denver Wrap Around Project, Court Mediation Services, Denver Pro Se Center and Specialty Bar Associations. Please contact the Public Legal Education Department if interested in participating in this committee.

Barristers Benefit Ball

Chairpersons 2016–2017: Jennifer Jaskolka and Kenzo Kawanabe
Staff Liaison: Melissa Nicoletti, 303-824-5321

Plans and organizes this annual association fund-raising dinner/dance. The proceeds go towards the Metro Volunteer Lawyers Program, which provides legal services to indigent clients.


Chairperson 2016–2017: Dan Sweetser
Staff Liaison: Greg Martin, 303-824-5317

Diversity Committee

Chairpersons 2016–2017: Nancy Cohen
Staff Liaison: Melissa Nicoletti, 303-824-5321

Golf Tournament Committee

Chairpersons 2016–2017: Todd Jansen and Richard Strauss
Staff Liaisons: Heather Folker 303-824-5350 and Kate Schuster, 303-824-5312

Coordinates the DBA Golf Tournament in the summer. The tournament includes a silent auction and is a fundraiser for Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

Lawyers and Schools

Chairpersons 2016–2017: Erich Bethke and Peg Pearl
Staff Liaison: Carolyn Gravit, 303-824-5323

The Lawyers and Schools Committee meets the first Thursday of every month at noon at the CBA offices. The committee recruits law professionals into Denver Public Schools. Projects include: Denver Regional Mock Trial Tournament, National Constitution Day, in-class mock trial scripts for elementary, middle and high schools, “We the People” volunteer training, K-5 Law Day Contest and curriculum, DBA-DPS Guest Teaching Initiative, DBA-DPS Truancy Program Training, Debate Club, Reading Partners Tutoring, Book Drive for Reading Partners and speaker bureaus.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers

2016–2017 Board

Metro Volunteer Lawyers’ Board provides leadership and assistance in the development of programs and recruitment and retention of volunteers. The Board is comprised of eighteen volunteer attorney members from the Denver Bar Association, Douglas/Elbert Bar Association, Adams/Broomfield Bar Association, Arapahoe Bar Association, and First Judicial District Bar Association.


Chairperson 2016–2017: Daniel R. McCune
Staff Liaison: Melissa Nicoletti, 303-824-5321

Seniors Committee

Chairperson 2016–2017: Leonard Plank
Staff Liaisons: Melissa Nicoletti, 303-824-5321

This group of attorneys is for those members “65 or better.” The committee has four big events throughout the year. The biggest party of the year is the Senior Spring Banquet, which honors Denver lawyers who have been licensed for 50 years. The committee’s fall event, the “Seniors Roast,” honors an attorney or judge nominated by the most active senior members for his/her outstanding commitment to the legal community. December’s Holiday Party is the most casual of the events and includes connecting with familiar faces, spreading holiday cheer and enjoying tasty fare. July’s golf tournament is always a hit with the senior members and adds a little competition to the event calendar. New members are welcome.


Chairperson 2016–2017: Ilene Lin Bloom
Staff Liaison: Heather Folker, 303-824-5350 and Jessica Volz, 303-824-5336

Responsible for nominating the winners of the annual Award of Merit; also coordinates other awards given by the association: DBA Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, DBA Young Lawyer of the Year, Judicial Excellence, and Teacher of the Year.

Submissions are accepted from November through January each year. 


Bench Bar Committee

Chairperson 2016–2016: Gerry Pratt and Doug Stevens
Staff Liaison: Juliann Tricarico, 303-824-5340

Court Mediation Service

Chairpersons 2016–2017: James Carr
Staff Liaison: Amy Sreenen, 303-824-5371


The Docket

Chairperson 2016–2017: Emma Garrison
Editor: Jessica Volz, 303-824-5336
Graphic Designer: Kate Schuster, 303-824-5312
Advertising: Matthew Thomasson, 214-291-3656 

The Docket is the publication for the Denver Bar Association. Each month, The Docket presents news of interest to the Association's members calendars of events and CLE classes; restaurant, movie and book reviews; practice tips, gossip and humorous articles of all kinds. The committee members write material and work with the DBA staff to publish The Docket. Written material is solicited from all members of the DBA, not just the committee members.


Interprofessional Committee

Chairpersons 2016–2017: Nick Ghiselli
Staff Liaison: Melissa Nicolleti, 303-824-5321

A joint CBA/DBA committee. A committee consisting of attorneys and other professionals that seeks to promote better understanding among the professions; prepares statements of principles governing interprofessional relations; and assists in resolving disputes between professionals. Maintains the Interprofessional Code.

Joint Management

Chairperson 2016–2017: Jim Benjamin
Staff Liaison: Greg Martin, 303-824-5317

Legal Fee Arbitration Committee

Chairperson 2016–2016: Jennifer I. Holt, Glendon L. Laird, Diane Smith
Staff Liaison: Sarah Kottoor, 303-824-5310

Legal Fee Arbitration is a joint committee with the Colorado Bar Association and provides for arbitration of fee disputes between lawyers and their clients.

Mentoring Program

Chairperson 2016–2017: Rico Munn
Staff Liaison: Melissa Nicoletti, 303-824-5321

This committee puts together and runs the DBA's mentor program. 


Professionalism Coordinating Councils

Chairperson 2016–2017: Peter Goldstein and John Tatlock
CBA Staff Liaisons: Greg Martin303-824-5317