Denver Bar Association
May 2003
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Legal Affairs


Ed Ramey, with Isaacson Rosenbaum Woods & Levy was named Citizen of the Year by the National Association for Bilingual Education.

Scott Ausenhus, Ph.D., a patent attorney with Townsend and Townsend and Crew, has been appointed to the Community Advisory Board of the Colorado Alliance for Bioengineering.

Michael McCarthy received Faegre & Benson’s eighth Annual John C. Benson Award for outstanding contributions to the community.


Paula Greisen has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Faculty of Federal Advocates.

David Weinstein just authored a new Trade Secret law for Serbia as a technical assistance advisor to the Serbian Intellectual Property Office with a World Trade Organization accession project there.

It was a victory for COLTAF recently, when the U.S. Supreme Court (split 5-4) upheld the Washington State and similar programs throughout the country, which uses interest from attorneys short-term and low-amount client trust accounts to fund legal help for the poor. Some believe that challenges to programs like COLTAF will continue.


Two wonderful stories (by the New’s Karen Abbott and The Post’s Mike McGhee) about the retirement of Jim Manspeaker, clerk of the U.S. District Court. After "41 years of service to the court," he was leaving a legacy that "most judges won’t be able to top." He started as a file clerk in 1962, worked up to clerk of courts, then "ran the U.S. District Court of Colorado with a steady, gentle hand for more than 30 years." Great job, Jim; we are all indebted to and proud of you.

The Rocky had a pro/con commentary on the issue of jurors asking questions in criminal trials. On the con side were Carrie Lynn Thompson and Ann M. Abler; on the pro side was Paul Grant.

Bill Berger, shareholder with Stettner, Miller and Cohn, wrote an article for The Rocky with the headline: "Court case illustrates the importance of consistency" about Gilmore v. AT&T.

In The Post’s Perspective section, Don Eberle, former state legislator and advocate for children, wrote a story about Colorado’s "failing foster care."

From The Intermountain Jewish News: Janet Perlstein of Lottner Rubin Fishman Brown & Saul has served as general counsel for The Adoption Exchange for 10 years, providing pro bono legal services

Faegre & Benson was ranked among the top 20 law firms in the nation for client service by Internet Marketing Attorney. Their Web site was named the best in the U.S. (They also have added
David W. Stark, formerly a partner with Dorsey & Whitney).

The partner sabbatical program at Kelly/Haglund/Garnsey/Kahn, always good for raised eyebrows or wistful signs among lawyers, provided material for a Sunday Denver Post travel section’s feature story. Lori Potter, an environmental lawyer at KHGK, wrote an account of her month-long trek to Arunachai Pradesk, India, accompanied by the photos of men in bearskin capes and machetes encased in weasel pelts.

John O’Dorisio with Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, was profiled in the News.

Penny Parker at the News wrote about Trent Johnson, a "31-year-old hottie" who was chosen to interview for television’s popular reality show "The Bachelor." A "friend" at Kutak Rock sent in his picture and he was chosen for the final five. Unfortunately, he lost out to an heir to the Firestone winery fortune.


Dorsey & Whitney has appointed Michael J. Wozniak as managing partner of the firm’s Denver office. He is in the firm’s environmental, natural resources and energy practice group and will now oversee all Denver-area practice groups. He joined the firm in 2002, after serving as managing partner with Clanahan, Tanner, Downing & Knowlton. Steven J. Merker has stepped down from the position of managing partner to devote full time to the firm’s class action defense practice. Also joining are Susan L. Aldridge, Joseph M. Brooker, Lyle A. Wallace and Gary J. Younger.

Robinson Binns

Steve Binns and Bruce Robinson announce their departure from West Group/Westlaw. They have joined Loislaw, an Aspen Legal Publishing Company with a similar territory.

Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell added Torben M. Welch as an associate.

Edward D. Brown has been named a principal of Engel Reiman & Lockwood.

James Hickey, formerly with Markusson, Green & Jarvis, has formed James T. Hickey, PC, at 3900 E. Mexico Ave., Ste 330, Denver, CO 80210. Their new phone is (303) 691-6898.


Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy recently celebrated its fifth anniversary as an independent law firm. The firm has launched a new tagline ("Trial Tested") and has a slick new brochure with philosophy and accomplishments. It has updated the Web site, The firm thanks friends and clients for ongoing support.

Douglas J. Friednash and Emanuel N. Anton have recently joined Fairfield and Woods.


Holland & Hart welcomes Greg Goldberg to the firm’s business litigation and corporate and criminal compliance practice groups.

Pearson, Horowitz & Poskus has added Bart B. Burnett, formerly a partner with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, and Bernard A. Poskus as a shareholder.

Jason B. Robinson has joined Temkin Wielga & Hardt as an associate.

John E. Putnam has been elected to partnership with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Naomi G. Beer is a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig.

Mark E. Harris and Mark A. Pottinger have joined Treece, Alfrey, Musat & Bosworth as associates.

McCrea & Buck announces that Angela M. Harte and Gregory Graham are associates.

Nina H. Kazazian joined McClain, Drexler & Matthews as Of Counsel.

Henry M. Kohnlein joined Sagrillo Hammond & Dineen as an associate.

Hogan & Hartson welcomes Paul Hilton as partner and Michael N. Stefanoudakis as an associate. They are joining the firm from Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.

Jennifer L. Warnken is an associate with Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti.

The Denver District Court, Juvenile Court and Adult Probation Department 2002 Employee Recognition Awards went to: Wendy Gamble, Clerk’s Office; Eric Peratt, Probation Department; Darlene Martinez, Confidential Employee; Shana Kloek, Supervisor/Administrative; Civil Division Front Office Team, Outstanding Team; Renee Schledwitz, Community Service; Kelly Boe, Distinguished Special Achievement; Jeff Bobinsky, Honorary Service; Sabra Millett, Employee of the Year.


We really meant to say that Robert M. Vinton has joined Fairfield and Woods as "Of Counsel." That’s not quite what we said in April.

Also: an anonymous e-mail told us that: "I am the ‘c’ that was missing—not once, but twice—from Joe Dischinger’s name on page 23 of the April issue of The Docket. Although I am silent, I still believe I am an integral part of Mr. Dischinger’s name, and I feel slighted to have been excluded. On behalf of silent letters everywhere, I ask that you help bring an end to the tyranny of the audible letters, and return us to our rightful, enfranchised place in written language. Thank you."

Joe is our upcoming president and we pledge to try to include all his letters all the time.


Karen Steinhauser gave us an update on a short notice we ran in April on the DU Law trial teams (that she coached with Chris Miranda) that won the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition sponsored by ATLA. First, she said, they almost

didn’t make it to New Orleans because of the big snow. Their competition began with 4,000 other people trying to get out of DIA. They arranged for a makeup round, the students went out on two flights, arriving only hours before competition, stayed in three different hotels because of cancellations. A little bragging: "Harvard was there as the defending national champion along with 13 other law school teams who had each won their region several weeks before." D.U. competed in the regional, held in Denver, and used the motto from the movie, "Rudy": "No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around." When the smoke cleared, she said, the two winning teams were from DU. In the finals, the team of mostly third-years beat the team of all second-years by only six points. This was DU’s first national championship in the ATLA competition. The students, commended for their hard word, professionalism, talent (and for being genuinely nice) were: Dan Wartell, Jennifer Gokenbach, Loren Brown, Reggy Short (1st place) and Brian Domingues, Elizabeth Elliott, Ben Winters and Shawn Billum with Cinthia Andrews as alternative (second place). The national champs will go to ATLA’s national convention in San Francisco this summer, as their guests. Congratulations to all.


Hardin Holmes, 76, with Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor & Pascoe, died in late March. He was a graduate of Stanford University and the Yale Law School. He had a distinguished record of service to the legal community and the wider Denver community. Our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

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