Denver Bar Association
March 2002
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Legal Affairs

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GOOD THINGS: In the National Law Journal’s pro bono issue, Holland & Hart was listed as third among 250 firms that reported pro bono work of three percent or more of billable hours (the ABA’s suggested target). H&H had 5.8 percent.

Allan Singer (once a partner in White & Steele) has been promoted to senior vice president of programming and president of Satellite Services, Inc.

Bruce DeBoskey has been appointed director of the Mountain States Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League. Bruce will leave the firm he helped found, Silver & DeBoskey. He succeeds Saul Rosenthal, who led the organization for 18 years, and is now pursuing a career in the private sector.

The CU-Boulder Natural Resources Law Center has released "Justice and Natural Resources: Concepts, Strategies and Applications." The book explores concepts of environmental justice in the realm of natural resources.

This year’s winner of the Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Community Betterment Award, established by Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons in 1993, is Christine C. Martin. She has a long list of accomplishments, including giving much of her time to SafeHouse. She manages the firm’s immigration law practice.

Neil B. Oberfeld, shareholder with Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy, has been elected to serve as president of the Board of Directors of the University of Denver Bridge Project. The project is a community outreach initiative of the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work and serves residents in three public housing developments. Their program includes an after-school program, a scholarship program, an adult and family program, and a summer program.

Arvada attorney Chris Daly was named City Attorney of the Year by the Metropolitan City Attorneys Association, a lawyers’ section of the Colorado Municipal League.

IN THE NEWS: Hank Brown has stepped down as president of the University of Northern Colorado and will be president of the Daniels Fund, a non-profit and philanthropic group that provides grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah. Brown is a CU law grad, a former Colorado senator, and U.S. rep. and U.S. senator.

Phil Figa, past CBA president, was in quite a few publications including The Denver Post, about his investigation of Greeley’s hospital board’s contract negotiations with Banner Health System. Figa’s report revealed eight of the 10 board members had some type of conflict with the hospital’s management company.

The irrepressible Michael Smith offered to dance with as many women as the music would allow—for $50 a dance—at the Heart Ball in February. We hope they made tons of money, helped by the "Fred Astaire of Denver."

Diane and Tom Barrett were in Mim Swartz’s travel column in The Denver Post recently. She discussed how they stay home on New Year’s Eve to decide what exciting trip they would take the following year. They’ve been to many exotic locales and some "normal" ones too. They’re doing "hard" trips now, leaving the easier ones for their later years.

Excellent column by Tina Griego in The Post on the Denver Drug Court. She went, watched Judge Markson preside over court proceedings, and put a face on some of the people who go through the court.

Denver District Judge John Coughlin got approval from both daily papers on his ruling on how Colorado’s congressional lines would be drawn for the next 10 years.

Cathlin Donnell was on NPR and in some newspapers in her role as director of a project dealing with jury reform. In this particular case, jurors got to ask their own questions.

David Lane, longtime opponent of the death penalty, had an op-ed piece in The Denver Post in January.

The Rocky Mountain News had a nice story about Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons’ outreach program to Denver Public Schools’ students (this is the story Molly Osberg wrote about in the February Docket). Good publicity for a good program.

Jacqueline St. Joan, law professor at DU and a visiting professor at DU’s The Women’s College, had an op-ed column in The Rocky Mountain News

about women in Afghanistan and education.

Tom McGhee, business writer for The Post, had a story headlined "Minority Lawyers Hitting Glass Ceiling." Quoted were Denise Maes, Karen Mathis, Stephanie Padilla and Susani Dixon, among others.

Did we say there was a great write-up on Ray Satter, presiding judge in Denver County Court, in The Colorado Journal?

MISTAKE: We won’t tell you how we misspelled the name, but here’s the right way: Bill Slamkowski, formerly with Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, has joined Hatch & Moschetti as Special Counsel. He will continue to emphasize commercial litigation and assist in transactional work.



CHANGES: Faegre & Benson has new partners: John B. Tweedy Jr., formerly an associate with Chrisman, Bynum & Johnson, and Steven D. Zansberg, who has been with the firm since 1996.

Brownstein Hyatt & Farber announces that Daniel J. Garfield and Joshua Maximon are associates in the Denver office.

Larry Wolfe has been appointed chair of Holland & Hart’s Natural Resources Department.

Stern and Elkind has recently added two new attorneys: Todd Irwin and Catherine O. Brown. Also two attorneys have become partners: John T. Combs and Emily J. Curray, who practice immigration and naturalization law.

Gorsuch Kirgis has added A. Thomas Tenenbaum as special counsel in the Business and Finance Division. First year associate Carrie C. Kollar has joined the firm’s Litigation Division.

Patrick D. Frye is a partner with Lindquist & Vennum. Previously, he was a shareholder in Brown and Frye in Washington, D.C.

Patton Boggs has elected two partners in its Denver office: Billy Cooper and John Voorhees.

HRO has two new partners in its Denver office: Elizabeth K. Flaagan in the bankruptcy area and Peter O. Hansen, a member of the commercial law and securities practice group. Colin Harris is the new managing partner in the Boulder office. He replaces Nancy J. Gegenheimer, who has returned to the Denver office full time.

Richilano & Ridley has added Barrett T. Weisz as an associate.

Amy L. Padden is a director of Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy. Her practice includes commercial and product liability litigation.


Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons announces that S. Kato Crews has joined the firm as an associate. He was with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, Region 27, in Denver.

Robert J. Vincze, whose practice concentrates on environmental law, has joined Greenberg Traurig as Of Counsel.

Baker & Hostetler has added Paige J. Brock (CU grad) as an associate.

Senn Lewis & Visciano announces the addition of associates Arthur P. Mizzi and Justin Reilly.

Fairfield and Woods welcomes John S. Lutz to the firm.

PASSED: The revered and loved former Colorado Gov. John Love died Jan. 21. His political rise to governor has been called "meteoric." He served 10 years as governor, did a five-month stint in the second Nixon term, then returned to Colorado. He worked at Ideal Basic Industries, becoming president and chief executive officer, where he left in 1985. He remained counsel to Davis, Graham & Stubbs. We send our good thoughts and sympathy to his daughter, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, his two sons and five grandchildren.

Frank Conry, 90, a member of the DBA Seniors group, died in early January. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.


NEWNESS: Foster & Graham is pleased to announce the addition of Michael D. Huttner as a named partner to form the new firm of Foster, Graham & Huttner. The firm has opened a Lobbying and Elections Division to give clients counsel and representation before city councils, the state legislature and congress. (We told you this months ago, but now we have a picture.)

Susan R. Fox announces a new location, e-mail address and "new energy." Sue, who practices real estate law, can now be reached at 155 S. Madison St., Suite 326, Denver, 80209. Her phone is (303) 291-0500. Her e-mail is

NEWSFLASH: In a recent e-mail from Brooke Wunnicke, she delicately stated: "The Docket states that we may send announcements ‘of all kinds,’ but even so, the content of this message may not qualify. Several lawyers have recently asked me if I am retired, probably because I am an octogenarian (84 in May), and my announcement is brief: I have not retired. I am still Of Counsel to Hall & Evans LLC (at the office four days a week); the 2002 Supplements to my co-authored books, "Standby and Commercial Letters of Credit" (Aspen 3d ed.) and "Legal Opinion Letters Formbook" (Aspen - 2d ed. due June 2002) were recently published. Within the past six months, I have presented two three-hour lectures on ethics to Denver lawyers, as well as lectures to national lawyers’ seminars in San Francisco and San Diego. Conclusion after 54 years of law practice: Being a lawyer can be heartwarming and sometimes heart-stopping, but always a privilege."


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