You're invited to attend the FREE Denver Bar Association Annual Party on June 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway. Enjoy hot hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and some catch-up time with friends and colleagues. At the party, the DBA will honor the following bar association and community leaders for their outstanding efforts to the legal system and profession.
The DBA Award of Merit will be given to Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Robert J. Kapelke. Bob has been on the Court of Appeals bench since 1993, and was a partner at Gorsuch, Kirgis, Campbell, Walker & Grover for 20 years prior to that. He was a DBA president and also a president of the Law Club of Denver, where he received their Lifetime Achievement Award. He currently is a member of the Colorado Judicial Institute's Board of Directors and is president of the Judge William E. Doyle Inn of Court.
Christopher B. Little is the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award. In addition to having the busy life that every lawyer has, Chris is very active in CBA and DBA volunteer efforts. He is the past chair of the Community Concerns Committee and is known for his efforts in the Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive, Lincoln Park Scholars Program, Coats4Colorado Coat Drive, and many other fund raising and tutoring activities.
This year's Liberty Bell Award goes to Tattered Cover Owner and President Joyce Meskis. Joyce bought the bookstore in 1974 and has expanded it from 950 sq. ft. to 50,000 sq. ft. She is an active supporter of First Amendment right and is known in Denver for her unwavering commitment to freedom of expression, especially seen in the past year's events surrounding local police demands to obtain customer sales records from the Tattered Cover.
Stacy A. Carpenter is the Young Lawyer of the Year. She is a member of the CBA Board of Governors, Pro Bono Task Force and Legislative Policy Committee. Stacy is the vice president of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers Governing Board, and was formerly the second vice president of the DBA Board of Trustees. Her efforts as chair of the DBA Legal Services Committee and coach of the Manual High School Mock Trial team also add to her laundry list of volunteer efforts. She most recently co-chaired the 2001 Barristers Benefit Ball.
H. Jeffrey Bayless is receiving the Judicial Excellence Award at the district court level. He was appointed to the Denver District Court in 1987 and has served in all of the Denver District Courts but one. Jeffrey has consistently worked at the highest levels of efficiency and fairness in every courtroom on every case.
Receiving the Judicial Excellence Award at the county court level is John M. Marcucci. John was appointed to the County Court bench in 1990. He has sat in the criminal, general sessions, civil and traffic divisions, and is currently presiding over felony preliminary hearings. John is extremely hard working and has efficiently handled the docket of every courtroom that he has ever been assigned.
Robert D. "Bob" Inman is the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime commitment and contribution to the legal profession. We are most grateful to Bob for his founding the Seniors Committee, which oversees the nearly 800 senior members and keeps them socializing long after they retire from law. Graduating from CU School of Law in 1947, Bob has dedicated the past 54 years of his life to the law and continues to volunteer in the community. In addition to forming his own firm (now Inman Flynn & Biesterfeld), Bob has been instrumental to the bar association.
The Legal Assistant of the Year is Holly Hoxeng. Currently a paralegal with Carpenter & Klatskin, Holly is most known for her work with Willis Carpenter. She is an instructor in the CBA-CLE real estate practice course and the co-author of the two-volume treatise "Colorado Real Estate Practice," and its annual supplements.
John M. "Jack" Robertson is this year's Peace Officer of the Year. Jack was a member of the Denver Fire Department for 34 years, until his retirement last summer. While at the fire department he served at the rank of engineer and was on the underwater recovery dive team. He wrote the department protocols for safe diving and is currently an American Heart Association instructor.
The Teacher of the Year is Edna Sutton of East High School. She began teaching law related education in 1991 at Montbello High School and currently teaches Advanced Placement government, American history and law at East. She is a mock trial coach, as well as a coach for the "We the People" Constitutional Scholars Program. This year her Constitutional Scholars team took second in the nation.
Sue Lindsay has been with the Rocky Mountain News since 1977. She has done some general assignment work, but most of her career at the paper has been spent covering courts and legal affairs. Over the years, she's won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press-and is held in high esteem by her colleagues and those she covers. She is originally from Illinois (and has her BA in Communication from Southern Illinois University). Sue is also a Harley rider, and she tries not to let work interfere with the yearly trip she and her husband make to Sturgis.
Anne Colden inaugurated a legal affairs beat for the business news section of The Denver Post beginning in September 1999. She wrote about law firms, trends in the business of law and lawsuits involving businesses. Anne is now working for Dow Jones as a copy editor in the London office. During her short time in Denver, she consistently reported accurately and fairly.