Denver Bar Association
April 2001
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Barristers Benefit Ball Honorees

These Metro Volunteer Lawyers volunteers take the Orient Express on April 28.


Top row: George Aucoin, Martin Brown, Lori Crystal and William Litvak
Bottom row: Bill Waggener, Ed Moss and Frederick Schrekinger

Every year, select attorneys are honored at the Denver Bar Foundation’s Barristers Benefit Ball for their extraordinary efforts and dedication to pro bono legal services.

George Aucoin, Martin Brown, Lori Crystal, William Litvak, William Waggener, Edward Moss and Frederick Schrekinger will be recognized for supporting free legal services to the poor through Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL). For the first time this year, MVL will honor a firm, Kelly/Haglund/Garnsey & Kahn, as "Law Firm of the Year" in recognition of its exemplary commitment to pro bono.

The Barristers Benefit Ball will be Saturday, April 28, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave. Call Dana Collier-Smith at (303) 824-5318.

Every lawyer at KELLY/HAGLUND/GARNSEY & KAHN participates in pro bono work on a regular basis. Woody Garnsey is a past chair of the Thursday Night Bar Advisory Board. Steve Lass and Martha Tierney do divorce hearings for Family Law Court. David Fine agreed to mentor a DU Evening Division student on an MVL case, but had to complete the case himself. At a time when Ed Kahn was co-chairing the Judicial Advisory Council Subcommittee on Pro Bono and eloquently presenting the case for mandatory pro bono service, he took on an MVL client with multiple legal problems. Valissa Tsoucaris spent over 100 hours representing an MVL divorce client. Terry Kelly represented "the single most interesting Family Law Court client ever." This firm epitomizes the commitment to pro bono responsibilities and to MVL.

GEORGE AUCOIN has been practicing law and volunteering for Metro Volunteer Lawyers for a long time. Over the years, he has competently represented many needy MVL clients. Instead of waiting to be asked, when he finishes a case, he requests another. His services have been invaluable.

Since he joined the MVL panel in 1992, MARTIN BROWN has provided comic relief while representing many clients through the Family Law Court Program (FLCP) in Arapahoe and Denver counties. On several occasions, when a client’s problems have been too complicated to finish the case in FLCP, Martin has taken over the client’s case, putting in many extra hours on the client’s behalf in order to achieve a reasonable result.

A past-president of the Douglas/Elbert Bar Association, LORI CRYSTAL, has represented a number of consumer clients. For her pro bono work only, she specializes in defense of uninsured motorist/insurance subrogation claims. Of special benefit to MVL, she takes several cases at a time and represents clients in all of the counties that MVL serves.

It isn’t Denver Family Law Court without BILL LITVAK and BILL WAGGENER. Both gentlemen volunteer almost every month to represent divorce and custody clients for their permanent orders hearings. They have each handled the most difficult situations with aplomb. And they have passed along their professionalism, experience and expertise by training and mentoring new volunteers in the Family Law Court Program.

EDWARD MOSS still has a Certificate of Appreciation for his participation in Family Law Court in 1989, the first year of its existence. He has been volunteering ever since. Since the program was restarted in Adams County, he has been a dedicated and dependable volunteer in the county where the need is greatest.

FREDERICK SCHREKINGER has volunteered in every possible way for MVL. He has been on the Thursday Night Bar Program Advisory Board. He serves on the 1st J.D. Bar Association’s Legal Services for the Poor Committee. He works in Family Law Court in all of the counties served. He never turns down a referral for individual representation. In all, he has represented more than 60 MVL clients over the years.

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