Denver Bar Association
December 2000
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Legal Affairs

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AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS: Jonathan Asher, Jerome Lemberger and Mario Rivera received the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation's Bruce T. Buell Award. This award is given from time to time to recognize the ideals exemplified by Mr. Buell during his time of service to COLTAF, and for outstanding service and leadership in furtherance of those details.

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado recognized David C. Little and District Attorney Bill Ritter as St. Thomas More Award honorees at the annual Red Mass. The Guild's officers this year are President Kevin Kuhn, Vice President Joanne Zboyan and Secretary and Treasurer Suanne Dell.

The American Board of Trial Advocates awarded Denver District Court Judge Morris Ben Hoffman with the organization's Judicial Excellence Award, in recognition of his devotion to the civil jury system and the rule of law.

Hillary Lipton and Marianne Tims received the Speaking Up for Children Award from the Colorado Children's Campaign. They were recognized for their legal representation of abused and neglected children.

Beth McCann, member of the CBA Family Violence Task Force, won the Top Women Leaders of Excellence Award, presented by the CWLC.

APPOINTMENTS/BIG TITLES: David A. Weinstein was selected to be one of 35 members of the U.S. Center for Public Resources Institute for Dispute Resolution/International Trademark Association Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. He will work on alternative dispute proceedings in the area of trademark and unfair competition disputes.

Michael A. Martinez, former Adams County Magistrate Judge and RTD Associate General Counsel, has been named a Denver District Court Judge.

Mary Ann Harvey celebrated her 20th anniversary as executive director of The Legal Center for People With Disabilities and Older People.

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Board of Trustees announced that Hugh Schaefer is the 2000-2001 president of the foundation.

Elizabeth Starrs of Kennedy & Christopher was recognized as one of Colorado's top one percent trial lawyers and was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in Washington D.C. She is the third woman in Colorado's history to be inducted.

Steven Shapiro, of Fleishman, Sterling, Gregory & Shapiro, received the Brain Injury Association of Colorado's prestigious Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Association in 2000. Steven's practice focuses on catastrophic injuries, and brain, spinal cord and burn injuries.

Harry L. Arkin is the chair of the North American Branch of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Dan McCune is the president of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association. Steve Michalek is treas-urer. Both are attorneys at Kennedy & Christopher.

Colorado Legal Services wished Mary Catherine Rabbitt success as the new president of the Sisters of Loretto.

Gov. Bill Owens appointed John S. Zakhem, a Denver attorney and partner at Doyle, Zakhem, Suhre & Lilly, to the State Personnel Board.

IN THE NEWS: The Denver Business Journal listed attorney Maren Stewart, director of public affairs relations for The Children's Hospital, as one of Denver's up-and-coming business leaders.

There was a picture of Shel Friedman in the Denver Post congratulating Donald Seawell on receiving the Stapleton Tribute Award.

Larry Naves and Bertha Lynn were pictured in The Post supporting the Court Appointed Special Advocates at the newly rebuilt Trail Dust Steak House.

The Denver Rocky Mountain News had a story about Project Safeguard's 20th anniversary. Robert "Beau" Patterson, Al Harrell and Jackie St. Joan were just some of the folks from the legal community who attended an art show to benefit the program.

"Step Ball..."
FUN STUFF: "Step Ball: A Child's Book About Feelings and Differences" by Norm Early and Danielle Young, with illustrations by Brent Naughton, arrived at the bar offices recently. Early says the book, "is designed as a vehicle to stimulate conversation about difficult issues between parents and children."

Solo attorney Bonnie Schriner and her 17-month-old Labrador retriever Delta passed the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue test as a Canine Search Specialist and Type II Disaster Search Canine.

We welcome two new "little legal eagles." Jennifer Dechtman, of the Colorado Attorney General's Office and CBA Board of Governor's, gave birth to Estee Rose on May 5. On May 11, Jennifer's sister Jacqui Beckett, Qwest attorney, gave birth to Estee's cousin Sydney Aliza. Sydney's dad is proud Denver lawyer David Beckett from the Colorado Attorney General's office. Real estate attorney

H. Michael Miller, Berenbaum, Weinshenk and Eason, is the happy grandfather.

GOOD NEWS: Molly K. Meyer is the attorney for ArtReach, Inc., which "provides art experience to at-risk populations throughout metro Denver."

Gregory Sopkin, Carmen Beery, Meghan Dougherty and Jennifer Lee are now associates at Gorsuch Kirgis. Bryan Biggs is a paralegal at the firm.

Berliner Zisser Walter & Gallegos welcome Douglas K. Palmer as an associate.

The 2000 Denver Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, F. Stephen Collins is now a partner at Ducker, Montgomery & Lewis.




Peter Evans has joined Gannett Fleming, an international consulting engineering and construction firm, as the director of watershed programs.

Julie B. Kreigh and Gregg S. Rich are associates at Zupkus & Angell.

Formerly a Colorado Deputy State Public Defender for six years, Alaurice Tafoya is now with Buchanan, Jurdem and Zulauf.

Gina Gradecki and Jill Dorancy-Williams have joined the Denver office of Ritsema & Lyon. Derek Frickey is now in its Colorado Springs office.

Hutchinson, Black and Cook welcome Andrew Peternell as associate.

New associates at Kennedy & Christopher are Henry M. Kohnlein, Sharon A. Riley and Andrew G. Rippey.

Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons welcome new associates Jennifer L. Carr, Vance O. Knapp and Mark A. Meyer.

The Law Office of Rebecca L. Bradley welcomes Morgan Lenore Carroll as an associate.



Douglas M. Hamilton will practice preparation and prosecution of patent applications at Townsend, Townsend and Crew. Stephen Jewett also will join the firm and practice patent, trademark and copyright law.

Nellie C. Kaufman is now a shareholder at Klaas, Law, O'Meara & Malkin.

Kimberley A. Chandler has opened her own practice, located at 5445 DTC Parkway, Suite 545, Englewood, Colo. 80111. Her phone is (303) 773-0101, fax is (303) 773-0118 and email is The firm practices exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law.

Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson's Wyoming law firm, Simpson, Kepler and Edwards, has merged with the Denver-based firm of Burg, Simpson, Eldredge, Hersh and Jardine.

Charles Borgman has left Mulligan Kenison & Appel. His new address is 155 S. Madison St., Suite 306, Denver, Colo. 80209. Phone: (303) 355-3640; fax: (303) 394-9292; e-mail:

MOVING: Flo Phillips is moving to Ohio as General Counsel at BWX Technologies of Mound, Inc. Best wishes!

MOREGOODSTUFF: David Juarez was recently made a magistrate in Adams County. Congrats!

CX: In November's issue, Tom Devine was listed as being a new Special Counsel for Holland & Hart. While he is new, he's actually at HRO and not H&H.

PASSED: Rep. Gary McPherson, R-Aurora, 37, was killed in a plane crash on Oct. 12. His family asks that donations be made to the Colorado Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, 19210 E. Breckinridge Ave., Stop33, Buckley Air Force Base, CO 80011-9525.

Roger Harding Lichty, 55, of Denver. Roger earned his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School and was a member of both the CBA and DBA. Contributions can be made to Colorado Community Church, 3651 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222.

Ralph Loeb, 86, earned his bachelors degree and J.D. from the University of Denver. He practiced law in Denver for more than 50 years and was a lifetime member of the Denver Bar Association. Contributions should be made to the Loeb Junior Tennis Club, E. Fourth Ave. and Forest St., Denver, CO 80220 or to Congregation Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver, CO 80220.

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