Denver Bar Association
April 2000
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The Bejeweled Honorees


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

Ben Aisenberg, Megan Combs, Dan Duggan, Pam Gagel and Gina Weitzenkorn will be recognized for supporting free legal services to the poor through Metro Volunteer Lawyers. The 2000 Barristers Benefit Ball will be Saturday, April 29 at the Adam's Mark Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver.

While being a busy Colorado Bar Association president, Ben Aisenberg found time to participate in pro bono work. One of his volunteer efforts was mentoring a University of Denver College of Law Evening Division student in 1997. Along with student Stacy Schalk, he represented a Spanish-speaking couple with difficulties concerning a house purchase. After filing a lawsuit and conducting two years of negotiations involving the use of interpreters, Ben and Stacy finalized and collected on a settlement, which was very beneficial to their clients.

Megan Combs is Metro Volunteer Lawyers' most dependable volunteer in Douglas County. She is a long-time Douglas/Elbert Bar Association representative, and the current chair of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers Advisory Board. In addition to doing difficult domestic cases, she has mentored a student in MVL's DU Evening Division student program.

Dan Duggan is another long-time volunteer, Advisory Board member and student mentor. He has taken, and continues to take, a number of difficult cases and clients. In one case, he obtained a reasonable outcome when his client unexpectedly failed to appear. He also negotiated a settlement regarding a questionable house sale for a divorced client.

Pam Gagel has been involved with MVL since she was a law student. She is a former magistrate of the Denver District Court and is currently the case manager in Denver and Arapahoe Counties under a new domestic relations pilot project. As magistrate, she strongly supported MVL's Family Law Court Program and was instrumental in integrating MVL into Denver's Post-Decree Multi-Door Program. She finds innovative ways to help indigent and pro se parties obtain access to the justice system.

Gina Weitzenkorn was the first director of MVL and former director of client services for Colorado Legal Aid. She has remained committed to the program and continues to represent indigent clients. She accepts clients with difficult domestic relations issues in Denver and Adams counties. She serves as a valuable resource for MVL staff and is a mentor for inexperienced volunteer attorneys.

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