Denver Bar Association
September 2004
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Legal Affairs

CU Associate Law Professor, Sarah Krakoff, has been named interim director of the University of Colorado School of Law’s Natural Resources Law Center.

Greg Eurich has been elected to be a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

According to their annual report, Lindquist & Vennum "met the ABA’s Law Firm
Pro Bono
Challenge" by devoting 3% of their time to pro bono services. Part of their service included time with the Denver Court Appointed Special Advocates program, working on behalf of abused and neglected children in the Denver Juvenile Court.

The Governor of Wyoming has appointed James Tarpey to serve on the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority Board.

Nine Colorado lawyers received the 2004 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from The Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation: Jeffrey A. Goldstein, Brauer, Buescher, Goldhammer, Kelman & Dodge; William Schoeberlein, Littler Mendelson; Watson Galleher, Don, Hiller & Halleher, Robert Maes, David A. Martinez, Julia T. Waggener, Walters & Joyce; Rebecca Fischer, Sherman & Howard; Norman Haglund, Kelley Haglund Garnsey & Kahn; and Elizabeth Arenales, Center for Law and Policy. This award was for "winning an epic 23-year pro bono legal battle in Lobato v. Taylor on behalf of thousands of Hispanic ranchers seeking to restore their right to use La Sierra, an historic 80,000 acre tract of mountain land in southern Colorado. The award—the nation’s single more prestigious honor for trial lawyers—is bestowed annually upon the lawyers who made the greatest contribution to the public interest by trying or settling a precedent-setting case." Congratulations!

Choquette Eid Ezell

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado has elected four new trustees to fill vacancies on the Board: Steven C. Choquette, Troy A. Eid, E. Steven Ezell and Edward J. Nugent will serve three-year terms; CBA President Steve C. Briggs will serve a one-year term. LAF officers for the
coming year: William A. Bianco, chair; Donald Bain, vice-chair; Elizabeth Steele,
secretary; and Mike Noyes, treasurer. Trustees elected to serve a second three-year term: Kent Borges, Gretchen Miller Busch, David J. Driscoll, Elizabeth Steele, and William A. Wright.

Air Force Reserve JAG lawyer, Mike Schag, was awarded his second Meritorious Service Medal and recognized as "best litigator."


Matthew J. Hogan was elected president of the City Club of Denver.

Susan B. Bastress has become the first American and first non-Qatari lawyer officially licensed to practice law in the State of Qatar.

The Colorado Supreme Court appointed Diane Davies to the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

Linda Rockwood and Jim Spaanstra will be listed in The International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers 2004.

Kennedy, Christopher, Childs & Fogg is proud to announce that Daniel R. McCune was elected as a national director of the Defense Research Institute.


James M. King, with Baker & Hostetler in Denver, is the new president of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and James A. Holtkamp is vice-president.

Mike Wozniak was elected to serve his first four-year term as Council member of Cherry Hills Village, representing District 5.

Nancy A. Graham has been appointed by Gov. Owens to the State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Cole A. Wist was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Mesa State College.

IN THE NEWS: Mike Schag appeared on 9 News as a military law expert in the leading story about three Fort Carson soldiers charged with crimes in connection with the death of an Iraqi prisoner.

This comment about reporter Mike Soraghan’s column on "activist judges" from Andrew Cohen: "Soraghan deserves credit for trying to explain in lay terms what is a very complex legal issue and he deserves extra credit for acknowledging that ‘even legal scholars who rail against them say the term suffers from imprecision. Some legal scholars say an ‘activist’ judge is simply one who made a decision someone didn’t like’." Cohen pointed out that Sen. Allard and DU Law Prof. Julie Nice went head-to-head
. . . on the issue of same-sex marriage, with Prof. Nice "offering as good a defense of ‘activist’ judges as I’ve read. "Like it or not," Nice wrote, "it is the regular job of courts to interpret the meaning of the federal and state constitutions. Judges face a difficult task, indeed, when they must determine what it means to protect ‘liberty’ and ‘equality’ in an ever-changing society."

We loved Mike Keefe’s editorial cartoon in The Post. A man is standing by a statue of Abraham Lincoln and saying "*#&%$ trial lawyer."


DU prof. Robert Hardaway wrote a huge editorial piece for The Post entitled "Protecting the right to a jury trial."

Jim Lyons was featured in the business section of The Post in a good story by Tom McGhee.

Quite a few stories on the Campaign for Colorado (which the CBA was part of) dropping their effort to reform TABOR and Amendment 23. Reasons cited were lack of funding, bad timing and the large number of initiatives that will confuse the ballot.

Surely you saw all the stories and editorials about the issue of "prior restraint" concerning news outlets that received transcripts of a closed hearing in People v. Bryant and were told they couldn’t publish—and all the aftermath. The Post editorialized "Muzzle on media upheld." Paul Campos, CU prof of law wrote an editorial for the Rocky: "Publish or rights will perish."

Short story in The Post on Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber’s new office in Washington, D.C., which was once
the set of the short-lived HBO series
"K Street." They inherited makeup mirrors and a "Hollywood sink" with no plumbing.

Amy Fletcher wrote in the Denver Business Journal about national law firms "suffering in Colorado climate." She said some have shuttered and some have cut way back. The table with the story showed some were hurt but that others were certainly healthy.

88 attorneys were highlighted in the Denver Business Journal as "Who’s Who in Law": Stephen Abelman, Helen C. Atkeson, Robert H. Bach, Chris Beall, Norman Brownstein, Charlton Carpenter, Charles L. Casteel, Jeffrey A. Chase, Jay June Kun Choi, Richard K. (Dick) Clark, Ty Cobb, F. Stephen Collins, Miles Cortez, Jean E. Dubofsky, Stephen S. Dunham, Steven W. Farber, Lynn D. Feiger, A. Craig Fleishman, Edward H. Flitton III, Mark A. Fogg, Lee D. Foreman, Ann Frick, Walter L. Gerash, Darin Gibby, Reid A. Godbolt, Colin G. Harris, Dale R. Harris, Richard P. Holme, Peter C. Houtsma, Kenneth D. Hubbard, Jeffrey A. Hyman, Charles H. Jacobs, Paul A. Jacobs, Garth B. Jensen, Thomas P. Kearns, Thomas B. Kelley, David Kleinkopf, Frances Koncilja, Richard C. Linquanti, Robert L. Loeb, Jr., G. Stephen Long, Gary Lozow, Kenneth W. Lund, James M. Lyons, Michael McGinnis, Mark J. Meagher, Steven J. Merker, Gale T. Miller, Robert N. Miller, Ned A. Minor, John E. Moye, James Mulligan, Jennings J. Newcom, Michael D. Nosler, Michael L. O’Donnell, Timothy J. Parsons, Paul Phillips, Andrew Pidcock, Gary Polumbus, Larry Pozner, Beverly J. Quail, Thomas J. Ragonetti, Dan M. Reilly, Scott H. Robinson, Linda L. Rockwood, W. Dean Salter, Karen Samuels Jones, R. Michael Sanchez, Janet A. Savage, Mary Ellen Scanlan, Daniel Sears, Daniel F. Shea, Willie E. Shepherd, John D. Shively, Kenneth B. Siegel, David Sipiora, Jonathan H. Steeler, Thomas Strickland, Mary Hurley Stuart, Raymond L. Sutton, Jr., Penfield Tate III, Roger P. Thomasch, John "Jack" R. Trigg, Craig Umbaugh, Darrell G. Waas, Malcolm Wheeler, Mike Wozniak, and Frederick Y. Yu.

DBJ also profiled Pen Tate, former state senator, and his firm Trimble, Tate Nulan, Evans & Holden.

John Moye’s lovely visage was on the cover of Real Estate, an insert for DBJ. The story was about the "tenant’s market" and Moye’s and Patton Boggs’ new offices.

David Schachter of Sherman and Howard had a story in DBJ entitled "Proposed new copyright law may spell trouble for many."

Law Week Colorado featured lawyer/fiction writer Michael Levin, who has written 30 books and is now teaching aspiring writers.

Carolynne White was featured in the Rocky in a story entitled "Dream of a ‘baby lawyer’ comes true."

Blankenship Sanchez Kane

CHANGES: Justin G. Blankenship has joined Starrs Mihm & Caschette as an associate. Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti is pleased to welcome Jason T. Tadych as an associate.

Landes Payne Dower

The Colorado Judicial Institute is very proud to announce its new Board Officers: Richard L. Gabriel, board chair; Francy Miller, vice-chair; Michael Severns, vice-chair; Leslie A. Patten, treasurer; Susan Keesen, secretary; and Board Members: Elinor Greenberg, Gary Lozow, Michael L. O’Donnell, and Lance Tanaka.

Corey R. Sanchez has joined McKenna Long & Aldridge where he will continue his practice of government contracts counselor.

Snell & Wilmer has added John F. Kane to its business litigation practice.

Cooley Godward announces the addition of two intellectual property attorneys: Brian Ankenbrandt, as a partner, and Sean O’Dowd as an associate.

Dwight R. Landes and Christopher W. Payne have been named partners at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll.

Moye Giles is proud to announce the addition of Scott R. Bauer to its practice.

Holland & Hart is pleased to announce that Brian M. Dower has joined the firm as the new director of finance.

Balson Santiago Hoffman

MORE CHANGES: Merry H. Balson has joined Gorsuch Kirgis as an associate in the Business and Finance Division.

Karen Cody-Hopkins has joined the firm of Lilley & Garcia as an associate.

June S. Santiago has joined Faegre & Benson as an attorney in the Health Law group.

DU College of Law announces the additions of Miriam Connor and Misae Nishikura as Career Consultants.

Mitchell S. Hoffman has joined Hein & Associates as a partner.

White and Steele welcomes Kathryn A. Elzi, formerly a partner at Elzi Gurr & Stacy, as Special Counsel. She brings 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation.

BRICKS AND MORTAR: James R. Christoph, 1406 Pearl Street in Boulder, has expanded his mediation and arbitration practice to include offices in downtown Denver.

MORE BUZZ: So we told you about the caffeine in those Starbucks drinks, but have you looked at the
calories? Those frappu-, cappu-, mocha-things can provide more than one-fourth of the total calories and more than one-third of the fat most people should
consume in one day. A 16 oz. Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino with whipped cream—420 calories and 16 grams of fat! Customize your brew to save. Two-percent milk instead of cream in a Dunkin’ Donuts Coolatta cuts out 160 calories and 20 grams of fat. Order a smaller
version and the benefits are obvious.

PASSED: Anne Burford, Colorado legislator in the 1970s and EPA director under President Reagan (she wrote a book about the experience, "Are You Tough Enough"), died in July at age 62.

Robert Smedley, 77, died in July and reporter Virginia Culver wrote a wonderful story on him for The Post. He was a former state senator from an old Colorado family. He had a huge variety of interests—one was cycling and he biked through New Zealand this past winter.

J.C. Tim Scates, 60, died in July. He was a Vietnam veteran and a member of Cherry Hills Community Church. He practiced law in Denver for 32 years.

Ralph E. Hall, Jr., 72, a DU law grad, died In June. He practiced law in Denver from 1959 to 1989.

Bill Rice, 91, died in July.

Psst: Did you hear Alan Friedberg left his firm? Well, he didn’t. But if you read last month’s Docket you might think so. We left him out of his firm name when we credited Pendleton, Friedberg, Wilson & Hennessey with donations to the Roll Out The Barrels Food Drive. Nuts!

Elle Nicole
J.T. Timmers

BABIES: Elle Nicole Franciscus was born March 2 to former CAN chair, Rebecca Franciscus and her husband, Tucker. Nicknamed "Jellybean," she "smiles all the time and is babbling up a storm" (read, future lawyer).

J.T. Timmers was born to Marte and Jeff on June 17. He weighed 6 lbs. 5 oz. and was 19-1/2 inches.

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