Denver Bar Association
January 2005
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Committees & Departments

DBA Award Nominations

We need your help! It’s time to nominate deserving recipients for the annual DBA Awards, given out at the Annual Party in June.

The DBA is looking for nominees for the Award of Merit, Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, Young Lawyer of the Year, Judicial Excellence and the Liberty Bell Award. For more information and award definitions, see page 4 of the insert section in this issue. Nominations can be sent to Diane Hartman at 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203. You can also fax to (303) 894-0821 or e-mail If you have any questions, call (303) 824-5312.

Board of Trustees Nominations!

The DBA Nominating Committee is accepting officer nominations for the Board of Trustees for the 2005–2006 year. The following positions will be available: President-elect, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President (under the age of 37), Trustees (3-year terms), and Representatives to the CBA Board of Governors (2-year terms). Please contact a member of the Nominating Committee to submit your nomination. Committee members are: Bill Walters, chair; Jim Carr, Joe Dischinger, Kenzo Kawanabe, Chris Little, Lenore Martinez, Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, Aleene Ortiz-White, Brian Popp, Tony Viorst and Carolynne White. Contact Dana Collier Smith (303-824-5318 or with any questions.


Young Lawyers Division

Winter Festival—Jan. 22!

YLD’s Winter Festival Program is Saturday, Jan. 22, at Denver Human Services, 1200 Federal Blvd. This is a great chance to brighten the holiday season for Denver’s foster children by distributing toys and gifts to them. To volunteer or donate, contact Doug Stevens at or (303) 991-4701.

Legal Night at the Center

Serve the community without getting locked into an expensive, time-consuming commitment! Legal Night is the third Tuesday of each month, 5:30–8 p.m. Come provide legal guidance in the areas of family, landlord-tenant, immigration, employment, and housing law. Location is El Centro Bienestar, 623 Fox St. Contact Alison Daniels at

Barristers After Hours

Take a break! Come to the Rock Bottom Brewery, 16th & Curtis, on Thursday, Jan. 20, 5–7:30 p.m. Enjoy networking, socializing and two free drinks and free appetizers with the YLD. No reservation needed—just show up! Contact Brian Popp at for more information.

Desserts and Delights Auction

November 2004
The Warwick Hotel



The DBA Community Action Network’s (CAN) Third Annual Desserts and Delights Auction raised more than $5,000 to benefit Work Options for Women (WOW), a nonprofit organization that provides training to low-income women in the food service industry.


Auctioneer Bill Walters
energizes the crowd.

Award recipients (l to r): Jan Friend, Featherstone DeSisto; Guy Cerasoli, Kennedy, Christopher, Childs & Fogg; Christian Hendrickson, Cage Williams Abelman & Layden; Paul McCue, Sherman & Howard

Cullen Gravit provides acoustic Celtic pop melodies.


Approximately 200 guests enjoyed samplings of delectable desserts and complimentary wine. Prizes included certificates for cooking classes, Aspen retreats, life-coaching, golf, massage and yoga classes, as well as door prize tickets to the movies and Comedy Works. Entertainment was provided by EMR Records artist Cullen Gravit.


A representative from Above the Rim wine store provides a free tasting.

DBA President Mary Jo Gross
enjoys the event with her
sister and co-workers.

Former CAN Chairs Rebecca Franciscus and Lisa Williams chat with Kari Brandt.

CAN thanks event sponsors: Above the Rim wine store; Arrowhead and Thorncreek Golf; Adagio Baking Company; Corner Bakery; Bella Flora floral shop; Sambuca; Panzano; Cleo Parker Robinson Dance; Impulse Productions; Delectable Egg; Blue Sky Yoga; Denver Art Museum; Tante Louise; Veldkamp’s Flowers, Colorado Rapids; Colorado Ballet; the Cordillera, Luna, Monaco, and Warwick hotels; Boomerang Lodge in Aspen; and Table 6 Restaurant.

CAN Co-chairs Norman
Beecher and
Michelle Ferguson

• Visit for more information about WOW.

• To learn more about recording artist Cullen Gravit, go to:

• For more information about CAN, contact Kari Brandt at or (303) 824-5340.

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