Denver Bar Association
September 2005
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Denver Bar Association 2004-2005 Annual Report

2004–2005 DBA President Mary Jo Gross passed the giant gavel to incoming DBA President Chris Little during the DBA Annual Party in June.

Mary Jo Gross, with Barristers Benefit Ball co-chairs Marte Timmers (l) and Chris Little.

Now that I have time to look back over the past year, I can appreciate how special it was. Words fail me in an attempt to thank the members, committee chairpersons, volunteers, officers, and staff for their unfailing support and unceasing words of encouragement. At every turn, someone was offering to help.

We have more than 7,600 members, including 2,788 who are members of the Young Lawyers Division. The Denver Bar Association has an annual budget of slightly more than $1 million. In comparison, the Colorado Bar Association has more than 15,000 members and an annual budget of nearly $2.7 million. The DBA has a staff of 35, including four people who work exclusively for Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Nearly all of these staff members also work for the CBA. Their salaries, expenses, and resources are shared by the DBA and CBA. In June, Debora L. Wagner joined MVL as executive director, bringing years of pro bono and fund-raising experience to the organization.

DBA staff and volunteers have continued their hard work to improve and maintain the DBA website, which can be found at Check it out to see what our committees are doing and how to contact committee chairpersons and staff members concerning the work of the committees. The volunteer efforts of our voluntary Bar are impressive.

We all know that the committees continue to be where the real work of the Association gets done. I’m sure that no one really has a good idea of what the DBA does for the community and our members until he/she becomes a member of the Board of Trustees. Each officer is a liaison to one or more committee and actively serves on one or more committee — and that’s how he or she became an officer! The website has descriptions of completed and ongoing projects. To highlight a few: DBA committees were very active this year working to improve the experience of jurors at the City and County Building — these efforts are ongoing. The committees continue to sponsor free clinics for pro se litigants. Our volunteers are engaged in a continuing effort to revise and distribute educational materials and to provide low-cost or free mediation
services at the Denver County Court. Members engage in ongoing efforts to raise money and in-kind contributions for Kids in Need of Dentistry, Food Bank of the Rockies, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center, Denver Public Schools, and Children’s Outreach Project. Last year, our volunteers’ efforts to amend the CLE rules to allow CLE credit for pro bono work were rewarded by the changes to the rules. And, as illustrated by The Docket articles that were printed over the past 12 months, our members, friends, and colleagues are engaged in a wide variety of volunteer and charitable activities to benefit the community. We should be very proud and grateful to be associated with them.

Other fine programs and events continue to flourish. The Annual Bench–Bar Retreat was a huge success (again!); Tuesdays at the Bar lunches and YLD Coffee Talks have been well-attended; the Barristers Benefit Ball again raised much needed funds for pro bono legal services.

I am honored to have served as the Denver Bar Association president. We are all in good hands with Chris Little at the helm for the coming year. Of course, it is up to all of us to continue the good works and efforts of the members of the Denver Bar Association.

—Mary Jo Gross
DBA President

Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee continues to run the "Court Annexed Mediation Project," which provides mediation services to litigants and their attorneys in Denver’s County and Small Claims Civil Courts.

Award of Merit recipient, John Castellano (l) with Nancy Elkind and Hon. Ray Satter at the DBA Annual Party.


Awards Committee
Chair Hubert Farbes led the charge, and the Awards Committee selected a wonderful group to celebrate: John Castellano, Award of Merit; Ilene Bloom and Kenzo Kawanabe, Young Lawyer(s) of the Year; Judges James "Jay" Breese and John Coughlin, Judicial Excellence; and Jim Castle and Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, Volunteer Lawyer(s) of the Year. Awards were presented at the Annual Party, Denver Public Library, on June 9.



(L to R): Larry & Sherene Stenger, Sarah Quinlan, John Ridgley, and Maureen & Scott Leif at the 2005 Barristers Benefit Ball.

Barristers Benefit Ball
The 17th annual Barristers Benefit Ball was held April 30, with more than 730 people going "Beyond the Reef." The committee, co-chaired by Marte Timmers and Chris Little, worked tirelessly to plan the event, which raised more than $80,000 for Metro Volunteer Lawyers. This year, three attorneys and one law firm were honored for their extraordinary efforts and dedication to MVL and pro bono legal services. This year’s honorees were Jon Bradley, A.M. Coren, Rocco Dodson, and Frie, Arndt & Danborn, PC. Thanks to everyone who helped make this great event a reality, especially LexisNexis®, which was the benefactor of the 2005 Ball.

The Bench–Bar Committee
The Bench–Bar Committee, under the leadership of Judge Jay Breese and Charles Garcia, worked with Jury Commissioner LeAnna Mosher on a number of improvements for the jury system in Denver. The improvements included an upgraded phone system with information menu options, reduced parking rates for jury members, free passes to Denver museums,
discount coupons for downtown Denver restaurants, and
jury room aesthetics.

With the ABA’s Law Day theme, "The American Jury: We the People in Action," the Bench–Bar Committee worked with the Jury Commissioner and the Denver City/County Courthouse to celebrate Law Week April, 25–May 1. Activities included "meet and greets" for jurors by Denver judges, elementary school thank-you cards and artwork, which were posted on the Jury Assembly room walls, court representatives who spoke to potential jurors, and in-kind contributions of refreshments and restaurant discount coupons. Additionally, the committee worked with the DBA Young Lawyers Division to host a speech contest for high school students.

This committee also continued its work on a number of information court brochures. The Denver traffic brochure was updated and redesigned to be more reader-friendly. Additionally, the Appeals Pamphlet Subcommittee completed its draft work of an appeals brochure that will be available to the public mid-September.

DBA–CLE is the non-profit educational arm of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. In meeting the needs of Colorado lawyers, DBA–CLE presents approximately 95 live programs statewide throughout the year on a variety of topic areas. These programs attract several thousand attendees each year and many of the programs are co-sponsored by the sections and standing committees of the DBA. Programs range from half-day seminars to popular multi-day annual
conferences. Most are videotaped for replay and audio-taped for home study.

DBA–CLE also publishes more than 40 handbooks and practice manuals covering various law practice specialties. The publications are authoritative, written by practicing attorneys and sitting judges, as well as edited and cite-checked by experienced legal editors. The books are designed to be practitioner-oriented, and include essential forms, helpful checklists, organizational tabs, a subject index, tables of authorities, practice tips, and sample language to save time and make your services more economical.

DBA–CLE has developed an enhanced electronic and Web presence, and is developing plans for an online distance education and searchable CLE information database. Visit the website at

Panelists Hon. James Breese, Steve Zansberg, Mark Masters and Bonnie Schriner discuss “hot topics” for reporters at May’s “Media Day.”

DBA Communications Department
The Communications Department is here to help reporters understand and navigate the legal system so they can report balanced and accurate information. The department keeps in touch with reporters and editors in Denver, trying to educate in areas that are complex. It had a water law workshop, with local water law experts, for reporters and editors from The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, to help them better understand Colorado’s water laws. In May, the department held a "Media Day" at the Bar for reporters from newspapers, TV and radio to learn about specific legal topics. It received great feedback and similar worshops will continue this year. The department tries to call and e-mail reporters regularly — offering praise for a good job, suggesting stories, and sometimes giving (constructive) criticism. Reporters need to know that the DBA is reading about the issues. The department tries to respond to what’s going on in the legal community — producing papers on why term limits (or impeachment for rulings) are a bad idea, the importance of an independent judiciary, etc. If there is something in the media that concerns you, call the department. You are also encouraged to write letters to the editor or call reporters directly. In addition, the department can help you prepare for a media interview if you need it. It offers "personal brainstorming" when someone has a public relations problem. Contact Stacy Chesney, or (303) 824-5347.

Community Action Network Committee (CAN)
This past year, the Community Action Network (CAN) organized many community service activities that resulted in the collection of thousands of dollars and countless items, ranging from toothbrushes and backpacks, to canned food and desserts. CAN’s activities benefit deserving individuals and non-profit organizations across the Denver metro area. Through the tireless efforts of its amazing volunteers and participants, the CAN committee was responsible for the following events:

Back to School Supply Drive, benefiting more than 800 homeless students in the Denver Public School system. This year, CAN teamed up with the DBA Legal Services Committee, which provided counseling to the parents of the homeless children who picked up school supplies at Cole Middle School.

CAN award recipients: Jan Friend, Guy Cerasoli, Christian Hendrickson, Paul McCue, at the Desserts and Delights Auction in November.

The third annual Desserts and Delights Auction, had more than 200 attendees and an excess of $5,000 raised to benefit Work Options for Women. At the auction, CAN continued its tradition of awarding "WE CAN" awards to firms that demonstrated commitment to CAN’s projects.

Kids in Need of Dentistry Toothbrush Drive. CAN collected more than 1,000 toothbrushes and other dental supplies, and donations exceeding $700, for underprivileged and uninsured children in the Denver metro area. This was CAN’s most successful toothbrush drive yet!

Roll Out The Barrels food drive, which benefited the Food Bank of the Rockies. This year’s food drive resulted in more than 5,500 pounds of food and $6,800 in cash donations — enough for 34,400 meals! This was another record-achieving event. Many thanks to Pryor Johnson Carney Karr & Nixon, P.C. for donating the cost of additional collection barrels.

Denver Warm Welcome Center is a drop-in child care facility that provides a safe, secure setting while the child’s parent or guardian conducts business with the Denver courts. CAN continued its support of the child care facility by collecting hundreds of stuffed animals and books at Tuesday’s at the Bar CLE Programs and delivering them to the Denver Warm Welcome Center.

Children’s Outreach Project Clean-Up Day. Dubbing this year, the "Year of the Child," CAN has selected the Children’s Outreach Project as the benefactor of the 2005 fiscal year silent auction, scheduled for Jan. 26, 2006 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. As part of this initiative, several CAN volunteers spent a Saturday in May at the Children’s Outreach Project for the school’s Spring Clean-up day. Expect to see more hands-on volunteer activities involving Children’s Outreach Project throughout the year.

If you or your firm are interested in volunteering on the CAN committee or participating in any of these activities in the future, contact CAN Co-chairs Norman Beecher ( and Michelle Ferguson (, or DBA liaison Kari Brandt (


The Democracy Education Committee
The Democracy Education Committee, co-chaired by Elsa Martinez Tenreiro and Carrie Ciliberto, successfully increased participation in the Denver regional mock trial tournament by 100% this year. Seven Denver high schools fielded eight mock trial teams: Kennedy, Career Education Center, Manual’s Arts & Cultural Studies program (2 teams), Denver Academy, North, George Washington, and La Academia competed in the February 2005 tournament held at the Denver City/County Courthouse. Kennedy and George Washington high schools advanced to represent Denver in the Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial State Tournament. More than 100 Denver attorneys volunteered to assist with the Denver Regional and State Tournaments, held in Boulder County’s Courthouse. The committee will continue its work to engage more Denver schools in the Denver Mock Trial Program.

An officer from the Denver Sheriff’s Department “arrests” attorney Carrie Ciliberto during a Court Tour orientation.

The committee’s efforts to revitalize the Court Tour program were met with great success. Two court tour guide volunteer orientations were held, one in the fall and another after the first of the year. In 2004–2005, area schools scheduled more than 25 court tours of the Denver City/County Courthouse. While the increased interest is positive, the Court Tour program is still struggling to get trained court tour volunteers to sign up for these tours, leaving the staff with the bulk of the responsibility. The committee will continue with volunteer recruitment and provide another orientation this fall. Additionally, the DBA Public Legal Education department will review the program scheduling criteria to prevent overbooking of tours.

The DBA Speakers’ Bureau program is organized with more than 25 attorneys available and ready to speak to anyone about a specific topic. Requests for speakers have been few and more efforts to increase awareness among the schools will be made this coming year.


The committee and DBA staff produced a DBA Law-Related Volunteer Opportunities brochure that outlines both community- and school-based projects for attorneys, judges and others in the legal profession to participate or volunteer. This provides a guideline to volunteers, informing them of the time commitment involved in each project and the time period in which the project takes place each year, as well as other useful information about each program. This brochure is provided to incoming attorneys at the swearing-in ceremonies and at other Bar functions.

Finally, the Democracy Education Committee has not been able to complete revitalization efforts on the elementary or middle school in-class mock trial program due to lack of committee member interest and challenges of getting Denver Public Schools (DPS) interested in the program because of their busy CSAP schedules. The committee will continue exploring ways to develop this program, which makes teaching mock trial in classes easy for both teachers and attorney volunteers.

The committee continues to work with the CBA–PLE Committee on projects that will benefit Denver and other local Bar communities. One of the projects is offering DPS a presentation on the rights and responsibilities of 18-year-olds for DPS juniors or seniors.

Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee
A joint Committee of the CBA and DBA, the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee (DILP) has continued working toward its goal to cultivate diversity within the legal community, working with law schools, law students, practicing lawyers, and legal employers throughout Colorado to promote diversity at all levels. The Committee’s ongoing projects are the Mentor Program and the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Summer Clerkship Program. In the Mentor Program, first-year law students are paired with experienced attorneys for guidance and learning. This program is done in conjunction with the University of Colorado School of Law, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and several specialty bar associations. The Colorado Pledge to Diversity Summer Clerkship Program goal is to diversify Colorado’s law firms and legal corporate departments, while giving students the opportunity to gain exposure to the work, requirements, and culture of major law firms.

Diane Hartman shares a “Docket Tribute” at her last committee meeting in May, as David Erickson (center) and Marshall Snider laugh.

The Docket
It was an unprecedented year, as three fresh, new writers (Norman Beecher, Daynel L. Hooker and Tony Viorst) joined the ranks, and an old favorite, Bob Kapelke, came back as member at-large. Chair Alicia McCommons kept the troops in line as much as possible, and resident cartoonist, Dick Ott, spiced up the issues with his sketches. Issue highlights included some election-related fire as members debated the merits of the re-election of George W. Bush, a survey of what Denver lawyers are reading (ranging from Scooby Doo Mystery to The 9/11 Commission Report), and the breaking news that the Supreme Court Library was transformed into a coffee/gift shop. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! All members are invited to participate — writing, suggesting topics, taking pictures, joining in the bar reviews, and even in the meetings. Contact Stacy Chesney,, with your suggestions, questions, stories, photos and breaking news.

Interprofessional Committee
The Interprofessional Committee is charged with investigating disputes between attorneys and other professionals, and making non-binding recommendations for the resolution of such disputes. This fiscal year began with only two carry-over disputes from the prior year. Thirteen new disputes were assigned to committee members during the fiscal year, and as of the last meeting of the fiscal year, there are three cases pending without resolution or recommendation.

With the adoption of HIPAA of 1996, which became effective in April 2003, the Interprofessional Committee was called on to revisit the medical release authorization, which is an appendix to the Interprofessional Code, Second Edition (1997). The Committee continues to maintain a presence on the CBA website and includes a copy of the Interprofessional Code (Code), as well as a revised Authorization to Release Medical information form (HIPAA Form). The new HIPAA form is posted on the committee’s website and has been approved by the Denver Medical Society and the Colorado Medical Society.

Legal Fee Arbitration Committee
Resolution rather than litigation!
The DBA Legal Fee Arbitration (LFA) Committee has continued to mediate and arbitrate fee disputes between clients and their attorneys. The committee received hundreds of inquiries on legal fee arbitration, most of which were resolved prior to an arbitration hearing being set. The Committee remains one of the most active of all Bar committees, with daily stacks of mail and ongoing phone calls from both the public and attorneys. The free service allows attorneys to resolve fee disputes while maintaining respect for the fiduciary duty owed to the client.

In using LFA, each party must first agree to arbitration to start the expedited process. The Committee then assigns each side an experienced mediator and an arbitration panel. Either party can decline the mediation step — though both sides often want to work toward resolution and agreed closure. Most cases are settled through a session with the mediator. If the case cannot be settled, the panel, with committee review, will resolve the dispute with a quick and informal hearing.

The Committee is comprised of both attorneys and lay members, with a mix of long-term and new members. The process is considered a gentle, flexible, quick, informal and effective vehicle for the resolution of disputes between two people who have been in a trusting fiduciary relationship.

For more information or to join the Committee, contact staff liaison Kari Brandt at (303) 824-5340 or, or contact the chair, Charles Welton, (303) 333-8447 or

Lawline 9 — Paula Woodward of 9News (l) with Gov. Owens; Laura Tighe and Art Frazin field phone calls.

People’s Fair volunteers Spencer Crona and Mark Bove (r) field questions from passers-by.

Guests at the Legal Services Reunion enjoy good conversation.

Legal Services Committee
This Committee, co-chaired by Ilene Bloom and Kate Kelley, continues its pro se legal clinic programs, in partnership with the numerous courts and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, on divorce, bankruptcy, small claims and collections. Attendance numbers remain high, indicating a public need for this information. This year, an immigration legal clinic was developed for the Hispanic population. In partnership with El Centro de San Juan Diego, the clinics offer a venue where immigration questions can be answered. These clinics have been well attended and are scheduled through the end of 2005.

Lawline 9 at KUSA-TV Channel 9 continues to be a popular community program with more than 7,500 calls taken in the last year. More than 200 attorneys volunteer to staff this event every Wednesday evening.

The Committee, per the DBA Board of Trustees decision, did not host Law on the Mall during Law Week 2005, due to dismal public interest last year; however, it is exploring a variation of this program by organizing a trial run of Law at the Mall in the Fall of 2005. Attorney volunteers will staff tables at a metro-Denver mall and answer public legal questions.

Despite a rainy start, 20 attorneys volunteered to staff the 2005 CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair in June, where more than 100 questions were answered. Also, in November, eight volunteer attorneys staffed the 2004 Veteran’s Stand Down event held at the National Guard Amory at 52nd and Franklin, where more than 65 veterans were provided legal information and resources.

The Pro Bono Training subcommittee developed and delivered a CLE training program for attorneys who are interested in doing pro bono work. Offered in March 2005, more than 40 attorneys attended to learn about basic family law, landlord/
tenant, bankruptcy, public benefits issues, as well as what legal resources are available to assist pro bono attorneys with their cases. The Committee plans to tweak the original agenda and offer this program again this year.

Membership and Marketing

Membership in the Denver Bar Association continues to increase and there are almost 7,700 members in the DBA! The DBA membership department provides opportunities for members to network (social and business), supports other DBA departments, and offers other membership benefits.

Colorado Legal Directory
One of the most tangible benefits of belonging to the Denver Bar Association is the Colorado Legal Directory. Every member of the Denver Bar Association receives a free copy each year as part of his or her membership dues. (The only local bar association that provides this!) The DBA works with the publisher, McGraw Hill, to produce the directory. The publication is a valuable source of revenue for the DBA and the Membership Services Committee welcomes any comments or suggestions for the directory.

CLE Program
The DBA YLD Professional Development Committee (you may know by its nickname, "Coffee Talk") continues its success in the fourth year. The monthly program focuses on topics of particular interest to new attorneys. Topics this year included: "Copyrights 101," "Basics of HIPAA," and "Settlement Negotiations." The May Coffee Talk program was held at the offices of Montgomery, Little and McGrew, in the Denver Tech Center. After receiving feedback from our members, we will be offering more programs in the South Denver area, to help our members who have to fight I-25 traffic.

DBA Membership Services helps organize the spring and fall admissions ceremonies for new attorneys, in conjunction with the Colorado Bar Association. New attorneys are welcomed by leaders in the legal community and are sworn-in by Chief Justice Mullarkey of the Colorado Supreme Court. In the fall of 2004, 492 attorneys passed the Colorado State Bar Exam and in spring of 2005, 288 were admitted to practice in Colorado. One of the goals of the Membership Department is to partner with law schools and students, providing mentoring and networking opportunities. The DBA co-sponsors the University of Denver’s "Fall New Student Orientation." Here, the DBA staff has a chance to meet with new students, answer questions and provide direction.

Helen Shreves, Gay Niermann, Marian Carlson, Kristen McLaughlin at the Henry Hall Golf Tournament.

The attorneys honored  for 50 years of practice at the Senior Spring Banquet in May.

Membership Events
The DBA held a member "Night at the Movies," in March 2005, featuring a documentary on a real trial and murder case titled, "The Staircase." There was a great turnout with many DBA members and their guests attending. In the fall of 2004, the DBA Membership Department supported the DBA YLD Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction by promoting the event and providing door prizes. The event raised money for the Legal Aid Foundation. The DBA Membership Committee also helped market and promote the 2004 DBA Community Action Network Desserts and Delights Auction in November 2004. The auction was lots of fun, as DBA members feasted on delicious desserts and contributed to various charities through a silent and live auction.

The Spring 2005 Annual Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament was successful for another year, with 100 DBA members enjoying a spectacular golf course and beautiful weather. DBA members played at the Inverness Golf Club and received lots of goodies and prizes, in addition to a great day of golf. Membership works with the DBA Golf Committee to raise money through sponsorships to make the event affordable.

Saving money and raising money through the DBA
The DBA Membership Department offers discounts for members on everything from office supplies to business attire. Through your membership in the DBA, you can also receive discounts to several Denver-area health clubs, promoting wellness among our members!

The DBA Membership Services and Marketing Department is also responsible for selling the advertising in The Docket, the official publication of the DBA. Advertising revenue remained steady and new advertisers joined this year, offering our members the latest in legal products and services.

Metropolitan Conciliation Panel
In December 2002, the Bar Associations of Adams County, Broomfield County, and the 1st Judicial District (Jefferson and Gilpin Counties) joined with the Denver Bar Association and established the Metropolitan Conciliation Panel (MCP). The Arapahoe and Douglas County associations have since joined. The MCP now consists of a diverse group of 29 well-respected lawyers from all of the local bar associations and is administered by a five-member coordinating council. The MCP intervenes in conflicts between attorneys over issues of professionalism and civility, as defined in the "Denver Bar Association Principles of Professionalism" and the "Colorado Bar Association Standards of Professionalism."

All work of the MCP is confidential and voluntary. "Interventions" often consist of a panel member simply acting as a sounding board for an attorney involved in a professionalism dispute with another attorney. An intervention also can provide conciliation services for the disputing attorneys. All matters where the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct apply and all requests for intervention by consumers are excluded from the jurisdiction of the MCP. Requests for intervention and referrals are accepted from attorneys, judges, magistrates and the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Regulation Counsel. For more information, contact MCP co-chairs John Baker at (303) 329-3855 or David Furgason at (303) 861-8013.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers
Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL) has provided pro bono legal services to residents of the Denver area for nearly 40 years. Some exciting changes this year include the arrival of new Executive Director Debora Wagner, from St. Louis, MO, as well as the addition of Kathy Tourtelot, as legal
services coordinator for the Family Law Court program. Patricia Trujillo continues as legal services coordinator and Codi Raymond is program assistant. This year, we served more than 1,325 clients with advice, brief service, or pro se assistance; and attorneys represented 1,292 indigent clients.

MVL provides civil legal assistance to clients throughout the Denver metro area. Nearly half of its funding comes from the DBA-sponsored Barristers Benefit Ball, with the remainder coming from COLTAF, individual contributions, and per capita contributions from its sponsoring bar associations: Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Douglas/Elbert Counties, and 1st J. D.

This group of attorneys "65 or better," has four big events. There’s a December holiday party at the DBA, which is nothing more than good ol’ camaraderie, holiday cheer, and tasty fare. July brings a golf tournament, which is always a good time. The "Seniors Roast," typically a fall event, honored Jerry Conover this year. The evening included a videotaped message from Mayor John Hickenlooper, a friend of Jerry’s who was unable to attend. Jerry’s family and numerous friends turned out for the event at the DAC. Finally, the best party of the year is the Senior Spring Banquet, which honors Denver lawyers who have been licensed for 50 years. This past May, the Committee honored 23 attorneys who attended. More than 100 people turned up at the Warwick Hotel to honor these accomplished individuals. DBA President Mary Jo Gross roamed the room with a microphone, and many laughs were shared as the stories of these lawyers were told.
The DBA’s dynamic, database-driven website continues to grow with new content added daily. The Legal Resource Directory and Senior Law Handbook are up-to-date, and new issues of The Docket are added to the site before they arrive in your mailboxes. It’s easy to keep your Bar-related events straight with the joint DBA online calendar and the Legal Community Calendar. The "Public Interest" section offers educational materials, such as brochures and handbooks. Also on the site are the DBA governance and expanded Committee information.

Chris Jenkins admires the piles of suits donated for YLD’s “Law Suit Days.”

Volunteers at the YLD Winter Festival, which provided foster kids with a party, toys, pizza, and a visit from SpongeBob Squarepants.

Young Lawyers Division (YLD)
The Division held a Regional CLE program, in conjunction with the ABA, in Copper Mountain in the early part of 2005. The YLD held the annual "Winter Festival" for foster children, which was a highly successful event. YLD also continued its monthly "Barristers After Hours" program, which helps young attorneys break away from their desks to socialize and network. YLD held another successful court orientation for new attorneys at the Denver District Court, in which many judges spoke and provided insight for attorneys who are just starting to appear before them.


The Denver Bar Association finished the 2004–2005 fiscal year with income exceeding expenses. The staff should be commended for keeping expenses down, while expanding programs and services.

The DBA is still in an excellent financial position, with adequate reserves to allow it to plan for future member needs. The Budget and Planning Committee will continue to work with the Board of Trustees to plan and budget for the future. A complete audit will be available at the Bar offices after Oct. 1. The following charts outline the financial figures in greater detail.

Assets *2005 2004
Cash and cash equivalents 1,038,820 890,364
Certificates of Deposit 53,000 53,000
Due from Colorado Bar Assoc 260,656 296,722
Accounts Receivable

Denver Bar Foundation

0 0
Accounts Receivable (other) 77,814 98,239
Prepaid expenses 33,969 29,831
Property net of Depreciation 32,441 28,607
Funds held (retirement benefits) 17,314 21,410
Deposits 4,544 4,544
Total Assets 1,518,585 1,422,717
Liabilities and Membership Equity
Accounts payable other 0 0
Due to Colorado Bar Association 0 0
Due to Denver Bar Foundation 0 0
Accrued Compensation 28,616 42,448
Accrued retirement benefits 18,612 20,919
Deferred Revenue (dues and other) 395,077 397,700
Accrued sales taxes and property taxes 0 0
Accrued income taxes 0 0
Total Liabilities 442,305 461,067
Membership Equity



Unrestricted 1,076,280 961,650
Restricted for special projects 0 0
Total Equity 1,076,280 961,650 
Total liabilities and membership equity



Dues 755,457 750,096
Member Programs 28,730 36,532
Metro Volunteer Lawyers 154,458 166,446
Misc. Income 135,249 115,446
Total 1,073,893 1,068,520
Programs, committees & departments 322,692 301,631
Metro Volunteer Lawyers 225,728 219,330
G&A Human Resources 209,196 215,923
Building, Equipment & Operations 194,764 182,435
Governance and meetings 11,203 12,941
Total 959,263 932,260
Surplus (deficit) 114,630


*2005 figures are unaudited

2005 Revenues

2005 Expenses



Committees ... You on the List?

To join a committee, call Melissa Nicoletti at (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736, or check out

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Chair, Patrick F. Kenney
Staff Liaison, Monica Davis

Hartley D. Allen
Emily E. Anderson
David M. Arnolds
Erich L. Bethke
Carrie L. Ciliberto
Stephen E. Flechner
Gregory A. Hall
David R. Hansen
James L. Harrison
Otto K. Hilbert
Daniel C. Himelspach
Don D. Jacobson
Kent J. Levine
Christopher B. Little
Donald P. MacDonald
Charles M. Masner
Brian D. Meegan
Mark P. Miller
Sally K. Ortner
Eugene M. Osman
Alan W. Peryam
Irwin A. Pierce
Steven C. Posner
Arlan I. Preblud
Mary E. Ricketson
Gilbert M. Román
L. W. Fenton Sharrow
Robert M. Smith
J. Mark Smith
Marshall A. Snider
Constance C. Talmage
Camille A. Torres
Robert M. Vinton
Patricia B. Walker
Gary A. Zeidner


Chair, Susan Smith Fisher
Staff Liaison, Dana Collier Smith

Marian L. Carlson
John S. Castellano
Craig C. Eley
Rebecca L. Franciscus
Arthur M. Frazin
David W. Furgason
Loren R. Ginsburg
Daniel C. Himelspach
David J. Katalinas
Mary J. Kelly
Christopher B. Little
Richard G. McManus
Douglas I. McQuiston
Charles P. Northrop
Susan E. Sanders
William E. Walters

Barristers Benefit Ball

Co-Chairs, Rebecca Alexander, Paul Chan
Staff Liaison, Dana Collier Smith

Bench Bar Committee

Co-Chairs, Hon James B. Breese,
Charles F. Garcia
Staff Liaison, Carolyn Ferber

Julie E. Anderson
Andrew S. Armatas
Timothy R. Beyer
Peter A. Cal
Marian L. Carlson
L. Kathleen Chaney
David R. DeMuro
Kevin M. Dufficy
Jeffrey A. Esses
Herbert H. Galchinsky
Anne W. Gill
William W. Hood
Jerry N. Jones
Benjamin Klein
Christopher B. Little
Randall M. Livingston
Richard G. McManus
Richard L. Ott
Gerald Padmore
Brian S. Popp
Kathie T. Riley
Howard I. Rosenberg
Raymond N. Satter
John E. Scipione
MaryBeth Sobel
Mark D. Sullivan
Andrew M. Toft
Patrick D. Vellone
Edward L. Volpe
Donald Wasko


Chair, Stacy Carpenter
Staff Liaison, Greg Martin

Megan F. Brynhildsen
Paul H. Chan
Jeffrey Esses
Christopher B. Little
Randall M. Livingston
Gregory J. Smith
Doug A. Stevens
Marte Timmers
Jennifer H. Weddle

Community Action Network

Co-Chairs, Michelle Furgason,
Norman Beecher
Staff Liaison, Kari Brandt

Molly Allen
Julie E. Anderson
David M. Arnolds
Todd A. Bower
Aaron P. Bradford
Megan F. Brynhildsen
Bart B. Burnett
James E. Bye
L. Kathleen Chaney
Carrie L. Ciliberto
Britt M. Cobb
Matthew P. Crouch
Jennifer Dennis

Mary Jo Dougherty
Laura B. Embleton
Denise P. Erwin
Rebecca L. Franciscus
Mary Jo Gross
C. Ben Huber
John P. Joyce
Tonya J. Kaye
Peggy E. Kozal
George D. Kreye
Richard W. Leslie
Christopher B. Little
Kristi J. Livendalen
Catherine E. McDaugale
Brian D. Meegan
Heather A. Purcell
Karen L. Spaulding
Martha B. Timmers
Leslie G. Toepfer
Anthony J. Viorst
Sue E. Weiske
Sheryl Whipple
Lisa D. Williams

Democracy Education

Chair, Elsa Martinez TenreiroStaff Liaison, Carolyn Ferber

Hon. Julie E. Anderson
Hon Angela R. Arkin
Amy E. Brimah
James F. Carr
Carrie L. Ciliberto
Ida E. Escobedo-Betson
Wesley B. Howard, Jr.
Mike Hulen
Christopher B. Little
Steven M. Masiello
Patricia K. Post
Kathie T. Riley
Matthew J. Rita
David N. Simmons
Robert M. Smith
Marte B. Timmers
Jamie D. Wynn

CBA/DBA Diversity in the
Legal Profession

Co-Chair, Kathleen Nalty, Andrea Wang
Staff Liaison, Kari Brandt

Louise Aron
Darla Benford
Matthew Y. Biscan
Ginny Brannon
Julie Carroll
Renee A. Casanova Lewis
S. Kato Crews
Melinda Delmonico
Katayoun Donnelly
Yolanda M. Fennick
Raphael A. Flores
Priscilla S. Fulmer
J. Alberto Garcia
Elizabeth C. Giordano
Tim Henderson

Charles P. Henderson
Andrea L. Hill
Jody L. Hobbs
Cynthia J. Hyman
Norma May Isakow
David R. Juarez
Kenzo S. Kawanabe
Eileen M. Kiernan-Johnson
Linda S. Kreusel
Christopher B. Little
Victoria E. Lovato
Elsa T. Martinez-Tenreiro
Christine C. Mastin
Daniel H. May
Brandi L. Nieto
Veronica Paricio
Neeti Pawar
Patricia Powell
Meshach Rhoades
Mary E. Ricketson
Bill Salvatore
Timothy P. Schimberg
F. Stanley Sena
Michael A. Shea
Cynthia R. Shearon
Guadalupe J. Sisneros
Constance C. Talmage
Jennifer L. Ungar
Kara D. Veitch
Andrea Wang
Jonathan M. Ward
Kris D. Ward
Jennifer H. Weddle
Jeffrey W. Wu


Chair, Daynel L. Hooker
Staff Liaison, Stacy Chesney

Norman B. Beecher
Hon. Craig C. Eley
David L. Erickson
Loren R. Ginsburg
Paul F. Kennebeck
Christopher B. Little
Alicia McCommons
Douglas I. McQuiston
Richard L. Ott, Jr.
Gregory D. Rawlings
Hon. Marshall A. Snider
Anthony Viorst
Dennis P. Walker

Educational Lunch
(Tuesday’s at the Bar)

Chair, Megan Brynhildsen
Staff Liaison, Melissa Nicoletti

Todd A. Bower
Donald A. Brenner
Linnea Brown
Bart B. Burnett
Stacy Chesney
Nanette J. Crawford
Elizabeth J. Dietrich
Mary Dilworth
Hon. Craig C. Eley
Kevin J. Evetts
Michael J. Gates
Michelle Gersic
Elizabeth C. Giordano
Floy H. Jeffares
Scott C. LaBarre
Steven M. Masiello


Carolyn J. Mitchell
Reba J. Nance
Liza K. Olson 
Brian S. Popp
Frank P. Slaninger
Charles C. Turner

Henry Hall Memorial
Golf Tournament

Co-Chairs, Stephen T. Erwin,
Rob Hooke, Todd Jansen,
Richard Strauss
Staff Liaison, Dana Collier Smith

Matthew D. Abell
Todd A. Bower
Donald A. Brenner
Julie S. Hanson
Christopher B. Little
Barrett T. Weisz
James R. Wolf

Joint Management

Chair, Richard S. Gast
Staff Liaison, Greg Martin

Steve C. Briggs
Stacy A. Carpenter
Paul H. Chan
Roger E. Clark
Andrew C. Gorgey
Mary Jo Gross
John S. Holt
Christopher B. Little
Elsa T. Martinez Tenreiro
Gregory J. Smith
Elizabeth A. Starrs
William E. Walters

CBA/DBA Law Practice
Management & Technology

Chair, Sue Borgos
Staff Liaison, Reba Nance

Frederick G. Aldrich
Eric L. Anderson
Gregg Anderson
Garry R. Appel
Frank V. Ariano
Louise Aron
Robert A. Ausenhus
John W. Barnett
Stuart N. Bennett
Bruce C. Bernstein
Mark S. Berry
Donald A. Bertram
Andrea D. Bishop Dalton
Richard L. Bland
Peter B. Bogardus
Larry L. Bohning
Baird B. Brown
Michael D. Brown
Christopher Bryan
Thomas J. Burns
Ed R. Bryne
Eric Carlson
Thomas J. Turner Carney
James R. Christoph
Carrie L. Ciliberto
Karen J. Cody-Hopkins
Emily J. Curray
Elizabeth J. Dietrich
Philip L. Dubois
Jeffrey R. Edelman
James C. Ellenberger
David L. Erickson

James D. Evans
Mechelle Y. Faulk
Daniel S. Foster
Sheldon E. Friedman
Larry R. Gaddis
Debra L. Geibig
Allison Gerkman
David J. Graf
Timothy P. Hadley
Gina B. Hardin
Hon. Alfred C. Harrell, Jr.
Gail C. Harriss
Lawrence P. Hartlaub, Jr.
Andrew R. Heyl
Thomas J. Hindman
Joseph G. Hodges, Jr.
Debra Hodgson
Robert M. Holt
James M. Hult
Nina A. Iwasko
Moira R. Jamieson
Peter F. Jones
Joel S. Judd
Eileen K. Kelly-Sharpe
Phillip A. Kendall
John (Jack) A. Kintzele
Mark J. Kolber
Linda S. Kreusel
Kenneth M. Laff
Lynn I. Landis-Brown
Christine J. Law
Jane M. Lawlis
Theresa Leming
Kent J. Levine
Arthur Lindquist-Kleisser
Lino S. Lipinsky
Christopher B. Little
Barbara H. Lutes
William D. Lyte
David L. Masters
Kristine Mattione
Steven W. McDonald
Anthony K. McEahern
Carolyn L. McIntosh
Thomas C. McKee
Michael A. McManus
George Meziere
Mark P. Miller
Michael W. Millington
Richard E. Mishkin
Ryan P. Montgomery
Theresa M. Moore
Nicholas G. Muller
Jonathan B. Musser
Eric Nunemaker
Marcia G. O’Brien
William H. O’Rourke
Richard L. Ott, Jr.
Elizabeth J. Paul
Jennifer L. Peters
Steven C. Posner
Janet M. Price
Michael W. Reagor
Thomas R. Ripp
Kristi A. River
Judith K. Rosenblum
Barbara K. Ruh
Joanne T. Rupprecht
Jennifer A. Russell
Dominick M. Saia
Bill Salvatore
Christi A. Sanders
Walter H. Sargent

John W. Savage, Jr.
Bruce A. Schilken
G. Michael Schuyler
Jeffrey J. Scott
Ronald Seigneur
Jeffrey C. Shaw
Jack D. Shoffner
Gwendolyn J. Shotwell
David A. Simmental
Lawrence S. Skiffington
Mary Slaught
Carla W. Sledge
Courtney L. Smith
J. Mark Smith
Larry C. Smith
R. Dean Speirs
Scott W. Stauffer
H. Michael Steinberg
Jennifer N. Story
James R. TenBrook
C. Gregory Tiemeirer
Andrew M. Toft
E. Richard Toray
Cynthia Treadwell-Miller
Chad A. Trulli
Gary C. Tucker
Jennifer R. Turner
Adrian Villasenor
Anthony J. Viorst
Anne M. Vitek
Brian D. Wallace
Steven R. Warden
Matthew J. Werner
Debra K. Wilcox
Richard C. Wilson, Jr.
Alfred J. Wittmann
Anthony N. Woloch
Brock R. Wood
Jeffrey W. Wu

Legal Fee Arbitration

Staff Liaison, Kari Brandt

James L. Aab
Donald W. Alperstein
Bruce C. Anderson
Douglass B. Auer
Gretchen L. Aultman
Sonja A. Becker
Martin M. Berliner
Peter R. Bornstein
Joseph J. Bronesky
Magistrate Alan H. Bucholtz
Carrie L. Ciliberto
Janice H. Clark
Carrie H. Clein
Steven Clymer 
Kari L. Cook
Joseph A. Davies
Herbert A. Delap
John S. Evangelisti
Andrew J. Felser

David A. Fogel
Richard M. Foster, Jr.
Richard A. Francis
Sheldon E. Friedman
Rachel Gille
Samuel Gordon
Karen A. Hammer
Melinda M. Harper
Joanne Herlihy
David L. Hiller
James D. Hinga
Patrick F. Kenney
Benjamin Klein
Kate E. Knickrehm
Jeffrey A. Knoll
Christopher B. Little
Kristi J. Livedalen
Meghan W. Martinez
Richard G. McManus, Jr.
Robert S. Meer
Lee A. Mickus
Mark P. Miller
Stuart D. Morse
Charles P. Northrop
David A. Ogilvie
Eugene M. Osman
R Lee Payne, Jr.
Nancy L. Pearl
Arlan I. Preblud
Joel Rothenberg
Alexander R. Rothrock
Saul R. Sarney 
Bonnie M. Schriner
Ronald L. Seigneur
Laura E. Shapiro
Diane V. Smith
Elizabeth A. Starrs
David Steefel
James L. Stone
Richard S. Strauss
Lance K. Tanaka
Max Tyler
James H. Turner
Paul G. Urtz
Patrick D. Vellone
Anthony J. Viorst
Lawrence E. Volmert
Charles Welton
Mary A. Wollard
Constance B. Wood

Legal Services

Co-Chairs: Ilene Bloom, Kate Kelley
Staff Liaison, Carolyn Ferber

Molly A. Allen
Jonathan D. Asher
Stacy A. Carpenter
Steven C. Choquette
Rocco A. Dodson
Laura B. Embleton
Rebecca L. Franciscus
Jordan Hochstadt
John P. Joyce
Eileen K. Kelly-Sharpe
Gregory W. LePage
Carolyn Lievers
Christopher B. Little
Sally J. Maresh
Elsa T. Martinez Tenreiro
Steven M. Masiello
W. Robert Montgomery
Jon S. Nicholls
Janet M. Price
Manuel A. Ramos
Chris Rockers
Howard I. Rosenberg
David N. Simmons
Marte B. Timmers
William E. Walters


Membership Services

Chair, Dawn McKnight
Staff Liaison, Mary Dilworth

Todd A. Bower
Richard B. Caschette
Kenzo S. Kawanabe
Christopher B. Little
Thomas M. Rogers III
Sue E. Weiske


Chair, Elizabeth Starrs
Staff Liaison, Dana Collier Smith

James T. Bayer
Paul H. Chan
Janet S. Drake
Mary Jo Gross
Hon. Alfred C. Harrell, Jr.
Christopher B. Little
Carolyn J. Mitchell
Gilbert M. Román
Hon. Marshall A. Snider
Marte Timmers
Ralph G. Torres


Chair, Mark Fogg
Staff Liaison, Chuck Turner

Alan W. Anderson
Erin C. Asborno
John T. Baker
James F. Carr
Roger T. Castle
Harvey W. Curtis
Shelley P. Dodge
Mark A. Fogg
Bradley J. Frigon
David W. Furgason
Alan M. Grossman
Kerry S. Hada
Donald W. Hoagland
Don D. Jacobson
Pamela A. Johnson
Sherri H. Kuhlmann
Larry D. Lee
Christopher B. Little
Cyndi L. Lyden
Mary A. Malatesta
Hon. Jose D. Marquez
Alicia J. McCommons
Hon. John N. McMullen
Douglas I. McQuiston
Steven A. Michalek
Cecil E. Morris, Jr.
Charles P. Northrop
D. J. Poyfair
Henry R. Reeve
John E. Scipione
Paul J. Skok
Patrick D. Vellone

Seniors Committee

Chair, Jim Bayer
Staff Liaison, Stacy Chesney

The DBA Seniors Committee
consists of DBA members “privileged to be 65 and older,” and who enjoy camaraderie with their fellows. The Committee puts on four or five
events a year. New members welcome.


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