Denver Bar Association
July 2006
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Committees & Departments

People’s Fair, June 3–4

From left to right, Brian Boney, Seth Ryan and Kip Barrash.

 DBA volunteers answered legal questions at the 2006 CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair, June 3–4.

Thanks to Kip Barrash, Darla Benford, Charlotte Bocquin, Brian Boney, Amy Broughton, Carey Christie, Debora Ehrenstrasser, Alli Gerkman, Amy Jiron, Kay McCarthy, Matt McCune, Nora Nye, Pat Post, Janet Price, Lori Roberts, Seth Ryan, Deb Sperlak, Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, David Turner, Leia Ursery, Elizabeth Velez and Heather Weckbaugh for bearing the heat, and volunteering their time and resources.

Bench-Bar Retreat — Save the Date: Oct. 21, 2006!

 Our legal system is under siege more and more. Beyond the rhetoric and anecdotes, what are the real problems? How can we fix them? Why is the system so costly, cumbersome and time-consuming? How can we adjust the system so that it works effectively, efficiently and fairly? How should we create greater accountability on the part of the judiciary to promote these goals?

Join Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System; Justice Greg Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court justice and member of the Access to Justice Commission; Terrance Carroll, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; and Denver County Court Presiding Judge Andrew Armatas to discuss answers to these and other important questions at the DBA’s Annual Bench/Bar Retreat on Oct. 21, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., at the Inverness Hotel. The topic will be: “What are the real problems, and what are the real solutions? Improving the legal system in a time of cynicism and despair.” Watch The Docket for further details and registration information.

Paralegal Reception a Success

 More than 60 people attended the second annual Colorado Paralegal Day Reception at the CBA offices on May 4. Many paralegals and attorneys attended. Current and former DBA Presidents, Chris Little, Mary Jo Gross and Joe Dischinger, and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers were present. Ever-popular door prizes were handed out, including four half-price CBA Associate Membership discounts.

The CBA Paralegal Committee gratefully acknowledges the sponsors for the reception, pictured at right: CLS Copying & Scanning, Attorneys Service Center, Paralegal Resource Center, Robert Half International, Rossi Legal Staffing, Special Counsel, Strategic Staffing Associates, Today’s Legal Staffing, Gibson Arnold & Associates and Kelly Law Registry.

DBA Annual Party 
The gavel passes from Chris Little to incoming President Paul Chan. from left to right, Judge Mary Celeste, Anthony van Westrum, Judge Lawrence A. Manzanares, Neil Oberfeld and Michelle Ferguson

from left to right, Brian Popp, past-chair of DBA YLD; Michael Gates, chair of DBA YLD; and Doug Stevens, incoming chair of the DBA YLD.
Anthony van Westrum, who received the Award of Merit.

 The DBA honored five members of the legal community for their outstanding efforts in the legal profession and community at the annual party on Tuesday, June 6, at the Denver Public Library. The DBA’s highest award, the Award of Merit, went to Anthony van Westrum, who chairs the Colorado Bar Association’s Amicus Brief Committee, is a member of the Legislative Policy Committee and Ethics Committee, and represents the Business Law Section on the Board of Governors. Other award recipients included: Denver County Court Judge Mary Celeste and Denver District Judge Lawrence A. Manzanares for Judicial Excellence; Neil Oberfeld for Volunteer Lawyer of the Year; and Michelle B. Ferguson for Young Lawyer of the Year.

Can Committee School Supply Drive, July 24 - Aug.4

Collect school supplies at your office to help students of Denver Public Schools who are in need. See the impact of your donations on Aug. 13 when supplies will be handed out at the Museum of Nature & Science from 1 to 5 p.m. To volunteer on Aug. 13 or participate in the drive, contact Aaron Bradford at (303)874-3434 or


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