Denver Bar Association
October 2006
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Picture This: DBA Happenings

2006 DBA School Supply Drive

More than 40 law firms and organizations participated in the Denver Bar Association Community Action Network School Supply Drive to benefit Denver Public School kids who are homeless or less fortunate. For two weeks at the end of July and the beginning of August, the firms collected supplies from their staff, ranging from pens and crayons to backpacks and paper. Denver Public Schools Educational Outreach Program and Children’s Outreach Project benefited from the collection.

At the event on Aug. 13, more than 300 Denver school children received school supplies; the Denver Museum of Nature and Science provided free access to the museum for the children and their families, plus a free pass to any IMAX movie; and the Denver Bar Association supplied meal tickets, so the kids and their families could enjoy a lunch at the Museum.

When the DBA CAN School Supply Drive put the word out, donations from individuals, law firms and other organizations poured in. Through these generous donations and the help of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, plus the efforts of many attorney volunteers (some who drafted their own children to help sort and stuff) we were able to treat the children to a VIP day at the Museum.

Top left, a recipient picks up his backpack and school supplies.

Top right, from left to right: Julia Taylor, director of communications, Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Mary Jo Gross, DBA past-president; Stephanie Baer, executive director of Children’s Outreach Project; and Aaron Bradford, chair DBA CAN Committee and managing partner at Pryor Johnson Carney Karr & Nixon. They were amoung the many who volunteered their time to hand out school supplies.

Brooke Wunnicke: Speaker, Honoree at UW, Wyoming Bar

On Aug. 15, Brooke Wunnicke was the speaker at the University of Wyoming Law School’s annual Judicial Luncheon for Wyoming judges and the freshman law class. On Aug. 16, she presented a CLE lecture on "Ethics and Legal Professionalism in the 21st Century" at the Wyoming State Bar’s annual meeting. On Aug. 17, she was honored at the Wyoming State Bar’s annual banquet.

Pictured with Wunnicke are, Warren A. Lauer (left), president, Wyoming State Bar; Brooke Wunnicke (middle) and Jerry R. Parkinson (right), dean of the University of Wyoming College of Law.

by Debora Wagner, MVL executive director

Do you still call Metro Volunteer Lawyers the "Thursday Night Bar Program"? Never heard of MVL or the "Thursday Night Bar Program"? Either way, we have the event for you.

On Thursday night, Oct. 12, MVL (formerly the "Thursday Night Bar Program") will be celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Denver Bar Association. Stop by between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to share in the food, drink and festivities. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs will make a brief presentation to commemorate the occasion. There also will be a silent auction to help raise money for the program.

The Thursday Night Bar Program started in 1966 when volunteers from the Denver Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section coordinated with the University of Denver College of Law and the Legal Aid Society to provide pro bono legal services to low-income residents of Denver.

MVL is the oldest continuously operating program of its kind in the country. Every year, MVL serves thousands of clients who need help with civil legal matters.

MVL always needs volunteers to represent low-income clients through direct referrals and the Family Law Court Program. Attorneys, paralegals and law students are invited to help. Donate as little as half a day, or take on an entire case.

Come reminisce about the early days of the Thursday Night Bar Program, or to learn more about volunteering. MVL wants to recognize the many volunteers who have contributed their time and energy through the years, and to share the benefits of doing pro bono work with prospective new volunteers. Even if you cannot make it to the anniversary celebration, please consider making a contribution to the silent auction. For more information about making a donation, contact Codi Raymond at (303) 866-9311 or We hope to see you on Oct. 12!

Constitution Day

On Sept. 15, the DBA Democracy Education Committee supported national Constitution Day by getting involved with youth education. Volunteers visited Hamilton Middle School, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Florida Pitt Waller School and Wyatt Edison Charter School to teach students about the U.S. Constitution and our system of democracy. Special thanks to all the volunteers who participated in this successful day: Cynthia Barnes, Brian Boney, Troy Clarence, Judy Firestone, Susan Grauer, Hollie Hinton, Don Jacobson, Jake Joyce, Fred Long, Sandra Wick Mulvany, Elizabeth Peros, Monica Rosenbluth, Bill Slamkowski and Carolynne White.

Fred Long (above) was one of the many volunteers to educate students on Constitution Day.

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