Denver Bar Association
January 2007
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Picture This: DBA Happenings

National Adoption Day

More than 40 children were adopted at the Denver City & County Building Nov. 17 on National Adoption Day. Activities began with speakers Judge Sandra Rothenberg, Colorado Court of Appeals; Allen Pollack, director of Family & Children’s Services at the Denver Department of Human Services; and Judge Karen Ashby, Denver Juvenile Court.

Colorado is home to more than 1,200 children waiting for permanent families. Sixty of them are in Denver. The event was held to celebrate and honor the loving families who adopt, and to encourage others to adopt children from foster care. Nationwide, thousands of children, parents, judges, volunteer lawyers, adoption professionals and child advocates gather for this special occasion.

Pictured at left, Judge Sandra Rothenberg (left) and attorney Sue Kim. Pictured at right, "Handy Andy" made balloon animals for the children and guests.

Vet Stand Down Helps the Homeless

Pictured at left, Chris Rockers. Pictured at right, Mike Milazzo.

The DBA participated in the annual Veterans Stand Down, an event that offers many services for homeless veterans, including benefits, medical, grooming, clothing, food and shelter services. DBA attorney and paralegal members staffed a booth to answer homeless veterans’ legal questions and disperse legal resources. More than 200 volunteers worked to serve 406 homeless veterans. Thanks to the following volunteers who staffed the Nov. 9 event: Melinda Begley, Lyle Boll, Monica Brion, Bill Burns, Kelly Elefant, Ari B. Gould, Don Jacobson, Mike Milazzo, Kathleen Robinson, Chris Rockers, Diane Vaksdal Smith and Deb Wagner. If you would like to volunteer for events, such as the Vet Stand Down, contact Carolyn Gravit at or (303) 824-5323.

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors met Nov. 4 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Top left, DBA President Paul Chan and Board Member Rebecca Alexander. Top right, Dana Collier Smith (left) and Melissa Nicoletti watch the "This is Your Life" slideshow in honor of Collier Smith’s 30th anniversary with the CBA/DBA. Bottom left, CBA President Liz Starrs presents Immediate Past-President Roger Clark with his presidential scrapbook. Bottom right, Liz Starrs gives her president’s report.

 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year

David Ball is the recipient of the 2006 CBA Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Ball, a Senior Associate at Holme Roberts & Owen in Denver, has engaged in more than 800 hours of pro bono legal service over the past two years and is actively engaged in the Mile High Down Syndrome Association. Ball also is heavily involved with the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. He is secretary of the Executive Council of the DBA YLD and also chairs Attorney’s Night Out for the organization. Ball was nominated by Richard L. Gabriel.

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