Denver Bar Association
July 2007
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Roll Out the Barrels

Olivia Rajchel, an eighth-grader at Oberon Middle School, participated in the DBA "Roll Out the Barrels" food drive to benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies. Students from the school took on a "Positive Change Project," and Olivia contacted the DBA to find out how she could help. She distributed flyers in her neighborhood and went door-to-door requesting donations. She then came to the DBA to drop off her dozens of donations. Olivia would like to thank her teacher, Ms. Shellhorn, for inspiring the project, and her neighbor Laura, who contributed above and beyond what was expected. The DBA CAN Committee would like to thank Olivia for her hard work on the project!

Capital Hill People’s Fair

DBA volunteers answered legal questions at the 2007 CHUN Capital Hill People’s Fair, June 2–3. Each year, the DBA staffs a booth with attorney and paralegal volunteers to answer the public’s questions, and distribute brochures and legal resource information. The volunteers answered more than 100 legal questions during the fair.

Thanks to Kip Barrash, Belinda Begley, Ilene Bloom, Brian Boney, Bill Burns, Marian Carlson, Jim Carr, Carey Christie, Kim Creasey, John Eckelberry, Debra Ehrenstrasser, Teresa Garcia, Kendell Lee, Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, Brian Popp, Pat Post, Janet Price, Debra Read, Lori Roberts, Vanessa Salinas, David Simmental, Leia Ursery and Rose Zapor for volunteering their time and resources.

Photo on left, volunteers Marian Carlson and David Simmental answer questions from fair-goers.
Photo on right, Elsa Martinez Tenreiro speaks her mind at the People’s Speak location.

Seeking Nominations: Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year

The CBA Paralegal Committee is accepting nominations for its annual Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year award. Nominees should be dedicated to assisting in delivering pro bono legal services to members of the community who otherwise could not afford to seek legal assistance. The award is not based on the number of people to whom pro bono services are offered or the number of hours volunteered; rather, the award is designed to acknowledge a paralegal’s dedication and motivation. To nominate a paralegal, visit and click on "Seeking Nominations: Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year."

Those interested in attending the award ceremony, at Maggiano’s Little Italy on Sept. 27, should contact Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-4342 or

We the People

The CBA/DBA helped to support travel costs for the Denver East High School Constitutional Scholars team of 28 juniors and seniors. The team won the national championship of the "We the People" competition held April 28–30 in Washington, D.C.

The team first won the regional competition in November and then the state tournament in December making them eligible to represent Colorado in the national competition.

East High has had a strong Constitutional Scholars program and often has finished in the top 10 of the national competition. A year ago, the East High team finished third. This is the first time since 1992 that East High has won the championship.

This was the 20th anniversary of the We the People program, which is sponsored by the D.C.-based Center for Civic Education (

If you would like to volunteer for the We the People competition, contact Carolyn Gravit at (303) 824-5323 or

DBA Annual Awards Party

The DBA Annual Awards Party was Wednesday, June 6, at the Denver Public Library. Attendees enjoyed free food and drink, and mingled and networked with other members.

Top photo of honorees, from left to right, Matthew Crouch, Young Lawyer of the Year; Hon. Andrew S. Armatas, Judicial Excellence; John Baker, Award of Merit; Hon. Dana Wakefield, Judicial Excellence; and Casie Collignon, Volunteer Lawyer of the Year.

Bottom photo, DBA President Paul Chan passed the gavel to incoming DBA President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro.


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