Denver Bar Association
October 2007
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Picture This: DBA Happenings

Collier Smith Receives Award

Dana Collier Smith, CBA/DBA assistant executive director, received the National Association of Bar Executives President’s Award at the Passing of the Gavel Luncheon at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Allan Head, NABE president, thanked Collier Smith for being an outstanding member of the board. Congratulations!

From left: Allan Head (North Carolina State Bar and President of NABE), Dana Collier Smith (Colorado & Denver Bar Associations), Leah Johnson (South Carolina Bar), Toby Brown (Utah State Bar) and Tom Edmonds (Virginia State Bar).

Dana Collier Smith with Allan Head.


APABA Boat Race

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Billable Dragons race team, sponsored by Faegre & Benson, successfully competed at the Seventh Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival held July 28 and 29. The Billable Dragons won two of four highly contested races. More than 50 corporate and individual teams competed and an estimated 9,000 attendees enjoyed the food, entertainment and shopping at the festival. APABA is proud of its third year participating in the largest Asian cultural event in Colorado and encourages other bar associations and law firms to field their own dragon boat race team next year. Team Photo: Back row(s), left to right: Dennis Kaw, Matthew Riehl, Bradford Jones, Stephanie Gaddy, Peter Riehl, Eamon Callison, Michael Rothrock, Fred Allen, Thomas Crabtree, Byeongsook Seo. Front row, left to right: David Lee, Darcie Kurtak, Diana Fan, Nina Wang, Lindsey Rothrock, Nancy Ko, Sue Kim, Joe Chen, Heather Christman. Not pictured: Mechelle Faulk, Jane Hancock, Carla Ryan, Scott Sprague, Amber Tafoya.

Lawyers, Judges, Journalists ... Oh My!

The Denver and Colorado Bar Associations sponsored a "Court Coverage Forum" with the Colorado Press Association and Colorado Judicial Branch on Aug. 16 at the Denver Press Club. The event was an informal roundtable forum involving
journalists, attorneys and judges, designed to discuss issues facing the legal community and state court system. Participants from the legal community included Colorado Supreme Court Justices Gregory Hobbs and Michael Bender; Colorado Court of Appeals Judge John Webb, Denver District Court Judge Christina Habas, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey; Chief Deputy Denver District Attorney Lamar Sims; and Charles Garcia and Michael Vallejos, former and interim heads of the Denver Office of the Public Defender. Reporters and editors from metro newspapers and TV stations attended. A solid discussion of many issues were covered, including court caseloads and resources, trends in legal issues, accessibility of attorneys and court officers, access to court records, and areas that are under-reported. Photos by Thomas Cooper, Lightbox Images.

From the mouths of members…
What is the best question/statement you’ve encountered at Law Line 9?

"A gentleman told me recently that the government was putting chemicals into our deodorant to control our minds."

— Barbara Quade

"The question began, ‘My husband’s in prison —’ I stopped the caller right there, because my area of Trusts & Estates is about as far from criminal law as you can get."

— Mark D. Masters

"A caller had been arrested for ‘just being at his girlfriend’s house’ and did nothing wrong, so I told him he might have a case and then he asked, ‘Do you think the lawyer could get my gun back?’"

— Steve Miller

To volunteer for Law Line 9, call Carolyn Gravit, (303) 824-5323.

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