Denver Bar Association
November 2008
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2008-09 DBA Board of Trustees Profiles

John T. Baker
DBA Board of Trustees position: President-Elect
Employment: John T. Baker
Favorite DBA service received thus far: Serving as Chair of the Metropolitan Conciliation Panel
Known for: Working on professionalism projects
A Favorite Quote: “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
Free time hobbies: Tennis & reading
Favorite spot in Denver:  Home with my family
Last good book you read: “Black Water” by Jeremy Scahill
Best practical tip from DBA applied to real life: Your professional reputation is all that you have as a lawyer; better protect it
Mentors: Jim R. Carrigan, Frank Dubofsky and Jim Tilly
Inspiration for practice of law: My father, who was a non-lawyer and the legal professions’ best critic
What would you do if you didn’t practice law? Teach high school history
What is your dream job? Jon Asher’s job.

Thomas Kanan, Jr.
DBA Board of Trustees position: First Vice President
Employment: McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter
Favorite DBA service received thus far: Professionalism development and networking with fellow attorneys
Known for: A good sense of humor and great laugh
A Favorite Quote: “Life is everywhere a condition in which there is much to be endured and little to be enjoyed.” — Sam Johnson
Free time hobbies: Reading, movies, rafting, camping, photography, pets, creative writing
Favorite spot in Denver: Cherry Cricket North
Last good book you read: The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
Best practical tip from DBA applied to real life: Stay awake!
Mentors: Terry Gillespie and Luis Rovira
Inspiration for practice of law: Dale Tooley and Terry Kelly
What would you do if you didn’t practice law? Social work
What is your dream job? Teaching a literature class on legal themes and issues for interested young students.

David Ball
DBA Board of Trustees position: Second Vice President
Employment: Holme Roberts & Owen
Favorite DBA service received thus far: The doughnuts and pastries at each Trustees’ meeting! Absolutely delicious! But seriously, through the DBA, I’ve become involved in the legal community and the community at large.
Favorite Quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  — Margaret Mead
Free time hobbies: Spending time with my remarkable children and amazingly tolerant wife
Last good book you read: “Scott on Trusts” is a real page-turner
Best practical tip from DBA: Keep it simple.
Mentors: Don Samuels, Dave Steefel, John A Warnick, the Honorable Rich Gabriel and my entire family
What would you do if you didn’t practice law? Teach and write. I might also sleep a little more than I do now.
What is your dream job? Being a good father and husband.

Richard Strauss
DBA Board of Trustees position: Trustee/Treasurer
Employment: Hochstadt, Straw, Strauss & Silverman
Favorite DBA service received thus far: Playing in the Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament
Known for: My rapier wit or my golf swing
A Favorite Quote: “Insanity is trying the same thing over and over again expecting to get a different result.” — Albert Einstein
Free time hobbies: Golf and guitar
Favorite spot in Denver: Cherry Creek North
Last good book you read: The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
Best practical tip from DBA applied to real life: Professionalism!!!
Mentors: Jordan Hochstadt and George Straw
Inspiration for practice of law: William Douglas
What would you do if you didn’t practice law? Clearly not join a rock band or try to make the PGA tour; probably teach
What is your dream job? To become a Lotto winner.


 


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