Denver Bar Association
March 2009
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Picture This: DBA Happenings

200 children receive Winter Festival presents

Members of the DBA YLD and a few friends volunteered one Saturday morning to help give away toys, books and games to disadvantaged children in Denver.

Underprivileged children and their families rushed the toy-filled room at the Denver Department of Human Services, Jan. 24, to collect toys donated by local law firms and companies. The Denver Nuggets and Kronke Sports donated 420 tickets to the Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz game. Handy Andy, a balloon artist who has participated in other DBA sponsored events for children, was in attendance and eager to make whatever animal, hat or shape the child wanted, under one condition — they had to wait patiently in line. The event was hosted by the DBA Young Lawyers Division, chaired by Gillian Bidgood and Kelley Bergelt.

Members of the DBA YLD and a few friends volunteered one Saturday morning to help give away toys, books and games to disadvantaged children in Denver.


Award of Merit recipient Tim Fox, center, with his wife Amy Robertson and CBA President Bill Walters, show off Fox’s plaque honoring him for his outstanding work in the legal community.

CBA Award of Merit

Fellows and guests witnessed Tim Fox receiving the CBA’s Award of Merit at the Colorado Bar Foundation’s annual Bar Fellows Dinner, Jan. 9, at the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center. The award was presented by CBA President Bill Walters.





COBALT kick-off

Twenty attorrneys officially started their COBALT training at a retreat in Estes Park, Jan. 15–17. For more information on COBALT, go to or contact Dana Collier Smith at

Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey spoke to the 2009 Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Class at an annual retreat in Estes Park, Jan. 15–17, kicking off the six-month leadership program. Twenty attorneys, varying in age and experience, make up this year’s class, which focuses on serving the legal profession by equipping participants with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in the profession and in the community.





Mari Newman takes home Davis Award

Killmer Lane & Newman partner Mari Newman graciously accepted the 2008 Richard Marden Davis Award on Jan. 14 at a dinner in her honor at the Brown Palace. The award is presented annually by Davis Graham & Stubbs, the Denver Bar Foundation, and the Davis family to a Denver lawyer under age 40 who has combined excellence as a lawyer with civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership in the tradition of Dick Davis early in his career. Newman already has distinguished herself as a respected civil rights attorney, a well-recognized leader and an expert in public interest litigation. She has served as co-counsel in numerous cases protecting and advancing the civil rights of individuals in a myriad of protected classes, from discrimination against the GLBT community to constitutional issues in civil rights protection. Newman’s expansive pro bono activities as a team leader in the Guantánamo Bay cases have involved hundreds of hours litigating the right to habeas corpus and Congressional efforts to strip that historic and fundamental right from six detainees from Yemen.

Mari Newman, left, happily accepts the 2008 Davis Award from DBA President Mark Fogg, Jan. 14 at the Brown Palace.

The night before leaving for Guantánamo Bay on client business, Mari Newman joyfully expresses thanks to her family, friends and colleagues for making her career what it is today.












From the mouths of members...

How are you saving money during these tough economic times?

"I must realize my investments have capsized. Avert my shocked eyes! Eating out, not cool. Dressing down is the new rule. Rent a flick; carpool. Don’t be a debtor; life will get better."— Judge Steven Bernard

"I’m making baby steps, starting with less sushi and fewer lattes."— Carolyn Gravit,DBA Director of Public Legal Education

“Haircuts every nine weeks instead of six, and fewer
highlights!”— Christine Searls












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