Denver Bar Association
June 2009
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Picture This: DBA Happenings

More than 600 donors attend Barristers Benefit Ball
Good showing of pro bono
supporters, in spite of down economy

Just over 600 members in the legal community dug deep into their pockets, during tough economic times to support Metro Volunteer Lawyers at the 21st Annual Barristers Benefit Ball on April 24.

In addition to being MVL’s annual fundraiser, the Ball celebrates the past year of pro bono service by lawyers and legal professionals in Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Douglas, Elbert, Adams/Broomfield and Gilpin counties.

Three special honorees were recognized for their outstanding commitment to ongoing pro bono service. Frances Fontana, Bryon Large and Gerry Hernandez were spotlighted in a ceremony for their dedication to making sure that the poor have access to justice.

The MVL Board also gave special recognition to MVL staff member Patricia Trujillo for 20 years of service. In addition, leaders recognized the lifelong pro bono work of the late Barbara Quade of Windsor, Colo., 1950-2008.

Denver Bar Association President Mark Fogg, left, and Rich Harris, Chair of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers Board, far right, along with DBA President Elect John Baker, on April 24 celebrated work by Patricia Trujillo, Fran Fontana, Gerry Hernandez and Bryon Large at the 21st Annual Barristers Benefit Ball. The evening’s theme was "An Evening on the Nile," at the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center.

Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Russell Carparelli, center, joined peers celebrating pro bono work of Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Pictured left to right are: Leslie Lawson, Bob Kapelke, Carparelli, Mary Jo Gross and Dan Himelspach. MVL pairs volunteer attorneys and paralegals with indigent people who need legal services.

A heartfelt thanks goes to all the patrons, underwriters, contributors and sponsors, including:

FedEx® Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc. NITA® National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Siler Printing Co.


Baker Hostetler l John T. Baker l Bayer & Carey l Berenbaum Weinshienk & Eason l Bieging Shapiro & Burrus l Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck l Colorado Bar Association CLE l Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section l Colorado Defense Lawyers Association l Davis & Ceriani l Davis Graham & Stubbs l Dorsey & Whitney l Faegre & Benson l Gibson Dunn & Crutcher l Gordon & Rees l Hensley Kim & Holzer l Hogan & Hartson l Holland & Hart l Holme Roberts & Owen l Husch Blackwell Sanders l Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe l Isaacson Rosenbaum l Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley l Kelly Garnsey Hubbell + Lass l Kennedy Childs & Fogg l Lambdin & Chaney l Montgomery Little Soran & Murray l Morrison & Foerster l Polsinelli Shughart l Reilly Pozner l Ritsema & Lyon l Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons l Silver & DeBoskey l Snell & Wilmer l University of Denver Sturm College of Law l Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy


Lanny Anderson l Donelson Ciancio & Goodwin l Suzanne & Steven Ferguson l Wesley & Patti Howard l Charles & Deborah Turner l Willoughby & Eckelberry


Doris E. Burd l Choquette & Simons l Gutterman Griffiths l Krendl Krendl Sachnoff & Way l Raymond N. Satter

Denver Bar Association President Mark Fogg, center, and Dianne Van Voorhees, the executive director of Metro Volunteer Lawyers, far right, celebrated pro bono work by this year’s honorees (left to right) Gerry Hernandez, Fran Fontana and Bryon Large.

Colorado Bar Association President Bill Walters, right, and his wife Christy Cutler, center, attended the 21st Annual Barristers Benefit Ball with Maeva Szlovik, a graduate student at the University of La Rochelle, France.

Newly engaged couple, Becky Bye, chair of The Docket Committee, and James Rufus Garts III, chair-elect of the CBA Young Lawyers Division, joined colleagues in celebrating the work of attorney volunteers.

Second Judicial District Court Judge William W. Hood III, left, Mark Fogg, Denver Bar Association President, and Kristin Rozansky, CBA-Continuing Legal Education Board member and director of the Colorado Personnel Board, helped raise funds for Metro Volunteer Lawyers and celebrated pro bono work in the legal community.

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