Denver Bar Association
December 2009
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Picture This: DBA Happenings

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell Hosts Debate League Season Opener

The Denver Urban Debate League Advisory Board and Denver Public Schools kicked off the 2009–2010 debate season with The Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell Season Opener. The competition was at Manual High School on Saturday, Oct. 17. The debates were open to the public and at least 40 students competed in two divisions: novice and varsity. The high schools that participated included Academy of Urban Learning, Manual, Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College, Montbello, Thomas Jefferson and West. The teams debated the National High School Policy Debate Resolution: "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase social services for persons living in poverty in the United States." Debaters took part in four debate rounds, arguing both the affirmative and negative side of the resolution. First place went to MLK, Jr., Early College High School and second place went to Manual High School. The Urban Debate League serves students who face incredible odds at school and at home as they work to graduate from high school and go on to college. The League’s mission is to promote inclusiveness, citizenship and education equity by making debate available to every student in the Denver metro area. The League is deeply grateful to the corporate and community sponsors, such as Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, who make the competitions possible at no cost to students.

Second Place Team Sweepstakes Award winners from the host school, Manual High School, show off their plaque after the awards ceremony.

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell attorney Stephen Oertle speaks to Denver Urban Debate League students at the awards ceremony.

Roberto Corrada, co-chair of the Denver UDL Advisory Board and Diane Hellwig, attorney for Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, congratulate students Dora Chinchilla, front, and Lauren Brown from Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College High School.

The Suits Piled Up at Law Suit Days

From left, Goodwill volunteer Yelena Nemoy, YLD Chair Elect Tony Ryan, YLD Chair Trent Ongert and AmeriCorps members Jessica Nye and Carl Sauey accept clothing donations for Law Suit Days.

On Oct. 8 and 9, the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division accepted annual, fall donations on the steps of the Denver City and County Building of gently used professional clothing, shoes and accessories. The clothing was given to Goodwill Enterprises Youth Services and to Bayaud Enterprises. This Goodwill program focuses on the future career development of high school students. In 26 area high schools, students are taught career education, skill development, resume building, portfolio building and help with mentoring programs. Bayaud is a local nonprofit that provides vocational training, job coaching, resume building and job placement services for individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities, as well as to homeless or low-income individuals and families.

650 New Attorneys Take the Oath

The Fall Swearing-In ceremony, Oct. 26 at the Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver, brought in approximately 650 new attorneys to take the Oath and officially be named attorneys in the state of Colorado. Speakers included Hon. Mary J. Mullarkey, Hon. Wiley Y. Daniel, CBA President David M. Johnson, DBA YLD Chair Trenton J. Ongert and David H. Getches, Dean of the University of Colorado Law School. Exactly 701 people passed the July 2009 exam. The Spring Swearing-In Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 17, for all those who pass the February 2009 exam.

CBA President Dave Johnson congratulates the newest attorneys for passing the bar exam and urges them to be honest during their careers in the legal profession.

Kyaw Tin, Chris Larson and Amy Kramer celebrate their new attorney status after the ceremony.

Tyrone Glover, left, and his fellow law school grads raise their right hands as they take the oath of admission at the Swearing-In Ceremony.


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