Denver Bar Association
May 2012
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Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons defeated McKenna Long & Aldridge to win the A League championship for the third year in a row.

White and Steele defeated Burns, Figa and Will to win the B League championship.

Lawyers League Basketball Wraps Up

The Lawyers League Basketball’s version of March Madness concluded on March 14 with the championship games in both the A and B leagues. Both games were very competitive and went down to the wire.

In A League, RJL (Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons) defeated McKenna Long & Aldridge to cap an undefeated season and capture the three-peat.

In B League, White and Steele defeated Burns, Figa and Will.

Congratulations to the champions and the teams that made the finals.


BBB Raffle Tickets Available

Barristers Benefit Ball raffle tickets are on sale at for $10. Prizes include a number of weekend getaways throughout colorful Colorado, spa packages, and Le Creuset cookware. The drawing will be held at the Barristers Benefit Ball at the Grand Hyatt Denver on Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. You can get tickets to the ball at the same Web page. Unable to attend? You don’t need to be present to win. All proceeds from the raffle and the ball benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers.


Join Lawyers’ League Softball

DBA Lawyers’ League Co-ed Softball starts June 9 and runs through Aug. 11. Games are played Saturdays at Cranmer Park (at 1st Avenue and Bellaire Street). This is a relaxed league more concerned with having fun than, well, pretty much anything else. Cost varies depending on the number of teams in the league. For more information or to sign up, contact Jack Tanner at


Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament and Silent Auction

There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start on Monday, June 4, at the Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament, which benefits Metro Volunteer Lawyers. The tournament will be hosted at the Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen. For more information, contact Alexa Drago at


Seniors Spring Banquet ‘Class’ Announced

Honor those who have been admitted to the bar for 50 years at the DBA Seniors Spring Banquet on Tuesday, June 12.

The "class" of honorees includes Robert A. Calvert, Frederic K. Conover II, L.R. Freese, Donald B. Gentry, Dale R. Harris, Ronald C. Hill, Joseph C. Jaudon, Jr., William C. Jensen, Thomas G. Jeter, Richard W. Laugesen, Thomas S. Nichols, Neil Peck, R.N. Quigley, Joseph R. Quinn, Lee G. Rallis, Ralph B. Rhodes, Isaac Scher, L. William Schmidt, Jr., Thomas C. Seawell, Barrie G. Sullivan II, James R. Wade, Orrelle R. Weeks, and Randall L. Weeks.

The banquet will be held at the University Club, 1673 Sherman St., at 5:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $45. RSVP to Alexa Drago at


Support the Legal Aid Foundation

There are 750,000 Colorado residents who are living in poverty, unable to pay for legal services that can help them obtain justice in our legal system. Your donation today will help provide timely access to legal aid for those who have nowhere else to turn. The Legal Aid Foundation’s 2011–12 Campaign For Justice concludes on June 30, so there is still time to make a difference in someone’s life with a tax-deductible donation at

SDBA Democracy Education Committee Receives Helen Phelps Award

Recognizing the Democracy Education Committee’s commitment to volunteering the classroom, the Denver Bar Association committee will receive the Helen Phelps Award from the Denver Teachers’ Awards on May 11.

The award honors individuals and organizations who make an outstanding volunteer contribution to Denver Public Schools. The committee was nominated by attorney Lorni Sharrow.

Sharrow highlighted the various ways attorneys have participated in the schools, from Constitution Day to mock trial coaching. The relationship between DPS and attorneys grew when the guest teaching program was launched in 2008, responding to DPS’s need of 300 to 400 substitute teachers each day. DBA members have since volunteered to teach more than 200 days, saving DPS an estimated $19,000 in substitute teaching costs and allowing teachers to step out of the classroom for career development.

Additionally, the committee is piloting a program that is an outgrowth of the guest teaching initiative—the Partner Alliance of Lawyers and Schools or PALS—at Smiley Middle School, Morey Middle School, and Beach Court Elementary. PALS assigns three attorneys to a school, and they volunteer throughout the year in various capacities, from serving as a substitute teacher to leading a lunch discussion about current events. “Through the consistent presence of attorneys at the school, the school’s administration and teachers can design programs specific to and advantageous for the school and the attorneys,” Sharrow wrote in her nomination.

She added: “Community involvement is critical to the success of our public school system. Volunteering is one way to supporting our children. … As volunteers, we relish the opportunity of incorporating service into our lives and making a difference in our community.”

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