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The Colorado Lawyer
March 2013
Vol. 42, No. 3 [Page  9]

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In and Around the Bar
Bar News

News From CBA Sections, Committees, Local and Specialty Bars, and More

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association, including sections and committees, administration, and local and specialty bar associations. It also includes notices of activities—past, present, and future—from local and national law-related organizations and groups. Please send information and photos to CBA legal editor Susie Klein at sklein@cobar.org.


Bennett S. Aisenberg and Loren M. Brown
Honored at Bar Foundation Dinner

Ben Aisenberg was recognized with the Award of Merit, the Colorado Bar Association’s highest honor, during the Colorado Bar Foundation’s Annual Dinner on January 11. The longtime sole practitioner served as president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) from 1984 to 1985, president of the Denver Bar Association (DBA) from 1991 to 1992, and president of the CBA from 1998 to 1999. In 2003, he received the DBA’s Award of Merit. He also has been honored by the Sam Cary and Asian Pacific American Bar Associations. Comments Aisenberg made at the Foundation Dinner can be found on page 15.

Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Loren Brown also was honored at the dinner. The award is given annually to a young lawyer (37 years of age or younger or admitted to the bar fewer than three years) with an outstanding record of professional success and community service achievements, as well as a strong commitment to civic participation. Brown, a shareholder with Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C., is a former president of the Adams Broomfield Bar Association (ABBA); a fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation; a member of the CTLA; and a graduate and executive committee member of COBALT, the CBA’s leadership training program. In 2012, he and fellow members of the Seventeenth Judicial District Access to Justice Committee were recognized as "citizens of the year" and presented the Liberty Bell Award by the ABBA. In 2011, the ABBA also awarded him the Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award.

 
Ben Aisenberg accepts the Award of Merit from CBA President Mark Fogg.   Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Loren Brown, with Mark Fogg, told guests that receiving this award motivated him to increase his community service efforts.

Technology Helps Members Stay Connected
in Northwest Colorado

The Northwest Colorado Bar Association (NCBA) is one of Colorado’s largest local bar associations by land mass, with more than 100 miles separating the courthouses in the district. As a result, the association relies on the latest technological innovations to help its membership stay connected. Earlier this year, for example, the association hosted a bench–bar discussion at the Routt County Justice Center, and members of the judiciary and the bar participated from the Moffat County Combined Court and Grand County Judicial Center by videoconference. The three courthouses were connected through a videoconference bridge, and attendees at each location were able to see and hear participants in the other courthouses. Five judges and numerous members of the bar participated. The NCBA keeps its members informed about upcoming events through its website, www.nwcobar.org, and through a Facebook page and Twitter feed.


CBA President Visits Aurora and Boulder County Bars

CBA President Mark Fogg recently visited with members of the Aurora and Boulder County Bar Associations as part of his presidential tour around the state. Members of the Aurora Bar had dinner with Fogg at the Summit Restaurant, and BCBA members met with Fogg over lunch at Laudisio’s Restaurant. During each local bar visit, Fogg gave a CLE presentation entitled "Traveling the Four Corners: Where Practice, Access to Justice, Professionalism, and Community Service Meet," which earned attendees one ethics credit. In addition, Fogg recognized individuals who have been practicing law for fifty or more years. Photos from these visits, along with a photo taken during one of Fogg’s recent stopovers at the CBA offices, are included here.  
CBA President Mark Fogg gives a presentation to BCBA members at Laudisio’s Restaurant.
     
 
Aurora Bar Association members Elizabeth Hamilton, Paul Mitchell (center), and Sam Cheris at the Summit Restaurant.   Fogg honors longtime members during the Boulder visit. Standing, left to right, are Russell Osgood, David Hill, Peter Dietze, Fogg, and Norton Steuben.
     
 
In between visits to local bar associations, Fogg often stops by the CBA offices. Here, DBA President-Elect Dan McCune (and a Skyped-in Immediate Past CBA President David Masters) demonstrate to Mark the finer points of ear-piercing.   Fogg addresses members of the Aurora Bar Association.

CDLA Honors the Late Dan Hubbard
With "Hub’s Pub" Bicycle Raffle Benefiting
Children’s Hospital Colorado

 
   

On May 18, 2012, Daniel M. Hubbard, the incoming president of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA), right, suffered a cardiac incident when was riding his bicycle home from work. He passed away unexpectedly.

To honor his memory and his passion for cycling, the CDLA raffled off a bicycle during its 2012 annual conference. The proceeds raised from the raffle—$4,100—were then used to purchase thirty-one new bicycles and helmets. On December 18, the CDLA delivered the items to Children’s Hospital Colorado for the Snow Pile, an annual event that allows parents with kids in the hospital to "shop" for their children from a selection of donated gifts.

Hubbard was a Denver native and a 1988 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He practiced law for more than twenty-three years, most recently for Messner & Reeves, LLC, where he focused on complex civil litigation cases. Over the span of his career, he tried approximately forty-eight cases to verdict. He was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; served as vice president and president-elect of the CDLA; and was named a Colorado Super Lawyer® in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Hubbard’s love of cycling began in 1994, following a knee surgery that left him unable to run. He was a member of the Wheels of Justice cycling team and participated in numerous cycling events, including Ride the Rockies and the Courage Classic.

"Hub’s Pub" participants get ready to ride the bikes to the Snow Pile event.
     
 
Bicycles await their new riders.   A few of the recipients show off their new helmets and wheels.

El Paso County Hosts
Donor Appreciation Reception

CBA Past President Dave Johnson and Colorado Springs attorney Ed Gleason, in their capacity as Legal Aid Foundation Trustees and Co-Chairs of the Foundation’s El Paso County Campaign, hosted the second annual Donor Appreciation Reception at the Country Club of Colorado at Cheyenne Mountain Resort on January 17. While enjoying good food and company, approximately sixty guests heard from a legal aid client, who described the impact legal services had on her and her children’s lives. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender attended the reception and thanked benefactors in El Paso County who have supported legal aid throughout the years.  
Left to right: Colorado Legal Services Executive Director Jon Asher, Dave Johnson, Chief Justice Michael Bender, Legal Aid Foundation Executive Director Diana Poole, and Ed Gleason.
     
 
Left to right: Judge Don Campbell, Chief Justice Bender, Larry Gaddis, and Judge Joe Cannon.   Left to right: Nicholas Dyer, Judge Peter Booth, and Danielle Young.

John Gleason is Recipient of the National
Organization of Bar Counsel’s 2013 President’s Award

 
   

John S. Gleason, Chief Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation (OARC), received the National Organization of Bar Counsel’s top honor—the President’s Award—at the group’s annual conference on February 6. The award, which honors noteworthy contributions to the legal profession, is presented to one member each year.

Gleason’s many accomplishments include serving as past president of the National Client Protection Organization, where he volunteered significant time and effort in matters involving client protection funds and contributed to drafting the Model Rules on Client Trust Account Recordkeeping. He has been active with the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel, the American Judicature Society, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and the American Bar Association. He serves as a member of the Colorado Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession, the Colorado Supreme Court’s Advisory Council, and the Colorado Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct. He also is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and has been an instructor at a local college for twenty years.

Recently, Gleason served as Independent Bar Counsel at the behest of the Arizona Supreme Court in a matter involving allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in Maricopa County, Arizona. Throughout a twenty-six-day trial that received significant national attention, Gleason exemplified professionalism in the pursuit of justice. The investigation led to the disbarment of one attorney.

Earlier this year, Gleason announced he would be retiring from the OARC after twenty-five years with the organization. He will become Oregon State Bar’s Director of Regulatory Services in early March.


Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center Officially Opens

Leaders of Colorado’s Judicial Branch and the Department of Law officially opened the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center on January 14. The building consolidates numerous court- and law-related agencies that had been housed at various locations in Denver, including the Colorado Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Office of the Attorney General, Supreme Court Law Library, and Office of the State Court Administrator.

Left to right: Governor John Hickenlooper, Attorney General John W. Suthers, former Governor Bill Ritter, and Chief Justice Michael L. Bender cut the ribbon to officially open the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center.
 
Members of the legal community, the General Assembly, and the public gathered to celebrate the opening of the Judicial Center. Honored guests included former Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey; Ritter, who signed into law Senate Bill 08-206 authorizing financing of the complex; and the four primary sponsors of the legislation—Brandon Shaffer, Terrance Carroll, Josh Penry, and Don Marostica.

Faculty of Federal Advocates Elects
Lino Lipinsky its 2013 President

 
   

Lino Lipinsky recently was elected 2013 president of the Faculty of Federal Advocates (FFA), where he will serve a one-year term. The FFA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the advocacy skills, integrity, and professionalism of the U.S. District Court system in Colorado.

Lipinsky is a partner in the Denver office of McKenna Long & Aldridge. He practices law in Denver and Washington, DC, representing corporate clients in commercial litigation, mediation, arbitration, and appeals. He has experience handling complex business cases, including those involving real estate, trade secrets, and employment disputes. In addition, he counsels clients on legal issues arising from technology. He is a 1982 graduate of New York University School of Law and has been with McKenna Long & Aldridge since 1997. He was first elected to the FFA board in 2008.

The FFA was formed in 1997 after Chief Judge Richard P. Matsch appointed a task force to carry out recommendations resulting from the 1994 Civil Justice Reform Act. The organization, which is open to all attorneys, provides legal education opportunities and sponsors brown-bag lunch programs. The FFA also offers mentoring to less experienced attorneys by pairing them with senior members for pro bono case work.


William Kaufman Receives Professionalism Award

Glenwood Springs attorney William (Bill) Kaufman received the T. Peter Craven Professionalism Award during the Ninth Judicial District (J.D.) Bar Association’s annual meeting and party in December 2012. The award’s namesake is the late T. Peter Craven, former Chief Judge of the Ninth J.D., who was known for his "giant intellect, dedication to public service, kindness of heart and integrity."

 
Bill Kaufman was presented the T. Peter Craven Professionalism Award by his son Don Kaufman, who is an attorney in Glenwood Springs. His son Matthew, also a local attorney, can be seen in the foreground taking a picture of his father.   William Kaufman received the Fifty Years of Service Award from Chief Justice Bender in July 2012.

Updates From the Mesa County Bar

The Mesa County Bar Association’s (MCBA) January meeting featured a presentation from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF). Speaking on behalf of RMEF were Troy Sweet, Senior Regional Director, and Dr. Terry Sweet, chair of the RMEF Grand Junction Chapter. Their focus was on the outstanding conservation efforts the RMEF has made in Colorado, and in particular on the Western Slope.

The MCBA has formally admitted three new members since November. They are Stephanie Holguin of Kain & Burke, Zach McLeroy of Chris Mahre & Associates, and Sheila Winnefeld.

 
Members who attended the January 28 meeting heard from (left to right) Troy Sweet, MCBA President Lloyd Quesenberry, and Dr. Terry Sweet.

John T. Baker Named Director of
New Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program

 
   

The Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee has appointed Denver attorney and Past DBA President John Baker director of the new Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP). The program, created by the Chief Justice Commission on the Legal Profession and housed within the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, is designed to increase the training of and provide additional support for new lawyers. Baker, who began his new position in February, will work to expand the CAMP pilot programs that have been running in Adams County and Denver for the past year.

Baker is a trial lawyer with broad experience in teaching legal professionalism and in training young lawyers in advocacy and communication skills. As full-time director of CAMP, he will team experienced lawyers with new lawyers in their first three years of practice. Objectives of the program include promoting pride in the profession, excellence in service, and strong relationships among the bar, courts, clients, and public. More information on the Chief Justice Commission on the Legal Profession can be found at www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Supreme_Court/Committees/Comittee.cfm?Committee_ID=35.

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