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July 2013       Vol. 42, No. 7       Page  11
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

Bar Leaders Gone Fishing!

CBA Immediate Past President Mark Fogg took fellow bar leaders to the Big Horn River in Montana for a fly fishing trip in May. Among Fogg’s fishing companions were CBA President Terry Ruckrigele, CBA President-Elect Charley Garcia, Denver Bar Association (DBA) Immediate Past President Jim Benjamin, CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Immediate Past Chair Carlos Migoya, and 18th Judicial District Judge Richard Caschette. The area of the river the men fished runs below the Yellow Tail Dam, about twenty miles from the site of the battlefield of Little Bighorn.

Mark Fogg (left) and Terry Ruckriegle.   Jim Benjamin hooks a big one.
Carlos Migoya, elated with his catch.   Terry Ruckriegle with his catch—an even bigger one.

YLD Commemorates Law Day With Cocktail Reception

  Vincent Morscher presents during the YLD’s Law Day reception.

On May 2, the DBA YLD hosted a complimentary cocktail reception at the Lobby restaurant in Denver in celebration of Law Day. Vincent E. Morscher, Deputy Attorney General of the Civil Litigation and Employment Law Department, gave an informal presentation on the Law Day theme, "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All." More than thirty members were in attendance.

Law Day is a national event commemorated during the first week of May to celebrate the rule of law. First celebrated by the American Bar Association in 1958, Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. For a brief history of Law Day, see "Preserving Our Heritage of Justice," available at

Dinner Recognizes Pro Bono
Paralegal of the Year Ginny Lee

On May 2, 2013, Ginny Lee was honored as the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year by the CBA Paralegal Committee and the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association (RMPA). The award honors a paralegal whose efforts exhibit outstanding commitment to pro bono activities and serving the indigent with legal assistance in times of need. Lee was presented a plaque by Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Daniel Taubman during an event held in her honor at the Warwick Hotel in Denver.

Left to right: Judge Daniel Taubman, CBA Immediate Past President mark Fogg, award recipient Ginny Lee, CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner, and Randy Lee (Ginny’s husband).   Left to right: CBA Paralegal Committee Co-Chairs Debbie Hindin-King and Jody Hobbs, Ginny Lee, Judge Daniel Taubman, Dianne Carns, and RMPA President Mianne Besser.

YLD Hosts Special Networking Event
at the New Justice Center

The DBA YLD hosted its monthly Barristers After Hours event on May 16 at the Ralph Carr Judicial Center. The special event—which was open to all DBA members—was attended by approximately sixty people. Guests were allowed to tour the courtrooms and the learning center of the new Justice Center, and were treated to complimentary drinks and appetizers.

Barristers After Hours is held every third Thursday of the month except for the summer months of July and August. It is typically held at Katie Mullen’s, 1550 Court Place, Denver, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. For more information about this event and other DBA YLD programs, visit the section’s website at

Guests Get Down and Derby at
25th Annual Barristers Benefit Ball

  Ball Committee co-chairs Michelle Ferguson (left) and Jaci Casey.

The DBA Barristers Benefit Ball celebrated its silver anniversary with a trip to American’s favorite race, the Kentucky Derby. Guests donned big hats and pastel cocktail dresses or seersucker suits and bow ties while enjoying mint juleps and trying their hand at betting on classic horse races. The event attracted 667 members of the legal community.

Over the first twenty-four years of the ball, more than $2.5 million has been raised to support Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL). The giving campaign, "$25K for 25 Years," which aims to raise $1,000 for every year of the ball for MVL, is ongoing. Donations can be made at

Lorraine DAversa and DBA President Dan McCune.   7News anchorwoman Bertha Lynn braces before husband Denver District Court Judge Larry Naves (ret.) pops their mystery balloon. The balloons, which were available for $50 each, contained prizes such as wine glasses, restaurant gift cards, iPod shuffles, and certificates for hotel stays.
Left to right: CBA President Terry Ruckriegle, Tim Mehrtens, and Gary Polidori.   Left to right: CBA YLD Immediate Past Chair Carlos Migoya, CBA Immediate Past President Mark Fogg, and Kevin Kuhn.

Wm. Jackson Palmer Mock Trial Team
Places Fourteenth in National Tournament

The 2013 National High School Mock Trial Tournament was held from May 9 to 11 in Indianapolis, Indiana. More than 1,800 people—including students, judges, attorneys, teachers, and parents—attended the event. The Colorado team, Wm. Jackson Palmer of Colorado Springs (pictured here), placed fourteenth in the national tournament.

Middle School Students Honored for Essays
on Youth Violence Prevention

The Colorado Do the Write Thing (DTWT) Challenge Program hosted its annual awards celebration on May 8 at the Mile High Station. The event recognized thirty-seven local student semifinalists who participated in this year’s program by submitting an essay, short story, or poem addressing each of the following questions: (1) How has youth violence affected my life? (2) What are the causes of youth violence? (3) What can I do about youth violence?

Two students were selected by judges to attend the DTWT National Recognition Ceremony, held each summer in Washington, DC—Faith Brekke from Liberty Middle School and Dru Powelson from Mesa Middle School. The awards celebration also featured a presentation by Ashley Berry, a Colorado middle school student and nationally recognized anti-bullying advocate. Berry offered advice to the semifinalists on how they can mitigate the effects of bullying on themselves and their peers and actively prevent bullying in their schools and communities.

The Colorado DTWT Challenge Program is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence, which seeks to encourage middle school students to consider the impact of youth violence on their lives and their communities. The local celebration and national gala provide an opportunity to celebrate youth who have made a meaningful commitment to nonviolence, while encouraging them to serve as leaders in their schools and communities.

The Colorado program was formed with the help of the attorneys and staff at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. More information about the national DTWT program can be found at

YLD Movie Night Features Lincoln

On May 1, the Young Lawyers Divisions of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations partnered to present a CLE Movie Night featuring a screening of Lincoln at the Mayan Theater in Denver. More than fifty YLD members and their guests attended the presentation and movie. Denver District Court Judge John W. Madden IV led the CLE presentation before the movie’s start. Jake Eisenstein, DBA YLD Immediate Past Chair, and Chris Achatz, CBA YLD Council Member, gave a brief introduction.

  Judge John Madden leads a CLE presentation on President Abraham Lincoln.

DBA Sponsors Law Day Coloring Contest
for Elementary School Students

In celebration of Law Day, the DBA hosted a Law Day Coloring Contest for Denver Public School elementary students. The winners of the contest were fifth-grader Tyler Silverstein of Cory Elementary School and kindergartner Jaela French of Gust Elementary School. Their artwork centered on this year’s Law Day theme—"Realizing the Dream: Equality for All." Their teachers, Julie Keppler and Judy Pansini, gave a lesson on Law Day before students worked on their drawings.

The winning artists received a $100 Target gift card, a $50 Meininger Art Supplies gift card, and a pizza party for their class from Kaoz Pizzeria. In addition, the two winners and their classmates were treated to a field trip to the Denver Art Museum, which co-sponsored the contest. The children received free admission and guided tours of the museum on May 15.

The kindergarten class from Gust Elementary School.   Contest winner Jaela French.
Tyler Silverstein with his winning artwork.   The fifth-grade class from Cory Elementary School.

DBA Leadership Volunteers With Lawline 9

DBA Immediate Past President Jim Benjamin (left) and DBA YLD Immediate Past Chair Jake Eisenstein.

On May 1, several DBA officers and members of the DBA Board of Trustees volunteered for Lawline 9 at Denver’s local NBC station. The bar leaders were on hand to answer general legal questions from the public and provide referrals to other legal community resources.

Lawline 9 offers an opportunity for members of the public to get basic information about their legal problems in a live call-in format during the local evening news show. For more than twenty years, volunteers from the DBA have been donating their time to answer callers’ legal questions every Wednesday night from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. For a look back at Lawline 9, see "DBA, 9News Celebrate 20 Years of Lawline 9 Partnership," at



DBA Past President Ilene Bloom and current DBA President Dan McCune.   Left to right: Andy Toft, Jim Benjamin, Jake Eisenstein, Ilene Bloom, Dan McCune, and Dan Sweetser.

Local Bar Awards Scholarships to Young Artists

Every year, the Aurora Bar Association sponsors scholarships to help budding young artists achieve their goals. The recipients of this year’s scholarships were Jeremy Kreutz, who will be using his scholarship to attend the Brevard Music Center in Brevard North Carolina this summer; Issac Strad, who will be attending the Cooper International Violin Competition in Cleveland, Ohio; and the 2013 Junior Division Honorable Mention recipient, Hyunseok Ha.

Left to right: Issac Strad, Aurora Bar Association Past President Bette Heller, Jeremy Kreutz, and Hyunseok Ha.

DBA Team Runs 26.2 for Charity

On Sunday, May 1, DBA YLD Executive Council members Jake Eisenstein, Matt Larson, Joel Jacobson, and Blair Bowen, along with DBA Past President Ilene Bloom, competed in the Colfax Marathon Relay. The team ran on behalf of The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, which protects and promotes the rights of people with disabilities and older people in Colorado through direct legal representation, advocacy, education, and legislative analysis.

Ilene Bloom and Jake Eisenstein.   Left to right: Matt Larson, Ilene Bloom, Joel Jacobson, and Blair Bowen.

Legal Community Donates More Than $54,000
in Food and Cash for Annual Drive

Members of the Colorado legal community donated food and dollars totaling $54,145 to hunger-relief organization Metro CareRing through the DBA’s 14th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive. Forty-eight law firms participated in the drive, collecting 10,093 pounds of food and $31,940 in cash donations. This year’s top donating firms were Berenbaum Weinshienk PC; the Castle Law Group; Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Katz, Look & Onorato PC; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; and Orten Cavanagh & Holmes LLC.

The food drive was sponsored by the DBA’s Community Action Network (CAN) Committee. The CAN Committee offers DBA members year-round opportunities to connect with the community and provide valuable legal, social, and civic assistance to those in need. For more information about the CAN Committee, contact Heather Clark at

Metro CareRing staff member Burt Franklin unloads food collected for the drive.   Metro CareRing volunteer Melissa Carraro stands in front of the sorted food donations.

Attorneys Give Back to the Community
at Greeley Legal Night

Paralegal Angela Reyes (right) and University of Colorado law student Abbie Wallach help out at the free clinic.  

Several attorneys volunteered their time on May 28 to provide legal and referral information to people in Weld County during Greeley Legal Night. The free legal clinic was created to reach the indigent population in Northern Colorado, where legal resources are scarce and the need is great. It is a project of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, the CBA Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and Weld County Legal Services.

Greeley Legal Night is held every other month at Our Lady of Peace Church. Attorneys interested in volunteering for future clinics should complete and submit the online form found at Upcoming clinic dates are July 23, September 24, and November 26.

Attorney Kristina Garcia assists a Weld County resident during Greeley Legal Night on May 28.   Mark "El Che" Bailey was among attorneys who volunteered for the May clinic.

John Baker Receives NITA’s Oliphant Award


DBA Past President John T. Baker has been named recipient of the Robert E. Oliphant Service Award in recognition of his exemplary service to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Baker attended a NITA program when he was a practicing attorney in 1978 and has been involved with the organization ever since. He has served as volunteer faculty and programs director, and from March 2010 through November 2012, he was the organization’s Executive Director. Currently, he is the Director of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program.

The Robert Oliphant Service Award is presented for outstanding service to NITA in all areas, including program directorship, public service, writing, and support. It honors Bob Oliphant, NITA’s first administrator, who has taught at the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell law schools for more than thirty-five years.

CBA Board of Governors Attend Semiannual Meeting

The CBA Board of Governors (BOG) convened for its semiannual meeting on Saturday, May 11, at the Ralph Carr Colorado Judicial Center. Items on the agenda included the 2013–14 budget, the appointment of Mary Jo Gross as CBA Treasurer, and several bylaw amendments. (The full meeting Minutes can be found on page 37 of this issue).

The Board also listened to a presentation by Arizona attorney Mark Lassiter, who spoke about the changing landscape of the legal profession and the affects it could have on the CBA. Immediately following the presentation, BOG members assembled into groups and, with Lassiter’s presentation in mind, discussed what the CBA can or should do to assist its members in the coming years.

Incoming CBA President Terry Ruckriegle (left) accepts the ceremonial gavel from outgoing CBA President Mark Fogg at the May BOG meeting.   Mark Fogg and CBA YLD Board members Timothy Garvey and Emma Garrison discuss the YLD’s request for the BOG to approve several amendments to the YLD bylaws.
John Vaught asks the BOG to approve a bylaw amendment creating a Military and Veterans’ Affairs Section.   Mark Lassiter speaks to the BOG about the future of the legal profession as Charley Garcia and Mark Fogg look on.

2013 Associates Campaign Draws
Record Participation From Colorado Legal Community

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado’s 2013 Associates Campaign raised nearly $85,000 to help provide access to civil justice for those who might otherwise go without. Nearly 800 members of the Colorado legal community—and a record number of forty-three firms—participated in this year’s effort, resulting in a 70% increase in funds raised over last year. The success in growing this year’s four-week Campaign is largely attributed to the creation of the Legal Aid Foundation’s Associates Advisory Board last fall. This new Board played an instrumental role in recruiting efforts and in providing Campaign leadership.

A celebratory event was held on May 8 to thank everyone who participated in the fundraising effort, and to present awards to the firms that raised the most money or had high rates of participation among associates. The awards were presented by Colorado Court of Appeals Judges Janice Davidson, Rich Gabriel, and Gale Miller. The winners of this year’s competition were Jones & Kelller and Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell ("Smaller Firm" category); Merchant & Gould ("Mid-Size Firm" category); and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell ("Larger Firm" category).

In addition, nineteen firms were recognized for achieving 100% participation among their associates: Ballard Spahr; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Burg Simpson; Davis Graham & Stubbs; Faraci Wolanske; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Greenberg Traurig; Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe; Jones & Keller; Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell; Kennedy Childs; Kutak Rock; Littler Mendelson; Merchant & Gould; Morrison & Foerster; Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti; Reilly Pozner; Sheridan Ross; and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell. Finally, Husch Blackwell, Jackson Kelly, and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell were recognized for top performance in broadening participation.

The judges with firm representatives, from left to right: Mackenzie Morgan, Chris Montville, Justin Cohen, Emma Garrison, Kinny Bagga, Katie Roush, Lala Wu, Julie Krogh, Katie Dix, Josh Berry, Dimitri Adloff, Lara Nochomovitz, Bree Gorynski, Rich Murray, Nate Page, Clarissa Raney, Judge Gale Miller, Ryan Jardine, Sam Niebrugge, Judge Janice Davidson, Charles Ciaccio, Judge Rich Gabriel, Tom Wagner, Liz Titus, Aaron Goldhamer, Scott Campbell, Nick Fogel, and Leslie Schulze.

Colorado Judicial Institute Elects
New Officers and Board Members

The Colorado Judicial Institute elected officers and board members at its Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center on May 9. K.C. Groves was elected chair of the board, and joins re-elected officers James E. Scarboro (vice chair), Peter D. Willis (vice chair), Yvonne England Zuber (treasurer), and Thomas O’Donnell (secretary). Newly elected board members are Judge Scott Crabtree, Mark T. Clouatre, David Hall, Cynthia A. Hansen, F. Brent Keeler, Peter G. Koclanes, and Rodney Yokooji.

Spring Dinner Recognizes Outstanding Efforts
of Colorado Trial Lawyers

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) held its 16th Annual Spring Dinner on May 9 at the Denver Marriott City Center. Among CTLA members honored during the dinner were W. Harold (Sonny) Flowers, Jr. of Hurth, Sisk & Blakemore, LLP, who received the Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award; Marc Harden of Zaner Harden Law, LLP, who was named the New Trial Lawyer of the Year; and the law firm Roberts Levin Rosenberg, PC, which received the Outstanding Service to CTLA Award.

Also during the dinner, CTLA presented its 2012 Case of the Year Award to Dawson v. Fluor Intercontinental, represented by Beth Klein and Carrie Frank of Klein | Frank, PC and Marquette Wolf of the Law Firm of Ted B. Lyon & Associates. The Case of the Year Award acknowledges the positive impact that a single case can have on correcting injustices, advancing fairness under the law, changing attitudes, or providing economic incentives to protect public safety. Other Case of the Year finalists were: Ciancio v. Fowler Software Design, LLC, et al., represented by Gregory Gold and Sommer Luther of The Gold Law Firm, LLC and Ross Pulkrabek and Daniel Wartell of Jones & Keller, PC; and Collard v. Vista Paving Corporation, represented by J. Keith Killian and Damon Davis of Killian Davis Richter & Mayle, PC.

Left to right: CTLA President Jim Croshal presents the Outstanding Service to CTLA Award to Mike Rosenberg, Tom Roberts, and Brad Levin of Roberts Levin Rosenberg, PC.   Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sonny Flowers (right).
CTLA New Trial Lawyer of the Year Marc Harden (right).   Left to right: Beth Klein, Carrie Frank, and Marquette Wolf, with their client David Dawson, are presented the Case of the Year Award by Mari Bush and Jim Croshal.

Volunteers Plant Trees
at Flying W Ranch

The El Paso County Tree Planting Project took place on Saturday, May 4. Approximately 120 volunteers, including groups from LexisNexis and the 4th Judicial District, planted 1,500 trees at the Flying W Ranch property in Colorado Springs. The property suffered extensive damage from the June 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire. This wildfire was considered to be the most destructive of its kind in Colorado history. Reportedly, the human-caused fire destroyed 347 houses, and triggered insurance claims of $353 million. The tree-planting project was part of the El Paso County Bar Association’s (EPCBA) 2013 Law Day outreach.

Magistrate Denise Peacock gets ready to plant on the side of a slope.
Attorney Dan Stuart demonstrates how to plant the seedlings.   The group receives a safety briefing from the folks at the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP).
Left to right: CBA Past President Dave Johnson, Hayden Kane, Paul Haller, and Judge Tim Schutz with one of their seedlings.   EPCBA President Hayden Kane with CUSP supervisor, Ashley.

CBA Section Hosts Environmental Law Luncheon

The CBA Environmental Law Section held its Environmental Law Luncheon and Annual Meeting on May 28 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 8 office in Denver. The featured topic was Post-Election Enforcement Priorities, Regulation, and Guidance. Program presenters were Martha Rudolph, Director of Environmental Programs for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Mike Gaydosh, Assistant Regional Administrator with the EPA’s Office of Enforcement, Compliance, and Environmental Justice. Approximately fifty-five members attended the event.  
Martha Rudolph presents during the Environmental Law Luncheon.

Legal Leaders Meet in Denver
for CLI’s Annual Diversity Summit

More than 200 attorneys from Colorado and across the country attended the Center for Legal Inclusiveness’s (CLI) 2013 Legal Inclusiveness and Diversity Summit on May 6 in Denver. The CBA’s Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee was a sponsor of the event.

Left to right: Senior U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Daniel; Andrea Juarez, CLI Interim Executive Director; and Sixth Circuit Judge Bernice Donald.   Luncheon panel members, left to right: Dr. Arin N. Reeves of Nextions; James Leipold, Executive Director of the National Association of Law Placement; Judge Bernice Donald; and Veronica Gromada of the Walmart Legal Department.

Judicial Branch’s Rob McCallum
Receives Public Service Award

Robert (Rob) McCallum, public information officer for the Colorado Judicial Branch, has been awarded the Sue O’Brien Award for Public Service by the Colorado Freedom of Information Council. The award is presented annually to a person in government who displays consistent understanding of the importance of public access to official records and meetings. McCallum received his award on May 23 in a ceremony in the atrium of the new Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center.

McCallum was named the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Public Information Officer in January 2007. He oversees the department’s internal and external communications, public education, and information programs for the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, district and county trial courts, and water courts. A Colorado resident since 1974, he previously was a general assignment reporter for the Vail Daily News and a correspondent for The Denver Post.

Left to right: Jim Clarke, Tom Kelley, Rob McCallum, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender, and Nicole Vap.


Annual Run/Walk Raises
Funds for Access to Justice

The 5th Annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk was held on May 11 at Barr Lake State Park in Brighton. This annual event raises money for the 17th J.D. Access to Justice Committee and the Sean May Memorial Fund. Brighton community members and their families, as well as members of the legal community throughout the metropolitan area, participate in the event every year to ensure the continued support of access to justice programs, such as the Self-Help Resource Center at the Adams County Justice Center.

A lovely morning for a 5K run/walk for access to justice.   A fundraising contest was part of the Sean May event. The 8th J.D. raised more than $1,000 for the event by having penny contests.

AILA Awards Dinner Honors Four Outstanding Individuals

Master of ceremonies Judge Kerry Hada.  

The Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) honored four outstanding community members at the 8th Annual Immigrant Liberty Awards Ceremony on May 16. Judge Kerry S. Hada served as the master of ceremonies for the evening celebration, which was attended by more than 300 people.

The honorees were Alex Alvarado, a youth advocate from Mexico who has supported immigrant and student communities in the Roaring Fork Valley with the Asociación de Jóvenes Unidos en Acción; Marketa Zubkova, an immigrant from the Czech Republic who has served immigrant communities in Gunnison and Western Colorado through the Hispanic Affairs Project and Inmigrantes Unidos de Gunnison; and Colorado Sen. Mike Johnson, an educator who represents Northeast Denver and sponsored a bill allowing certain undocumented students to receive in-state tuition. In addition, Kimberly Baker Medina, a Ft. Collins immigration attorney, received AILA’s Pro Bono Service Award for her work with Northern Colorado human rights group Fuerza Latina and on behalf of crime victims and youths eligible for President Obama’s deferred action program.

The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), a nonprofit law office that that serves low-income men, women, and children in immigration proceedings. RMIAN promotes knowledge of legal rights; provides effective representation to ensure due process; works to improve detention conditions; and promotes a more humane immigration system, including alternatives to detention.

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