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The Colorado Lawyer
July 2014
Vol. 43, No. 7 [Page  11]

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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 CBA, 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.


New Attorneys are Sworn in at Admission Ceremony

The Spring Admission Ceremony was held on May 27 at the Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver. The swearing-in ceremony was held in celebration of the 281 people who passed the February 2014 bar exam. The keynote speaker was University of Colorado Law School Dean Philip J. Weiser. Incoming CBA President Charles (Charley) Garcia also spoke at the event. At the end of the ceremony, new admittees, as well as any other attorneys in attendance, stood for the Oath of Admission.

 
Dean Philip J. Weiser delivers the keynote address.   Charley Garcia addresses the students.
     
 
In attendance were justices of the Colorado Supreme Court, including, left to right: Hon. Nathan Coats, Hon. Monica Márquez, and Hon. William W. Hood III.   Attorneys take the Oath of Admission.

On behalf of the CBA, DBA, and CBA-CLE
Officers, members, and staff,

Congratulations, Chuck Turner,
on your 70th birthday!

As the Captain of this ship, you deserve
your very own bobble-head.

Wishing you a wonderful year of smooth sailing!

 

Law Day Art Contest Winners Tour Art Museum

In May, the three students who won the DBA Law Day Art Contest, and their respective classes, were invited to a celebration at the Denver Art Museum. The art contest winners—Keira Mulligan from Brown Elementary and Corwin Hargrave and Kevin Liang from Gust Elementary—had their artwork on display for their classmates to see. The occasion was an opportunity for all of the students to spend the day exploring the museum.

First-grader Kevin Liang with his classmates at Gust Elementary and teachers Meghan Snihur and Samantha Zephirin.
 
First-grader Keira Mulligan, amid her classmates at Brown Elementary,
displays her art contest certificate.
 
Corwin Hargrave with his kindergarten class at Gust Elementary and teachers Kari Vibber Rana and Maureen Boling.

CBA Receives Award for Work in Assisting Flood Victims

The CBA recently was selected as recipient of the 2014 Harrison Tweed Award for its efforts to provide free legal assistance to victims of the disastrous 2013 flood. The award was created by the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association to recognize bar associations that have made extraordinary efforts to improve legal services availability to people in need within their communities. The CBA will receive the award on August 8 during the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston.


IAALS Hosts Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner

 
  Chief Justice Bender enjoys the video introduction his wife created for the occasion.
   

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) held its annual Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner on April 24 at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center. More than 150 local and national leaders, innovators, and stakeholders in the American legal system attended the event to pay tribute to two long-time champions of IAALS and its mission: University of Denver Chancellor Robert D. Coombe and retired Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Bender. The evening was capped by surprise video introductions for the esteemed honorees, filmed by their wives, who each told the story of their husband’s enduring passion and dedication from a uniquely personal perspective.

The Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner recognizes individuals who exemplify the spirit of innovation and leadership that IAALS champions toward building a legal system that is fair, accessible, reliable, efficient, and accountable. IAALS has given the award to former chief justices of state supreme courts, legislators, federal district court judges, and legal educators.

 
Left to right: Dr. Helen Hand, Chief Justice Michael Bender (ret.), IAALS Executive Director Rebecca Love Kourlis, Chancellor Robert Coombe, and Dr. Julanna Gilbert.

DBA Banquet Honors Members
Marking Fifty Years in the Legal Community

The DBA hosted its annual Seniors Spring Banquet on May 13 at the University Club in Denver. Thirty DBA members who were admitted to practice in 1964 were honored during the event, with eighteen appearing in person to be recognized for their achievement and service to the profession. DBA President-Elect John Vaught and past DBA President Mary Jo Gross were the presenters. The honorees in attendance were: Thomas G. Brown, Charlton H. Carpenter, G.K. Conwick, Nathan Davidovich, Stanley Dempsey, John W. Dunn, Herbert H. Galchinsky, Charles Goldberg, Jordan Hochstadt, Donald Houlehan, James D. King, Carlos F. Lucero, William D. Pantle, Ronald S. Pred, Geoffrey S. Race, Paul D. Rubner, James W. Schroeder, and Robert D. Showalter.  
 
  Seniors Committee Chair Leonard Plank was among speakers at the annual event.
   
DBA President-Elect John Vaught addresses attendees.
 
The fifty-year honorees gather for a group photo.

Running Relay for a Good Cause

 
The YLD team, left to right: Kristi Disney, Jake Einstein (kneeling), Stephanie Aretz, Jeff Redmond, and Julia Redmond.  
 
 

Fifty-seven teams participated in the Colfax Marathon Relay on Sunday, May 18, to raise money for charity organizations of their choice. The DBA and CBA Young Lawyers Divisions, as well as the CBA/DBA staff, put together teams for the relay, helping to raise more than $2,000 for the Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People. Event sponsors CenturyLink and Vail Summit Orthopedics provided the runners shirts and capes, and the DBA YLD provided refreshments at the Legal Center’s tent on race day. The Legal Center’s booth won an award for one of the best booths in charity village.

This was the first year "Legal Industry" was a category in the Corporate Cup Relay. Brownstein Hyatt had the fastest relay team in this category, thus earning the first annual "Sole of the Law" trophy—a bronzed sneaker donated by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender.

     
 
The CBA staff team, left to right: Susan Hoyt, Heather Clark, Carolyn Gravit, Vincent Villarreal, and Chuck Turner.   Troy Rackham of Fennemore Craig and DBA Past President Ilene Bloom.
     
 
Davis Graham & Stubbs attorneys Jim Henderson (left) and Ben Strawn.   Left to right: Kirk Mueller, Zach Detra, Peter Schwartz, and Tim Rampe of Davis Graham & Stubbs.

Firms Participate in a Month of Giving

The 2014 Associates Campaign was a huge success, with firms raising more than $98,000 for the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado during the month-long competition. Here are a few highlights from the event:

  • 80% of all associates made a donation.
  • 29 firms achieved 100% associate participation.
  • 65 more associates and 120 more non-associates gave this year.
  • $13,633 more was raised this year than last year.

Below are the results of the competitive aspects of the Campaign.

  • Associate per capita gift winners were:
    • Larger firmsDavis Graham & Stubbs
    • Mid-size firmsGreenberg Traurig
    • Smaller firmsJones & Keller.
  • Non-associate total winners were:
    • Larger firmsBrownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
    • Mid-size firmsFennemore Craig
    • Smaller firmsLewis Bess Williams & Weese.

A Donor Recognition Reception was hosted for participants in this year’s campaign on May 22 at the Colorado Judicial Center Atrium. During the reception, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice recognized all participating firms and presented awards to the firms that raised the most money.

Legal Aid Foundation Board Chair Jessica Brown speaks during the 2014 Associates Campaign kick-off party.

Highlights From the BOG

Approximately 100 members attended the semiannual meeting of the CBA Board of Governors (BOG) on May 10 at the Colorado History Museum. Below are some highlights from the meeting:

  • President-Elect Charley Garcia announced two new appointments for next year—Mary Jo Gross as CBA treasurer and Sarah Clark and Olympia Fay to the CBA Executive Council.
  • The BOG approved an amendment to the CBA bylaws creating the Environmental Sustainability Committee. The Committees mission is to work on guidelines and standards for law firms to use to become more environmentally sustainable.
  • The BOG voted to oppose ballot initiatives 79, regarding the election of justices and judges; 94, regarding the duties of the Independent Ethics Commission; and 76, regarding the recall of state and local officers. The Board heard arguments for and against the initiatives from Stacy Carpenter and Chris Forsythe.
  • CBA President Terry Ruckriegle recognized Philip Mervis, Margrit Parker, and Lance Timbreza for their work on behalf of the Colorado flood legal relief efforts, and to Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs for his tireless efforts on behalf of pro bono work.
  • Ø CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner reminded members that Stratum was recently launched as a shared working space at the CBA offices. The workspace includes such amenities as Wi-Fi; coffee and soda; copying, faxing, and phone service; and private meeting space (based on availability), all at no cost to members.

For the full meeting Minutes, see page 29 of this issue or visit the CBA website at www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/2525/CBOG/Board-of-Governors-Meeting-Minutes. The next BOG meeting will take place in November.


Colorado Lawyers Committee Hosts 2014 Awards Luncheon

The Colorado Lawyers Committee 2014 Awards Luncheon was held on May 20 at the Marriott Denver City Center in Denver. More than 430 attorneys and community members attended the event.

This year’s keynote speaker was Spencer Overton, a voting rights expert and Interim President and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Overton also is a Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. He previously served in the Department of Justice as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy, where he played a key role in policies related to the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, the National Voter Registration Act, and the Voting Rights Act.

 
  Susan C. Cole, Individual of the Year.
   

A highlight of the luncheon was the awards presentation, which honored the following individuals and organizations for making significant contributions to the Colorado Lawyers Committee during 2014:

  • J. William Callison received the Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award for his longstanding support and his extensive contributions to the work of the Colorado Lawyers Committee.
  • Patton Boggs LLP was recipient of the Law Firm of the Year Award.
  • Susan C. Cole received the Individual of the Year Award for her commitment and leadership in the ongoing operations of Denver Legal Night and Project Homeless Connect.
  • A Community Contribution Award was presented to Geoffrey C. Klingsporn, Alex C. Myers, and Shelley Wittevrongel for protecting the rights of voters in Center, Colorado.
  • Past-Chair Awards were given to Nancy B. Elkind and Jennifer H. Hunt for their outstanding leadership during their respective terms as Chair of the Board of Directors.

The Colorado Lawyers Committee is grateful to all the law firms and organizations that sponsored the 2014 Awards Luncheon, including the Gold Sponsors: Arnold & Porter LLP; Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Morrison & Foerster LLP; Patton Boggs LLP; Reilly Pozner LLP; and Sherman & Howard L.L.C. A complete list of sponsors, as well as videos taken during the event, can be found at www.coloradolawyerscommittee.org/events/annual-meeting.

Patton Boggs LLP, Law Firm of the Year.

Photos courtesy of Hartmannphoto, LLC


Meet CBA President-Elect Loren M. Brown

 
   

Broomfield-based Loren Brown is the CBA president-elect and will take the helm as the CBA president for the 2015–16 term. Brown received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999, with a BA in History. He earned his JD in 2003 from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

While in law school, Brown clerked for Gene and Cyndy Ciancio. He remained with the firm after becoming an attorney in 2003, and later became a founding shareholder of Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. His practice is focused on litigation, providing representation throughout Colorado. Loren focuses on wrongful death and personal injury, criminal defense (ranging from traffic violations to homicide), liquor licensing, and commercial litigation, serving small family businesses to large national corporations, including retail outlet liquor stores, taverns and restaurants, and theaters.

Brown has served as a leader in organizations that work to provide access to the courts for all. He serves on the board of Metro Volunteer Lawyers, which offers free and low-cost civil legal services to people in the Denver metro area; he was the former vice chair of the board of directors of CASA of Adams and Broomfield County, which provides court-appointed special advocates to represent the best interests of child victims in court; and he is a board member of the 17th J.D. Access to Justice Committee, which provides resources to the public, including the Self-Help Center in the Adams County Justice Center, where people can get assistance with court forms and court procedures.

He is a former president of the Adams/Broomfield Bar Association; a fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation; a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; and a graduate and executive committee member of the CBA Leadership Training program, known as COBALT. In 2012, he was named the CBA Young Lawyers Division’s Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year.


Spring Social Unites Immigration Attorneys

The CBA Immigration Law Section held a spring social on April 23 at the CBA offices. Attendees enjoyed drinks and appetizers while catching up with colleagues and friends from their section. In addition, Immediate Past Chair Byron Large received a plaque and recognition for his contribution to the section during 2012–13.  
   

Catherine Chan and Bele’n Albuja.

     
 
Immediate Past Chair Byron Large and current Chair Kelly Ryan.   Immediate Past Chair Byron Large and current Chair Kelly Ryan.

Trial Lawyers Recognized at the
Association’s Annual Spring Dinner

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) hosted its annual Spring Dinner on May 8 at the Denver Marriott City Center. CTLA honored Tom Metier with the Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award and Michael Nimmo with the New Lawyer of the Year Award. In addition, Bill Trine received the Access to Justice Award.

For the first time in the award’s history, CTLA announced a three-way tie for the 2013 Case of the Year Award, which acknowledges the positive impact that a case can have on correcting injustices, advancing fairness under the law, changing attitudes, or providing economic incentives to protect public safety. Award recipients were Kevin Hannon and Maurice Graham for Doyle et al. v. Fluor Corporation et al. (Doe Run Case); William J. Hansen for Feuerbach et al. v. Brown et al.; and Siddhartha H. Rathod, Qusair Mohamedbhai, and Arash Jahanian for Ortega et al. v. City and County of Denver et al.

 
CTLA President Mike Ogborn (right) presents Bill Trine the Access to Justice Award for his work on the Crowley County prison riot cases.   Michael Nimmo receives CTLA’s New Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.
     
 
Tom Metier is presented the Lifetime Achievement Award.   Left to right: Tom Metier, keynote speaker Gerry Spence, and Bill Trine.

CBA Natural Resources and Energy Law Section
Convenes for Annual Meeting

The CBA Natural Resources and Energy Law Section held its annual meeting and happy hour on May 15 at the University Club in Denver. More than forty members attended the event, which included the election of new officers and executive council members. Chelsey Russell and Barry Bartel were elected to at-large positions, and Karl Kumli was elected as secretary.

 Left to right: Chelsey Russell, Barry Bartel, and Karl Kumli.
 
 Left to right: Katie Fox, Shane Fleener, and Lauren Matthews.
 
 Left to right: Marlene Martin, Douglas Stallworthy, and KenWarner.

Pueblo County Bar Celebrates Law Day

The Pueblo County Bar Association’s Law Day Program took place on May 1. The local bar invited middle school students from the Pueblo area to spend a morning at the Pueblo County Judicial Building observing several court proceedings. Nine schools and more than fifty students participated. The bar provided lunch for the students, at which point they were able to ask a panel of legal professionals questions about the proceedings they observed, as well as about the judicial system and the legal process in general.

Carla Sikes, Assistant City Attorney, speaks to the students at the Law Day event in Pueblo.
 
Chief Judge Deborah Eyler takes questions from students during their lunch break.
 

Karl Kuenhold, a deputy district attorney, and Kelle Thomas, a public defender, discuss one of the criminal trials the students had observed.

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