June 20, 2018

Fifth Annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk Set for May 11

Sean May

Sean May

The Fifth Annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, May 11, at Barr Lake State Park in Brighton. The run was created to honor May, a chief deputy district attorney with the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office who was shot to death in his backyard when he was returning home from work on Aug. 27, 2008.

During his seven years of service in Adams County, May volunteered for the Child Victim Unit, where he pursued justice for children who had been physically and/or sexually abused. At the time of his death, he was responsible for training and supervising new prosecutors.

May always stressed the importance of acting responsibly, including treating victims, the community, defendants and the courts with dignity and respect. Proceeds from the race will benefit Access to Justice programs and activities and May’s family.

The Self-Help Resource Center at the Adams County Justice Center was made possible in part by the proceeds from this event. The center provides computers, information and staff to help people with legal procedural questions. Since opening on Jan. 5, 2011, it has served thousands. The judiciary and legislature have recognized the center as a statewide model, funding staff positions there and self-help centers in other judicial districts.

The race is organized by the 17th J.D. Access to Justice Committee, the Adams/Broomfield Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association. The race will be professionally timed by Hallucination Sports. To register or fundraise for the race, visit seanmaymemorialrun.org; a list of sponsors and sponsorship information is also available there. In 2012, approximately 200 people participated in the race, and the event raised nearly $4,000.

The 2012 DU Law Stars Annual Gala to Be Held Sept. 13

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law Law Stars event is just around the corner, to be held Thursday, September 13, 2012. Earlier this year, the law school named its awards recipients for the year, who will be honored at the event. Since 1993, DU Law Stars has recognized distinguished alumni and faculty for their achievements at the annual gala, which includes a light-hearted, humorous, and personal commemorative video of each honoree, recounting accomplishments both professional and personal.

This year’s awards recipients are:

Bill Keating, JD’71, Thompson G. Marsh Award:

A co-founder of the firm Keating Wagner Polidori Free, Bill has been listed in the Best Lawyers of America for more than 17 years. His strong work ethic and a love of the law and working with people has resulted in many honors including the invitations to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to 500 Fellows in the United States and the American College of Trial Lawyers – representing less than the top one percent of lawyers in Colorado, and the U.S.  Bill has also been elected to membership in the International Society of Barristers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys. In 2008 he was again selected by Colorado attorneys for inclusion in Colorado Super Lawyers list, and this year included among the Top 10 Colorado Super Lawyers. He lectures locally and nationally on litigation matters and is past president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.

Michael O’Donnell, JD’79, Outstanding Alumni Award:

Mike O’Donnell is a founder and the chairman of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell. Mike has served as national and regional counsel for a number of Fortune 500 companies, including General Electric, Advanced Bionics, McKesson, Boston Scientific, Pfizer, and CNA.  Mike was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as the chairman of its Colorado chapter for two consecutive years.  He was also elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates.  Mike is a former chairman of The Network of Trial Law Firms, a 7,000-member lawyer organization that offers continuing legal education programs on litigation topics.  Best Lawyers® lists Mike in five litigation practice areas and named him “Denver Legal Malpractice Lawyer of the Year” for 2011 and “Denver Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2012. Mike has appeared on the Colorado Super Lawyers list since its inception, including making it onto its top-ten list multiple times.  In 2011, Law Week Colorado selected Mike as one of ten “Lawyers of the Decade.” In a survey conducted by Law Week Colorado in 2010, Mike was selected by his peers as the “Best Trial Lawyer” in Colorado.   In 2008, Mike became only the seventh defense lawyer to receive an award from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association for the highest standards of competency, ethics, and professionalism.

Mary Jo Gross, JD ’79, Alumni Professionalism Award:

Mary Jo Gross is the Senior Vice President, Secretary, and Corporate Counsel of ET Investments, LLC. Mary Jo came to ET Investments from United General Title Insurance Company where she served as Vice President and Corporate Counsel. Immediately prior to joining United General, Mary Jo was General Counsel for Transwest Trucks. And prior to her in-house corporate counsel career, Mary Jo was a shareholder and director of Fairfield and Woods, P.C., a long-standing Denver law firm. Mary Jo is a past President of the Denver Bar Association and a past Chairperson of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Alumni Council.

Professor Joyce Sterling, Excellence in Teaching Award:

Joyce Sterling has devoted more than a decade to the study of the legal profession and legal education. Her recent research has focused on the problems facing women in legal careers compared to their male counterparts. Her most recent article appears in University of Texas Journal of Women and the Law (titled “Sticky Floors, Broken Steps, Concrete Ceilings in Legal Careers”.) Since 1997, Professor Sterling has been one of the co-principal investigators on the “After the JD” Study. Professor Sterling has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (Academic Year 1985-86), Visiting Professor at University of Cincinnati Law School (Fall 1990) and most recently a Visiting Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation (Academic Year 2002-2003). Professor Sterling is called upon to give lectures about gender in the legal profession. These include the keynote address to the NALP Foundation annual meeting (2004), as well as speaking at the LSAC Annual Meeting, Law Access, Association of American Law Schools, and the Law and Society Association. Professor Sterling’s teaching areas include: History of American Law, Scientific Evidence, Legal Profession (course on legal ethics), and Law and Society Seminar.

The four will be honored at the gala event on September 13, 2012 at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver. More information about the DU Law Stars can be found here.

Click here to register for the event. Click here for information about becoming a Law Stars sponsor and table sales.

Upcoming Solo/Small Firm Monthly Networking Meetings: July 2012

The Solo/Small Firm Section networking meetings are a great opportunity to connect with your peers, as well as a practice management and technology discussion forum. The meetings are open to all CBA members, not just members of the Solo/Small Firm Section, the sponsoring entity. Some offer CLE credits, although sometimes there is no formal agenda, and no RSVP is required to attend any of the meetings.  You are encouraged to think about and prepare questions or ideas to present to the group.  Don’t hesitate to e-mail a meeting coordinator to suggest a CLE topic and/or speaker!

      • Downtown Denver
        • July 10 (Second Tuesday of every month)
          • Happy Hour at 5:30 pm
        • Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St., Denver, CO (303) 830-6839
        • Contact Jennifer D. McGinn, (720) 362-3000, Jennifer@mcginnlawoffice.com.
        • There is no parking at the bar but there is free 2-hour parking up one block on Sherman St. and there is a garage directly across the street from the bar on Lincoln St.  There is also plenty of metered parking on Lincoln.
      • Denver Tech Center Area
        • July 13 (Second Friday of every month)
          • Brown Bag Lunch at noon
        • Law Offices of Julian Izbiky, 7400 E. Caley Ave., Suite 300, Centennial, CO (303) 850-7080
        • Contact Phil Shuey, (303) 680-2595, shuey_p@comcast.net.
        • Exit I-25 and go west on Orchard and turn south on Quebec (or exit I-25 and go west on Arapahoe and turn north on Quebec).  From Quebec, turn east on E. Caley Ave.  The building is on the right, not far from Quebec.

Dates are subject to change; however, they will occur as scheduled unless prior notice has been sent to the Section membership via e-mail.  Please check this website on a regular basis.

Support The Legal Center at the 7th Annual Attorneys’ Night Out!

For the seventh year, The Young Lawyers Division of the Denver Bar Association is hosting Attorneys’ Night Out to raise funds for The Legal Center for People with Disabilities & Older People. Join us on June 20, 2012, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at The Blake Street Tavern and a enjoy great night out complete with appetizers and cocktails, a silent auction, scotch tasting, and much more.

Some of the items being auctioned at the event include: memberships to local cultural venues, custom artwork, restaurant and vacation excursions, one-night stay at the Magnolia Hotel, two-night stay at the M Resort in Las Vegas, Maruca designer handbags, Rockies tickets, and much, much more. For a full listing click here.

This event is open to everyone, even non-attorneys. If you are a member of the community who enjoys good networking and an opportunity to support the mission of The Legal Center, this event is for you! We strongly encourage your attendance at this year’s event to raise essential funding.

Purchase your $25 tickets today by clicking here or contact Joshua at (303) 722-0300 for more information about this fun-filled evening! A student discount of $5.00 off your ticket price is available with the promo code 2012ANO-STU. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $30.

The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People is an independent non-profit organization specializing in civil rights and discrimination issues.  They protect the human, civil, and legal rights of children and adults with developmental disabilities, people with mental and physical disabilities, people with HIV, and older people throughout Colorado (in education, employment, public accommodations, and housing related issues).

Upcoming Solo/Small Firm Monthly Networking Meetings: June 2012

The Solo/Small Firm Section networking meetings are a great opportunity to connect with your peers, as well as a practice management and technology discussion forum. The meetings are open to all CBA members, not just members of the Solo/Small Firm Section, the sponsoring entity. Some offer CLE credits, although sometimes there is no formal agenda, and no RSVP is required to attend any of the meetings.  You are encouraged to think about and prepare questions or ideas to present to the group.  Don’t hesitate to e-mail a meeting coordinator to suggest a CLE topic and/or speaker!

        • Colorado Springs
          • June 6 (First Wednesday of every month)
            • Luncheon at 11:30 am, CLE at 11:45
          • Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs, CO, (719) 635-8484
          • Contact Jim Duve, (719) 578-5800, JCD@DuveLaw.com, or John Holcomb, (719) 548-8968, jholco@gmail.com
        • Downtown Denver
          • June 12 (Second Tuesday of every month)
            • Happy Hour at 5:30 pm
          • Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St., Denver, CO (303) 830-6839
          • Contact Jennifer D. McGinn, (720) 362-3000, Jennifer@mcginnlawoffice.com.
          • There is no parking at the bar but there is free 2-hour parking up one block on Sherman St. and there is a garage directly across the street from the bar on Lincoln St.  There is also plenty of metered parking on Lincoln.
        • Downtown Denver
          • June 7 (First Thursday of every month)
            • Breakfast at 7:30 am
          • Tavern Restaurant inside the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO (303) 534-1211 – Reservation under D.A. Bertram
          • Contact Frank P. Slaninger, (303) 617-4446, slaninger@comcast.net.
        • Denver Tech Center Area
          • June 8 (Second Friday of every month)
            • Brown Bag Lunch at noon
          • Law Offices of Julian Izbiky, 7400 E. Caley Ave., Suite 300, Centennial, CO (303) 850-7080
          • Contact Phil Shuey, (303) 680-2595, shuey_p@comcast.net.
          • Exit I-25 and go west on Orchard and turn south on Quebec (or exit I-25 and go west on Arapahoe and turn north on Quebec).  From Quebec, turn east on E. Caley Ave.  The building is on the right, not far from Quebec.
        • Dates are subject to change; however, they will occur as scheduled unless prior notice has been sent to the Section membership via e-mail.  Please check this website on a regular basis.

Join Justice Greg Hobbs for a Free Presentation and Book Signing in June

CBA-CLE is hosting a special free presentation on June 18, 2012 by Greg Hobbs, Colorado author, historian, and Supreme Court Justice. Justice Hobbs has a special passion for the West, all things related to water, and life in general. He’ll be speaking on two of his books: Living the Four Corners: Colorado, Centennial State at the Headwaters and, his newest book, Into the Grand. The stories encompass his experiences throughout the years of his exploration of the West and beyond.

“I like writing, reading the writing of others, and traveling through the imaginative landscape of this great country with family, friends, maps, and guides we meet along the way. The heart of this little book embraces a series of travel adventures with my wife Bobbie, starting with our Peace Corps service in Colombia in the mid-sixties and extending through my travels with grandson K.J. to grand places of our country’s legacy and future. The poems and prose poems are way markers and cairns.”

This is the second in a series of the Water 2012 Book Club and the Book Club organizers are featuring a book each quarter of 2012. Refreshments will also be provided.

It’s a special treat to hear Justice Hobbs speak and get inspired by his enthusiasm for Colorado, family, and life.

Water 2012 Program: Justice Greg Hobbs

This presentation will take place on Monday, June 18. Further details and RSVP information can be found here.

 

Wheels of Justice Leans into a New Season: June 6 Kick-Off Party at the Denver Athletic Club

It was just seven years ago that Wheels of Justice made its first appearance in the Courage Classic, a three-day bike tour that raises money for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Last year, it boasted 213 riders and raised $290,000, making it the ride’s top fundraising team for the second year in a row. In its first six years, the team has raised more than $1.3 million for Children’s Hospital Colorado.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, Wheels of Justice will kick off its seventh season in style on the rooftop of the Denver Athletic Club (DAC) with free food and drinks. Hear from patient families and doctors about the impact the team’s fundraising has on the Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

And:

  • All attendees will receive a free two-week pass to the DAC.
  • The first 23 people to RSVP will be invited to join a special rooftop spin class at the DAC during the summer.

Whether you’re a veteran Wheels of Justice teammate or a first-year rider, come out on June 6 for the camaraderie and leave with the inspiration and determination to make a big difference while riding your best ride yet!

Details

Pre-Party Team Ride: June 6, 2012, 5:00-6:00 pm (meet at DAC)

Kick-off Party: June 6, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Denver Athletic Club Rooftop, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver CO

RSVP: Kate Schuster, kschuster@cobar.org

Tough Competition, Variety of Dance Marked Bar Stars Dance Off

Three past DBA presidents and their spouses showed off their moves on the dance floor after months of dance lessons and fundraising for Metro Volunteer Lawyers at the Barristers Benefit Ball on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Each performance took a different tone:

Mark and Pat Fogg were rock and roll, dancing to “Born to Be Wild.”

Elsa Martinez Tenreiro and her husband Steve Theis performed a sultry rumba.

Bill Walters and his wife Christy Cutler’s performance was a sort of evolution of dance, highlighting various genres but capping it off with a few steps from Beyoncé’s infamous video “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”

It was an addition the couple says was an idea from their daughter. It was a crowd pleaser, eliciting a roar of approval from the audience – Walters and Cutler walked away with the People’s Choice Award. The Foggs were the top fundraising couple, and together the three pairs raised more than $27,000 to benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

This year’s competition marked the second time a group of attorneys took the dance floor for a “Dancing with the Stars”-esque competition. At the 2011 ball, four attorneys were paired with professional dancers. The winner, Cyndy Ciancio, stepped back on the dance floor on Saturday for an encore performance with her partner, Tim Edgar, and other dancers from Colorado Dancesport. This year, the twist in the competition came when the past DBA presidents asked to dance with their spouses rather than instructors. The couples trained with a pro for months before the competition.

The Denver Bar Association and Metro Volunteer Lawyers would like to thank all of the dancers, as well as all of our patron firms and guests, for supporting Barristers Benefit Ball, the proceeds of which are crucial in ensuring free and low-cost legal services in the Denver metro area.

(Photos by Jamie Cotten)

Fourth Annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk Set for May 12

Sean May

The Fourth Annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk will be held on May 12, 2012 at Barr Lake State Park. The run was created to honor May, a chief deputy district attorney with the Seventeenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office who was shot to death in his backyard when he was returning home from work.

During his seven years of service in Adams County, May volunteered for the Child Victim Unit, where he pursued justice for children who had been physically and/or sexually abused. At the time of his death, he was responsible for training and supervising new prosecutors.

May always stressed the importance of acting responsibly, including treating victims, the community, defendants and the courts with dignity and respect. Proceeds from the race will benefit Access to Justice programs and activities and May’s family.

The Self-Help Resource Center at the Adams County Justice Center was made possible in part by the proceeds from this event. The center provides computers, information and staff to help people with legal procedural questions. Since opening on January 5, 2011, it has served more than 3,000 people.

The race is organized by the Seventeenth J.D. Access to Justice Committee, the Adams/Broomfield Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association. The race will be professionally timed by Hallucination Sports. To register or fundraise for the race, visit seanmaymemorialrun.org; a list of sponsors and sponsorship information is also available there. If you’re interested in sponsoring the race, please contact Loren Brown at lorenbrown@colo-law.com or Mariana Vielma or mvielma@da17.state.co.us.

Last year approximately 300 people participated in the race, and the event raised nearly $10,000. Please help us spread the word and consider creating a team with colleagues!

Upcoming Solo/Small Firm Monthly Networking Meetings: May 2012

The Solo/Small Firm Section networking meetings are a great opportunity to connect with your peers, as well as a practice management and technology discussion forum. The meetings are open to all CBA members, not just members of the Solo/Small Firm Section, the sponsoring entity. Some offer CLE credits, although sometimes there is no formal agenda, and no RSVP is required to attend any of the meetings.  You are encouraged to think about and prepare questions or ideas to present to the group.  Don’t hesitate to e-mail a meeting coordinator to suggest a CLE topic and/or speaker!

      • Colorado Springs
        • May 2 (First Wednesday of every month)
          • Luncheon at 11:30 am, CLE at 11:45
        • Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs, CO, (719) 635-8484
        • Contact Jim Duve, (719) 578-5800, JCD@DuveLaw.com, or John Holcomb, (719) 548-8968, jholco@gmail.com
      • Downtown Denver
        • May 8 (Second Tuesday of every month)
          • Happy Hour at 5:30 pm
        • Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St., Denver, CO (303) 830-6839
        • Contact Jennifer D. McGinn, (720) 362-3000, Jennifer@mcginnlawoffice.com.
        • There is no parking at the bar but there is free 2-hour parking up one block on Sherman St. and there is a garage directly across the street from the bar on Lincoln St.  There is also plenty of metered parking on Lincoln.
      • Downtown Denver
        • May 3 (First Thursday of every month)
          • Breakfast at 7:30 am
        • Tavern Restaurant inside the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO (303) 534-1211 – Reservation under D.A. Bertram
        • Contact Frank P. Slaninger, (303) 617-4446, slaninger@comcast.net.
      • Denver Tech Center Area
        • May 11 (Second Friday of every month)
          • Brown Bag Lunch at noon
        • Law Offices of Julian Izbiky, 7400 E. Caley Ave., Suite 300, Centennial, CO (303) 850-7080
        • Contact Phil Shuey, (303) 680-2595, shuey_p@comcast.net.
        • Exit I-25 and go west on Orchard and turn south on Quebec (or exit I-25 and go west on Arapahoe and turn north on Quebec).  From Quebec, turn east on E. Caley Ave.  The building is on the right, not far from Quebec.
        • West Denver Metro Area (Jefferson County)
          • May 9 (Second Wednesday in odd months)
            • Breakfast at 7:30 am
          • Mimi’s Café, 14265 West Colfax Ave., Golden, CO, 303-384-9350
          • Contact Dayle Anderson, (303) 980-7990, d.l.anderson@comcast.net.

        Dates are subject to change; however, they will occur as scheduled unless prior notice has been sent to the Section membership via e-mail.  Please check this website on a regular basis.

First Class Set to Graduate from the Eighteenth Judicial District Mental Health Court

According to Colorado State Judicial, the two-and-a-half-year-old Eighteenth Judicial District Mental Health Court will mark a milestone on Friday, April 13, when four participants are scheduled to graduate from the program.

There are currently more than forty participants in the Eighteenth Judicial District Mental Health Court. This is the first class of participants to graduate since the Court’s inception. The graduating participants have been in the program for 20 to 24 months. Magistrate Laura Findorff presides over the Court’s docket.

In addition to the Eighteenth Judicial District, the Mental Health Court is supported by the district attorney’s office, public defender’s office, probation department, and Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network (ADMHN).

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Bender, who is slated to attend the graduation ceremony, lauded the Court for its progress.

“In just a very short amount of time this Court has made great strides in offering a comprehensive and collaborative treatment approach,” Chief Justice Bender said. “I am hopeful we will see more courts of this nature take form throughout Colorado.”

The graduation celebration is scheduled to begin at 10:30 am, following the Court’s regular 9:00 am docket in Courthouse One, Courtroom 201 of the Arapahoe County Justice Center (7325 S. Potomac Street, Centennial, CO 80112). The Court’s docket and graduation celebration are open to the public. Following the graduation, refreshments will be served in the jury assembly room.

The mission of the Mental Health Court is to reduce recidivism of offenders with mental illness in the criminal justice system, promote public safety, and improve quality of life for participants and their families with a cost effective, integrated continuum of care through community resources. The Mental Health Court holds defendants accountable and assists offenders to achieve long-term stability to become law-abiding citizens, and successful family and community members.

The Eighteenth Judicial District Mental Health Court is one of more than 60 problem-solving courts operating in 17 of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts.  Colorado’s problem-solving courts include adult and juvenile drug courts, family/dependency and neglect drug courts, DUI courts, adult and juvenile mental health courts, a veteran trauma court, and truancy courts.

Help Plant Trees for Earth Day Celebration

In honor of Earth Day 2012, lawyers will plant trees on April 21 in the hundreds of acres burned by the Fourmile Canyon Fire in Boulder County. To help purchase trees, individuals are asked to donate $100 and law firms to donate $500.

To make your tax-deductable donation online go to boulder-bar.org, click on the calendar, and go to April 1. If you would like to volunteer to plant trees on April 21, please contact David Perlick.