June 25, 2017

In Memoriam: John Campbell

We at CBA-CLE were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of John Campbell, a managing editor, author, and frequent presenter for CBA-CLE on elder law topics.

John practiced estate planning and elder law at the Law Offices of John J. Campbell, PC, in Denver, where he offered services in the areas of elder law, estate planning, probate law, guardianships, and conservatorships, Social Security, SSDI, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare setaside trusts, and disability trusts, and he offers special consultations in settlement of personal injury and workers’ compensation claims involving public benefits.

John was active in the Trust & Estate and Elder Law sections of the Colorado Bar Association, and was past-chair of the Elder Law Section. He was also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, was certified in elder law by the National Elder Law Association, and was a member of the Arapahoe County Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals.

John was the managing editor of Elder Law in Colorado and an author for the Colorado Senior Law Handbook. He was also was a frequent speaker for CBA-CLE, presenting annually at the Elder Law Retreat and Elder Law Basics seminars.

We wish to offer our deepest condolences to John’s family in this time of sorrow.

In Memoriam: Billie Castle

Billie_CastleBillie Castle, Grand Junction trust and estate attorney and former author and speaker for CBA-CLE, died on February 22, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Billie was respected and admired by colleagues and clients alike. She was a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Billie M. Castle, where she offered estate planning, disability planning, Medicaid, will probates, and preparation of wills and trusts.

Billie wrote a chapter, “Medicaid: Use of Trusts in Medicaid Planning,” in the Colorado Elder Law Handbook from 2004 to 2007, and she co-authored the “Trusts in Long-Term Care and Disability Planning” chapter in the Colorado Estate Planning Handbook (Orange Book Handbook) from 2006 to 2009. She was also faculty at the Colorado Estate Planning Retreat from 2004 to 2007. She was a CBA member and a former chair of the CBA Elder Law Section. She was certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as a Certified Elder Law Attorney, and wrote numerous articles on estate planning, Medicaid, and trusts.

Billie was a native of Colorado’s western slope and a strong supporter of Colorado Mesa University, where she received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude. She received her law degree, magna cum laude, from Willamette University in Oregon, where she was ranked second in her class. She served on the Willamette Law Review and clerked for the Marion County District Attorney’s Office while in law school.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 26 in Grand Junction. Tributes to and memories of Billie can be left on this webpage. To donate in Billie’s memory to her charity of choice, Colorado Mesa University Foundation, click here.

In Memoriam: Denver Probate Judge Field C. Benton

Former Denver Probate Judge Field C. Benton passed away last week at the age of 87. Judge Benton received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado, and he was admitted to practice in Colorado in 1951. Judge Benton’s true calling was the law, and he served as a lawyer, judge, and senior judge for over 40 years. Additionally, he served in both the U.S. Army and the Navy. He was passionate about fly fishing and enjoyed spending time outdoors.

A memorial service for Judge Benton will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St. in Denver. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Denver Dumb Friends League, Brookdale Hospice, or a charity of your choice.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Giordano

Liz_GiordanoIt was with a heavy heart that we said farewell to our friend and former CBA-CLE colleague Elizabeth “Liz” Giordano last week. Liz passed away on December 28, 2013 after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. Every person Liz met, even if only for a short time, was affected by her vibrancy and usually ended up sharing a laugh with her. Liz was known also for her huge heart and compassion for those less fortunate.

Liz graduated from Broomfield High School, then on to the University of Colorado Boulder for undergrad, and continued with CU for her law degree. After graduation, Liz’s professional experiences included positions at the Adams County Attorney’s Office, the First Judicial Court of the State of Colorado, Coors Brewing Company, the Hispanic National Bar, and Colorado Bar Association CLE. Liz was a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the American Corporate Counsel Association. She was instrumental in the development and success of the Spanish Language Lawyering Committee.

We were sad to lose her as a program attorney at CLE, but in 2003 Liz found her true vocation when she began her own law practice focusing on immigration matters for religious workers. Twenty-seven vested priests and deacons presided at the mass for her on January 3 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, where she was a devoted member. At the mass, in addition to her sister and sister-in-law sharing memories of Liz, 13-year-old Kayli Jankowski gave a touching eulogy, saying, “She was my angel on earth who has now earned her wings.” When she was very young, the teen received a life-saving bone marrow transplant from Liz.

Due to her work securing visas for hundreds of priests and religious, the impact Liz had on the Church was great, said Msgr. Tom Fryar, moderator of the curia. “Especially when you think about the number of babies baptized, the number of funerals celebrated, weddings prepared and celebrated, Masses, and the number of people helped by the priests and religious who arrived here in Denver with proper immigration papers because of her work.” “Liz was not about Liz,” he added, “She was about others… The truth is she poured out her life for others. She will be deeply missed.”

Liz’s passions also included her beloved dogs, gardening, flowers, and creating beautiful things. She started the tradition of transforming the CLE offices over the holidays into a lovely landscape of blue and white.

She is survived by her husband, Toby, and their almost two-year-old “miracle baby,” Grace Katherine Giordano; her mother, brother, four sisters, 26 nieces and nephews, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

We will miss Liz greatly, but we also feel grateful that we had the chance to know her and share in her great spirit.

In Memoriam: James E. Wallace, Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Denver

WallaceThe University of Denver Sturm College of Law reported that James E. Wallace, Professor Emeritus of Law, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

Professor Wallace received his A.B. in 1943 at the University of California at Los Angeles. He got his LL.B. from University of California at Berkeley in 1949, and received a B.D. from the Princeton Theological Seminary in 1960. He began his teaching career at the Princeton Theological Seminary, and was recruited to teach at DU in 1967.

Professor Wallace taught at DU for over three decades. He directed the Professional Responsibility program while faculty and continuing after his retirement. He was instrumental in developing the Law and Society Association, and was its executive director for many years. His tenure at DU also included a stint as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Professor Wallace was also very active in his community. He was a frequent presenter for the Colorado Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education programs; a member of the CBA Ethics Committee and the Joint CBA Task Force on Professionalism; a member of several Colorado Supreme Court committees, including the Model Rules Committee; and a municipal judge for Greenwood Village.

His memorial service will be held Friday, June 21, at Bethany Lutheran Church. His family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.

In Memoriam: Hon. Robert H. McWilliams, Jr.

Judge McWilliamsThe Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals lost one of its senior judges last Wednesday when Hon. Robert H. McWilliams passed away. Judge McWilliams was nominated to the Tenth Circuit by President Nixon on September 22, 1970, and was confirmed by the Senate on October 8, 1970. He became a senior judge in 1984.

Prior to his work on the Tenth Circuit bench, Judge McWilliams was a Colorado Supreme Court justice from 1961 to 1970, a district court judge for the Second Judicial District from 1952 to 1961, and a municipal court judge in Denver from 1949 to 1952. He was in private practice from 1949 to 1952, and prior to that was a Denver district attorney from 1946 to 1949. He also worked in the armed forces, as a special agent in the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence from 1942 to 1945 and a U.S. Army Sergeant in the Office of Strategic Services from 1945 to 1946. He received his A.B. degree from the University of Denver in 1938 and his LL.B. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1941.

He is survived by his wife, Joan McWilliams, a Denver-based divorce mediation attorney. There will be a memorial service on Friday, April 19,  at 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Ascension, 600 Gilpin Street, Denver, CO 80218, with a reception following at the University Club, 1673 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203.

Legal Community Mourns the Loss of Claudia Miller

Colorado’s legal community suffered a tragic loss Tuesday when Claudia Miller, a family law attorney from Lakewood, was found murdered in her office. Claudia’s practice focused on domestic relations, juvenile law, adoptions, and estate planning. She was active in the CBA’s Family Law Section and in the First Judicial District Bar Association.

The Family Law Section issued a statement on Thursday, March 7, noting “Claudia was a very able and extremely professional attorney whose clients will sadly miss her as well. Her loss is tremendous, both on a personal and a professional level. . . . Claudia was one of our best and she will be sorely missed.”

The First Judicial District Bar Association is planning a memorial service, although details have not yet been released.

It is unknown whether Claudia’s death was related to her practice. Surveillance videos captured images of a person using her credit cards; the images are available here. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

In Memoriam: Francis W. Jamison, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professor Emeritus

FrankJamisonWe were greatly saddened to learn that longtime DU law professor Frank Jamison died recently at age 83. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1956 and was a judge in Jefferson County prior to joining DU.

In addition to teaching Evidence to thousands of DU Law students over his 38 years at DU, he was a co-author of Colorado Evidence Courtroom Manual for many years. He will be remembered for his quick wit, generosity, and service to the legal community.

A celebration of his life will take place at 3:00 pm, Friday, February 22nd at St. Agnes Center at Holy Name Parish, 3290 W. Milan Ave., Englewood, 80110. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in his name to The Action Center, 8755 West 14th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215 or www.theactioncenterco.org.

South Asian Bar Association of Colorado Condemns Oak Creek Violence; Memorial August 8

The South Asian Bar Association of Colorado is deeply saddened by the violence that occurred at the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Gurdwara on Sunday. SABA-­CO extends its sympathies to the victims, their families, friends, and loved ones, and to the entire Sikh community.

The Colorado Singh Sabha will be holding Memorial Services to remember the victims on Wednesday, August 8, from 6:30-­8:00 pm. A Candlelight Vigil will follow at 8:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend this public event.

SABA-­CO condemns this horrible act of violence and encourages a supportive and inclusive discourse about mitigating such acts against any community—especially those targeted by hate—through education, awareness and community action. SABA-­CO is an organization comprised of South Asian and non-­South Asian attorneys. We have members who are Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, and Christian. During this time when public attention is particularly focused on the differences among us, SABA-­CO chooses to focus on those things we have in common and which bring us together as a culture and community of South Asians.

Donations to assist the victims’ families may be made here.

For updates, follow SABA-­CO on Facebook.

For questions or suggestions, please contact Neeti Pawar: (303) 333-5686 or neeti@neetilegal.com

The South Asian Bar Association of Colorado is the local chapter of the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA). SABA-­CO is a non-­profit organization whose mission includes the promotion and advancement of South Asian attorneys by way of professional networking, mentoring, and education to attorneys and law students. SABA-­CO will host NASABA’s national leadership convention in October 2013.

Candlelight Vigil for DU Law Professor Ann Scales Tonight

Editors Note: We are sad to report that Ann died on Sunday morning at the age of 60.

University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professor Ann Scales was taken off life support this past Friday after suffering an accident. The DU Law community will be showing its support and love for their beloved professor by holding a candlelight vigil/memorial in her honor.

The vigil will be held on the front steps of the law school at 8:00 pm this evening, Monday, June 18, 2012. Candles will be provided as well as a journal in which you will be able to write your thoughts, prayers, and favorite memories of her. In addition, the school will have those who were closest to her speak and afterwards anyone else who wants to will be able to stand and say a few words about the woman who impacted so many.

Please join DU tonight to remember the amazing life of Ann Scales and to support each other during this difficult time.

If you have any questions please contact Casey Krizman at ckrizman@gmail.com.

Memorial for David Getches to Be Held August 11 in Boulder

According to Law Week Colorado, a memorial for former University of Colorado Law School Dean David Getches is set for August 11, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado.

The service will begin at 5:00 pm in the courtyard of the Wolf Law Building. Getches oversaw the financing and construction of the building during his tenure as dean.

Getches passed away on July 5 of pancreatic cancer, less than a week after stepping down as dean of the law school.

[On July 20, 2011, Colorado Public Radio sat down with two of Getches’ colleagues to discuss his enduring legacy and contributions to Indian and water law. Click here to listen to the broadcast.]

David Getches, Former Dean of CU Law School, Passes Away

By now, you’ve surely heard the sad news: University of Colorado School of Law’s former dean, David Getches, passed away on Tuesday, July 5. David served as dean of the law school up until last Friday, when he was replaced by Phil Weiser. The transition was planned almost a year ago, as he wanted to return to the teaching faculty after serving as dean for eight years. David died in his home of pancreatic cancer, which was only diagnosed in early June.

According to the Daily Camera, David became a member of the CU Law faculty in 1979, and became dean of the school in 2003. During his tenure, he oversaw the opening of the $40 million Wolf Law Building in 2006. David also worked hard to increase scholarship money for those going to the school, and increased the school’s endowment 80 percent since 2003. Click here to read some comments from his colleagues at CU Law School.

And David’s legacy is not confined to the law school. He earned his undergraduate degree from Occidental College in California and his law degree from the University of Southern California School of Law. He began his legal career in 1967 with the law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps in San Diego. In 1968, he was co-directing attorney for California Indian Legal Services and, in 1970, he moved to Colorado to become the founding executive director for the Boulder-based Native American Rights Fund, a national, nonprofit Indian-interest law firm. Additionally, from 1983 to 1987, David served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources under Governor Richard D. Lamm.

A memorial service for David is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Check back with Legal Connection for details, we’ll pass them on to you when they become available. Contributions can be sent to the David H. Getches Scholarship Fund.

For now, we’d like to invite you to use the comments section below to post your thoughts, memories, and sentiments about David. He will be missed.