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Archives for January 2, 2013

Bennett S. Aisenberg to Receive Colorado Bar Association’s Highest Honor

Aisenberg_BennettBennett S. Aisenberg will receive the Colorado Bar Association Award of Merit on Friday, January 11, 2013. The Award of Merit, the association’s highest honor, is given annually to a member for outstanding service to the association, the legal profession, the administration of justice and the community.

Mr. Aisenberg is a sole practitioner in Denver who has been a litigation attorney for 54 years. He currently specializes in arbitration, mediation, and matters involving legal ethics. He graduated from Brown University and attended Harvard Law School. He has been a fixture on the CBA Ethics Committee for many years, and in 2006 he received the Don W. Sears Ethics Award of Merit.

He served as a president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association in 1984-1985, president of the Denver Bar Association in 1991-1992, and president of the Colorado Bar Association in 1998-1999. In 2003, he received the DBA’s highest honor when he was given the DBA Award of Merit. He also has been honored by the Sam Cary and Asian Pacific American Bar Associations.

Mr. Aisenberg also served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Second Judicial District for six years, and has taught at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He writes for the Colorado Courtroom Handbook for Civil Trials, published by CBA-CLE, and has presented at many seminars.

He has long been a supporter of the Colorado Bar Foundation, which promotes the advancement of jurisprudence and the fair and equal administration of justice through grants that help educate the public and by providing assistance to Colorado’s legal institutions. The Foundation created the Aisenberg Society in his honor.

“Ben is the kind of attorney we all aspire to be,” said CBA President Mark A. Fogg. “He has a passion for his work that has never swayed in more than 50 years of practice and he has worked tirelessly, through his participation in the bar association and other groups, to share this passion through education, mentoring of younger attorneys and sound ethical advice.”

Magistrate Judge Robin Chittum Appointed to Fourth Judicial District Court Bench

On Friday, December 21, 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Hon. Robin Chittum to the bench of the district court in the Fourth Judicial District. Judge Chittum will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Robert Crowder, effective January 31, 2013.

Judge Chittum currently works as a magistrate judge in the Fourth Judicial District, where she handles domestic relations cases. She has also worked on the bench as a county court magistrate. Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Chittum worked as a deputy district attorney, where she helped prosecute cases in homicide, crimes against children, sexual assault, and vehicular homicide. She also served on a Drug Enforcement Agency task force.

Hon. Mark A. MacDonnell Appointed to Sixteenth Judicial District Court Bench

On Friday, December 21, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of the Honorable Mark A. MacDonnell to the district court bench in the Sixteenth Judicial District. Judge MacDonnell will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Jon Kolomitz, effective February 3, 2013.

Judge MacDonnell currently serves on the Bent County bench in the Sixteenth Judicial District. He also works as a solo practitioner and concentrates his practice on local government representation. He serves as a county attorney for Bent and Crowley counties; he represents the Bent, Crowley, and Prowers County Departments of Social Services; and he represents the City of Las Animas and several special districts.

Judge MacDonnell’s appointment creates a vacancy on the bench of the Bent County Court. The Sixteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on Monday, January 28, 2013 to select nominees to fill this vacancy. To be eligible for appointment, nominees must be qualified electors of Bent County and have graduated high school or attained the equivalency. Application forms are available from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Marquez, or from the court’s website. Applications must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. Suggestions of persons to fill the vacancy must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013.