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The Roaring 20s Barrister’s Ball is the Bee’s Knees!

By Jeremy Ramp and Steve Cook

“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Who doesn’t like a large party? It’s that time of year—so dust off your best party clothes, your dancing shoes, and brush up on your Charleston as we roar back to the Roaring 20’s for the Barristers’ Benefit Ball. Please join us on April 12th at 6:00 p.m. for an evening of conversation, cocktails, dinner and dancing with 400 to 500 of your closest friends! We are pleased to announce the new venue this year is Mile High Station at 2027 West Colfax Ave. in Denver. With the Roarin’ 20’s theme, you know it’ll be the bee’s knees.

This year’s program is all about encouraging our attorneys and friends to attend, have fun, celebrate our community’s success in volunteerism,and raise money for Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL).

MVL’s mission is “to bridge the gap in access to justice by coordinating the provision of pro bono legal services by volunteer lawyers within the Denver Metro Area to people who could not otherwise afford legal services for their civil legal issues.” MVL is the DBA’s flagship program, in partnership with the First Judicial District (Jefferson and Gilpin Counties), Adams/Broomfield, Arapahoe, and Douglas/Elbert Bar Associations. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind program with metro-wide support that serves as a model and inspiration for other programs around the country. MVL holds the Family Law Court Program, post-decree clinics, the Denver Indian Center Legal Clinic, and power of attorney clinics throughout the Metro Area. It provides free legal counsel to clients in cases in domestic/family law, landlord/tenant, adoption, guardianship/conservatorship, bankruptcy, and social security. For the past 50-plus years, MVL has served thousands of our vulnerable community members in need. In doing so, MVL provides a platform for lawyers to fulfill our professional responsibilities under Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct and to put into action the oath we took when we had the privilege of becoming Colorado lawyers.

The Barristers Benefit Ball is the annual fundraiser for MVL. Your participation in this event is crucial to MVL’s mission and making all of the wonderful work possible. Please contact Amy Sreenen, ASreenen@cobar.org, to purchase a table, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities for this great event. We rely on YOU and your support to make this event a success.

All are welcome, whether your attorney registration number is 53 or 53,000, or anywhere in between. Reminders will be sent out up to the event, but we encourage all of you to sign up early and make the pledge to come and join us for a great evening. YOU can make it a roaring success!

This article began with a quote from The Great Gatsby and ends with one too, reflecting on the fact that we are incredibly fortunate to be part of this profession, this bar, and this community:

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Hon. Catherine A. Lemon to Retire from Denver District Court


On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Hon. Catherine A. Lemon will retire from the Denver District Court, effective March 6, 2019.

Judge Lemon was appointed to the Denver District Court in January 2004. Prior to her appointment, she was a partner at Faegre & Benson (now Faegre Baker Daniels), where she exclusively practiced civil litigation. In particular, she defended businesses and nonprofit associations in contract and business torts, product liability, securities fraud and construction litigation. Before working at Faegre, she was an associate with the law firm of McClearn & Heppenstall. Lemon received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Second Judicial District (Denver County) and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website, or from the ex officio chair of the Second Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica Marquez. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on February 11, 2019, to be considered; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so by 4 p.m. on February 4.

For more information about the vacancy and application process, click here.

Colorado Supreme Court: Announcement Sheet, 1/22/2019

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the Colorado Supreme Court issued two published opinions.

Allen v. State of Colorado

People v. Wood

Summaries of these cases are forthcoming.

Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is available here.


Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 1/22/2019

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and three unpublished opinions.

Fourstar v. Smith

United States v. Steele

Carrington v. Sessions

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.