August 22, 2019

Interview with Jason St. Julien: Former History Teacher, Current Assistant United States Attorney, Devoted Mentor

Editor’s Note: In honor of Black History Month, Mary Dilworth, CBA-CLE’s Marketing Manager, is conducting a series of interviews of some of our distinguished faculty and authors. Click here for the previous post.

Colorado Bar Association CLE (CBA-CLE) continues the interview series with some of our African-American faculty and authors. Our hope is that this series is able to inspire others by sharing the journey and achievements of these successful attorneys.

Jason St. Julien, a CBA-CLE faculty member, is a charismatic, engaging, and driven attorney who hails from St. Martinville, Louisiana. Currently an Assistant United States Attorney in Denver, he works in the Major Crimes Section of the Criminal Division. Prior to becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, Jason served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Mary Ann Vial Lemmon, Senior Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel, Senior Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

Jason strives to affect positive change in the human condition each day. Prior to attending law school, Jason taught 7th Grade Reading and Texas History in Pearland, Texas where he was named New Teacher of the Year in Secondary Education. He continues his devotion to youth by serving as a mentor/facilitator with Denver Urban Scholars (formerly Colorado Youth at Risk). Jason is a graduate of the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado’s 2014 Chamber Connect Leadership Program and the Colorado Bar Association’s 2017 Leadership Training class. He is also the immediate past President of the Sam Cary Bar Association.

What inspired you to become an attorney? My cousin is a patent attorney in Houston, Texas. While I taught 7th grade in Pearland, a suburb of Houston, we discussed a possible career in law. I chose law school over pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology because I believed a J.D. would open more doors. My choice panned out well. Law brought me to Colorado in 2012 and my world is a bigger place because of my experiences here in Denver.

What do you enjoy about the practice of law? As a criminal prosecutor, I know that I affect positive change every day. I know with absolute certainty that what I do makes a difference in the lives of Colorado’s citizens. I have my hand on the pulse of something much greater than myself. For that, I am thankful.

What historical black figure do you admire? Harriet Tubman

What about someone from today who inspires you? President Obama

Favorite Book? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Favorite Movie? Star Wars: A New Hope. Return of the Jedi is a close second.

What do you do in your spare time for fun (if there is any spare time!) I am on my Harley Davidson Road King any time the weather permits! I usually purchase a season ticket package for the Colorado Symphony and get out to listen to live jazz music. And there is never a bad time for a good book.

What advice would you give to new attorneys? Whatever you “think” is happening or going on, it is not that serious. Really, it’s not. Find your advancement in the advancement of others and you will become your firm’s most valuable asset.

Interview with Eric Nesbitt: Real Estate Attorney, CBA-CLE Board Member, Basketball Afficionado

Editor’s Note: In honor of Black History Month, we will be interviewing faculty and authors throughout February. Stay tuned each Wednesday for a new faculty/author profile.

By Mary Dilworth

Colorado Bar Association CLE (CBA-CLE) is providing an interview series with several of our African-American faculty and authors. Our hope is that this series is able to inspire others by sharing the journey and achievements of these successful attorneys.

Our first interview is with Eric Nesbitt, an active member of the Colorado Bar Association, a CBA-CLE board member and a talented member of the CBA-CLE faculty, who has spoken at several CLE conferences including the annual Real Estate Symposium and Business Law Institute.

Eric is the sole shareholder of the Law Offices of Eric L. Nesbitt, P.C., which focuses on real estate law matters (visit them online at He is also the owner of The Nesbitt Commercial Group, a commercial real estate brokerage firm affiliated with Keller Williams DTC. Originally from Chicago, Eric moved to Colorado in 1996 to become the General Counsel and Director of Business Affairs for USA Basketball, the governing body for the sport of basketball in the United States. In that position, he was the attorney for the 1996 and 2000 Men’s Olympic Basketball “Dream Teams.” He loved Colorado so much, he decided to make it his home.

What inspired you to become an attorney? I visited Los Angeles and Beverly Hills as a kid and was in awe of all of the big houses and abundance of wealth. I asked my parents what job could I get as an adult to get a big house, and they told me to consider becoming a doctor or a lawyer. I thought being a doctor would be too gory, so I set my aspirations to be a lawyer. In addition, as a kid I always saw lawyers on the CBS show “60 Minutes,” and it seemed like a cool profession.

What do you enjoy about the practice of law? I really like helping people. I receive genuine satisfaction when I meet with clients and I can solve their problems or address their legal needs. It’s a very uplifting feeling. I also appreciate how legal training has provided me with the flexibility to pursue other business interests, such as commercial real estate brokerage and athlete representation. Being a lawyer prepares you to do practically anything!

What black historical figure do you admire? Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, Jr. are probably the black historical figures I admire the most.

What about someone from today who inspires you? Oprah Winfrey and President Obama are people who inspire me today.

Favorite Book? Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun, by Reginald Lewis.

Favorite Movie? The Godfather.

What do you do in your spare time for fun? What spare time? I like hanging out with my family, wining and dining my wife, and traveling when I can get away. I also try to fit in a round of golf in when I can.

What advice would you give to new attorneys? Work hard, develop relationships, and have fun when you can.

John Moye and John McCabe Receive Cathy Stricklin Krendl Business Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award

Moye-McCabeIn 2014, the Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section created the “Cathy Stricklin Krendl Business Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award.” The award is named for the first recipient in 2014, Cathy Stricklin Krendl, and is intended to recognize and honor her contributions to Colorado business law, including intellectual and professional excellence in the practice Colorado business law; generosity of spirit as reflected in the advancement of Colorado business law; efforts to enhance the general quality of business law practice by Colorado lawyers; and devotion to the principles of legal professionalism, all manifested consistently over years of endeavor.

The CBA Business Law Executive Council chose two outstanding recipients for 2016—John Moye, founding partner at Moye White, and John McCabe, Senior Of Counsel, with Davis Graham and Stubbs LLP. The awards will be presented at the 2016 Business Law Institute at the reception on the first day, September 15 at 5 p.m.  We invite all members of the CBA Business Law Section to attend the awards ceremony and reception even if you are unable to attend the Institute.  The exemplary contributions that the recipients have made to the area of business law will be shared at the ceremony. We look forward to seeing everyone there to celebrate their achievements.



CLE Program: 2016 Business Law Institute

This CLE presentation will occur on September 15-16, 2016, at the Marriott City Center (1701 California Street, Denver). Register for the live program here. You may also call (303) 860-0608 to register.

Can’t make the live program? Order the homestudy here: CD • MP3Video OnDemand.

Two Law Legends and CBA-CLE Recognized by International CLE Organization for Legal Publication: Limited Liability Companies & Partnerships in Colorado

StarburstAwardsLogoThe Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), an international continuing legal education organization, awarded Colorado Bar Association CLE (CBA-CLE) with the Award of Outstanding Achievement in the publication category for its business law book Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships in Colorado.

Lidstone-SparkmanAttorneys Herrick Lidstone, Jr. and Allen Sparkman, two business law legends in Colorado, have taken a complex subject and written a clear, concise treatise on how to structure a business. The criteria for an ACLEA award include excellence in style, innovation, and content, in addition to the book’s appeal to a broad spectrum of the legal community. CBA-CLE Assistant Executive Director Dawn McKnight says, “We are extremely honored to win this award and grateful to have as authors two legends in the field, Herrick Lidstone and Allen Sparkman. Their vast experience, diligence, and thoroughness are evident throughout the book. They spent countless hours researching, writing, and revising this treatise to make it a comprehensive guide for practitioners.”


Partnerships and other business entities have a fascinating history going back thousands of years.  Now in the twenty-first century, the variety of ways in which a new business may be formed and operated has made this a complex and especially important practice area.  Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships is a business law treatise for practitioners as they advise clients on issues from the time of a business’s formation to the time of dissolution. Topics include: choice of entity, formation and dissolution of the entity, creditor rights, securities and tax issues, as well as ethical considerations.


Lidstone_HerrickHerrick Lidstone, Esq. is a shareholder and managing director of Burns Figa & Will, P.C. in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Mr. Lidstone practices in the areas of business transactions, including partnership, limited liability company, and corporate law, federal and state securities compliance, mergers and acquisitions, contract law, tax law, real estate law, and natural resources law. Mr. Lidstone’s work includes the preparation of securities disclosure documents for financing transactions, as well as agreements for business transactions,

limited liability companies, partnerships, lending transactions, real estate and mineral property acquisitions, mergers, and the exploration and development of mineral and oil and gas properties.

SparkmanAllenAllen Sparkman, Esq. practices law in Denver and Houston as a partner of Sparkman + Foote LLP. Mr. Sparkman’s practice includes the areas of business transactions, securities, tax, and professional responsibility. Mr. Sparkman’s work includes the preparation of securities disclosure documents for start-up companies in a variety of fields, including offshore oil and gas exploration, foreign mining operations, real estate, and comic book certification. He also regularly prepares LLC and partnership documents, and represents buyers and sellers of businesses, including preparing or reviewing all necessary legal documents.

Colorado Bar Association CLE (CBA-CLE) is the nonprofit educational arm of the Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association. We produce high-quality continuing legal education programs and legal publications for attorneys and legal professionals.

Data Privacy & Information Security: Meeting the Challenges of this Complex and Evolving Area of the Law

The breakneck speed at which technology is advancing presents both extraordinary opportunity and unprecedented risk to you and your clients. As data breaches and cyber attacks increase, so do the costs associated with preventing and dealing with them when — not if — they happen.

This practical seminar provides guidance on the state of the law on data security and privacy, as well as sound practices on how to minimize risk of a breach. Learn about data security and privacy issues with the European Union and Changes to the Safe Harbor Act, as well as the status of negotiations over the General Data Protection Regulations. Learn the reasonable measures to take in case of a breach, as well as best practices for advising your board and executives. Discover the latest challenges in employment law, as well as ethical dilemmas.


CLE Program: Data Privacy & Information Security — Meeting the Challenges of this Complex and Evolving Area of the Law

This CLE presentation will take place Friday, January 22, 2016, in the CLE Large Classroom. Click here to register for the live program and click here to register for the webcast, or call (303) 860-0608.

Can’t make the live program? Order the homestudy here: CDMP3 audioVideo OnDemand.

New Legal Technology: Reduced Risk, Increased Flexibility, Automated Systems—Better for Lawyers

tech-lawIt’s estimated that 90% of lawyers use mobile to check email; 34% of lawyers use tablets in the courtroom; 27% of law firms have legal blogs; 10% of individual lawyers have blogs; 48% use a tablet at work (and the tablet is capturing laptop share); 17% use litigation support software; 39% of blogs resulted in clients or referrals; 40% of solos and 30% of all lawyers use cloud services; and 58% use Dropbox to transfer and store files. Technology (including legal technology) moves fast, with new products and updates arriving at a dizzying pace.

Wouldn’t it be nice if this burgeoning technology resulted in less time in the office and an increase in billings? Many attorneys are finding this to be the case. Automating systems and keeping better track of files and cases has actually resulted in more flexibility and peace of mind for attorneys, even those having to juggle more responsibilities. In addition, smaller firms have discovered by using new technologies they are able to better compete with larger firms.

This year’s first Colorado Legal Technology Expo is October 27-28, 2014, at the CBA-CLE offices in Denver. The Legal Technology Expo is free and the place for the technology and legal communities to interact and to mutually benefit.

Not only will there be legal technology companies exhibiting, but short, educational seminars offered on the latest in technology for the legal community. Legal technology tips and best practices will be shared by experts with topics that include: Managing Interruption and Info Overload; Cloud Security; E-Recording; Using the Latest in Technology to Market Your Law Firm; and 5 Technologies Every Lawyer Should be Using Today.

We invite you to drop by, even for an hour or two, to the free Legal Tech Expo. Click here to find out more and to register for the 20-30 minute educational seminars.

CLE Program: The 2014 Colorado Legal Technology Expo

This CLE presentation will take place from Monday, October 27 through Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Click here to register.


Denver DA Mitch Morrissey is Keynote Speaker at the 16th Annual Senior Law Day on July 19

Layout 1Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey is the keynote speaker for this year’s 16th Annual Denver Senior Law Day. As the chief prosecutor in Denver, he is responsible for the prosecution of more than 6,000 felony and 18,000 misdemeanor criminal cases every year, and is a staunch advocate for fraud prevention and education in the Denver community.

With incredible resources and educational workshops, this event is not only for seniors in the community, but also valuable for adult children and caregivers who are helping aging parents, relatives, or friends. The event is from 8:00 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 at the Denver Mart.

The 16th Annual Senior Law Day offers the public the opportunity to hear from experienced elder law attorneys and other professionals involved in elder care issues.  This year there are thirty-three unique, informative workshops to choose from that will help seniors learn how to better manage family and financial issues and prepare for retirement.

Workshops this year include “How Hospice and Palliative Care Can Save Your Life,” “Aging in Place – Maintaining Your Independence at Home,” “ Assisted Living and Nursing Home Issues,” “ Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts & Your Property,” “ Hanging Up the Car Keys for Good,” “ Living Wills, Advance Medical Directives, DNR Orders, Proxies, and End of Life Issues,” “Medicaid and Medicare 101,” “ Planning For Your Pets,” “Powers of Attorney and Guardianship & Conservatorship,” “ Social Security,” “To Marry or Not to Marry—That is the Question,” “ VA Benefits,” and “ What to do When Someone Dies.”

Attendees are also available to meet with an attorney at the “Ask-A-Lawyer” Session, a free 15-minute meeting with an attorney to ask about elder law and trust and estate issues. For more information on this and a full list of workshops, go to

Much of the content presented at Denver Senior Law Day also can be found in the comprehensive 2014 Senior Law Handbook, which is distributed free at the event. The Senior Law Handbook is supported through the generous contributions from organizations and law firms, including Rose Community Foundation—an organization that supports efforts to improve the quality of life throughout the Greater Denver community through its endowed grantmaking programs, and by advising and assisting donors who wish to make thoughtful charitable investments to better the community.

A $10 contribution is suggested but not required to attend the event. Registration is requested; call (303) 860-0608 or dial toll-free (888) 860-2531, or go online to register at and click on the “Denver” tab. Business vendors and potential exhibitors should contact Sherrill Wolf at (303) 860-0608.

Full details on the event are available at

Workplace Privacy To Be Discussed at Employment Law 2014 Conference in March

One of the hot-topic issues for employment law today is workplace privacy. Qusair Mohamedbhai, a leading Colorado employment law attorney, and Philip Gordon, a leading privacy attorney who focuses on HR privacy issues, will tackle this complex and rapidly evolving area of the law at the CBA-CLE 2014 Employment Law Conference on March 20-21. Expect a lively and informative discussion including critical privacy and information security issues raised by the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) movement and how recent state laws and EEOC guidelines can impact workplace privacy policies involving background checks, especially the use of an employees’ criminal history for employment purposes, and access to employees’ personal social media. Below are excerpts from their upcoming presentation.

Workplace Privacy:
“In the coming year, employers may expect to see more restrictions on access to applicants’ and employees’ criminal history, credit information, and personal social media content.  To further complicate the challenges of addressing privacy in the workplace, employers will be required to grapple with next-generation issues raised by the use of social media as a business tool and the increasing adoption of “bring-your-own-device” (BYOD) programs.  The ever-shifting balance between employer prerogative and employee privacy likely will continue to move in a direction that favors employee privacy.” –  Philip L. Gordon, Littler Mendelson

Workplace Privacy: Criminal Background Checks & Victims of Crimes:
2012 EEOC Guidance on Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions: For criminal conduct exclusions in hiring practices that are alleged to have an unlawful disparate impact, relevant information includes the text of the policy or practice, associated documentation, and information about how the policy or practice was actually implemented. For example, the EEOC may look for offenses or classes of offenses that were reported to the employer (all felonies, all drug offenses) or how far back in time the report reached. 2012 WL1499883 § V (E.E.O.C. Guidance Apr. 25, 2012). – Qusair Mohamedbhai, RATHOD ǀ MOHAMEDBHAI LLC

CLE Program: Employment Law 2014

This CLE presentation will take place on March 20-21, 2014. Click here to register for the live program. You may also call (303) 860-0608 to register.

Can’t make the live program? Order the homestudy here — MP3 audio downloadVideo OnDemandCD homestudy

Colorado Adopts Tougher Air Rules for the Oil and Gas Industry—The First in the Nation

BillRitterColorado air quality control commissioners voted 8-1 on Sunday to pass tougher air pollution rules for the oil and gas industry. The rules are the first in the nation designed to detect and reduce methane emissions, a gas linked to climate change. The impetus for the change was the failure of Front Range air to meet federal health standards.

Trying to satisfy environmental needs with those of the oil and gas industry can by difficult, as evidenced by the objections of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the Colorado Petroleum Association. The rule changes did, though, have the support of leading oil and gas companies including Anadarko Petroleum, Noble Energy, and Encana.  The impact of these new rules could be tremendous for environmental lawyers and those practicing in the area of Natural Resources & Energy.

This Friday, Feb. 28, the CBA Environmental Law Section is co-sponsoring a program with Colorado Bar Association CLE, “Oil & Gas Development in Colorado: Balancing Energy and the Environment.” Will Allison, the director for the Air Pollution Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will review the new pollution rules and the potential effects in Colorado. Bill Ritter, former governor and now director for the Center for the New Energy Economy, is the keynote speaker and will address the challenges of balancing energy production and new environmental regulation in Colorado.

Other energy and environmental experts are speaking at the program including leaders from the Colorado Oil & Gas Commission, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and Colorado energy companies and law firms.

Scott Clark, chair for the program and attorney with Burns, Figa, & Will said, “This program will provide a balanced and focused look at key issues raised by the explosion of oil and gas development in Colorado.”

CLE Program: Oil & Gas Development in Colorado – Balancing Energy and the Environment

This CLE presentation will take place on February 28, 2014. Click here to register for the live program, and click here to register for the webcast. You may also call (303) 860-0608 to register.

Can’t make the live program? Order the homestudy here — MP3 audio downloadVideo OnDemandCD homestudy

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.

So You Want to Self-Publish?

I’ve read some terrific books written by Colorado lawyers—fiction, non-fiction, and history books. Lawyers are a talented, creative group and many love to write as a hobby, writing even when spare time is limited—finding time at night and on the weekend to fulfill a passion. If you decide to take the plunge to publish a book or even several, it’s time to get serious. Getting a traditional publishing contract can be difficult, however, and self-publishing has become very popular in the past several years.

Jon Tandler, an attorney with Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite, practices corporate, intellectual property, and publishing law. He works extensively in the publishing industry, representing publishers, distributors, agencies, trade associations, authors, and others as to content acquisition, contracts, licenses, and other legal matters. Jon says that there are many considerations to self-publishing, including one that many people fail to do—creating a business plan. A business plan includes researching the market for your publication, setting a publishing schedule, finding assets, and researching sales and distribution channels.

On March 18, Jon is speaking on self-publishing at a CBA-CLE presentation. The program will be a practical tutorial on several business and legal aspects of self-publishing books and other literary content. He’ll also touch on the issue of plagiarism, which seems to be an increasing problem in the industry.

So, if you’ve seriously thought about self-publishing or just want more information, this seminar will provide some critical, concrete steps to take—before you start.

CLE Program: Self-Publishing—Business and IP—Important Things to Know Before You Start

This CLE presentation will take place on Monday, March 18, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Click here to register for the live program, and click here to register for the webcast.

Can’t make the live program? Click here to order the homestudy.

New Year’s Resolution: Get More Clients!

For attorneys who don’t have a marketing staff and want a larger online presence, there are a bewildering number of options and companies that offer advice and services. Three founders of an Internet marketing firm have published a book, How to Turn Clicks Into Clients: The Ultimate Law Firm Guide for Getting More Clients Through the Internet,that offers simple but effective tips for small and solo law firms looking to attract new clients and show up higher in Internet search engines (and do it in an ethical and effective way). The strategies from the authors, Mark Homer, Ed Rush and Jabez LeBret, come from their experience at their firm, where they work primarily with small and solo law firms.

If you’re looking to take a course on the subject, CBA-CLE is hosting one of the authors, Jabez LeBret, for a half-day CLE program on January 18. All three authors presented at a number of bar associations around the country in 2012 and the response from the seminar has been enthusiastic. Solo and small firm attorneys can get practical, hands-on tips during the program that will focus on three areas: How to optimize your website properly; local listing directories — reviews and client confidentiality; and Google Places — what you can and can’t do. Everyone who attends will receive a copy of How to Turn Clicks Into Clients: The Ultimate Law Firm Guide for Getting More Clients Through the Internet.

Mr. LeBret is an experienced speaker, and has delivered more than 900 presentations over the last nine years to organizations including Microsoft, Deloitte, Boeing, and GE. He is considered a leading authority on monetizing Social Media and often speaks at industry conferences on this subject.

There are other excellent books available that teach techniques on how to increase your online presence and you can also search online for information, with a number of blogs available that focus on this topic. The only thing that is certain with the Internet is that things can change quickly. For attorneys who are looking to maintain a strong online presence, we encourage ongoing research and education. Learning from the experts is a good way to stay up-to-date and to protect yourself and your firm.

CLE Program: Turning Clicks Into Clients

This CLE presentation will take place on Friday, January 18, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. Click here to register for the morning’s live program, and click here to register for the afternoon’s live program.

This program will also be offered as a webcast. Click here for the morning’s webcast and click here for the afternoon.