August 23, 2019

Call for Nominations for 2014–2015 Denver Bar Association Leadership Positions

The Denver Bar Association Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2014–2015 DBA leadership positions, including President-Elect, First and Second Vice Presidents, three members of Board of Trustees, and 11 members of the CBA Board of Governors. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 17 at noon. For more information or to submit nominations, contact Dana Collier Smith.

Congratulations to the 2014 DBA Award Winners

The DBA Awards Committee has chosen winners for the following awards: DBA Award of Merit, DBA Young Lawyer of the Year, DBA Volunteer of the Year, Judicial Excellence, Education in the Legal System and Outstanding Programs or Projects. Involvement with the DBA, community contributions outside the bar associations, career history, and accomplishments were all considered in the selection process. The winners listed below are outstanding individuals whom we would like to recognize publicly for their commitment to the legal field and our community. Thank you for inspiring us all!

  • Award of Merit: Richard L. Gabriel,Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Judicial Excellence: Dennis A. Graham,Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Young Lawyer of the Year: Margrit Parker,Kennedy Childs
  • Volunteer of the Year: Ilene Lin Bloom, Ilene Bloom PC
  • Education in the Legal System: Craig Dehning from Skinner Middle School and Theresa Storto from Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
  • Projects and Programs: Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans Clinic volunteers

Deadline Extended to Nominate Individuals for DBA Awards

The Denver Bar Association seeks nominations for its annual awards – the DBA Award of Merit, Judicial Excellence Award, Young Lawyer of the Year, Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, and Education in the Legal Community awards. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Monday, February 3, 2014.

Nominate an attorney by submitting a statement of why the nominee deserves the honor. The statement need not be a complete essay; just provide a few salient points and the committee will follow up with the nominator and nominee for complete details. You can complete and submit a nomination form online or send your nomination by email to Heather Clark. The committee will consider involvement with the DBA, community contributions outside the bar associations, career history and accomplishments. 

Click here for more information on the DBA awards and for links to nomination forms.

Shannon Stevenson Named Recipient of 2013 Richard Marden Davis Award


On January 13, 2014, Shannon Stevenson was named the 21st recipient of the Richard Marden Davis Award. This prestigious award is given to attorneys in Denver who are under 40 years of age and exhibit exemplary civic, cultural, educational, and charitable leadership. It is presented jointly by the Davis family, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, and the Denver Bar Association. Past recipients of the award include Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Marquez, Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Richard Gabriel, and former governor Bill Ritter.

The 2013 Davis Award was presented to Ms. Stevenson during a dinner at the Brown Palace Hotel. Recognizing her contributions to the community and her professional success, the event in Stevenson’s honor included a cocktail hour, dinner, a video on the history of the Davis Award, and the award presentation. Chris Richardson, managing partner of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, spoke of Stevenson’s incredible legal achievements and personal integrity. Dan McCune, current DBA President, presented the award to Stevenson.

Ms. Stevenson, 38, is a partner in the trial group of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. She leads the firm’s appellate group and serves on the DGS executive committee. She is an experienced litigator and appellate attorney, with specific expertise in energy, natural resources, and construction. Stevenson is the current president of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. She received both her B.A. (cum laude) and J.D. (magna cum laude) from Duke University.

Nominations Sought for Richard Marden Davis Award

The Denver Bar Foundation, combined with Davis Graham & Stubbs and the Davis family, seeks nominees for the Richard Marden Davis Award. Each year, the Richard Marden Davis Award is given out to a Denver lawyer under the age of 40 who combines excellence as a lawyer with civic, cultural, educational, and charitable leadership.

The Davis Award was established in 1992 by the Denver Bar Foundation, Davis Graham & Stubbs, and the Davis family, in order to recognize successful and community-minded young attorneys in private and public practice, and to inspire new members of the Denver legal community. Past recipients include former governor Bill Ritter, Colorado Court of Appeals judge Richard Gabriel, and Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Marquez. The 2012 recipient of the Davis Award was Franz Hardy of Gordon & Rees.

Nomination forms for the Davis Award are available on the Davis Graham & Stubbs website, or click here to download the form. Nominations are due September 1 and should be returned to Margee Fawley at DGS. For more information, contact Margee Fawley at (303) 892-7528 or

Community Action Network Participates in a Day of Service in Honor of Sarah Rector

By Kate Schuster

On Tuesday, June 18, the Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Network held a day of service in honor of Sarah Rector, a committee member who passed away suddenly last March. CAN members volunteered at two local non-profit organizations, Project Angel Heart and Metro CareRing, and encouraged the entire DBA community to volunteer during the month of June in Sarah’s honor.

At Project Angel Heart volunteers Kris Reed, Arax Corn, and Sarah Millard, helped prepare meals for individuals facing life threatening illnesses.  At Metro CareRing, the nonprofit that benefits from CAN’s annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive, volunteers Kasi Schuelke and JoAnne Zboyan provided personal shopping services for families and individuals using Metro CareRing’s services and volunteers Molly McNab, Trent Ongert, Patrick Thiessen, and Robin Perkins helped sort and stock donations in the pantry.

We miss Sarah greatly and the CAN committee is dedicated to honoring her memory through service to Denver at large, which Sarah was passionate about.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with CAN please contact Robin Perkins at or Kate Schuster at

Daniel R. McCune to Serve as Next President of Denver Bar Association

Dan McCune headshots, CBA. Photo by Jamie CottenDaniel R. McCune will start his one-year term as president of the Denver Bar Association on July 1, representing the association’s 9,354 members.

McCune will focus on providing relevant services to members to help them in their day-to-day law practice and will emphasize health and wellness of attorneys, offering yoga and other health-related benefits to members. He will tweet under the handle @dbapresident.

“It’s important for our members to know that the bar association offers a number of resources that should make the bar association an integral part of their practice,” McCune said. “It’s important that we think outside the box and continue to provide services that will best equip lawyers for the future of legal practice.”

McCune is a shareholder with Kennedy Childs, focusing his practice on complex civil litigation, professional malpractice claims and contentious employment disputes. McCune has been involved with the Federation of Defense and Corporate Council, DRI and the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, serving as its president from 2000 to 2001. He chaired the Colorado Bar Association’s Economic Task Force, which worked to alleviate the impact of the Great Recession on attorneys, and most recently chaired the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations’ Joint Judicial Task Force, which aims to protect and promote Colorado’s fair and impartial courts.

After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Law, McCune joined the Judge Advocate General Corps, where he worked as a prosecutor. He lives in Golden with his partner Lorraine DAversa and has two daughters—Katie, 25, and Mollie, 18.

Franz Hardy Named Recipient of Richard Marden Davis Award

HardyDavisAwardOn February 6, 2013, Franz Hardy was named the 20th recipient of the Richard Marden Davis Award. This prestigious award is given to attorneys in Denver who are under 40 years of age and exhibit exemplary civic, cultural, educational, and charitable leadership. Past recipients of the award include Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Marquez, Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Richard Gabriel, and former governor Bill Ritter.

Hardy is a partner at Gordon & Rees, LLP, where he focuses his practice on business and insurance litigation, including commercial disputes, employment matters, real estate, insurance coverage, and ERISA. He successfully litigated a breach of contract action against one of the nation’s largest telecommunications providers, obtaining a jury verdict in favor of his client. He is also active in the community; he is president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, is on the board of directors for the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, and serves on the University of Colorado Law School Alumni Board.

Hardy was presented with the Davis Award by Jim Benjamin, the president of the Denver Bar Association. Hardy graciously accepted the award, saying, “It is truly an honor to receive such a prestigious award. To be among such a highly regarded class of past winners is a humbling experience.”

Five Reasons to Become an Active Member of the Colorado Bar Association

Deanna[This article is directed primarily to new attorneys, but if you are an experienced attorney who has not been active in the Bar, this is for you too!]

As you start your practice, you will be faced with many new challenges. First, there really are only 24 hours in the day. Second, if you are fortunate enough to have a legal job, your employer would like you to commit the first 23 hours each day to them. Meanwhile, you desire to have some balance in your life. Finally, the Bar Association keeps asking you to join.

Your time at the Bar Association is not billable. It is not guaranteed to lead to a better job offer or new clients. However, it is one of the most valuable investments you can make in your career. In no specific order, here are my five top reasons for being active in the Colorado Bar Association:

  1. Networking: My favorite part about being an active member of the Bar is networking. I used to think networking meant meeting people and figuring out how they could help me in my professional career. While that is still part of networking, I have embraced a larger definition that includes finding ways to spend time with amazing people and, sometimes, improve our society along the way.
  2. Opportunities: Many of my relationships that were started at the Colorado Bar Association offices have led to opportunities. These opportunities have often been unpaid, such as serving on a committee, writing an article, or teaching a seminar. In addition to aiding in my education and professional development, these opportunities have been incredibly enjoyable.
  3. Resources: Because I have served in many roles at the Bar Association, I now know attorneys who are experts in diverse areas of practice who return my phone calls willingly. When I don’t know who to call, the Bar Association will provide me with names of experts who are likely to be willing to discuss a novel legal issue with me.
  4. Legislative Collaboration: I spend time with smart, caring people working on important issues that affect all Coloradans. The attorneys who serve on the various Bar committees check their personal politics at the door and work hard to obtain results that provide real benefits to Colorado.
  5. Continuing Education: I started attending Bankruptcy Subsection meetings because I learned a lot at the case law updates, without much effort. I also met a lot of people who were also interested in bankruptcy. I continue to learn from case law updates, meetings, and sponsored lectures. Learning in a social, interactive setting is more enjoyable and more interesting than reading cases in my office.
  6. A Bonus—Sense of Satisfaction and Fulfillment: When I reflect upon my experiences as a lawyer, many of the most fulfilling happened at Bar Association functions. Practicing law is hard, but it can also be satisfying. For me, the Bar Association is a place to reach beyond the day to day practice and engage in the greater legal community.

I highly recommend taking the time to attend Bar functions and find your own niche in the Colorado Bar Association. There is room for all of us.

If you would like to join the CBA or the Business Law Section, you can send an email to or go to
You can also contact Jill Lafrenz to become more involved in the Section.

DEANNA L. WESTFALL is the Managing Attorney for the bankruptcy department in the Colorado office of Castle Stawiarski, LLC.  Ms. Westfall is Chair of the Business Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association.  In addition, she is Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the USFN. Ms. Westfall is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.  She is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights for CLE Colorado and other organizations. Additionally, she serves as a board member of CLE Colorado.

The opinions and views expressed by Featured Bloggers on CBA-CLE Legal Connection do not necessarily represent the opinions and views of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, or CBA-CLE, and should not be construed as such.

Book Drive This Week to Benefit Denver’s Warm Welcome Childcare Center

The Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and Community Action Network are sponsoring a book drive this week to benefit the Denver Court Warm Welcome Childcare Center. Through Friday, December 7, 2012, the DBA-YLD and CAN are collecting new and used children’s books for kids ages 6 months to 12 years.

The Denver Warm Welcome Childcare Center provides free drop-in child care services for people with business before the district, county, and juvenile courts in Denver County. The Center provides brochures and written materials concerning child care, but it also sends a book or activity home with each child who visits. This book drive will assist the Center in donating books to each child who visits.

For more information about the book drive, contact Heather Clark ( or Blair Bowen (, or sign up online by clicking here. Books can also be brought to the CBA/DBA offices at 1900 Grant Street, 9th Floor.

Seniors Holiday Luncheon — Thursday, December 6, 2012

Join the Denver Bar Association Seniors Committee at noon on Thursday, December 6, to share holiday cheer at its annual Holiday Luncheon.

The luncheon is a great opportunity to connect with familiar faces, enjoy tasty fare, and ring in the holiday season. Though the committee is for those “65 or better,” the committee welcomes all attorneys to the event. The luncheon will be held at the DBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900. Cost to attend is $12.

Please RSVP online or to Sara Crocker at

“Veterans Stand Down” Event To Be Held November 8, 2012

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Denver Regional Office will hold its second Veterans Stand Down event on Thursday, November 8, 2012. Homeless veterans with certain types of open court cases in the Denver County Court can meet with Denver County Court Judge Raymond N. Satter and volunteer attorneys to resolve those legal issues. Denver Bar Association volunteer attorneys will also provide information and referrals to legal services organizations.

“We had a great response last year to the court being in place at the Stand Down and we’re happy that we can continue to offer this valuable service, in addition to Denver Bar Association volunteers providing general legal information. In this way, veterans can take care of old pending matters and have important benefits reinstated once again,” noted Satter.

The Veterans Stand Down will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Colorado National Guard Armory at 5275 Franklin Street. Veterans who attend will also receive food, clothing, health check-ups, and employment services.