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The mission of the Docket is to educate and entertain the Denver legal community — we hope without being sued.

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Editor: Brendan Baker, bbaker@cobar.org Copy Editor: Jodi Jennings, jjennings@cobar.org Graphic Designer: Clair Smith, csmith@cobar.org Advertising: advertising@cobar.org

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Docket Committee: Ainsley Bochniak, Martin Champagne, Craig Eley, David Erickson, Joshua Fitch, James Garts, Ryan Jardine, Ezra Kramer, Karl Kumli , Douglas McQuiston, Corinne Miller, Blain Myhre, Robert Petrowsky, Gregor y Rawlings, Jonathan Shamis, Marshall Snider, Elizabeth Tharakan and William Wenzel. 2018–19 Chair: Paul Miller 201 8 – 1 9 D BA Of f ice rs: Mo Watson, President; Kevin McReynolds, President-Elect; Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov, First Vice President; Justin L. Cohen, Second Vice President; Franz Hardy, Immediate Past President; Daniel A. Sweetser, Treasurer; Jillian Mullen, YLD Chair; Diversity Bars, Yamini Grema; Executive Director, Patrick Flaherty 2018 –19 Board of Trustees: Josh Berry, Klaralee Charlton, Emma Garrison, Ruchi Kapoor, Matthew Larson, J. Ryann Peyton, April D. Jones and Mario Trimble. Write for the Docket: DBA members are encouraged to send story ideas, photos, tips, and articles for the Docket Committee’s consideration. We are looking for content by Denver attorneys for Denver attorneys, focusing on trends, courts and practice management, in addition to opinion and satire pieces. Please send ideas and member announcements to Editor Brendan Baker at bbaker@cobar.org. The editor has the right to accept and reject submissions at his discretion. 303-860-1115 • dbadocket.org Copyright 2019. The Docket (ISSN 1084-7820) is published six times a year by the Denver Bar Association, 1290 Broadway, Suite 1700, Denver, CO 80203. All rights reserved.

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This is the first edition of the Docket since the Bar moved to our new offices on 1290 Broadway. The new space is beautiful, with 17th-story views of the city and the mountains — come stop by if you haven’t already! Now that we’re in these new digs, we decided it was time for a fresh start for the Docket too! In the past year that I have been editing this publication, and the years immediately prior, the Docket has included a huge range of content, from practice material to attorney profiles to bar reviews to humorous content. We’ve had great participation from members, and we’ve published some great articles. But we have heard from some of you that the range of content we publish can make it difficult to know how best to use the Docket, and what sorts of material we are looking for from contributors. We have also heard that since the great majority of Docket readers also received the CBA’s Colorado Lawyer magazine, it would be helpful for the publications to have more distinct focuses. We have heard these responses, and decided to go back to the drawing board. When the Docket began, it was as a primarily satirical, lifestyle-oriented publication, whose mission was “to educate and entertain the Denver legal community — we hope without being sued!” After discussions and planning with the Docket committee and many of our members, we have decided to go back to our roots, and to relaunch the Docket as the lifestyle magazine of note

for the Denver legal community. While we will continue to inform you about various news and opportunities in the world of Denver legal practice, the bulk of our content moving forward will be aimed at lightening your day, helping you plan your weekend, or just giving you a laugh and something to think about. As attorneys, you are hard-working and dedicated professionals, but you are also whole and complete people. The Docket wants to speak to the sides of you that don’t always get as much attention, and to hear from those sides as well. This issue includes a retrospective of some of the most entertaining content from earlier publications of the Docket, going back to the first edition in 1978. For some of you, this material will be familiar, since so many of the early readers and contributors are still active members of the community. For others, it may be a surprise to see the sorts of content this legal magazine published in decades past. We hope you will all find this retrospective amusing and inspiring, and that you will be excited to start receiving the new and improved Docket this year. There will be a relaunch party for the Docket on April 24 at the Press Club, and we sincerely hope that many of you will be able to attend. All the best of luck to you as we dive into 2019, and here’s to a great year ahead! D

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A MESSAGE FROM DBA PRESIDENT MAUREEN “MO” WATSON

ark your calendars! Save the date! Barristers Benefit Ball 2019 is just around the corner! This year the DBA will be hosting the 31st annual Barristers Benefit Ball (BBB) on Friday, April 12. We are switching up the day (from our traditional Saturday evening soiree) to a fun Friday event and moving the location to an exciting new space! This year’s event will be hosted at Mile High Station, 2027 W. Colfax Ave. , one of Denver’s premier event venues. In addition to the stunning space for the main event, we will be hosting the cocktail reception at Mile High Station’s new speakeasy-themed bar. The BBB is one of the legal community’s longest standing traditions. Every year, we host the event to give peers and colleagues the opportunity to come together for a fun evening in celebration of Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL). Not only is BBB a great party, but it is a way to show support for an amazing organization that helps some of the most vulnerable members of our community. The BBB is the only fundraiser for MVL, a program I have already talked about a lot in this column. As a quick reminder, however, MVL delivers services through the combined work of the DBA, the Adams County Bar Association, the Arapaho County Bar Association, the Douglas Elbert Bar Association, and the First Judicial District Bar Association. These entities all come together to provide key pro bono services to those in need in our community. MVL offers clinics, provides legal advice, and facilitates full-service representation for individuals who could not otherwise afford legal services for their civil legal issues. MVL is best known for its work helping families with divorce 6 I Docket I February / March 2019

and allocation of parental responsibility cases. But it also provides full scope representation in nearly all areas of civil law, provides clinics and representation for post-decree matters, and has recently launched an incredibly successful power of attorney workshop that meets low-income seniors where they live to deliver services for critical end of life documentation. And MVL also works as the key legal partner with the Denver Indian Center to provide services to the Native American community. As an MVL volunteer, I can tell you that MVL truly changes lives. I have been fortunate to work with MVL to help moms keep their kids safe, help families keep their homes, and guide overwhelmed individuals through the sometimes daunting legal world. It is undoubtedly the most rewarding work I do and the work I am most proud of. I hope you will join me at the 2019 BBB to celebrate MVL and help ensure it has a strong financial foundation. Each ticket sold supports MVL, and we will have some exciting ways to give, along with some amazing live auction items — (beach house in Mexico, anyone)?! Additionally, you can always sign on as an event sponsor to boost your firm or company’s profile at the event! We are sure the 2019 BBB is going to be one to remember, so make sure you are there! Please reach out to Amy Sreenan at asreenan@cobar.org or 303824-5371 to claim your sponsorship (opportunities are limited) or reserve your individual tickets. You can learn more at denbar.org. D


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OF NOTE A Game of Thrones lawsuit has possibly spoiled the fate of one of the key characters in this wildly popular HBO fantasy series.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was an American poet, critic, screenwriter, and humorist whose credits include the script for the original 1937 version of A Star Is Born.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays the famed swordsman, heir, and overly involved sibling Jaime Lannister, is currently embroiled in a lawsuit against his former manager. In the course of the proceedings, CosterWaldau’s legal team has had to reveal how many episodes the actor received payment for in the final season of the show. We won’t reveal the amount here, but it is somewhere between the number of ice dragons in Westeros and the number of gods once worshipped in the Great Sept of Baelor. This case calls to mind another recent legal affair involving spoilers for a popular television series. In 2016, AMC sent a cease and desist letter to an online fan community for their show The Walking Dead, threatening legal action if the group continued to publicly speculate about which characters would be killed off following a season-ending cliffhanger. The basis of the potential claim was an allegation that the managers of the online community had illegally received copyrighted, trade secret-protected production materials revealing character fates. Legal reasoning aside, the threat was enough to silence the operators of the website. In this media-frenzied age, where spoiling plot details has become tantamount to terrible hygiene or casual racism on scale of social opprobrium, one wonders whether we will start seeing more legal actions to prevent and punish spoilers. The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO on April 14, and will consist of six feature filmlength episodes. The show is based on the epic A Song of Ice and Fire novel series by George R. R. Martin, which he will complete, or not, at some future time of his choosing. February / March 2019 I Docket I 7


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PRODUCTIVITY APPS FOR LAWYERS B y : L oren F aye

hether you are part of a large firm or a solo practitioner, you are an attorney on-the-gogo-go who is no doubt using your mobile device for more than phone calls and text messaging. And if you are not, you should be. Here’s a list of productivity apps that should make work and home life a little more manageable. List Taming: Wunderlist Cost: Free for basic functionality, $4.99 per month for additional features Similar to ToDoist, Wunderlist ranks high in the battle of the best of task management apps. It is the most feature-packed app, but it still has a relatively simple interface, and reviewers like that its three-panel view allows users to see all their information at once. It allows sharing for up to 25 users, making it suitable for team management. Its calendar sharing function is more robust than ToDoist, and it easily integrates with iCal, Google Calendar and Outlook. You can also forward your emails to Wunderlist and have them automatically converted into tasks, which is a huge time-saver. File Sharing: Dropbox Cost: Free to $49.99 per month, depending on amount of storage A cloud-based file storage provider, Dropbox allows you to manage all your important documents from any device by automatically syncing files you put into a local Dropbox folder on your computer or smartphone to the cloud. Use it to securely view and share important documents, videos or images, both

personal and professional. Note Taking: Evernote Cost: Free to $39.99 per year, depending on functionality Evernote allows you to capture your ideas, notes, details, files, to-do list items, images, research, websites and audio recordings synced across all your devices. By assigning categories or hashtags, you can easily search your notes as far back as necessary. You can also attach files and audio recordings to them. If you like to take notes by hand, you can use an Evernote stylus or scan your handwriting, and Evernote will make your notes searchable automatically. Document Scanning: CamScanner Cost: Free to $6.99 While you can take a photo of anything with your mobile phone, CamScanner is a true document scanner, automatically cropping and enhancing any image into a finished PDF file. Use it to scan receipts, client agreements, whiteboard discussions, notes, or any other kind of document that you want to upload, save or share. Documents can also be saved in a .txt format for later editing. Mind Sharpening: Blinkist Cost: Free Blinkist was named as one of the App Store Best of for 2017. It summarizes the key highlights from more than 2,500 best-selling nonfiction books, which you can read or listen to in just 15 minutes. Blinkist is only available for iOS devices. D February / March 2019 I Docket I 9


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METRO VOLUNTEER LAWYERS AND THE DENVER INDIAN CENTER LEGAL CLINIC B y : T ed K oehler

Ric Fanyo, Toni-Anne Dasent, Carey Smith, Simon Gertler, Ivonne Esparza, Ted Koehler, Ann Fieldhack and Sahar Safi

ccording to data from the 2010 census, Colorado has the 13th highest American Indian/Alaska Native population in the country. Census Bureau data shows that 107,832 people who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, alone or in combination with one or more races, live in Colorado. This number represents a 35.3 percent increase from 2000 census data, and the rise is expected to continue. Of the 56,010 people in Colorado who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native alone, 46,395 live in urban areas, primarily in the Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas. In short, a significant p e rce n t a g e o f Co l o ra d o ’s American Indian/Alaska Native population lives in cities. The Denver Indian Center Legal Clinic was formed to serve this community. In spring 2012, Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL), the Denver Bar Association’s pro bono program, began working with the Denver Indian Center to provide a walk-in legal clinic. The Clinic was founded by two Native American attorneys: Dianne Van Voorhees, MVL’s Executive Director at the time, and Danielle L. Demkowicz, then an MVL board member. The first Clinic was held on April 4, 2012, and it has continued monthly since then. The Clinic meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Denver Indian Center in Lakewood on the first Wednesday evening of every month. At the Clinic, volunteer attorneys advise people seeking legal assistance on a wide variety of legal issues, including landlord-tenant, employment, family, and probate matters. As this list suggests, the majority

of the substantive legal issues raised at the Clinic are general civil matters that are not specific to the Native American community. Nevertheless, issues governed by federal Indian law occasionally arise. Volunteer attorneys answer questions and provide referrals to legal resources in the community. They also help Clinic attendees understand the legal process and how to proceed as a pro se party. Attorneys do not establish a formal attorney-client relationship with Clinic attendees, but if the person seeking assistance meets MVL’s financial eligibility criteria, an attorney may choose to take the case. The Clinic has been well-attended since its inception. In 2018, volunteer attorneys provided assistance to over 50 people at the Clinic. Given its popularity, the Clinic may seek to expand its reach in the years to come, serving Native American communities in Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo. For now, however, the Lakewoodbased Clinic continues to need and welcome volunteers. As MVL’s only night-time legal clinic, the Denver Indian Center Legal Clinic is a good volunteer opportunity for attorneys who cannot take time off during the day. D To volunteer or learn more, email Ivonne Esparza, Legal Services Coordinator for the Denver Indian Center Legal Clinic, at iesparza@denbar.org. Ted Koehler is an associate in the Business Litigation group at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. He specializes in breach of contract, business torts, insurance, unfair competition, securities, and intellectual property matters. February / March 2019 I Docket I 11


COLAP WELLNESS CORNER

THE COMPLEXITY OF LAWYER BURNOUT: A PSYCHIATRIST’S PERSPECTIVE

B y : D r . E ve W ood just reread the article in The American Lawyer “‘Big Law Killed My Husband’: An Open Letter from Sidley Partner’s Widow ,” which details the progressive deterioration of Partner’s husband’s life, in the face of his work-place stress, to his ultimate suicide in the parking lot of his of his workplace. From the article: Suicide has now become my new world and I am desperately searching for answers . . . Though it’s only the beginning stages of trying to figure out why this happened, I came across a concept, maladaptive perfectionism, that combines unrealistic standards of achievement with hypercriticism of failing to meet them. Gabe displayed most if not all of the characteristics. Simply put, he would rather die than live with the consequences of people thinking he was a failure. Do you identify with Gabe? Do you struggle with selfdoubt or work-life balance, or feel overwhelmed? Have you been told you ought to take medication for anxiety, sleep problems or depression? Do you wonder how to fix your life when work just isn’t working? If so, you are not alone. Increasing numbers of attorneys are being diagnosed with and treated for depression, anxiety and stress-related illnesses. According to the 2017 report of the National Task Force on Lawyer WellBeing, of nearly 13,000 currently practicing lawyers ... approximately 28 percent, 19 percent, and 23 percent are struggling with some level of depression, anxiety, 12 I Docket I February / March 2019

and stress, respectively . This article highlights the relationship between stress, burnout, depression and suicide, and considers the role of diagnosis, medical treatments and other strategies. When work-life balance is out of whack it can escalate to hopelessness, and in extreme cases, even suicide. People give up when they see no way forward or out. But whether help is needed for you, a loved one, or a colleague, it’s important to know that there are options to avoid suffering! What is Depression? To be totally clear: Depression is a complex concept and our understanding of it is limited. There are many theories for why it occurs. There are biological correlates with some depressive symptoms. And a small percentage of people suffer with illness that is incapacitating and just won’t quit. However, there is a good chance that much of what is labeled as depression today is probably simply burnout, or a normal response to abnormal stress. To simplify, depression is diagnosed clinically and medically by establishing a requisite number and type of symptoms to meet the diagnostic criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Over the course of the last 35 years, there have been six iterations of the DSM. As the book has gotten longer, the number of diagnoses has progressively increased. While many factors contribute to the increase in mental health disorder diagnoses, in my 35 years in medicine I have not seen the number of people with


serious depression (true debilitating symptoms that no one could deny were life-threatening) change much. I have, however, seen a significant escalation in the number of people who are told they “have depression” and consequently get treated with medications but not with appropriate therapy or counseling assistance. I have also seen an escalation in suicide rates. Over three people take their lives daily in Colorado, and the rate in the legal profession is higher. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control’s office of vital statistics, suicide is rarely caused by any single factor, and over 50 percent of people who die by suicide do not have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. People should be encouraged to engage in counseling and therapy for issues that cause them suffering, regardless of whether there is a mental health diagnosis. Getting help could be a lifesaving endeavor ; at a minimum, it benefits both our personal and professional lives. What About Anxiety Disorders? The story here is similar to that of depression. There are biological correlates for some anxiety disorder symptoms, and there has been an escalation in the rate of diagnosis alongside an increase in the number of anxiety disorders and the loosening of DSM criteria. More and more people simply dealing with the challenge of making life work are being given diagnoses and prescriptions. Today, a person who might just be dealing with burnout, exhaustion, disillusionment or extreme worry may be given a clinical diagnosis or two and prescriptions. This strategy discourages people from looking at the precipitants to distress and proactively identifying solutions. It also exposes them to the side-effects and unnecessary risks associated with prescription drugs. Do Antidepressants, Sleeping Pills and Antianxiety Medications Work? Clinical trials of antidepressants show that only one-third of patients get better in eight weeks. The other two-thirds respond in part or not at all. And within three years, 75 percent of the responders have quit treatment, likely due to side effects, cost or diminishing efficacy 1. In many studies, drugs perform no better than placebos; several studies have found that the biggest predictor of response is the belief that medication will help . Benzodiazepines, commonly prescribed for sleep issues and anxiety problems, tend to work well for a small number of people in the short run. But if used for more than a few weeks or on a regular basis, they can make the symptoms worse for some individuals. So, are pills the answer? At times yes, and they even save lives. But they don’t consistently help most people. Other interventions might be just as good, or better tolerated. Interventions with clear anti-

depressant and anti-anxiety efficacy include improved work-life balance, therapy or coaching, specific breathing practices, yoga, mindfulness, light exposure, meditation, nutritional interventions, cognitive restructuring techniques, spiritual practice, time in nature and exercise. How Should You Manage Your Stress, Sleep and Mood? The answer is unique to you. But here is what I have seen in 35 years working with attorneys. Many are experiencing normal responses to extreme stress. While you have tremendous power to self-heal, rebound, and thrive when episodically stressed, you become depleted and burned out when the pressures are continuous. The symptoms of burnout, emotional exhaustion, interpersonal disengagement, and a low sense of meaningfulness and accomplishment are very similar to those of depression and anxiety disorders. And they impact sleep. Interventions for burnout often transform those symptoms. Most of my clients never start, or massively reduce their medication need, as they tackle burnout, build resilience, decrease stress and improve their lives. In choosing your next steps, consider when you last felt well and your attendant life circumstances. What was working or gave you joy? Assess for burn-out. Are you taking pills because you can’t seem to make your life work? Do you need training on techniques and tools to promote well-being? If your life is not as you wish, you can change it! You are a gifted, capable person, as evidenced by how far you have come. You can learn evidencebased solutions, to transform what doesn’t work. Give yourself that opportunity, and never give up! D Notes 1 Gerbarg et al., Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice (Amer. Psychiatric Pub. 2017). Eve A. Wood, MD is an integrative psychiatrist, executive coach and keynote speaker who helps lawyers and judges dealing with depression, anxiety, burnout and stress learn to transform their lives. Wood serves on the Colorado Supreme Court Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being. She can be reached at drwood@ahealthylawyer.com or 303-530-3755. Sarah Myers, executive director of the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program, is the coordinating editor of this series of Wellness articles. If readers have suggestions for topics of future Wellness articles in the Docket, or feedback to the articles, contact Myers at smyers@coloradolap.org.

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Docket magazine began in April 1978, when disco ruled the charts, a humble peanut farmer occupied the White House, and no one outside the Department of Defense had ever heard the word “internet.” It is the successor to the “Denver Bar Calendar,” a quarterly, one-page sheet which simply listed DBA meetings and other local legal events. (From “Calendar is Dead, Long Live The Docket” in the inaugural issue: “To illustrate the contrast between the now demised Calendar and the newborn Docket, we offer you this same article as it would have appeared in its entirety in the Denver Bar Calendar: ‘The blue colored Denver Bar Calendar has been replaced by a buff colored publication called The Docket.”’ From the start, the Docket focused on providing content that was engaging and entertaining to a legal audience, rather than simply informative (it was nearly called The Bar Flier, which I think we can all agree would have been amazing). There have been several redesigns over the years, and the flavor of the publication has changed from era to era based on the personalities involved and the spirit of the times. But the emphasis always comes back to providing enjoyable reading material that DBA members actually want to peruse and discuss, without feeling economically obligated to do so. The Colorado Bar Association’s Colorado Lawyer magazine more than covers the substantive legal issues that

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Denver attorneys need to stay abreast of to practice effectively; the Docket seeks to fill a different niche in your regular reading rotation. T h e f o l l ow i n g p a g e s p rov i d e a retrospecti ve of some of th e m ost entertaining Docket content and designs over the last four decades, to give you a sense of our history and character. With the next issue, we will debut a new size, design, and layout, with fresh content curated by our newly minted 2019 Docket Committee. We want to provide you with a magazine that reflects the interests, values, and aspirations of the Denver legal community, not just as lawyers but as whole people. You can anticipate seeing more features on arts, culture, and travel, including discussions of popular entertainment, bar and restaurant reviews, compelling human interest stories, health and wellness tips, and humorous/satirical content, all aimed at our highly educated, well-informed audience. We hope you will enjoy reading some of our best content from years past, and that it will get you excited for a fun new iteration of the magazine. As 1977-78 DBA President William C. McClearn put it in our first issue: “If you sense a small amount of irreverence in these pages, why not? Some might suggest this organization has been altogether too staid in the past. Will you look forward to the next issue? That’s the test. I’ll bet you will.” D


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DBA SURVIVES DOCKET'S FIRST YEAR B y : R obert J. K apelke

ictured above is the once unknown but now obscure editorial staff of "The Docket," captured in one of its typically-productive think tank sessions. This April issue marks our first anniversary as a yellow sheet. A year ago, many a skeptic scoffed at the suggestion that lawyers could put together a readable newspaper for lawyers. A year's history has, of course, proved the skeptics right. Typical of the wildly enthusiastic response we have received from the Bar is the following fan letter, printed in its entirety: "Dear Ed.: (For some reason, everyone thinks we are all named "Ed") " I have some suggestions for your publication. It would be greatly improved by changing the color to blue, reducing the size to one sheet and changing the name to 'The Bar Calendar.' Sincerely, William B. Miller" Well, enough of the self-laudation. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the Denver Bar activities during the past year. There was the awkward and ragged transition from the Bill McClearn administration to the Will Carpenter regime. (Will literally had to pry the gavel from the unrelenting clutches of Mr. McClearn.) There was the Bar's gleeful acceptance of the new rules permitting advertising: ironically and unexplainably, "The Docket" has yet to receive a single ad for a lawyer. Then there was mandatory C.L.E. The Colorado Supreme Court approved the Interim Regulations of the Colorado Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education. The regulations which were closely patterned after a Sanskrit translation of the Internal Revenue regs, provided such diadems of clarity as the following: "Regulation 102(a): 'For registered attorneys in 16 I Docket I February / March 2019

groups 1 and 2 (see Rule 260.6), units of continuing legal education in excess of the required 15 units for 1979 or 30 units for 1979-80, respectively, may not be used to satisfy the requirements of the first full threeyear period of compliance.'" Howzat? The success of the guidance pro- vided by the regs may be readily seen in the types of applications for C.L.E. credits that have been sent in. A lawyer in Hugo requested credit for having committed to memory the dissenting opinion in Shelley's case. An optimistic counselor in Meeker tried to certify a mail order course he had given himself in Murphy's law, and an application was even sent in by a La Jara taxidermist who had stuffed an albino owl who he claimed resembled Federal Judge John L. Kane, Jr. All three applications were granted. The only other Bar activity of note was the happy hour at Duffy's on St. Patrick's Day. Before you relegate this issue to the parakeet cage, allow us to pay tribute to the two unindicted co-conspirators who have been most responsible for inflicting this Blat on an unsuspecting Bar. Chairman of the Docket Committee is the pensive but short Art Frazin, who has not written a word of copy since he misspelled the word "Bar" in the opening issue. The greatest blame, however, is to be laid at the feet of our only (and thus blessed) non-lawyer, Larry Weiss, who has cheerfully dumped a quarter of a century of journalistic experience down the drain. Mr. Weiss must be a blood relative of the famous Ehrich Weiss (better known as Harry Houdini), for it has taken many a feat of prestidigitation to transform our amateur scribblings into something remotely resembling a real newsletter. Happy April Fools' Day. D


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DEADHEADS UNITE M arshall S nider

returned to Denver in late November, full of the sound and spectacle, bread and circus, that has made them a cultural fixture with large segments of this country for roughly 30 years. At McNichoIs Arena, a third generation of Deadheads was getting its diapers changed in the aisles, while the second generation did its drugs and the first generation looked for the Maalox.

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It wasn't hard to spot the middle-aged first generation. Ponytails were attached to bald heads, the only acid in their systems was naturally produced in their stomachs, and they wore shoes. And though no one likes to admit it, there were quite a few lawyers in attendance. People may wonder why a supposedly straitlaced bunch of people like lawyers would be represented at a Grateful Dead concert. The answer, known only to "deadicated" followers of the group, is that the Dead's music and philosophy are highly geared toward the legal profession. Close attention to the lyrics of their songs (on CDs that is; close attention to lyrics is not a


priority at the live concerts) reveals the constant inclusion of legal references. For example, there is the Grateful Dead's bestknown song, Truckin. This song reads like a treatise on criminal law. At one point the singers explain the following scenario: Sittin' and starin' out of the hotel window. Got a tip they're goin' to kick the door in again. I'd like to get some sleep before I travel, but if you got a warrant I guess you're gonna come in. A clear problem in search and seizure, which is researched and analyzed in the next verse. I won't spoil it for you by revealing the result, but it's interesting to note the dissent in the Idaho Supreme Court case. Later in this song, the Dead take us on a rocking exploration of another key area of criminal law. The problem is set up by these lyrics: Busted down on Bourbon Street, Set up like a bowlin' pin. Knocked down, it gets to wearin' thin, They just won't let you be. What are the issues, class? Entrapment, of course, but don't forget the civil rights suit for harassment by law enforcement officers. Well sure, I hear you say, this group knows all about criminal law. A good criminal lawyer could do very well in the traditional contest in which you walk through the parking lot before a concert and identify the number of state law and municipal ordinance violations (spot the greatest number and you can win a trip to Berkeley). But the legal scholarship of the Dead runs much deeper than that. In Friend of the Devil, the band analyzes two civil issues that lawyers often face. One verse contains the facts alleged in the complaint: I ran into the devil, Babe, He loaned me twenty bills. ... I ran down to the levee But the Devil caught me there He took my twenty dollar bill And he vanished in the air. Obviously, the devil has a good collection, lawyer. It doesn't sound like he left much room for an appeal. Later in the song, this guy who does business with Lucifer has even worse legal problems than a $20 collection matter. Now he's facing a paternity suit. But at least he has a decent

defense, as is explained in this lyrical rendition of his answer: Got a wife in Chino, Babe, and one in Cherokee. First one says she's got my child, but it don't look like me.

Well, that may be a defense to the paternity action, but what about the adultery charge? The Grateful Dead are not just interested in the theory of the law, however. Like your bar association, they concern themselves with the economics of the practice of law. In I Need A Miracle, the band considers the need of a former public defender for a steady source of business. The client this lawyer is searching for is described like this: I need a woman bout twice my age, A lady of nobility, gentility and rage, splendor in the dark, lightnin' on the draw, who'll go through the book and break each and every law. As the above examples demonstrate, these musicians, while hiding behind the guise of an outlaw band, actually spend their time unraveling problems that baffle other legal scholars, providing practical advice to the profession. No wonder lawyers can be seen at Grateful Dead concerts, hiding their paunches under tie-died shirts, calling teenagers "dude" and looking for a miracle. It's easy to spot them — they're dancing in the aisles with lap-top computers, researching the songs on Westlaw. D

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NO POX ON LATIN — YET B y : M ike S teiner

bill introduced in the General Assembly this year would have declared English Colorado's official language. Although the bill died, a petition drive is now underway to put the issue on the ballot in 1988 as a proposed constitutional amendment. This change will be more significant than the designation of the stegosaurus as our state's official fossil. It will destroy our most precious heritage, the use of Latin. This controversy is helpful in reminding us how much lawyers depend on Latin. Think about it. We speak Latin practically ad nauseam. Judges consider cases de novo, ex parte, in limine and in camera and decide them sau sponte and per curiam, including the issues of quantum meruit, respondeat superior and res ipsa loquitur. In briefs we say supra, infra, idem, ibidem, exempli gratia, id est and et sequitur. We say that an argument is a non sequitur and that even if a quote is taken verbatim, it is dictum. We file addenda and errata and when a touch foul is called we say "De minimis non curat lex.” Of course, some people would be delighted if we couldn't speak Latin, which they think is another way to hide the law, and say “I'm a lawyer and you're not.” They point out that even when we do try to make the law more accessible, by teaching them how to do their own divorces, we call it a pro se clinic and we add that the lawyers are participating on a pro bono basis. 20 I Docket I February / March 2019

They say that's just more mumbo jumbo. It is ironic that they don't know that "mumbo jumbo" is a corruption of a Latin expression that means "It's Greek to me." We use many expressions without even considering that they are Latin per se. Vice versa, quid pro quo, et cetera. If English becomes our official language, these words will be illegal. Hopefully, just a misdemeanor, but still illegal. Taking away our Latin would also have an impact on some rather basic areas of daily life. For example, we would need new words for most of the days of the week, the months and the planets. If the Denver aquarium ever gets built we'll have to just call it the Denver Fish Tank. Forget a.m., p.m., and A.D. On the other hand, there are some benefits to Latin being a dead language. There are no words for teflon, radar or Pee Wee Herman. Sports events would also be hit pretty hard. Stadium, arena and coliseum are all Latin words. The Broncos would play in Mile High Field, the Nuggets would be at McNichols Hall and the rodeo would be held at the smelly Old Building Off 1-70. The petition drive is being vigorously opposed by the Ad Hoc Committee to Preserve the Status Quo. That group is trying to get the message out that this is a real threat, not something to be taken cum grano salis. D


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Tis the land where the columbines Overlooking the plains far below, While the cool summer breeze in the evergreen trees Softly sings where the columbines grow. (Chorus of "Where the Columbines Grow," by A.J. Fynn) Now, that is a song; that is poetry. No wonder Colorado adopted "Where the Columbines Grow" as its state song in 1915. But now that venerable tune must share "state song" status with a relative upstart: John Denver's 1972 "Rocky Mountain High." Do we really need two state songs? One has served us well for nearly a century. Would we insult the square dance by making the polka our second 22 I Docket I February / March 2019

state folk dance? Would we belittle the Colorado hairstreak butterfly by adopting the deer tick as the supplemental state insect? Would we minimize the contribution of the stegosaurus by anointing the velociraptor as an added state fossil? No way; the tradition by which we honor these state symbols is too strong and must remain inviolate. Nevertheless, the General Assembly, with such weighty measures on this session's agenda as whether we should get out of Iraq, used up a valuable hour to make this John Denver melody our second state song, and the debate was fierce. Unfortunately, the legislature debated the wrong topic. It gave no consideration to the momentous question of whether we should unceremoniously shove aside "Where the Columbines Grow," a song so near and dear to the hearts of all true Coloradans (come on, everyone,


sing along: you know the words!). No, the question on the table was limited to whether a Rocky Mountain High was a natural state induced by breathing pure mountain air and overlooking majestic mountain vistas, or whether the song glorified a chemically induced state-patriotic euphoria. John Denver himself insisted that his song was about nature, not drugs. Our legislators agreed. The only conclusion to be drawn from this decision was that no one in the General Assembly was over 11 years old in 1972. Anyone who was 18 to 35 that year would have no doubt that lyrics such as "friends around the campfire and everybody's high," and "they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun," referred to a state of mind that resulted from something more than just looking at pretty scenery.

Still, you have to give credit to the sponsor of the Rocky Mountain High resolution, Aurora Sen. Bob Hagedorn. In the spirit of legislative compromise, he found a middle-ground between a natural high and one aided by chemicals. According to Hagedorn, the meaning of the lyrics is in the mind of the beholder and the song might just as well refer to "a bunch of guys who spent the day hunting or fishing and are having a couple six-packs." Right! John Denver was all about hunting and fishing. For better or for ill, we now have a second state song. Unfortunately, West Virginia scooped up John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" as its song before the Colorado legislature could adopt the entire John Denver catalogue as the state songbook. That really would have been far out! D

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SENIORS SPRING BANQUET The Denver Bar Association invites all members to help us celebrate the following honorees 50 years in the practice of law.

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Heather Folker at hfolker@cobar.org or by calling 303-824-5350. Frederick Berhenke Russ Bond George Davies Peter Eggleston A. Thomas Elliott Tennyson Grebenar Henry Ipsen Terrance Kelly Phyllis Knight Mark Leonard James Mallon

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Gerald McDermott William McDonald Jennings Newcom Samuel Owen Barry Permut James Prochnow John Ramsey Robert Roper Arthur Roy James Sanderson Elwyn Schaefer

Lawrence Schoenwald Richard Slivka Marshall Snider Dudley Spiller Michael Straud George Straw Charles Weaver Malcolm Wheeler J. Wiggins Samuel Wing


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LEGAL AID FOUNDATION OF COLORADO PUTS THE “FUN” BACK IN FUNDRAISING R eagan L arkin

uring March, young attorneys from more than 60 law firms will lead the annual Associates Campaign to raise money for the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado (LAF). Now in its 15th year, the Associates Campaign has proven extremely successful in building on the strong history of support for civil legal aid in Colorado. LAF’s Mission LAF was founded in 1981 in response to cuts to the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the federallyfunded entity that is tasked with providing operating funds to legal aid organizations throughout the nation, including Colorado Legal Services (CLS). LAF serves to bridge the widening funding gap between LSC funds and the need for legal aid. Its mission is to promote equal access to justice by raising funds to provide civil legal services for low-income people in Colorado. 28 I Docket I February / March 2019

LAF supports the critical and necessary work of CLS, the only program in Colorado that provides free civil legal aid to indigent people in every county of the state. CLS employs 55 attorneys in 13 offices across Colorado. In 2017, CLS handled over 7,000 cases on behalf of over 17,000 low-income Coloradans, and successfully obtained over $2 million in awards and benefits for its clients. Low-income and elderly clients in the greatest social and economic need are given priority. CLS’s focus is on legal issues that impact basic human needs, including food, shelter, utilities, necessary medical care, adequate income, and freedom from domestic violence and abuse. Accordingly, CLS provides legal advice and representation in the areas of family law and domestic violence, consumer rights and finance, housing, income maintenance and employment, health and individual rights.


The Friendly Competition The Associates Campaign raises funds for LAF through a friendly competition among firms. The Campaign was the brainchild of lawyer Kenzo Kawanabe, now a partner with Davis Graham & Stubbs. Kawanabe started the Campaign in 2005 to build support for civil legal aid among young lawyers and to instill a habit of annual giving. He sought to take advantage of the competitive spirit alive and well among young lawyers by structuring the campaign as a friendly competition. In its first year, the competition included 10 firms and raised $8,861 from 125 donors. Since then, the Campaign has grown in the number of donors and amounts raised. Associates at each participating firm attempt to out-fundraise associates at similarly-sized firms. Firms that raise the most money on a per capita basis earn “bragging rights” in their respective categories. Firms also receive recognition for 100 percent associate participation and for non-associate giving, among other recognition. Partners, special counsel, and staff can participate in the fundraising efforts and credit is meted out to firms accordingly. The standings are announced throughout the competition, which encourages further fundraising efforts within each firm. Campaign Representatives at participating firms have developed creative ways to encourage their colleagues and co-workers to participate. Some firms contribute the funds from their office March Madness pools, while others offer casual dress days contingent on a donation. One firm created a life-sized cardboard photograph of one of the firm’s partners, and the photograph was placed in various employees’ offices until they “paid” a donation to have it removed. Whatever the fundraising strategy, the Campaign truly has put the “fun” back in fundraising.

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37 firms achieved 100 percent associate participation 8 8 . 2 2 p e rce n t o f t h e a ss o c i a te s f ro m participating firms donated

These figures represent a tenfold increase in the number of donors and a 22-fold increase in the amount raised during the initial Associates Campaign 15 years ago. Looking Forward to 2019 This year’s Campaign is especially crucial given the current uncertainty of federal funding for legal aid. At this time, 40 percent of the annual budget for CLS comes from LSC. If federal funding for LSC is eliminated or cut significantly, civil legal services for the poor in Colorado will be dealt a crippling blow. This

Leading the Charge In 2013, the Associates Advisory Board (AAB) was created to plan and oversee the Campaign. AAB members recruit new firms and brainstorm ways to increase participation in the Campaign and raise awareness about the Campaign and the importance of supporting civil legal aid. The AAB also supports Associates Campaign Representatives at the participating firms by providing guidance and sharing ideas to increase participation at individual firms. Some AAB members also serve as their firm’s Associates Campaign Representative. The AAB has fueled the Campaign’s success. In its first year, the AAB helped increase participation, and the amount of funds donated rose by nearly 70 percent. Every year since the AAB’s inception in 2013, overall funds raised through the Campaign have increased by double digits. The AAB is a major factor in Campaign’s phenomenal growth.

is even more daunting when the need for civil legal aid is considered. In 2017, LSC released a study, “The Justice Gap — Measuring the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans.”[www.lsc.gov/sites/default/ files/images/TheJusticeGap-FullReport.pdf] The study demonstrated that low-income Americans receive no or inadequate professional legal help for 86 percent of their civil legal problems every year. [Id.] The study also demonstrated that legal aid offices across the nation have a problem similar to CLS — turning away potential clients with eligible civil legal problems due to a lack of resources. [Id.] Despite all this, the good news is, you can help! We look forward to another record-setting Campaign in 2019, with your help. This March, find your nearest Associates Campaign Representative or visit www. legalaidfoundation.org to donate to the Associates Campaign. Please help us preserve and further the great tradition of supporting legal aid in Colorado! D If your firm did not participate last year, there is still time to sign up for the 2019 Associates Campaign by contacting Kelly Bossley, Associate Director of the Legal Aid Foundation, at 303-863-9544 or kelly@ legalaidfoundation.org.

2018 Associates Campaign Sets Records The 2018 Campaign was a smashing success. It raised a stunning $192,382.65 in just one month. Highlights from the record-setting 2018 Campaign include: • 61 firms participated • 1,323 individuals donated

Reagan Larkin is a Shareholder at Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC, where she specializes in real estate and commercial litigation. She has been a member of the Associates Advisory Board since 2013 and served as her Firm’s Associates’ Campaign representative from 2013-2018. February / March 2019 I Docket I 29


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LEGAL AFFAIRS Ivonne Esparza joined the CBA/DBA as the new Legal Services Coordinator for the Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL). As a recent graduate from the Paralegal Studies Program of New Mexico State University, ESPARZA Ivonne started volunteering with MVL’s Family Law Court Program and has also worked for MVL in several aspects of each program as an intern. Kevin Chen has joined Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. Prior to coming to DGS, Kevin Chen served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathan Coats and the Honorable Monica Márquez of the Colorado Supreme Court. Colin Roche has joined Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. Colin Roche's practice focuses on corporate and business law, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, and general corporate matters. Martinez Law Group, P.C. is pleased to announce that Arielle Berens has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Ms. Berens’ practice focuses on employment litigation and advice. Critical Path IP Law is pleased to announce that managing member Rick Zelenka recently passed ten years of serving on the Aerospace Alumni Board of the University of Illinois. Critical Path IP ZELENKA Law is a Denver-based law firm focused on Intellectual Property. Zelenka has 20 years' experience with tech innovation and business growth at places like NASA, Boeing, and UC Berkeley prior to practicing law. Erise IP is pleased to announce the addition of Karyn Kesselring as an associate in the firm’s Denver office. She focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, particularly defensive matters, utilizing her varied background and experience to assist clients. Patricia M. Jarzobski was given the 2018 DU Law Star’s Hon. Robert H. McWilliams Alumni Professionalism Award. Patricia was the President of the Colorado Bar Association (2016-2017) and JARZOBSKI the President of the Colorado Women's Bar Association (2012-2013). She is the owner of The Law Office of Patricia M. Jarzobski, P.C., a plaintiff personal injury and wrongful death law firm in Denver. Fisher Phillips announces that Denver partner Todd A. Fredrickson has been honored by his alma mater, the University FREDRICKSON

of Colorado Law School, with its Distinguished Achievement Private Practice Award. Fredrickson will be honored at the Colorado Law Alumni Awards Banquet on March 14, 2019. Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC is pleased to announce that Carl F. McEncroe has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Mr. McEncroe’s practice focuses on insurance defense, insurance coverage, extraMCENCROE contractual insurance defense, commercial litigation, and other civil matters. Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher is pleased to announce the addition of two new associates at the firm, Erik Carlson and Erin O’Neil. CARLSON Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC is pleased to announce that Amanda Huston, an attorney with the firm, has O'NEIL successfully completed the Development 360° Program with Urban Land Institute, Colorado “ULI”. Frascona Joiner Goodman and Greenstien PC is pleased HUSTON to announce that Jesse Howard Witt has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Mr. Witt’s practice will emphasize WITT Construction, Real Estate, Association Law, Appeals and Mediation. Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell, LLC is pleased to announce that Steven L. Heisdorffer has joined the Firm as Special Counsel. Our practice will continue to focus on Construction Law and General HEISDORFFER Civil Litigation.

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Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC is pleased to announce that Abe Laydon, a member of the firm, has been elected to the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners for District 1. Mr. Laydon presently serves on LAYDON the Douglas County Planning Commission and has extensive experience with land use applications, zoning, and subdivision regulations. Woods & Aitken LLP is proud to announce that Daniel M. Gross, an attorney in the Firm’s Construction Law and Commercial Litigation practice groups, has

If you are a DBA member and you’ve moved, been promoted, hired an associate, taken on a partner, received a promotion or award, or begun service on a new board, we’d love to hear from you. Talks, speeches, CLE presentations and political announcements, due to their sheer number, cannot be included. In addition, the Docket cannot print notices of honors determined by other publications (e.g., Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, etc.) again due to volume. Notices are printed at no cost but must be submitted in writing and are subject to editing and space available. Send all notices to Clair Smith at csmith@cobar. org. Announcements will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis. 32 I Docket I February / March 2019


been added to the panel of prequalified candidates for the Dispute Review Board (DRB) of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). For over 35 years, Gross has represented contractors, GROSS suppliers, sureties, owners, and design professionals in the public and private construction arenas. Litigation attorney Benjamin J. Larson has been named a shareholder and director at the Colorado law firm, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, P.C. In his practice, Larson counsels clients on a variety of business LARSON issues, including antitrust, business dissolution, breach of contract, construction defect, product defect, employment law, intellectual property, business professional liability and securities claims. Collins Cockrel & Cole is pleased to announce that Allison C. Ulmer became a Partner on January 1, 2019. Allison provides general counsel representation to special districts, municipalities, and local ULMER government authorities, with a particular emphasis on real estate, employment, and construction law. Eric Olson, a partner at Bartlit Beck, will serve as Solicitor General. Olson is Vice-Chair of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, a member of Leadership Denver 2019, and a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Moye White LLP is pleased to announce that Scott James has been named a partner of the Denver law firm, effective January JAMES 1, 2019. He focuses on counseling clients regarding risk management, risk transfer, insurance

procurement, coverage issues, and related litigation. Werge Law LLC is pleased to announce that Daniel J. Williams has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney. Daniel focuses his practice on litigation for small business clients, and music law. Merchant & Gould P.C., a national WILLIAMS intellectual property (IP) law firm with clients in the Rocky Mountain Region, congratulates patent agent Nobu Yoda for his elected role as president of the Japan America Society of Colorado YODA (JASC), a nonprofit organization that helps expand people-to-people relationships between Colorado and Japan through business, education and cultural opportunities.

IN MEMORIAM Anthony Colby van Westrum, age 74, of Golden, Colorado passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019. He was born April 10, 1944 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tony was a loving father and grandfather. VAN WESTRUM He was an accomplished attorney for 50 years, held in high esteem by his colleagues. He was also much admired and respected by his friends. As an avid photographer and lover of the outdoors, Tony spent countless hours in nature. He was a voracious reader of all genres, always looking for new ways to learn and to challenge his mind. Anthony is survived by his wife Jenny, son Derek (Jen), daughter Heather (Mike) and granddaughter Ruby. He will be deeply missed, and his impact on the those who knew him will be lasting. A Memorial Service will be planned for early Spring 2019.

BAR RESOURCES THE DBA PEER PROFESSIONALISM ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE Are you troubled by rude and unprofessional attorneys? Call Peer Professional Assistance for FREE one-on-one intervention. PPA has been sponsored by the Denver Bar Association since 1994. Call 303860-1115, ext. 1, for more information. All inquiries are confidential. SOLACE SOLACE (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel — All Concern Encouraged) is a program of the Colorado Bar Association designed to assist those in the Colorado legal community who have experienced some significant, potentially life-changing event in their lives. The sole purpose of the SOLACE program is to allow the legal community to reach out in meaningful and compassionate ways to judges, lawyers, court

personnel, paralegals, legal secretaries and their families who experience deaths or other catastrophic illnesses, sickness or injury.For more information on SOLACE visit cobar.org/solace. DBA PLACEMENT SERVICE As a membership service of the Denver Bar Association, the Placement Service provides law firms and legal departments of corporations with well-qualified applicants. Its quality approach to costeffective staffing has made the DBA Placement Service a favorite of the legal community since 1986. It provides temporary, temp-to-hire and full-time employment opportunities for secretaries, paralegals, receptionists, accountants, administrators and office assistants. Contact Mev Parsons or Amy Sreenen at 303-894-0014 or email dbaps@earthlink.net.

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PICTURE THIS THE CBA, DBA, AND CBA-CLE 2019 VIP OPEN HOUSE The Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, and Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education moved to 1290 Broadway in January. A small group of guests were given a brief tour of the new space and a ribbon was cut to officially mark the

success of the move. Speakers included CBA President John Vaught, James Benjamin, CBA-CLE Executive Director Vince O’Brien, CBA Executive Director Patrick Flaherty, and DBA President Mo Watson.

1. Ribbon Cut : John Vaught, Mo Watson, Richard Murray and James Benjamin. 2. Reception Fun: David Stark, James and Isabell Benjamin. 3. CBA Executive Director, Patrick Flaherty, gives detail on the moving process.

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AIPLA “WOMEN IN IP” PROMOTE STEM PROGRAMMING FOR GIRLS Merchant & Gould P.C. sponsored a holiday-themed, community-service event with American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) “Women in IP” on Dec. 10, for Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, an organization that promotes the “whole girl,” from programming for healthy living and emotional wellness, to educational, business, and STEM-enrichment programming. The event included a range of interactive projects and games — from making ice cream with a scientific

AIPLA Group Pic: Girls Inc. of Metro Denver gather with Steve Spangler and the Girls

recipe, to controlling robots on an obstacle course — that stimulated STEM skills and curiosity. The girls were excited to learn through thought-provoking, yet playful, activities. An event highlight included a special visit by science guru, author and TV personality Steve Spangler, who introduced new experiments and spoke with the girls about achieving their dreams through innovation, inventions and STEM-focused achievements.

AIPLA Steve Spangler: Steve Spangler demonstates that innovation can be fun.

Inc. staff for a group photo.

THE CHBA 42ND ANNUAL BANQUET The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association celebrated its 42nd Annual Banquet on January 19, 2019, at the Ritz Carlton Downtown. President Christine M. Hernandez was sworn in by Judge Cynthia Mares and the Master of Ceremonies was Liz Krupa. The evening celebrated CHBA’s first Circle of Giving scholarship recipients — Cynthia Sanchez from the University of Colorado Law School and Claudia Shadler from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Felicidades to the award winners: Barbara J. Brohl – Lifetime

Achievement Award; Arnulfo D. Hernandez – Chris Miranda Outstanding Hispanic Attorney Award; Annie Martinez, President-Elect – Outstanding New Hispanic Attorney Award; Jonathan R. Booker – Community Service Award (Individual); Colorado Pledge to Diversity – Community Service Award (Organization); and Husch Blackwell – Corporate Commitment Award. Thank you to all of the sponsors and all attendees for making the evening truly special.

1. El Sistema Colorado joined the celebration 2. Circle of Giving Scholarship recipients Cynthia Sanchez, Christine Hernandez, and Claudia Shadler 3. Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Barbara J. Brohl stands with colleagues

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