Autumn is tinged with particular significance in the eyes of the Colorado legal community. October calls to mind Professionalism Month, Pro Bono Week and the Bar Admission Ceremony, where new lawyers are sworn in, ready to embark on a justice-oriented career. In November, the annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans provides lawyers with an opportunity to serve those who have risked everything to protect the fundamental freedoms that form the brick and mortar of our nation.
Here at The Docket, we are well versed in the law-related accomplishments of Denver Bar Association members. Regrettably, we seldom have the occasion to witness the ways in which many Denver lawyers use art and literature to bring work and life into some semblance of balance. This issue showcases this year’s winning entries and unveils the poignant stories behind their fruition.
As lawyer-turned-artist Henri Matisse confessed, “Creativity takes courage.” We are fortunate to live in a city where the arts and freedom of expression are valued. While it is widely acknowledged that the Mile High City has a world-class art museum, performing arts complex, ballet company and symphony, as well as several iconic independent bookstores, few realize that Denver also boasts the oldest press club in the nation.
When Denver became the territorial capital of Colorado in 1867, a group of newspapermen began meeting as a press club. In recognition of the organization’s 150th anniversary, the Tudor-style building on Glenarm Place in which the Denver Press Club is housed was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
While the present is, in many respects, nothing like the past, the time is always ripe for cultivating artistically oriented passions and literary inclinations. In law and in life, where there’s a will, there’s a way. So go back to the drawing board, dig out your castaway pen and pad, and be the Renaissance person that the world needs you to be. You won’t regret it!
In closing, this is my last issue as editor of The Docket. It has been a pleasure to serve the bar associations’ members, and I wish you every success in the future.
With warmest regards,
Jessica A. Volz, Ph.D.