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Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

Picture This ~ April 2016

DBA Immediate Past President John Vaught, pictured with CBA/DBA Executive Director Patrick Flaherty and DBA President Janet Drake, introduces the program.

Launch of Bar Ambassadors Program

More than 30 local law firm leaders met with the DBA leadership at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell on January 26 to kick off the new Bar Ambassadors Program. The program is designed to bolster young and new lawyer membership in the DBA and other bar associations in Colorado by increasing awareness within Denver’s law firms of the programs, events, and leadership opportunities offered. The ambassador’s role is to serve as a communication resource between DBA leadership and members of their firm.

Reception in Honor of 50 Years of Judicial Merit Selection

Clockwise: DBA President Janet Drake shakes hands with David Yun. Standing room only at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center. Kent Denver Jazz Band. Justice Hobbs.

Clockwise: DBA President Janet Drake shakes hands with David Yun. Standing room only at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center. Kent Denver Jazz Band. Justice Hobbs.

The DBA Bench Bar Committee sponsored a reception at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center celebrating 50 years of judicial merit selection. The event played host to more than 50 current and former judges, as well as approximately 200 members of the legal community. Music was provided by the Kent Denver Jazz Combo, and Justice Greg Hobbs was the spotlighted speaker of the evening. As Charley Garcia, immediate past president of the CBA, spoke of this convivial celebration, “It was a huge success. I recommend we make this an annual event. I have never seen so many judges having so much fun.”

Mardi Gras Themed Gala Supports the Center for Legal Inclusiveness

Karen Hester, executive director of CLI; Judge Wiley J. Daniel; and Meshach Rhoades, partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP.

Karen Hester, executive director of CLI; Judge Wiley J. Daniel; and Meshach Rhoades, partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP.

An authentic Mardi Gras experience, complete with a brass ensemble.

An authentic Mardi Gras experience, complete with a brass ensemble.

On February 6, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI) hosted its second annual Mardi Gras themed gala, aptly named “The Ball for All — Magical Mardi Gras,” at the Sherman Street Event Center in Denver. The swanky soirée culminated in the presentation of the Inclusiveness@Work Awards, which recognize those organizations and individuals who are fostering cultures of inclusion in their respective workplaces and communities. This year’s winner for the Law Firm/Legal Department Category was Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to the Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel, who reminded the audience that we can accomplish the goal of an inclusive society by “staying humble and working together.”

Denver High School Students Have Their Day in Court

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The Denver Regional High School Mock Trial Tournament for the Colorado Bar Association was held on Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13 at the Denver City and County Building. High school students tried a cold brutal murder involving a teenager in Pueblo, Colorado.

The Denver School of Science and Technology placed first in the regional competition. Two teams from Colorado Academy also advanced to compete at the CBA State High School Mock Trial Tournament in Pueblo (April 1-2). Other teams that competed were from La Academia, Arrupe Jesuit, CEC Middle College of Denver, Mullen, George Washington, and Northfield high schools. This is the 31st year that the CBA has sponsored high school mock trial tournaments. The process helps students develop critical thinking, speaking, reasoning, strategic planning, and team building skills.

DBA YLD Hosts Barristers After Hours with Young Brokers

Kevin Windrum, Robert Sullivan, Scott Drusch and Andrew Hansen.

Kevin Windrum, Robert Sullivan, Scott Drusch and Andrew Hansen.

Arthur Loyd, Klaralee Charlton and Mike Havlik.

Arthur Loyd, Klaralee Charlton and Mike Havlik.

The Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (DBA YLD) held its monthly Barristers After Hours at the Wynkoop Brewery on February 18. The event boasted complimentary drinks and appetizers, along with some quality networking. The February event, which attracted approximately 100 attendees, was held in partnership with the Young Brokers of the Denver Metro Commercial Association of Realtors, and several members of the Colorado Bar Association’s Real Estate Section also participated.

DBA Past Presidents’ Dinner

DBA Immediate Past President John Vaught shakes hands with DBA Past President Dan McCune.

DBA Immediate Past President John Vaught shakes hands with DBA Past President Dan McCune.

On the evening of February 24, DBA past presidents and their guests convened in the Oxford Hotel’s Sage Room for a dinner held in their honor. After enjoying a wonderful meal, Past President Dan McCune presented Immediate Past President John Vaught with a lapel pin in recognition of his outstanding presidency last year.

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