Vet Stand Down Helps the Homeless
The Denver Bar Association and members of the Colorado Bar Association Military & Veterans Affairs Section participated in the annual Denver Veterans Stand Down, an event that offers many services for homeless veterans, including benefits, medical, grooming, clothing, food and shelter services. Volunteer attorneys and law students staffed a booth to answer homeless veteran’s legal questions and hand out legal resources.
Hon. Kerry Hada from Denver County Court, a veteran himself, was also present with court staff to assist homeless veterans who have outstanding warrants for violations of Denver’s City Ordinance. Most of the veterans receive community service in lieu of a fine. This year, the court assisted 46 individuals with 109 cases from the Criminal, General Sessions, and Parking and Traffic divisions. The County Court Civil Self Represented Litigant Coordinator helped an additional seven individuals, for a grand total of 53 individuals being assisted on 116 cases.
A special thanks to the Denver County Court staff and to our volunteers: Brian McCoy, Sally Easter, Tim Franklin, Nic German, Greg Rada, Charles Cump, Christine Black, Rachel Heir, Robert Rosenthal, and Doug Tumminello.
A Farewell to Chuck Turner
More than 200 people from the legal community gathered at the Ralph Carr Judicial Center on Monday, Dec 8, to honor Chuck Turner for his 34 years of service as CBA and DBA Executive Director. He was toasted in speeches made by Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice, Nancy Rice, and former CBA president, Mark Fogg. Chuck also took the stage, thanking the community for their support over the years, with a special mention to the bar staff, and his family, who were all in attendance. In true Turner style, he kept him remarks on the lighter side, and gave the crowd a little glimpse into how he plans to spend his new found free time (see photo). Chuck’s retirement or “Next Rodeo” will begin Jan. 1, and we wish him all the best!
Union Station 15 x 15
The Denver Bar Association’s new membership task force, along with the Colorado bar Association, hosted a fall kickoff event on Thursday, Nov. 13 at the newly renovated Union Station. The task force, under the guidance of DBA President John Vaught, is charged with increasing the DBA’s young lawyer membership by 15% in 2015. Approximately 250 attendees were given the opportunity to get to know other new and tenured bar members while discovering the benefits of membership in the DBA. The is a complimentary social and networking event included a door prize of two tickets to the Barristers Benefit Ball, and free drinks and appetizers. Look for similar events in the spring!
STRATUM: Ethical Co-Working CLE
The DBA Fit to Practice Task Force hosted a panel CLE regarding the ethics of co-working on Monday, Nov. 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the DBA and CBA offices. The panel consisted of Cindy Fleischner, Alli Gerkman and Troy Rackham. The panel of ethics experts discussed rules everyone needs to know to ensure their clients are protected, as well as issues such as confidentiality, disposal of documents, cross-referrals, and data protection.
The complimentary program offered the 40 attendees one ethics CLE. Immediately following the panel a reception of appetizers, beer, and wine allowed attendees the chance to explore the STRATUM space and mingle. For more information on STRATUM visit bit.ly/stratumCDBA.
Wheels of Justice Appreciation Party
The Colorado and Denver Bar Associations sponsored cycling team, the Wheels of Justice Cycling, hosted an appreciation party at the DBA and CBA offices on Thursday, Nov. 6, for riders and supporters. The complimentary event was held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening comprised of a presentation by team captain Heather Leja who thanked the team’s sponsors with plaques and framed jerseys, followed by a family representing Children’s Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders speaking about how the money raised is used.
The team, comprising 271 riders, raised more than $365,000, making it the top fundraiser at the Courage Classic for the fifth year. For more information on the team visit wheelsofjusticecycling.org.