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.



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 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.


Left: AIPLA Group Pic: Girls Inc. of Metro Denver gather with Steve Spangler and the Girls Inc. staff for a group photo. Right: AIPLA Steve Spangler: Steve Spangler demonstates that innovation can be fun.



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