This is a particularly monumental year for Denver lawyers, as it marks the 125th anniversary of the Denver Bar Association. The organization has played witness to the trials and tribulations of a city, a state and a nation. Through it all, the DBA has survived and flourished, thanks to the enthusiasm of its members and the dedication of its staff.
While it may be difficult to picture life in 1891, here are a few historic achievements to put the DBA’s founding days in perspective:
- John T. Smith patents the cork board.
- The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts.
- Britain is linked to the continent of Europe by telephone.
- Nebraska introduces the eight-hour workday.
- American Express issues the first travelers checks, the invention of Marcellus F. Berry.
- The Oxford Hotel opens its doors.
- Frank J. Wisner, owner of Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company, is two years away from inventing the root beer float.
While times have certainly changed since Molly Brown’s husband purchased stock in a mining company that went on to strike it rich, the DBA’s relevance and value have remained incalculable.
Here’s to another 125 years of going for the gold by advancing professionalism and promoting justice in the legal community and beyond!
With warmest regards,
Jessica A. Volz, Ph.D.