Denver Bar Association
February 2008
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Legal Affairs



S. Kato Crews has been elected a fellow with the Colorado Bar Foundation, and has been named to the faculty of the NITA Miranda Trial Advocacy Institute.

Retired Judge Charles D. Pierce has published a historical novel, A Mourning Dove Sings My Song. See details at   



Gov. Ritter appointed Daniel Pabon to the Board of Directors of the Auraria Higher Education Center. Anthony Leffert has been appointed to the State Local Government Limited Gaming Impact Advisory Committee.

John LaCouture has been named chief legal officer of The Children’s Hospital.


The Women’s Estate Planning Council elected the following attorneys to its board: Nora Roth, president; Melissa Sugar, secretary; Roseann Murray, public relations; and Erica Johnson, membership.

Ashley Krause was appointed to the board of directors for Colorado Lawyers for the Arts.


Donald H. Burkhardt
was honored with a Philanthropic Leadership Award by The Denver Foundation.

Kelly Murphy was appointed to the advisory board of the newly established Flatiron Flyers Junior Cycling Project.



Roger Castle and Pat Linden were quoted as experts in a Denver Post story about the impact of the Mitchell report on baseball players accused of using performance enhancing substances.

Steve Hutchins, of Hutchins & Stiff, was featured in the December/January issue of Colorado Expression magazine. The article is entitled "Wealth Management with Hutchins & Stiff."

The Post pictured legal all-stars who were honored at a Colorado Judicial Institute Dinner: Hon. James Breese, Hon. Dinsmore Tuttle and Hon. Roxanne Bailin, Stephanie Villafuerte, Sheila Gutterman and Suzanne Griffiths also were pictured.

Mari Newman was quoted as a free speech expert in a Colorado Confidential story by Jim Spencer, "Abortion Foes Taunt Denver Businessman with Gruesome ‘Truth Truck.’"

A Denver Business Journal story, "Energy boom extends to law as firms take greater notice," featured Holland & Hart partner Larry Wolfe, as well as Michael Noone, Michael Beatty, Michael Wozniak, Fred MacDonald and Rob Thompson of Beatty & Wozniak.

Carrie Ann Lucas was profiled in a Rocky Mountain News story, "Slow sidewalk clearing irks disabled," about the city’s leniency in enforcing snow-shoveling rules.




Holland & Hart has elected Adam Cohen and Rebecca Hudson into the firm’s partnership. John Husband is the new chair of its Management Committee. Matthew Cavarra has joined as a member of the firm’s Business Department.

Hall & Evans is pleased to announce that Joseph P. Sanchez has joined the firm as an associate.


Shawn Cheadle
, formerly with Teledyne Technologies, has joined Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. as general counsel to the company’s Missile Defense Systems line of business.

The Law Firm of David W. Kirch, is pleased to announce that Beth A. Tomerlin has joined the firm as an associate.

Kutak Rock is pleased to announce that five of its Denver office attorneys have been elected to partnership: Jennifer K. Barrett, Carol J. Mihalic, Rene Adema Krueger, Kimberly A. Casey and Kenneth A. Guckenberger.

George Green, Katherine Ross, Jessica Shoemaker and Holly Sterrett have joined Arnold & Porter as associates.







Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell is pleased to announce that William (Bill) McLain has joined the firm as special counsel and that Shawn Eady has joined as a new associate. 

Timothy D. Scott and Lyle A. Wallace have become shareholders of Minor & Brown.

Fisher, Sweetbaum, Levin & Sands is pleased to announce that Brad Ramming has been named a shareholder in the firm.

Richard B. Benenson, Andrew L. Meyers and Lauren E. Schmidt have been elected shareholders at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Nancy L. Walker has joined the firm as of counsel.





Jackson Kelly welcomed Dana M. Bartels as an associate in the firm’s Environmental and Health and Safety Group.

The Hustead Law Firm is pleased to announce that Brett D. Chardavoyne, Christopher D. Yvars and Melissa W. Shisler have become shareholders of the firm.



Neeti Pawar, former partner at DiManna & Jackson LLP,
announced the launch of Neeti Pawar LLC. Leveraging 13 years of litigation experience, Neeti has received a certificate in mediation training. She will continue to practice in the areas of family, employment and criminal law. To contact her, call (303) 333-5686 or e-mail


Fairfield and Woods would like to acknowledge and applaud Frank Debick’s work as co-chair of The Denver Active 20/30 Children’s Foundation 17th Annual Christmas for Kids event. The event granted more than 140 at-risk and disadvantaged children the opportunity to take to the aisles of Target and purchase $45 worth of presents for their family — something that most have never been able to do.


The Core Strategy Group of the Deans’ Diversity Council has formed a new nonprofit, Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, dedicated to educating the legal community about diversity and inclusiveness. Kathleen Nalty is the executive director and Patty Powell is director of community outreach. Rich Baer is the latest leader in the legal community to join the CCIE Board of Directors. For more information, visit


DBA Past-President Garth Grissom passed away Dec. 27. Click here for more details.

Baby Sophia


Jayme and Luke Ritchie joyfully welcomed their first child, Sophia Aspen Ritchie, to the world on Nov. 6. Sophia weighed 7 lbs., 4 ounces and was 19 inches long. All are happy and well.




It’s back. The allegedly humorous, lawyer-created, law-related CD, "The Lawtunes: Live At Blackacre" features tunes like "(She’s An) Electronic Discovery"; "Little Bluebook"; "Santa’s G.C." and more. Visit

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