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May 17

May 17, 2011
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In this issue...
  • Pro Bono Spotlight
  • Senior Spring Banquet
  • Eminent Domain Basics
  • Free Casemaker Elite Seminars
  • Senior Law Day in Denver
  • 2011 Colorado Employment Law Conference
  • Sign Up for Lawyers’ League Softball
  • Paper Shredding and Electronics Recycling
Volunteer Opportunity
Pro Bono Spotlight
Metro Volunteer Lawyers needs an attorney to assist the biological father of a 7-year-old boy who is seeking to reestablish his parental rights, which were improperly stripped from him in a step-parent adoption action in Arapahoe County. The step-parent adoption action was brought under the premise that the father had abandoned his son. The stepfather and mother, under oath, asserted that the father had not seen his son for more than a year, even after the father’s parenting time was enforced by another judge in Arapahoe County two months before. The father has denied the existence of abandonment and was successful at the court of appeals in reversing and remanding the matter back to the district court for a hearing on whether the stepfather and biological mother misled the court in entering a step-parent adoption on the basis of abandonment.
If you can help this client, please contact Patricia Trujillo at 303-866-9307 or

From the Bar
Save the Date – Senior Spring Banquet, June 22
The Denver Bar Association Seniors Committee invites you to its best event of the year—celebrating those who have reached 50 years of participation in the legal profession. The event will start with drinks at 5:15 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and the program at 7 p.m. The banquet will be held at The University Club, 1673 Sherman St., Denver. Tickets are $45 per person. Questions? Please contact Alexa Drago at or 303-824-5313.

This year’s “class” includes*: H.G. Austin, Donald K. Bain, T. Larry Barnes, Thomas L. Barton, Donald M. Burkhardt, Roger C. Cohen, Charles H. Cowperthwaite, James J. Doherty, Harry A. Ells, Herbert L. Fenster, Terry N. Fiske, Robert R. Gallagher, Ernest Franklin Gaylord, Harmon S. Graves, Stuart S. Gunckel, Peter C. Guthery, James E. Hautzinger, Charles E. Holmes, John L. Kane, Jr., Gene Keith, John (Jack) A. Kintzele, Bruce G. Klaas, John Mason, Edward J. McGrath, Gilbert L. McSwain, Joe C. Medina, James O. Moore, John Nicoll, Kenneth R. Oldham, Robert M. Phares, Leonard P. Plank, Charles R. Roberts, Robert L. Roberts, Edwin G. Ruland, E.E. Schnabel, Jeremy Shamos, Don H. Sherwood, Donald P. Shwayder, Robert S. Slosky, Richard Tuttle Spriggs, Clyde G. Starbuck, Fred B. Strothman, Ronald O. Sylling, Gerald L. Wallis, Arnold C. Wegher, Albert B. Wolf, and L. Thomas Woodford.
*This list is of current or former DBA members who were admitted to practice in 1961. If we have omitted anyone from this list, please let us know.
Continuing Legal Education Opportunities
Eminent Domain Basics, June 3
What are the essential tenets of eminent domain? What constitutes public purpose? How is just compensation determined? Get answers to these questions and learn the fundamentals of eminent domain at this half-day CLE program. Register now!
Free Casemaker Elite Seminars, June 8
Steve Newsom from Casemaker will give two one-hour Casemaker seminars at the CBA–CLE offices: the first at 8 a.m. and the second at 4 p.m. A reception will follow the 4 p.m. training, will include pizza and beverages, and will give attendees a chance to meet and ask questions with a creator of Casemaker. A webcast also is available. One general CLE credit has been applied for. RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Senior Law Day in Denver, July 23 at the Merchandise Mart
The Annual Senior Law Day is a great event that is supported by the Colorado Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, the CBA Trust and Estate and Elder Law Sections, among several other organizations! The event in Denver is likely to attract more than 1,000 seniors, adult children, and caregivers to attend multiple workshops on a number of legal issues important to them, taught by experienced attorneys and other professionals. Volunteers are needed for registration, directing guests, and other tasks. Please contact Casey Williams at if you would like to volunteer.
2011 Colorado Employment Law Conference, May 24-25
This program offers two tracks to choose from: Litigation and In-House Counsel. Content is for both plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys and is useful for both experienced practitioners and those new to employment law practice! Attend the premier employment law conference in the region! More information here.
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Recreational Opportunity
Sign Up for Lawyers’ League Softball
Want to play on a softball team this summer? Ande Yahr is seeking motivated individuals to join a team in the DBA Lawyers’ League. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Ande at The league kicks off on June 4 and runs through Aug. 13. All games are played at Cranmer Park. If you’ve got a group that wants to play, teams can still sign up, too. Contact Jack Tanner at
Paper Shredding and Electronics Recycling
Decluttering Help, June 10
Secure document shredding and electronics recycling from 4 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot east of the DBA offices. There is no cost for this event. However, a donation of $2 per box or electronic item is requested, with a limit of 10 boxes and five electronics. All donations go to Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

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