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About Zelna Joseph

Dr. Zelna Joseph is the Executive Director of the El Paso County Bar Association. She has over twenty years of leading non-profit organizations. Dr. Joseph is a strong, passionate leader experienced in organization and program development, strategic planning, fund development and coalition building. She is also a former City Councilwoman, Colorado Health Foundation Fellow and has served on numerous boards and commissions including, the Colorado State Board of Health and the Interagency and Community Council on Homelessness.

Memories of the 112th Anniversary Dinner

On June 27, 2014 the El Paso County Bar Association celebrated 112 years of service to El Paso County. Sandy Kraemer, Esq. was the speaker and shared memories throughout his career. Sandy also spoke on the topic, “All Ages Together.” During the event, Sandy was also presented with the El Paso County Bar Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award by President Yolanda Fennick, Esq. Jason Landress, Esq. and Haily Kolberg, Esq. were winners of the New Lawyers Essay Contest. Both shared insightful comments concerning the future of the Bar Association. We launched the Legacy Society Life Membership Program and Dan Stuart was elected President. The founding members voted to keep the founding member status open until after the Annual Meeting on September, 9, 2014. Anyone interested in joining the Legacy Society will be recognized at the Annual Meeting.

Legacy Society Founding Members (left to right): Newman E. McAllister,  Dan D. Stuart, L. Dan Rector, Howard Morrison, Sandy F. Kraemer, Elvin L. Gentry, G. Scott Briggs, Glenn H. Schlabs, Ken Jaray. Not pictured: Barkley D. Heuser, Phillip A. Kendall, Larry R. Gaddis, Hon. Joe A. Cannon, Peter J. Obernesser.

Legacy Society Founding Members (left to right): Newman E. McAllister, Dan D. Stuart, L. Dan Rector, Howard Morrison, Sandy F. Kraemer, Elvin L. Gentry, G. Scott Briggs, Glenn H. Schlabs, Ken Jaray. Not pictured: Barkley D. Heuser, Phillip A. Kendall, Larry R. Gaddis, Hon. Joe A. Cannon, Peter J. Obernesser.

Our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped to make the 112th Anniversary a great, historic event! Thank you all for your participation.

July 31st, 2014|News|

July Pikes Peak Lawyer Now Online!

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July 17th, 2014|News Ticker Only|

Paralegal Faculty Exempt Position Announcement

Pikes Peak Community College is soliciting applications from individuals who meet the minimum requirements of the following position:  Paralegal Faculty  

Interested candidates must apply on-line at http://employment.ppcc.edu. For full consideration, application materials must be received by the date on the announcement.

Inquiries regarding this position announcement should be directed to Patricia Padeway at 719.502.2296 or patricia.padeway@ppcc.edu.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Pikes Peak Community College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law, or the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies 3-120 or 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. Pikes Peak Community College will take appropriate steps to ensure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in vocational education programs.

The College has designated Mr. Carlton Brooks, Executive Director of Human Resource Services as its Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Opportunity Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights compliance activities and grievance procedures. For information, contact Mr. Carlton Brooks, Executive Director of Human Resource Services at 5675 South Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 or at (719) 502.2600.

You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Region VIII, Federal Office Building, 1244 North Speer Boulevard, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204, telephone (303) 844-3417.

College President’s Authority to Approve Personnel Actions

The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education has delegated the authority to the College President to approve all personnel actions (Board Policy, BP 3-05, Delegation of Personnel Authority). Accordingly, the College President may offer a direct appointment to any applicant at any time, or may confer a promotion by means of direct appointment upon any employee of his or her choosing, who meets the minimum requirements of any new or existing position, subject to State Board policy and statutory guidelines and limitations.


June 10th, 2014|Job Postings|

Waldo Canyon Burn Area Tree Planting Project

On May 17, 2014 the El Paso County Bar Association in partnership with the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP), planted trees on Pyramid Mountain in Cascade. Under the leadership of EPCBA member Dan Stuart, over 70 volunteers showed up to plant trees. President Yolanda M. Fennick and board members David Webster, Mike Waters and Immediate Past President the Hon. HayDen Kane planted trees with many bar members and others members of the community. 1000 trees were planted in record time!
 

June 2nd, 2014|News|

Law Day Luncheon 2014

On May 2, 2014 we celebrated Law Day 2014 with an annual luncheon and awards ceremony. Over 200 people attended the event at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.  The highlights of the event were the entertaining panel discussion with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, Esq., NAACP President (Denver Branch) Rita Lewis, Esq. and National League of Women Voters (Board Member) Toni Larson, PhD. and the awards ceremony officiated by President Yolanda M. Fennick. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice was on hand to present the awards for pro bono services to local law firms. We want to thank everyone who helped to make the Law Day Luncheon a successful event!

The winners of the Law Day 2014 Awards were:

Ben S. Wendelken Award

Dan D. Stuart, Esq.

Dan D. Stuart, Esq.

Mikki Kraushaar Award

Lynn Vanatta-Perry, Esq.

Lynn Vanatta-Perry, Esq.

Lohman Award

Chief Judge Gilbert A. Martinez, Esq.

Chief Judge Gilbert A. Martinez, Esq.

Lohman Award

John B. Ciccolella, Esq.

John B. Ciccolella, Esq.

Liberty Bell Award

Joy D. Mitchell

Joy D. Mitchell

Portia Award

Diana K. May, Esq.

Diana K. May, Esq.

Brian S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Jason T. Landress, Esq.

Jason T. Landress, Esq.

Supreme Court Pro Bono Certificates
El Paso County Firms

The Law Office of Nancy Adam, LLC
Blattner Law Firm, LLC
John C. Buckley III, Esq.
Buell & Ezell, LLP
Kenneth Davidson, Attorney at Law
Donley Law, P.C.
The Law Office of Yolanda M. Fennick
Hanes & Bartels, LLC
Johnson & Cord, P.C.
Kane Law Firm, P.C.
The Law Firm of Lee K. Rosenbaum, P.C.
Schroer Law Offices, P.C.
Wills & Adams, LLP

Mock Trial Award Winners
General William J. Palmer High School

Cormac Bailey * Deanna Christensen
Lauren Dewey * Kalia Hunter
Jordan Jenkins * Samuela Mouzaoir
Julia Palmer * Emily Watson
Steven P. Bailey, Esq. (Coach) * Jill Brady (Coach) * Mark Qualls (Coach)

Browse additional photos from Law Day 2014 below:


May 30th, 2014|News|

New Lawyers Section Chair Jason Landress in the News!

Sears-videoOn April 5, 2014 a story aired on KOAA 5 by Maddie Garrett titled: “Efforts to Make Tougher Penalties for Texting While Driving.” Garrett wrote:

A group of attorneys are saying distracted drivers are causing more accidents than those with DUI’s. Local lawyers, part of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, are working to make penalties for texting and driving tougher.

While it is illegal in Colorado for anyone to text and drive, the fine is only $50. Attorney at law Jason Landress said the penalty should be more, as he sees the effects of distracted driving first hand.

“We deal with the way a person’s life is changed forever because someone decided to pick their phone in a car,” said Landress.

Jason-Landress-headshotTo read the entire story or watch the news video click here.

Jason Landress, Esq. serves as the Chair of the New Lawyers Section, he is a former member of the Inns of Court and is an instructor for the UCCS Mock Trial Team. Jason was also recognized as the recipient of Law Day 2014, Brian S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Jason Landress is an attorney at Sears & Associates.


May 16th, 2014|News|

112th Anniversary Dinner – Honoring Our Legacy – Embracing Our Future – All Ages Together

sandy_kraemerOn June 27, 2014 the El Paso County Bar Association will host our 112th Anniversary Dinner at the Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center in Colorado Springs. The theme: “Honoring Our Legacy – Embracing Our Future – All Ages Together” addresses a challenge that I believe the whole county is dealing with… all generations coming together for the common good of our society. According to Sandy Kraemer, Esq., the Keynote Speaker for the event: “The strengths of each generation must meet the needs of all generations.”

Recently, the May-June issue of The American Bar Association Bar Leader included an article titled “Fast-paced program at BLI tackles the future of the profession.” The article discusses the future of the legal profession and of bar associations. I have a particular interest in the comments concerning Generation Y because our Bar Association is facing a visible generation gap. According to a section in the article titled “Reaching Generation Y”:

Because they grew up in an era of job insecurity, wars, and widely publicized scandals, Sladek said that Generations X and Y are “the least trusting generations in history.” But what do they most yearn for? You guessed it: Trust—and to make a meaningful difference.

As members and as employees, Sladek said, those in Generation Y in particular want to know that you are trustworthy, and that you will trust them. “Tell the truth, even when it’s difficult or embarrassing,” Sladek advised, noting that Generation Y will respect you for sharing yourself with them “warts and all.”

And if you say you’ll follow up … make sure you follow up. Generation Y considers it very important that you keep your word, Sladek explained—and if you don’t, then it will be that much harder to reach them next time.

Extend that same trust to them when it’s time to assign a task or an opportunity to serve, Sladek said. It’s well known that Generation Y prioritizes things like flexible scheduling and praise. Rather than viewing these as signs of Generation Y being entitled, Sladek reframed these desires as a need to be trusted to get the work done, and a need to know that their contributions are valued.

Click here to read the full article.

As part of the 112th Anniversary celebration, we are seeking participation from the New Lawyer membership in an essay contest. We are seeking input regarding ideals that honor our legacy, embrace our future, and build a culture of all ages working together.  Click here for essay contest details.

Join us on June 27, 2014 for this important Keynote presentation with Sandy Kraemer, Esq. To register for this event on-line Click Here! Let’s build a great multi-generational Bar Association together!

Zelna Joseph

Zelna Joseph

Executive Director at El Paso County Bar Association
Dr. Zelna Joseph is the Executive Director of the El Paso County Bar Association. She has over twenty years of leading non-profit organizations. Dr. Joseph is a strong, passionate leader experienced in organization and program development, strategic planning, fund development and coalition building. She is also a former City Councilwoman, Colorado Health Foundation Fellow and has served on numerous boards and commissions including, the Colorado State Board of Health and the Interagency and Community Council on Homelessness.
Zelna Joseph
Zelna Joseph
May 15th, 2014|Blog|

The Significance of Law Day

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As we approach our 2014 Law Days events, I feel it’s appropriate to share a bit of history about Law Day. In 1957, American Bar Association (ABA) President Charles S. Rhyne, a Washington, D.C., attorney, envisioned a special day for celebrating our legal system. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day as a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law. In 1961, Congress, by joint resolution, designated May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day.

One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is a principle enshrined in our nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”

The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people. For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle for voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.

With the upcoming 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters, calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.

Zelna Joseph

Zelna Joseph

Executive Director at El Paso County Bar Association
Dr. Zelna Joseph is the Executive Director of the El Paso County Bar Association. She has over twenty years of leading non-profit organizations. Dr. Joseph is a strong, passionate leader experienced in organization and program development, strategic planning, fund development and coalition building. She is also a former City Councilwoman, Colorado Health Foundation Fellow and has served on numerous boards and commissions including, the Colorado State Board of Health and the Interagency and Community Council on Homelessness.
Zelna Joseph
Zelna Joseph
March 26th, 2014|Blog|