Law Day 2015 is quickly approaching and it is time to start considering those who should be honored with Law Day Awards for their work on behalf of our citizens.
Lohman Award – Individual that has dedicated his or her talents, energy, and time to improving the lives of children. Click here for Nomination form and process information.
Mikki Kraushaar – Outstanding recipient on behalf of our community’s senior citizens. This award is presented by the probate section. Nominations will be sent to Michael Kirtland/Probate Section.
Portia Award – Outstanding Woman Lawyer for services in the community. This award is presented by the Women Lawyers Association. Nominations will be sent to Diana May/Women Lawyers Association.
Brian S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer Award – Individual who has made significant contribu¬tions to EPCBA, legal profession, and the community through his/her dedication, legal and volunteer services. Nominations will be sent to Haily Kolberg/New Lawyers Section.
Liberty Bell Award – Presented to an individual who has promoted an understanding of the law, prompted awareness of the Bill of Rights, encouraged greater respect for the law, stimulated a deeper sense of individual responsibility, contributed to effectiveness of government institutions, and furthered a better appreciation of the law. Nominations will be sent to Hon, Gilbert Martinez.
Mock Trial Participants – Jason Downie.
The Membership Committee in partnership with the Legacy Society and the New Lawyers Section hosted a welcome reception to introduce new members and perspective new members to the El Paso County Bar Association. The event was held at the Pinery on the Hill on Seprtember 25, 2014. Twelve new members were recruited to the Bar Association that evening. Below is a photo gallery from the reception:
The Bar Associations monthly luncheon and annual election was held at the Pinery on the Hill on September 9, 2014. David M. Ebel Esq., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Senior Judge spoke on “The Trial Lawyer v. The Appellate Lawyer”. Below is a photo gallery from the event:
Friday, June 20, 2014 and Saturday June 21, 2014 the Annual El Paso County Bar Association Community Service Project for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity took place at their 34-lot affordable housing development known as Country Living Estates located in Fountain, Colorado.
Thank you to our awesome lunch providers who generously presented us and the afternoon shift of construction volunteers with a fabulous “most delicious in the universe” BBQ lunch, featuring slow smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, homemade corn bread, baked beans, apple crisp dessert and assorted beverages! We were told the meats were slow cooked in a huge smoker nicknamed “Jethro”. The Hon. David Prince wrote:
Thank you for putting on a fabulous event for 2014. We had an excellent turnout with our four shifts and meal team. In total we had more than 50 people involved in serving our community and building community among bar members over the weekend. As you soothe your sore muscles, pat yourself on the back as well for such an excellent job.
Extra kudos to Jack and Doris Donley as well as Karen and Mike Hartley and Judge Gil Martinez for putting on a truly stellar meal this year. I think this was the best overall meal experience we’ve had yet. Thank you again for all your extra work.
We want to extend A Special “Thank You” to everyone who helped to arrange the Annual EPCBA Community Service Project! Please enjoy the photos and get involved next year!
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.
Our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped to make the 112th Anniversary a great, historic event! Thank you all for your participation.
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!
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:
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:
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.
To 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.