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.
Our expert PPHfH construction supervisor was Gary Blake with his lovable dog, Prudence. Our construction volunteers included a strong hardworking team assembled by Erin Jensen plus two young hardworking students from Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs. Everyone worked so well together with a single good purpose in mind. It was fun and invigorating doing this landscaping for PPHfH homeowner Renee and her Family!
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:
Ben S. Wendelken Award
Mikki Kraushaar Award
Liberty Bell Award
Brian S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
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.
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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.
The El Paso County Bar Association Host a Distinguished Panel to Discuss: American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters
The El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA) invites the Public to join us at our Law Day event on May 2, 2014 for the first of its kind discussion about voting rights in Colorado Springs. This event will host a distinguished panel of guests including:
Justice Gregory Hobbs
Rita Lewis, Esq.
John Suthers, Esq.
Toni Larson, PhD
According to the American Bar Association, “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.
EPCBA President Yolanda Fennick states “As we approach the 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.”
The EPCBA Law Day Luncheon will be held at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort and Conference Center, located at 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. The program is scheduled from 11:00am until 1:00pm. A plated lunch will be served and an awards ceremony will follow the panel discussion and Justice Gregory Hobbs will also present certificates to Law Firms that met or exceeded their commitment to provide pro bono services to the community. Several Colorado Supreme Court Justices are expected to attend the event.
The El Paso County Bar Association invites the Public to join us at this historic event! Every participant will receive a free EPCBA Attorney Directory and The Pocket Guide to The Constitution while supplies last.
The El Paso County Bar Association is a professional association for attorneys that have been serving the local legal community since its founding in March 1902. The Bar Association’s mission is to provide legal information and services to its members and to promote respect for the law and the legal profession by the public. The El Paso County Bar Association celebrates 112 years of service to the Pikes Peak Region.
For more information and/or to register for the event click here.
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Renowned Author and Speaker Jabez LeBret to Speak at EPCBA Spring CLE Conference
The El Paso County Bar Association will host a Spring CLE Conference, featuring Jabez LeBret, at the Hotel Elegante’ Conference & Event Center, located at 2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, on Friday, March 14, 2014, from 8:00am to 2:00pm. A plated lunch will be served and every participant will receive a free copy of the Amazon best-selling legal marketing book “Online Law Practice Strategies” by Jabez LeBret and Mark Homer. The Conference also offers four Continuing Legal Education Credits—3 -Ethics and 1- General.
Jabez has delivered over 900 presentations over the last nine years all over the world, from Saudi Arabia to Bogota, Colombia, to organizations including Microsoft, Nordstrom, Deloitte, Boeing, and GE … just to name a few. Having worked for five years as a financial analyst managing a $33 million budget, he understands the importance of spending your marketing budget wisely.
“This event will benefit small and large businesses that want to learn more about social media conversion, traffic strategies, and client learning and development” says Yolonda Fennick, President of the El Paso County Bar Association Board of Trustees. “We are excited to have Jabez come to Colorado Springs.”
Jabez LeBret is considered a leading authority on monetizing social media and often speaks at industry conferences on this subject. Currently at GNGF (Get Noticed Get Found), Jabez specializes in SEO, social media conversion, traffic strategies, and client learning and development.