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1970s:

  • 1977: Perry Goorman
    Perry L. Goorman, Goorman Law Offices, was recently elected Vice President of the Scottsdale (Arizona) Bar Association for 2017-2018.
  • 1976: Martin Semple
    Martin Semple, Partner at Semple, Farrington & Everall, P.C. was awarded the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award on March 24, 2017 at its annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. This national award recognizes attorneys for exemplary leadership, distinguished service, and contributions to the field of education law.

1980s:

  • 1985: Jim Sandidge
    Jim Sandidge is the 2017 recipient of the Edward D. Baker III Journal Research Award which honors the author of an original article that represents the best writing for the previous year germane to the investment management consulting and/or private wealth management professions and published in The Journal of Investment Consulting.

1990s:

  • 1990: Claudia McDowell
    Claudia McDowell, '90, has joined Poole & Shaffery, LLP in Santa Clarita, CA as a partner. She continues to practice securities and corporate law. Presently, Claudia is President-Elect of the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association and will serve as President for 2018-2019.
  • 1996: Rico Munn
    Rico Munn was named as Chair of the Colorado State University System Board of Governors. The Board of Governors consists of 15 members, nine of which are appointed by the governor of Colorado. The Colorado State University System has three campuses, educating over 40,000 new and returning scholars annually. CSU graduates number more than 6,800 a year, and more than 200,000 alumni live around the globe. The CSU System involves a total operating budget of $1.06 billion, with annual research expenditures totaling more than $340 million.

2000s:

  • 2002: Mack Babcock
    Mack Babcock was recently interviewed on Enjuris.com, talking candidly about his path through turbulent teenage years (including being kicked out of the house by his mother!), enlisting in the Marines, pivotal moments in law school at DU and choices he has made since that have helped his career. He founded The Babcock Law Firm in 2007 - and now his mother works with him at his six-person law firm. Read the interview at https://www.enjuris.com/blog/co/meet-mack-babcock/
  • 2006: Buck Beltzer
    Buck Beltzer, '06, founded a new construction law boutique practice, Beltzer Bangert & Gunnell LLP. Comprised of seven lawyers who have experience working in the construction or engineering industry, BBG represents general contractors, engineers, and owners of construction projects in negotiating construction contracts and resolving construction disputes.
  • 2009: Lisa Blattner
    In May 2017, Lisa was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center.
  • 2004: Alicia Czerwinski
    Alicia Czerwinski was appointed to the board of directors for the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. She currently works as a contract attorney for the New York State Board of Law Examiners. Prior to that, she worked as a public finance associate at Hawkins, Delafied & Wood LLP in New York City. She currently resides outside of Albany, NY with her husband, two sons, and rescue Goldendoodle.
  • 2005: Arnulfo Hernandez
    Arnulfo D. Hernández of Hernández & Associates, P.C. was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the Governor’s Board of Ethics (term 2017-2018).
  • 2008: Jeffrey S. Hurd
    The Colorado law firm, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC, is pleased to announce that it has opened an office in Grand Junction, Colorado. Grand Junction attorney Jeffrey S. Hurd has also joined the firm as a Director, and he will lead the firm’s Western Colorado office. “Ireland Stapleton is excited to be expanding into Western Colorado,” said Managing Director Erica Tarpey. “We have had a client base on the Western slope for decades and are committed to providing solutions to challenging and sophisticated legal issues throughout the state and the region.” Hurd, raised in Grand Junction, has experience working on complex litigation and regulatory matters as well as internal investigations and appeals. His practice focuses on rural electric cooperatives and representing various corporate entities, special districts and municipalities. Currently, Hurd serves as Chairman of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. After law school, Hurd clerked for the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. “This is an opportunity to build a Colorado law firm that can truly provide local Western Slope representation while tapping into the depth and breadth of a well-regarded Denver practice,” said Hurd. http://irelandstapleton.com/blog/2017/06/13/ireland-stapleton-expands-into-grand-junction/
  • 2001: Chad Kreblin
    Hupy and Abraham, S.C. shareholder Attorney Chad Kreblin was honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal at the 2017 Leader in the Law event. On February 16, 2017, members of the Wisconsin legal community gathered at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee to celebrate the 24 honorees. Each year, the Wisconsin Law Journal recognizes attorneys across the state, due to their outstanding legal expertise, leadership and integrity. Attorney Kreblin has maintained those standards in his work at the firm, and in the community, throughout his career.
  • 2007: Blair Lichtenfels
    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Shareholder Blair Lichtenfels has been appointed to the Denver Center for Arts & Technology Board of Directors. In this position, Lichtenfels will provide strategic guidance to help the organization open its doors in Denver and begin serving participants, which will include assisting with site selection – a natural fit that draws on her strong real estate experience. The Denver Center for Arts & Technology – based on the Manchester Bidwell Education Model – aims to provide an effective, entrepreneurial strategy to improve academic achievement and high school graduation rates for youth while concurrently equipping unemployed, underemployed and transitioning adults with life-changing, middle-skills training and access to employment opportunities. “DCAT’s mission of providing holistic life and work skills training in an inspirational and beautiful environment through partnership with youth and adults resonates with my passion for providing opportunities for advancement through education,” Lichtenfels said. For more information about the Denver Center for Arts & Technology, go to www.denvercat.org.
  • 2000: Marcela Mendoza
    Jackson Lewis P.C. is pleased to announce Marcela A. Mendoza has joined the firm’s Denver office as a Principal. Ms. Mendoza, who joins Jackson Lewis from Ogletree Deakins, has more than 16 years of experience in business-related immigration matters.
  • 2000: Tracy Kochevar Perry
    In January, I published my first novel, Elissa Blue: Book One of The Winged. I'm still a practicing attorney, but writing books has been a life-long hobby, and publishing a bucket list item. It's available at Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Elissa-Blue-Book-One-Winged-ebook/dp/B01MR828OL/
  • 2009: Forrest Plesko
    Forrest Plesko joined Summit Utilities, Inc., as Corporate Counsel. Summit is a Colorado-based regulated utility providing clean and reliable natural gas service approximately 100,000 customers in five states. Forrest advises Summit's officers, executives, and directors in numerous legal and regulatory matters. Additionally, Forrest has three book chapters forthcoming in 2017 CBA-CLE publications: one chapter on the ethics of using private investigators in Lawyers' Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Disciplinary Actions, and two chapters on real property claims in Colorado Causes of Action. (Note to the editor: can you please italicize the two book titles? There is not a way for me to do so via the online form. Thanks!)
  • 2003: Claudia Wellborn
    Claudia Wellborn has joined the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General as a Benefits Inspector where she can continue her work as a subject matter expert in VA Compensation and Pension disability claims. Claudia began her federal career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lakewood, Colorado, and she has been a subject matter expert for veterans’ disability claims for the past 10 years. Her current position has moved her to San Diego where she currently lives one mile from the beach.

2010s:

  • 2010: Bobbie Collins
    Kirtland Spouses’ Club names scholarship after local attorney Bobbie Collins Scholarship will benefit military spouses’ educational aspirations ALBUQUERQUE – The Kirtland Spouses’ Club announced it has awarded a new educational scholarship honoring local attorney Bobbie Collins of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP. The scholarship recognizes Collins’ pro bono legal services benefiting military spouses. Collins is a military spouse and recently earned a Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.), making her a fitting namesake for the scholarship which will support other military spouses’ educational goals, according to leaders of the Kirtland Spouses’ Club. The “Ms. Bobbie Collins Spouse Scholarship” was awarded to Central New Mexico Community College Health Information Technologies student and military spouse Jessica Rodriguez. The annual scholarship is funded with proceeds raised by the thrift shop operated by the Kirtland Spouses’ Welfare Club, a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit private organization. Located on Kirtland Air Force Base, the Kirtland Spouses’ Club thrift shop raises funds to support grants and scholarship programs benefiting military dependents and spouses. Collins has supported the Kirtland Spouses’ Club for a number of years by providing pro bono legal work and acting as its general counsel in a variety of matters. “It’s very rewarding, especially since my husband, Capt. Chris Collins, was an active duty Air Force member for seven years and has also been in the Reserves for the past two years with the Air Force Research Lab,” said Collins. “I know the thrift shop and social activities run by military spouses are incredibly important resources for families at Kirtland AFB.” “Bobbie has enabled us to more confidently operate the Kirtland Spouses’ Club. As military spouses we know how to address the challenges of the military lifestyle and support other military spouses. As volunteers we are not knowledgeable about the law, and a lack of knowledge is always an opportunity for trouble. We are very grateful for all of Bobbie’s advice to help us avoid any issues,” said Kirtland Spouses’ Club President Frank Capuano. Collins has taken her support to a national level as well, as a member of the Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN), a network of military spouse attorneys. She will be working with the MSJDN Foundation to help set up a group of military spouse attorneys to serve as pro bono general counsel for other military spouse organizations at military installations across the U.S., and to create a guide for military spouse organizations on nonprofit governance and running private organizations in accordance with military rules and regulations for on-base activities. She was also recently appointed as the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Liaison to the Committee on Legal Assistance to Military Personnel, effective in September 2017. “I am truly so honored to be recognized with this scholarship. It was a wonderful surprise and I’m happy that it will help ‘pay it forward’ for other military spouses to continue their education,” said Collins. “I’m also thankful to be at a firm which places such a high value on pro bono work!” Two of the other partners in the Albuquerque office of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, Dennis Jontz and Jeff Albright, are former military and supported Collins’ pro bono efforts with the Kirtland Spouses’ Club. Collins’ law practice at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie focuses on complex civil litigation, real estate and taxation law. She is also chair of the New Mexico State Bar Taxation Section, a director for the New Mexico Women’s Bar Association and United Way of Central New Mexico, and a member of the New Mexico Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). ### PHOTO CUTLINE: Kirtland AFB spouse Jessica Rodriguez is recipient of the Ms. Bobbie Collins Scholarship, honoring local attorney Bobbie Collins. The scholarship is awarded by the Kirtland Spouses’ Club for military spouses’ educational pursuits.
  • 2010: Amy Finke
    Amy Finke joined Snell & Wilmer LLP as the attorney development manager based out of Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 2010: Timothy Garvey
    Tim has recently joined McDermott Law, LLC, where he continues to represent policyholders in insurance coverage and bad faith matters, and assists clients with ERISA-governed claims (such as disability, life, and AD&D insurance). In March, Tim was named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers for the second consecutive year. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and is a co-chair of CTLA's New Lawyers Committee. Tim also continues to serve as a board member for Youth on Record.


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