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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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/
  • 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).
  • 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/


  • 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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