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  • 1955: Harry Arkin
    Now in his 58th year since graduating from DU Law Harry recently moved his offices to the Penthouse floor at 1660 Lincoln Street, at the edge of downtown Denver, in which Building his offices have been located for over 20 years. Often asked when he will retire, his standard reply is that he doesn't understand the word "retire" and continues his practice in the areas of business transactions here and abroad, and in areas involved in and growing out of estate planning.


  • 1967: Harry Maclean
    Harry MacLean's new book, "The Joy of Killing," will be published next spring by Counterpoint Press. This is MacLean's first novel, and is being characterized as a "psychological thriller." His previous three books were all non-fiction novels. His first book, "In Broad Daylight," was a New York Times Bestseller for 11 weeks, won an Edgar Award, and was made into a movie starring Brian Denehey. MacLean still sits as a labor arbitrator in disputes throughout the West.


  • 1975: Michael Burg
    Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. has been recognized as one of America's leading law firms, according to the 2014 edition of The Legal 500. For the second consecutive year, the firm ranks in the number one position as a top tier law firm and national leader for mass tort and class action plaintiffs in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Regarded as one of the most comprehensive worldwide guides to law firms and attorneys, The Legal 500 says, “The excellent” Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is “one of the leaders in this field” and is praised for “seeing a case through to trial if necessary.” Further, Burg Simpson shareholders Michael S. Burg and Peter W. Burg are identified as “experienced and highly capable trial lawyers” who are “absolutely devoted to their clients and practices.” In addition to being designated as a Leading Lawyer in the field of pharmaceutical mass tort, Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg has also been named among America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers for the third consecutive year.
  • 1975: Alfredo Peña
    Governor John Hickenlooper reappointed Alfredo Peña to a second three year term on the Colorado State Board of Parole.
  • 1975: Ronna Wineberg
    Ronna Wineberg’s first novel, On Bittersweet Place, will be published in September 2014 by Relegation Books. On Bittersweet Place is the coming-of-age story of Lena Czernitski, a young Russian Jew whose family flees their homeland in the Ukraine after the October Revolution. The story unfolds in Chicago during the Jazz Age of the 1920’s, where Lena’s impoverished family has settled and where she must traverse the early years of adolescence and adjust to a world that is full of promise but also filled with danger. Or Ronna is also the author of Second Language, a collection of short stories. "Long before the phenomenon that is Lena Dunham, Ronna Wineberg gives us the unforgettable Lena Czernitski. This incredible girl will steal your heart. She is passionate and practical, fierce but also forgiving. Wineberg's debut novel On Bittersweet Place will hold you in its gentle enthrall. A coming of age novel, an immigrant story, and an altogether moving meditation on life and the pursuit of happiness." ––Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie
  • 1977: Perry Goorman
    PERRY L. GOORMAN, (JD 1977), with law offices in Greenwood Village, Colorado and Scottsdale, Arizona, announces that he was recently elected to be a member of the board of directors of the Scottsdale Bar Association.
  • 1979: Bruce Deadman
    Bruce Deadman was honored as the 2014 recipient of the State Bar of Wisconsin's WisLAP Volunteer Of The Year Award at the State Bar's Annual Convention on June 26. WisLAP (The Wisconsin Lawyer's Assistance Program) provides confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, law students and their families in coping with alcoholism and other addictions, depression,anxiety,work/life balance and other issues related to the stress of practicing law. Photo caption: Wisconsin Bar President Pat Fiedler, Bruce Deadman, WisLAP Executive Director Linda Albert and State Bar Board of Governor's Chair Sherry Coley
  • 1979: Norman Meyer
    The International Journal for Court Administration has just published Norman Meyer's article, "Social Media in the Courts, a Practical Guide for Court Administrators" ( Norman will be serving as faculty at several national and international conferences on this topic later this year.
  • 1979: Gary Wilkerson
    The Minnesota State Bar Association announces the recertification of Gary C Wilkerson, Wilkerson & Hegna PLLP, as an MSBA Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist. This Certification program is administered by the MSBA and approved by the State Board of Legal Certification. The certified specialist designation is earned by leading attorneys who have completed a rigorous approval process, including an examination in the specialty area, peer review, and documented experience. Certified attorneys have demonstrated superior knowledge, skill and integrity in their specific field and can use the designation of specialist to advertise their credentials. The MSBA has been accredited as an independent professional organization for certifying attorneys as Criminal Law Specialists, Real Property Law Specialists, Civil Trial Law Specialists and Labor and Employment Law Specialists. This achievement has been earned by fewer than 3% of all licensed Minnesota attorneys. More information about Certified Legal Specialists is at With over 16,000 members, the MSBA is the state's largest and most influential voluntary organization of attorneys, providing continuing legal education and public service opportunities for lawyers, and assistance to the legal system. The MSBA has been accredited as an independent professional organization for certifying attorneys as Real Property Law Specialists since 1988.


  • 1980: Dolores Atencio
    The National Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession ("IILP," Chicago, Ill) has accepted an article written by Dolores S. Atencio entitled, "The Super Majority: The Status of Latina Lawyers in the United States." Atencio recently completed her year as Scholar in Residence for the Community Based Research Program at the University of Denver-Colorado Women's College where she completed research on the earliest Latina lawyers she first started in 1993. Her article will appear in the September 2014 journal of the IILP.
  • 1980: Peter Burg
    Peter Burg has been made a member of the prestigious Melvin M. Belli Society. The society, named after one of America's most famous trial lawyers, is committed to promoting the international exchange of ideas among lawyers through meetings and education. Peter is one of only three other lawyers in Colorado who are currently members of this elite group.
  • 1980: Peter Burg
    Regarded as one of the most comprehensive worldwide guides to law firms and attorneys, The Legal 500 has recommended Peter Burg as a national leader for mass tort and class action plaintiffs in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Burg Simpson shareholders Michael S. Burg and Peter W. Burg are identified as "experienced and highly capable trial lawyers" who are "absolutely devoted to their clients and practices."
  • 1981: Laurie Hunter
    Laurie received the Sterling R. Ambler Award from the Trust & Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, recognizing her many years of work on Section committees and other projects.
  • 1983: Jean Arnold
    Arnold & Arnold Attorneys at Law, LLP in Littleton, Colorado is celebrating 20 years in practice. Jean Arnold and her husband Rich Arnold, CU Law '83, started A&A in July 1994. They have grown the practice to include 5 attorneys plus professional staff - employing 13 people. Jean focuses her practice on construction law and real estate and Rich focuses on family law, elder law, estate planning and administration. Terry Ehrlich, DU Law '83, joined the practice in December 1994 and became a partner in January 2001. Terry focuses on collections, bankruptcy and is a trained mediator and family law facilitator. Jean and Terry met at DU Law where they were study buddies and moot court partners.
  • 1984: Laurence Tobey
    Laurence Tobey has completed three years as United States Consul General in Ankara, Turkey, where he was responsible for consular operations in Istanbul, Adana and Izmir as well as Ankara. He was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Counselor in April 2014. He will return to Washington, DC for a year of training before beginning his final assignment in Moscow.


  • 1992: Marianne (Marshall) Tims
    Marianne Tims has been a district court Magistrate in the First Judicial District since February 2004 and the chief Magistrate since 2006. This year she has received the Judicial Excellence Award as Magistrate of the Year through the Colorado Judicial Institute. She will be honored at the awards dinner on November 12, 2014.
  • 1994: Steve Tempelman
    Steve has been named Senior Director, Labor & Employment Counsel at IHS, a global information company with world-class experts in the pivotal areas shaping today’s business landscape: energy, economics, geopolitical risk, sustainability and supply chain management. IHS employs more than 8,000 people in more than 31 countries around the world.
  • 1997: Margaret (P.J.) Webb Cambria attorney is new chairwoman of marine sanctuary advisory council For the first time since the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary was formed 20 years ago, the chairperson of the agency’s citizen Advisory Council is from the sanctuary’s southern end. The marine preserve stretches 276 coastline miles from Cambria to Marin County. Cambria resident Margaret “P.J.” Webb, an attorney, was unanimously elected to the post on April 25. Sanctuary superintendent Paul Michel said Monday in an email interview that Webb is an “excellent choice for chair,” bringing to the office “a fair and balanced approach to council deliberations and advice to the superintendent. She has been a committed and tireless representative of the southern region of the sanctuary.” The sanctuary’s council coordinator Sara Hutto said Webb was a shoo-in for the office. “P.J. is one of the most devoted members we have on our council, so we really value her leadership role.” Webb practices public-interest law, focusing primarily on marine conservation and wildlife advocacy. She’s been an at-large representative on the sanctuary council since 2004 and received a National Marine Sanctuaries Volunteer of the Year award in 2011. She worked with the Marine Sanctuary Alliance to develop strategies to protect the Central Coast from offshore oil drilling and served as a liaison for the Marine Interest Group, a panel of countywide stakeholders collaborating on issues ranging from coastal business and tourism to water quality concerns. Webb also is known throughout the Central Coast for her advisory, outreach, education and rescue efforts on behalf of The Marine Mammal Center, Friends of the Elephant Seal, Coastal Discovery Center and the Women’s Community Center. She’s a past president of the county’s Women Lawyers Association. Webb said in an email that she’s “very excited” about her new challenge, which “allows me an opportunity to represent the southern end of the sanctuary and advocate for continued and enhanced protection for our natural coastal resources. As the sanctuary approaches an update of the management plan review, I look forward to being a proponent for issues that are important to our community and our region.” She noted, “There are new initiatives and projects that reflect our local concerns. Public input brought concern over seismic acoustic testing impacts, resulting in a new NOAA initiative on ocean noise strategy. “Another effort being launched is the new recreation and tourism working group to connect local businesses to the sanctuary and bring information that will benefit our recreation and tourism businesses.” Webb lauded her predecessors Chet Forrest and Ron Massengill, along with “local volunteers who work tirelessly monitoring our beaches, sampling our water quality and educating visitors and local residents and their children.” The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oversees U.S. marine sanctuaries, among many other responsibilities. For more about the Monterey Bay preserve, go to It is one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the United States and is larger than Yellowstone National Park. Read more here:
  • 1999: Carol (Retseck) Leirer
    Carol Retseck Leirer has joined The Law Center P.C. in Highlands Ranch, CO as Of Counsel. Carol's practice focuses on DUI/Criminal Defense, Juvenile Delinquency, Family Law/Domestic, and Business Planning. She is also a CFI. Carol is a member of the Colorado Women's Bar Association and Co-President of the CISV Rocky Mountain Denver Chapter, a global non-profit that promotes peace and cultural diversity.
  • 1999: Michael Switzer
    Michael Switzer has started his own private practice, the Switzer Family Office, llc.


  • 2001: TJ Maxfield
    TJ Maxfield ('01) and Emily Kreutz Maxfield ('01) are building a memorial playground in honor of their 3-year-old Caroline, who was killed in a car accident last summer involving Emily's entire extended family while on vacation. TJ & Emily have 2 surviving children, Casey (9) and Robby (7). Caroline was an amazing spirit whose love will continue to light this world. Donations towards the playground may be made payable to The Maxfield Family Fund, c/o Front Range Bank, 3594 S. Logan Street, Englewood, CO 80113. Donations are NOT tax deductible.
  • 2001: Gary Schleuger
    Gary Schleuger (BSBA 1985; JD 2001) has relocated from Washington DC to Scottsdale AZ to take on additional duties in the General Counsel's office at Universal Technical Institute Inc.(NYSE: UTI). Gary is currently Vice President for Government Affairs and Assistant General Counsel at UTI, where he manages the company's federal affairs work in Washington and also serves as in-house counsel in the corporate headquarters in Scottsdale. Additionally, Governor Jan Brewer has appointed Gary to serve as a Commissioner to the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE). The mission of the ACPE is to expand access and increase successes in postsecondary education for Arizonans. ACPE's goals are: to increase available student financial assistance; to identify and implement strategies to help students and families plan, enter and succeed in postsecondary education, and to provide a forum for all sectors of postsecondary education to work together on addressing and solving issues of mutual interest. Additionally, Gary continues to serve on the Daniels College of Business Alumni Advisory Board.
  • 2002: James Chandler
    James W. Chandler is the owner of the Law Office of James W. Chandler, P.A. In Naples Florida. His practice focuses on State and Federal Criminal Defense, as well as Marital and Family Law, and Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency cases. For the second year in a row Mr. Chandler has been named to Rising Stars by Florida SuperLawyers Magazine. He also serves as the President of the Collier County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
  • 2003: Linda Phillips
    Linda Phillips is on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center assisting them in efforts to increase employee ownership through worker cooperatives and ESOPs. As the owner of Phillips Law Offices LLC, Linda has become a specialist in cooperative law, helping to create and advise agricultural, utility, water, worker, producer, marketing and other forms of cooperatives using Colorado flexible cooperative statutes.
  • 2004: Rachel Beard (Leone)
    Rachel Leone and Mark Beard were married September 1, 2013 in Golden, Colorado. Mark is a Surety Agent. Rachel accepted a position in January 2014 as the IV-d Magistrate in Weld County hearing child support and paternity matters. Jack, her son who was a preschooler during law school, will be entering his Sophomore year in high school this fall.
  • 2005: Donald Emmi
    When you’re facing a legal problem—whether a personal injury, business dispute, business organization and development, employment issues, or real estate issue—you need a law firm that you can count on. At Hunsaker | Emmi, P.C., we believe that we are that firm. You can trust that we will treat your issue as if it were our own. You can feel confident that we will use our experience, creativity, and dedication to solve your problems and provide you relief. Call or email us anytime at our Golden, Colorado office to learn how we can help you. Be sure to check out our website at
  • 2006: Kelle Thomas
    After almost 8 years as a public defender in Pueblo, Kelle Thomas left the Public Defenders office to spend more time with her husband and 18 month old daughter, Abbé. She was recently hired as a Magistrate (half time) for the Tenth Judicial District and will begin on August 11.
  • 2007: Reeves Whalen
    Reeves D. Whalen, an attorney with the Burg Simpson law firm, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Inner City Health Center. Inner City Health Center is Denver's premier organization providing critical medical, dental, and counseling care to the underserved of the Denver community and currently serves over 20,000 patients. Seventy nine percent of their patients are uninsured, 53% are below the federal poverty line, 26% are children, and 64% of individuals are women. Speaking of his appointment, Mr. Whalen expressed both enthusiasm and gratitude, “I’m humbled by their interest in having me serve. This organization provides care to those most in need; the ones who can’t get help anywhere else. When asked to get involved, I couldn’t say no – it’s the right thing to do.”


  • 2010: J.D. Schneider
    J.D. Schneider has joined Faegre Baker Daniels in Denver as an associate in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group. J.D. previously clerked in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado for the Hon. Michael J. Watanabe and the Larimer County District Court for the Hon. Stephen E. Howard.
  • 2011: Patrick Hutchinson
    Patrick has recently launched a new company called Red's Shed ( Red's Shed is a Colorado-based peer-to-peer rental community connecting people who need an item, with those who have it available to rent. Perfect for weekend do-it-yourselfers, hobbyists, first time homeowners and people just like you. Red's Shed is currently focused on the Denver/Boulder market but hopes to expand to the West Coast in 2015.
  • 2011: Jennifer Longtin
    Jennifer Longtin has struck out on her own at The Law Office of Jennifer E. Longtin, LLC. She handles Criminal Law, Appeals, Post-Conviction Work, Family Law, and many other legal issues. Jennifer is also continuing her work for low-income clients through work with the Office of Alternate Defense Counsel, and various low-pay slow-pay lists throughout the metro area.
  • 2013: Allison Altaras
    After completing a yearlong clerkship with Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court, Allison Altaras will join the Denver Natural Resources Section of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite in September. She also serves on the Associate's Advisory Board of the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation.
  • 2013: Elisabeth Hutchinson
    Liz Hutchinson currently serves as an appellate law clerk to Judge John R. Webb of the Colorado Court of Appeals. Her clerkship concludes in August 2014, at which time she will begin a one-year clerkship with Justice William W. Hood, III of the Colorado Supreme Court. Following her term at the Colorado Supreme Court, Liz will serve as a law clerk to Judge Gregory A. Phillips of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
  • 2013: Joseph Norris
    Joe Norris and Jennifer Shoemaker were married May 25, 2014 in Manhattan, Kansas. Jennifer is a kindergarten teacher for Denver Public Schools and specializes in English as a second-language. Joe (JD 2013) now practices water rights litigation and local government law at the firm of Collins Cockrel & Cole, P.C. in Denver, CO.
  • 2013: Kira Suyeishi
    Kira Suyeishi will be joining Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC. Prior to joining the firm, Kira served as an appellate law clerk to Chief Judge Alan M. Loeb on the Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • 2014: Charles Mendez
    Charles Mendez won the Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition. This national, peer-reviewed competition is administered and overseen by the Notre Dame Law School, to which Charles submitted his paper on autonomy in the attorney-client relationship.

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