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2011 11 Proclamation .pub


                                           First Judicial District Bar Association
                                                   NOVEMBER 2011

                                                                                 Erin Hickey
                                  PRESIDENT’S COLUMN

As I have written previously, I find historical facts very interesting. Especially those that shape our
actions and sayings today…have you ever wondered where the saying “it’s raining cats and dogs”
came from? I have! I think about weird things like that all the time. Perhaps I should not admit
such things, but maybe there are some more people like me out there. I got an email the other
day that contained all kinds of fun historical facts like that and more up to date fun facts also. As I
read it, I thought you all might enjoy it too, so I am going to share some of those fun facts below:

•        Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.
•        Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
•        Coca-Cola was originally green.
•        The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.
•        The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
•        The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
•        The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $16,400
•        The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000
•        The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.
•        The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
•        Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great ruler from history: Spades - King
         David, Hearts – Charlemagne, Clubs -Alexander the Great, Diamonds - Julius Caesar
•        111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321
•        If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died
         in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died because of wounds
         received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural

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                                                                                                            COMMITTEE CHAIRS
                    2011-2012                                   AWARDS                    LEGAL ACTION
                                                                Bob Hoban                 Dan Whittaker
Erin Hickey, President
Caroline Sada, President Elect                                  BANQUET                   MEMBERSHIP
Robin Beattie, Secretary Treasurer                              Robin Lutz Beattie        Justin Ross

                                                                BENCH/BAR                 MONTHLY LUNCHEON
Lindsay Andrew                Hon. Mark Randall                 Hon. Jack Berryhill       Mike Shea
Hon. David Gloss              Catherine Tieman
Kathryn Kurtz                 Joel Varnell                      COMMUNITY SERVICE/PR      NOMINATING
                                                                Jennifer Melton           Mark C. Pautler
Hon. Lily Oeffler
Hon. Christopher Randall
                                                                CLE                       PROFESSIONALISM
BOARD OF GOVERNORS                                              Caroline Sada             Barry Meinster
James Garts                   Peggy Hoyt-Hoch
                                                                GOLF                      YOUNG LAWYER
Brian Jeffrey                 Mark C. Pautler
                                                                Yosy V. Janson            Chris McLane
Executive Director Vicki Malara
                                                                LAW DAY                   MOCK TRIAL
                                                                Mag. Marianne Tims        Amanda Cruser & Hon. K. J. Moore
Continued from page 1
President’s Column

•   Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, John Hancock and Charles
    Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature was not added until 5 years
•   Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.
•   If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter
     “A”? One thousand.
•   Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women.
•   The only food that does not spoil: Honey.
•   There are more collect calls on Father’s Day than any other day of the year.
•   In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the
    ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase...'Goodnight,
    sleep tight'.
•   It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the
    bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer
    and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we
    know today as the honeymoon.
•   In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got un-
    ruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.' It's where
    we get the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's'.
•   Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handles of their
    ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your
    whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.

Hopefully you found those somewhat interesting and can at least use them to win some bets over the
next month!

Also, please keep in mind that the Bar Association is frequently offering CLE’s; both luncheons and
weekend classes. Many people will need to fulfill some CLE requirements before their compliance pe-
riod ends at the end of the year. You can visit the Supreme Court’s Website to verify how many
credits you need and when your compliance period ends. If you need any credits, attend one of our
CLE’s! Also, please keep in mind that we are always trying to better the Bar for our members. If you
ever have any questions about what is being offered, how to get involved, or any ideas on how we
can improve our service to our members, please give me a call or email me!

I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of this Holiday Season…and if you were wondering about
the dogs and cats, the saying originated because when people used to have thatched roofs, the cats
and dogs would sleep up there. When it rained badly, the dogs and cats would come down or slip

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Pro Bono Legal Services: A Corporate Culture
By Amanda Milner
Legal Advocacy Supervisor
Family Tree Domestic Violence Services

Written on Behalf of the 1st JD Access to Justice Committee

The Harris Law Firm, the largest family law firm in Denver, Colorado, with 17 attorneys in practice,
has made pro bono legal services a large part of their corporate culture. I have come to know
Peggy Walker, a senior associate and Pro Bono Coordinator at the firm, as she has been a dedi-
cated volunteer at Family Tree’s Family Law Legal Clinic for several years. While meeting with
Peggy, I had the opportunity to learn many new things about the types of pro bono work that the
attorneys at the Harris Law Firm are dedicated to. Why, you may ask, is this already inundated
firm, so involved in helping out in the community? According to the firm, it is their belief that com-
munities are made great by those who give.

Rich Harris, the president of the Harris Law Firm, has dedicated his life to enriching the lives of oth-
ers in the community, and he certainly has led by example. In addition to his work at the Harris
Law Firm, Mr. Harris envisioned and created The Road to Hope, an incredible non-profit dedicated
to helping the children of Haiti. Having been a steadfast volunteer since his graduation from law
school, Mr. Harris encourages all of the attorneys in the firm to always have at least one pro bono
case in their case-load. The firm gets these cases either by referral from Metro Volunteer Lawyer or
from other agencies such as Family Tree. The attorneys also meet many individuals in need at the
numerous family law legal clinics at which they volunteer – a great way to provide pro bono legal
services in the community.

Peggy provided me with the Harris Law Firm’s 2010 Community Service Activities Report, which de-
tails the different agencies for which the attorneys at the firm offer their time, passion and exper-
tise. The types of activities that the attorneys at the firm participate in are quite varied; from serv-
ing on non-profit boards, to involvement with community events, to raising funds for those in need
and offering pro bono legal services in many different forms. The attorneys at the firm also partici-
pate in several committees dedicated to increasing the community’s access to legal services.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Denver Rescue Mission, Family Tree, Food Bank of the Rockies,
Horse Protection League, Law Line 9, Mi Casa, and Wills on Wheels, to name only a few, are some
of the lucky agencies receiving assistance from the attorneys at Harris Law at this time. These at-
torneys have found many unique and creative ways to provide pro bono legal services in our com-
munity. The important work of the Harris Law Firm has not gone unnoticed: they were given a Pro
Bono Award by the Supreme Court, and the firm was also nominated as Law Firm of the Year by
the Colorado Lawyers Committee. Several attorneys, to include Peggy Walker and Rich Harris, have
been nominated and recognized for their hard work as well. Rich Harris was named the Best Family
Law Attorney by “Law Week Colorado” and Peggy Walker was nominated by the Denver Business
Journal as an Outstanding Woman in Business, both in 2011.

So why, you may still ask, has the Harris Law Firm made pro bono work a part of their corporate
culture? Peggy’s answer would be, “Most of us went to law school to help people. To give direction
to people who may not otherwise know where to start.”           
                             FOR FOSTER CHILDREN AND THEIR

                  Every Christmas, Jefferson County case service aides who supervise vis-
                  its for Jefferson County children in foster care and their parents, host a
Christmas party for these children and their families. This year’s party is on December 14,
2011, from 3 – 5:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Human Services Building.

They could use donations of board games and toys as bingo prizes for the children and gift
cards to restaurants, kitchen items, towel sets as raffle items for the parents. Monetary do-
nations are also welcomed.

If you would like to donate or need more information, please contact Susan Archuleta at
303-271-4132 or or bring a donation to room 230 at the Jef-
ferson County Human Services Bldg. 900 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO 80401.

The following animal rescues and organizations participated in the

       New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue
       Freedom Service Dogs
       Colorado Aussie Rescue
       HoBo Care Boxer Rescue
       Friends of Charlie’s Place
       Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue
       North Star Siberian Rescue
       Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue
       Hope for Animals Clear Creek Rescue
       Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue
       Best Friends Forever Rescue
       Adams County Animal Shelter
       Great Pyrenees Rescue
       DMK Rehoming
       Labs and Other Large Angels (L.O.L.A.’s) Rescue
       Humane Society of South Platte Valley
       Foothills Animal Shelter
       Big Dogs and Huge Paws
       Life is Better Rescue
       Applewood Small Animal Rescue
       Demi’s Animal Rescue
       Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue
       Mile High Labrador Retriever Mission
                                           COUNSELORS FOR CRITTERS
                                           ELEVENTH PET ADOPTION EVENT
                                           By Diana Richett

                                           The rain and cold delayed but did not dampen the
                                           spirits of the twenty-three (23) rescue groups and
                                           hundreds of animals who showed up the following
                                           week on Saturday October 15, 2011, for the Eleventh
                                           Counselors for Critters Pet Adoption Event sponsored
                                           by the 1st Judicial District Bar Association and PETCO.
                                           Sixty-seven (67) homeless animals found their fur-
                                           ever families  
                                           If you missed this event and are still interested in
                                           adding a furry member to your family, we will hold
                                           another event in the Spring of 2012. If you can’t wait
                                           that long, please consider adopting a deserving animal
                                           from a shelter or rescue in your community.

Many thanks to the following volunteers who helped out and the organizations that sponsored the
event: Brooke Barrett, Jeanne Judge, Jennifer Melton, Diana Richett & Simon, and Barry Finck. A
very special thanks to Elaine Marler and the staff at PETCO along with Blue Buffalo, Natural Balance
Pet Food and Nutro who provided the food, both animal and people.

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