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PROCLAMATION First Judicial District Bar Association NOVEMBER 2011 Erin Hickey PRESIDENT’S COLUMN DID YOU KNOW??? 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 causes. Continued on page 2 COMMITTEE CHAIRS 2011-2012 AWARDS LEGAL ACTION Bob Hoban Dan Whittaker OFFICERS Erin Hickey, President Caroline Sada, President Elect BANQUET MEMBERSHIP Robin Beattie, Secretary Treasurer Robin Lutz Beattie Justin Ross BENCH/BAR MONTHLY LUNCHEON BOARD OF TRUSTEES 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 later. • 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 out! SAVE THE DATE OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE - PROFESSIONAL BUILDING Colorado Gives Day is December 6, 2011. 6595 West 14th Avenue, Lakewood Your donation to Metro Volunteer Lawyers via www.givingfirst.org One upstairs suite appox. 850 sq. feet: on December 6th helps MVL to qualify for a share of incentive Easy access to all courts grants available to all nonprofits that participate and raise funds on Colorado Gives Day. Cable/Internet available Two conference rooms MVL’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Barristers Benefit Ball will Non Smoking be held on May 5th , 2012 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Den- Copier & Fax machine ver. This is a not to miss event! Full Kitchen Ron Servis 303.237.5020 Charles Cuchiara 303.234.1418 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.” www.harrisfamilylaw.com www.theroadtohope.org www.thefamilytree.org THIS CHRISTMAS HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FOSTER CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES 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 email@example.com or bring a donation to room 230 at the Jef- ferson County Human Services Bldg. 900 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO 80401. COUNSELORS FOR CRITTERS ELEVENTH PET ADOPTION EVENT The following animal rescues and organizations participated in the event: 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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