November Program: THE UNITED STATES IN AFGHANISTAN AND AFGHAN REFUGEES IN DENVER
Our November program, presented by the Neureiter Group, featured a joint presentation by a Doyle Inn member and Afghanistan war veteran alongside the executive director of the Colorado office of the International Rescue Committee, which is resettling Afghan refugees in Denver. The discussion ranged from thoughts and insights from serving in Afghanistan, to the recent withdrawal and collapse of the Afghan government, to efforts to evacuate and provide emergency aid and long-term assistance to Afghan refugees resettling in the United States and Colorado.
Our October program featured a tandem presentation by Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Boatright and Justice Márquez, presented by Chief Judge Tymkovich’s group. Their presentation focused on enhancing trust, transparency, and diversity in Colorado’s judicial branch. The justices discussed recent amendments to the judicial code of conduct, Colorado’s judicial retention and review process, and the drive to increase diversity representation on the bench, as well as highlighting the important work done by the judicial nominating commissions.
Cyberspace – The Judge Harris Group presented “Election Law 101” for the October Meeting, which again was successfully virtual.
The presentation was moderated by Chris Jackson (Partner, Holland and Hart), and the presenters were: Matt Grove (currently working at the Colorado Court of Appeals, but formerly an election lawyer for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office); and Melissa Polk (formerly of the Colorado Secretary of State office under Jenna Griswold).
The panel presented a fascinating overview of election law and addressed many timely and important topics. They addressed many timely and important topics including the evolution of Colorado’s mail in ballot system, potential lawsuits involving voter intimidation, the roll of poll watchers, and what to expect with the 2020 election.
There’s something about baseball that stirs something in all of us. Whether it’s the sound of the crack of the bat hitting a homerun, the sight of the perfectly manicured field, or simply tossing the ball in your backyard with friends and family, it’s America’s pastime for a reason.
The members enjoyed an evening of looking back at history through arguably the greatest private baseball collection in America, right here in our own backyard.
Marshall Fogel, Esq. has amassed an enviable collection, including a mint condition 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card considered the “Holy Grail” of cards, more game used bats than the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Babe Ruth’s very own handprint, a receipt memorializing Joe DiMaggio’s purchase of roses for Marilyn Monroe, and so much more. Mr. Fogel, joined by Doyle Inn President Elizabeth Howard, shared his extraordinary wisdom regarding the history of baseball and shared several remarkable stories and pieces from his private baseball collection; one of the largest private baseball collections in the world.
Marshall shared pieces from several baseball greats including Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Lou Gehrig, and Don Larsen. To name a few, Marshall shared perfect condition photographs of Jackie Robinson from Robinson’s first and last games, a ticket to the first world series in 1903, the ball from Sandy Koufax’s 20th game, and Derek Jeter’s jersey and glove.
Marshall’s collection has been on display at the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado History museum, and Yankees Stadium.
While the Doyle Inn hopes to resume in-person meetings in the new year, this was another effective and enjoyable virtual event for the members.
University Club, Denver – For the October presentation, the Neureiter Group welcomed Denver Author and Journalist Mark Obmascik who discussed his new book, The Storm on Our Shores, which tells the tale of the battle of Attu,—the only land battle of World War II fought on American soil. The more than two-week battle on a remote Aleutian island in the Bering Sea ended when most of the Japanese defenders were killed in brutal hand-to-hand combat after a final banzai charge broke through American lines. Obmascik powerfully regaled the members with the story through the experience of a Japanese army surgeon who was trained as a physician in the United States, and the American infantryman who killed him, but recovered the diary the doctor was writing before death.
Mark Obmascik is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author of The Big Year, which was made into a movie, and Halfway to Heaven. He won the 2009 National Outdoor Book Award for outdoor literature, the 2003 National Press Club Award for environmental journalism, and was the lead writer for the Denver Post team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Denver with his wife and their three sons.
January 30, 2018 – The Harris Group presented the fascinating “Behind the Scenes at the SCOTUS: An Insider’s Guide to How Things Really Work at the Supreme Court and What’s on the Horizon”at the January Doyle Inn Dinner. The panel, comprised of three former Supreme Court clerks and the longtime Slate Supreme Court correspondent, gave the members insights about the nation’s highest court and many other related issues.
November 15, 2017 – The Stern/McCallin group presented “COMPASSION FATIGUE, STRESS AND BURNOUT Real Life Strategies When Real Life Is Too Much” during the November dinner. The special presenter was Kari Knutson with Knutson Consulting http://knutsonconsulting.com/
Ms. Knutson gave a very practical and useful presentation on the times when the demands of the job outweigh the emotional reserves a person has available to them. In such times, a person can suffer from “compassion fatigue” as well as stress and burnout. She gave many tips for attorneys to deal with stress and achieve work-life balance. “Sleep is a bodily function, leisure is a choice.”
October 19, 2017 – The Wheeler Group presented “PERCEPTION IS REALITY – An hour with Alan Prendergast from Westword and Julie Cardi of Law Week Colorado about media reporting on the law, attorneys, law firms and judges.” The panelists initially answered questions about journalism generally, then each spoke to the members about the state of journalism and reporting related to the law and legal system. Topics included the changing landscape of journalism, specifically the reduction in coverage of legal cases and the effects on the public’s access to information about the legal system. The speakers also advised the members on tips when speaking to reporters about legal matters.
September 27, 2017 – The Judge Goldberg Group presented “Hot Topics in Immigration Law and Policy” for the September Inn meeting. The guest panelists included Jeff Joseph, Senior Partner with the Joseph Law Firm, P.C.; and John Canedy, Deputy Chief Counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who was joined by Michael Williams the Community Relations Offivcer for the ICE Denver Field Office. The panel and the members had an informative and widely ranging discussion about pressing immigration legal and policy issues ranging from the administration’s enforcement priorities and methods to the possible fates of Deferred Action recipients.
Our guests can be reached at:
John Canedy, Deputy Chief Counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Michael Williams Community Relations Officer, Denver Field Office (CO/UT/WY/NV/MT/ID)
Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement
Community Engagement/Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Jeff Joseph. Esq.
Director of Corporate Immigration & Employer Compliance
Joseph Law Firm firstname.lastname@example.org
October 22, 2015 – The Casebolt/Goldberg Group presented “Hot Topics in Sports Law” for the October presentation. The speaker was Jack Mills, former assistant athletic director at the University of Colorado, and practitioner of sports law for more than 30 years. Jack’s practice primarily emphasizes football, but he has also represented clients in hockey, basketball, baseball, golf, skiing, and wrestling. Jack teaches a course in Sports Law at the University of Colorado Law School. In 1993, the National Sports Law Institute presented Jack with the Joseph E. O’Neill award, in recognition of his significant contribution to the development of sports law, ethics, and integrity.
Jack presented a step-by-step analysis of the process and legalities of the “Deflategate” controversy between the NFL and the Players Association, then addressed other current legal issues in the sports world that members raised. From the beginning of Jack’s talk, members asked countless questions and the Inn engaged in a lively discussion on this topic which has never been presented before at the Doyle Inn.