Considering Ukraine: Root Causes and Paths Forward in the Ukraine War

Considering Ukraine: Root Causes and Paths Forward in the Ukraine War

At our May 18th meeting, the Doyle Inn hosted a panel discussion discussing perspectives on the Russia-Ukraine war.  The presentation, organized by Judge Liz Harris and her pupilage group, featured Dr. Sanja Bhagat, Dr. Betcy Jose, and Dr. Christoph Stefes discussing factors that led to the war, geopolitics, human rights abuses, and impact both on the U.S. and Russian economy.



(L to R): Dr. Betcy Jose, Dr. Samja Bhagat, and Dr. Cristoph Stefes.
President Joseph Michaels addressing the Doyle Inn of Court.

Glasgow Climate Change Conference COP26 presentation – How did we get here, where to now?

On February 16, the Doyle Inn met virtually for a program organized by the Judge Johnson Group, to hear a CLE on environmental law discussing climate change and the recent Glasgow Climate Change Conference COP26.  Presented by Inn member John L. Watson, the presentation discussed current climate metrics, calls to action, and climate change in pop culture.  Over the last three decades, Speaker Watson has closely followed the United Nations Climate Change Conferences of the Parties, including most recently the 26th Conference held in Glasgow, Scotland, in October and November 2021.  His presentation reviewed the international political climate that preceded COP26, outlined the 30-year history of the United Nations’ climate change activities, summarized the outcomes and agreements reached in Glasgow, and reviewed the Biden Administration’s initiatives to fulfill the U.S. commitments to address climate change.

Spencer Fane attorney John Watson square
John Watson, Esq.
The Hon. Eric Johnson



Secretary of State Jena Griswold Featured Speaker at the January Program

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold was our featured speaker at the our January 25th program. After presenting to the Inn for approximately 20 minutes, Secretary Griswold took questions for the remainder of the hour.  Discussion ranged from Secretary Griswold’s path to office and Colorado’s mail-in ballot procedure, to efforts made to preserve and enhance election security, to threats to election integrity and the Secretary’s efforts to coordinate a national response to ensure secure elections, to what it means to be an elected official in a politically divisive climate.  Given the prevalence of Omicron in our community, our Inn shifted to a virtual format, which was perfectly structured for this presentation.  We enjoyed a robust Q & A, and we thank the Frick/Richman group for putting together this program.

Doyle Inn President Joe Michaels
Clockwise: The Hon. Judge Richman, Hon. Judge Frick, Alison Connaughty, and Secretary of State Griswold.
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold

January Meeting [Virtual]

Presented by the Richman/Judge Frick group, the Doyle Inn upcoming January virtual meeting will feature an evening with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold.

Look for Kari’s event email with Zoom link.

Secretary of State Jena Griswold - Colorado Pols

Doyle Inn of Court Kicks off 2021-22 with In-person meeting.

In September, the Doyle Inn enjoyed its first in-person event in over 18 months.  It was a welcome return!  The evening’s talk featured a wide-ranging discussion with Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, presented by Justice Berkenkotter and Judge Shockley’s group.  Topics concerned collegiality, empathy & lawyers, restoring trust in government, leadership & changing approaches to governance, Colorado’s opioid epidemic and recent settlement, and virtual practice

L to R: Justice Berkenkotter, Judge Eric Johnson, Doyle Inn President Joseph Michaels, Attorney General Phil Weiser, Judge Darryl Shockley

Successful First Meeting of 2020/2021: An Evening With the Baseball Greats

Wheeler Group Kicks off the Inn-Year

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.

History: First Virtual Doyle Inn Monthly Meeting

May 20, 2020 –  The Doyle Inn made history by conducting the May meeting virtually. President Becky Bye hosted her final monthly meeting by organizing and conducting the event.  The Tymkovich group presented The History and Legacy of the Sand Creek Massacre with Wyoming Representatives Andi Clifford and Sara Burlingame. Tymkovich group member Charlotte Powers moderated the presentation about the Sand Creek Massacre. Two Wyoming state representatives Ms. Clifford and Ms. Burlingame, spoke to the members virtually, from Wyoming.

The topic was the history and continuing legacy of the Sand Creek Massacre for Colorado and the Northern Arapahoe Tribe in the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Representative Clifford represents Wyoming’s 33rd District. She is a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and a descendant of the Arapaho attacked by the Third Colorado Calvary on the Big Sandy Creek. Representative Clifford and her colleague Representative Burlingame, who represents Wyoming’s 44th District and serves as Executive Director for Wyoming Equality, discussed the history of the Sand Creek Massacre from multiple perspectives and explored the massacre’s legacy now 156 years later. Rep. Clifford gave an emotional talk about the massacre of her people and the lasting effects.

There was an interactive conversation after their presentation on how Sand Creek’s legacy has affected the Arapaho and White people who live in the region. It was a moving and powerful evening.


Connecting with each other

Message and Greeting from President Becky Bye

Dear Doyle’s Inn,

I hope all of you and your loved ones are staying safe during this time.  While the stay-at-home orders have forced us to cancel this month’s in-person meeting, we can still foster the professionalism and camaraderie that drives our Inn.

Now, more than ever, people are yearning for more connection and social time with friends, colleagues, and loved ones.  May I suggest you take this time to coordinate virtual meetings, breakfasts, lunches, or happy hours with your pupillage groups?  I think you’ll find it rewarding and fun.

I know of at least one group that coordinated a virtual meeting by Zoom.  The photo is attached.  If you do have a virtual meeting, please feel free to let me know and to send a picture!

So far, our May Inn meeting is still planned at the University Club, but if anything changes, I will be sure to let all of you know.

Also, just a reminder that the Executive Committee and ex-officio applications are due on May 1st.

I miss you all.


Wheeler Group Kicks off 2020

University Club, Denver – Judge Wheeler’s group presented Eliza Shepard of Livingston & Shepherd, Trial Consultants, LLC to discuss “VERBAL & NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION ATTORNEYS, WITNESSES, JUDGES AND JURIES.” 

[From L to R] Doyle Inn President Becky Bye, Eliza Shepard, and the Hon. John L. Wheeler


Eliza Shepherd assists attorneys on all phases of litigation, providing consulting services from discovery to post-verdict phase of trial. She has been studying juror-decision making for over a decade. 

Ms. Shepard presented a great overview of communication and non-verbal communication in trials in regard to litigants, witnesses, attorneys, and jurors.

Ms. Shepherd specializes in focus groups, mock trials, jury selection, and case strategy. She has worked in venues nationwide and is based in the Denver office of  Livingston and Shepard Trial Consultants.


Frick-Richman Group Presentation on Impeachment

[L to R] President Becky Bye, Guest Speaker Scott Barker, and Shawn Neal.

Denver – In a timely fashion, the Frick-Richman Pupilage Group presented:


A discussion of a newly issued book by Scott Barker.

Mr. Barker is a Senior Counsel at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP in Denver. In addition to 36 years of law practice, Scott is a historian who has dedicated significant time researching issues pertaining to impeachment. 

Scott authored Impeachment – A Political Sword: How The Johnson, Nixon and Clinton Impeachments Reshaped Presidential Politics  and his latest The Impeachment Quagmire;  available here: The Impeachment Quagmire

The membership was treated to a very informative and interesting talk on Impeachment in American history and currently. 


The members had endless questions and Scott meticulously answered them all,  including hypotheticals, while referencing constitutional principles and the standards and practices in past Presidential and Judicial impeachments in American history. 

Doyle Inn President Becky Bye with Introductory Remarks