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.
Judge Jackson Group Presents Panel on English Legal Profession and Inns of Courts
University Club, Denver – The Jackson Group kicked off the Doyle Inn year as is traditional since new President Becky Bye is a member. The presentation was “LONDON CALLING – A HITCHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE INNS OF COURT” A stimulating discussion about barristers, the historic UK Inns of Court, and the birth of our Doyle Inn.
The panelists included former Pegasus Scholars Becky Bye and Peter Murphy, Jameson Jones a previous Temple Bar Scholar to the United Kingdom, and Doyle Inn founder and Colorado legal legend the Hon. Alfred Harrell. Becky, Peter, and Jameson discussed their experiences in the UK and observations about the legal profession, legal system, and Inns of Courts there. Judge Harrell regaled the group with the history of the American Inns of Courts and the formation of the Doyle Inn, of which he was a founding member.
Before the panel commenced, London-based barrister Ryan Brennan addressed the Doyle Inn via video message from the United Kingdom. He gave the membership a full explanation about the structure of the English legal profession and the Inns of Courts.
May 15, 2019 – The Judge Frick/Richman group welcomed Colorado Attorney General Phil Weister for “A Fireside Chat with the Attorney General.” Judge Frick moderated the discussion and Doyle Inn member and current U.S. Sentate candidate John Walsh joined the discussion. The Attorney General covered numerous areas and engaged the membership in a high-level, spirited discussion.
April 17, 2019 – Judge Schwartz’s group presented Sam Kamin, the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on the regulation of marijuana, and he has been published extensively on the subject. Professor Kamin spoke on a wide variety of legal issues related to marijuana legalization and took several questions from the group.
The Honorable Alfred Harrell, who has recently retired from the Denver County Court bench, was awarded the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Tenth Circuit. Judge Harrell was a founding member of the Doyle Inn and pillar of the legal community.
Honoring an Inn tradition, the William E. Doyle Inn of Court hosted the esteemed Deans of our state’s law schools at the May 2018 inn dinner and presentation. Before the monthly presentation, each Dean addressed the membership and provided updates about their institutions, and commented on the current state of legal education and controversies surrounding bar admissions.
February 21, 2018 -The Frick-Richman Group presented the very powerful ““Racist Rally Redux: The Vietnamese Fishermen v. The Ku Klux Klan”* *Some of the sworn deposition and trial testimony taken from historical archives will be offensive” at the University Club.
Vietnamese Fishermen Case
In 1981, armed Klansmen cruised Galveston Bay and practiced guerrilla tactics at secret paramilitary camps. They tried to destroy Vietnamese-Americans’ fishing businesses by burning their boats and threatening their lives. Fearful of competition from the Vietnamese, the white fishermen had invited the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, to send a message to the Vietnamese before the start of the shrimping season. The Klan group trained in the use of grenades, explosives, weapons, techniques of ambush and hand-to-hand combat, all in preparation for what they believed was an impending “race war.” Southern Poverty Law Center attorneys filed a lawsuit that stopped the Klan’s terror campaign and shut down its paramilitary training bases.
The Frick-Richman group performed a powerful reenactment of events during the legal proceedings against the KKK. After the presentation, Members engaged in a thought-provoking dialogue about the issues raised.
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.”