2015 Summer Convention

Bar Members Working and Playing Hard in Snowmass
Photos and member survey comments; the Board of Commissioners will review all comments made in determining future convention plans.


After a cooling mist, Bar members gathered at Snowmass’s 8,000 foot elevation, forgetting their cares and the 100+ temperatures throughout Utah.

A member said, “These meetings are one of the few opportunities where attorneys and judges that might not normally interact have a chance to mingle and socialize.  In my view this is very important for camaraderie and esprit de corps.  Every year I run into people that I have not seen for years, and I meet new people from both large and small firms.”

2 The kids enjoyed face painting and getting to know new and old friends.  A member said, “The CLE is important, but more important are the relationships developed and strengthened between attorneys and their families.”
In the morning, for those not staying at the Westin, the aerial “skittles” made for a short and inspiring commute. 3
4 Regarding the content, two sessions inspired much comment:   Law, Justice, and the Holocaust: How the Courts Failed Germany by Dr. William F. Meinecke:  A member said, “Wow, what a powerful message.  Very good, important topic.  Relevant.  Scalia's follow up was also quite impactful.”  And of Justice Scalia’s keynote address, a member said, “Offensive and thought provoking.  Probably worth seven hours of CLE because of the thoughts and discussion that flowed from that presentation.”

On a lighter note, Judge Kate Toomey and Dr. Stephen Nash kept a full house focused on the question of who owns the past and what came out of the Snowmastodon dig.

A member said, “Dr. Nash from Denver's Natural History Museum was awesome. That was so cool.  My daughter was quite excited by it.  The sold-out nature of the CLE is indicative of the family orientation of our annual meetings.  I like bringing family members to a few CLEs of interest.”  In the photo, Dr. Nash is showing a branch excavated from the Zeigler Reservoir site (pictured in upper left above gondolas) with beetle galleries preserved, one of the smaller species found.

6 Families rode the gondolas to a high-elevation party.  A member said, “The Family Picnic activities were terrific.  Someone at the Utah Bar put a lot of thought making the kids happy, which gave the attorneys and their spouses time to socialize.  The little bikes, face painting, rock climbing, bounce houses and plenty of green space were a huge success.  Job well done.”
Regarding the recreation activities, a member said, “I think we need three years there to really appreciate the place.  There is so, so, so much to do there!  I barely spent enough time in Aspen or discovering the mountainside.  My wife and kids kept telling me of great stuff I needed to do.  I missed Maroon Bells.  I did not schedule the rafting.  We did not go fishing.”
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Member Roger Kraft did discover the mountain, and hiked from Base Camp to Summit, and captured the stunning view.  He also saw these wildflowers hiking the Rim Trail.

Member Tony Kaye seems to not have missed any great stuff.  Among his many adventures, he went riding with his daughter Sarah, and rafting “The Numbers” section of the Arkansas River (over Independence Summit from Snowmass) with his family, 11
12 Sarah and William having rejected the more placid Browns Canyon (pictured below).


New President Curtis Jensen addressed conference after being sworn in.  Also sworn in as commissioners were Kenyon Dove and Suzanne Gustin, and as president-elect, James D. Gilson.  “This Board of commissioners devotes countless hours working for justice, and I am fortunate to be associated with such an energetic and dedicated group,” said Jensen.


Member E. Gregg Tobler won the low-carbon-footprint award by taking the California Zephyr to Snowmass.  He says, “It was an experience, mostly positive.  It was nice not to have to drive.  The train was on-time both ways.”