Fellowship Program – Colorado Attorney General’s Office


Please see the attached brochure describing a wonderful fellowship opportunity being offered by the Colorado Attorney General’s office.


All-Inn Cocktails, May BBQ, Students, Mentoring Participants!

Hello RBIC Members!

This is an announcement blast with important information. Please read it and take action if it applies to you! See you on April 21 at our last regular meeting at the U Club for the 2015-2016 year!  (Look for the Pingg in the coming weeks.)

1) All-Inn Cocktail Event – Please sign up by April 18th!

The All-Inn Cocktail Event is May 12, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Supreme Court Rotunda.  If you would like to attend, you need to fill out the Google Form located here by APRIL 18:  http://goo.gl/forms/i3ZJ1DqJKJ

2) May End of Year BBQ!

The end of the year RBIC BBQ is going to be May 13th at Heidi’s house!  Spouses/Partners and children are welcome. Please save the date and an invite will be coming out closer to the event.

3) Student Applications are now open!

We are now accepting student applications for 2016-2017!  Interested law students (who are not graduating this year) should send their resume and cover letter to “rhonebrackett [at sign] gmail [dot] com” by April 18th.

If you recommend them, please have them reference you! If they attended a meeting with you, please have them tell us that, too!

4) Looking for Mentoring Program Testimonials!

In our ever-constant process of improving our Mentoring Program, I’m looking for testimonials – if an RBIC match-up touched your life in a particular way, please tell me about it by e-mailing “rhonebrackett [at sign] gmail [dot] com”!

Also, 2015-2016 year participants (one-time and full-program match-ups) will be receiving a survey later this month.


Cross Examination – What You Need to Know


The Doyle Inn would like to invite you to a training focusing on the successful cross examination of witnesses at trial in civil cases. It is entitled “Cross Examination – What You Need to Know”.  This session is part of the basic practical skills in civil litigation sponsored by the Doyle Inn.   We are applying for 2 CLE’s for each of our sessions.  There is no charge for attendees.

The purpose of this session is to provide young lawyers with practical advice on cross examining a witness at trial.  It will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the downtown office of Wheeler, Trigg, O’Donnell at 370 Seventeenth Street, Suite 4500 Denver, Colorado 80202-5647.  Our instructors will include Kevin Traskos, Civil Chief, Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Colorado and Craig May from Wheeler, Trigg and O’Donnell.

Materials will be distributed ahead of time so participants will have examples for future use.  We hope this will be an interactive process with participants feeling free to ask questions and contribute experiences.  We also invite experienced practitioners to share experiences as well as sample pleadings and outlines.

Please RSVP to randy.bramer@ogc.usda.gov. We hope these talks will help further the Inns’ purpose of educating and mentoring young lawyers.

DU BK Moot Court Team


Matthew Faga and Ken Buechler are coaching the team this year (here is the 2016 Competition Brochure).  We have three DU students signed up. They have just submitted their brief for the competition.  We need to get them to New York for the oral argument rounds in March. The estimated travel costs are $10,000 to take 3 students and 2 coaches.

Any and all donations are appreciated.  The donations are tax deductible as a non-profit contribution. The checks can be made payable to the “University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Bankruptcy Moot Court Team” and sent to the following person at DU:

Jenny Savage, Donor Relations & Stewardship, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2255 East Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80208

Matt and Ken appreciate everyones’ generous support. After the competition, we plan on hosting a luncheon for all of the supporters to let them know how the team did and to thank you for your support.


2015-2016 Meeting Schedule / Program Topics

Members, here are the meeting dates for the rest of this year, along with the Pupilage Group assigned to organize the presentation for each meeting and the tentative presentation title.  All meetings will be held at the University Club, 1673 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203.

Please note that the presentation titles for the 2016 meetings are tentative and subject to change as the programs are further developed.

Date Pupilage Group Program Topic
October 15, 2015 Harrell Important Figures in Colorado Legal History
November 19, 2015 McDermott / Kutcher Satisfaction BINGO
January 21, 2016 Rodgers It is a Privilege – Service to Community (Tentative, subject to change)
February 18, 2016 Woods / Drake Satisfaction – What does that look like to you? (Tentative, subject to change)
March 17, 2016 Cain / Alvarez Find your passion (Tentative, subject to change)
April 21, 2016 Bricmont / Caldwell / Heiserman Find YOUR area of the law (Tentative, subject to change)

Check Out these Fantastic Training Opportunities Sponsored by the Doyle Inn of Court


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Editor’s Note – We received the following invitation from Doyle Inn of Court Executive Committee Member Randy Bramer.

Colleagues –

I would like to invite you to the first in a series of informal trainings sponsored by the Doyle Inn.  We are applying for 2 CLEs for each session.  There is no charge for attendees.

Our first session will be entitled Writing for the Reader.  Our presenter will be Bob Russel, Appellate Chief of the United States Attorney’s Office.  The session will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Wednesday October 21, 2015 at the downtown office of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, Republic Plaza, 370 17th Street, 45th Floor, Denver, CO 80203.

Materials will be distributed ahead of time so participants will have examples for future use.  I hope this will be an interactive process with participants feeling free to ask questions and contribute experiences. 

Please let me know if any of your Inn members, young lawyers or law clerks may be interested in attending.  Also please have them RSVP to randy.bramer@ogc.usda.gov. I hope these talks will help further the Inns’ purpose of educating and mentoring young lawyers.


A Note About the September 17 Meeting


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For those of you who do not know, Misty Ewegan has decided to step down as President to focus on recovering from her ongoing health issues.  She will remain a member of the Executive Board in her role as Immediate Past President.  Please join me in thanking her for her service to the Inn and wishing her well in her recovery.  As a result of her resignation, I have become President of the Inn a year early, with Bob Bricmont assuming the position as President-elect.  The remaining board members include Treasurer Bonnie Saltzman, Secretary Hon. Kandace Gerdes, and Historian James (Rufus) Garts, in addition to our Membership Chairs, Hon. Alfred Harrell and Heidi Kutcher, and Mentoring Committee Chair, Tessa Becker.

Our September meeting will be held on September 17 at the University Club.  As announced previously, we do not have a program scheduled for our September meeting, but instead plan to use the time during that meeting to plan the year’s presentations and discuss a theme to connect the year’s presentations together.  During the recent Master’s meeting, we discussed several ideas for a theme, and ultimately decided to propose a theme that revolves around the word “satisfaction.”  Thanks to long-time member Rickey Fitzsimmons for being the brainchild behind this theme.

In terms of the mechanics for putting together this year’s presentations, the Masters would like to continue the process from last year, in which our Student and Associate Barrister members were tasked with organizing and leading the presentations.  However, some of the Masters observed that it may be more useful as a mentoring tool if Barristers and Masters to provide more hands-on guidance and assistance this year.  That is a topic on which will encourage additional discussion at the September meeting.

As for the theme itself, the Masters agreed that “satisfaction” is a theme that provides a wealth of flexibility while still being focused enough to ensure continuity between presentations and to ensure that we stay focused on the core principles of the Inns of Court.  The Masters were also very keen on ensuring that this year’s theme focuses on the positives, rather than the negatives of the practice of law, so we would like to avoid all references to a certain Rolling Stones song that happens to use the word satisfaction in the title.

Aside from those constraints, we encourage each pupilage group to think creatively about a program that deals in some way with how members or attorneys and judges in general gain satisfaction in their lives.  This could mean aspects of an attorneys’ practice that generates satisfaction, or ways in which we supplement our practices with other civic, volunteer, or personal activities that give meaning to our professional and personal lives.

Our goals for the September meeting will be to 1) discuss and refine the overall theme and the mechanics for how each group will organize its program, consistent with our goal of providing mentoring to younger lawyers and students; 2) decide on the program schedule and determine which Pupilage Group will be presenting each month; and 3) start to define the program for each Pupilage Group.

If you are unable to attend the September program, please feel free to send your comments and ideas to other members.  On a related note, I regret that I will not be able to attend the September meeting due to required travel for an out-of-state hearing the following day. Bob Bricmont and Heidi Kutcher will be leading the discussion.  I hope to see all of you during the October meeting.

A couple of final general notes:

1) We encourage everyone to fill out a mentorship form, which is available on the Inn website: www.rhonebrackett.org. Also be sure to check the website regularly for updates about Inn activities.

2) Please be on the lookout for your Pingg meeting invitations in advance of each meeting. If you don’t receive the invitation, be sure to check your spam box. If you still can’t find the invitation, please contact rhonebrackett@gmail.com and ask to have your contact information updated.

Best regards,

Paul Karlsgodt