Colorado bar foundation


The Colorado Bar Foundation is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees elected by the CBA Board of Governors. Each Trustee agrees to serves a minimum three-year term; a second term may be completed immediately upon expiration of the first term. Otherwise, a Trustee may return to service only after the expiration of one year following such Trustee’s last term.

The Trustees generally meet once per quarter to govern the business affairs of the Foundation. This includes an annual meeting to review applications and grant awards to support worthy causes in furtherance of the Foundation's grant-making policies.

Additionally, the officers of the Foundation (including Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer and President of the Bar Fellows) are elected each year from the members of the Board of Trustees.

Click here for a link to the Foundation's current Bylaws 




Loren M. Brown:(Chairperson) is the Managing Shareholder of Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. My practice focuses on Plaintiff’s Wrongful Death and Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, and Liquor Licensing. I am a Past President of the Colorado Bar Association (2015-2016) where I focused on diversity and inclusion, attorney health and wellness, and access to justice issues. One of my passions is service through involvement in Access to Justice programs. I am a former member of the Colorado Access Justice Commission and Adams Broomfield Bar Association Access to Justice Committee. One of the reasons why I am passionate about serving on the Colorado Bar Foundation Board of Trustees is because, through the grant giving of the Foundation, I get to be a part of providing funding to Access to Justice related programs throughout the State of Colorado. The grants provided by the Foundation help support those programs and also the most vulnerable members of those communities.





Leia G. Ursery: (Vice Chairperson) practice is centered around trust and estate and elder law matters, including estate and tax planning; estate and trust administration; protective proceedings; and probate-related litigation. Leia has been extensively involved in various Colorado Bar Association activities since 2004. She is a former Chair of the Colorado Bar Association – Trust and Estate Section and the Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training program and she has participated as a voting member of the Colorado Bar Association - Legislative Policy Committee since 2014. In 2019, Leia joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees based on her desire to assist and promote deserving legal-related organizations and programs throughout the State of Colorado.







Sarah Steinbeck Adelson: (Bar Fellows President) is a conflicts staff attorney at Cooley LLP. She became a Fellow early in her career and has continuously supported it even after becoming a Fellow Emeritus. Sarah believes strongly in the Foundation's ability to aggregated donations small and large to provide a meaningful impact to each year's grant recipients.








Adam Foster: (Treasurer) is a business lawyer and founder of the Denver, Colorado firm Foster & Jones. He represents established businesses and startups in a wide range of transactions involving entity formation, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, cannabis and industrial hemp. Adam is past chair of the CBA ADR Section and the current co-Chair of the Section's Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity Committee. He also serves as liaison between the CBA Business Law and ADR Sections and has volunteered on a variety of initiatives sponsored by the Colorado Lawyers Committee. Adam is a member of the CBF Finance Committee and will take over as Chair of that Committee and CBF Treasurer beginning in January of 2021.











Charles C. Turner, "Chuck" served as the executive director of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations for over 30 years, retiring in 2015. Prior to that, he was a graduate of the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law and served at the college as an assistant dean and director of Colorado's continuing legal education program. A native of Swarthmore Pennsylvania, Chuck graduated from St. Lawrence University in New York and then served two years in the United States Army in Colorado Springs and Vietnam. Chuck recently stepped down, after 21 years, from the Supreme Court's Client Security Fund. Chuck is also one of 5 administrators of the Denver Bar Association's Waterman fund. Chuck has chaired his Rotary Club's foundation as well as the Sturm College of Law's Alumni Council. Chuck and his wife Debbie volunteered for many years at the USO in Denver. Chuck is an avid bicyclist and an avid, although very amateurish, golfer. Their three sons, and wives' and 4 grandchildren all live, thankfully, in Denver.




Connie Talmage has been the Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee since 2000. She received her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1978 and practiced for 10 years with the law firms of Holland & Hart and Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor and Pascoe. She has served since 2012 on the Alumni Council of the DU Sturm College of Law; she is on the Executive Committee of the Our Courts Program and has been a Board member of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness since 2006. Connie was the 2009 recipient of the Colorado Bar Association's Award of Merit, the highest award the organization awards; in 2007 she received the Alumni Professionalism Award from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the Edwin P. Wolf Award from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.





Craig Nuss is a shareholder in the Construction Defect Department at Burg Simpson. Craig is a native of Colorado who received his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Boulder and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. Craig has been practicing law in Colorado since 1989. As a result of membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates, Craig developed a strong sense of devotion to non-profits that promote access to the legal system for all members of society. The Colorado Bar Foundation’s goal to promote the advancement of jurisprudence and the administration of justice across Colorado drew Craig to become a Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow and serve as a Trustee.








Jackie Booker is the managing shareholder at Sutton | Booker | PC. Jackie has tried over 30 jury trials to verdict in federal and state district courts across Colorado. Jackie’s practice is devoted to defending individuals and corporations from pre-litigation investigation through appeals. Jackie organizes and leads her firm’s community service projects and enjoys working on amicus curiae briefing when those opportunities arise.


Hon. John P. Leopold (Ret.) is a mediator/arbitrator/special master/statutory judge at JAMS (Denver) and has worked in this capacity since November, 2006. He was in private law practice from 1974 – 1987 and an 18th Judicial District Court Judge from 1987 – 2006, including a stint as chief judge of the 18th Judicial District from 2002 – 2006. Being a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation is especially meaningful to John because it permits him to help advance the profession by assisting organizations that provide legal services to a wide variety of people throughout Colorado. And, he feels his colleagues are among the finest legal professionals in Colorado.









Karen Porter is a young attorney and a partner with the law firm of Godfrey Johnson, P.C. Throughout her legal career, Karen been involved with various charitable organizations that provide legal education to individuals and families in need, including teaching indigenous Ugandans dying of HIV/AIDS about their legal rights to control the postmortem distribution of their property and assisting children in juvenile detention centers to navigate the judicial system. Karen joined the Colorado Bar Foundation to serve those in our Colorado community who also need guidance navigating the legal system.








Keith Lapuyade is a partner at Evans Case and has over 30 years of litigation experience. His practice focuses on trust, estate and fiduciary liability litigation. He also represents professionals as personal counsel in cases where claims exceed or fall outside of available insurance coverage. He has been recognized for many years by Colorado Super Lawyers, 5280 Top Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America. He was selected by Best Lawyers as 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Estate and Trust Litigation. He is active in Bar and community activities and is a Trustee for the Colorado Bar Foundation and a member of the COLTAF Board of Directors. He is a frequent presenter for CBA-CLE and other Bar-sponsored CLEs, having participated on over 20 programs over the years.








Hon. Pax Moultrie serves as a District Court Judge for the Denver Juvenile Court, a position she has held since April 2020. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Judge Moultrie served as law clerk to the Honorable Brian D. Boatright, Colorado Supreme Court Justice, during Justice Boatright’s tenure as Presiding Juvenile Judge for the 1st Judicial District. Judge Moultrie also served as law clerk and judicial assistant to the Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., Colorado Supreme Court (ret.), during the Court’s 2007-2008 term. Her prior community involvement includes serving as a board member for the Governor’s Executive Clemency Advisory Board, serving as a board member for Colorado’s Office of the Child Protection Ombudsman, volunteering as a reading tutor for elementary school students, and serving on the board of the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE). Ms. Moultrie supports the Colorado Bar Foundation in its mission to increase access to and enhance education about justice in Colorado. She has served as a Trustee since 2019.










Rob Zentner is a prosecutor in Western Colorado and have enjoyed being involved in our local volunteer and service communities. Through his service on numerous boards and organizations, he has found the challenge of vetting very impressive organizations and helping them secure needed financial assistance to be a great experience. His prior exposure to raising money and allocating limited funds has made his current experience on the Colorado Bar Foundation board of trustees much more meaningful. While he wishes more money could be allocated to the many fine organizations that are ultimately partially funded by the Foundation’s grants, he will not lose sight of our primary goal: to support justice through legal services and law-related education.











Thomas A. Morales is a 2019 graduate of Colorado Law and an associate with Holland & Hart LLP in the construction practice group. As a first-generation college graduate and attorney, he recognizes the importance of supporting organizations that promote legal education and foster a more diverse legal community in Colorado. Thomas joined CBF to help promote those organizations and causes. In addition to his work as a CBF Trustee, he volunteers with local restorative justice programs and food banks. He also contributes his time and legal services to the Colorado Appellate Pro Bono program. Thomas plays the drums in his free time. He is originally from San Diego but now calls Denver home.







Hon. William G. Meyer (Ret.) was a general jurisdiction judge from 1984 to 2000 in Denver, CO. In 2000, Bill joined Judicial Arbiter Group; a mediation/arbitration firm comprised of 26 former judges and became majority owner in 2011. For the last 8 years, Bill has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America”, in the field of Mediation, by US News and World Report. In 2020, Judge Meyer received “Colorado Lawyer of the Year” honors from Best Lawyers. Bill also received Colorado’s “Barrister Best” awards in both Mediation (2011, 2014 & 2016) and Arbitration (2017, 2019 & 2020). In addition, Bill serves as the Senior Judicial Fellow for the National Drug Court Institute and provides training and curriculum development for over 3700 drug courts. Bill was the Chair of the Committee that wrote the Drug Court Key Components. (DOJ 1997) Judge Meyer is an alumnus of The National Judicial College and is on the NJC’s Wall of Honor and in 2017 received the NADCP Stanley Goldstein Award for pre-eminent service to the drug court field. He authored “Drug Courts Work”, Federal Sentencing Reporter (Summer 2002). His book “Colorado Rules of Evidence with Objections” was republished in 2020, as a 6th edition. He was a contributing author and co-editor of “The Drug Court Judicial Benchbook” (2011- DOJ/NDCI). In 2019, Bill published an article in the Journal for Advancing Justice, analyzing cases involving access to MAT and “drug free” conditions of probation. Judge Meyer established and maintains a national webliography, which is published on-line and updated regularly that compiles case-law on Constitutional and other legal issues arising in the drug court field.