November 17th and 18th 2015 was the tenth Law Club Ethics Revue, again both nights at Lannie Garrett’s Clocktower Cabaret. The edgy theme, 9.1 Shades of Gray, featured the character Ashley Madison as a novice attorney, drawn to unethical acts by the dark phantom-like partner of the law firm. A cappella, dancers, remarkable soloists, and even some acting … another wonderful annual Ethics Revue.
November 4th and 5th, 2014 was the 9th Law Club Ethics Revue, sponsored by the CBA CLE and Ethics Committee. Our two night, three hour show, directed by Melissa McClure, was attended by a hundred attorneys, judges, and guests who sang and cheered and clapped and were the perfect audience. Our songs were new and old, as was our cast and band and ethics panel.Billing Time Video (filmed by Greg Garner) and Rehearsal and
We took a break at 5 pm and then met in the Golf Club at 6 for our 100th annual dinner meeting; as usual a raucous event with jokes, speeches, stories, the transfer of what little power the officers have, and dinner roll flinging. We went long enough that the 8 pm final show started pretty late.
More Dinner PicturesThe final Centennial show, directed by David Lichtenstein and Melissa McClure, began back in the movie theater at about 8:30 pm, and reprised dancing, singing, and what passes for Law Club acting from the modern period, 2000 to 2014. The Law Club stalwarts stayed right there till about 10:30 when we wrapped it all up.
On April 9th, 2014 seventy-five to one hundred former, current, and future members of the historic Law Club joined together at the historic Denver Press Club on the night before the actual centennial day, in the first of many celebrations of the Law Club Centennial. This first celebration (wonderfully conceived and arranged by Marion Brewer and Greg Cairns) featured dinner and drinks, camaraderie, a show rehearsal, the traditional cheese cutting ceremony featuring cheese-cutting celebrities including Chuck Turner, Norm Early, Gary Abrams, and Valerie McNaughton among other Law Club stars, the magnificent Doug Tisdale as host of the Centennial Auction, and ending with often striking, usually loud, and sometimes talented karaoke provided by sometimes-music-director Cecil Pearson, that lasted well into the evening.
From The Downtown Denver Bicycle Parking Lot News:
Law Club Show Hits High Notes: Panel says “It’s Not Unethical!”
By Ed. E. Toreal, special to the DDBPLN
The Law Club has done it again! The highly-professional cast of attorneys and judges as shown here in a pictures from last-night’s performance of “Austin Powers: International Man of Ethics.” Under the superb direction of Judge Diana Terry, the cast and musicians entertained crowds at Lannie’s Cabaret for the 4th year in a row!
The audience cheered as the unethical antics of Dr. Evil, Mini-Me, and their henchpeople Number 2, the Client Communicating Cowboy, the Unethical Associate, and Managing Partner Frau Overlein, were foiled by Jamie Bond, Austin Powers, and The Law Club! Ethical experts Ray, Amy, Gregory and Alec kept their interesting and entertaining commentary moving. A veritable zoo showed up to dream of advertising under the new rules cooked up by panelist Alec Rothrock. Judge Ray Satter clarified that it is now OK for lawyers to represent marijuana dispensaries and to smoke pot. Except when it isn’t.
The DDBPLN was delighted by the gorgeous harmonies and catchy tunes used by the cast of talented singers and dancers, although we missed our favorite sea shanties. Maybe the Club can bring back that all-copyright-free-show next year. And another thing: Our focus group complained that people kept singing while the lovely Melissa, Yosy, and Ann were dancing. Maybe the Club can do away with the distractions next time.
The musicians, many of whom seem to be judges (don’t they have ethical canons about this kind of thing?) were first-rate, complementing the musicians in every possible way. Maybe that piano player should give up law and turn pro!
The show was well-done, very tight (as was much of the cast, we hear), and may be reprised at a theater or Inn of Court near you.
… oh, and of course, they loved us.
On June 13, 2013 in the afternoon we entertained the alumni at the DU Law School in the commons with a shortened version of the 2012 Ethics Revue. There was no booze and so they were sober. They loved us anyway and took us to a bar. Brenda directed and Mark made Anne laugh.
On December 6, 2012 we presented to the Marsh Inn of Court at the University Club. Last minute line changes made it more interesting. Doug saved the day … again … yawn …
November 12th and 13th, 2012, was the seventh-ever incredible 2012 Ethics Revue; once again two nights at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. The second night was standing room only and by the end of the show the whole crowd was standing. And applauding and shouting and screaming … The November 19th Law Week Colorado front page article (which was on page 3 that week) shouted “Ethics Revue Does Impossible” and goes on “Well, they did it again …”
DENVER, COLORADO. Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret was awash with laughter and learning last night as the Law Club and the CBA Ethics Committee brought their own special brand of edu-tainment to LoDo. A panel of distinguished panelists provided witty commentary about Ethical issues in between a story of litigation on the high seas. While one member of the panel droned on a bit too long at the beginning, the situation was corrected when he was kidnapped by pirates early in the program. *** [Excerpted and reprinted with permission from the Denver Bicycle Parking Lot News, November 16, 2011]***
Downtown Denver Bicycle Parking Lot News proclaims Pirates of the COBAR the Best Pirate-Themed Ethics CLE You Will See This Year!Not realizing that they had also been duped into boarding a pirate ship under false pretenses, the audience truly enjoyed stellar performances by the actors, singers and dancers, including a Mark Berry solo that left panelist Marcy Glenn “verklempt.” (As a side note, between the costumes, an Al Gore striptease in Act II, and a certain song that is not in the program, the show has lost its “G” rating. Don’t bring the kids.)
Ethics Revue Pirates of the Cobar Trailer from Colorado Bar Association CLE on Vimeo.Other Videos of the show …“We Gotta Get Out of this Case”
The Al Gore Striptease — Youtube
On Tuesday September 13, 2011, in Colorado Springs, the Club entertained the state judges at their Annual Conference with tales of judicial ethics. Another standing ovation, and a remarkable last-minute substitution by Judge Diana Terry.
On November 18, 2010 we sang for 600 lawyers and judges; and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, at the Marriott for the CJI Dinner; a smaller version of the Ethics Revue. Barb Laff directed.The Law Club’s 2010 Ethics Revue with the CBA CLE and Ethics Committee took place at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret on the evenings of September 22 and 23, 2010. Three hours ethics
CLE. Barbara Laff directed. The next day reviews rave:
We visited with the judges and magistrates of the 18th Judicial District on September 14th at noon at the Douglas County Courthouse. The judges stood up for us this time. Getting the piano t
hrough courthouse security was interesting. Diana Terry directed.
We sang and danced for the national organization called National Conference of Chief Justices (NCCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) on July 28th 2010 in Vail. It was originally July 27th but some Irish lady named Sandra Day O’Conner got our original gig. We got a standing ovation. Not sure if she did. Some of the Justices wanted us to come sing in their home states. We are still negotiating who pays the plane fare … Diana Terry directed.On May 19, 2010 we may have sung for the Colorado Access to Justice at. A high point may have been the short judges song, Taubman, Kapelke, Chief Judge Davidson. I have no idea who directed or if this was the show I’m thinking of.We sang and danced for various Inns of Court on 11/18/09 (Doyle) and 12/15/09 (Rhone Brackett and Arraj) at the University Club. Brenda Taylor directed.The show on October 22, 2009 in Colorado Springs was for the Wendlekin Inn of Court; a very appreciative audience of about 60. Still not the Broadmore … Barbara Laff was the director.We played September 3, 2009 at the University Club for the Thompson Marsh Inn. Brenda Taylor directed.
Ethics Review IV occurred twice on July 9, 2009, at the CBA classroom. The Indiana Jones Show. Not exactly the best venue ever. Definitely not the Marriott … Brenda Taylor directed. Great show. On June 5, 2009, we played for an ABA Bar Fellows at the University Club. Bigger stage. Brenda directed but was the same size.
On April 7, 2009, we played the University Club for two Inns of Court. Nobody went to the hospital. Brenda Taylor directed.
We were at the Botanic Gardens on 12/10/08 for the Metro Attorneys. Great room. Lots of oxygen. Brenda Taylor directed.
On 11/6/08 we sang for two blended Inns on a tiny stage at the University Club. It was … interesting. It will be remembered as The 2008 Fall Show … We got a standing ovation but it may have been merely because everybody survived … Brenda Taylor directed.
We sang on 9/23/08 in Breckenridge at the 2008 Judicial Conference. It was at lunch. T
he judges and magistrates were sober (as a judge) and they liked us anyway — a lot … Brenda Taylor directed.On May 3rd, 2008 in Vail we sang for the first time for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. The projector turned itself off during Pat Madsen’s song. She had her song memorized fortunately and the rest of us had spare scripts. David Lichtenstein directed.
The Arraj Inn of Court was at the U. Club on April 22 for a Law Club Show. Or maybe it was the other way around. David Lichtenstein directed.
On April 12th 2008 we performed for the Gilpin County Historical Society … in Boulder County. The Stage Stop Inn; just over the border. David Lichtenstein directed.
Once again we created the Ethics Revue (number three, if anybody is keeping track) at the CBA offices on October 24, 2007 — two shows, the second with dinner. It wasn’t the Hyatt grand, but … not bad, all in all. Assistant associate middle school teacher Barbara Laff directed.
On 9/18/07 we were in Vail at the 2007 Judicial Conference. This was our premiere performance for the state judges. We had no idea in 2007 that they would like us enough to bring us back again and again. The director was Ken Laff.
On Friday May 18, 2007 we entertained the Colorado DAs in Keystone. Ken Laff directed. He was still a Denver DA at that point and the Denver DAs still were part of the Colorado DA’s association then.February 3rd 2007 was the 2007 Law Club Reunion at the Broadmoor. Directed by Ken Laff and Bob Kapelke.
December 2006 hosted not one but two Law Club shows, on December 7, 2006 for the Thompson Marsh Inn of Court at the University Club …
… and also on December 13th, 2006, at the Hyatt, the return of the CBA Ethics Review.
Four brave members, Diana and Brenda and David L. and Christine, with professional piano player Deb, performed at a Technology Lawyers meeting on 2/15/06 at the Governor’s Mansion. It was technically perfect. The director was David Lichtenstein.We did a double at the Marriot Hotel on October 27th, 2005, for a matinee and dinner performance of the very first CBA Ethics Review, jointly with the CBA Ethics Committee. Director David Simmons.The very first Law Club ethics focused show was for the Inns of Court Summit Party at South Adams Street in Denver on August 25th, 2005. Director David SimmonsWe sang again on April 2, 2005 in Central City for The Gilpin County Historical Society. Director was David Simmons.Our last 2004 performance was the Muni Attorneys at the Oxford on 12/15/04 in the evening, for about 50 folks. It was wildly successful. That audience had been drinking. Director David SimmonsThursday, December 9th, 2004 we were at at the Greenwood Village Chamber of Commerce. It was Cecil’s idea … Director David SimmonsWe sang on September 10, 2004 Isle of Capri’s Flamingo Ballroom Blackhawk for the Gilpin County Historical Society. Director David SimmonsWe held a December 11th, 2003 show at the Greenbriar Inn outside of Boulder for the Municipal Lawyers. Tiny narrow room with the Law Club sprawled down the side. Director David Simmons.On 12/5/2003 we sang for the CBA-Worker’s Comp section at Maggiano’s for lunch. Craig Eley’s French-accent solo was a hit. Director David SimmonsOn December 1, 2003 we sang for the CBA/CLE Appreciation Party at the CBA. Director David SimmonsOn January 10, 2003 we sang for the Colorado Bar Foundation. 320 folks in the audience. Director David Simmons.
We sang at the Fort for the Metro City Attorneys Association on December 11, 2002. Crammed in a corner again, but the food was good. Director David Simmons.
We sang on Friday October 25th, 2002, at 3:30 PM, at the University of Denver College of Law for the Colorado Bar Association Access to Justice Awards Reception. Director David SimmonsOn 12/12/2001 we bused up to the Sylvan Dale Ranch for the Metro City Attorneys. The sing-along on the bus was fun. Director Theresa Mehringer, musical director Ken Laff.We may have sung for the DBA Summer Intern Program – Student Training on 6/21/01 … maybe.On 11/8/00 we did a charity benefit for Opera Colorado at the Shwayder Theater. A real stage !! … and a reprise of Channel Surfin’ USA. Director Diana Terry, producer Nina IwashkoWe performed a reprise on 9/27/00 for the Arraj Inn of Court at the Brown Palace … Director Diana Terry
The last two-hour show at a CBA Convention, Channel Surfin’ USA, was September 9th, 2000, in Keystone, Colorado, directed by Diana Terry.