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The Colorado Lawyer

Editor’s Note: The Colorado Lawyer Board of Editors has approved the publication of profiles of practicing lawyers. The Profiles Committee chooses Colorado Bar Association members who are nominated as outstanding lawyers by their peers. With these profiles, the CBA hopes to: promote the image of lawyers by emphasizing qualities that should be emulated; show the benefits of public service to both the lawyer who serves and the community; emphasize professionalism; provide role models for new lawyers; manifest ways of becoming successful and respected; and reward deserving lawyers for their contributions to the profession...

May 2000 Vol. 29, No. 5 [Page 15]

..."Respect for VanMeveren is not confined to prosecutorial circles. Fort Collins attorney Joseph A. "Andy" Gavaldon, who started with the public defender’s office in Fort Collins in 1981 and was head of the public defender’s office for the Eighteenth Judicial District from 1986 to 1997, states:...

"I have the highest respect for Stu. He is one of the most ethical lawyers I have ever practiced with or against. Anytime I had an issue involving the district attorney’s office, Stu was always available to listen to my concerns and see if we could resolve the issue. During my sixteen years with the public defender’s office, we maintained a professional relationship of great cooperation and understanding, even though we were courtroom adversaries."