Several years ago, Appliance Factory Outlet general counsel Dennis Kaw, was trying to come up with a different way to gather a group of attorneys for a networking event — something other than the standard fare CLE or happy hour. His mind eventually turned to an unlikely place: shotguns and sport shooting.
With that in mind, Kaw organized the Colorado chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s first charity Clay Shooting Tournament in 2015 at the Kiowa Creek Sporting Club east of Denver. “I started it to try to do something more social and fun,” Kaw said.
On Sept. 29, ACC Colorado hosted the fourth annual tournament on a cool, cloudy morning on the eastern plains. The event, which has doubled in size since its inaugural year, raised money to benefit First Descents, a Colorado-based nonprofit that takes young adults living with cancer on exciting outdoor adventures; activities include kayaking, rock climbing and surfing. It was the second year ACC Colorado partnered with First Descents on the event.
“It’s something different,” Kaw said. “For some, it’s a chance to shoot and show off their skills, for others it’s a chance to try something new.” At this year’s event — also sponsored by Davis Graham & Stubbs, Jackson Kelly, and Fairfield & Woods — Kaw said about a third of the participants were novices.
After a brief safety speech from a Kiowa Creek employee, the event kicked off with teams of four or five attorneys each rotating between 10 different shooting stations. At each station, teammates would take turns shooting and operating a remote control that launched clay “birds” into the air at various angles, trajectories and heights. There are also some targets referred to as “rabbits” that are launched along the ground.
“That’s how not to do it,” joked Michelle Steinfeld, an attorney with Encana Corporation, after firing a few rounds at her team’s first station. Steinfeld’s teammates included Stephen Gottesfeld, executive vice president and general counsel at Newmont Mining, Ericka Englert, of counsel at Davis Graham & Stubbs, and Chad Williams, a co-managing partner at DGS.