Welcome to the CWBA Career Center. As a service to our members, the CWBA posts judicial vacancies and nominating commission opportunities, as well as law-related employment and volunteer opportunities.
JUDICIAL OPENINGS AND NOMINATIONS
"Get Benched!" The CWBA and Colorado's other diversity bar associations encourage members to seek appointment for upcoming judicial vacancies. When a vacancy is announced by the Judicial Branch, information about the vacancy is posted here and publicized to members.
Information on Colorado's Merit Selection System, specific commission rosters and rules, and judicial vacancies may be found on the nominating commission portion of the Colorado Judicial Branch website. (Visit this site to download the nominating commission application in editable PDF format.)
The Governor’s Office of Boards & Commissions - Seeking Applicants
The Governor’s Office of Boards & Commissions is seeking applicants for a wide range of state boards and commissions. The Boards and Commissions book, listing all boards/commissions and expiration terms, may be downloaded from their website. Click here for the application, or contact the Governor's Office of Boards & Commissions at (303) 866-6380 for more information. If individuals have questions regarding whether they may qualify or not, or questions about board/commission service generally, please contact (303) 866-6380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS
City and County of Denver, Request For Qualifications (RFQ) – Outside/Conflicts Counsel
Colorado Judical Department- Colorado Covening on Children, Youth and Families seeking presentation proposals for 2018 conference
Entry-Level Teaching Positions at AALS Member Schools (posted 10/3/17)
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law seeks applications from entry-level and junior-lateral candidates for one or more full-time, tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Law to begin in August 2018. We seek candidates with J.D. or Ph.D. degrees (or their equivalent), exceptional academic records, relevant professional experience, and the capacity to make outstanding contributions in the areas of scholarship, teaching, and service. Although we welcome candidates across all subject matter areas and methodological perspectives, we anticipate particular interest in the following fields: environmental and natural resources law, including both doctrinal and clinical teaching; evidence; healthcare law; professional responsibility; and regulatory compliance. Currently celebrating its 125th anniversary year, Denver Law (www.law.du.edu) is a leader in experiential and interdisciplinary legal education, and is located in one of the nation’s most dynamic, iconic, and livable cities. Interested persons should send a cover letter, resume (including at least three references), teaching statement, and research agenda to Professor Alan Chen, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee (email@example.com). The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, women, members of the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities, and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Legal Research and Writing, Externship, and Academic Achievement Positions (posted 10/3/17)
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law seeks applications from entry-level and junior-lateral candidates at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of the Practice of Law to contribute to its nationally-ranked experiential learning programs, with positions to begin in August 2018. We seek candidates with J.D. degrees (or their equivalent), exceptional academic records, relevant professional experience, and the capacity to make outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. We anticipate needs in one or more of the following programs: (1) Lawyering Process, the University of Denver’s Top 10 nationally-ranked legal writing program; (2) Externships, in which Denver Law has emerged as a national leader; and (3) Academic Achievement. Currently celebrating its 125th anniversary year, Denver Law (www.law.du.edu) is a leader in experiential and interdisciplinary legal education, and is located in one of the nation’s most dynamic, iconic, and livable cities. Interested persons should send a cover letter, resume (including at least three references), and teaching statement to Professor Alan Chen, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org). The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, women, members of the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities, and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Reproductive Rights Policy Counsel (posted 10/3/17)
ACLU of Colorado seeks dynamic, skilled, mission-driven applicants for a new full-time Reproductive Rights Policy Counsel position. Under the direction of the Public Policy Director, and working closely with the Legal Direct and legal staff, the Reproductive Rights Policy Counsel will participate in advocacy, litigation, and communications to protect and advance reproductive freedom and increase access to abortion in Colorado.
Work to protect and advance reproductive freedom through research, policy advocacy, and litigation.
Analyze proposed legislation and administrative regulations; prepare legislative memos and talking points, and testify before legislative committees; assist with drafting of bills and administrative regulations.
Conduct research, draft legal memoranda, demand letters, and advocacy letters.
Research, investigate, develop, and present selected potential cases to the ACLU Legal Panel for evaluation. Any potential litigation will follow established ACLU of Colorado policies and procedures under the direction of the Legal Director.
Participate with ACLU legal staff and ACLU volunteer attorneys in pending ACLU litigation in state and federal court, including all aspects of discovery, motion practice, trials and evidentiary hearings, and drafting briefs in trial and appellate courts.
Recruit, supervise, and coordinate volunteer attorneys for ACLU litigation.
Develop and maintain relationships with legal, advocacy, and communications staff at National ACLU, its projects, and other ACLU affiliates, particularly those individuals working on reproductive rights.
Represent ACLU in coalitions working on reproductive rights, access to abortion, and sex education.
Serve as ACLU spokesperson in public speaking events and with the press, as assigned.
J.D. with at least three to seven years of legal experience. More recent law school graduates with exceptionally outstanding abilities and experience will be considered.
Demonstrated commitment to the preservation of reproductive freedom and increased access to abortion.
Substantive knowledge of constitutional law and civil liberties and a firm commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU.
Excellent written and oral communications skills, with both legal and non-legal audiences.
Demonstrated skills in legal research and legal analysis.
Ability to develop and implement litigation strategies.
Strong self-motivation and ability to manage multiple deadlines.
Ability to work effectively and professionally with attorneys, clients, and with community organizations and coalitions.
A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values individuals and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance, and the ability to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.
A confident and professional work style and the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively, exhibiting patience, good will, and good judgment; a strong sense of humor and a faculty for handling stressful situations with grace and maturity is a must.
Proficiency with personal computers, using Windows and Microsoft Office software.
Facility for administrative work including coordination with volunteer attorneys and supervision of support staff, law students, interns, and office volunteers.Applicants need not be members of the Colorado bar, but should be prepared to obtain admission as soon as possible.
The position of Policy Counsel requires a willingness to work beyond the 9 to 5 hours of the normal work day, including evening and weekend meetings and/or events.
Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable but not required.
How to apply
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and contact information for three references. Submit applications by email to email@example.com with “ACLU Reproductive Rights Policy Counsel application” in the subject line. No telephone calls please.
Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning October 9, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.
Stinson Leonard Street LLP- Associate Attorney (posted 10/1/17)
Stinson Leonard Street LLP is seeking a highly motivated associate with 0-2 years of experience to join our business and commercial litigation practice areas in the Fall of 2018 in our Denver, Colorado office. Judicial clerkship experience is preferred.
Juris Doctor and active Colorado license required. Qualified candidates will have exceptional academic performance. Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills are required. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a copy of your law school transcript by e-mail to:
Attorney Recruiting Manager
Stinson Leonard Street
1201 Walnut, Suite 2900
Kansas City, MO 64106
Victim Rights Legal Director (posted 9/26/17)
The mission of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center is to transform the criminal justice system to consistently honor the voice of every victim and vigorously safeguard victims’ rights. The Legal Director is responsible for oversight of legal representation and legal technical assistance for victims, law enforcement, and service providers under the Victim Rights Program. The Legal Director provides strategic leadership to further the mission of the organization with other senior management within RMvlc. In collaboration with the Executive Director and other staff members, the Legal Director will prioritize the selection of cases, motions, and litigation of Victims’ Rights Act matters in the state of Colorado.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
The Victim Rights Legal Director reports to the Executive Director.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary history by email to Emily Tofte Nestaval, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include, “Victim Rights Legal 3 Director Position” in the subject line. Application materials will be accepted until position is filled. Applications received by October 4, 2017 will be given priority. No phone calls please.
Assistant City Attorney - Section Supervisor for the Department of Law's Municipal Operations Section (posted 9/26/17)
The City and County of Denver is currently seeking an Assistant City Attorney - Section Supervisor for the Department of Law's Municipal Operations Section. This role supervises and directs the activities of the Municipal Operations section within the City Attorney's Office and provides legal counsel and representation to City officers and employees. We seek an attorney with significant legal experience to provide counsel and legal advice related to municipal law, environmental regulation and compliance, construction contracts, procurement, government contracting, tax, municipal finance, bankruptcy, real estate, and land use.
Colorado Judicial Department- Assistant Legal Counsel(posted 9/20/17)
Responsibilities for this position include providing in-house legal services and trainings to various stakeholders of the Judicial Department with a strong emphasis on civil rights and employment law issues, advising the Department on management and employee relations issues, and drafting employment agreements as well as employment-related rules, policies, and legal forms.
This position also works closely with the Department’s Division of Human Resources and administrative authorities to provide employment-related litigation services. These services include, but are not limited to, defending the Department in hearings before an internal personnel review board, preparing legal briefs and developing strategies, arguments, and testimony in preparation for those hearings, identifying potential legal liabilities and minimizing risks in the pre-disciplinary action process, negotiating and drafting settlement agreements, and preparing Department responses to EEOC/CCRD charges.
Applicants who possess experience with employment litigation, particularly representing employers, are preferred. The ideal candidate possesses excellent analytical, writing, and advocacy skills as well as three or more years of employment law experience.
Deadline to apply is October 3rd, 2017.
Deputy Regulation Counsel – Trial Division(posted 9/20/17)
The Deputy Regulation Counsel supervises the Trial Division of the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. These duties include supervising trial lawyers, investigators, and trial assistants in the representation of the People of the State of Colorado in formal attorney discipline proceedings, disability proceedings, reinstatement and readmission proceedings, immediate suspension proceedings, contempt proceedings, and appellate proceedings. The Deputy supervises the Trial Division in the investigation of Client Protection Fund claims and the reporting of investigative findings to the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Attorneys’ Fund for Client Protection. The Deputy supervises the Trial Division in its representation of the People of the State of Colorado in unauthorized practice of law investigations and proceedings, the Colorado State Board of Law Examiners in contested applications for admission to the practice of law in Colorado, and the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline in investigations and proceedings. The Deputy’s duties also include developing and presenting educational programs for lawyers and the public regarding the office and the ethical issues that confront lawyers and judges. The Deputy Regulation Counsel works under the supervision of the Chief Deputy Regulation Counsel and Attorney Regulation Counsel in accordance with the rules governing attorney admissions, attorney discipline, attorney disability, the unauthorized practice of law, the Attorney’s Fund for Client Protection, judicial discipline, the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure and office policy.Click here for more information.
Denver City Attorney's Office, Civil Litigation- Paralegal II (posted 9/20/17)
The City Attorney's Office is seeking Paralegal II applicants for its Civil Litigation Section. The Paralegal II performs standard/intermediate level paraprofessional legal work assisting attorneys with full-range of legal support work such as research, analysis, drafting various legal documents, and providing full-range standard level paralegal assistance. The Litigation Section is seeking an individual with significant experience in civil litigation in state and federal court as well as appeals. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in providing attorney support through all phases of the litigation process, including trial and post-trial.
RTD- Assistant Attorney General II (posted 9/20/17)
RTD is currently seeking a motivated attorney to join its team. We have a collegial work atmosphere and an abundance of rewarding and challenging work for an attorney interested in working in the public sector. Applicants must have two to three years of experience in the actual practice of law as well as excellent research, writing, and analytical skills. We are looking for a versatile attorney interested in opportunities to work on both litigation and transactional matters. The ideal candidate will have excellent customer service skills and be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. This is a great opportunity for attorneys looking to work on a cross-functional team with frequent client contact and get hands on experience.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of professional references.
This position requires:
An equivalent combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities.
Description of Work: This position is responsible for performing general legal services for the organization. For a complete job description and to apply for this position, please visit our website at www.rtd-denver.com/careers.
Assistant Attorney General, State Services Section, Contracts and Procurement Unit (posted 9/13/17)
The Contracts and Procurement Unit of the State Services Section consists of three attorneys, one legal assistant, and an administrative assistant. The unit works as a team; however, each attorney has a diverse case load with significant independent duties and responsibilities. This unit advises and represents all Colorado state agencies, higher education institutions and elected officials on a wide range of transactional matters including: state procurement matters; requests for proposals; IT vendor agreements (including cloud based contracts); trademark; capital construction; real property transactions (including leases and lease purchase agreements); agreements relating to banking, credit cards and debt management; public finance agreements (including bonds, certificates of participation, and public loans); complex vendor agreements; revenue generating agreements (e.g. licenses and grants); intergovernmental agreements and memoranda of understanding (including with local airports and the federal government); energy loan agreements; and fee agreements with special assistant attorneys general. The unit also provides general counsel advice on transactional issues (e.g. procurement and contract matters), negotiates and drafts contracts, and assists clients with contract disputes. This unit acts as general counsel for the State Controller’s Office (“SCO”), and works closely with the SCO on state-wide contracting and procurement issues, and rulemaking. The unit works closely with the State Treasurer on financial matters. This unit is primarily involved in state contract drafting, negotiating, contract review, resolving contract disputes, and terminating contracts as appropriate. The unit also serves as an educational and training resource for the Department of Law and its client agencies and monitors legislation relating to the Unit’s subject matters.
Principal duties of this position include representation in all state contracts, with significant drafting and contract review with the goal of compliance with state fiscal rules and the state procurement code. The candidate assists state clients when contract disputes arise. The candidate is expected to constantly fine tune the contract improvement process, which means working with the SCO and procurement office, drafting state templates, ensuring adequate contractual protections for the state and state agencies on a daily basis, and working with vendors to ensure the state’s best interests and needs are met. The candidate will provide legal opinions for all clients on a wide variety of issues involving specific agency contracts and programs. Additionally, the candidate will work closely with the Treasurer’s office on financial transactions. Responsibilities will also include assisting other units and other sections within the Department of Law, as necessary. The successful candidate is expected to be a contributing member of the unit with regard to educational and training resource for client agencies.
Candidate must be licensed to practice law in Colorado or clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and in good standing at the time of application. All candidates must have a minimum of five years legal experience and a minimum of three years of significant contract, transactional and financial agreements drafting experience. Candidate must also have a strong background in real estate. Interest in, and specific experience with, government contracts or transactions are strongly desired. Good client relations skills and the ability to work independently and productively as part of a team are essential.
All final candidates must successfully pass a thorough criminal background check.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (preferably a contract or agreement) and three professional references via e-mail to:
State Services Section
Office of the Attorney General
Deadline to apply: October 13, 2017
Childs McCune- Litigation Attorney (posted 9/13/17)
Downtown Denver based trial law firm, Childs McCune, seeks litigation attorney with 2-8 yrs. exp., able to take lead on depos and 2nd chair trials. Ideal candidate has strong stand-up skills/ability to think on their feet. Excel. research/writing. Leadership, professional, community, charitable acts, academic perf. valued. Licensed in CO. Competitive salary/benefits. Partnership track opportunity. Send cover letter/resume/references/writing sample to Melinda Strickland at email@example.com
Denver International Airport-Senior Assistant City Attorney (posted 9/8/17)
Denver International Airport is looking for a Senior Assistant City Attorney. In this role you will work with the Airport Legal team to provide legal representation and advice to Airport officials and employees in the areas of general municipal and aviation law, environmental regulation and compliance, construction contracts, procurement, government contracting, tax, municipal finance, environmental law, bankruptcy, real estate, and land use. On average you will oversee 50 to 60 contracts per year and serve on negotiating teams settling issues related to airline matters, construction contracts, claims, concessionaires and other tenant agreements. The selected candidate will be responsible for negotiating agreements, advising City agencies and officials, and representing the City before administrative agencies and/or courts. Developing or modifying work plans, methods and procedures, determining work priorities and developing work schedules to provide adequate staff coverage.
Performing other related duties as assigned or requested.
Assistant City Attorney - Associate, Municipal Operations Section (posted 9/8/17)
The Denver City's Attorney's Office seeks an Assistant City Attorney - Associate for the Municipal Operations Section. This mid-level attorney will work on all aspects of commercial litigation, including contract disputes, eminent domain, and prosecution and defense of administrative hearings in district, federal, appellate courts and before administrative hearing officers.
Fowler, Schimberg, Flanagan & McLetchie, PC- Associate Attorney, Civil Litigation (updated 9/20/17, keep posted for 60 days)
Fowler, Schimberg, Flanagan & McLetchie, PC, a downtown Denver firm with a strong civil litigation practice seeks an entry level Associate as well as an Associate with 5 years or more of relevant experience. The preferred entry level candidate should possess strong writing skills. For the experienced level, the preferred candidate should possess litigation and/or trial experience. We value professionalism, integrity and team work. We offer an excellent benefit package. Salary is commensurate with experience. Candidates should send a resume, salary requirements and a relevant writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.