The 36th Annual CWBA Convention was held May 17-19, 2013, at the world-renowned The Sebastian - Vail, in Vail, Colorado. The 2013 Convention, "Taking It Up A Notch!” continued our tradition of hosting an exciting, informative, and energizing weekend. Attendees were excited about the premier venue and the Convention activities, programs, and exceptional faculty featuring distinguished local and national speakers. Convention highlights included: fantastic CLEs (the CWBA Convention received CLE accreditation for 14 general, 2.7 ethics credits), networking opportunities and social activities. Attendees enjoyed many opportunities to hear from and interact with colleagues and leaders from the bench and bar.
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MARY LATHROP AWARD
History of the Mary Lathrop Award:
Mary Lathrop was born in 1865 to a Philadelphia Quaker family. At age 19, she became a reporter at a local newspaper where she pursued a distinguished career until ill health forced her to choose a new career at about age 30. She came to Colorado, decided to go into law, and graduated first in her class from the University of Denver School of Law. She passed the Colorado Bar in 1896 with a score that would stand as a record until 1941. She hung her shingle in Colorado in 1897, specializing in probate law. After being turned down twice because "women should not practice law," she was the first woman admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court in Colorado. Her "firsts" also include being the first woman to open a law office in Colorado, first woman to argue before the Colorado Supreme Court, first woman to be admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, and first woman to join the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. She was also one of the first two women to join the American Bar Association. She helped re-draft probate statutes in Colorado and assisted in developing the Small Guardianship Law. Her most famous case was Clayton v. Hallett, which established the law of charitable bequests in Colorado. At the time of her death in 1951, she had received numerous awards. During her lifetime, she made anonymous donations to help students and she left the bulk of her estate to establish a student loan fund at Denver University.
The Colorado Women’s Bar Association, with the financial support of Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons, first presented the Mary Lathrop Award in 1991, and has made an annual presentation every year since, in order to preserve and foster the memory of this woman who has left a legacy for us all.
CWBA’s Mary Lathrop Award Nominations are now being accepted! The CWBA is accepting nominations for the Mary Lathrop Award, presented annually to an outstanding female attorney who has enriched the community through her legal and civic activities. The Award recognizes the tradition begun by Mary Lathrop, an early woman lawyer in Colorado, who blazed many trails for other women in the profession. CWBA members are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2014 Lathrop Award, to be presented at the 37th Annual CWBA Convention in 2014. Nominations are due by October 31, 2013. Click here for the Nomination Form, which includes background about Mary Lathrop, a more detailed history of the award, and a list of previous award recipients. Contact the CWBA’s Professional Advancement Committee Co-Chairs, Vicki Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lisha McKinley (email@example.com) should you have any questions or to submit a nomination.
Mary Lathrop Award Recipients:
1991 Elizabeth Adams Conour, Elizabeth L.Guyton Girch, Estelle Hadley, and Helen T. Street
1992 Mary Brickner, Margaret B. Ellison, and Brooke Wunnicke
1993 Jean Dubofsky, Marilyn Traub Meadoff, and The Honorable Jacqueline St. Joan
1994 Natalie S. Ellwood
1995 Norma Comstock, Karen Steinhauser, and The Honorable Zita L. Weinshienk
1996 Sheila Hyatt, Barbara Salomon, and Mimi Wesson
1997 Cathlin Donnell, and Mary Hoagland
1998 Susan Barnes, and The Honorable Claudia Jordan
1999 Gale Norton, and Gail Schoettler
2000 Christine Arguello, and Dottie Wham
2001 The Honorable Rebecca Love Kourlis
2002 The Honorable Mary Mullarkey
2003 The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Mary E. Ricketson
2004 Marla Williams
2005 The Honorable Nancy E. Rice
2006 Fay M. Matsukage
2007 Pamela Robillard Mackey
2008 Lynda A. McNeive
2009 Elizabeth A. Starrs
2010 Deborah R. Adams
2011 The Honorable Mary A. Celeste
2012 The Honorable Janice B. Davidson, and Lynn Feiger
2013 Lorraine Parker, and Doris Truhlar