The 37th Annual CWBA Convention, "Attorneys With Altitude:  Moving Mountains," was held May 16-18, 2014, at the world-renowned The Sebastian - Vail, in Vail, Colorado.  The 2014 Convention  continued our tradition of hosting an exciting, informative, and energizing weekend.  Attendees enjoyed a premier venue and Convention activities, programs, and exceptional faculty featuring distinguished local and national speakers, and had many opportunities to hear from and interact with colleagues and leaders from the bench and bar.  Approved for 14 CLE credits, including 4.2 ethics credits, this was a "can't miss" weekend!  Click here for the Convention Brochure with all of the details. 

Thank you to our Convention Sponsors  We want to extend special "thanks" to our Convention sponsors, whose support helps make the annual CWBA Convention a success.  


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 Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP, 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.

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

2014  U. S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Coan (ret.)