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Through the work of its committees, the CWBA is committed to advancing women in the legal profession and promoting the welfare of all women.

By joining a CWBA committee and participating in this rewarding work, you will find leadership opportunities and a network for business development and camaraderie. The following are brief descriptions of our Committees and contact information for Committee Co-Chairs.  If you are interested in learning more or are ready to become involved, please contact the Committee Co-Chairs. 


The Convention Committee plans the CWBA's Annual Convention. Committee duties include selecting the site for the Convention, negotiating the contract for the site and selecting a keynote speaker. The committee also plans the Convention theme, identifies and contacts speakers for Convention programs, solicits sponsors, and coordinates Convention entertainment. 

Elizabeth Howard (303) 226-1675 & Bethany Gorlin (303) 744-4219


The Judicial Committee assists qualified women on a statewide basis to apply for judicial positions and for openings on judicial nominating commissions, and seeks to prevent discrimination against women in the courtroom. It considers requests for endorsement from all nominees for state and federal judicial openings, and provides information to the Governor on "short list" candidates. The committee also is responsible for planning the CWBA's Annual Judicial Reception.

Alison Connaughty (720) 508-6733 & Elizabeth Meck (303) 335-1412


Through participation in Legal Services Committee projects, members perform much needed public service and hone and diversify their legal skills. This committee has developed and continues to be involved in a joint project with Colorado Legal Services and Project Safeguard which trains attorneys every other year to represent battered victims in obtaining the protection of a Permanent Protection Order. The committee also partners with the Colorado Lawyers Committee and the Denver Bar Association to provide attorneys and Spanish interpreters at Legal Nights at Centro San Juan Diego at 2830 Lawrence Street, Denver where the attorneys provide legal advice, information, and referrals.  This committee also provides CWBA members for the KUSA-TV Channel 9 "LawLine9" program twice a year.  Finally, this committee hosts an annual charity fundraiser.

Ruchi Kapoor (303) 731-8770 and Kate Russell (303) 866-9323


The Membership Committee is the recruiting coordinator, welcome wagon, and social chair of the CWBA! The committee hosts four networking and social events throughout the year, including the annual Membership Appreciation event each Spring. The committee also works to promote greater awareness of the CWBA within the legal community and throughout the state to ensure that each new member feels welcome and empowered to get more involved in the organization.

Emma Garrison (303) 244-1878 & Hannah Jannicelli Westmont (303) 936-3300



The Professional Advancement Committee works to advance women in the legal profession, and to promote career advancement and recognition for CWBA members.
It informs women of and helps them obtain appointments to state and local boards and commissions; nominates CWBA members for various awards; coordinates CWBA Lift program and mentoring efforts; and presents the CWBA's annual Mary Lathrop Award to a woman trailblazer who has substantially impacted the Colorado legal profession.

Leila Hock (504) 669-5279 & Kym Sorrells (720) 508-6618


The Programs Committee develops and facilitates educational, professional and community programs. These programs include CLEs and other topical programs such as "Storming The Bench" and the annual Tea and CLE; plans the annual Moms Luncheon; and the CWBA's Annual Holiday Party and Charity Benefit.

Jessie Pellant (720)443-1443 & Kelley Rider Goodwin (303) 728-4271


The Public Policy Committee works to promote and protect the interests of women and children. The committee monitors national, state and local legislation; case law; administrative and constitutional developments; and the print and broadcast media as they affect the legal profession and the judiciary and the interests of women and families. It coordinates with the CWBA's lobbyists; makes recommendations to the CWBA Board of Directors regarding whether the CWBA should support or oppose legislation; and organizes an advocacy network of CWBA members who contact legislators, write letters or testify before a legislative committee. The committee also coordinates the amicus activities of the CWBA.

Gina Glockner (303) 296-7300 & Jennifer Carty (720) 508-6000


Through the CWBA's quarterly newsletter The Advocate, the CWBA's website, and social media (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter), the Publications Committee works to inform members of CWBA activities and projects, spur debate and member activity on issues of special concern to women lawyers and women generally, and recognize the achievements and contributions of women lawyers.

Kristin Arthur (718) 501-5251, Sally Roller (720) 508-6172 & Veronique Van Gheem at (720) 625-5820


This committee documents the history of Colorado's women lawyers, and maintains and updates the history files of the CWBA.

Miranda Hawkins (303) 292-3228 

Colorado Women's Bar Association • P.O. Box 1918 • Denver, CO 80201
Telephone (303) 831-1040 • Email: execdir@cwba.org

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