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  • June 04, 2018 12:11 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    Colorado Women’s Bar Association Announces

    2018 - 2019 Board Leadership

     DENVER (June 4, 2018) — The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA), a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and promoting women in the legal profession and the welfare of all women in Colorado, announces its 2018 – 2019 Board Leadership.

    The CWBA 2018 - 2019 President is Catherine “Cat” Shea of Denver who was sworn in on May 19, 2018 as President for a one-year term.  Cat is an Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. In that capacity, Cat investigates attorney discipline and disability and magistrate matters.

    Cat joined the CWBA Board of Directors in 2010 and is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.  She is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Ethics Committee and Professionalism Coordinating Council. Cat is a 2015 graduate of the Colorado Bar Association’s Leadership Training Program (COBALT) and served as Chair of its Sessions Committee for 2016-17. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

    • Cat succeeds Wendy Weigler who remains on the board as Immediate Past President. Wendy is Of Counsel with Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, LLP, where her practice focuses on community association law, including the representation of condominium communities and homeowners associations throughout Colorado.
    • President-Elect for 2018 - 2019 is Sarah Parady, a partner at Lowrey Parady, LLC, where she practices plaintiff’s-side employment and civil rights law.

    Other CWBA Executive Committee Members for 2018 - 2019 include the following:

    • Vice PresidentAlison Zinn, CWBA 2014 - 2015 Past President and a partner at Lathrop Gage where she is a trial attorney focused on trust and estate litigation and elder law. She also serves on the Colorado Attorney Regulation Committee, and on the Executive Counsel for the Colorado Bar Association.
    • SecretaryMegan Garnett, who is an associate attorney with Polsinelli LLP where her practice focuses on general commercial litigation, with experience in representing clients involved in the energy industry as well as professional malpractice cases. Megan also serves as a committee member in the Colorado IP Inn of Court, as a mentor to a college student in Law School Yes We Can, and on the American Bar Association House of Delegates as the Denver Bar Association liaison. 
    • TreasurerGretchen Moore, a Tax & Accounting Associate at Harper Hofer & Associates, LLC. Gretchen provides tax planning, tax preparation, and litigation support services related to tax and accounting.
    • HistorianMiranda Hawkins, a partner at Goddard & Hawkins, P.C., specializing in estate planning and administration. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Denver Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association.

    Additional members elected to serve on the 2018 - 2019 Board of Directors are listed on our website at www.cwba.org/board.

    ADVANCING WOMEN AS LEADERS IN THE LAW
    ABOUT THE COLORADO WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION

    The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and promoting the welfare of all women in Colorado since 1978. Dedicated to advancing women as leaders in the law, the CWBA brings together lawyers and legal professionals from all levels of experience for networking events, professional education, an annual convention, and community service projects focused on helping women help themselves. With nearly 1,900 members, the CWBA is the largest diversity bar association in Colorado and is one of the biggest and most influential women’s bar associations in the country.  To learn more, visit www.cwba.org.

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    PHOTO ATTACHED:  Catherine “Cat” Shea, CWBA President 2018 - 2019

  • March 22, 2018 12:22 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    Article in Law Week Colorado -- March 7, 2018
    http://lawweekcolorado.com/2018/03/cwba-encourages-women-fill-judicial-ranks/


    Justice Monica Márquez can remember her dismay that many news headlines focused on her identity as a gay Latina after she received her appointment to the Colorado Supreme Court. But in time, she realized the historical gravity of her appointment and understood she could relate to diverse communities in ways her colleagues could not as effectively. She said she is often asked to speak publicly and has met members of the Latino, LGBTQ and rural communities that way.

    “As an ambassador of our legal system, the diversity that I bring as a justice is an asset because I can connect with so many different communities,” Márquez said Tuesday at the CWBA’s Storming the Bench panel discussion, in which she and other female jurists urged women to pursue judgeships. “I get to see firsthand in their faces what a difference it makes for them to meet a Supreme Court justice who reflects some part of their experience.”

    She added she understands she does not fit the archetype of a Supreme Court justice, which has helped her realize the importance of diversity on the bench. It carries extra importance now, during a time when many people seem to have dwindling trust in government institutions, she said.

    Including Márquez, 11 female panelists including judges, nominating commission members and Gov. John Hickenlooper’s chief legal counsel, gave some of their top advice for judicial hopefuls.

    Click the link to get access to the full story.



  • June 06, 2017 1:11 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    DENVER (June 6, 2017) — The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA), a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and promoting women in the legal profession and the welfare of all women in Colorado, announces its 2017-2018 Board Leadership.

    The CWBA 2017-2018 President is Wendy E. Weigler of Denver who was sworn in on May 20, 2017 as President for a one-year term.  She joined the CWBA Board of Directors in 2008 and is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.  She also served two terms on the Board of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, where she was on the Executive Committee and chair of the Awards Committee.

    Wendy Weigler is Of Counsel with Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, LLP, following a merger with Lansky, Weigler & Porter, P.C., a women-owned law firm Wendy founded in 2006. Wendy’s practice focuses on community association law, including the representation of condominium communities and homeowners associations throughout Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1991 and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1994.  Wendy is a frequent lecturer on condo and HOA law and has published several articles in industry publications.

    Wendy succeeds Sarah Chase-McRorie who remains on the board as Immediate Past President. Sarah is Senior Legal Counsel for Matrix Financial Solutions, Inc. a Broadridge company, and oversees the legal department for the business unit based in Denver.

    President-Elect for 2017-2018 is Catherine “Cat” Shea, an Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. In that capacity, Cat investigates attorney discipline and disability and magistrate matters.

    Other CWBA Executive Committee Members for 2017-2018 include the following:
    • Vice President:  Jessica Brown, CWBA 2015-2016 Past President and a partner in Gibson Dunn's Denver Office specializing in employment law and class action litigation.
    • Secretary:  Ryann Fogel, who is currently taking a break from the active practice of law to raise her two sons.  Since graduating from the University of Denver College of Law in 2009, Ryann has worked in various legal positions, most recently as an Associate at McConnell Fleischner & Houghtaling, where her law practice consisted of professional liability defense, typically in legal malpractice actions.
    •  Treasurer:  Gretchen Moore, a Tax & Accounting Associate at Harper Hofer & Associates, LLC. Gretchen provides tax planning, tax preparation, and litigation support services related to tax and accounting.
    • Historian:  Diane Wozniak, an attorney in Baker Hostetler’s litigation group. Diane specializes in family law with a focus on Colorado families with complex financial estates.

    Additional members elected to serve on the 2017-2018 Board of Directors are listed on our website at www.cwba.org/board.

    ADVANCING WOMEN AS LEADERS IN THE LAW – 
    ABOUT THE COLORADO WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION

    The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and promoting the welfare of all women in Colorado since 1978. Dedicated to advancing women as leaders in the law, the CWBA brings together lawyers and legal professionals from all levels of experience for networking events, professional education, an annual convention, and community service projects focused on helping women help themselves. With more than 1,600 members, the CWBA is the largest diversity bar association in Colorado and is one of the biggest and most influential women’s bar associations in the country.  To learn more, visit www.cwba.org.

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  • April 12, 2017 11:23 AM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    http://lawweekcolorado.com/2017/03/colorado-womens-bar-association-holds-annual-judicial-reception/


    Members of Colorado’s judiciary were honored March 2 during the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Judicial Committee’s Annual Judicial Reception in Denver. The event was hosted by Davis Graham & Stubbs.

    Since 1987, the committee has held the annual judicial reception to honor one judge who has conducted extraordinary work on the bench.

    This year’s recipient of the bar’s Judicial Excellence Award was 19th District Judge Julie Hoskins. The judge was awarded a plaque during the ceremony where she was recognized for her work on the bench.

    CWBA president Sarah Chase-McRorie said Hoskins was the bar’s first choice for the prestigious award due to her mentorship, fairness and extraordinary achievements on the bench.


  • November 23, 2016 11:43 AM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    DENVER (NOV. 23, 2016) – The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) is honoring Senator Rollie Heath as its 2016 Legislator of the Year for his leading role on issues supporting women and children, including closing the pay gap for women.

    The award will be given at the CWBA’s Annual Legislator Appreciation Breakfast on Dec. 6, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place in Denver. Sen. Heath, D-Boulder, will deliver the keynote address.

    Throughout his dedicated eight years of legislative service, Senator Heath served as a stalwart champion on issues impacting women and children.  From sponsoring legislation to creating multiple workforce pathways, stimulating job growth and enhancing small business development to his driving efforts to increase state support for K-12 and higher education funding, Senator Heath consistently understood the interrelated value of these components working in tandem to increase every citizen’s ability to reach their individual goals and aspirations.

    In 2016, Sen. Heath sponsored legislation to establish a Pay Equity Commission to focus on closing the pay gap. In 2013, the latest year for which data are available, Colorado women working full time earned 80 percent of what men working full time did. Though the pay equity legislation was unsuccessful in 2016, the CWBA and like-minded legislators continue to work to close the pay gap.

    Heath has a long history as a public servant and businessman, including serving as an officer in the U.S. Army; co-founding the manufacturing company Ponderosa Industries; and winning election to the Colorado Senate in 2008. Heath’s business experience contributed to his sense that pay equity is important.

    “You make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity,” he said. “And once they get into the workforce you would hope that they get paid what they deserve based on merit.”

    Heath will leave the Colorado Legislature in January because of term limits but plans to continue his public service in the area of education.

    “The most important role of government is educating folks,” he said. 

    ”Pay equity is not just a women’s issue, it is a community issue that requires a community-wide effort and leaders like Senator Rollie Heath,” said Sarah Chase-McRorie, President of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. “While there is still so much work ahead to fight gender-based pay discrimination, Senator Heath’s support of pay equity has highlighted women as equal and critical players in Colorado’s economy and gives pay equity advocates like the CWBA stronger footing to continue the fight.”

    The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) is the largest specialty bar association in Colorado and has the mission of advancing women as leaders in the law.  It not only promotes the rights of women in the legal profession but outside the law and across the entire state of Colorado. The CWBA’s activities include lobbying on behalf of women and children.

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    PHOTO ATTACHED: Sen. Rollie Heath


    EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    Event Details:
    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
    7:30 – 8:45 AM
    Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver
    $65 per person | $220 for group of four

    All proceeds from this fundraiser support the CWBA Lobbyist Fund, therefore no portion of ticket sales or other donations are tax deductible. 

    Register: http://www.cwba.org/event-2358164 


  • August 22, 2016 10:49 AM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    http://www.denverpost.com/2016/08/22/how-high-is-the-glass-ceiling-for-women-in-colorado-politics/

  • August 02, 2016 1:08 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    The July/August issue of ColoradoBiz Magazine included a piece about Colorado's persistent pay gap for women. Two of the thought leaders featured in the article include our President Sarah Chase-McRorie and CWBA member Charlotte Sweeney. ‪#‎equalpay‬

    Click here to read the article. 


  • June 02, 2016 8:14 AM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    NEWS RELEASE                                                                     

    Colorado Women’s Bar Association Announces

    2016-2017 Board Leadership

    DENVER (June 2, 2016) — The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA), a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and promoting women in the legal profession and the welfare of all women in Colorado, announces its 2016-2017 Board Leadership.

    The CWBA 2016-2017 President is Sarah Chase-McRorie of Golden who was sworn in on May 21, 2016 as President for a one-year term.  She joined the CWBA Board of Directors in 2009 and is also a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.

    Sarah Chase-McRorie is Senior Legal Counsel for Matrix Financial Solutions, Inc. a Broadridge company, and oversees the legal department for the business unit based in Denver.  Matrix is one of the nation’s largest providers of back-office, trust, custody, trading and mutual fund settlement services for financial institutions. Her practice focuses on the financial services industry and the corporate retirement and institutional services business. Sarah is a graduate of Colorado State University and California Western School of Law. Sarah is a member of the Broadridge Women’s Leadership Forum and the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Emerging Leaders Group; and, sits on the planning committee for the Libations for Life fundraising event for the CU Women’s Cancer Clinics.

    Sarah succeeds Jessica Brown who remains on the board as Immediate Past President. Jessica is a partner in Gibson Dunn's Denver Office specializing in employment law and class action litigation.

    President-Elect for 2017-2018 is Wendy Weigler, who is Of Counsel with Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, LLP, following a merger with Lansky, Weigler & Porter, P.C., a women-owned law firm Wendy founded in 2006.  Wendy’s practice focuses on community association law, including the representation of condominium communities and homeowners associations throughout Colorado.

    Other CWBA Executive Committee Members for 2016-2017 include the following:

    • Vice PresidentAlison E. Zinn, CWBA 2014-2015 Past President and a partner at Lindquist & Vennum, LLP.  Alison is a trial attorney who focuses her practice on trust and estate litigation, particularly wills, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, probate fiduciaries, beneficiary disputes, removal proceedings, and pursuit of non-probate assets. 
    • SecretaryCatherine (Cat) Shea, an Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. In that capacity, Cat investigates and prosecutes attorney discipline and disability, law examiner, magistrate, and judicial matters at trial and in appellate proceedings.
    • TreasurerGretchen Moore, a Tax & Accounting associate at Harper Hofer & Associates, LLC. Gretchen provides tax planning, tax preparation, and litigation support services related to tax and accounting.
    • HistorianJanet Drake, CWBA Past President 2005-2006 and a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Special Prosecutions Unit at the Colorado Attorney General’s office. 

    Additional members elected for the 2016-2017 Board of Directors are listed on our website at www.cwba.org/board.

    ADVANCING WOMEN AS LEADERS IN THE LAW - 
    ABOUT THE COLORADO WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION

    The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and promoting the welfare of all women in Colorado since 1978. Dedicated to advancing women as leaders in the law, the CWBA brings together lawyers and legal professionals from all levels of experience for networking events, professional education, an annual convention, and community service projects focused on helping women help themselves. With more than 1,100 members, the CWBA is the largest specialty bar association in Colorado and is one of the biggest and most influential women’s bar associations in the country.  To learn more, visit www.cwba.org.

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  • October 20, 2015 3:09 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    Greeley Tribune article: Residents are encouraged to make a “vow against domestic violence” this month in a new fundraiser for A Woman’s Place. The nonprofit agency, which helps battered women and their children in Weld County, will host a fundraising event from 5:30-7 p.m. tonight at Cranford Cove Tea Tavern, 823 10th St. in downtown Greeley. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available.


    Those interested can bring cash donations or make donations through A Woman’s Place gift registries at Amazon.com, Bed Bath and Beyond and Target. Residents can either shop online and have items shipped to the shelter or bring them to Cranford Cove. The gift registries are in the form of wedding registries, through which A Woman’s Place administrators have checked off several needed items for the women’s shelter in Weld.

    “We need everything from women’s undergarments to cleaning items,” said Karol Patch, executive director for A Woman’s Place. “We’re a 29-bed shelter and we go through a lot of toilet paper and trash bags. We’re constantly cleaning, and flu season is upon us. “In addition, we provide a full-service kitchen for clients to feed their families and we keep that constantly stocked,” Patch said.

    Patch said the shelter is growing with the population. Through September, the shelter provided aid to 404 clients. Through all of last year, the agency provided help to 417 residential and nonresidential clients, Patch said. As of Monday, the 29-bed shelter has 28 full beds. “It ebbs and flows, but we usually get full, then we have some down time to breathe, and we haven’t had that since April,” Patch said.

    The event is a part of Domestic Violence Awareness month. If organizers are successful, they plan to continue the gift registry through wedding season next spring to not only seek donations but educate residents about healthy relationships. The event tonight is sponsored by the Weld County chapter of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.

    A Woman’s Place has three “gift” registries through which residents can donate by buying necessary items for the women’s shelter. To access those registries, go to: » www.amazon.com/wedding. Under Find a Registry, enter a last name of “AWP.” » www.bedbathandbeyond.com. Under Find a Registry, enter First Name, “Greeley”; Last Name, “AWP”; or enter registry No. 542681025. » www.target.com/wedding. Under Find a Registry, enter “AWP” as the first name and “A Woman’s Place” as the last name. For more, call (970) 351-0476. 

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