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SAVE THE DATES and plan to join us for our 42nd Annual CWBA Convention "ALL RISE!" to be held May 17-19, 2019 at The Sebastian-Vail in Vail, Colorado.

Registration opens March 1, 2019.


Need info from last year's Convention? 

Click here to find links to the session speaker presentations and handouts, along with the schedule and CLE affidavit and other information. 

Approved for 14 general, 7 ethics credits! 

Our 2018 Convention theme was WONDER WOMEN!, in recognition of all the big and small ways women lawyers are superheroes—to their clients and to their communities. Our speakers promise to not only share insights on hot legal topics but also those focused on social justice.

Here are a few of our past speakers and topics:

"The Power of Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Programs" Luncheon Keynote Speaker 

Maria Arias - Maria G. Arias is the CEO of Arias Ventures, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in diversity and inclusion, multicultural initiatives, government affairs, and leadership development. 

Maria recently was the first Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Comcast Corporation. In this role, she established the Corporate Diversity & Inclusion department which oversaw diversity and inclusion related initiatives across Comcast Corporation, including Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, Telemundo, and Comcast Spectacor. Before joining Comcast in 2007, Maria had leadership roles in law and government affairs at AT&T Corporation, AT&T Broadband, and Adelphia Communications. Earlier in her career, Maria was a partner with McDermott, Will & Emery, in Chicago, IL, specializing in litigation.

Laressa Watlington - Laressa Watlington is the founder, executive producer, and digital strategist at Denver Promo Studios. She has extensive experience in print, broadcast, and online media. In her previous position as a digital journalist for NBC Universal/Telemundo, Laressa received multiple awards, including an Award of Excellence from the Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA) for Best Station Website in Spanish. She has won three Editor & Publisher awards and an Emmy for her videography in the documentary "Final Edition." In 2014 she received an Award of Excellence from the CBA for the documentary "The Cliff Effect," which she produced in conjunction with Rocky Mountain PBS and the I-News Investigative Network. Laressa is an innovator in the bilingual media market and has worked to create digital and video products that promote diversity and understanding. 

Breakfast of Champions Keynote Address: "Champions and Mindset Power"

Paulette Brown - Paulette was the third African American ABA president and the first female African American ABA president, and she will speak on the importance of having (and being) champions throughout your career.

Distinguished Guest Plenary Address:
"Using Your Power: Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Everyday Life" 

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler – Dr. Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC, an organization designed to support organizations and communities in building diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. She will speak about how women and other underrepresented groups can work together to combat implicit and explicit bias in the workplace, the importance of being a good ally (and what being an ally really means), and how to avoid succumbing to “diversity fatigue.”

Other sessions included:

  • NITA Program: “Common Pitfalls for Women Advocates: Strategies to Identify and Combat Difficult Scenarios in Negotiation, Deposition, and Trial”
  • “Be A Superhero While Avoiding Kryptonite: Trauma-Informed Legal Services and Avoiding Compassion Fatigue”
  • “Increasing Your Superpowers in Mediation and Negotiations”
  • Our popular Judicial Roundtable
  • Legislative Panel: "Superheroes at Work on Pay Equity"
  • and more!

We anticipate more than 200 attendees, many of whom have their own firms or are leaders at law firms and other organizations around the state.

View our at-a-glance schedule here

The CWBA's prestigious Mary Lathrop Award will presented during
the Convention during a reception at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018. 
This year's honoree is CWBA Past President and Denver District Attorney Beth McCann.  Read about the history of the award, and see a list of previous recipients here

Convention events:

  • The Annual Mary Lathrop Award ReceptionFriday, May 18 at 6 p.m. in the Ariel Ballroom, The Sebastian - Vail.
  • Early morning Krav Maga self-defense session:  Saturday, May 19 at
    7 a.m.
     in the Vendavel meeting room, The Sebastian - Vail.
  • Fireside chat with this year's Judge In Residence Melanie Corrin - Saturday, May 19, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Sebastian's Library.
  • Sunrise hike:  Sunday, May 20 at 7 - 8:30 a.m. - meet in The Sebastian lobby.
  • Childcare and Family Activities (register now)

Registration Cancellation Policy: Full registration refunds will be made for cancellations received through May 5, 2018. No refunds after May 5, 2018.


The Sebastian-Vail room block is sold out.
Larger rooms are available at The Sebastian at a 20% discount for CWBA Convention attendees only.  
Call the Hotel Reservations Department:
866-708-2353; ask for CWBA discount. 
Deposit required for reservation.

  • $30 daily resort fee waived.
  • Valet parking service available for a discounted rate of $12 per day per vehicle.
  • 20% discount on all regularly priced Bloom Spa treatments, plus 25% discount on all regularly priced spa retail items. 
  • Dog-friendly hotel rooms optional based on availability.

Check out these special spa discounts at Bloom Spa at The Sebastian! 
Choose from:
  • $99 for a 50-min Classic Massage or Signature Facial (reg. $165)
  • $165 for an 80-min Classic Massage or Signature Facial (reg. $254)

Want to experience both in one package?
$195 for a 50-min Classic Massage and a 50-min Signature Facial. (reg. $330)

Advanced reservations highly recommended - based on availability.  
Call 877.820.7971 to book your treatment today. Cannot be combined with other offers. 
Includes use of outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, sauna, steam room, relaxation room, and fitness center.

Offer valid until May 31, 2018
Spring hours 10 am – 5pm


Special Discounts also negotiated for you at our Partner Overflow Hotels:

Call the Hotel Reservations Department:
(303) 389-3301; must ask for CWBA group rate. 
Garden, Village and Mountain View rooms $175++ per night.  PLEASE NOTE: Four Seasons now has very limited inventory on Thursday and Saturday nights. Their prevailing market rate will be honored Thursday and Saturday nights and our discounted group rate will still be honored Friday night, based on availability. Rates are now subject to change.  Deposit required for reservation.

Call the Hotel Reservations Department:
(800) 654-8312 or 970-479-5656 or by email at info@sonnenalp.com; request the
CO Women's Bar Association '18 group rate. 

  • Junior Suites $145++ per suite/per night.  Deposit required for reservation.
  • - Discounted $15 nightly resort fee.
    - Discounted $15 per vehicle, per day valet parking.
    - 15% off all spa treatment for registered hotel guests.
    - Golf discount: $100 per golfer, includes golf, cart, range balls, one sleeve of golf balls, and gratuity. 

Must book through Passkey Online Reservations website.
Run of House rooms $119++ per night.
Deluxe/Studio King Rooms: $145++ per night. 
Deposit required for reservation. No daily resort fee.

Call the Hotel Reservations Department:
(800) 859-8242, Option 1; request the
CO Women's Bar Association group rate, or reference the group code VC2CWBA. 

Lodge Room $135++ per night. Deluxe Room $155++ per night. Luxury Room $185++ per night.
Deposit required for reservation.
- Daily resort fee waived.
- Discounted $14 per vehicle, per day valet parking.

Hotel Block Reservations Note:
 Most block rates expire April 20, 2018. Please book your rooms early to get the best rates available.

Interested in sponsoring Convention?

our sponsorship packet with levels and benefits information. 

s usual, we have various sponsorship levels and other marketing opportunities. Sponsorship levels begin as low as $250 for a Friend of the CWBA sponsorship and peak with our Golden Lasso sponsorship at $7,500.

Please contact CWBA Executive Director Kim Sporrer for more details: 303-831-1040, execdir@cwba.org.



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

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