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THANK YOU for joining us for our 42nd Annual CWBA Convention "ALL RISE" held May 17-19, 2019 at
The Sebastian-Vail in Vail, Colorado.

Approved for 14 general, 9 ethics credits! 


To access CLE info or handouts and presentations from this year's Convention, click here.   


Check out a few of our 2019 confirmed speakers!

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
#MeToo, TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund & Lawyering for Gender Justice in the Current Climate 

Sunu Chandy, Legal Director at the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) in Washington, D.C., will discuss current policy and litigation in which the NWLC has taken a leadership role, challenging efforts to roll back civil rights laws in education, healthcare, and the workplace. In addition, she will discuss the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund, housed at the NWLC, which works with the Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity to enable more individuals who experience workplace sexual harassment or related retaliation to find legal representation and case funding. She will also provide an overview of NWLC’s work for the advancement and protection of women’s rights and the rights of all people to be free from sex-based discrimination.

Friday Afternoon Workshop:

True Grit and a Growth Mindset: Traits That Predict Success For Women in the Law

Rebecca Simon and Jarrett Green

JARRETT GREEN, M.A., Psychology, Esq.

Jarrett Green is a mindfulness, stress management and peak performance consultant to law firms, corporations, and law schools. After working as a commercial litigator for 12 years (first at Skadden Arps and then in opening his own boutique litigation firm), Jarrett left the practice of law so he could live his passion of helping lawyers, corporate employees, law students, and other high-stressed individuals experience less stress, greater happiness and emotional wellness, enhanced cognitive performance, improved communication and relationships, and increased overall success, in career and in life. He has a J.D. from UC Berkeley Law School, a Masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and Certifications in Executive Coaching, Mindfulness, and Stress Management. He works with clients such as Skadden Arps, Morrison & Foerster, Baker Hostetler, NBCUniversal, Tesla Motors, and Zenith Insurance Company. He is a Lecturer in Law at USC Law School, where he co-founded and co-teaches the Mindfulness, Stress Management, and Peak Performance Program.


Rebecca Ann Simon is a member of the California Bar. She served as an Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles for four years. She was also the national founding Executive Director of the Mindfulness In Law Society. Rebecca has worked with law faculty, lawyers, judges, and law students from all over the country interested in contemplative practices, wellness and performance enhancement. She is extremely passionate about teaching and speaking on mindfulness, stress management, and peak performance. She currently co-teaches a Self-Mastery elective course at UC Irvine Law School. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, a J.D. from Southwestern Law School, and a Certificate in Public Policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School for Public Policy. Rebecca is the co-founder of one of the most cutting edge, science-based law school wellness programs in the country: USC Gould School of Law’s Mindfulness, Stress Management, & Peak Performance Program. The program has been commended by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-being. Participants in the program reported life-changing impact, sharing that the tools taught have enhanced their mental and emotional well being, improved their focus and concentration, increased their productivity and goal accomplishing, decreased their stress and anxiety, and enhanced their overall happiness and fulfillment.

Distinguished Guest Plenary Address: 
Negotiation Unleashed 

A highly sought-after speaker and coach, Elizabeth Suárez is dedicated to helping professionals unleash their potential by transforming them into skilled negotiators and decision makers. As the daughter of immigrants, she understands first-hand the importance of hard work and perseverance in achieving success. After climbing the ranks of corporate America, she authored the bestseller book The Art of Getting Everything and launched Negotiation Unleashed – a coaching and training platform for professionals.

Elizabeth holds an MBA degree from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and a BS degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University. She completed the Executive Management Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Other sessions include:

  • Keynote Breakfast: “Using Design Thinking to Spur Innovation and Collaboration: How Every Organization Can Supercharge Diversity & Inclusion Efforts” with Jennifer Winslow and Leila Hock from Diversity Lab

  • Our popular Judicial Roundtable featuring 10 federal and state judges from around Colorado, this year paired with a concurrent "Outside The Courthouse" roundtable featuring esteemed in-house, transactional and government counsel 

  • Saturday afternoon concurrent breakout sessions:
    • "Cyber Threats and the Impact on Your Legal Practice" with a Special Agent from the FBI Denver Cyber Crimes Task Force, in conjunction with Ed Hopkins
    • "Litigating Online Speech Cases: Perspectives from Both Sides of the Bar" with Ashley Kissinger of Ballard Spahr and Cassandra Kirsch of The Law Office of Cassandra M. Kirsch
  • Annual Dinner and Passing The Presidential Gavel Presentation
  • Sunday morning "Rise To Action" Breakfast Panel
  • 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 Convention Program here

The CWBA's prestigious Mary Lathrop Trailblazer Award will presented during the Convention during a reception at
6 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019.  This year's honoree is Alli Gerkman.  Read about the history of the award, and see a list of previous recipients here

Other Convention events:

  • Fireside chat with this year's Judge In Residence Justice Melissa Hart - Saturday, May 18, 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. in The Sebastian's Library.

  • Saturday night Dance Party with Jammin' DJs and photo booth fun.
Sunrise hike:  Sunday, May 19, 7 - 8:30 a.m. - meet in The Sebastian lobby.

Childcare and Family Activities
 (separate registration)


Convention Registration Cancellation Policy: Full registration refunds will be made for cancellations received through May 5, 2019. No refunds after May 5, 2019.



The Sebastian-Vail is now sold out!

If you need to make a change to your reservation, please call the Hotel Reservations Department:
Cancellations must be made 30 days in advance of your stay to receive a refund; a $75 fee will be imposed. If you need to cancel, we encourage you to try to find someone to take your reservation for you.

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

The Four Seasons room block is now sold out! Rooms may be available at a higher rate.
Call the Hotel Reservations Department:(303) 389-3301. 

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

  • Junior Suites $155++ per suite/per night.  Rate does not include breakfast. Deposit required for reservation.
  • - Discounted $20 resort fee per room, per night.
  • - Discounted $15 per vehicle, per day valet parking.
    - 15% off all spa treatments for registered hotel guests.
  • - Golf discount: $105 per player, includes golf, cart, and range balls. 

Must book through Passkey Online Reservations website.
Run of House rooms $125 ++ per night. Block closes May 1. Identify yourself as part of the Colorado Women's Bar Association to receive special rates. 
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 VC2COW. 

- Lodge Room $127++ per night. 
- Deluxe Room $157++ per night. 

Deposit required for reservation.
- Discounted daily resort fee: $15 per day
- Discounted valet parking: $10 per vehicle, per day

Call the Hotel Reservations Department: 800-420-2424; request the CO Women's Bar Association group rate, or book online by clicking here.

- Superior Room $159++ per night. 
- Deluxe Room $199++ per night. 
- Grand Deluxe Room $284++ per night.
- Junior Suites $359++ per night.

Deposit required for reservation.
- Waived daily resort fee
- Discounted spa services: 15% off prior to 2 p.m., 10% off after 2 p.m.
- Discounted valet parking: $10 per vehicle, per night

Hotel Block Reservations Note: Most block rates expire April 16, 2019. 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 $500 for a Friend of the CWBA sponsorship and peak with our Golden Gavel sponsorship at $7,500.

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


Keeping Convention registration costs more affordable is only possible
with the support of our partners and sponsors. 


Platinum Plus Sponsor



Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors



Silver Sponsors





Bronze Plus Sponsors

Gibson Dunn
Montessori Academy of Colorado (MAC)

Bronze Sponsors

Ogletree Deakins

Friends of the CWBA

                                            Akerman LLP                                           

Christine J. Law Attorney LLC

Coombe Curry Rich & Jarvis


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

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