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This committee typically meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at Noon unless there is a necessary schedule change.
The Legal Services Committee oversees projects to help members perform public service and pro bono work and to increase access to justice. Representative projects include a partnership with Colorado Legal Services and Project Safeguard which trains attorneys to represent victims Permanent Protection Order proceedings; and, a partnership with the Colorado Lawyers Committee and the Denver Bar Association to provide attorneys and Spanish interpreters at Legal Nights at Centro San Juan Diego. Finally, this committee typically hosts an annual fundraiser for a legal nonprofit.
For more information or to RSVP for this meeting, please contact Legal Services Committee Co-Chairs Hannah Proff & Deborah Yim.
BY INVITATION ONLY - If you have received notification about your mentor/mentee match for the 2022 CWBA LIFT! cohort and an invitation for this event, please plan to attend the official kickoff program Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m.
During this virtual session, you will have an opportunity to connect with your mentor/mentee, and we will learn about best practices in mentoring from Ryann Peyton, Executive Director of the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP).
Welcome, new members! Come join us to meet people, ask questions, and learn more about the CWBA. These lunches are typically held the fourth Thursday of each month at Noon.
For more information, please contact Membership Committee Co-Chairs Bethany Gorlin and Judge Jaclyn Brown.
The CWBA Publications Committee typically meets the first Tuesday of each month at Noon unless there are scheduling issues. New members always welcome!
The Zoom link will be included in your RSVP confirmation email.
Through the CWBA's website, our blog The 1891, the newsletter The Advocate, 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.
For more information, please contact the Committee Co-Chairs:
Carime Lee and Justine Pierce.
Join us for The 1891 Book Club on February 3. The next book club's read will be The High 5 Habit: Take Control of Your Life with One Simple Habit by Mel Robbins.
In her global phenomenon The 5 Second Rule, Mel Robbins taught millions of people around the world the five second secret to motivation. Now she's back with another simple, proven tool you can use to take control of your life: The High 5 Habit.
Don't let the title fool you. This isn't a book about high fiving everyone else in your life. You're already doing that. Cheering for your favorite teams. Celebrating your friends. Supporting the people you love as they go after what they want in life.
Imagine if you gave that same love and encouragement to yourself. Or even better, you made it a daily habit. You'd be unstoppable.
Using her signature science-backed wisdom, deeply personal stories, and the real-life results that The High 5 Habit is creating in people's lives around the world (and you'll meet a lot of them throughout this book), Mel will teach you how to make believing in yourself a habit so that you operate with the confidence that your goals and dreams demand.
The High 5 Habit is a simple yet profound tool that changes your attitude, your mindset, and your behavior. So be prepared to laugh and learn as you take steps to immediately boost your confidence, happiness, and results.
Set your coffee makers for 8:30 a.m. on February 4, 2022, for the next session of On What Grounds? A Live Virtual Leadership Café for 2022! On the first Friday of every month, join CWBA Secretary Emma Garrison and fellow CWBA members for coffee, connection, and career leadership lessons.
With Valentine’s Day upcoming, we thought it would be fun to use this virtual forum to celebrate “friend love”! We all need friends to help us get through the day, to celebrate our wins with us, and to be there when times are tough. Making and maintaining friendships as an adult with limited time and competing obligations can be very challenging.
At our next Café, you will hear from CWBA Board Members and great friends Vice-President Hetal Doshi, Inclusion Officer Leila Hock, and Public Policy Committee Co-Chair Alison Connaughty who will share their thoughts on cultivating and maintaining friendships and relying on friends for support, as well as their own friendship origin story. We want to hear your thoughts on friendship, too! How do you make friends in a new city? How do you stay connected with friends when you are swamped at work, adjusting to life as a new parent, or balancing family responsibilities? How do friendships change and evolve over time? How do you handle it when a friendship comes to an end?
On What Grounds? A Live Virtual Leadership Café invites authentic connection with your fellow CWBA members and leaders. We will chat about what is REALLY on your mind right now, and we will be there to support you, in both your personal and professional goals. “See” you there!
This committee typically meets the second Tuesday of each month at Noon unless there is a necessary schedule change. All members welcome to attend at any time!
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.
Everyone has bias. And particularly in the last few years, we’ve heard about how to interrupt that bias in public settings. But what about bias in more informal, private settings that aren't as apt for examination and analysis?
The legal and business worlds routinely solicit feedback about people whether for a judicial nomination, references for a new job, eliciting and providing feedback to junior lawyers/evaluation for partnership, or a “what do you think of this person” telephone call. In these more casual, but highly consequential settings, how do we interrupt bias? What should we do, if anything, when a person is described as “not that polished,” “overly enthusiastic,” or “aggressive”?
Please join the Colorado Women’s Bar Association for this free CLE as we learn techniques to listen for unconscious bias in these informal private settings and identify productive ways to interrupt that bias.
Siri Chilazi, a Research Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, will guide us on meaningfully engaging with the fact of bias in these settings and also provide tips and practical suggestions on how to interrupt and question that bias.
Approved for two general and two EDI credits.
Harvard University's Kennedy School
Siri Chilazi is a Research Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School whose life’s work is to advance gender equality and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace through research and research translation. She operates at the intersection of academia and practice, both conducting research on how organizations can become more inclusive, and bringing those research insights to practitioners through speaking, training, and workshops.
As an advisor and scholar, Siri frequently collaborates with organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and leading professional service firms in order to close equity gaps. She has presented at numerous conferences around the world, and her work has appeared in media outlets including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, BBC, Fast Company, and Forbes. Siri has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard College.
2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. Title IX was enacted by Congress to prohibit sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs or activities. The CWBA is celebrating the anniversary of Title IX’s by presenting a half-day training that will cover:
This training is free, but there is a suggested $20 donation to the Girls Athletic Leadership Schools of Denver (GALS). GALS Denver empowers students to succeed academically, lead confidently, live boldly, and thrive physically. The CWBA Give Back program will match funds up to $1,000! When making your contribution, please note on the check, Venmo, or online giving "Dedication" field that it is a CWBA donation.
Two general and one EDI credits have been applied for.
The Public Policy Committee typically meets the second Monday of the month at Noon. New members always welcome!
For more information, contact Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs Alison Connaughty and Laura Wolf.
The Convention Committee typically meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month unless there are scheduling conflicts.
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.
To get involved or learn more, contact Convention Committee Co-Chairs Hermine Kallman and Kendria Pearson.
For more information or to RSVP contact the CWBA office at (303) 831-1040.
This committee typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP.
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; and presents the CWBA's annual Mary Lathrop Trailblazer Award to a woman trailblazer who has substantially impacted the Colorado legal profession.
Questions? Contact committee Co-Chairs Andrea Bronson and Veronique Van Gheem.
Want to be involved in the judicial appointment process, but don’t know how to help? Want to learn how the CWBA Judicial Committee is streamlining the due diligence process to make it easier for volunteers? Want to talk about judicial nominations over wine and snacks?
Then join us February 22 at 5:30 p.m. for a Judicial Committee Training! This training is open to CWBA members who already on the Judicial Committee and anyone who may be interested in joining the committee but want to understand what the work will look like before committing. The due diligence work conducted by the committee is interesting, exposes you to other members of the bar and the judiciary, and affords you access to how the CWBA provides its diligence results to the Governor’s Office. The time commitment varies based on how many rounds of diligence you sign up for, which we’re happy to discuss at the training. We’ll also be discussing some new opportunities to take a leadership role on the Judicial Committee for those of you who are Judicial Committee veterans!
For more information, please contact Judicial Committee Co-Chairs Amy Petri Beard and Laura Cramer-Babycz.
Log in to this Zoom session to meet & ask practicing attorneys ANY questions you have about being a lawyer, choosing a practice area, job searching, etc!
This is a casual forum -- join anytime during the hour and stay for as long or little as you want.
And remember… we’ve all had questions that seem obvious or silly, ask anyway!
The Programs Committee typically meets at Noon on the fourth Monday of each month.
The Programs Committee develops and facilitates educational, professional and community programs, to support substantive growth and learning, reflection, and connection among our members and the broader legal community. These programs include CLEs and other topical programs such as our award-winning “Storming” series ("Storming The Bench,” “Storming the Ballot,” and “Storming the Board”); the annual Moms Luncheon; and the annual Holiday Party and Nonprofit Benefit.
For more information about this committee or to RSVP for this meeting, please contact Programs Committee Chairs Reagan Larkin and Hon. Rebekah Watada.
Save the date and plan now to join CWBA Board members and other CWBA members for some fun camaraderie and networking, either at a live event at Maggiano's Denver with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, or virtually via Zoom, depending on the state of Covid precautions as the date approaches.
This members-only event features free admission for CWBA members, plus you could win a free CWBA Convention registration!
This committee typically meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. New members always welcome!
In order to carry out CWBA’s core values of diversity and inclusion, the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee works to foster a shared culture at the CWBA that promotes the goals of accepting, respecting, and valuing differences that include attributes such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, sexual identity, ability, language, family and economic circumstances, geography, and cultural backgrounds. Among other initiatives, the Committee works to ensure CWBA has cutting-edge policies and procedures to help check blind spots and implicit biases, assists with recruiting and retention of diverse members, plans training for our Board and membership, and partners with other Committees and outside organizations to ensure we are inclusive in all aspects of our work.
For more information, please contact our Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chairs Jennifer Guzman and Beth Robinson.