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  • May 07, 2016 5:06 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    CWBA Past President Patricia Jarzobski Sworn In As 2016-17 CBA President 

    Congratulations to CWBA Past President Patricia Jarzobski, incoming ColoradoBar Association President, 
    who this morning was sworn in by Chief Justice Nancy Rice (also a CWBA member) at the CBA Board of Governors meeting. Patty is the first female CBA president in 10 years and the fifth female president in the CBA's 119-year history.

    Jarzobski has been a personal injury attorney in Colorado for more than 25 years. Outside the courtroom, she is known as an advocate for the advancement of women and diverse attorneys.

    Jarzobski received her BA in political science from the University of Colorado in 1986 and her JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1989. She worked for the firm of Schaden, Lampert & Lampert from 1989 to 1996, when she hung her shingle and became the president and owner of her firm, Patricia M. Jarzobski P.C.

    In addition to her involvement with the CBA, Jarzobski is an active member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, serving as president in 2012–13. She was named one of the top women lawyers in 2015 by Law Week Colorado. As the first woman to lead the CBA in a decade and only the fifth in the past century, she is excited about her potential impact on the woman and diverse attorneys in the legal community. Her presidential plans include focusing on diversity issues and helping women and diverse attorneys into more leadership roles.  (Reprinted from The Docket.)

  • September 24, 2015 9:08 AM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)
    Congratulations to the Top 25 award winners for 2015 recognized at the 6th Annual GenXYZ recognition from ColoradoBiz magazine. They accepted their awards at the GenXYZ Awards Party at Mile High Station on Sept. 24. Six standouts were recognized as the best of the best. Read more about ChukwuFumnanya EgbuneAlison E. ZinnAdam BurrowsJeff SuffolkEdward Wingfield and People's Choice Award winner Jeremy DeWall.

  • August 21, 2015 9:00 AM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)
    Photo by Kathleen Levine

    Opting out was never an option for Gibson Dunn partner 
    Jessica Brown, who has built a practice that works on some of the highest-profile corporate cases in the world.

    She wants to keep other female attorneys from leaving the notoriously stressful profession as well.

    Brown became one of the first female partners in the Denver office of Gibson Dunn 13 years ago, and has been advocating for women ever since.

    A working mom herself, she wants to eliminate the oft-repeated expression in law that “every new mom is one bad day away from quitting.”

    “I really do encourage women to take a longer-range perspective,” she said. “I want to help keep women in the game so they can stay long enough to excel.”Since joining Gibson Dunn in 1995, Brown has not only developed innovative ways to keep working moms in the profession, but also has led the charge to expand the firm’s labor and employment practice in Denver.

    She developed an interest in employment law after clerking for the late Jim Carrigan, a former U.S. District Court judge and Colorado Supreme Court justice.

    “I didn’t take a single employment law class in college, but 40 percent of the federal docket in Colorado, at least at that time, was employment law cases,” she said.

    The Denver office of Gibson Dunn had no employment lawyers when she started, so Brown reached out to partners in other offices to work with them on employment law matters, relocating to Orange County for several months to learn from a senior employment law partner there.

    As her career progressed, she went from handling mostly single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases to working on more complex matters, such as trade secret and class-action lawsuits.

    For several years, she worked on the largest employment discrimination class-action lawsuit in history – Dukes v. Wal-Mart, a gender discrimination case that sought billions in damages for 1.5 million current and former female Wal-Mart Stores employees.

    Brown represented Wal-Mart in the case, which eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled in Wal-Mart’s favor, essentially saying that it was impossible to prove that every current or former female employee of the retail giant was the victim of discrimination.

    Read more:  http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/print-edition/2015/08/21/jessica-brown-battles-big-cases-in-high-courts.html

  • July 31, 2015 5:48 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    Our very own CWBA Board Member Pax Moultrie (Sam Cary Bar Association representative) and CWBA Member Stephanie Villafuerte have been appointed to the newly created Child Protection Ombudsman Board. Congratulations, Pax and Stephanie! 


    Chief Justice makes appointments to Child Protection Ombudsman Board

    DENVER - Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice has appointed four members to a new Child Protection Ombudsman Board created pursuant to Senate Bill 15-204.

    The bill, sponsored by Sens. Kevin Lundberg and Linda Newell and Rep. Jonathan Singer, changed the Office of the Child Protection Ombudsman from a nonprofit organization operated under contract to the Department of Human Services to an independent agency housed in the Colorado Judicial Department and receiving limited support from the Office of the State Court Administrator.

    The bill also created an independent, nonpartisan board to oversee the office. The board is charged with hiring and discharging the ombudsman, providing fiscal oversight and helping the ombudsman’s office enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Colorado Department of Human Services.

    The ombudsman’s office, created by 2010 legislation, investigates complaints and grievances about child protection services, makes recommendations about system improvements and serves as a resource for people involved in the child welfare system.

    The 12-member board will be made up of four members appointed by the Governor, four members appointed by the Chief Justice, two members appointed by the Senate President and Minority Leader together, and two members appointed by the House Speaker and Minority Leader together.

    Chief Justice Rice appointed former 11th Judicial District Chief Judge Kenneth M. Plotz of Denver to a four-year term as an individual with experience as a respondent parents' counsel; former 7th Judicial District Judge Charles R. Greenacre of Olathe to a four-year term as an individual with experience defending juveniles in court proceedings; Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Executive Director Stephanie Villafuerte of Evergreen to a two-year term as an individual with experience in criminal justice involving children and youth; and Pax Leia Moultrie, Assistant Arapahoe County Attorney, to a two-year term as an individual with legal experience in dependency and neglect cases.

    "I am confident these appointees will serve the state well by ensuring the ombudsman’s office maintains a strong and independent voice for children," Chief Justice Rice said.

  • July 29, 2015 6:54 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    Lindquist & Vennum Named One of “50 Best Law Firms For Women”


    MINNEAPOLIS — Lindquist & Vennum today announced that it was named one of the 2015 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women. The firms selected were recognized for their family-friendly policies and career and business development initiatives that are helping retain women attorneys and advance them into the leadership pipeline.

    “As any working parent will tell you, work-life balance is a continuum that is in constant flux based on clients’ needs and expectations,” said Nicole Hittner, partner at Lindquist & Vennum and co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Committee. “I’m fortunate to be part of a firm that allows parents to factor in the needs of their families. I’m also proud that Lindquist is being recognized for the support and encouragement it gives working parents through family-friendly resources and policies.”

    Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers co-founded the 50 Best Law Firms for Women initiative in 2007 to celebrate the law firms that are most successful in retaining and promoting women lawyers. The goal is also to give law firms the information and benchmarking tools they need to improve the status of women in their firms in the future.

    The Best Law Firms for Women employ more female equity partners (20%) in 2015 than the national average (17%). Among the 2015 Best Law Firms for Women, 16% have at least three women among their top ten rainmakers, up from 11% last year. Women also hold 27% of equity partner promotion committee seats—the highest representation in the past five years. For more information, view the full list of the 2015 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women.

    Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media, said, “The 50 Best Law Firms for Women are setting and pushing forward the standard when it comes to retaining women--and advancing them to the very top, equity partnership. These firms are also committed to creating best practices that support working parents.”

    Deborah Epstein Henry, president of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, added, “Law firms that focus exclusively on flexible and reduced hour policies to retain women or solely on getting women in power seats are missing the mark. We see our Best Law Firms for Women who are having the most success to be the ones that understand the value of focusing on both retention and promotion simultaneously. They are cultivating female talent to facilitate that they get the good work, the skills and the flexibility they may need. Yet they are also investing in women with business development and leadership opportunities to ensure they have a strong presence and voice in the equity partner ranks, the governing committees and in running the law firm as a business.”

    About Lindquist & Vennum LLP

    Lindquist & Vennum’s 170 attorneys provide a full array of corporate finance, transactional, and litigation services for clients from offices in Minnesota, Colorado, and South Dakota. The firm has established and emerging practices in many industry and specialty areas, including private equity, financial institutions, real estate, healthcare and life sciences, renewable energy, and bankruptcy. For nearly five decades, the firm has served corporate, governmental, and individual clients across the nation and around the world. For more information, visit www.lindquist.com.

    About Flex-Time Lawyers

    Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is an international consulting firm founded by Deborah Epstein Henry in the late 1990s, providing advisory, training and speaking services to employers and professionals on work life balance, retaining and promoting women and the future of the legal profession. It provides consulting and speaking services to law firms, corporations, professional service firms, non-profits, bar associations, and law schools, and at conferences, and retreats. Flex-Time Lawyers hosts a membership organization, offering quarterly in-person and webcast events on timely issues with prominent speakers.  Membership also provides resources, networking opportunities and education about legal industry norms.  For more information, please visithttp://www.flextimelawyers.com.

    About Working Mother Media

    Working Mother Media (WMM), a division of Bonnier Corporation (bonnier.com), publishes Working Mother magazine and its companion website,workingmother.com. The Working Mother Research Institute (workingmother.com/wmri), the National Association for Female Executives (nafe.com) and Diversity Best Practices (diversitybestpractices.com) are also units within WMM. WMM’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change. Working Mother magazine reaches more than 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Follow us on FacebookTwitter,LinkedIn and Pinterest.

  • April 17, 2015 5:30 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)
    Congratulations to CWBA member Kerri Lombardi who was appointed this week as a judge to the Denver County Court. 


  • April 14, 2015 10:09 AM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)
    The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) recently announced their selection for its 2015-2016 Marshall Memorial Fellow (MMF) Program. CWBA Member Meshach Y. Rhoades, a litigation attorney with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, was selected to be a part of this transatlantic leadership program.


  • April 10, 2015 10:02 AM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    Please join us in congratulating CWBA Board Melanie Corrin for being accepted as an immigration judge! Melanie is an immigration attorney and partner with Joseph Immigration Law Firm, P.C. in Aurora.

    Melanie has had an outstanding career as an immigration attorney and leaves quite a legacy. She has served as the Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Colorado Chapter in 2013. She has served on numerous national AILA committees including the Nebraska Service Center liaison committee and the AILA/EOIR liaison committee.

    She is also co-chair of CWBA's Membership Committee and has been on the CBA ethics committee since 2010. Judge Corrin will begin her service on June 1, 2015. 

  • February 12, 2015 12:47 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)
    DENVER, February 9, 2015 – The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado (APABA Colorado) is pleased to announce that, after unanimous nomination by the Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Nina Wang has become a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

    “Magistrate Judge Wang is the first female Asian Pacific American judge in the 10th Circuit, and the fourth female APA federal magistrate judge in the country. This is a milestone for the Colorado legal community, as well as the Asian Pacific American bar, said Andrea Wang, President of APABA Colorado. Kenzo Kawanabe, Past President of the APABA Colorado, stated: “Magistrate Judge Wang embodies an inspiring combination of high intellect, strong work ethic, and commitment to justice. From her days at Harvard Law School through her IP litigation practice at a national law firm, Nina Wang has been one of the best. But she also has a unique understanding of, and commitment to, the Rule of Law. She never forgets her immigrant parents and their story in our justice system, and she will work to ensure that our system is just. We are fortunate to have her on the bench.”

    Magistrate Judge Nina Wang has previously served as an attorney in private practice, Assistant United States Attorney, and clerk for the Honorable Peter J. Messitte of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Her skill and leadership have been recognized with many accolades, including the Denver Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Best Lawyers Under 40. She co-founded the Colorado Pro Bono Patent Initiative and is a Past President of APABA Colorado.

    Magistrate Judge Wang took the oath of office in an informal investiture on February 9, 2015. A formal investiture ceremony will be held on April 10, 2015. Magistrate Judge Wang will chamber in the Byron Rogers U.S. Courthouse in Denver.

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  • February 11, 2015 10:25 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    IAALS Calls For Experiential Learning For Law School Success

    Posted on February 11, 2015.

    By Tony Flesor, LAW WEEK COLORADO

    According to the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, the future of law school is in experiential education.

    In the organization’s newest report, “Ahead of the Curve: Turning Law Students Into Lawyers,” released Thursday, IAALS examines the Daniel Webster Scholars Honors Program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, a two-year program that focuses on putting students through their paces designed to teach students to practice law and culminates in an evaluation of their progress, in place of the bar exam, to admit them to the state bar.

    The University of New Hampshire program is a response to the traditional law school model and the criticisms that go with that; it has become common to question whether law schools prepare students to actually be lawyers and the expense they undertake in order to receive a law degree. The program is one of many that seeks to break free from the traditional model and create practice-ready grads.

    The Daniel Webster program puts its 24 scholars through two years of practice courses such as pretrial advocacy, which pits groups of students against each other in mock litigation, a course focused on negotiation skills and and a course focused on the formation, financing, operations and selling of businesses...   Read more

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