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May 19 - 21, 2023

Use Your Words!

The Friday Afternoon Workshop led by Bob Russel and Meg Satrom will focus on the writing process and workplace writing with an emphasis on how we communicate on a day-to-day basis. Participants will also have the opportunity to select from breakout sessions to workshop and ask questions on the benefits and pitfalls of the female voice in the workplace, writing introductions in briefs and motions, writing contracts and other transactional documents, and creative aspects of writing. Participants are invited to bring pieces of their own recent writings for practical application during any of the breakout sessions.


The “old boy’s” way of working in the law has become obsolete and, in many cases, detrimental to the practice, including employee retention rates.  This presentation by executive coach Ellen Burton will educate and inspire female attorneys about the effortless ways of accessing their innate abilities to change workplace culture to that of inclusion and belonging with two ultimate goals: skill development and the love of the game (i.e., the practice of law). Audience members will learn about identifying the natural abilities of professional women, like emotional intelligence, as well as strategies and leadership techniques for ensuring a healthy workplace.

Our Moonshot: Rising to the Challenges of a Diverse Judiciary

Hear from Jennifer Yim, an executive director of a commission on judicial performance evaluation, as well as esteemed judges from around the state on how the judiciary handles challenges, like implicit bias, that a diverse bench faces. 

luncheon KEYNOTE/Fireside Chat: 
Uniquely United for All

Come listen to and learn from two trailblazing women: Denver Police Department Sergeant Carla Havard, interviewed by award-winning multimedia journalist Chandra Thomas Whitfield.  Sgt. Havard is a 25-year veteran law enforcement officer, president of the Black Police Officers Organization, and passionate about inequalities in policing.  Ms. Whitfield is co-host of Colorado Public Radio’s Colorado Matters program, has been published in numerous global medias, including in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has written on pay inequity and discrimination facing Black women.  This conversation will move, inspire, test, and enlighten listeners about the ways in which indigenous and other marginalized communities interact with the criminal justice system.

From Boomers to Zoomers: Generations and their Impact on Workplace Complaints, Compliance and Investigations

Liz Rita and Anne McCord will explore the impact on workplace complaints, compliance and investigations posed by employees from the five generations in the workplace today. There will be a special focus on Gen Z, the "Zoomers," and their impact as the first digital natives to join the workforce.

How To Be an Ally Plus

Join Jon Olafson for a master class on how the ethics rules, if properly followed and applied, can make each and every participant an authentic ally, and more. This presentation will educate participants on the key ethic rules (Rules 4.4 and 8.4 and their comments) requiring them to investigate and understand their biases and use their newfound knowledge on bias as an opportunity to learn and grow. Jon Olafson will begin his presentation with the rules before transitioning into the practical ramifications of the rule, such as what to do when your bias is harmful, how to take comfort in the uncomfortable, how to listen to learn and respect, and when to speak up on behalf of marginalized communities.

On What Grounds: Using Your Voice and
Putting Yourself Out There

Why do women feel the need to have every single qualification before applying for a job? Why do women make up only 22% of partnership ranks at U.S. law firms? Why are women underrepresented in political offices, local, state, and national? Dr. Lisa Calderón, JD, MLS, EdD, will join CWBA President-Elect Emma Garrison to lead an interactive discussion using the example of women running for office to educate and inspire women to recognize their strengths when presented with an opportunity for leadership or a desire to pivot career paths, take chances, think past self-imposed barriers, and use their authentic voices to effect change and otherwise agitate the status quo.

Dr. Calderón was a recent candidate for Denver Mayor and Executive Director of Emerge Colorado, an organization dedicated to giving women the tools they need to run for and win elected positions.

 Judicial and Outside The Courthouse Roundtables

Click here for a list of our speakers and their topics

Mary Lathrop Trailblazer Award Honoree

Patricia M. Jarzobski
The Law Office of Patricia M. Jarzobski
2023 Honoree

The CWBA's prestigious Mary Lathrop Trailblazer Award will be presented to Patricia Jarzobski, our 2023 honoree, during a special reception the evening of Friday, May 19, 2023. Read more about the history of the award and see a list of previous recipients here



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