December 22, 2014

Colorado Attorney General Debate to be Held at CBA-CLE Offices

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The Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado, Colorado Gay Lesbian Bisexual & Transgender Bar Association, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and Sam Cary Bar Association will host a debate between the three Colorado Attorney General candidates on October 6, 2014, from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm at the CBA-CLE offices. Vying for the open seat are Republican Cynthia Coffman, Democrat Don Quick, and Libertarian David Williams.

One CLE credit has been applied for, and there will be a webcast of the debate. To RSVP for this event, email execdir@cwba.org. Be sure to specify if you will attend the live debate or the webcast.

Colorado Women’s Bar Association Hosting Book Drive to Benefit Employment Services

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association is hosting a book drive to benefit the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE). CWEE provides programming geared toward three goals:

  1. Preparing for Employment
  2. Finding Employment
  3. Keeping Employment

Literacy and reading are the backbone of CWEE’s instructional curriculum. CWEE maintains a reading room and holds regular reading classes to advance the reading skills of CWEE participants and their children.

CWEE will accept new or gently used books and magazines for children and adults, but no textbooks. The organization also has a “wish list” for magazine subscriptions on Amazon.com and would love to receive a subscription to the Denver Post.

See the flier below for more details and drop-off locations.

Colorado Women’s Bar Association Book Drive

Colorado Women’s Bar Association: October Activities

CWBA Mom’s Luncheon: Join the CWBA for this popular luncheon, tailored for working “moms.”  Meet other moms, and discuss and hear about achieving work/life balance.

October 6, 2011 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Click here for registration information.

CWBA Membership Reception: Get more out of your CWBA membership – meet and get to know Board members and Committee Chairs, and learn more details about the work of the CWBA.  Network with friends and colleagues, and visit with other CWBA members.

October 18, 2011 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. For more information or to register, contact the CWBA at (303) 831-1040 or execdir@cwba.org.

October CWBA Clothing Drive:  The CWBA Legal Services Committee is gearing up for its annual Professional Clothing Drive to benefit the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE). CWEE is a local non-profit organization that helps its members prepare for, find, and keep employment.  CWEE’s “First Impressions Boutique” helps members build a professional wardrobe for their entry into the workforce.

The Professional Clothing Drive will take place Monday, October 3, 2011 through Friday, October 14.

The CWBA has arranged drop-off locations in Cherry Creek, LoDo, Uptown, Edgewater, and DTC, but they need one more drop-off location in the Northern suburbs (preferably Broomfield, Northglenn, Westminster, or Boulder).  If your office is located in any of these areas, and you would be willing to serve as a drop off location and don’t mind dropping off donated items at CWEE (1175 Osage Street, Suite 300, Denver, Colorado 80204) at the end of the Clothing Drive, please email Shelly Kuennen at shelly@thekuennenlawfirm.com.

Questions about CWBA events or activities?  Contact them at (303) 831-1040, or execdir@cwba.org, or visit our website at www.cwba.org.

Raising the Bar: “Famous Firsts” Honored by the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation

Last night, Thursday, September 1, 2011, hundreds of attorneys, friends, and others gathered at the Brown Palace in downtown Denver to celebrate three women, pioneers of the legal profession in Colorado. Jean Dubofsky, Gale Norton, and Patricia Schroeder were honored by the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation as “famous firsts” for Colorado women:

      • Jean DubofskyFirst Woman Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court (1979)
        • Jean is an attorney who has represented litigants in state and federal courts – primarily appellate courts – in constitutional tort, workers’ compensation, commercial, criminal, civil rights, and family law cases.
        • She served as a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court from 1979 until 1987, the first woman appointed to the court. Subsequently, she was lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the successful constitutional challenge to Amendment 2 to the Colorado Constitution; the case, Romer v. Evans, is the first time that the United States Supreme Court recognized gay rights (1996).
        • Jean serves on the boards of Bell Policy Center, the Colorado Center for Law and Policy, Rocky Mountain Wild, and Boulder Community Hospital. She is a 1964 graduate of Stanford University and and a 1967 graduate of Harvard Law School.
      • Gale NortonFirst Woman Attorney General of Colorado (1990) and First Woman Interior Secretary (2001)
        • Gale has handled multi-billion-dollar and high-profile litigation involving products liability, antitrust, taxation, environmental, and constitutional issues, including arguing cases before the United States Supreme Court and negotiating one o the largest lawsuit settlements in history. Norton served two terms as the elected Attorney General of Colorado, from 1991-1999.
        • As Secretary of the Interior, from 2001-2006, she was responsible for managing of 20% of the land area of the United States, a Fortune-500-sized budget, and a workforce of 70,000 employees.
        • Gale returned to Colorado as General Counsel for Royal Dutch Shell Unconventional Oil, from 2007-2010. She is currently on boards for the Federalist Society, the Reagan Alumni Association, and the University of Colorado Renewable and Sustainable Energy Initiative.
      • Patricia SchroederFirst Woman Elected to the United States Congress from Colorado (1972) and the First Woman to Serve on the House Armed Services Committee (1973)
        • Graduating from law school in 1964, Pat worked at the National Labor Relations Board, taught in local universities, and was a hearing officer for the Colorado State Personnel system. After winning her campaign to serve in the United States Congress, she requested a seat on the Armed Services Committee; though it caused upheaval in the House, she got on and served on that committee and Judiciary for 24 years.
        • Retiring in 1997, Pat taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. After, she was the President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers. Currently, she is Chair of the English Speaking Union, the vice char of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, on the Boards of Common Cause, the Communications Consortium, and the Child Welfare League of America.
        • Pat is also the author of two books: “Champion of the Great American Family” and “24 Years of Housework…and the Place is Still a Mess: My Life in Politics.”

The event was emceed by Tamara Banks, who interviewed all of the honorees. The interviews can be viewed below and will also air this Sunday, September 4, 2011 on PBS Channel 12.2.

Watch the full episode. See more Studio 12.

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association was founded in 1978 and is the largest specialty bar association in Colorado and one of the largest and most influential bar associations in the country. It’s mission has remained the same since its inception: to promote women in the legal profession and the interests of women generally.