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IAALS: Judge Arguello on a Diverse and Inclusive Legal Profession: Si Se Puede

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on IAALS Online, the blog for IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, on October 14, 2014.

By Zachary Willis and Riley CombelicJudgeArguello

“Big dreams, hard work, and serendipity” are the words Judge Christine M. Arguello of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado would use to describe how she achieved her professional successes as a lawyer and judge. But, she also acknowledges the help of various mentors and the support of academic institutions along her way to becoming a federal judge. She believes (and is bolstered by the results of a recent Gallup poll) that without this help, diverse and economically challenged students do not stand as good a chance of achieving such academic and professional success.

In order to help the next generation, Judge Arguello founded Law School – Si Se Puede, a pipeline program that advances inclusiveness in the legal profession by equipping students with the skills they need for their journey to law school and beyond. The program selects highly-motivated undergraduate students who represent populations that are traditionally underrepresented in the law (i.e., low-income students, students of color, and/or first generation high school graduates) and pairs them with three mentors each—a law student, a junior attorney, and a senior attorney—who commit to helping them through their undergraduate career and ultimately “demystify the process of applying to law school.”

I believe if there is to be a more diverse and inclusive legal profession in Colorado, then everyone needs to play his or her part in helping to make it so, even if that means addressing it one student at a time.

Judge Arguello has been involved with Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers since its inception. To learn more about Law School – Si Se Puede, click here.

Zach Willis joined IAALS in September 2012 as Communications Manager. He manages the online content for the organization, as well as print publications, social media, marketing, and outreach.

Before coming to IAALS, Willis was a legal editor, program attorney, and online content manager for the Colorado Bar Association CLE, tasked with overseeing the organization’s award-winning online legal resource, which tracks legal updates and news relevant to Colorado legal professionals. While at CBA-CLE, Willis also coordinated marketing and developed promotion strategies for publications and conferences. Previously, Willis worked as a law clerk for Senior Judge Edwin L. Felter, Jr., at the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts.

Riley Combelic joined IAALS in January 2014 as an Intern and Online Contributor, working on projects for all initiatives. Combelic is currently pursuing his J.D. and is a third-year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he is specializing in corporate and securities law.

The opinions and views expressed by Featured Bloggers on CBA-CLE Legal Connection do not necessarily represent the opinions and views of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, or CBA-CLE, and should not be construed as such.

Colorado Supreme Court: Announcement Sheet, 10/20/2014

On Monday, October 20, 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court issued one published opinion.

Justus v. State of Colorado

The summary for this case is forthcoming, courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is available here.

10th Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 10/17/2014

On Friday, October 17, 2014, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and seven unpublished opinions.

Lyman v. San Juan County

United States v. Cordova

United States v. Jordan

Wolfe v. AspenBio Pharma, Inc.

Saleh v. United States

United States v. Brogan

United States v. Mendez-Munoz

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.