The granddaughter of Polish Holocaust survivors and the daughter of an immigrant who strove to achieve the American dream, Jennifer Jaskolka has always prioritized social justice and applied D&I efforts to achieve it.Read More
On Tuesday, January 17th, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness and the Colorado Women's Bar Association hosted a group of lawyers welcomed Sharon Rowen, a veteran laywer from Atlanta who produced a 70 minute documentary on women in law from the 1940s through the present -- the obstacles they have overcome,Read More
On Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Marlowes Restaurant on 16th Street, the Women's Working Group hosted several members at "Wine After Work", an informal happy hour...see more picturesRead More
By: Karen H. Hester, NALP (National Association for Law Placement, Inc) Bulletin, Dec, 2016,
Attrition of attorneys is a concern, and for diverse attorneys, it’s even more troubling. According to NALP’s 2015 Update on Associate Attrition, the average attrition rate for all attorneys within five years of their hiring is 65% and 78% for entry-level and lateral attorneys, respectively.Read More
The board has changed leadership with "Skip" George W. Gray, III, Assistant City Attorney, Denver City Attorney's Office serving as Chair, Lisa Mickley, Member, Hall & Evans, LLC as Chair-Elect and Meshach Rhoades, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale LLP as Chair Emeritus.
In addition, the board elected two new members: Patrick O'Rourke, Vice President, University Counsel, University of Colorado and Secretary of the Board of Regents and Danielle T. Felder, Associate, Rollin Braswell Fisher, LLC.Read More
Brandon Archuleta never thought he’d go to college. He started at community college at age 21 and found out that he liked philosophy. Later he realized that he could apply these studies in law school. Law school then showed him how he could apply his background and skillsRead More
By Karen Hester, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 12-1-16
Women leave the legal profession at higher rates than men for a variety of reasons, sometimes within their control and other times not. We will be best equipped to address these leaks in the pipeline if employers develop an understanding of what employees mean by success.
A survey I conducted with Misae Nishikura in 2014 of underrepresented attorneys asked for their definition of success. Determining the criteria for success may help reduce attrition of underrepresented groups, including women. If employers know the common goals of success that attorneys are striving towards, and employees can better articulate what they want out of their personal and professional lives, legal workplaces may better meet the needs of their employees. In theory, this will increase attorneys’ satisfaction with their employment situation and ultimately increase retention rates — both of which are important to employers’ bottom lines.
“I don’t think I would’ve made it through the summer without this [scholarship],” said Andres Murguia.
In May, Murguia graduated from the University of Colorado Law School where he was Class of 2016 President. He received CLI’s Bar Exam Scholarship which helped him take the bar exam in July.
“I’m really thankful for this opportunity,” he said. His law professor SuSaNi Harris, a board member of CLI, recommended he apply for the scholarship.
Diverse attorneys in Colorado were asked to participate in CLI's 2016 survey compiling data on the state of diversity and inclusiveness in the Colorado legal community. For purposes of this survey, diverse attorneys are those underrepresented in any level of the legal profession (i.e., women, racially/ethnically diverse, LGBTQ, etc).
Sarah Wallace – chair of CLI’s retention committee, partner at Ballard Spahr presented an Ipad to winner Ericka Englert, Counsel with Davis Graham & Stubbs for her participation in our Diverse Attorneys Survey.
Thank you for all of your support over the past year!
Thank so much for attending our annual appreciation luncheon
A special thanks to Reach Out and Read Colorado for joining us for the 4th consecutive year. Thanks to all who brought donations of books or gave money. If you weren’t able to give on the 15th, there’s still time to donate!
Thanks to all for coming! We had a great time and want to thank our co-sponsors and the Denver Urban Debate League for making it a great event!
Sexual harassment has been prominent in the news lately, and we wanted to share some resources which address this issue.
Sexual harassment can feel like discrimination, intimidation, or simply discomfort with the language or actions that are either geared towards someone or have been witnessed by someone.Read More
In July, 801 legal professionals showed up to take the Colorado Bar Exam; earlier this month 583 of them found out they had passed. One of the 73% who passed was Mercedes Pineda, a young woman who received our Minority Living Expenses Scholarship earlier this year.
Pineda received her BS in Labor and Industrial Relations from Cornell University in 2010. While considering whether she wanted to attend law school, she worked as a Legal Assistant at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C. Then in 2013, she “took that leap.”Read More
Here are some upcoming events and opportunities offered by our members and partners:
- Talk2Ten free online networking event with six historically black law schools from October 24 to November 7, 2016
- "Bathrooms and Beyond: Title IX and the Pursuit of Equality for LGBTQ Students" presented by Professor Erin Buzuvis at the University of Denver on Thursday October 27, 2016 at 5 p.m. MST
- The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance's Flex Advisor Workshop is a free webinar and training session (open to anyone) on the fundamentals of successfully managing and implementing flexible work programs (registration is required). Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. EST.
- Colorado Women's Bar Association's 2017 Mary Lathrop Award Nominations are due by October 31, 2016
- Documentary "Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith" at the Denver Film Festival on November 5, 6 and 7, 2016 at the UA Denver Pavilions, Denver, CO
- SamCary Scholarship Endowment Fund Gala. November 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Denver Athletic Club, Denver, CO
- Colorado Judicial Districts and Supreme Court Nominating Commissions applications due by November 7, 2016
- Diversity & Flexibility Alliance's Flex Success™ Award nominations due December 2, 2016
We just debuted our new website! Since it's fresh on our minds, here are some ideas in case you want to consider your own external communications.
Your organization’s website reflects its people and its values. Is yours consistent with your commitment to inclusiveness?