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Congratulations to our 10th Anniversary Honorees

Creators/Initiators
o   Wiley Daniel

  • Strong force in the creation and continued presence of CLI
  • His passion and drive for a diverse legal community makes an impact even today

o   David Getches, represented by Ann Getches and Beto Juarez

  • Under David and Beto, they recognized the need for diversity in the Denver legal community – for both attorneys and law students
  • Using their influence, they rallied concerned citizens to work on this pressing need to have a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.  They did this by creating/hosting the Dean’s Diversity Council, providing their expertise in the formation of CCIE/CLI and being some of CLI’s biggest supporters.
  • Although we lost David on July 5, 2011, we were please to have his wife, Ann Getches accept on his behalf.

o   Patty Powell

  • Developed the law schools’ Inclusive Excellence Leadership Series
  • Assisted with CLI’s Inclusiveness Network
  • Compiled a comprehensive list of diversity and inclusiveness resources
  • Authored the chapter on law school inclusiveness

o   Dean Heizer

  • Instrumental in the formation of CLI

o   Kathleen Nalty

  • Founding executive director for over six years
  • Instrumental in the foundation of CLI, the Manual and the Inclusiveness Network

o   Arin Reeves

  • Shared her expertise in developing the manual and strategic guidance of the Inclusiveness Network
  • Contributed significant original material to the manual based on her research and extensive experience with hundreds of legal organizations and attorneys across the country

o   Jesús Treviño

  • Gave expert advice and assistance in the creation of CLI and its inclusiveness manual and program

o   Caroline Turner

  • Contributed material to the manual
  • Presented at many of our educational programming

o   The Denver Foundation

  • Were instrumental with the formation of CLI’s Manual
  • Permitted a license for CLI to adapt their work – “Inclusiveness at Work, How to Build Inclusive Nonprofit Organization” – for the legal sector

Board Chairs

o   Dean Heizer: 2007-2010

  • Original board chair
  • Helped set up the organization, find both members and board members
  • Is now Executive Director and Chief Legal Strategist at LivWell Enlightened Health

o   Jennifer Weddle: 2010-2012

  • Another driving force in the creation and getting CLI noticed both nationally and locally
  • Shareholder with Greenberg Traurig and co-chair of the firm’s American Indian Law Practice

o   Jim Pinto: 2012-2014

  • Instrumental with copyright/trademark protections of both the manual and CLI
  • Founder of Red Rocks Law, LLC

o   David Fine: 2014-2015

  • Continued the efforts of bringing new members to CLI
  • Was instrumental in finding CLI’s current home
  • Partner with Holland & Knight

o   Meshach Rhoades: 2015-2016

  • Driving force behind our soon-to-be Advisory Council comprised of former board members
  • Partner with Armstrong Teasdale

o   Skip Gray: 2016-2017

  • Instrumental in the evaluation/review of CLI and potential revisions
  • Assistant City Attorney for the City and County of Denver

Host Firms 

These three law firms have been longstanding supporters of CLI.   They have graciously and generously allowed CLI staff to office at their respective firms.  They provided office space, secretarial support, and internet, phone and copying services – all on a pro bono basis.

  • Davis Graham and Stubbs: 2007-2011
  • Faegre Baker Daniels: 2011-2016
  • Sherman & Howard: 2016-present
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Board Members :

  • Without the help of our board members, CLI would not have accomplished as much as it has over the past 10 years – including the Summit, our Manual, the Inclusiveness Network and the plain-hard work of running a nonprofit.
  • CLI has been blessed to have 69 individuals passionate about, and committed to, CLI’s mission of advancing diversity and inclusion in our legal community.
  • Those 69 members include deans of the two law schools, judges, GCs of major corporations, managing partners of law firms and attorneys as well as staff – each willing to give up their time to move CLI forward.

We also want to thank our sponsors:

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