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New Board members and CLI officers for 2017-2018

At our December board meeting, CLI announced its recent elections for new board members and new officers.

The board has changed leadership with Lisa Mickley, Member, Hall & Evans, LLC serving as Chair; Matt Weber, VP, Regional Counsel as Chair-Elect, and “Skip” George W. Gray, III, Assistant City Attorney, Denver City Attorney’s Office as Chair Emeritus.

In addition, the board elected four new members: 

Velveta Golightly-Howell, Esq.

Ms. Golightly-Howell’s current legal practice focuses on civil rights and employment law.  She is the former Director of Civil Rights for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In Washington, D.C, she led the EPA’s external compliance, equal employment opportunity, affirmative employment, and reasonable accommodation programs. She states that she will bring immense passion, commitment and energy to her role as a director of CLI. “The Center will benefit from my results-oriented approach to all that I undertake. I will work diligently to help move the CLI forward in advancing its mission.”

Hermine Kaltman, Associate Attorney, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Hermine states “I believe advancing education and promoting diversity and inclusiveness will continue to break down the barriers … and allow all of us, regardless of gender and language and color of skin, to participate and to thrive. I been actively involved with my firm’s Diversity Committee and I serve as a mentor for junior and summer associates.” Born in Armenia, going to school in Moscow, Russia, Hermine has called Denver her home for the past 19 years. Issues of diversity and inclusiveness are not simply buzz words to her, they have had a constant presence in her life and have shaped her path since she left her home country many years ago. 

Laura Lopez,  City Attorney Fellow, Denver City Attorney

Laura Lopez is from Altus, Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Broadcasting. A graduate of University of Denver —Sturm College of Law, Laura interned at the Colorado Court of Appeals, Newmont Mining Corporation, and Holland & Knight. In September 2017, she joined the Denver City Attorney’s Office. Laura already considers herself an ambassador of diversity and inclusiveness and feels it is her duty and privilege, as well as the duty and privilege of others in similar positions, to advocate for diversity in the workplace. Her vision is that by becoming a board member of CLI, she will be able to better understand where there is a shortage of diverse lawyers and use her skills to advocate and engage employers to understanding the benefits coupled with diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.

Michael Song, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Denver District Court

Diversity and inclusiveness have been a big part of Michael’s life and states “I have been both helped and hindered by these issues during my career. My past experiences drives me to become a part of the solution with regards to future diversity and inclusiveness matters. I view diversity and inclusiveness as a civil rights matter and something that will help our future generations.”  As an immigrant, military veteran, and a minority in the United States, Michael has utilized and benefited from this country’s legal system and fair rule of law and hopes he can assist others similarly situated as him to a fulfilling and comprehensive legal career.

The full list of board members and officers is available on the CLI website at https://centerforlegalinclusiveness.org/our-board/

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