Through the work of its committees, the CWBA is committed to advancing women in the legal profession and promoting the welfare of all women.
The Convention Committee plans the CWBA's Annual Convention. Committee duties include selecting the site for the Convention, negotiating the contract for the site and selecting a keynote speaker. The committee also plans the Convention theme, identifies and contacts speakers for Convention programs, solicits sponsors, and coordinates Convention entertainment.
The Judicial Committee assists qualified women on a statewide basis to apply for judicial positions and for openings on judicial nominating commissions, and seeks to prevent discrimination against women in the courtroom. It considers requests for endorsement from nominees for state and federal judicial openings, and provides information to the Governor on "short list" candidates. The committee also is responsible for planning the CWBA's Annual Judicial Reception.
LEGAL SERVICES COMMITTEE
Through participation in Legal Services Committee projects, members perform much needed public service and hone and diversify their legal skills. This committee has developed and continues to be involved in a joint project with Colorado Legal Services and Project Safeguard which trains attorneys every other year to represent battered victims in obtaining the protection of a Protection Order. The committee also partners with the Colorado Lawyers Committee and the Denver Bar Association to provide attorneys and Spanish interpreters at Legal Nights at Centro San Juan Diego at 2830 Lawrence Street, Denver where the attorneys provide legal advice, information, and referrals. This committee also provides CWBA members for the KUSA-TV Channel 9 "LawLine9" program twice a year. Finally, this committee hosts an annual charity fundraiser.
The Membership Committee promotes membership in the CWBA through various outreach projects. The committee hosts the CWBA's Annual Membership Reception, as well as networking socials and functions throughout the year. It also works to promote greater awareness of the CWBA and its activities and manages "CWBA Lift," our new mentorship program.
PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE
The Professional Advancement Committee works to advance women in the legal profession, and to promote career advancement and recognition for CWBA members.
The Programs Committee develops and facilitates educational, professional and community programs. These programs include CLE and other topical programs such as "Storming The Bench," as well as the CWBA's Annual Holiday Party.
PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE
The Public Policy Committee works to promote and protect the interests of women and children. The committee monitors national, state and local legislation; case law; administrative and constitutional developments; and the print and broadcast media as they affect the legal profession and the judiciary and the interests of women and families. It coordinates with the CWBA's lobbyists; makes recommendations to the CWBA Board of Directors regarding whether the CWBA should support or oppose legislation; and organizes an advocacy network of CWBA members who contact legislators, write letters or testify before a legislative committee. The committee also coordinates the amicus activities of the CWBA.
Through the CWBA's quarterly newsletter The Advocate, the CWBA's website, and social media (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter), the Publications Committee works to inform members of CWBA activities and projects, spur debate and member activity on issues of special concern to women lawyers and women generally, and recognize the achievements and contributions of women lawyers.
WOMEN'S LEGAL HISTORY PROJECT (History Committee)
This committee documents the history of Colorado's women lawyers, and maintains and updates the history files of the CWBA.
Historian: Janet Drake (720) 508-6716