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THANK YOU to everyone who attended our 40th Annual CWBA Convention May 19-21, 2017 in Vail, Colorado!  We continued our rich tradition of hosting an exciting, informative, and energizing weekend.  We hope you had fun with your friends and also met new people while enjoying the venue and Convention activities, programs, and distinguished local and national speakers.  

FLASH DRIVE:  All registrants received a flash drive in your packets which includes presentations and materials from our speakers.  Flash drives provided by Marathon Document Solutions. 

CLE CREDIT:  The Convention was approved for 15 general, 4 ethics CLE credits.  The CLE affidavit was included in your registration packet and is also on your flash drive.  You may also download the CLE affidavit form here along with the schedule which breaks down the CLE credits by session.  

Our 41st Annual CWBA Convention will take place
May 18-20, 2018 at The Sebastian - Vail.  Plan now to attend.


Here are a few details about our Convention keynote speakers:  (view/download the programming schedule)

Saturday Keynote Luncheon: will be a joint presentation by retired soccer star Cat (Reddick) Whitehill and pay equity expert, attorney, and law professor Andrea Kramer. There is a big lawsuit and collective bargaining agreement negotiations going on right now between US Soccer and its female players pertaining to pay equity and equality in general (for instance, the US Men’s Soccer players get to fly first class while the women have to fly coach; the men always play on grass fields while the women frequently have to play on turf).  They will speak about this and other high profile cases, efforts on pay equity, and the importance of supporting women in sports. 

Cat Whitehill

Cat Whitehill played for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team from 2000 to 2010.   
She won an Olympic Gold Medal in 2004, and played in the World Cup in 2003 and 2007.  She is a former assistant coach for a pro club team and a commentator for Fox Sports, ESPN and NBC.  Cat is an advocate for women in sports and has testified before the U.S. Senate about Title IX.    

Andrea Kramer is an attorney with Kramer Frohlich LLC in Boston. She recently served as the Chief of the Civil Rights Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  She was President of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association from 2012-2013 and has taught courses at Harvard Law School and Brandeis University.  Andrea has also been intimately involved with pay equity efforts in Massachusetts, including roadblocks and how to achieve positive outcomes.

Our Saturday Keynote Breakfast will be delivered by Gesche Haas.  She is the founder of Trailblazer Ventures, a startup studio/lab with the mission to increase the number of successful ventures launched by women.  The lab’s “first product” is “Dreamers/Doers” – a high-impact community of entrepreneurial, trailblazing women.  Gesche has been featured in The New York Times, CNNMoney, Forbes, Fortune Magazine, Bloomberg TV, and more.  According to a CNNMoney article: “If Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg were to have a baby … it would probably be something like Gesche Haas.”  Just Google her; she’s an absolute dynamo.

Colorado’s Lt. Governor Donna Lynne will give a welcome and opening remarks, and then turn the program over to Gesche. 

The CWBA's prestigious Mary Lathrop Award was presented during
the Convention during a reception at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017.  
Read about our 2017 honoree Rebecca Alexander, along with history of the award, and a list of previous recipients here. "

Other events:

  • The Annual Mary Lathrop Award ReceptionFriday, May 19 at 6 p.m. in the Ariel Ballroom, The Sebastian - Vail
  • Early morning yoga session:  Saturday, May 20 at 6 a.m. in the Vendavel meeting room, The Sebastian - Vail
  • Fireside chat with this year's Judge In Residence - Magistrate Judge Nina WangSaturday, May 19, 7-7:30 a.m. in the Sebastian's Library
  • Sunrise hike:  Sunday, May 21 at 7-8:30 a.m. - meet in The Sebastian lobby

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be made for cancellations received through April 17, 2017. No refunds after April 17, 2017.


The hotel is however offering 20% off larger rooms, including 
a $399 rate on Executive 1 bedroom Suites, and they still have a few Sebastian classics (one queen bed) at $275 per night.

Call the Hotel Reservations Department:
866-708-2353; ask for CWBA rates. 

Dog-friendly rooms optional based on availability.


We've also negotiated additional discounted rates for you at the following Vail hotels:

One Vail Road, Vail, CO  81657

Rate: $175/night + tax for a Mountain King Room

Additional Benefits: Resort fee waived; room rate will also be honored 3 days pre-and post-Convention

Reservation procedure: Attendees must call the Resort directly at (303) 389-3301. 
It is imperative that individuals indicate their group affiliation (“CWBA” or “Colorado Women’s Bar Association”) when making reservations. A room deposit of first nights room rate + tax must be made at the time of making the reservation.  Full amount of room + tax is due thirty days prior to arrival date.

Cancellations: Cancellations within 30 days prior to arrival will result in a charge equal to 100% of the revenue for the entire reserved stay.  

20 Vail Road, Vail, Colorado 81657 

Rate: $145/night + tax for a Junior Suite

Additional Benefits: Resort Fee is $15/night (regularly $35) which includes WiFi;
Valet parking available for $15 per vehicle, per day (regularly $32); Spa discount of
15% on treatments; Golf rate is $95 per golfer, which includes golf, cart, range balls, one sleeve of golf balls, and gratuity; rates valid 3 days pre/post Convention

Reservation Procedure:  Reservations should be booked directly with the reservations department by requesting the Colorado Women’s Bar Association rate at:
1-800-654-8312 or 970-479-5656 or by email at info@sonnenalp.com.  A deposit of
1 night’s room + tax is due at time of booking.

Cancellation: If you cancel within 14 days of the arrival date, your deposit will be forfeited.

174 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657  |  
(970) 429-5044

Rate:  $129/night + tax for a Lodge or Studio room; $149/night + tax for a Deluxe room; $179/night
 + tax for a One-Bedroom Suite

Additional Benefits: Resort fee waived; Valet parking for $12/day

Reservation Procedure: Advance room reservations may be made by contacting the  reservations department at: 1-888-367-ROCK (7625), Option 2. All Group attendees must identify themselves online as part of the Group by referencing the Group name, Colorado Women's Bar Association or the Group Code: VC3CWB. A $50 non refundable deposit at the time of booking. Final payment is due and non-refundable 48 hours prior to arrival.

Cancellation: No shows, late arrivals and early departures may be charged the room rate indicated to the individual for the entire reserved stay. Individual cancellations within 30 days of arrival are subject to forfeiture of the full deposit amount.

715 West Lionshead Circle, Vail, Colorado 81657 
(970) 476-4444

Rate: $119/night + tax for a Standard/Lodge room (king bed or two double beds); $145/night + tax for a Studio/Deluxe King room

Additional Benefits: Resort fee waived (normally $35); Complimentary WiFi

Reservation Procedure: Rooms can be booked through the following link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/2017cwb

Cancellation: If a reservation is canceled after May 5, 2017, the individual will forfeit the deposit equal to 1 night room + tax.

Interested in sponsoring Convention?
Download our sponsorship packet with levels and benefits information.  Please contact CWBA Executive Director Kim Sporrer for more details: 303-831-1040, execdir@cwba.org.



Platinum Plus Sponsor



Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Colorado Women's Bar Association • P.O. Box 1918 • Denver, CO 80201
Telephone (303) 831-1040 • Email: execdir@cwba.org

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