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The Colorado Women's Bar Association (CWBA) is an organization of women who inspire change, appreciate our differences, and foster a great community.

The CWBA is an active organization that provides networking events, professional education opportunities, and community-focused projects for lawyers and legal professionals with all levels of experience.

  

We are an organization of attorneys, judges, and law students working together to “advance women in the legal profession and women generally.” The CWBA is member-focused, providing a forum for idea exchange and learning together.

 

The CWBA Publications Committee works to inform members of the CWBA about activities and projects, to spur debate and member engagement on issues of special concern to women lawyers and women generally, and to recognize the achievements and contributions of women lawyers. 

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
 

Diversity and inclusion are core values for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and we strive to incorporate these values into all aspects of our work including advocacy, communications, workplace environment, vendor selection, hiring, promotion, and retention. We appreciate and value ideas that come from a diverse legal environment and want to bring a diversity of thought, experience, and expertise to everything we do. We believe that an inclusive bar provides an atmosphere that allows all individuals to attain their greatest potential and achieve the greatest benefits for clients.  

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ABOUT THE CWBA

Meet The CWBA Publications Committee

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Lynn Noesner

Publications & History

Committee Co-Chair

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Lynn Noesner is originally from sunny Philadelphia. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Colgate University, she worked as a paralegal for two years before moving to Colorado to attend the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In 2008, following her clerkship on the Colorado Court of Appeals, she started in the Appellate Division of the Office of the State Public Defender. She spent 15 years in the Appellate Division, perfecting her nerdiness and reverence for constitutional rights. In the fall of 2023, Lynn became the Postconviction Unit Director at the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel. The Postconviction Unit is a brand new in-house defender office that represents indigent criminal defendants in the postconviction context. Lynn is thrilled to be a part of this important endeavor. In her free time, Lynn loves yoga, dance parties with her seven-year-old daughter, traveling with friends, and reading books that capture the nitty gritty of life.

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Sylvia Geiger

Publications & History

Committee Co-Chair

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Sylvia Geiger is a solo practitioner, primarily working as a Guardian ad Litem for Dependency and Neglect cases. She previously worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Wisconsin as well as took conflict cases from the Public Defender’s Office. In her free time, she enjoys road trips with her family, sewing, and playing board games.

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Victoria Kosobucki

Publications & History

Committee Co-Chair

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Victoria “Tori” Kosobucki is an associate attorney at Polidori, Franklin, Monahan & Beattie, LLC where she specializes in family law. Tori grew up in the Midwest, graduated from Marquette University Law School in May 2021, and moved to Denver shortly thereafter. In addition to being a member of the CWBA, she is also a member of the Denver Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, the Colorado Bar Association-Family Law Section, and Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee.

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Julia Kneeland Lazure

Under Pressure

 Editor

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Julia Kneeland Lazure is a partner at Kneeland & Lazure Law, LLC, where she works with individuals and families to navigate major changes in their lives, so they can have peace of mind and plan for their futures in the areas of estate planning, business law, and family law. She graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law, and prior to joining Kneeland & Lazure Law, LLC, Julia worked at Denver District Court as the Family Court Facilitator and served as a judicial law clerk. In addition to volunteering with the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Julia serves on the planning committee for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Annual Continuing Legal Education Conference;  volunteer guest lectures and provides trainings at Denver District Court; and is the Immediate Past President of the Junior League of Denver, a women’s training and civic leadership organization.

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Jenny Carman

Inside the CWBA

Editor

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Jenny Carman is a Staff Attorney at the Colorado Court of Appeals, where she has practiced across the spectrum of criminal, civil, and juvenile law since 2009.  Any views or opinions expressed in this publication do not reflect the position of the Colorado Court of Appeals or the Colorado Judicial Department.

Shelly Wilbanks

Tales from the Trenches

Editor

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Shelly Wilbanks is a guardian ad litem, counsel for youth, at the Colorado Office of the Child's Representative

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Kate Noble

Professional Spotlight

Editor

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Kate Noble is a CWBA Publications Committee member and a legal editor with Colorado Bar Association CLE, the nonprofit educational arm of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.

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Hanna Yearout

Outside the Law

Editor

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Hanna Yearout currently works as a legal assistant for Ogborn Mihm, LLP and a 2L at  the University of Denver Sturm College of Law starting the Fall of 2020. She obtained her bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Colorado - Boulder. During her undergraduate studies she attended the School of International Training in Geneva, Switzerland where her thesis was  "Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: Consequences of a Pervasive Yet Invisible Reality." On her free time, Hanna also actively serve as a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Colorado, visiting with wish kids to help determine his or her one true wish and working with wish families throughout the wish process.

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Amy Petri Beard

Book Club

Leader

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Amy Petri Beard is currently employed with the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office as a Senior Deputy District Attorney.  She is a 2016 COBALT graduate, on the Colorado Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial Committee, is one of the Adams / Broomfield Bar Association’s representatives for the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, and is the current co-chair of the CWBA Judicial committee. She previously served on the Adams / Broomfield Bar Association Executive Board, was the Adams / Broomfield Regional Mock Trial Coordinator, and has served on the Broomfield Library Board.  In her spare time, you’ll find her working out, reading, or spending time with her family (especially her grandson).  She also enjoys volunteering as a tutor with Reading Partners Colorado, an organization devoted to assist students in low-income schools master basic reading skills.

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