ABOUT THE CWBA
We are 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.
Meet The CWBA Publications Committee
Veronique Van Gheem
Veronique Van Gheem is Senior Assistant Legal Counsel for the Colorado Judicial Department. Ms. Van Gheem works in the Executive Division of the State Court Administrator’s Office providing general advisory counsel for the Colorado courts, probation departments and the State Court Administrator. She is a Chair of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Publication Committee. She is also a member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee, the CBA Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee and a Lead Attorney for the Project Safeguard Spanish-speaking Family Law Clinic.
Tales from the Trenches Editor
Nicole Jones is currently an Appellate Law Clerk for the Honorable Justice Carlos Samour at the Colorado Supreme Court. She is the Editor of The 1891’s “Tales from the Trenches” column and a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Publications Committee. Nicole also serves as the Assistant Program Chair for the Thompson G. Marsh American Inn of Court, co-chair of the Denver Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee’s Pro Bono Week, and as a member of the Colorado Court of Appeals’s Brown Bag and Training Committees. Any views or opinions reflected in this publication do not reflect the position of the Colorado Court of Appeals or the Colorado Judicial Department.
Dr. Giugi Carminati
Dr. Giugi Carminati is a women’s advocate, an attorney, and an activist. She speaks and blogs about intersectionality, trauma-informed representation, sexual harassment, and gender violence. Her law practice focuses on representing women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community. Her blog is Argue Like a Girl and her law firm, The Woman’s Lawyer.
Outside the Law Editor
Marie Williams is an appellate lawyer and founding member of Moore Williams PLLC, Colorado's Appellate Boutique. For nearly two decades, she has handled appeals in courts throughout the country. She also co-counsels with trial lawyers to brief complex legal issues and to preserve matters for appeal. You can learn more at moorewilliams.com.
Outside the Law, Marie is a passionate supporter of and dedicated volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado. She loves to travel any place she has never visited before. At home, you'll find her spending time with her husband, two children, mother, dog, and three cats.
Under Pressure Editor
Saira P. Malik is the founder of Malik Law, LLC, a small legal firm that specializes in personal injury law. The firm is based in Boulder but represents clients throughout Colorado. Attorney Malik has built a successful legal practice that is committed to helping victims of personal injuries, auto accidents, and premises liability achieve the fair settlement they are entitled to by law. A life-long Coloradan herself, Attorney Malik is proud to practice law in her home state and is dedicated to providing her clients with outstanding legal representation.
Case Law Update Editor
Elle J. Byram is a native Midwesterner, born and raised in the Kansas City area. Elle earned her law degree at the University of California Davis, School of Law. She earned her Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as a Masters in clinical psychology at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, CA. Elle has worked for small and large firms doing litigation, corporate work and technology.
Desiring to start her own practice, Elle stepped out of the corporate world in 2013 and began her own solo firm focused on family law, estate planning and probate administration. Elle's practice focuses primarily in family law, where Elle litigates divorces, represents victims of domestic violence and assists in every other aspect of family law.