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Confetti! Celebrating Women in the Bar

Updated: May 11, 2020

Bench Strength

  • Jaclyn Brown was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Hon. Karen Ashby

  • Rayna Gokli was appointed district court judge for the 17th Judicial District

  • Ericka Englert was appointed district court judge for the Denver District Court

  • Jessica Curtis was appointed district court judge for the 4th Judicial District

  • Meghan Saleebey was appointed district court judge for the 19th Judicial District

  • Hon. Emily Anderson was named Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial District

On the Move

  • Marie Williams and Ruth Moore formed Moore Williams PLLC, a boutique appellate law firm

  • Laura Wolf became a partner with Rathod Mohamedbhai

  • Kim Newton joined Griffiths Law PC

  • Katie Steefel and Haley DiRenzo have joined Johnson & Klein

  • Frances Fontana has joined Feingold Horton PLLC as of Counsel

  • Kaitlin Spittell has joined Truhlar and Truhlar, LLP

  • Reagan Larkin was elected shareholder at Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC

  • Ariana Fuentes joined Lowrey Parady

  • Nicole Black and Jill Szewczyk became partners at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP

  • Cierra Garso joined Polidori Franklin Monahan & Beattie LLC

  • Arielle Barens joined Martinez Law Group, P.C., focusing on employment litigation and advice

  • Christine Jochim is now a shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP

  • Stephanie Danner and Camila Tobon joined the Finance and Acquisitions Department at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

  • Chalyse Robinson joined Wilmer Hale as a partner

  • Victoria Lovato has joined Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s litigation practice group as senior counsel.

  • Kristin White has joined Fisher Phillips, LLP

  • CWBA Board Member Lisha McKinley has joined Banner & Bower, P.C.

  • CWBA Board Member Hermine Kallman has joined the University of Colorado in Denver

  • Sarah Wolter joined Gebhardt, Emerson, & Moodie Family Law, LLC

  • Kym Sorrells was named Jefferson County Attorney

  • Giugi Carminati joined NDH, LLC

You Were Recognized

  • Hon. Kristen Mix was recognized at the 2019 Colorado Law School Alumni Awards Banquet

  • Hetal Doshi received the 2018 Davis Award, honoring a lawyer under the age of 40 who “combines excellence as a lawyer with civic, cultural, educational, and charitable leadership.”

  • · Past-president Patricia Jarzobski received the 2018 DU Law Star’s Hon. Robert H. McWilliams Alumni Professionalism Award

  • Past-president Janet Drake received the 2019 DBA Award of Merit

  • Hon. Elizabeth Starrs won the 2019 DBA Judicial Excellence Award

  • Shalyn Kettering received the 2019 DBA Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award

  • Learn Your Rights in Colorado (LYRIC), a program co-founded by Hannah Seigel Proff, earned the 2019 DBA Outstanding Program Award

  • CWBA Board Member Hannah Westmont was awarded the 2019 George Holley Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award by the First Judicial District Bar Association

  • Wanda Abel and Tony van Westrum (posthumous) received the Cathy Stricklin Krendl Business Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing “years of excellence in furthering the development of business-related legislation, writing and teaching Colorado business law, and consistently exhibiting the highest levels of professionalism”

Leading the Way

  • Shelly Dill wrote, “Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Center: Transforming Lives through Faith-Based Legal Aid” for the August/September issue of Colorado Lawyer

  • Christina Gomez wrote, “Staying Enforcement of a Judgment Pending Appeal” for the May 2019 issue of the Colorado Lawyer

  • Martine Wells joined the board of directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver

  • Jennifer Carty, Kristi Disney Bruckner, Hon. Rayna Gokli, Abby Hinchcliff, Courtney Holm, Jessamyn Jones, Maha Kamal, Alexis King, Almira Moronne, and Laura Wolf are members of the 2019 COBALT class

  • Past-president Patricia Jarzobski spoke on how bar leaders can make diversity matter at the ABA Bar Leadership Institute

  • Michelle Sylvain began her presidency of the Colorado Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section July 1, 2019


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 Association.

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