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Confetti! Summer 2020

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

Join the CWBA in celebrating member accomplishments!


  • Jill Dorancy was appointed to the Second Judicial District Court.

  • Samorreyan Burney was appointed to the El Paso County Court.

  • CWBA Board Member Magistrate MaryAnn (Mariana) Vielma was appointed to the Adams County Court.

  • CWBA Board Member Magistrate Michal-Lord Blegen was appointed as a magistrate for the 17th Judicial District.

  • Emily Lieberman was appointed to the 17th Judicial District Court.

  • Magistrate Pax Moultrie was appointed to the Denver Juvenile Court.

  • Catherine Mitchell Helton was appointed to the Fourth Judicial District Court.


  • Niki Vinod Schwab joined the Business Section of Moye White as an associate.

  • Janeen Isaacson will run the new Colorado Springs office of Lipson Neilson, P.C. along with Joseph Garin.

  • Sara Scott was named CEO of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness.

  • Angela McGraw is now a shareholder with Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC.

  • Jennifer Allen and Tess Hand-Bender were promoted to partnership at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP.

  • Natalie Simpson joined Polidori Franklin Monahan & Beattie LLC as an associate.

  • Alexandra Dietzgen joined Coombe Curry Rich & Jarvis as an associate.

  • Candice Saxon joined Litvak Litvak Mehrtens and Carlton, P.C.

  • Ariana Busby joined Hall & Evans LLC as an associate.

  • Emily Naes joined Norton & Smith, P.C. as an associate.

  • Jennifer Lake joined Childs McCune.

  • Nancy Cohen and Nicole Black have launched a new firm, Cohen|Black Law.


  • Theresa Wardon Benz was awarded the 2019 Davis Award from the DBA. The award recognizes attorneys “under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence as a lawyer and leadership in Denver’s civic, educational, and charitable activities.”

  • Hon. Christine Arguello received the DBA Award of Merit. The award recognizes “outstanding contributions made by a DBA member to the DBA and the profession.”

  • CWBA 2020 Mary Lathrop Trailblazer Honoree Velveta Golightly-Howell was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

  • Katy Lum was recognized by Metro Volunteer Lawyers for her work as a Post Decree Consultation Program volunteer.

  • CWBA Past President Patricia Jarzobski and CWBA Board Member Hetal Doshi received the Inclusiveness@Work Award from the Center for Legal Inclusiveness.

  • Laura Wolf was named the CBA YLD Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of Year. Laura also started a new firm, Wolf Guerava LLP. CWBA Secretary Jennifer Carty was a finalist for the award.

  • CWBA Past President Hon. Theresa Spahn will be honored at the Colorado Judicial Institute’s 18th Annual Judicial Excellence Awards Oct. 7.

  • Ellie Lockwood was selected as a 2020 Top Women Lawyer by Law Week Colorado.

  • Sonia Ramirez Anderson has been named a 2020 Pro Bono Star by the Denver Bar Association.

  • Cierra Garso has joined Robinson and Henry, P.C.


  • CWBA Past President Jessica Brown began her term as president of the CBA.

  • Hon. Jaclyn Casey Brown, CWBA Board Member Ruchi Kapoor, Christine Kroupa, Brittany Limes, Nicoal Sperraza, and CWBA Past President Wendy Weigler were nominated to the DBA Board of Governors.

  • CWBA Board Member Kathryn Starnella was elected July 31, 2020 to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations as the CWBA representative.

  • Robyn Clarke and Karen Hen are members of the first advisory board to the CBA YLD Executive Council.

  • Raquel Hernandez is an at-large council member for the CBA YLD.

  • Sarah Myers wrote “Legal Enemy No. 1” for the February issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Sharon Sturges coauthored “Online Dispute Resolution: A Digital Door to Justice or Pandora’s Box?” Parts 1 through Part 3 for the February, March, and April issues of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Ashley Zurkan coauthored “America’s Water Infrastructure Act: Implications for Emergency Management” for the March issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Rebecca Klock Schroer authored “Holding Closely Held Business Assets in Trust” for the March issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Reagan Larkin wrote “Duncan the Debtbot: Leveraging Technology to Increase Access to Justice” for the March issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Ryann Peyton wrote “Mentoring Professional Identity: Expanding What it Means to Be a Lawyer” for the March issue of the Colorado Lawyer and “Crowdsourcing Mentorship: Creating a New Culture of Mentoring in the Legal Profession” for the May issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Sabra Janko wrote “Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans: A Walk Down the Legal Yellow Brick Road” for the April issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Lisa Hogan wrote “Is Work/Life Balance the Right Goal?” for the April issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Jennifer Lake wrote “Inverse Condemnation Claims after Knick: The Promise and Peril of Litigating in Federal Court” for the May issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Carol Warnick wrote “Nonjudicial Settlement Agreements under the CUTC: What Are the Limits?” for the May issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Robin Nolan coauthored “Navigating Commercial Leases and Real Estate Loans during COVID-19” for the June issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Hon. Kristen Mix wrote “Resources for Pro Se Litigation in the US District Court for the District of Colorado” for the July issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Professors Suzette Malveaux and Catherine Smith coauthored "How allowing civil lawsuits against bystander cops could change police culture" published June 17, 2020 in The Washington Post.

  • Abeer Abu Judeh was recognized as a rule-breaker and disrupter in this January 15, 2020 article in Business Insider.


  • Congratulations to CWBA Board Member and Larimer Chapter Rep. Callan Riedel on the birth of her baby girl, Riley!

  • Congratulations to CWBA Past President Alison Zinn and her husband Andy on the birth of their baby boy, Link, in May!

  • Congratulations to CWBA Board Member Jennifer Guzman and her wife Kristine on the birth of their baby boy, Jenson, in June!

  • Congratulations to Krista Maher and her husband Joe on the birth of their baby boy, Lucas, in June!

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