Confetti! Summer 2021



Bench Strength

  • Regina Rodriguez was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

  • Courtney Dinnel was appointed to the Adams County Court.

  • Adam Espinosa was appointed to the Second Judicial District Court.

  • Kristan Wheeler was appointed to the Jefferson County Court.

  • Margaret Vellar was appointed to the Pueblo County Court.

  • Kelly Cherry was appointed to the Denver County Court.

  • Reneé Goble was appointed to the Denver County Court.

On the Move

  • Daniela Reichelstein joined Allen & Curry, P.C. as an associate.

  • Gabrielle Baker joined Sweetbaum Sands Ramming PC as an associate.

  • CWBA President Elect Kathryn Starnella was selected a member of Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC.

  • Meaghan Fischer was promoted to senior associate at Wegener Scarborough & Lane.

  • Hannah Cope joined The Harris Law Firm as an associate.

  • Danielle Kaiser joined Montgomery Little & Soran, P.C. as an associate.

  • Allison Gambill is in-house counsel at Covetrus.

  • Arash Jahanian is Deputy General Counsel with Denver Public Schools.

  • CWBA Board Member Nicki Cerasoli joined Holland & Hart as Of Counsel.

  • Carolyn Steffl joined Dietz and Davis, P.C.

  • Tessa DeVault opened her new firm, DeVault Law.

  • Lisha Coultrip is now a shareholder with Banner & Bower, P.C.

  • CWBA Board Member Leila Hock was promoted to Chief Growth Officer at Diversity Lab.

You Were Recognized

  • Barbara Chamberlain received the DBA Award of Merit.

  • Hannah Siegel Proff received the DBA Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award.

  • Ruchi Kapoor received the DBA Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

  • Hon. Theresa Spahn received the DBA Judicial Excellence Award.

  • CWBA Board Member Laura Wolf and her firm, Spark Justice Law, were announced as finalists for the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Case of the Year award for their work on Agazi Abay et al. v. City of Denver.

  • Hon. Jill Dorancy will be honored Oct. 9 at the Colorado Black Women for Political Action 43rd Annual Tribute to Black Women Luncheon & Awards Ceremony.

  • Sara Mercer was named a 2021 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

  • Kelli Riley and Sara Stieben were named 2021 Notable Women in Law by BizWest.

Leading the Way

  • Joi Kush began her term as CBA President.

  • Danaé Woody began her term as CBA-CLE Board President.

  • Ruchi Kapoor is President Elect of the DBA.

  • Nicoal Sperrazza is 1st Vice President of the DBA.

  • Elizabeth Hutchinson began her term as DBA Young Lawyers Division Chair.

  • Marika Rietsema Ball is a Board Member of the DBA Young Lawyers Division.

  • Kelly Page is a Board Member of the DBA Young Lawyers Division.

  • Katharine Lum is MVL Representative for the DBA Young Lawyers Division.

  • Elizabeth Hutchinson coauthored “Expanding Potential Exposure for Businesses: Causation Standards and the Planned Parenthood Shooting Opinion” for the May issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Courtney Sommer authored “Rural Access to Justice through Mentoring” for the May issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Kendra Beckwith coauthored “The Duty of Competence in the New Normal” for the July issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Kristin Allan wrote “COVID-19’s Effects on Real Estate Law — Part 2: The Business Interruption Insurance Puzzle” for the July issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Brittany Kauffman wrote “Civil Justice in the Pandemic: Innovations, Recommendations, and Redefining Normal” for the July issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Hon. Adam Espinosa coauthored, “The COVID-19 Eviction Impact” for the August/September issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

  • Courtney Sommer and Ryann Peyton coauthored “‘Are You My Mentor?’ Choosing the Right Mentoring Partner” for the August/September issue of the Colorado Lawyer.

Congratulations!

  • Congratulations to Judge Adam Espinosa and his wife, Ashley, on the birth of their third child, Aurora “Rory” Juliann Espinosa, born May 6.

  • CWBA Board Member Harshy Kaur and Deep Badhesha were married on August 6, 2021.

  • CWBA Board Member Kendria Pearson and Zach Pearson welcomed their second son, Kelten Alt Pearson, on September 1, 2021.

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