Upcoming events

    • 23 Sep 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Denver Athletic Club, Outdoor Sundeck

    Each year, the Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation (CWBAF) honors women lawyers who have made a difference in our communities and have "raised the bar" for all of us. The evening promises to be memorable, with attendees gathering in person and remotely to celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees and thank them for paving the way for other women in Colorado and around the nation.

    The 2021 Raising the Bar celebration is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2021 at the Denver Athletic Club's outdoor sundeck.  

    This year's theme, "Women Who Lead: Lawyers Who Raised the Bar Leading Through Crisis," will honor women attorneys who raise the bar through work focusing on the interests of women and girls across the legal, political, and social spectrum.

    We are thrilled to have five amazing women to honor this year:

    Colorado Attorney Regulation Counsel, Colorado Supreme Court

    City Attorney, City and County of Denver

    Chief Deputy Attorney General, State of Colorado

    State Public Defender, Colorado State Public Defender

    Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Children’s Hospital Colorado

    We hope that you will consider sponsoring this annual event to help us continue our important work. The Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation (CWBAF) was founded in 1988 to implement the charitable and educational work of the Colorado Women's Bar Association (CWBA), to promote the advancement of women in law, and to protect and promote the welfare of all women.

    Sponsorship Packages (10 Tickets) or Individual Tickets Available.
    Registration deadline is Monday, September 20 at 5:30 PM MDT.


    Or, Click Here for the Printable Registration Form.

    2021 Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits:

    • Gold Sponsorship $4,000: Premier logo recognition on all Raising the Bar marketing and admission for 10; full page (5”w x 8”h) color ad in printed event program; special recognition from the podium during the event; premium graphic display of logo at the event; private reception with honorees in advance of general event reception.
    • Silver Sponsorship $3,000: Admission for 10; 1/2 page (5”w x 4”h) color ad in printed event program; recognition from the podium during the event; graphic display of logo at the event.
    • Bronze Sponsorship $2,000: Admission for 10; recognition in printed event program; recognition from the podium during the event; graphic display of logo at the event.
    • Wine & Cocktail Sponsor $250 (for individuals only): Admission for one; recognition in printed event program; recognition from the podium during the event.
    • Individual Ticket $125 (student tickets at $60).

      Click Here for the Printable Sponsorship Menu. 

      Thank you 2021 Sponsors:

      Holland & Hart LLP
      Parker Lipman LLP
      Haddon Morgan & Foreman PC
      Polsinelli, PC

      Husch Blackwell, LLP
      Sherman & Howard, LLC
      Colorado Bar Association / Denver Bar Association / CBA-CLE
      Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
      Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP
      Ballard Spahr LLP
      Messner Reeves LLP

      Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
      Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, LLP
      Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
      University of Colorado Law School
      Children's Hospital Colorado
      Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
      Bartlit Beck LLP

      Tracy Ashmore
      Justice Melissa Hart
      Colorado Lawyers Committee
      Valeri S. Pappas
      Honorable Jaclyn Casey Brown
      Holly Shilliday
      Betzer Call Lausten & Schwartz LLP
      Honorable Elizabeth Harris
      Lauren Schmidt
      Archer & Hilda Yates

      Digital Media Colorado

      COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols:
      Updated August 25, 2021

      The safety and well-being of event attendees are top priorities for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation (CWBAF). For meetings in 2021, the CWBAF will follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for events and gatherings, working with the host venue to follow protocols based on current national, local and health advisories and requirements.

      Under current City and County of Denver and Colorado State orders, face coverings are no longer required for indoor or outdoor events. If you have not been fully vaccinated, we STRONGLY encourage you to wear a face covering at all CWBAF indoor/outdoor events and practice social distancing.

      For fully vaccinated attendees, the CDC recommends that you wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission due to the COVID-19 Delta variant currently circulating the United States. A face covering can provide additional protection, and for some, might provide peace of mind.

      CWBAF Event Participation Release: 

      There is always inherent risk in participating in any activity. Due to the circumstances created by COVID-19 and its variants, there is a heightened degree of personal risk and responsibility in participating in this in-person group event. You are strongly urged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending this event.

      As a condition of your registering for and attending this event, you hereby forever release and discharge the Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation (CWBAF), and their respective present and former partners, officers, directors, employees, agents, consultants, plans, fiduciaries, insurers, attorneys, affiliates, successors and assigns from any and all liabilities, causes of action, damages, indemnities, obligations, debts, claims and demands of every kind and nature, both in law and in equity, known or unknown, fixed or contingent, based upon or in any way related to contracting COVID-19 at this event.


    The CWBA Foundation provides an annual scholarship to a law student at both the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who best exemplifies our mission. Previously, the scholarship was $2,500 per year. However, for the five-year period 2016 through 2020, the scholarship amount may vary year to year as we fund an endowed scholarship. For years 2021 and beyond, it is our goal to fund each scholarship at a $5,000 level or above. Click Here to view the requirements for the scholarships and a list of past scholarship recipients on the Scholarships and Grants page. You can donate to the scholarship program on the Scholarships and Grants page as well. 


    The CWBA Foundation has also funded studies on the wage gap between female and male lawyers in Colorado, co-funded a national study about part-time partnership positions, and much more. Often, the programs funded by the CWBA Foundation are the programs that are put on by the CWBA itself. For example, the CWBA Foundation funded the CWBA’s successful program, Storming the Bench. Please see a partial list of past programs and activities on the “Past Projects and Activities” page.

    Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

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