Colorado Lawyer: April 2020

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Addressing Sexism in the Legal Profession

Lawyers with Littles On February 6, members of the DBA YLD met at Pints Pub to talk “parenting” as part of the group’s Lawyers with Littles series. The casual gathering was led by Troy Rackham, a father of four and a partner at Spencer Fane, who shared his tips on staying sane while juggling professional and family responsibilities.

On January 30, a panel of women attorneys led a discussion on sexism in the legal profession during a CLE at Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP. The panelists spoke about their personal experiences with sexism in the workplace in dealings with colleagues, clients, opposing counsel, and judges. The CLE sought to provide both men and women strategies for addressing sexism in the legal workplace.

Panelists Kate Laubach, Heather Salg, and Katherine Otto.

David Coats and Matthew Broderick.

Denver Regional Mock Trial Tournament On February 22 and 23, Denver-area high school students competed in the Denver Regional Mock Trial Tournament for a chance to advance to the Colorado High School Mock Trial Program State Tournament in March. The CBA congratulates all the student participants and thanks the many volunteers who served as attorney coaches, presiding judges, scoring panelists, and courtroom monitors.

Young Lawyers in Action Sonia Anderson, a fourthyear associate at Husch Blackwell, successfully Anderson. argued against summary judgment for a pro bono client in federal court. Her client was a disabled woman in her 80s who was incarcerated. She was at risk for falling when she walked, so she needed assistance with going to the bathroom, getting meals, and taking her medication. The client’s prison facility provided disabled people with aids, fellow inmates who are trained to provide various levels of care to disabled inmates. But for one month, the prison officials refused to provide the client with an aid, which resulted in her missing meals, not taking her medicine, and not being able to shower. Chris Ottele was the supervising attorney.

Contribute Send your stories of young lawyers taking meaningful action in court to Jessica Espinoza at jespinoza@cobar. org. Provide the name of the young attorney; a high-resolution photo of the young attorney; the name of the supervising attorney and/or law firm supporting the young attorney; and a 50- to 100- word summary of the action taken in court. Please keep the descriptions general and do not identify the client.

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Presenting a case to the jury. Taking notes.





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