Annie Martínez

Second Vice President

Please tell us a little about yourself, personally and professionally.
Pronouns: they/them (preferred) & she/her.
I am a first gen Cuban-American raised in Hialeah, FL. I am a former ballet dancer and still take class to this day, and I miss the stage something fierce. I am a family advocate, working primarily in dependency and neglect cases representing parents and kin involved in the child welfare system. I am also pursuing a doctorate in public policy and looking forward to incorporating that into future endeavors.


Growing up we didn’t have much, and I saw how much my parents struggled and how much the system was positioned against them and those like us. Because of that I decided that with my degree I would pursue justice and social change. I spend most of my free time working on making the world or myself just a little bit better.
My favorite show is Rick and Morty. I love to listen to music at the highest decibel possible and in my downtime you can catch me dissociating on tiktok.


What has been one of your most memorable DBA experiences?

In one of my first years in Colorado, I was gifted a ticket to the gala. It was the first one I had ever attended. I had literally never been in a room with that many attorneys and professionals in my life. It was an overwhelming experience and I most definitely felt like a fish out of water. But everyone I interacted with from the bar was so warm and encouraging and made me feel like I did belong at the bar and at events like that one. Since then, I really followed my friends’ advice and walked into every room authentically myself and have increased my participation and presence in the bar to continue to work to make the profession and our community stronger and better.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Networking opens doors that education can’t”.


This was actually from a friend and classmate from law school. I am sure he didn’t come up with it, but it really was impactful for me. We were talking about me moving to Colorado and how I was going to get a job when no one would know the law school I graduated from, etc. I was focused on being on moot court and getting the best grades I could and freaking out that it wouldn’t be enough.

He reminded me that I am my best-selling point. To go out to events, put myself out there in my most genuine and authentic way and those opportunities that are right for me will gravitate towards me. So far, he hasn’t been wrong.

Jake Eisenstein

Council

Please tell us a little about yourself, personally and professionally.
I practice plaintiff’s personal injury law at a small firm. I’m married with two young children and one old dog. I love music, both playing and listening. I also enjoy all the typical Colorado outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking and camping.

What has been one of your most memorable DBA experiences?
My most memorable DBA experiences were as part of the YLD or MVL boards.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Treat others the way you would want to be treated.