e are excited to announce the launch of the joint DBA and CBA Joint Diversity and Inclusivity Steering Committee. This Committee will be focused on implementing the DBA and CBA’s diversity and inclusivity goals, as adopted in the bar associations’ respective strategic plans. Specifically, the Committee will focus on creating systemic and lasting changes in bar governance, leadership and member engagement.
The Committee includes:
• Chair, Patricia M. Jarzobski, solo practitioner at The Law Office of Patricia M. Jarzobski, P.C.; 2016 – 2017 CBA president; 2012 – 2013 CWBA past president.
• John Baker, past DBA President; former Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP) director.
• Catherine Chan, managing attorney at The Chan Law Firm; DBA Board of Trustees; CBA/DBA Joint Management Committee.
• Courtney Holm, founder of Courtney Holm & Associates, P.C. in the Vail and Eagle Valley; CBA Executive Council; president of the Mountain Chapter of the CWBA; past president Continental Divide Bar Association.
• Ryann Peyton, director of CAMP; DBA Board of Trustees; past president of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association.
• Melissa Schwartz, shareholder with Steenrod, Schwartz & McMinimee, LLP; public administrator for the City and County of Denver; past chair of the CBA Trust and Estates Section; member of the CBA Section Best Practices Committee.
• Mario Trimble, partner at Kutak Rock LLP; past member CBA Executive Council; DBA Board of Trustees.
• Melissa Nicoletti, CBA Director of Sections and Committees.
• Patrick Flaherty, DBA/CBA Executive Director.
As the Committee moves forward, it will be reaching out to engage with stakeholders (including you!) to better understand how to create lasting change. At this point, the Committee is looking for your input on three key questions:
1. What do you believe the barriers are to making the CBA and DBA more diverse and inclusive?
2. What do you believe are the most obvious steps the CBA/DBA could do to become a more diverse and inclusive bar association?
3. What have you always wanted the CBA/DBA to do or to stop doing to become more diverse and inclusive?
If you would like to weigh in on these question, please send your thoughts to Patricia M. Jarzobski at Patricia.Jarzobski@icloud.com. D