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October 30, 2014

Contact: Courtney Gibb, 303-824-5336

Patrick Flaherty Named New Executive Director

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DENVER—Patrick Flaherty has been named the new Executive Director of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. He will officially begin on Jan. 1, when current Executive Director Chuck Turner steps down after 34 years.

"I'm honored to be inheriting Chuck Turner's legacy, and I'm excited to help the Associations take on new challenges and continue to move forward,” Flaherty says.

Patrick Flaherty was most recently Director of Policy Advocacy Programs at the Gill Foundation, where he served for nine years. Prior to that, Flaherty was Executive Director of the nonprofit Project Angel Heart, which he grew from a fledgling organization to a highly impactful service organization. Under his leadership, it received the El Pomar Foundation’s Award for “Most Outstanding Nonprofit Organization in Colorado.”

Flaherty also has nine years of legal experience. He began his law career at Lewis Roca Rothgerber, rising from summer associate all the way to partner. He is a graduate of the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law, where he received his JD in 1987.  Flaherty has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University as well.

Bringing a blend of legal knowledge, nonprofit management, and advocacy experience to the bar associations, Flaherty is well suited to lead bar members, and more importantly, guide the legal community into the future.


About the Colorado Bar Association

The CBA, founded in 1897, is a voluntary bar association with more than 18,000 members—almost three- quarters of all attorneys in the state. The CBA provides opportunities for continuing education, volunteering for the legal and civic communities, and networking for those in the legal profession while upholding the standards of the bar. The CBA also works to secure the efficient administration of justice, encourage the adoption of proper legislation, and perpetuates the history of the profession and the memory of its members. For more information about the CBA, visit

About the Denver Bar Association

The Denver Bar Association was founded in 1891 with the commitment to promote justice, support and assist member attorneys in delivering legal service and uphold the honor and dignity of the bar. The association likewise works to foster respect for the legal profession, encourage ongoing legal education and offers resources for the media and the public on legal issues. For more information, visit




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