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Colorado Bar Association Quick Facts & Tip Sheet

Founded:
1897

Number of Members:
18,000 - 69% of active Colorado attorneys are members of the Colorado Bar Association.

Bar Classification:
Voluntary - 32 states have a unified or mandatory bar, which means attorneys must belong to the bar in order to practice law in the state. Colorado is one of the few voluntary states, where attorneys do not need to belong to practice law.  The CBA works for the common interests of attorneys and judges and is a non-profit organization.

Priorities:
Assist members in improving practice quality, economics and efficiency.
Support and improve the Justice System.
Enhance public confidence in the legal profession.

Number of Local Bars:
27

Membership:
There are four types of memberships.
Attorney Membership is for licensed attorneys in good standing to practice law in Colorado.  Members must also participate in one of the local bars associated with the CBA.
Associate Memberships are available for non-lawyers involved in assisting attorneys on a regular basis with the delivery of legal services. Associate members must be sponsored by an attorney who is an active CBA member.
Patron Memberships are for individuals who or organizations that provide ancillary goods or services to attorneys or the legal profession. They are not considered members, rather, Patrons of the Bar.
Student Membership is available to a student of any accredited law school. They have all the rights and privileges of active members, but can't hold office or vote.

Governance
The Board of Governors is elected on an annual basis with the exception of the Executive Director.
President - W. Terry Ruckriegle, Breckenridge
President Elect - Charles F. Garcia, Denver
Immediate Past President - Mark A. Fogg, Denver
Senior Vice President - Gary E. Hanisch, Walsenburg
Vice Presidents
Jeanna D. Baitlon, Salida
Robert "Bo" Chapin Brush
William W. Hood III, Denver
Kirk Rider, Grand Junction
Jessica A. Ryan, Steamboat Springs
Emily E. Valdez, Englewood

Treasurer - Mary Jo Gross, Denver
Council Members
Emma E. Garrison, Denver
Ruben M. Hernandez, Denver
Erin E. Hickey, Lakewood
Daniel R. McCune, Denver
Mark P. Miller, Denver
Bonnie Schriner, Denver
Ted C. Tow III, Brighton
Dinsmore Tuttle, Greeley
Marla C. Underell, Durango
Executive Director - Charles C. Turner

Section Membership
The CBA have sections which covers diverse specialties of the law. Each section offers members a closer association with other professionals engaged in a similar legal specialty. Active participation provides an opportunity to express ideas, apply talents, and share experiences. The CBA Sections are:

Agricultural and Rural Law
Business law
Communications & Technology Law
Construction Law
Criminal Law
Disability Law
Dispute Resolution
Elder Law
Entertainment & Sports
Environmental Law
Family Law
Government Counsel
Health Law
Immigration Law
Intellectual Property
International Law
Judicial Liaison
Juvenile Law
Labor & Employment Law
Litigation
Military and Veterans’ Affairs
Natural Resources & Energy
Real Estate law
Solo Small Firm Practice
Taxation Law
Trust & Estate
Water Law
Worker's Compensation

CBA Services:
The Bar provides opportunities for continuing education, volunteering and networking for those in the legal profession while upholding the standards of the bar. Likewise, the Bar works to secure efficient administration of justice, encourage the adoption of proper legislation and perpetuate the history of the profession and the memory of its members.  Examples of departments, programs, and services include:

  • Discounted (Continuing Legal Education) CLE courses.
  • Legislative Policy Committee reviews dozens of proposed bills that would impact members and their practices.
  • CBA's Public Relations educates journalists and the public on all the good work its members do.
  • The Bar maintains an extensive library of resource information on law practice management, technology, marketing, and finance topics and is available to members.
  • The Family Violence Program educates attorneys on family violence, increases access to the legal system for victims, monitors current education on the subject, improves how family violence programs are handled in the system, and implements pilot studies in this area of the law.
  • Public Legal Education coordinates programs such as High School Mock Trial, publishes legal resource materials, public speaking and clinics on legal topics, and hosts non-partisan informational programs to further public knowledge and understanding of state and federal courts.
  • CBA partners with DU Sturm College of Law and CU Law School to host career fairs.
  • Co-hosts admission ceremonies for new attorneys.
  • The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) provides professional development opportunities to young lawyers throughout the state by sponsoring programs which benefit young lawyers and the surrounding communities.

The Colorado Lawyer
The Colorado Lawyer is CBA's Official Publication and is an educational and informational resource to improve the practice of law. TCL is published monthly and is a free service to all members. Members are encouraged to submit substantive or practice management articles.

Colorado Bar Foundation
The Colorado Bar Foundation was established in 1953 by members of the CBA and functions exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.  The Foundation provides grants to help educate the general public and provide assistance to the State's legal institutions. 
Financial support from the bar comes in part from voluntary contributions solicited by members, annual dues, memorial contributions, bequests made in wills, special gifts, and CBA fellows.
Some of the most recent organizations to receive foundation funds are:

Arvada Teen Court
Center for Education in Law & Democracy
CBA Civic & Community Affairs Committee
CBA Public Legal Education Committee
Colorado CASA
Colorado Center on Law & Policy
Colorado Close UP
Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
Colorado Judicial Institute
Colorado Lawyers for the Arts
Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Colorado Legal services
Colorado Springs Teen Court
Court Care for the Pikes Peak Region
Crossroads Safehouse, Inc.
Denver Center for Crime Victims
Faculty of Federal Advocates
First Judicial District Bar Association Legal Assistance Program
Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People
Project Safeguard
Our Courts
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center
Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley
San Luis Vally Bar Association Pro Bono Project
University of Colorado Law School
University of Denver Sturm College of law
Weld County Legal Services