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May 2013       Vol. 42, No. 5       Page  17
In and Around the Bar
Bar News Highlight

National Association of Women Judges Hosted Speed Mentoring Program in Denver
by Alexandra Harpp

About the Author

Alexandra Harpp is an appellate law clerk for the Honorable Terry Fox of the Colorado Court of Appeals. After the clerkship with Judge Fox, she will clerk for the Honorable Michael E. Hegarty, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge. Harpp graduated from Cornell Law School in May 2011.

The Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges, under the leadership of Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Terry Fox, hosted a "speed mentoring" event at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Building on March 6, 2013. This was Colorado’s inaugural program. In addition to Judge Fox, thirteen jurists and practitioners, listed below, participated as mentors.

> Four Colorado Court of Appeals Judges

  • Laurie Booras
  • Stephanie Dunn
  • Nancy Lichtenstein
  • Diana Terry

> Two Jefferson County District Court Judges

  • Lily Oeffler
  • Chris Phillips

> Denver District Court Judge Elizabeth Starrs

> Adams and Broomfield Counties Magistrate Judge Emily Anderson

> Lisa Christian, Regional Attorney for the U.S. Department of Agriculture

> Leslie Fields, Managing Partner of Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP

> Kris Gomez, Legal Counsel for the Colorado Education Association

> Kelly Robinson, Partner at Sherman and Howard, LLC

> Patricia Thatcher, Partner at Campbell Killin Brittan & Ray, LLC

 CU and DU law students at a speed mentoring reception
in the atrium of the Ralph L. Carr ­Judicial Building.

Sixty law students from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the University of Colorado Law School participated in the program. Eleven judicial law clerks—Jeremy Chaffin, Megan Embrey, Brad Gray, Alex Harpp, Jessica Lowrey, Molly McNab, Ben Meade, Anjali Nanda, Julie Nichols, Dan Snare, and Dmitry Vilner—served as liaisons among the groups of mentors and students, and kept the group rotations running smoothly. They also provided tours of the new judicial building.

The event began in the court of appeals courtroom, where Judge Fox made welcoming remarks. "Mentor stations" had been arranged in the Supreme Court Library, where assigned groups of three or four students would meet with a mentor.

Each group met with a mentor for six minutes before rotating to the next mentor station. The students were encouraged to ask questions, with the goal of learning about the backgrounds of the judges and lawyers in attendance. Mentors answered questions and talked with the students about the variety of opportunities and paths to success.

Following the mentoring portion of the evening, participants gathered for a reception in the atrium of the judicial building. Hosted by Sherman & Howard partner Jordan Fox, the reception gave students an opportunity to speak individually with mentors.

The purpose of the program is to introduce law students to Colorado judges and distinguished practitioners, thereby providing inspiration to young professionals as they begin their legal careers. Response to this year’s event from mentors, students, and clerks was collectively favorable. Judge Fox is looking forward to hosting the event biennially.

CU and DU law students in the Colorado Court of Appeals courtroom, where the speed mentoring program kicked off.   Kelly Robinson of Sherman & Howard meets with CU and DU law students.
Students listen attentively to Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Stephanie Dunn.   Patricia Thatcher of Campbell Killin Brittan & Ray speaks with CU and DU law students.

Photographs of the event appear courtesy of Devon Fox,
Fox & Gifford Photography.

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