President's Message

Dear Colleagues,

APABA Colorado strongly condemns neo-Nazis, the KKK, and white nationalists, and the violence, racism, and hatred that they recently displayed in Charlottesville, Virginia. The beliefs trumpeted by these groups directly conflict with our core values of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance and must be rejected. We similarly reject the drawing of a moral equivalence—particularly by elected officials—between individuals who support ideologies of hate and those who refuse to back down in the face of such ideologies. True leaders do not equate bigotry and tolerance, and this is not the time for ambivalence or equivocation. We wish those who were injured in Charlottesville a speedy recovery, and our thoughts are with the family of Heather Heyer, a paralegal who died while standing up to bigotry and hate. As legal professionals, we will not be intimidated by hate groups that feel emboldened, and we must continue to protect civil rights, justice, and equality.

One of our members who continues to “raise the bar” in this regard is Miko Brown, APABA Colorado’s immediate past president. Miko will be honored by the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation at its 12th annual dinner on September 14th at the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. This year the CWBAF is celebrating “Women Lawyers Who Raise the Bar through Systemic Reform or Innovation.” APABA Colorado congratulates Miko on receiving this honor, and we encourage you to attend the dinner. APABA Colorado also congratulates Franz Hardy, Judge Jin Ho Pack, and Kira Suyeishi on their recent accomplishments, which you can read about in the “Member Spotlight” section on the homepage of our new website:

Finally, we hope to see you this Sunday, August 27th from 11:30 to 2:30 at Ruby Hill Park for our annual summer picnic. This is always a fun event for the entire family and a great way to connect with friends and other APABA members. Additional details regarding the picnic can be found below.

As always, if you have any suggestions, whether for programming, events, meetings, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the APABA Officers, and be sure to check out our new website for job postings and upcoming events.

Justin Cohen


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