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Join APABA’s Dragon Boat Race Team!


No, we aren’t racing dragons, but dragon boats . . . The sport of dragon boat racing traces its origins back more than 2500 years to southern central China. Fast forward to present day, where Denver hosts the biggest dragon boat festival in the country! Every year, dozens of teams from all over Colorado gather at Sloan’s Lake to participate in this fun and family friendly event. After a long absence, APABA is rejoining this race community with its own dragon boat race team! Will you race with us??          

APABA’s team needs at least 18 paddlers (with a minimum of 8 female paddlers), a flag catcher, and a drummer. Drummers and flag catchers don’t paddle, but must have extreme enthusiasm! The signup fee for each racer is $25, which includes one practice session and a spot in the boat on race day. All APABA members are invited to sign up. You may also sign up your significant other, even if he or she is not an APABA member. The team also needs 10 alternates, and additional volunteers to help with setup and organizing the race tent. Alternates and volunteers can sign up for free(!) and alternates are also invited to join the practice session. 

When: Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Where: Sloan’s Lake

Who: YOU! Anyone can join our team as a paddler, a flag catcher, a drummer, or a volunteer to help with race day coordination. APABA members are invited to sign up, along with significant others.

What: 20 people on a boat paddling their hearts out! The race is 250 meters and there will be three heats.

What else: A prize will be awarded to whoever comes up with the best joke about 20 lawyers on a boat.

To sign up, or for more information, please contact BlakeGansborg blake.gansborg@nelsonmullins.com or Isuri Lawson ILawson@polsinelli.com.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival Volunteer Opportunities

1. Pro Bono Legal Volunteer Opportunities

Attorneys are needed for contract/legal pro bono help. Please contact Janet Hajek (janethajek@gmail.com) if you are able to help with the following:

  • Race Club contract review
  • New Sponsor contract review (3 people)
  • Volunteer/Race Waivers (just a quick review since they have been approved last year)
  • Various event pop-up LOAs (2 people) 

Estimated total hours for the work is 5-6 hours.

2. Operations Team Volunteer Opportunities

Please click on this link for a list of volunteer positions needed on festival weekend, and please email Tesia Chen at tesia@cdbf.org if would like to sign up to volunteer.


Community Events

June 20, 2019: Center for Legal Inclusiveness Annual Summer Associate Reception

Please join us for our Annual Summer Associate Reception.

When: Wednesday, June 20th from 5 - 6:30 PM

Where: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Address: 1200 17th St #1900, Denver, CO 80202

Who: Legal professionals and Law Students with an interest in diversity and the legal profession

Why: CLI’s Summer Associate Reception introduces law students to local legal professionals and showcases the support this community provides in diversity and inclusion efforts, including two diversity scholarships that CLI provides: living expenses and bar exam.

What: Hosted bar with heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Cost: Complimentary 

July 11, 2019: Summer Social hosted by Colorado Women's Bar Association and Center for Legal Inclusiveness

Join the CWBA on the beautiful terrace at Polsinelli's offece to meet new friends and catch up with others. For this year's Summer social, we are partnering with our friends with the Center for Legal Inclusiveness. Members, not-yet-members, board members, students, friends, and the curious are all welcome! This event officially launches
our new fiscal year with a burst of fun in the sun. 

When: Thursday, July 11, 2019

Where: Polsinelli

Address: 1401 Lawrence Street, Suite 2300, Denver 

Admission is only $25, $15 for law students. Includes two drink tickets (for beer or wine) and delicious appetizers.

For more information, please click here

July 13, 2019: 2019 OCA Panda 5K Run/Walk For Fund

Hosted by OCA Colorado, the 5K Panda Run is a race to benefit the youth in Asian Pacific American communities in Colorado. Please join!

When: Saturday, 8 a.m.

Where: Great Lawn Park

Address: 101 Yosemite St., Denver, CO 80230

For more information, please click here.







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