Upcoming events

    • 17 Sep 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (MDT)
    • Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center

    Each year, the CWBA Foundation honors women lawyers who have made a difference in our communities and have "raised the bar" for all of us. The evening is always a memorable one with about 400 attendees gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees and to thank them for paving the way for other women in Colorado and around the nation.

    The 2020 Raising the Bar dinner is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2020, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.


    The CWBA Foundation is NOW soliciting nominations for our 15th Annual Raising the Bar Dinner, scheduled for the evening of Thursday, September 17, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.  This year’s theme is “Women Who Lead."  We want to honor women attorneys who have distinguished themselves by leading businesses, law firms, government offices, and non-profits. We are looking for managing partners, C-suite professionals, practice group leaders, heads of government departments, elected officials, chief judges, and anyone else who has raised the bar by reaching the highest levels in the workplace, shaping the direction of their organizations and leading the way for the next generation of women leaders.

    Past honorees are not eligible for the award and can be found at

    Please send your suggestions via email to Jennifer Hunt by the extended deadline of April 20, 2020. We would appreciate it if, in addition to identifying a potential honoree, you would provide not only the name and contact information, but also some background information on that person's particular qualifications for this award. Even if the person is well known in the community, the Foundation committee members may not know the specific details of the lawyer’s accomplishments.

    Thank you for your help as we plan for this very important event.

    The Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation "Raising the Bar" Dinner Committee:

    Jennifer Hunt, Co-Chair  Valeri Pappas, Co-Chair
    Hon. Melissa Hart  Wendy Weigler

    Event Registration Opens in May 2020! 
    Watch this website for more details. 


The CWBA Foundation provides an annual scholarship to a law student at both the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who best exemplifies our mission. Previously, the scholarship was $2,500 per year. However, for the five-year period 2016 through 2020, the scholarship amount may vary year to year as we fund an endowed scholarship. For years 2021 and beyond, it is our goal to fund each scholarship at a $5,000 level or above. Click Here to view the requirements for the scholarships and a list of past scholarship recipients on the Scholarships and Grants page. You can donate to the scholarship program on the Scholarships and Grants page as well. 


The CWBA Foundation has also funded studies on the wage gap between female and male lawyers in Colorado, co-funded a national study about part-time partnership positions, and much more. Often, the programs funded by the CWBA Foundation are the programs that are put on by the CWBA itself. For example, the CWBA Foundation funded the CWBA’s successful program, Storming the Bench. Please see a partial list of past programs and activities on the “Past Projects and Activities” page.

Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

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