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Legal Pipeline Events

  • Law Walk & Talk
  • Journey to JD
  • Dream Teams (see below)

Recruitment Events

  • Diversity Legal Career Fair
  • Community Connection

Retention & Advancement Events

  • Pitch Program
  • GC Roundtable
  • Embedding Excellence

Dream Teams

The CLI Dream Team lawyers volunteer their time on projects to encourage historically underrepresented groups to consider a career in the legal profession, including the Colorado judiciary, thereby widening their access to the legal community and such profession.

Widening Access Dream Team

Volunteer lawyers spend approximately ten hours each year helping high school and college participants build lasting relationships with attorneys, judges, law students and other legal professionals. We host an annual Fall recruiting party for those interested in learning more.  If you are interested in joining this team, please contact us at

Bench Dream Team

The Bench Dream Team is comprised of volunteer justices, judges, senior lawyers and professionals in the Colorado legal community.  Led by Justice Melissa Hart, Justice Will Hood, Justice Monica Marquez and Judge Don Toussaint, the Bench Dream Team strives to increase diversity on the Colorado Bench through a series of educational, community outreach and mentorship initiatives, including:

The “You Be the Judge” CLE program -- this half-day CLE program featuring justices, judges, nominating commission members and the Denver City Attorney seeks to educate attendees about the process of being a judge and how to navigate the application process. The program, offered in alternating odd years, was last presented in April, 2019.

The Coffee Brigade -- This group comprised of several dozen judges from throughout the State are willing to meet with individual legal practitioners over coffee or a phone call to discuss what it is like to be a judge or justice, and the process to become a judge/justice.  Lawyers interested in the Brigade should contact us at

Judicial Candidate Team -- For many years, Judges Terry Fox and Gary Jackson, along with a select group of senior lawyers, have been providing mentorship and practical guidance to diverse and female candidates applying for judgeships, including application and process advice, extensive mock interviews, and more.  If you are interested in applying for a judgeship, you can contact us at  

In 2017 and 2018, CLI coordinated with the Colorado Lawyer to publish a series of articles which explored what it means to be a judge or justice at various levels of the state court system.  This bi-monthly series featured insight from seven Colorado legal professionals, judges and justices.  Each article focused on the author's unique career path and personal journey to the bench.    You can access the articles here.


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