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Pat Clark Broke New Ground for Women Attorneys in Denver

Pat Clark was a valued member of Holme Roberts & Owen from 1965 to 1974, and, in many ways, she broke new ground for women attorneys in Denver. In the winter of 1965, Kerm Darkey of Mountain States Employers Council, Inc. and a friend of Pat, asked me why large law firms did not hire qualified women lawyers. I responded that Holme Roberts & Owen would certainly hire a woman lawyer provided she was a qualified applicant. Pat was an extremely qualified applicant in all respects, and she began her legal career with Holme Roberts specializing in estate planning. I believe that Pat Clark was the first woman lawyer hired by a large law firm in Denver. Several years later, Pat again broke new ground when she became a partner at Holme Roberts & Owen - the first woman to become a partner in a large Denver law firm. In 1974, Pat withdrew from the partnership to accept a position as a bankruptcy referee - another first for Pat as this District had not previously had a woman jurist. Her former partners with Holme Roberts were sad to lose her considerable talents, but were and remain proud of her distinguished career as a bankruptcy judge and many contributions to the Denver legal community. I will always remember Pat as someone who successfully met new challenges with vigor and enthusiasm, and by doing so, made these challenges less daunting for those following in her footsteps.


James E. Bye, a partner of the firm in the Denver office, has practiced law with the firm since 1958. Mr. Bye has been an adjunct professor at the University of Denver School of Law. In addition, he is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in the World and International Who's Who of Professionals.