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Paralegal Committee

Welcome to the Paralegal Committee Page

"Mission Statement"

The Paralegal Committee is a group of individuals working together for the betterment of the paralegal profession.  The mission of the Paralegal Committee is to support and assist the legal community in providing quality legal services to the community at large and support the continuing education and effective utilization of paralegals. 

In carrying out its mission, the committee is guided by the following goals:

  • Monitor issues relevant to the legal and paralegal professions.
  • Cooperate with other community, legal and paralegal organizations to achieve common goals in providing quality legal services to the community.
  • Develop a plan for long-term growth of the profession and its use by the legal community and community at large.
  • Provide leadership to the profession by maintaining the highest ethical standards.
  • Promote professional recognition of paralegals.

The Paralegal Committee completed the second revision of the Guidelines for the Utilization of Paralegals which were formally approved at the Spring Meeting of the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors on May 17, 2008.  Click here for the history of the Guidelines, the Guidelines Formally Approved by the CBA Board of Governors and the Resolution formally adopted by the CBA Board of Governors.

Take a look at a Law Week Colorado article written by Debra Hindin-King, your new Paralegal Committee Co-Chair. Paralegals: Opportunities, Resources to Stay Connected Globally appeared in the July 16, 2012 edition of Law Week Colorado.

Click here to view the Paralegal Committee Mission Statement and a description of what the CBA Paralegal Committee brings to the Colorado Bar Association and its members published in the September 2012 issue of The Colorado Lawyer.

Membership in the Paralegal Committee is open to all individuals who are currently Members, Associate Members or Patrons of the Colorado Bar Association in good standing.

The 2014/2015 CBA Committee Chairs:  Sydney Greenish

CBA Staff Liaison: Reba Nance

This Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm, except during summer/holiday breaks as noted on the calendar.

Calendar of Meetings/Events - 2014 - 2015

  • January 2, 2014 (5:30)Cancelled
  • February 6, 2014 (5:30) – Janet Price, CP (Paralegal at Litvak Litvak Mehrtens Epstein and Carlton, P.C.) – Dissolution of Marriage and Legal Separation Basics for Paralegals - Get the Facts.  Click HERE for Janet's Presentation
  • March 6, 2014 (5:30) – Carol Donahue (Paralegal at Fox Rothschild LLP) – Fundamentals of U.S. Patent Law.   Click HERE for Carol's Presentation and Bio.
  • April 3, 2014 (5:30) – Jennifer M. Hagen, Esq. (Hagen Law LLC) – Overview of general bankruptcy law and the utilization of paralegals (CLE credit pending) Click HERE for Documentation and Bio's.
  • April 4, 2014 (4:00) – Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony (Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center, 2 East 14th Avenue, Denver).  Tours of the building will be offered from 3-4 pm and a reception will follow the ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm.  No RSVP is required.  Come and support the Colorado Supreme Court’s recognition of the winners of special pro bono awards including the recipient of the 2014 CBA/Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association’s Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award.
  • May 1, 2014 (5:30) – Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award Ceremony and the Celebration of Colorado Paralegal Day – Click HERE for Pictures of the Event!
  • June 5, 2014 (5:30) – Trina Ruhland, Esq. and Debra Hindin-King (Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP) – Overview of general litigation practice area and the utilization of paralegals by associate attorneys (CLE credit pending) - Click HERE for Trina's Bio and HERE for the presentation.
  • June 27, 2014 (8:00 am) – ARMA International – Western Colorado Chapter – Records Seminar – “Rope in your information:  From Governance to Holds” – Old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Avenue, Grand Junction, CO – approved for 6 CLE credits.  Questions – please contact Lisa H. Cain, City Clerk/Human Resources Director – City of Rifle at (970) 665-6405 or email: - Click HERE for Course Information and Seminar Flyer
  • July – August 2014 – Paralegal Committee is on summer vacation
  • September 4, 2014 (5:30) – Standard Committee Meeting and  Michelle M. Rose-Hughes, Esq. and Dianne Carns from Tuthill Hughes – Primer on Probate and Estate Law and the utilization of paralegals assisting within the practice area (CLE credit pending)
  • October 2, 2014 (5:30) – Jose Trujillo, CRP (Paralegal at John Sauer Legal Group, LLC) – Legal apps for the iPad – tips and tricks navigating with technology
  • November 6, 2014 (5:30) – Brian Medina and Jason Bergbower (Office of the Colorado State Court Administrator) – Overview and update on ICCES (Integrated Colorado Courts E-Filing System) and tips and tricks for searching court filings.
  • December 4, 2014 (5:00 - 6:30) – Member Appreciation Happy Hour & Meet & Greet.  Join us for a casual happy hour to meet other members, guests, past presenters and future presenters. Members will receive a drink ticket.  Appetizers will be provided. Members will get a chance for door prizes. Location:  McCormick’s Fish House and Bar, 1659 Wazee Street, Denver,
    Please RSVP to or by phone at 720.209.1825.
    Special Thanks to our Sponsors
    Forensic Pursuit; Informative Graphics; Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.  and BarrADR; LexisNexis for legal professionals
  • January 2015 - Holiday Break/No meeting.
  • February 5, 2015 (5:30 - 6:30) Andrea Hamilton, Research Librarian at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP and Mike Bosick with SMI digital awareness
    Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MeetUp,, Harmony and more!  Social Media can be a powerful tool for your team. Learn how to effectively research and use social media in your cases and learn about ethical considerations, tips on searches and case law updates.  (CLE Pending)
  • March 5, 2015 (5:30) - Dr. Kevin R. Boully Litigation Consultant – Persuasion Strategies/Holland & Hart LLP. Tips on conducting effective witness interviews, communicating with difficult clients and the benefit of creating focus groups to test drive your case at trial (CLE credit pending)
  • April 2, 2015 (5:30 - 6:30) - Shalene Onyango, Program Director at Denver CASA.  Have you thought about volunteering/getting involved in pro bono work for the betterment of our community?   Attend this meeting and learn more about the impact a volunteer can make, learn more about how to be a voice for a child and what it means to be a child advocate for Denver CASA.  Refreshments will be provided.
  • May 7, 2015 - Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award Ceremony and Celebration of Colorado Paralegal Day. Joint event with the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association.  Details to be announced.
  • June 4, 2015 (5:30 - 6:30) -  Sydney Greenish, Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP.  Primer on Employment Discrimination Cases (Cases based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, retaliation, age and genetic information). Walk through the administrative/EEOC process, litigation process and the paralegal’s role from start to finish. (CLE Pending)
  • July - August 2015 - Summer break/no meetings.

For more information about these events or to RSVP to an event please contact Sydney Greenish at or by phone at 303.892.7378

Past Meetings