COBALT is an interactive leadership training program designed specifically for lawyers with demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to the legal profession and their communities.
Each year’s class is comprised of 20 CBA members of varying ages and experience levels. COBALT meets once a month, during January through June, in different Colorado communities. Each COBALT session focuses on specific aspects of leadership. The program is designed to tap into each participant’s potential, teach and develop leadership skills, and address many of the challenges they will face in their roles as lawyers and community leaders. The sessions are taught by a distinguished faculty comprised of recognized community, legal, and professional leaders.
COBALT also creates a venue where the leaders of communities throughout the state of Colorado can learn from each other and develop personal and professional relationships.
The mission of COBALT is to enhance, promote, and inspire the leadership of the legal profession. COBALT brings together lawyers from different practice areas with a variety of experiences from across Colorado. These lawyers are acknowledged leaders of the profession and their communities. COBALT builds on their leadership skills and promotes new leadership experiences by:
Teaching accepted and recognized leadership skills and philosophies
Fostering professional relationships within the Colorado legal profession and the greater community
Promoting professional ethics and community service
Raising awareness among lawyers of the broad range of issues and challenges facing the legal profession and the system of justice
What Peaople are Saying About COBALT
“Lawyers are often called upon and looked to for leadership
but rarely does anyone take the time to be prepared for
leadership. I think COBALT is a great opportunity for
lawyers to think about how they can be and want to be
leaders in o ur legal and local community.”
— D. Rico Munn, Esq., Executive Director,
Colorado Department of Higher Education
“COBALT enabled me to learn about civic virtue from rising
leaders in our legal community. These lessons have served
me well during my subsequent tenure as a Denver District
— Judge William W. Hood III,
2007 COBALT Graduate
“In these times, we felt a need to create an ongoing
program to encourage lawyers of all ages and backgrounds
to assume leadership roles in the Bar and in the broader
community. The quality of the COBALT class, program, and
faculty is a c ontinuing source of pleasure to me.”
— Roger Clark, Esq.,
CBA President, 2005-2006
“COBALT was one of the best experiences that I have had. It not only enriches the professional aspects of your life, but it reminds you that leadership opportunities exist far beyond the four walls of an office or the courtroom.”
— Meredith Patrick Cord, Esq., 2009 COBALT graduate
SELECTION PROCESS: Nominations, including self-nominations, are sought in July; applications are sent out in August; and class members are notified of their selection in October. Applicants are encouraged to contact members of the current Executive Committee or Program Committee or past participants of the program with questions about their personal experiences. Links to the contact information for the Executive and Program Committees and prior class members can be found at www.cobar.org/cobalt.
Each participant must commit to attending and participating in each of the six monthly sessions and in the class community service project.
Tuition covers lodging for the travel programs, session meals, and materials. Class members are responsible for transportation, extra reading materials, incidentals, etc. Tuition scholarships are available.
“COBALT has been an excellent compliment to our firm’s
efforts to develop the next generation of leaders, not only for our law firm but also for our community. The leadership program has provided our attorneys with the opportunity to focus on leadership and build upon their leadership skills,while allowing them to make valuable connections with attorneys throughout the state of Colorado. Each of our participants has returned with exciting ideas, enthusiasm, and a stronger commitment to lead our firm now and in the future . ”
— Fred Baumann, Managing Partner,
Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, LLP
William Hood III
Karl Kumli III
Lynaia South Orr
James Garts III
A Project of the Colorado Bar Association www.cobar.org/cobalt
For information, call Dana J. Collier Smith
Colorado Bar Association (303) 860-1115
In Colorado (800) 332-6736