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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.

Paralegal Committee Social Event

The Paralegal Committee members recently enjoyed an evening getting to meet fellow members, past presenters, future presenters and other guests. We had a lively discussion on the varying practice areas we share and  on the committee’s mission statement.  Our door prize winners included Debbie Werth, Paralegal with Davis Graham & Stubbs and Mariko Kageyama, law school candidate.  



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.

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 reban@cobar.org

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 2015

  • 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 https://www.smiaware.com/.
    • Tips and resources available to research individuals and experts, including the social media aspect:  how to effectively obtain and utilize information from social media sites in your cases. (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. www.denvercasa.org
  • May 7, 2015 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) - Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award Reception and Celebration of Colorado Paralegal Day. Joint event with the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association.  Guest Speaker and Presenter:  The Honorable Gale T.  Miller, Colorado Court of Appeals.   Lite fare and non-alcoholic beverages provided.  Attend and show your support of the nominees and our 2015 award recipient for their pro bono service. Invitations will be sent to members of the Paralegal Committee, your RSVP is required for this event.  Location: Maggiano’s 500 16th Street, Denver  Pavilions. http://www.maggianos.com/locations/us/colorado/denver/denver-pavilions/
  • June 4, 2015 (5:30 - 6:30) -  Sydney Greenish, Sr. Paralegal at Xcel Energy..  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.
  • September 3, 2015 (5:30 – 6:30 p.m.Presenter:  Reba J. Nance, Director, Law Practice Management/Risk Management for the Colorado Bar Association.  Topic:  Microsoft Outlook/Tips and Tricks:  Why limit Outlook for emails and calendar when you can increase the efficiency for your legal team.   Learn about using the “@Waiting” feature to keep track of all your follow-ups, using the “notes” feature and keeping track of them, learning about the slick Outlook journal feature to automatically track time spent on any project, keyboard shortcuts, color coding email, calendars, multiple window usage and more!  (CLE Pending)

For more information about these events or to RSVP to an event please contact Sydney Greenish at Sydney.C.Greenish@xcelenergy.com or by phone at (303) 294-2966

Past Meetings