President's Message

Dear Colleagues,

APABA Colorado recently joined the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, along with 61 other national and local Asian Pacific American bar associations, in filing a Supreme Court amicus brief challenging President Trump’s revised Muslim and refugee travel ban.  A copy of the amicus brief can be found here.  While the Trump administration issued a new set of travel restrictions last week, and the Supreme Court has for the time being cancelled oral arguments regarding the ban that were set for this month, I am proud that APABA Colorado continues to be one of the many groups that refuses to be silent in the face of discriminatory and unlawful orders.  APABA Colorado will continue to work closely with NAPABA and other bar associations in protecting civil rights, justice, and equality. 

Relatedly, just a reminder that the annual NAPABA conference will take place next month from November 2–5 in Washington, D.C.  There are a number of APABA Colorado members who will be attending.  If you would like more information regarding the NAPABA convention, please contact me. 

On Wednesday, October 11, APABA Colorado, the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association of Colorado, and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association are co-sponsoring a CLE titled, “Lawyer Well-Being,” at Reilly Pozner LLP.  Regulation Counsel Jim Coyle and Assistant Regulation Counsel Bryon M. Large, Sr. will discuss lawyer well-being and a long-awaited report regarding the same, alongside Sarah Myers, the Director at the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (“COLAP”).  Information regarding and tickets for the CLE can be found here.  I hope that you can join us. 

On Thursday, November 9, APABA Colorado and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Associations from both DU and CU will be hosting a joint event at the Kitchen Next Door at Union Station.  We encourage all APABA and APALSA members to attend, and we will provide additional details soon.  For planning purposes, please RSVP to Board Member Anne Lee (    

Finally, applications for the open judicial nominating commission positions are due by October 27.  One of the keys to obtaining greater diversity on the bench is to have greater diversity within the judicial nominating commissions.  I encourage our members to apply.  Please see below for additional information. 

As always, if you have any suggestions, whether for programming, events, meetings, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the APABA Officers, and be sure to check out our new website for job postings and upcoming events.

Justin Cohen


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