Upcoming events

    • 17 Sep 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (MDT)
    • Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center

    Thank you for your continued support of the CWBA Foundation and our mission to promote the advancement of women in the law, and to protect and promote the welfare of all women.

    While it was a difficult decision, the CWBA Foundation leaders have decided to cancel the 15th Annual Raising the Bar Dinner which was scheduled for September 17, 2020 due to ongoing health and safety concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We sincerely appreciate the nominations that were submitted during the nomination process. We will keep the nominations we received on file and consider them when we are able to host our next dinner, hopefully in September 2021.

    As you may know, the CWBA Foundation's annual Raising the Bar Dinner and Scholarship Networking events help support almost $10,000 in annual scholarships awarded to law students at both the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and a paralegal scholarship for the Community College of Denver.

    Although we won't be gathering in person for this year's events, the CWBA Foundation offers several ways you can support our goal of raising funds for our scholarships.

    Ways you can help support the CWBA Foundation's Giving Programs:

    # 1. Join Circle of Minerva: When you pledge to join the illustrious group of Circle of Minerva members, you make a five-year commitment to donate $150 to the CWBA Foundation each year (for a total donation of $750). During your giving period, and forever thereafter, you are a member of the Circle of Minerva. It's that simple. JOIN NOW.

    #2. Make a One-Time Donation: Although the Raising the Bar Dinner is cancelled, we're continuing to award our annual CWBA Foundation scholarships. If you're able to donate today, every little bit helps us meet our annual commitments. DONATE TODAY!

    We believe that with your help, we can lessen the impact of the coronavirus on our mission of promoting the advancement and welfare of all women. Thank you for your support during this challenging time for our organization and our community.

    Be sure to watch your email and this website for details regarding a NEW virtual scholarship fundraiser coming later this year. 

    The Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation "Raising the Bar" Dinner Committee:

    Jennifer Hunt, Co-Chair  Valeri Pappas, Co-Chair
    Wendy Weigler  


The CWBA Foundation provides an annual scholarship to a law student at both the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who best exemplifies our mission. Previously, the scholarship was $2,500 per year. However, for the five-year period 2016 through 2020, the scholarship amount may vary year to year as we fund an endowed scholarship. For years 2021 and beyond, it is our goal to fund each scholarship at a $5,000 level or above. Click Here to view the requirements for the scholarships and a list of past scholarship recipients on the Scholarships and Grants page. You can donate to the scholarship program on the Scholarships and Grants page as well. 


The CWBA Foundation has also funded studies on the wage gap between female and male lawyers in Colorado, co-funded a national study about part-time partnership positions, and much more. Often, the programs funded by the CWBA Foundation are the programs that are put on by the CWBA itself. For example, the CWBA Foundation funded the CWBA’s successful program, Storming the Bench. Please see a partial list of past programs and activities on the “Past Projects and Activities” page.

Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

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