Connie Talmage has been the Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee since 2000. She received her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1978 and practiced for 10 years with the law firms of Holland & Hart and Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor and Pascoe. For four years, she served as the Director of the Office of Dispute Resolution, the statewide office of the Colorado Judicial Department responsible for mediation and other types of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the courts. She is a trained mediator and arbitrator.
Connie is a former president and board member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation; she was also a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Board for five years. For seven years, she served on the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, two years as the Chair during which she directed the statewide hearings on Colorado’s civil justice crisis; she is currently a member of the Commission’s Pro Se Committee. From 2005 to 2012, she was the CBA Judicial Liaison Section’s representative to the CBA Board of Governors, having chaired the Section in 2004 and 2005. She was on the Board of the Colorado Judicial Institute from 1992 to 2012 and chaired the CJI Annual Dinner for nine years. She is a member of the Alumni Council of the DU Sturm College of Law and taught ADR for seven years as an adjunct professor at the school. She has been a member of the Minoru Yasui Inns of Court since 1999. From 2006 to 2012, Connie served on the Board and Strategic Planning Committee of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (formerly the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence) and on the Deans’ Diversity Council; she recently rejoined the Board.
Connie was the 2009 recipient of the Colorado Bar Association’s Award of Merit. In 2007, she received the Alumni Professionalism Award from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the Edwin P. Wolf Award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In 2010, Connie was honored as a Women Lawyer Nonprofit Leader by the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation. She was one of the individuals recognized by Colorado Common Cause with the 2009 Craig Barnes Democracy Award, for the establishment of a nonpartisan call center with 100 lawyers on Election Day in 2008.
Contact: Connie Talmage or 303-256-2780
Kathleen McCrohan is the Associate Director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee. Prior to joining the Colorado Lawyers Committee, Kathleen spent four years as a Compliance Officer, specializing in Trust & Estates and Business. Kathleen received her Law Degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Denver (JD ’08) and (MS ’05), and received her Journalism Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA ’02). Kathleen’s public service experience includes interning with the Colorado Public Defender, working in the Student Law Office at the DU Sturm College of Law, volunteering through National Charity League-Rocky Mountain Chapter, as well as volunteering extensively at her children’s elementary school in various positions, such as PTO President, PTO Vice President, Volunteer Coordinator, and Girls on the Run Coach. Kathleen brings to the Colorado Lawyers Committee a deep passion for the law and for helping those who cannot help themselves.
Contact: Kathleen McCrohan or 303-256-2781
Emily Yale joined the Colorado Lawyers Committee in February 2017. As Office Manager, Emily involves herself in the day-to-day details of CLC operations and is thrilled to collaborate with a team committed to public service and advocacy. Originally from North Dakota, Emily holds a B.A. in Spanish from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and later assisted the Lawyering in Spanish Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law while taking courses in International Development. Prior to her return to Denver, Emily spent six years as Associate Director of a traditional summer camp in Wisconsin. She has also worked in the private school sector and recently volunteered as an English literacy tutor.
Contact: Emily Yale or 303-256-2782