EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2018

KATHRYN STARNELLA

PRESIDENT

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Kathryn Starnella is an assistant attorney general at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office where she primarily handles lawsuits concerning civil rights issues.  While at the Attorney General’s Office, she has also handled constitutional challenges to the state’s laws and elections law-related challenges.  

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Kathryn served as a law clerk for Judge Christine Arguello.  Before that, she practiced law in New York City where she worked on cases involving a variety of commercial disputes.  Kathryn is a graduate of Northwestern University and Northwestern University School of Law. 

In addition to serving on the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association's board, Kathryn is a mentor in the law school pipeline program, Law School . . . Yes We Can.  She also serves on Northwestern University's Alumni Admissions Council, the CBA/DBA Presidents' Diversity Council, the Advisory Board for the Colorado Lawyer, and she interviews applicants to Northwestern Law, among other activities.  She is a 2017 graduate of the Colorado Bar Association's Leadership Training (COBALT) program.


CHRISTINE HERNANDEZ

PRESIDENT ELECT

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Christine M. Hernández is a seasoned immigration litigation and appellate attorney with over ten years of experience. Her practice is based in Denver, Colorado where she is a partner at Hernández & Associates, P.C. Christine's work in immigration law includes the representation of individuals and families before administrative, judicial, and appellate immigration proceedings. 

Christine is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is dedicated to serving immigrant populations and is a member of many impactful legal organizations and community committees. Christine earned her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.B.A. from American University. She began her legal career as a judicial clerk with the Denver Immigration Court and the Supremo Tribunal de Justicia in Guanajuato, Mexico.






Annie martinez

vp of committees

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Annie's is an attorney and community activist. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she was raised in Hialeah, Fl and is fluent in Spanish. She moved to Colorado about four years ago and has made Denver her home.

She is currently a Guardian ad litem in Arapahoe County, which is an appointed attorney for children in Dependency and Neglect cases. Her practice also includes divorce, parental rights allocation, family and humanitarian based immigration, criminal/juvenile law and child advocacy, among other concerns.

In addition to the CHBA, Annie is also an American Bar Association Family Law Section Diversity Fellow, which is a fellowship program designed to uplift POC In family law practice and provide them scholarship and educational opportunities. Annie is also a board member of the Denver Justice Project.  

Annie joined the CHBA and has chosen to be involved because of a sincere and zealous belief in upholding our associations motto: “Serving Colorado, Promoting Justice.”





amber gonzales

treasurer

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Amber Gonzales is an associate at Ballard Spahr LLP where she practices general commercial litigation.  Ms. Gonzales has been active with the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association since she was a 1L at the University of Colorado Law School.  Prior to becoming Treasurer, Ms. Gonzales chaired CHBA’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and continues to remain active with YLD events.  In law school, she was co-president of the CU Latino Law Students Association.  Ms. Gonzales is a mentor in for Law School Yes We Can! and regularly devotes time to pro bono activities, including CHBA and CLC legal clinics.  Ms. Gonzales’ pro bono representation has spanned an array of subject matters, from an asylum petition to First Amendment issues.  

CHBA Reimbursement Form: CHBAReimbursement Request.docx


julia martinez

secretary

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