CLC Young Lawyers Division Racial Justice Summit

  • 29 Sep 2022
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Room 165 2255 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO 80210



Thursday, September 29, 2022, 4 – 7 PM

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Please join your fellow members of the Colorado Lawyers Committee—Young Lawyers Division, in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, on Thursday, September 29, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., for a special and empowering event focused on national voting rights and racial justice. Following the programming, there will be a reception with food and drink in the law school forum. You will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from various public interest organizations from around the Denver Metro area. This is a great opportunity for both law students and practicing attorneys to network with each other and get involved with local nonprofit organizations.

        4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Programming & Speakers

[_] CLE credits pending

        6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Where: The University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Room 165

2255 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO 80210

Free parking will be available.


The discussion will be moderated by Martha Tierney and Richard Westfall.

All CLC Young Lawyers Division members and other young lawyers and law students are encouraged to join us.

Not a CLC YLD member? Join here.

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is committed to providing facilities that are accessible to persons with and without disabilities.  We encourage persons who use wheelchairs to contact Dean Alexi Freeman at for further information.

Among our esteemed speakers, we will hear from:

Judd Choate

Dr. Judd Choate has been the Director of the Division of Elections at the Colorado Department of State since 2009. Judd also serves on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee and is the State Representative on the National Association of State Election Directors.  Prior to this role, Judd practiced election law at the Denver firm of Kelly Garnsey Hubbell & Lass. He also served as a law clerk for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex J. Martinez and as a summer clerk for Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. For several years prior to law school, Judd was a professor of political science at the University of Nebraska, where he taught courses on campaigns and elections. Judd is the author of a book and several peer-reviewed articles on political behavior. He has a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School and both a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Purdue University. In a previous life, Judd was a scout for the Kansas City Royals.

Hassan Latif

Hassan A. Latif founded Second Chance Center (2012); a community re-entry agency dedicated to the successful transition of people returning from incarceration. SCC has grown to become the preeminent reentry agency in Colorado, maintaining a recidivism rate of under 9 % for participants involved in SCC programs. He conducts mentoring and reentry training for government and non-profit service providers nationally, facilitates transition planning sessions in Colorado Department of Corrections facilities statewide, and authored the book “Never Going Back: 7 Steps to Staying Out of Prison” (PAPatterson Press 2012) along with the curriculum.


Hassan serves on the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition’s (CCJRC) Board of Directors. Likewise, he holds a seat on the Colorado Commission on Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) Reentry Reform and Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems Task Forces and is the Colorado Association of Addictions Professionals 2018 “Excellence in Leadership” award recipient. In November 2019 Gov. Polis appointed him to the Executive Clemency Advisory Board.

Olivia Mendoza

Olivia Mendoza is currently the Deputy Director of Litigation and Policy at the National Redistricting Foundation. She has a range of expertise in the non-profit, private and government sectors. Olivia graduated with her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Before completing her law degree, Olivia was the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Latino Leadership Institute (LLI). She also led the Minority Business Office in the Office of Economic Development and International Trade through a strategic realignment. There she was responsible for integrating Minority and Women-owned businesses into the Economic Development plans for Colorado. As the Executive Director of the Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy & Research Organization (CLLARO), she led the advocacy efforts during the 2010 redistricting and reapportionment process. She has been recognized for her leadership and selected as a German Marshall, Marshall Memorial Fellows; Livingston Fellow, and National Hispanic Leadership Institute Fellow.

Rosemary Rodriguez

Rosemary Rodriguez has had a lifelong commitment to public service. She founded and executive directed Together We Count, a nonprofit that advocates for fair representation in the national census and was recently honored with a 2020 Governor’s Citizenship Medal for Public & Community Service.

Rosemary previously led the staff of Colorado Senator Michael Bennet as State Director from 2009 to 2017 and served as an elected school board member for Denver Public Schools from 2013 to 2017. She was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a commissioner on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and chaired the Commission in 2008. Prior to that, Rosemary represented central west Denver on the Denver City Council from 2003 to 2007 and was Council President from 2005 to 2006. She also chaired the 2001 Colorado Reapportionment Commission, a constitutional body that was responsible for redrawing legislative districts after the 2000 Census. She was Director of Boards and Commissions for the Denver Mayor’s Office from 2002 to 2003, served as Clerk and Recorder for the City and County of Denver from 1997 to 2002, and was Deputy Director for the Denver Mayor’s Office of Art, Culture and Film from 1995 to 1996.

Rosemary has a long history of board, task force, and committee service with community and civic organizations. She currently serves as a trustee of the Gates Family Foundation, and a board member for Children’s Campaign of Colorado, the Latino Audience Alliance of the Denver Art Museum, and the League of Charter Schools. She co-founded the Colorado Hispanic League, a statewide lobbying organization to address Latino issues, where she served as president in 1992.  She also is a founder and currently organizes Cafecito, a coffee group and list-serve of over 800 Latina professional women, which has been gathering since 1991.

Rosemary is a Colorado native and attended Metropolitan State College (now Metropolitan State University), where she studied political science.

Professor Douglas Spencer

Professor Douglas Spencer is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research at CU Law. Professor Spencer is an election law scholar whose research addresses the role of prejudice and racial attitudes in voting rights litigation, the empirical implications of various campaign finance regulations, and the ways that election rules and political campaigns contribute to growing inequality in America.

Before moving to Colorado, Professor Spencer was Professor of Law & Public Policy at the University of Connecticut from 2013-2021. He has also taught as a Visiting Professor at the Yale Law School (2020) and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy (2018-2019). His work has also been featured in several law journals, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate and other media outlets.

Professor Spencer has worked as an expert witness in voting rights and campaign finance cases and, prior to law teaching, was a law clerk at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, an election monitor in Thailand for the Asian Network for Free Elections, and a researcher for the Pew Center on the States Military and Overseas Voting Reform Project.

Professor Spencer holds a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He also earned a J.D. at Berkeley Law and a M.P.P. at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 2004 with a B.A. in Philosophy.

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