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June 23, 2014

Contact: Alexa Drago, 303-824-5313

Charles F. Garcia to Take Helm as Colorado Bar’s 2014–15 President


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DENVER—Retired Public Defender, Charles (Charley) F. Garcia, will start his one-year term as president of the Colorado Bar Association on July 1. He will represent the association’s 18,470 members.

During his term, Garcia plans to examine the challenges facing the legal profession and how the bar association can respond to them. His focus will be on issues relating to young lawyers as well as access to justice, and the way services are funded and delivered.Garcia also will continue to support CBA initiatives in the areas of mentoring, programs for veterans, and professionalism.

“The legal profession in Colorado today faces two very large challenges, the future for our young lawyers and the availability of legal services to the underserved,” Garcia said. “The CBA looks forward to the opportunity of tackling these tough questions.”

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Garcia worked as a CPA in international tax for Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse for ten years before turning to the practice of law. While continuing to work as an accountant, he graduated from the University of Denver College of Law, and subsequently joined the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. He practiced as a criminal defense trial attorney for twenty-five years, retiring in 2007 as the Denver Office Head. In 2011, he was appointed Manager of Safety for the City and County of Denver, where he oversaw the police, sheriff, and fire departments under Mayor Bill Vidal.

Garcia sits on the Colorado Supreme Court Judicial Advisory Council, the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, the Governor’s Community Corrections Advisory Council, the Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission, and the Chief Justice Commission on Professional Development. He is currently Special Counsel to the Governor, where he has served under both Governor Ritter and Governor Hickenlooper.

About the Colorado Bar Association

The CBA, founded in 1897, is a voluntary bar association with more than 18,000 members—almost three-quarters of all attorneys in the state. The CBA provides opportunities for continuing education, volunteering for the legal and civic communities, and networking for those in the legal profession while upholding the standards of the bar. The CBA also works to secure the efficient administration of justice, encourage the adoption of proper legislation, and perpetuates the history of the profession and the memory of its members. For more information about the CBA, visit





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