Connecting Denver’s Young Lawyers

The DBA-YLD offers opportunities to participate in social events, community service projects, and professional development programming. The DBA-YLD exists to help you become more involved in the Denver legal community!


The DBA-YLD offers opportunities to participate in social events, community service projects, and professional development programming. The DBA-YLD exists to help you become more involved in the Denver legal community!

Want to learn more about the DBA-YLD? Come to an Executive Council meeting! We meet the second Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m., at the DBA, 1900 Grant St., 9th floor. Contact Jim.  if you have new ideas or questions about upcoming events. Let us know what we can do to serve you better. We hope you will join us!

2018-19 Board Members

Joey Mark (Treasurer) is an associate attorney at White and Steele, P.C. Joey's practice focuses on many areas of civil litigation. Before joining White and Steele, Joey served as an appellate law clerk for the Honorable Terry Fox at the Colorado Court of Appeals. Joey graduated from law school at the University of Denver in 2015. Before law school, Joey spent a couple of years teaching ski school and chasing powder days at Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Joey grew up in Centennial, CO, and attended DU for his undergraduate studies. In his free time, you will find Joey skiing throughout the winter, traveling when time allows, and seeking new adventures year-round in the mountains and around Denver with family and friends. Contact Joey.

Jill Mullen (Chair) is a policy researcher at Education Commission of the States. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jill earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College Of Law. In her free time, Jill loves restaurant hopping around Denver, skiing, and traveling.



Matthew Broderick (Chair-Elect) has been a DBA YLD member since graduating law school, and has served on the DBA YLD Executive Council since 2016. Matt believes the DBA YLD serves an important role in the Denver Bar Association by providing young attorneys with opportunities to get involved in their community, encouraging young attorneys to network and interact with seasoned practitioners, and offering educational programs to help sharpen skills and develop practices. Above everything else, Matt has enjoyed developing friendships with fellow DBA YLD members over the years and he is looking forward to future events and projects with the DBA YLD. Outside of the DBA YLD, Matt is an associate attorney at the Denver Office of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP. His practice focuses on health care and professional liability litigation, including medical malpractice and legal malpractice. Matt is also the proud father of two, and enjoys hiking and camping with his wife and children.

Ashley Phillips is an associate with Dentons US LLP in the litigation and dispute resolution practice group. Ashley graduated from Emory University School of Law in 2017. During law school, she served on the Executive Board of the Moot Court Society and interned with the Hon. Leigh Martin May in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University where she was a member of the Varsity Sailing Team, earning All-American Honors in 2011. In her spare time, you will find Ashley skiing, running, hiking, and traveling. 

Daniel Zarnowski was born in Chicago and raised in Connecticut, he moved to the Denver metro area after graduating magna cum laude from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami. Prior to entering law school Daniel was an aviation structural mechanic in the U.S. Navy, serving for five years and through three combat deployments aboard the Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN 69. This experience taught Daniel the value of service to others and how to work with people from diverse backgrounds.  In law school, Daniel became interested in family matters as a volunteer guardian ad litem. The impact of parenting time and decision making on the children was apparent working with children in dependency cases. Academically, Daniel graduated from law school in the top 5% of his class, ranking 8th out of 223 students. Daniel was a research assistant for a distinguished professor, helping her publish a forthcoming article, and was also a student instructor during his second year of law school. Daniel interned for a federal district court judge and was employed by a civil litigation firm as a law clerk during law school, handling all aspects of litigation. Throughout these experiences, Daniel has remained dedicated to helping others within his community through preparation and professionalism. He believes that working with families is rewarding and he is grateful for the opportunity to be involved with people on a personal level. When not working Daniel enjoys hiking with his wife and dogs, and is anticipating their first child in November!

Paul Jordan is an associate attorney with the civil litigation defense firm Sutton | Booker | P.C. His practice focuses on premises liability, bad faith, and first and third-party insurance claims. Paul previously clerked at the Denver District Court and during law school was the business editor for the Denver Law Review and the president of the University of Denver Student Bar Association. Before law school, Paul served as a Peace Corps Volunteer focusing on health education and community organization in rural El Salvador. In his spare time, Paul enjoys traveling, taking advantage of Colorado’s parks, and spending time with his family, friends, and dog.

Robin Hoogerhyde is a staff attorney at the Colorado Court of Appeals specializing in expedited civil cases.  Since graduating law school from Michigan State University in 2008, Robin has worked at the Court of Appeals for a variety of judges including Judges Román, Dailey, and Graham (ret.) before accepting her permanent position as motions and jurisdiction counsel.  During law school, she was managing editor of the Michigan State University Law Review where she published her student note.  Prior to attending Michigan State, she graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and she was raised in Massachusetts where her parents, sister, niece, and nephew still reside.  In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband Ross and her dachshund Max, watching countless reruns of “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers,” and attempting home projects.

Kate Madden is in her third year of law school at University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Originally from Montana, Katherine earned her undergraduate degree in international relations at Boston University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Colorado, international travel, and researching genealogy.

Paul Chin is a first year law student at the University of Colorado Law School. Prior to attending law school, he worked as an engineer in Denver for six years. He is also serving as a student ABA representative and holds leadership positions in the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Public Interest Students Association. Paul is strongly interested in public interest law after graduating, particularly in government work.

David Coats is a law clerk at the Colorado Court of Appeals. Prior to clerking he spent a year at the Attorney General's office as a Fellow in the Consumer Protection and Criminal Justice sections. David earned both his JD and his BA at the University of Denver. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with this three young sons and his wife. He is also an avid Broncos and Rockies fan and enjoys spending time outside any time of year.

Ashley Geary is an associate attorney with Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin practicing in the areas of probate and civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Ashley spent three years at Denver District Court, clerking for the honorable Judge R. Michael Mullins (ret) and the Honorable Judge Jay S. Grant in civil and domestic divisions. Outside of practice, you can find Ashley competing with one of her two rescue dogs in agility, hiking, backpacking, or training for her next cycling, running, or triathlon event.

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DBA Bylaws


Article 1. Name and Purpose

1.1 Name

This committee shall be known as the Young Lawyers Division of the Denver Bar Association (hereafter "Division").

1.2 Purpose

The purpose of this Division shall be:

1.2.1 To stimulate the interest of young and recently admitted lawyers in the objectives of the Denver Bar Association.

1.2.2 To promote professional and social understanding and cooperation among young and recently admitted lawyers.

1.2.3 To contribute to the educational and professional advancement of all lawyers in general and young and recently admitted lawyers in particular.

1.2.4 To take such other action and perform such other functions as may be deemed appropriate.

Article 2. Membership

2.1 Eligibility

All members of the Denver Bar Association in good standing, whether active or inactive, under the age of thirty-seven (37), or who have been admitted to their first bar less than five years shall be members of this division.

2.2 Termination of Membership

Membership in this division shall terminate automatically at the end of the Fiscal Year (defined below) within which a member attains thirty-seven (37) years of age or five years after admission to his or her first bar, whichever shall occur last; or upon such person's ceasing, prior to that time, to be a member of the Denver Bar Association.

Article 3. Council

3.1 Composition

The governing body of the Division shall be a Council, to be known as the Young Lawyers Executive Council, consisting of eleven (11) members appointed from among the membership of the Division.

3.2 Duties of Council

The Council shall have general supervision and control of the affairs of the Division, subject to the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Denver Bar Association

3.4 Termination of Council Membership

Each of the Council shall provide advance notice to a Council Officer if they are unable to attend a Council meeting. If any member of the Council shall fail to attend three (3) successive meetings of the Council, or a total of four (4) meetings during any Fiscal Year, the Chair or a majority of the Council shall issue and order to show cause why the office should not be vacated, when other circumstances so warrant. Should such members fail to provide timely notice in writing of special circumstances excusing their absences, or other performance issues, acceptable to a majority of the other members of the Council, the member's office shall be vacated. Any member of the Council may resign at any time by sending a written notice of such resignation to the Secretary of the Division. The resignation shall take effect upon receipt by the Secretary.

3.5 Vacancies

Any vacancy on the Council may be filled from among members of the Division, by appointment, upon a majority vote of the Council members. A Council member so appointed will serve only the unexpired term.

3.6 Eligibility of Council Members

A member of the Division in good standing, whether active or inactive, is eligible for election to the Council so long as he or she is an eligible member, as defined in Section 2.1, at the time of his or her election to the Council.

3.7 Nominations and Appointments

Any person wishing to be appointed to the Executive Council may indicate their candidacy by submitting a letter of interest to the Chair, or the Chair’s designee, in the form as set forth in The Docket, by the deadline publicized in The Docket.

The Secretary shall collect the letters of interest, and present the letters of interest to the Council for a vote by the Council. The Chair or the Secretary shall provide Council members at least seven (7) days prior notice by any reasonable means before the meeting at which the Council will vote on the candidates.

3.8 Timeline

Solicitation of candidates will appear in the April issue of The Docket; candidates will be asked to submit their names in time for a vote by the Council at the May meeting. Successful candidates will be notified in May, and announced in the July issue of The Docket. This timeline will be followed except as otherwise determined by a majority of the Council members.

Article 4. Officers

4.1   Offices

The officers of the Council shall be Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. Officers of the Council shall be deemed to be officers of the Division.

4.1   Duties of Officers

4.1.1 Chair

The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the Division and of the Council and shall perform such duties and acts as usually pertain to his or her office. He or she shall prepare an annual report of the activities of the Division for submission to the governing board of the Denver Bar Association. In addition, the Chair shall serve as a voting member of the Board of Trustees of the Denver Bar Association.

4.1.2 Chair-Elect

The Chair-Elect shall perform the duties of the Chair in the absence of the Chair at any meeting of the Division or of the Council. In addition, the Chair-Elect shall serve as the alternative voting member of the Board of Trustees of the Denver Bar Association. 

4.1.3 Secretary

The Secretary shall be the custodian of all books, papers, and other property of the Division and shall act as secretary of all meetings of the Division of the Council, and shall give notices as may be required by these By-Laws. He or she shall update these By-Laws to conform with amendments adopted by the Council.

4.1.4 Treasurer

The Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all moneys received, appropriated, or expended for use of the Section and shall provide this information to the Council at the monthly Council meeting.

4.1.5 Immediate Past Chair

The Immediate Past Chair of the Council may, at his or her option, remain as an ex officio member of the Council, to assist the Chair in whatever capacity the Chair may designate.

4.2   Election of Terms of Office

The officers shall be elected for one-year terms by the Council members; provided that after the expiration of his or her term as Chair-Elect, the Chair-Elect shall automatically be elected to the Office of Chair of the Council. The officers shall be elected from among the members of the Council. The Chair-Elect shall be elected at the June meeting of the Council. The remaining officers shall be elected no later than the following September monthly meeting. In the event of a vacancy in any office, the Council shall fill such vacancy by electing a member to serve for the unexpired term.

Article 5. Meetings

5.1   Annual Meeting

An annual meeting of the Division may be held at any appropriate time during the year. There shall be at least ten (10) days’ notice of the time, date and location of such meeting to members of the Division and such notice shall be printed in The Docket.

5.2   Special Meetings

Special meetings of the Division may be called by the Chair upon approval of the Council at such time and place as the Council may determine or upon the written petition of twenty-five (25) members of the Division. Such meetings, when called, shall be held at such time and place as the Council may determine. There shall be at least ten (10) days’ notice of the time, date, location and purpose of such special meeting to members of the Division. Such notice shall be mailed to the last known address of each member of the Division and shall be deemed given three (3) days after being sent via regular mail or one (1) day after being sent via overnight courier.

5.3   Regular Council Meetings

The Council shall meet one (1) time per month at such time and location as determined by the Council members. No separate prior notice shall be required for regular meetings.

5.4   Council Special Meetings

Special meetings of the Council may be called by the Chair or by three (3) members of the Council, at any time, provided that unless each Council member has been given seven (7) days’ prior written or oral notice of the meeting. An absence from this meeting shall not count as an absence for purposes of Article 3.4. The meeting shall be held at such time and place as may be designated in the notice.

5.5   Voting in Absence of a Meeting

When not assembled, the Council may act upon written submission by a majority vote of all of the members.

5.6   Quorum and Voting

Fifteen members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Division and a majority of the Council shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Council. All binding action of the Division, or of the Council, shall be by a majority vote of the members present at any meeting at which a quorum is in attendance. Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the proceeding.

5.7 Meetings by Electronic Communication 

Any of the Council members may participate in any meeting by any means of communication by which all persons participating in the meeting may hear each other during the meeting provided such Council members notify the Chair or Chair-Elect at least one day before any such meeting that they will be attending the meeting via electronic communication. A Council member participating in a meeting by this means is deemed to be present in person at the meeting.

Article 6. Committees

6.1 Committees

The Council may appoint committees and define their duties.

6.2 Function of the Committees

The Council or individual members as designated by the Council shall work with and assist Committees of the Division in performing the functions of the Committee. The Council shall act upon requests made by the various Committees and shall act to approve or disapprove reports of the Committees and the requests for appropriations from andlor action by the Denver Bar Association. The Council shall function to coordinate the various Committees of the Division with other Sections and subcommittees of the Denver Bar Association

Article 7. Amendments

7.1 Amendments

These By-Laws may be amended by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Division at any duly constituted meeting of the members or by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Council members present at any dulyconstituted meeting of the Council. Any proposed amendment must be submitted in writing to all Council members or members, as applicable, seven (7) days prior to the meeting at which the amendment is to be presented.

Article 8. Miscellaneous

8.1    Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the Division shall be from July 1 through June 30 (“Fiscal Year”) to assure uniformity with the Denver Bar Association and its other Sections. The terms of the members of the Council shall be concurrent with the Fiscal Years.

8.2   Conflicts of Interest

No action taken by the Council shall be void or voidable solely because the action will adversely affect a Council member and that Council member is present at or participates in the meeting which approves or ratifies the action, or solely because the affected Council member’s vote is counted for such purpose if the Council in good faith approves or ratifies the action by the affirmative vote of a majority of the disinterested Council members, even though the disinterested Council members are less than a quorum. The interested Council member may be counted in determining the presence of a quorum at a meeting of the Council which approves or ratifies the action.


Get Involved

The DBA YLD exists to help you become more involved in the Denver legal community!



Barristers After Hours  

The DBA YLD holds a Barristers After Hours on the third Thursday of the month, at a different venue with a different partner group each time.




Get Involved with Legal Nights
Denver Legal Night is an open house where volunteer attorneys provide free legal and referral information to people who cannot afford legal services. Areas of law addressed commonly include:

·         Immigration, Family, Criminal Housing, Consumer and Bankruptcy, Employment

Denver Legal Night is a terrific opportunity to assist those in need while also broadening your own knowledge by working with experienced and committed lawyers. Since 2006, more than 400 volunteer attorneys have helped more than 12,000 people in the Denver-metro area. We cannot be successful without volunteers like you!

Denver Legal Night is co-sponsored by the Colorado Lawyers Committee, Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Denver Access to Justice Committee.



Continuing Legal Education

Please visit CBA CLE for a full listing of programs including live classes, home studies, and webcasts.





Trying to find a new job? Taking the Bar? Considering consulting, going solo or transitioning to a new career? Starting your own practice? Or seeking ways to improve your bottom line in your current practice? Struggling with stress management? The DBA YLD has compiled a list of resources to help.

Bar Exam

The Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Admissions works with the Law Committee, which is part of the Board of Law Examiners, to administer two bar examinations each year, one in February and one in July. Click here for more information.

If you have joined the ranks of those who must re-take the Colorado bar exam, be reminded that you are in good company. The Supreme Court has developed a resource page to help you. Click here for more information.

Job Search

·         CBA Online Classifieds Legal and non-legal job postings from around the metro area and state. Sign up for the e-mail list to receive a notice each time a new job is posted.

·         ABA FIND-A-JOB

·         LawCrossing

·         Colorado Judicial Branch

·         Colorado Attorney General’s Office

·         Legal Marketing Association

·         University of Colorado Alumni Placement Services

·         University of Denver Sturm College of Law—Career Development Center Alumni Services

·         Brazen Careerist Blog

·         The Careerist


Professional Development

·         Ethics Hotline

·         CBA’s Law Practice Management Resources

·         Casemaker (free legal research) Help

·         CBA’s Lending Library

·         Forms2Share

·         Colorado Lawyers Assistance Program

·         Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyers

·         Pro Bono Volunteer Opportunities

·         Colorado Mentoring Program

·         Metro Volunteer Lawyers