In order to be a place where everyone in our community feels valued and connected, we first have to ensure that everyone believes they belong. Our Voices podcast provides a rare, up-close and personal connection to diverse perspectives across the Colorado legal landscape. A creation of the CBA|DBA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Joint Steering Committee Messaging Team, Our Voices highlights the pathways of each guest as they examine Who they were, Who they are, and Who they think they will be in the future. Join us each Thursday for interviews with guests from all areas of the legal profession. Give yourself some time to get to know others…and maybe find your own voice along the way.

Jason St. Julien


 

The Our Voices inaugural episode takes a closer look at Jason St. Julien, an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Denver, Colorado. This renaissance man is a former schoolteacher, minor league baseball player, pianist, and federal court clerk with a long-standing commitment to public service. Jason authored a pivotal June 2020 Denver Post article that serves as a testament of his experience as a Black man in today’s society. Jason sat down with hosts Mallory Revel and Linda Moss to talk about the important people and events that have shaped his path and informed his philosophy.


Hosts:

Mallory Revel 

Linda Moss 

 

Guest:

Jason St. Julien

 

Continuing the story:

Judge Melina Hernández

 

Judge Melina Hernández was a magistrate, a family court facilitator, and is now a judge on the Arapahoe County Court. Judge Hernández has served in many roles in the community, and in this energetic interview Judge Hernández, shares her path to the bench and her perspectives on everything from how the light rail can be a forum for forging friendships, to the power of mentorship, the importance of ensuring that our courts meet those they serve exactly as they are, and the importance of language. Her refreshing and open discussion of self-awareness, combined with her insight and appreciation of the differences in all of us, highlights her view of justice, empathy, kindness, respect, and continued improvements to our court system.

 

Hosts:

Mallory Revel

Linda Moss 

 

Guest:

Judge Melina Hernández 

 

Continuing the Story:

·     ¡Si Se Puede! Webinar Series (CO-CABE)

·      Arguello Dream Catchers. Law School…Yes We Can! 

·      Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) 

·      Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA)

 

Danny Foster & David Foster

 

Brothers Danny and David Foster are fierce leaders in the Denver legal community who have built their practice on the philosophy of genuine camaraderie and respect.  The sons of a former Colorado state senator and the senior rabbi of the largest and oldest synagogue in the Rocky Mountain region, the Fosters credit the values their parents instilled in them for their shared sense of community, diversity justice and compassion. Listen to the witty repartee of these brothers as they recount growing up and hear their refreshing advice for others thinking of growing their own legal practice.


Guests:

Danny Foster

David Foster


Hosts:

Mallory Revel

Linda Moss

 

Continuing the story: 

Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP

Judge Ted Tow

 

Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Ted  C. Tow, III has led a life of advocacy, guided by a keen intellect coupled with a disarming humanity.  In this far-reaching interview with Linda Moss and Mallory Revel, Judge Tow talks about his experiences, how his judicial philosophy is tempered by an appreciation for diversity, and how seemingly little things like the use of pronouns can be an act of allyship.

 

Guest:

Judge Ted Tow

Hosts:

Mallory Revel

Linda Moss

 

Continuing the Story: 

What Are Your Pronouns? 

Pronoun Guide 

Allyship - The Key to Unlocking the Power of Diversity 

Judge Gary Jackson

Judge Gary Jackson is a pillar of the Colorado legal community and the state at large. Judge Jackson recently retired from the Denver County Court but has been shaping the Colorado legal landscape for 50 years as a former Deputy District Attorney in Denver,  former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the 10th Circuit, and through his own law firm. Judge Jackson was an original founder of the  Sam Cary Bar Association in 1971 for the support of and exchange of ideas by African American lawyers in the State of Colorado.  Judge Jackson continues to be a force that is changing the face of the Colorado judiciary as founder and co-chair of the Diversity on the Bench Coalition. Listen to this Colorado icon speak about his life, his influences, historic Lincoln Hills, and his perspectives on maintaining grace and civility while taking principled stands throughout his career.


Guest:

Judge Gary Jackson

 

Hosts:

Mallory Revel

Linda Moss

 

Continuing the Story:

Historic Lincoln Hills 

Sam Cary Bar Association 

NPR: During Segregation, a Mountain Oasis Gave Black Families a Summer Escape

Winks Lodge 

CU Law | Amicus: The Only Black Person in the Room 

Zita Weinshienk

Ruchi Kapoor

 

 

As former appellate director and legislative liaison for the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel, Ruchi Kapoor helped establish and oversee Colorado’s first appellate program for respondent parents in child welfare cases. A Colorado native, Ruchi has been an extremely active member of the legal community, holding leadership positions in both the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations as well as the South Asian Bar Association of Colorado and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. Ruchi Kapoor sat down  to talk about her path to the legal profession, law school, her experiences with child welfare cases, as well as the launch of her new firm Kapoor Law and Policy. 


Guest:

Ruchi Kapoor

 

Hosts:

Linda Moss

Mallory Revel

 

Continuing the Story: 

COBALT

South Asian Bar Association

Colorado Women's Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Office of Respondent Parent Counsel 

Kapoor Law + Policy 

Samantha Jones-Rogers



 

Samantha Jones-Rogers is a staff attorney with the Colorado Association of School Boards. Sam grew up in a military family and experienced the phenomenon of being a “Third Culture Kid.” In her podcast, Sam discusses the rich experience of growing up abroad, learning about what it is to be American from afar, and the unique experience of moving back to the United States and seeing issues of race firsthand. Listen as Mallory and Linda discuss with Sam the nuances of the Third Culture Kid and the importance of school law as a tool for advocacy.


Hosts:

Mallory Revel

Linda Moss 

 

Guest:

Sam Jones-Rogers 

 

Continuing the Story:

·      Third Culture Kids

·      Fisher v. University of Texas

·      Colorado Association of School Boards:


 

 

Jonathan Booker

 

 

Director of Criminal Law at Denver firm Hernandez & Associates and  2021 President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Jonathan Booker is giving back to his Colorado with a commitment to defending others in his profession and serving the LatinX community through his leadership.  Jonathan talks to us about his experiences, his vision for CHBA, his passion for the outdoors, and much more. 

 

Hosts:

Mallory Revel 

Linda Moss 

 

Guest:

Jonathan Booker 

 

Continuing the Story:

·      Cobalt 

·      Colorado Hispanic Bar Association 

·      Hernandez Firm 

Rachel Catt

Rachel Catt has built a thriving legal practice as a family law attorney, representing clients in a variety of matters, including high-conflict divorce, child custody, and LGBTQ family law disputes.  She is well known for her reputation as a counselor, advocate and thought leader on family law and in particular LGBTQ family law issues.  Active in many legal organizations, listen to her very personal journey to the legal profession, her practice, insight and advocacy work, and what she would advise younger lawyers. 

Hosts:

Mallory Revel and Linda Moss

Guest:

Rachel Catt

Continuing the Story: 

Colorado LGBT Bar Association

Colorado Women's Bar Association

CBA Family Law Section

Law Office of Rachel Catt, LLC

Hannah Proff

Hannah Proff is a criminal defense attorney with over ten years of practical and policy experience. She has received numerous awards and other recognition over her career for her excellence in criminal defense and juvenile rights advocacy in particular, including LYRIC—Learn Your Rights in the Community—the groundbreaking nonprofit she co-founded to educate young people about their rights in interactions with law enforcement. Spend five minutes with her, though, and you will realize that Hannah Proff is so much more than that. A neurodiverse learner who proudly embraces her own dyslexia, Hannah’s passion for criminal defense sprang from an early school trip to an under-construction prison in her native Seward, Alaska. On this episode of Our Voices, our own Mallory Revel and Bonnie Schriner sit down with Hannah Proff to hear the story of her path so far in her own words.

Hosts:

Mallory Revel 

Bonnie Schriner 

Guest:

Hannah Proff

 

Continuing the Story:

David Beller

David Beller is not only a sharp-dressed man, but also a top Colorado criminal defense lawyer and skilled advocate whose attention to detail is unparalleled. Growing up, David developed his all-important compassion and drive through his obvious path to law school: veterinary science. Listen as he shares his unique path to leadership and the moving experiences that shaped his character, dedication to trust, integrity and vulnerability in his relationships with clients and opposing counsel.
 

Hosts: Mallory Revel Linda Moss 
Guest: David Beller

Judge Theresa Spahn

As Presiding Judge on the Denver County Court bench, Judge Theresa Spahn has been a passionate defender of the Court and a champion of access to justice efforts in the city and beyond.  From her time as a magistrate in Colorado’s 17th Judicial District to her tireless efforts to help create the Office of the Child’s Representative or leading the O’Connor Judicial Selection Initiative at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System to her current role, Judge Spahn has always recognized the role of judges as leaders and models of fairness, impartiality and integrity.  Her judicial philosophy is deeply rooted in her character and experiences as a Denver native from a large and loving family that instilled in her the value of hard work and community.  

Hosts: 
Mallory Revel
Linda Moss

Guest: 
Judge Theresa Spahn

Continuing the Story:
•  2020 Judicial Excellence Award Recipient 
•  Office of the Child’s Representative
•  Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System

Scott LaBarre

Scott LaBarre's stunning voice (give a listen) matches his extraordinary career. Blind from age 10, literacy and independence were his goals and those he shares for other blind people. Scott's professional life of advocacy and leadership are his gift to us. 

Hosts: 
Mallory Revel  
Linda Moss    

Guest: 
Scott LaBarre  

Continuing the Story:
•    Colorado Center for the Blind
•    National Federation of the Blind
•    Randolph-Sheppard Act

Sheldon Spotted Elk

Sheldon Spotted Elk is a proud member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and a judge in the Ute  Indian Tribal Court of Appeals. Sheldon was always "coded" by his last name. His stories of loss and the importance of being a friend and being  of service to others while retaining your identity and integrity are rich. His Indian heritage permeates his story. 

Hosts: 
Mallory Revel
Linda Moss    

Guest: 
Sheldon Spotted Elk 

Continuing the Story:
•    Northern Cheyenne Tribe  
•    Ute Tribe  

Byron Large

Bryon's leadership path in the LGBT Bar Association and the CBA began with his early volunteer work for Metro Volunteer Lawyers and Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network. In law school and beyond he realized the value of mentors and maintains those valuable relationships today. His grandfather, succeeded at always being the fun old guy in the room, remains his greatest influence, Bryon's dedication to service and helping the legal profession and the people affected by our justice system is a constant in his life.


Hosts: 
Mallory Revel  
Linda Moss 

Guest: 
Bryon Large  

Continuing the Story:
•    LinkedIn   
•    Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network  
•    Denver Bar Association 
•    Colorado Women’s Bar Association   

Tariq Sheikh

Growing up, Tariq Sheikh was one of those kids who never stopped asking questions – you know, the kind who asked his babysitter to show him where in the Bill of Rights the text says it doesn't apply to children.  As Tariq found his way to law school and settled into professional life, he developed a passion for the justice system.  Today, Tariq works as a Senior Chief Deputy District Attorney in Jefferson County.  In Tariq’s journey through life, he has found that his most rewarding role is serving and engaging from a place of authenticity.  Join us on this episode of Our Voices to learn about how this curious kid grew into an advocate for taking a holistic, humanizing approach to the prosecution of justice and encouraging those around him to do the same.

Hosts: 
Mallory Revel  
Linda Moss 

Guest: 
Tariq Sheikh   

Continuing the Story:
•    Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) 
•    Interview with quotes on Tariq's role in policy

Nicoal Sperazza

Nicoal Sperrazza is a solo practitioner and is an active leader in the legal community.  In this interview, Nicoal shares what led her to the legal profession through personal stories of growing up as a first-generation Korean American and the struggles with bridging the gap between two different cultures.  Her interview also highlights the power of inclusivity and the importance of community.

Hosts:
Mallory Revel
Linda Moss

Guest:
Nicoal Sperazza

Continuing the Story:
Denver Bar Association
Asian Pacific American Bar Association