Local Firms Announce New Partners and Launch New Programs, Gov. Polis Appoints New Judge

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Law Firm Updates

Lathrop GPM LLP announced June 20 the launch of the firm’s 1L Diversity Opportunity Program designed to attract and retain historically underrepresented groups in the legal field, including people of color, those with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. To be eligible for the program, candidates must receive and accept an offer from the firm for one of its diversity 1L positions. First-year law student candidates must be in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school, demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement and contribute meaningfully to diversity and inclusion through their involvement in law school or other community efforts and initiatives. Applicants need to submit a brief video where they answer questions that address community involvement, firm DEI involvement and the impact of DEI on their lives. Those interested in applying can email Vanessa Vaughn West at [email protected].

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced June 21 Matt Dubofsky has joined the firm as a corporate partner in the Boulder office. Dubofsky is the latest lateral partner to join the Boulder office since its launch in 2022. For more than 15 years Dubofsky has focused his practice on representing public and private technology and healthcare companies through all stages of their growth. In addition to representing private companies in scores of venture financings, as well as venture capital funds, he has significant public company, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions experience. Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Dubofsky was a partner at Cooley LLP in that firm’s Denver office. 

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced June 21 Emily Ellis and Jayme Ritchie as its new pro bono leadership team. Ellis will serve as the firm’s pro bono partner and chair of the pro bono committee. Ritchie will be the director of pro bono and community impact and will also be focused on pro bono program management and administration in her new role. 

The Judiciary

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis appointed Elise Myer June 21 to fill a vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court. This vacancy was created by the retirement of Judge James Berkley Boyd and is effective July 1. Myer is the head of the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender in Glenwood Springs. Previously, she was deputy public defender in the Glenwood Springs Office. Her practice consists of criminal defense.

Movers and Shakers

Clark Hill announced June 19 its Denver office has moved to a new location in the lower downtown district near Union Station. With the move, Clark Hill is doubling its square footage in Denver from 6,000 square feet to just over 12,000. According to a press release, the expansion reflects the success of Clark Hill’s cannabis industry group and the firm’s plans to build a full-service offering for clients out of its Denver office. The new location was built from scratch and features technology enhancements, several conference rooms, a kitchen space and a quiet meditation room. The office layout presents a hoteling floorplan to allow for frequent visitors and a rotating roster of attorneys working in the office and from home.

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