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Christine Arguello
U.S. District Court Judge, District of Colorado

Christine Arguello is a Colorado native who was born in Thatcher and grew up in Buena Vista, Colorado.  Christine is a first generation college student who obtained her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Colorado - Boulder where she graduated with Special Honors, was number one in her class, and was selected Outstanding Senior of the School of Education class of 1977.  In 1977, she became the first Latina from Colorado to be admitted to Harvard Law School.  She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1980, where she served as Articles Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review.

Judge Arguello was sworn in as a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado in 2008. Prior to her presidential appointment to the bench, Judge Arguello's career included partnership at two private law firms, Holland & Hart LLP and Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, government service as Chief Deputy Attorney General of Colorado and as Managing Senior Associate Counsel at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and teaching at the University of Kansas School of Law, where she was a tenured full professor.  Judge Arguello is the co-author of a casebook, Evidence: The Objection Method, which is used in numerous law schools around the country.  

In addition to LAW SCHOOL… Sí Se Puede, which she founded in 2014, Judge Arguello is actively involved in other Colorado community organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness. In the recent past, she also served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and the Stapleton Development Corporation.  

Judge Arguello will be inducted into the Colorado Latino Hall of Fame on October 24, 2019, in the Public Service Category which recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding dedication to their work as an elected or appointed official, maintained high ethical standards, and whose leadership in government and commitment to public service advance the Latino community.

In March of 2014, Judge Arguello was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame for the many glass ceilings she has shattered.

In September of 2019, Judge Arguello was inducted into the Colorado Latino Hall of Fame.

Other honors and awards received by Judge Arguello include:

  • Latina Trailblazer, Latinas First Foundation (2013)

  • Honoree, Women Attorneys Who Continue to “Raise the Bar”, Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation (2012)

  • Social Justice & Human Rights Champion of Change Award, Escuela Tlatelolco (2012)

  • Honorary Order of the Coif Award, University of Colorado School of Law (2012)

  • “Scouting . . . Vale La Pena!” Service Award, Denver Area Boy Scout Council (2007)

  • Qwest Diversity Trailblazer Individual of the Year, Rocky Mountain Legal Diversity Summit (2007) 

  • The Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Fiesta Colorado Hispanic Pioneer Award (2001)

  • Colorado Women's Bar Association’s Mary Lathrop Award (honoring women trailblazers) (2000)

  • Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (1999)