Christine Arguello U.S. District Court Judge, District of Colorado
Christine Arguellois 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.
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)
“Sí, Se Puede” is a phrase born of farmworkers, who, under the leadership of the UFW, César Chávez, and Dolores Huerta, fought valiantly for equal protection under the law. As a result of the efforts of the UFW, “Sí, Se Puede” has become well known as a call that engenders hope and inspiration in those who face similar battles. We thank the UFW, whom we acknowledge to be the sole and exclusive owner of the Trademark SI SE PUEDE, for granting us a limited license to use“Sí, Se Puede” in connection with our efforts to recruit, in Colorado, students of Hispanic or Latino descent for our law school pipeline program. For more information about the programs offered by the UFW, please see UFW’s webpage (www.ufw.org); UFW Foundation’s webpage (www.ufwfoundation.org); and UFWF’s immigration services webpage (www.sisepuede.org)
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