Meet Our Advisory Board
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... Si Se Puede, which see 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.
In March of 2014, Judge Arguello was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame for the many glass ceilings she has shattered. 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)
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, RISE Colorado
Milagros Barsallo’s parents moved her family from Panama to the United States to give their children access to a quality education. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Government and International Relations in 2009, she joined Teach For America’s 2009 Colorado corps. Milagros taught 3rd and 4th Grade bilingual literacy while earning her Initial Teaching License, and Masters in Urban Pedagogy and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado Denver. In 2011, Milagros left the classroom to serve as a community organizer working with low-income Latino families and teachers to advocate for their children’s education by engaging in state policy and local school board. She then served as a consultant on several education research and community outreach projects for the Colorado Legacy Foundation, Latinos for Education Reform, Leadership for Educational Equity, and Denver Public Schools. In 2012, Milagros co-founded RISE Colorado with the mission to educate, engage, and empower low-income families and families of color to end educational inequity in our public school system. Milagros brings to RISE Colorado four years community organizing experience: political, recruitment, and issues-based; education-specific experience in project management, community outreach, and organizing training and coaching. She is a native Spanish speaker with eight years of experience developing and translating political and education-related documents. Milagros co-founded RISE because she believes that as our students’ families become empowered, they will be the ones who will truly be able to create lasting change in our education system. In 2014 she was excited to join the LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede team to connect Colorado attorneys passionate about closing the opportunity gap to Colorado students and other organizations committed to achieving educational equity for all children.
“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)