Connie Talmage, JD'78
Alumni Professionalism Award - 2007
Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Constance Talmage quickly found her way to Colorado, where she has remained for much of her life. Connie recognized her talents as an enthusiastic volunteer early in life, serving as a candy striper and tutor in middle and high school. After graduating in 1970 with a B.A. in English from Briarcliff College in New York, Connie jetted off to Paris, France, where she worked for a year before returning to Colorado to work near the ski slopes of Vail. She spent three years in Boulder working at the Bureau of Sociological Research before beginning law school in 1975 at the University of Denver. During her time at DU, Connie served as managing editor for the Denver University Law Review, and went on to graduate second in her class. Upon graduation, Connie practiced law at Holland & Hart and then at Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe PC. Soon thereafter she began part time work at the Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) where she directed a study of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Colorado’s courts. Soon after CJI’s recommendations were submitted, Connie was hired as the Director of ADR for the State Courts, a position she held for four years. After a stint of consulting with courts around the country on the design of court programs, Connie took a position as law clerk with her good friend and newly appointed District Court Judge Bob Russell—a first for someone who had been a lawyer for more than 20 years! For the last seven years, Connie has been the Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, a position she finds enormously rewarding. In addition, she is the immediate past president and current board member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation. Connie is the current chair of the Colorado Access to Justice Commission and is the representative to the CBA Board of Governors from the CBA Judicial Liaison Section. She has been on the board of the Colorado Judicial Institute since 1992 and is an adjunct professor at the DU Sturm College of Law, where she also serves on the Deans’ Diversity Council and its steering committee.