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Dan Sweetser Assumes Role of CBA/DBA Deputy Executive Director

July 2020

The Colorado and Denver Bar Associations are pleased to welcome Daniel A. Sweetser as the new deputy executive director, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer for the associations. A longtime Colorado practitioner, Dan was serving as DBA president-elect when the opportunity for a more permanent leadership position arose earlier this year.

The CBA/DBA’s search for a new deputy director included several rounds of interviews and extensive input from stakeholders. Ultimately, Dan emerged from an impressive field of candidates as the best fit to oversee the operations, policies, and budgets of the associations. He officially began his duties on May 4.

Many of you may know Dan from his past involvement with the CBA and DBA. He has been a member of the CBA Board of Governors and the DBA Board of Trustees since 2007, acting as treasurer of the DBA Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2019. As DBA treasurer and president-elect, he served on the CBA/DBA Joint Management Committee beginning in 2012. He was appointed to the CBA Executive Committee in 2017. Dan was also a member of the CBA Real Estate Section Council from 2010 to 2017 and an officer of the Council from 2013 to 2016, serving as secretary, vice chair, and chair.
Dan has served other community organizations as well, including the Colorado Lawyers Committee and Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, and he has performed pro bono work throughout his career. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and his law degree from the University of Denver, founding his solo practice in 2006.

Dan has a passion for the associations and the work that needs to be accomplished. He’s particularly looking forward to ushering in a new generation of young lawyers, whom he calls “the key to our future and our longevity.” According to Dan, “Maintaining and fostering relationships with our young lawyer leaders will help keep them involved as they move into other roles within the associations and the profession. And eventually those leaders will be helping us identify the individuals who will be filling their shoes 10 years from now and beyond. Working with the current YLD leaders is, frankly, just fun.”

Dan is also passionate about increasing diversity within the CBA, the DBA, and the legal profession. He explains, “Personally and professionally, I have developed a deep understanding of and commitment to living and working in a diverse environment. Raising two minority children (and being raised by them) and having Judge Gary Jackson as one of my primary mentors in the legal profession has taught me invaluable and heartfelt lessons. We are all better for being immersed in a diverse community—better lawyers, better staff, better people. It has been my great fortune to work closely with members of all of the Diversity Bars.”

Please join us in welcoming Dan into his new role. We are certain that his passion for the associations will continue to prove invaluable to our operations and our community at large.