Kathryn Starnella began her first term on Colorado Lawyer’s advisory board in July 2017.
Photo courtesy of Jen Collins.
Hometown: Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Law School: Northwestern University
Lives in: Denver, Colorado
Works at: Colorado Attorney General’s Office
Practice Area(s): Civil litigation, civil rights issues, constitutional law
CBA Member Since: May 2012
Describe yourself in five words.
Diligent, dedicated, good listener, inquisitive, reflective.
Why did you become a lawyer?
High school mock trial piqued my interest in the law and becoming a lawyer. (Tanks, Mr. Simonson and Mr. Rafteryl) I enjoyed the experience of developing a persuasive theme, theory, and trial strategy with my teammates and presenting our case to the volunteer judge and jurors. I pursued this profession because I wanted to help people, I enjoy public speaking, and I enjoy the intellectual challenge.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Live with integrity. My parents were the first people to give me that advice, and they embody that every day.
What is one of the most positive experiences you’ve had as a lawyer?
Serving as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Christine Arguello has been my most positive experience as a lawyer. I am extremely grateful to have had that opportunity.
What do you like the most about your practice area?
I enjoy working on cases that present novel or complicated legal issues, concern areas of law that are unclear or developing, or concern policy.
What do you wish you had learned in law school?
I am really pleased with the education I received. If I could do it all over again, I would...