Paul H. Chan, general counsel for the University of Denver, has been named president of the Colorado Bar Association.
He is the first Asian Pacific American to lead the CBA in its 113 years.
During his presidency, Chan plans to focus on the long term sustainability of the CBA, including the use of new technologies to deliver services to members.
He also said he hopes to continue the Bar’s efforts to assist legal professionals and members who have suffered during the poor economy.
Since 1997, Chan has been the general counsel for the University of Denver. Prior to joining DU, he spent most of his career at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. He was an Assistant Attorney General in the office’s Criminal Appeals and Human Resources Sections, and later served as the office’s Managing Attorney.
Chan is a past president of the Denver Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He has served on the Colorado Board of Law Examiners and on commissions and advisory boards for the Colorado Supreme Court, the Governor of Colorado, the Mayor of Denver and Denver Public Schools. He has been active in local charitable and cultural organizations, and is a past trustee of the Boettcher Foundation.