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Hon. Christine M. Arguello


Hon. Christine M. Arguello

Hon. Christine M. Arguello is a first-generation high school and college graduate 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 University School of Law. 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 and co-author of a casebook, “Evidence: The Objection Method,” which is used in numerous law schools around the country.

In 2014, Judge Arguello implemented Law School…Yes We Can (Sí Se Puede), a law school pipeline mentoring program in which college students who are interested in becoming lawyers are each paired with three mentors, two lawyers and a law student, who have committed to mentor the Fellow during his/her college attendance. The end goal of LSYWC is to level the playing field and assist the students in gaining acceptance into the law school of their choice. For more information on the program, please go to

Judge Arguello has received numerous honors and awards for the many glass ceilings she has shattered and for the work she has done to provide guidance and inspiration to those who wish to enter the legal profession. Those honors include being inducted into both the Colorado Latino Hall of Fame (2019) and the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (2014).