January 11, 2022 - 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Diversity Webinar: How Denver Does It: The Creation of an Equity Program and Issues Faced
Speakers: Kwali Farbes and Deanne Durfee
Kwali Farbes and Deanne Durfee from the Denver City Attorney’s Office will speak about the Denver City Attorney’s Office’s program on equity. The presentation will discuss how the program was created and curriculum used for the program. The presentation will also discuss practical issues, including legal issues, that come with implementing such a program in a law office.
Kwali Farbes is the Assistant Director of Municipal Operations. Kwali joined the Denver City Attorney’s Office in 2015 as a Senior Assistant City Attorney and represented the Denver Economic Development Opportunity (formerly known as the Office of Economic Development) and Denver Arts and Venues. In 2018, Kwali was promoted to an Assistant Director in the Municipal Operations Section. Now, in addition to assisting with the leadership and management of the Section, she oversees the contracting function of the office and provides legal advice to client agencies throughout the City.
Prior to joining the City, Kwali spent ten years in private practice with a focus on public finance, assisting governmental entities and nonprofits finance significant capital improvements. She continues to advise the Department of Finance on finance related matters, including the Elevate Denver General Obligation Bond Program.
Kwali was honored to be included in the Denver Business Journal’s 2009 Forty under 40 class. Kwali graduated from CU Law School in 2005 after receiving a M.A. in Folklore and Folklife and completing her PhD coursework from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University. Prior to attending graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, Kwali worked in the Anthropology Department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. She is also a Denver native and a proud graduate of Denver East High School.
Deanne R. Durfee is the Director of Municipal Operations at the Denver City Attorney’s Office. Ms. Durfee has been practicing law for over 30 years, primarily in the area of municipal law. While she has worked for different municipalities in the Denver metropolitan area, Ms. Durfee has been with the Denver City Attorney’s office for the last 13 years. Ms. Durfee’s practice at Denver began handling construction and design contracts for the City and providing legal services to the City’s minority and women business enterprise program. Currently Ms. Durfee is the Director of the Municipal Operations Section of the Denver City Attorney’s Office, which provides in-house counsel services to Denver agencies and elected officials on general advice, contracts, finance, land use, real property, tax, eminent domain, and commercial litigation. Ms. Durfee graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 1987.