On February 25, 2021, Boulder law firm Hutchinson Black and Cook, LLC (“HBC”) will host the first of a series of four community panel discussions entitled “The Roots of Today’s Racial Exclusion in Boulder County and the Road Ahead.” The series of panel discussions is part of a larger set of racial equity initiatives begun by HBC in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter demand for change during the summer of 2020 and was spurred by a recognition of the overwhelming homogeneity of the Boulder community.

The first three panels will discuss the history of exclusion of Black, Native American, and Hispanic American communities from Boulder County, as well as resistance to exclusion by those groups. The final panel will be a forward-looking discussion on how Boulder County can begin to create a more inclusive community through changes in law and public policy that address past injustices and discrimination.

The programs will be co-sponsored by the BlackPast.org; The Center of the American West; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Boulder Chapter; the Native American Rights Fund; the University of Colorado School of Law; and CU Law School’s Black Law Student Association.

This virtual event is free to the public, and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend.


Penfield Tate, III – Panelist

Former Colorado state legislator and son of Boulder’s only African-American mayor


About HBC: Founded in 1891, HBC is Boulder’s oldest law firm. Thirty lawyers currently comprise the firm. The firm is well known for its work in the areas of complex litigation and significant business transactions. It has been selected as one of Colorado’s top law firms in a variety of practice areas by U.S. News.