Until the foundation of Hartman & Brown in 2005, Diane spent the last 20 years as Director of Communications for the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations and was also an assistant executive director of both bar associations. Her main focus was to bring attorneys and journalists closer, with the goal of getting correct legal information into newspapers and on radio and TV broadcasts. She marketed the CBA as the first place reporters should call to find an attorney who would call them back immediately, speak in plain English and give them good information. She put on numerous “Working with the Media” workshops for bar members and judges throughout Colorado to help them be more comfortable when they talked to reporters.
She also edited a 24-page monthly newsletter, a bi-monthly legal newspaper column, staffed various committees, hosted bar/press meetings with the Denver Press Club, helped organize an annual educational “media day” for state reporters, put on parties and seminars and was a consultant for staff and members on any communications issue. She trained bar association presidents and other leaders, and also offered individual counseling and training to any bar member who was going to have some public role.
Diane has worked at three daily newspapers as a writer and editor: The Anniston Star, The Birmingham News and The Denver Post. At The Post, she was Home and Garden editor, Contemporary Editor (96-page Sunday magazine) and head of the feature department.
She has taught college at the University of Alabama (teaching assistant in editing), Auburn University (feature writing, editing, photojournalism) and Metropolitan State College of Denver (history of journalism, beginning reporting, feature writing, etc.). The last two were during her tenure at the bar, and involved one 10-month sabbatical to teach at Auburn.
Her B.A. and M.A. are both from the University of Alabama, where she received a Scholastic Achievement Award, the Headliner Award and was on the Dean’s List. During school, she worked for WNPT radio writing ad copy and announcing the weather, she freelanced for the Alabama Press Association and was a graduate assistant. Outside education includes a two-week seminar with the American Press Institute, a week workshop at the University of Nebraska put on by Gannet, a management course at the University of Denver, seminars in Quark, workshop at the University of Missouri for feature editors, a week seminar at the Center for Dispute Resolution, workshops put on by the National Association of Bar Executives and the American Society of Association Executives and several classes from the Denver Paralegal Institute.
Diane has also been in corporate public relations with South Central Bell, an editor at Denver Magazine and a legal investigator.
Her volunteer work includes a year as a patient volunteer at the Hospice of St. Johns, a year with the Lincoln Park Scholar’s Program where she tutored at-risk children in reading and math, and teaching some classes for Denver Community Schools. She has been on the board of the ACLU and has been a member of the Denver Press Club, the Denver Women’s Press Club, the City Club, the National Association of Bar Executives and the Freedom of Information Council.
Diane recently won the “Sweeps” Award from the Denver Women’s Press Club, which is the club’s highest award in their in-house writing contest.
She continues to write book reviews for The Denver Post, as she has for 25 years.
“Working with the Media” workshops were always her favorite job at the bar associations and the feedback was uniformly enthusiastic. She considers her main strengths to be creativity, an ability to problem solve, a sense of the “big picture,” excellent writing, and perhaps most important, a sense of humor about everything.