Cynthia D. Mares

Cynthia D. Mares

President Hispanic National Bar Association

Cynthia D. Mares, Esq., a Denver native and current resident of Centennial, Colorado, was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper on October 26, 2012 to serve her first term as Arapahoe County Public Trustee. The Office of the Arapahoe County Public Trustee is an independent, self-funded agency, created by statute, responsible for the administration of releases of deeds of trust and foreclosure proceedings in Arapahoe County, Colorado.   Ms. Mares is a member of the Public Trustee Association of Colorado and serves on the Records Retention, Legal Counsel and Legislative committees of that organization.

Ms. Mares is a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts, Arapahoe County Bar Association, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) and the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). She is the immediate past president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and has served as National Secretary and National Vice President of Sections and Committees for the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). She was also the HNBA Editor-in-Chief of Noticias (the written publication of the Hispanic National Bar Association) from 2009 to 2011. Ms. Mares was sworn in as HNBA National President in September 2014 in Washington D.C. and will hold that office for one year.

As HNBA President, Ms. Mares unveiled new programming – Law School – Sí Se Puede, a program for college students interested in the law, and corporate board training for lawyers, to name a few. She is a frequent national speaker on issues that affect the Latino community as well as diversity in the legal profession.

Ms. Mares is also a member of the Colorado Supreme Court, Chief Justice Commission on the Legal Profession and the Colorado Bar Association’s Spanish Speaking Committee. She also serves on the State of Colorado, Economic Development and International Trade Advisory Committee for the Minority Business Office. Ms. Mares volunteers many hours of her time providing legal services to those in need, through projects including Project Safeguard and CHBA legal clinics held throughout Colorado. She is also a mentor to several college and law students.

Ms. Mares holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. She received her juris doctorate degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 1989. Ms. Mares previously worked for the Colorado Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, as an Assistant Regulation Counsel for seven years and also as a deputy state public defender in Denver, Colorado for 15 years.