Interviews with NABL Members from NABL News
Dawn P. Bookhardt of Butler Snow LLP, Denver, CO
Meet Dawn P. Bookhardt of Butler Snow LLP, Denver, CO... a Thanksgiving “gift” to NABL volunteerism and promoting the field since her days as a young public finance attorney. She’s also the recipient of “gifts” from past volunteers herself, and continues that legacy today.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born November 23, during the month of Thanksgiving, my favorite time of year. I’ve been practicing in the area of public finance since 1991 and have enjoyed every bit of it. I love people and dogs and have a wide array of friends. I’m a vegetarian who enjoys the occasional roasted salmon from Capital Grille. I am the youngest of five, and I’m proud of myself for being a “baby” who is focused on achievement.
As the Vice Chair of the General Law and Practice Committee, you have volunteered for NABL over the years. Can you share with us how volunteering has impacted your career?
As the chair of the airport panel at The Workshop, I was able to develop relationships with panelists and other experts selected to serve on such committees, whose relationships often became client relationships or led to additional deal opportunities. As part of the Steering Committee in prior years, I witnessed and participated in the selection of committee members and new board members including my suggestion for Dee Winsor to be part of the NABL Board. That was fun! Volunteering with NABL has impacted my career significantly because both clients and peers will seek volunteers out for specific advice and a first-hand look at current events in the bond area.
What new idea(s) have you learned from a past conference/webinar that you have implemented into your work?
Generally, I’m fairly frightened after any session regarding securities, fearing I may have committed a blunder on past transactions; however, I always learn about new ideas such as virtual conferencing and how to appropriately conduct due diligence. Also, I’ve taken away many great ideas regarding underwriter’s counsel representation such as the myriad new and additional responsibilities concerning due diligence that are considered important by underwriters.
Which book and/or podcasts have you enjoyed and would recommend to others?
I would recommend The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones, which is a reframing of American history that places slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of American life, its beginnings and its present.