Candace S. Whitaker

Pro Bono Senior Manager


Candace Whitaker develops and manages pro bono initiatives for Faegre Drinker’s lawyers in California, Colorado and Iowa, as well as firmwide initiatives. She led the firm’s Africa Project, and currently co-leads the firm’s Justice for Veterans Project.
Faegre Baker Daniels was the first law firm in Colorado to create a professional position to direct efforts to increase access to the justice system in communities, underscoring the firm's strong commitment to pro bono service.

Legal Practice Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Candace was in private practice in criminal defense and family law. She was also a former Assistant Public Defender in Hillsborough County, Florida, and an adjunct professor of law at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Personal Interests

Candace enjoys travel and scuba diving.


Bar Admissions



University of South Florida
M.A. in Library & Information Science (1997)

Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
J.D. (1986)

Florida State University
B.S. in Political Science (1983)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Doing Well by Doing Good: Why and How One Big Law Firm Values Pro Bono
    Co-author with Heather Carson Perkins, Colorado Lawyer, March 2018
  • Western States Pro Bono Opportunities Panel
    Pro Bono Institute, 2017
  • Pro Bono & Volunteerism
    Co-presenter with Charles Mao, Pro Bono Week CLE: Get Introduced to Volunteering with Metro Volunteer Lawyers, 2017
  • Access to Justice and Law Firm Pro Bono
    University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Asylum Law class guest speaker, 2008-11
  • Colorado Asylum Practice
    Co-author with Marie Williams, Trends, 2008

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Association of Pro Bono Counsel
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates

Civic Activities

  • Denver Catholic Charities — Board Member, 2012-15
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers — Board Member, 2010-16 (Board Chair, 2015-16
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Denver — Member; EMHC; Baptismal Preparation Instructor; Alpha Course Facilitator

Firm Leadership

  • Pro Bono Committee


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-23
  • Law Week Colorado — Outstanding Legal Professional of the Year, 2013
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado — Outstanding Service to Civil Pro Bono Panel, 2016
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2012-19
Awards Methodology
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