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Colorado Bar Association

CBA Award of Merit
Sponsored by the Awards Committee
Recognition of outstanding and distinctive service to the CBA.
Nomination Deadline: September 1
Contact Tracy Rackauskas for additional information.


"Six of the Greatest"
Sponsored by the Awards Committee
Six deceased lawyers (candidates must be lawyers who have been deceased 7 years or more) for inclusion in the "Six of the Greatest" feature in the July issue of The Colorado Lawyer.
Nomination Deadline: September 1
feature in the July issue of The Colorado Lawyer
For more information click here.


Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award
Sponsored by the CBA YLD
The Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Lawyer of the Year award is given annually to a young lawyer with an outstanding record of professional success, community service achievements, a strong commitment to civic participation and inspiring others. McPherson was honored with the award in 1993; he went on to serve three terms in the state legislature. The award was renamed in his honor following his death in 2000.
Contact Denise Lynch for more information.


Don Sears Award
Sponsored by the Ethics Committee
The Don Sears Award recognizes outstanding commitment to the ethics of the legal profession. Judge Figa was a member of the Ethics Committee for fifteen years and served as Committee Chair. He also served as CBA President during 1995–96.
Contact Melissa Nicoletti for more information.


Icon Award
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
Contact Melissa Nicoletti for more information.


Lance Butler Award
Sponsored by the Worker's Compensation Section
The award is given to an attorney for outstanding service, dedication, and commitment to the field of Colorado Workers' Compensation Law. This celebrated honor is bestowed after nomination from within the Workers' Compensation Executive Council, based upon an attorney's contribution to the Workers' Compensation system.
Contact Amy Sreenen for more information.

James Bye Award
Sponsored by the Tax Section
The James E. Bye Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded annually by the Tax Section of the Colorado Bar to a Colorado tax attorney who has adhered to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession in the practice of tax law, and who has distinguished himself or herself in areas such as the practice of tax law in the State of Colorado, the improvement of the quality of the tax law, legal education, service to the Tax Bar, and community involvement. Contact Jill Lafrenz for more information.

Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award
Sponsored by the Paralegal Section
Honors a paralegal in Colorado who, in the past year, contributed the most to providing civil legal services to the disadvantaged through a local bar or law firm sponsored pro bono project or other law related pro bono project.
Nomination Deadline: Feb. 15
For more information contact Reba Nance.


1st Judicial District Bar Association

George Holley Young Lawyer Award
This is given to an attorney under the age of 37 or in practice for less than 5 years who is a member of the First J.D. Bar and is deserving of recognition for her or his activities with the Bar, the community and in the practice of law. The recipient should be someone who reflects a strong commitment to the legal profession and to community service. The general deadline is August 1 of each year.

Linda T. Palmieri Annual Award For Outstanding Service to Children
This is given in recognition of an individual’s demonstration of a superior degree of professionalism and commitment to children, and who has worked actively to advance the welfare of children. The individual need not be an attorney, but shall have made significant contribution to the children of the First Judicial District, and the legal system as a whole. The general deadline is August 1 of each year.

Liberty Bell Award
This award is given to a non-lawyer who has furthered the interaction of the community and the legal system and provided an uncommon contribution to the system or government as a whole. The general deadline is August 1 of each year.

Award of Merit
This award is given to a non-lawyer who has furthered the interaction of the community and the legal system and provided an uncommon contribution to the system or government as a whole. The general deadline is August 1 of each year.

Lisa Harness Memorial Award
This person demonstrates a superior degree of professionalism, knowledge and dedication to the position of a Clerk of the Court and has worked in the judicial system for a least one year. Persons who have consistently demonstrated their commitment to going above and beyond to assure that the judicial system and the public are served with an exceptional degree of service are appropriate nominees. The general deadline is August 1 of each year.

Peripatetic Jurist Award
Periodically, a judge or lawyer who serves two or more communities or boards in a judicial or quasi-judicial role comes to the 1st Judicial District Bar Association's attention. They recognize her/him for the service he/she provides to the communities and the legal system as a whole. At least some jurisdictions should be or meet in this District, or the lawyer or judge should be based in this district.

Special Service Awards
Periodic recognition of a member of the First Judicial District Bar Association for activities in the judicial system, the practice or the community at large that are deserving of recognition.

Award nominations or questions should be directed to Vicki.


Arapahoe County Bar Association

Tommy Drinkwine Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award
In recognition of commitment to the improvement of the community, as well as enthusiastic service to clients, the public, and the ACBA. This award was named posthumously for Tommy D. Drinkwine, the 1983 Recipient.

Raymond Frenchmor Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Juvenile System
Honors outstanding service to the Juvenile Justice System. Nominees may be any individual or organization.

Charles Dillion Award for Outstanding Public Service
Honors extraordinary service in public interest. Nominees may be any individual or organization.

Charles Dillion Award for Outstanding Public Service
Honors extraordinary service in public interest. Nominees may be any individual or organization.

For more information on any of the awards listed above, please contact the ACBA at 303-797-2227.


Denver Bar Association

Awards are given at the DBA Annual Awards Party in June each year. Nominations are accepted November through January each year.

The DBA Award of Merit
Sponsored by the DBA Awards Committee
Recognizes outstanding contributions made by a DBA member to the DBA and the profession.
View a list of past honorees here.
For more information contact Heather Clark.


Volunteer Lawyer of the Year
Sponsored by the DBA Awards Committee
Honors a DBA member who has performed extraordinary voluntary legal or community service.
View a list of past honorees here.
For more information contact Heather Clark.


Young Lawyer of the Year
Sponsored by the DBA Awards Committee
Honors a member of the DBA who is under 37 or has been practicing law less than three years, and has made outstanding contributions to the community and the interests of young lawyers in the Denver metro area.
View a list of past honorees here.
For more information contact Heather Clark.


Judicial Excellence
Sponsored by the DBA Awards Committee
Honors a DBA member of the judiciary for extraordinary service or exceptional contributions to the improvement of the judicial system.
View a list of past honorees here.
For more information contact Heather Clark.


Education in the Legal System
Sponsored by the DBA Awards Committee
Recognizes an outstanding teacher in the Denver community.
View a list of past honorees here.
For more information contact Heather Clark.

Outstanding Programs/Projects
Sponsored by the DBA Awards Committee
Acknowledges the immense efforts of programs that provide legal education, outreach, pro bono services or fundraising. This is the first year we have awarded this category.
For more information contact Heather Clark.

Davis Award
Nominations are invited for the Richard Marden Davis Award to honor attorneys “under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence as a lawyer and leadership in Denver’s civic, educational, and charitable activities.” The award was established by Davis Graham & Stubbs, the family of Dick Davis, former DBA President, and the Denver Bar Foundation in 1992 to recognize successful and community-minded young attorneys in private and public practice, and to inspire new members of the Denver legal community. Nominations are due Sept. 1. Download a nomination form here. Questions? Contact Margee Fawley at 303-892-7528 or margee.fawley@dgslaw.com .


Four Corners Bar Association

Four Corners Bar Association's Professionalism Award:
Nominations from Four Corners Bar Association members must be sent by Friday, September 27. There are three criteria to determine the award recipient, being that the attorney: (1) Adheres to ethical and procedural rules, and acts as a model for others; (2) Is respectful of the courts and other attorneys, as shown through preparedness and demeanor; and (3) Is active in the Bar, Bar activities, or other legal activities in the community. Email nominations to Jeremy Botkins.


Larimer County Bar Association

Professionalism Award:
Honors a Larimer County attorney who has demonstrated a history of high ethics and professionalism. Candidates will be considered for recommendation on the following standards:
Must be a member of the Larimer County Bar Association for not less than five years.
Demonstrated positive involvement in the legal profession.
Courteous and prompt in conducting business.
Adheres to the Principles of Professionalism in both attitude and actions.
Complies with the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct including treating all individuals with respect and dignity regardless of their sex, race, national origin or sexual preference.
Performs pro bono public service by participating in improving the community or by providing legal services to clients of limited means without charge or in a manner that allows the client to participate in the legal process.
Committed to improving the profession when possible and to practicing law in a manner consistent with a commitment to providing quality legal services to the client.
In representing a client and rendering advice considers not only the law but other considerations such as moral, economic, social and political factors relevant to the situation.

Please send nominations and supporting information no later than February 10 to Donna Hochberg.


Sam Carey Bar Association

Warrior for Justice:
SCBA Awards Committee Seeks Nominees Warrior for Justice
Deadline—Friday, August 16th
In August 2013, the Board of the Sam Cary Bar Association adopted the Warrior for Justice Award.
The criteria for this award are:
—A person who provides, ideas, creativity or strong leadership on matters involving justice for all
—Demonstrated dedicated service benefitting the African American community
—A person of integrity and honesty
—Selflessly, stood up front on issues of importance to rights of others
—Need not be a member of the SCBA or the legal profession

King Trimble Lifetime Achievement Award:
In September 2006, the Board of the Sam Cary Bar Association voted unanimously to establish this award. The award is to be given to a SCBA member who has contributed to the SCBA above and beyond the call of duty.
Other criteria for this award are:
—Provides consistent leadership to the SCBA
—Is a model attorney or jurist, not only to SCBA but to other bar member<
—Demonstrated achievement in the legal profession
—Service to the community
—Selflessly, assists his/her African American colleagues

Send nominations to Nicole Gorham at ngorham@rothgerber.com. Nominations need not be formal, but should present why the nominee qualifies for consideration for the award. Based upon the response and nominations by the membership, the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors will determine if it is fitting to present the Award at the Gala.

 


Southwestern Colorado Bar Association

Professionalism Award:
This award recognizes someone that has exhibited grace and civility in the advancement of the legal profession or provision of legal services. The award may be given either to lawyers or non-lawyers. The deadline is in the month of September.The contact person for this award is the Southwestern Colorado Bar Association secretary/treasure.