Awards are given at the DBA Annual Awards Party in June each year. Nominations are accepted November through January each year. Click here to nominate someone.
For more information on DBA Awards and Nominations, click here or contact Elizabeth Akalin
The DBA Award of Merit
Sponsored by the DBA Awards Committee
Recognizes outstanding leadership, competency, ethics, professionalism, community service and contributions to the DBA and the legal profession. Acknowledges outstanding service rendered in the interest of the improvement of the administration of justice.
Criteria: Candidate must be a lawyer, judge or law professor who is a regular member of the DBA. Candidate must also be able to demonstrate a career focused on outstanding service, including substantive contributions to the DBA and/or legal community far beyond regular membership and attendance.
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. Click here
DBA Young Lawyer of the Year
Recognizes outstanding service as defined by ethics, professionalism and contributions to the DBA, legal profession and community.
Criteria: Candidate must be a member of the DBA who is younger than age 37 or has been in practice less than three years. Candidate must also illustrate an outstanding record of service and contribution to the Bar Association and the Denver legal community.
DBA Volunteer of the Year
Honors a DBA member who in the last year has performed extraordinary pro bono legal representation or provided exceptional voluntary service to cultural, civic, educational or charitable causes.
Education in the Legal System
Honors teachers, programs and/or schools that exhibit outstanding dedication to teaching students about civics, the American legal system and the Rule of Law. The DBA will provide a monetary gift to either the honoree teacher’s school, the program being honored or the school being honored, in an amount and allocation to be determined by the DBA Board of Trustees. The gift will be used for educational purposes in the above described areas.
Criteria: Candidate must be a teacher in a Denver school, a program conducted in a Denver school (whether or not sponsored by the school) and/or a Denver school educating students from kindergarten to twelfth grade.
Outstanding Program or Project
Acknowledges those programs or projects that uphold the highest traditions of the legal profession, such as ethics, professionalism, education, access to justice, community service or promoting charitable causes. Recognizes exceptional collaboration between members of the Bar.
Criteria: The chosen program or project must be affiliated with the DBA and must uphold the highest traditions of the legal profession such as ethics, professionalism, education, access to justice, community service, or promoting charitable causes. The ideal program will show exceptional collaboration between members of the bar.