2013 Annual Awards Luncheon 

2013 Awards Luncheon Celebrates 35 Years of CLC

The Colorado Lawyers Committee’s 35th Anniversary Awards Luncheon was held on May 21, 2013 at the Marriott Denver City Center in Denver, Colorado.

This year’s keynote speaker was James J. Sandman, President of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Washington, D.C. LSC was created by Congress in 1974 and is the largest single funder of civil legal aid programs in the United States, supporting 134 programs with more than 900 offices in every state and territory. Mr. Sandman joined LSC two years ago, after more than three decades of legal experience: He practiced law with Arnold & Porter LLP from 1977 to 2007 and was the firm’s managing partner for ten years. From 2007 to 2011, he served as general counsel for the District of Columbia Public Schools. Mr. Sandman offered an interesting and inspiring national perspective on pro bono services.

Another highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of awards to honor individuals and organizations who contributed significantly to the Colorado Lawyers Committee during 2012. Craig E. Stewart (Holland & Hart LLP) received the Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award for his longstanding support and his extensive contributions to the work of the Colorado Lawyers Committee.

Four law firms were nominated for Law Firm of the Year:

  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

  • Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

  • Patton Boggs LLP

  • Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

For the first time in Colorado Lawyers Committee history, the Board of Directors selected two Law Firm of the Year Award recipients: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

The Lawyers Committee also presented an Individual of the Year Award. This year’s nominees were:

  • For his skilled and continued oversight of the Taylor Ranch Litigation (Lobato v. Taylor):

    • Jerome A. DeHerrera(Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP)

  • For their commitment and leadership in the ongoing operation of Denver Legal Night:

    • Timothy R. Macdonald (Arnold & Porter LLP)

    • Susan Cole (Arnold & Porter LLP)

    • Ilene Lin Bloom (Ilene Lin Bloom, P.C.)

    • Angela Reyes (Colorado Legal Services, Inc.)

  • For seamlessly orchestrating the defense of the school finance appeal (Lobato v. State of Colorado):

    • Kathleen J. Gebhardt (Kathleen J. Gebhardt, L.L.C.)

    • Jennifer Weiser Bezoza (King & Greisen, LLP; formerly Children’s Voices)

    • Marcy G. Glenn (Holland & Hart LLP)

    • Terry R. Miller (Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP)

  • For their energetic expansion and update of the Hate Crimes Education Program:

    • Tarek F. M. Saad (Jin, Schauer & Saad LLC)

    • Phyllis V. Wan (Hogan Lovells US LLP)

    • Becky Hamilton (Jin, Schauer & Saad LLC)

    • Lucia C. Padilla (Sawaya & Miller)

The recipients of the Individual of the Year Award were:

  • Kathleen J. Gebhardt (Kathleen J. Gebhardt, L.L.C.)

  • Jennifer Weiser Bezoza (King & Greisen, LLP; formerly Children’s Voices)

  • Marcy G. Glenn (Holland & Hart LLP)

  • Terry R. Miller (Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP)

The Colorado Lawyers Committee also presented two Special Recognition Awards:

    • For assuring humane treatment for individuals with mental health problems through the Jail Wait Litigation (Center for Legal Advocacy v. Bicha):

      • Iris Eytan (Reilly Pozner LLP)

      • Farrell A. Carfield (Reilly Pozner LLP)

      • Sean Connelly (Reilly Pozner LLP)

      • Caleb Durling (Reilly Pozner LLP)

      • Kari W. Goodnight (Reilly Pozner LLP)

      • Marcus J. Lock (Wilderson Lock & Hill, LLC)

      • Ellie Lockwood (Reilly Pozner LLP)

      • Jason M. Lynch (Reilly Pozner LLP)

      • Lindsay A. Unruh (Reilly Pozner LLP)

    • For helping secure food stamp benefits for Denver residents:

      • Byeongsook Seo (Gordon & Rees LLP)

      • Adela C. Flores-Brennan (Colorado Health Benefit Exchange; formerly Colorado Center on Law and Policy)

2013 Photos


Photos courtesy of Hartmannphoto, LLC

2013 Videos


See videos from all past annual luncheons.

2013 Sponsors

Thank you to our many sponsors and partners who support our Awards Luncheon and help us further our mission to increase opportunities for children, the poor and other disadvantaged communities through pro bono legal advocacy, negotiation and litigation.


Arnold & Porter LLP
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Patton Boggs LLP
Reilly Pozner LLP
Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.


Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
CenturyLink Law Department
Colorado & Denver Bar Associations/CLE in Colorado, Inc.
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
Heizer Paul Grueskin LLP
Hill & Robbins, P.C.
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Holland & Hart LLP
Lass Moses & Ramp, LLC
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP
University of Denver Sturm College of Law


Association of Corporate Counsel-Colorado Chapter
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
Bieging Shapiro & Barber LLP
Elkind Alterman Harston PC
Gordon & Rees LLP
Hunter + Geist, Inc.
Husch Blackwell LLP
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC
King & Greisen LLP
Lindquist & Vennum PLLP
Pendleton Wilson Hennessey & Crow P.C.
The Sawaya & Miller Firm


Colorado Women’s Bar Association
RubinBrown LLC
Sam Cary Bar Association

Alyn-Weiss & Associates, Inc.
Aponte & Busam, Inc.
Legal Resolution Center


  • To Roderick Neal, Senior Graphic Designer of the Graphics Team of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (Minneapolis office), for layout and design of the 35th Anniversary Awards Luncheon program.

  • To Ricoh Legal Services for printing the 35th Anniversary Awards Luncheon program.

  • To Landlocked Films LLC for preparing the special video presentation screened at the event.

  • To Hartmannphoto, LLC for providing photography services at the event and in the  35th Anniversary Awards Luncheon program.