40th anniversary awards Luncheon 

2018 Awards Luncheon Celebrates 40 Years of CLC

The 2018 Awards Luncheon of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Hilton Denver City Center was a remarkable success. More than 480 attorneys and community members planned to attend.

This year’s keynote speaker, Jeffrey L. Fisher, Co-Director of the Supreme Court Clinic at Stanford Law School, delivered an inspiring address on “Civil Rights: Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court”. Mr. Fisher has argued 35 cases in the Court, on issues ranging from criminal procedure and maritime law to civil and human rights. In addition to his teaching and practice concerning the Supreme Court, Fisher has published numerous articles on various criminal and constitutional issues, and he is currently writing a treatise on the Confrontation Clause. Before joining the Stanford faculty, Fisher co-chaired the appellate practice group of Davis Wright Tremaine. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. View a video of Mr. Fisher’s message below.

The Colorado Lawyers Committee was pleased to feature a video (see below) highlighting the impact of the CLC’s legal advocacy in the community over the past 40 years. CLC also recognized the important leadership role of the following men and women who have volunteered their time to serve as CLC Board Chair:

W. Randolph Barnhart
William A. Bianco
Thomas Bieging
Stephen S. Dunham
Nancy B. Elkind
Iris Eytan
L. Richard Freese, Jr.
Robert F. Hill
James W. Hubbell

Jennifer H. Hunt
Edwin S. Kahn
Gregory B. Kanan
Steven M. Kaufmann
Kenzo Kawanabe
Glen E. Keller, Jr.
Mary J. Kelly
Christopher Lane
Catherine A. Lemon

Timothy R. Macdonald
Gale T. Miller
Rodney R. Patula
Bruce W. Sattler (deceased)
James E. Scarboro
Peter H. Schwartz
Craig E. Stewart
William E. Walters, III
Julie M. Williamson

Another wonderful highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of awards to honor individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the Colorado Lawyers Committee in the past year.

The Board of Directors selected Husch Blackwell LLP as the recipient of the Law Firm of the Year Award. Other law firms honored for their contribution to the Colorado Lawyers Committee were Hernandez & Associates, P.C., Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC and Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP.

The Individual of the Year Award was presented to Christine Snider (Ballard Spahr LLP). Other individuals honored at the luncheon were Bennett L. Cohen (Polsinelli PC), Christopher J. Lane (Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP) and Pascal C. Schunk (Schunk Law Firm P.C.).

The Colorado Lawyers Committee also presented the Past Chair Award to Iris Eytan (Eytan Nielsen LLC), celebrating her leadership during the past two years as Chair of the Board of Directors.

Congratulations to all our amazing honorees and volunteers. Your work to improve the lives children and the underserved in our community is inspiring.


2018 Individual of the Year Award Presented to Christine Snider

Congratulations to Christine Snider, who was honored on May 22nd at the Colorado Lawyers Committee 40th Anniversary Awards Luncheon as the 2018 Individual of the Year. The Award was presented to Christine for her extensive volunteer efforts managing the activities of the Hate Crimes Education Program. On an almost daily basis, Christine is communicating with volunteers and schools to ensure each presentation is equipped with sufficient volunteers. Christine’s enthusiasm, dedication, and superb organizational skills have contributed greatly to the success of this important program. Christine, a paralegal at Ballard Spahr LLP, volunteered more than 330 hours over the last three years. Thank you Christine for your amazing contribution to Colorado’s students and the Colorado Lawyers Committee!

Photo courtesy of Hartmannphoto, LLC


Congratulations to Husch Blackwell LLP, 2018 Law Firm of the Year

Congratulations, Husch Blackwell LLP, on your well-deserved recognition! The CLC appreciates your strong commitment to pro bono work.

Photo courtesy of Hartmannphoto, LLC

2018 Photos


Photos courtesy of Hartmannphoto, LLC

2018 Videos


See videos from all past annual luncheons.

2018 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
Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Hernandez & Associates, P.C.
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Holland & Hart LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Polsinelli PC


Anderson Hemmat, LLC
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Colorado & Denver Bar Associations
CLE in Colorado, Inc.
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
Disability Law Colorado
Husch Blackwell LLP
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC
Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.
Lass Moses Ramp & Cooper LLC
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Reilly Pozner LLP
Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC
Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Xcel Energy Services, Inc.


Alvarez & Marsal
Association of Corporate Counsel – Colorado Chapter
Ballard Spahr LLP
Butler Snow LLP
Elkind Alterman Harston PC
Eytan Nielsen LLC
Holland & Knight LLP
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC
Snell & Wilmer
The Equitas Project
Tierney Lawrence LLC
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP


Alyn-Weiss & Associates, Inc.
Aponte & Busam, Inc.
Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Center for Legal Inclusiveness
Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
Colorado LGBT Bar Association

Hill & Robbins, P.C.
Invest in Kids
Rule 6 Communications
Seigneur Gustafson LLP
Hunt and Kenneth Talmage
University of Colorado Law School
University of Denver Sturm College of Law


  • Lewan Technology for printing the 2018 Awards Luncheon program and the 2018 Annual Report

  • Hartmannphoto, LLC for providing pro bono photography service for the Colorado Lawyers Committee

  • Landlocked Films LLC for preparing the special video presentation for today’s event

  • Cuttlefish Arts for layout and design of the 2018 Awards Luncheon program and Annual Report