2003 Denver Bar Award Winners!
Winners will be honored at the DBA Annual Party, June 11
If you haven’t had a chance to socialize or network with your colleagues lately, the perfect opportunity awaits you at the FREE Denver Bar Association Annual Party on June 11, 5:30 p.m. at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. Cocktails, hot hors d’oeurves and fun are all a part of the evening. The DBA will also honor the following bar association members for their outstanding contributions to the legal system and profession.
Ben Aisenberg is the recipient of the DBA Award of Merit, the association’s highest honor. A Harvard Law School graduate, Aisenberg is a former president of DBA, CBA and CTLA. He has taught classes at the DU law school and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Ben is also the state chairperson of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and a founding member of the Public Justice Foundation. He served for six years on the 2nd JD district Nominating Commission and has been an active member of the CBA's Ethics committee for over 15 years.
Lisa Williams and Rebecca Franciscus
Lisa Williams and Rebecca Franciscus are the co-recipients of the DBA Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award. These co-chairs of the Community Action Network ("CAN"), have worked tirelessly not only to redefine the mission of CAN and to share information about community service projects to the legal community, but to organize volunteer programs for attorneys within the Denver metro area. Lisa and Rebecca have been instrumental in organizing and starting the Denver Pack to School Supply Drive, establishing the CAN Dessert Auction to benefit Work Options for Women and carrying on the Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive. They have also assisted in the American Heart Association's June 2003 Lawyers Have Heart Race/Walk, the Kids in Need of Dentistry "KIND" toothbrush drive and the Disaster Response Training Day in December 2002. Lisa is a member of Qwest’s legal department and Rebecca is an enforcement attorney with the SEC.
Marte Timmers is the DBA Young Lawyer of the Year. An associate at Baker & Hostetler, Marte is the 2002-2003 chair of the DBA Legal Services Committee. She has been instrumental in implementing the recommendations of a strategic planning process which were presented to and approved by the DBA Board of Trustees last June. Her actions have resulted in a large change in the DBA’s public outreach clinics and the movement of very successful clinics into the Denver County Courts. In addition, Marte helped to initiate a divorce clinic presented in Spanish at El Centro Bienestar San Jose. This clinic coincides with another drop-in legal clinic supported by the DBA LSC and is also hosted at El Centro Bienestar.
Marte is an active pro bono volunteer with Metro Volunteer Lawyers, a volunteer with Junior League of Denver, the Denver Zoo Foundation, and the Denver Art Museum.
The winner of the 2003 Judicial Excellence Award is Colorado Supreme Court Justice Mary Mullarkey. Appointed to the bench in 1987, her list of accomplishments is long. Some examples include leadership in guiding the "Gender and Justice" issues through many phases, including letting attorneys voice opinions about how they’ve been treated in court. She was the impetus behind increasing the number of judges in Colorado—for years, she and several other members of the court worked hard to raise the consciousness of the state and legislature about certain districts that were overloaded, and got new positions approved. When she first became a justice, she set up a training program for newly appointed members of the judicial performance and judicial nominating commissions. She has shown creative leadership in the past year, as courts across the state have been faced with furloughs, a hiring freeze, lack of funding and general hardships. She tries to balance concern for her employees with concern that every citizen have access to justice.