Each year, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP joins the Denver Bar Foundation and Davis Family to sponsor the Richard Marden Davis Award, presented to a Denver lawyer "under the age of 40 who so combines excellence as a lawyer with creative civic, cultural, educational, and charitable leadership as to best exemplify the character and promise of Richard Marden Davis at that stage in his career."
Dick Davis set an example of a skilled, charismatic lawyer who also made time for extensive community service. For nearly 50 years, Dick devoted himself tirelessly to the profession and the community. He served as president of the Denver Bar Association in 1959, and he played key leadership roles in the Colorado Public Expenditures Council, Museum of Natural History, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Denver Rotary Club, Denver Art Museum, and other organizations. The award was created in memory of Dick Davis, not only to recognize successful and committed young lawyers, but also to inspire other young attorneys to follow in his footsteps. To submit a nomination of your own, please fill out and submit this form.
In 1993, the inaugural Davis Award was presented to then-Judge Celeste Quinones. Each year since, the award has been presented to a young attorney with an outstanding record of professional and community service achievements. The previous recipients continue to uphold the tradition of leadership that the award represents. The list is impressive and diverse, and includes judges, governors, public prosecutors, general counsel, and private practitioners:
2013 Shannon Stevenson, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
2012 Franz Hardy, Gordon & Rees LLP
2011 Stacy Carpenter, Polsinelli PC
2010 Mark Clouatre, Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP
2009 Monica M. Marquez, Justice, Colorado Supreme Court
2008 Mari Newman, Killmer, Lane & Newman LLP
2007 Michael Carrigan, Holland & Hart LLP
2006 Kristin Bronson, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
2005 Kenzo S. Kawanabe, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
2004 Tim Macdonald, Arnold & Porter LLP
2003 Todd Fredrickson, Fisher & Phillips LLP
2002 Chris Little, Montgomery Little & Soran, PC
2001 Richard Gabriel, Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals
2000 Gilbert Roman, Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals
1999 Paul Chan, General Counsel, University of Denver
1998 Natalie Hanlon-Leh, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
1997 David Powell, Ogletree Deakins, P.C.
1996 Allan Hale, Hale Westfall LLP
1995 Kathleen Odle, Sherman & Howard LLC
1994 A. William "Bill" Ritter, Jr., Former Colorado Governor
1993 Celeste Quinones, former Judge, City and County of Denver