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September 2002
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Dan Hoffman Receives Award for Service

by Dale Harris

Eleanor P. Williams Award honors community service and legal contributions


Former Colorado Bar Association President, Dan Hoffman, has been selected by the Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter, as the recipient of the 11th annual Eleanor P. Williams Award.

Hoffman says: "I am deeply honored to be the recipient of this year’s Eleanor P. Willliams Arthritis Award. Far more importantly, I’m very pleased to be able to play a role in raising money for the Arthritis Foundation. I think everyone knows someone suffering with arthritis and we all face the risk of its debilitating effect ourselves."

The award is presented to a Colorado or Wyoming attorney for distinguished service to the legal community and the community at large. Dan is a senior partner at Hoffman, Reilly, Pozner & Williamson.

The award recognizes a respected Colorado or Wyoming attorney whose career has been distinguished by the highest caliber of legal service and by a broad humanitarian contribution to his or her community. Past award recipients include: John Low, Larry DeMuth, Jr., Dale Harris, Bill McClearn, Brooke Wunnicke, Gov. Mike Sullivan, Hover T. Lentz, Bill Steele, Sen. Allan Simpson and Don Stubbs.

With more than 40 years of courtroom experience, Dan is the only person to have served as president of both the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and as state chairperson of the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers. A former Dean of the University of Denver College of Law, Dan also has been very active in the community with organizations such as the Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older Persons, Anti-Defamation League, American Medical Center, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Governors Conference on Criminal Justice, American Jewish Committee and the Samaritan Shelter.

This award was inspired by Carl M. Williams, a graduate of the University of Wyoming Law School and Colorado businessman, who contributes a matching gift to the Arthritis Foundation each year in honor of his mother, Eleanor, who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis most of her life.

The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The annual Williams Award event has raised over $245,000 during its 10-year history to support the research, programs and service efforts of the Arthritis Foundation. Forty-three million people nationwide suffer from arthritis—or one in every six people, who may be infants, children, young adults, active adults or seniors. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among Americans over the age of 15, accounting for over 53 million days lost from work.

A $10,000 challenge gift has been established by Carl Williams, with all contributions to be generously matched dollar for dollar. All contributions made in Dan’s honor will benefit research, programs and services provided by the Arthritis Foundation. A tribute reception honoring Dan will be held on September 24 at the University Club. For more information about making a contribution or the reception event, call the Arthritis Foundation at (303) 756-8622.

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