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January 2001
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Román Honored with 2000 Davis Award

Colorado Hispanic Bar Association president-elect wins annual award on Dec. 5.

Gilbert M. Román is the recipient of the 2000 Richard Marden Davis Award. DBA President Susan Smith Fisher presented the award to Román at a dinner in his honor on Dec. 5 at the Brown Palace Hotel.

The award is presented annually by Davis, Graham & Stubbs, the Denver Bar Foundation and the Davis family to a young Denver lawyer who, "although under age 40, has already so combined 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."

Román is a partner at Román Benezra & Culver. In addition to establishing a successful record as an employment law attorney, he has taken leadership roles in numerous professional activities. The faculty at DU College of Law approved him as an adjunct faculty member, teaching employment discrimination and wrongful discharge law. He also taught a labor relations course at Chapman University in California. Recently, National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) certified him to be an arbitrator, and the American Arbitration Association approved him as both an arbitrator and mediator. Román was named the 2000 "Lawyer of the Year" by the Hispanic National Bar Association; "Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association; and the 1997 DBA "Young Lawyer of the Year." He is president-elect of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.

Richard Davis's family and Davis, Graham & Stubbs, established this award in 1992 in Davis's memory to keep alive his belief that great lawyers should be professional and community leaders. Davis served as president of the DBA in 1959, and held leadership roles in the Museum of Natural History, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Denver Rotary Club, Denver Art Museum, and other organizations.

Last year's recipient was Paul Chan, University Counsel to DU.

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