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January 2000
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Chan Wins Davis Award


Paul H. Chan is the recipient of the 1999 Richard Marden Davis Award. The award was presented to Chan by Denver Bar Association President Hubert Farbes, at a dinner in Chan’s honor on Dec. 2 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."

Chan is University Counsel to the University of Denver. In addition to establishing a successful record as an attorney, he takes a leadership role in professional activities. He is the former president and founding member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado and past president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He has served on Colorado Supreme Court diversity and multi-cultural committees, the Colorado Board of Law Examiners, the Boettcher Foundation scholarship committees and numerous other community programs.

Davis’ family and the law firm, Davis, Graham & Stubbs, established this award in 1992 in Davis’ memory to keep alive his belief that great lawyers should be professional and community leaders. For almost 50 years, Davis devoted himself tirelessly to the profession and community. He served as president of the Denver Bar Association in 1959, held 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.

Last year’s recipient was Natalie Hanlon-Leh, a partner at Faegre & Benson LLP.

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