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Honors and Awards

  • 2008: Recipient of Al Horn Memorial Award, National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee: Lifetime achievement award for advancing the cause of justice and extraordinary support of NORML.
  • 1998-2000: Selected by National Institute of Justice, U.S. Dept. of Justice, to serve on the Technical Working Group for Eyewitness Evidence, a task force comprised of  law enforcement agents, research psychologists, prosecutors and defense counsel, established for the purpose of creating the first set of national guidelines to be used by law enforcement when interviewing eyewitnesses to crime. The Guide, Eyewitness Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement, was published in 1999.
  • 1996-1997: Selected by Chief Judge Richard P. Matsch to serve on seven-member task force of lawyers and judges to form the Faculty of Federal Advocates for the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado. Faculty inaugurated, 1997.  Served on Board of Directors through 2000.
  • 1996: Selected by the United States Sentencing Commission to present oral testimony on the federal drug sentencing guidelines at the August 12, 1996 Sentencing Commission hearing in Denver, Colorado.
  • 1996: Selected by Chairman Bill McCollum, House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, to present oral and written hearing testimony on federal marijuana sentencing laws on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) (March 6, 1996, Washington, DC).
  • 1995: Recipient of the first annual Marshall Stern Award for Outstanding Legislative Achievement, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 
  • 1995: Selected by Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to serve on a three-lawyer committee created to assist the Court with the selection of the next Federal Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming.
  • 1995: Selected by Chief Judge Richard P. Matsch, U.S. District Court, District of  Colorado, to serve as the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Attorney District Representative for the District of Colorado to the National Conference of Panel Attorneys.
  • 1994-1995: Selected by Chief Judge Richard P. Matsch, U.S. District Court, District  of Colorado, to serve on (1994) and to chair (1995) the Court’s Standing Committee on the Criminal Justice Act. This Committee assists the Court in administering the 100-lawyer Criminal Justice Act Panel.