Bar Awards 

Every Spring, the El Paso County Bar Association awards outstanding members of our legal community at the Law Day Award Ceremony. Below you can find past award recipients.


Ben S. Wendelken Awardees

2006: Steve Mulliken

2007: Honorable Richard V. Hall

2008: Bruce Buell

2009: Honorable D. Richard Toth
2010: Larry R. Gaddis
2011: Honorable J. Patrick Kelly
2012: Ken Jaray
2013: Jeanne M. Smith
2014: Dan D. Stuart 
2015: David M. Johnson
2016: Patricia Kelly
2017: Norm Thom 
2018: Mayor John Suthers
2019: William "Bill" Hybl
2022: Lisa Dailey

Brian S. Gardner Award

2017: Joi G. Kush
2018: Alex Masterson
2019: Chance Hill
2022: Joel Pratt

El Paso County Regional Mock Trial Competition Victors

1986: Rampart High School
1987: Rampart High School
1988: Rampart High School
1989: Falcon High School
1990: Rampart High School
1991: Cheyenne Mountain High School
1992: Doherty High School
1993: Cheyenne Mountain High School
1994: Cheyenne Mountain High School Team #1
1995: Cheyenne Mountain High School
1996: Cheyenne Mountain High School
1997: Cheyenne Mountain High School
1998: Doherty High School
1999: Doherty High School
2000: Doherty High School
2001: Doherty High School
2002: Coronado High School
2003: Coronado High School
2004: Cheyenne Mountain High School
2005: Doherty High School
2006: Coronado High School
2007: Doherty High School
2008: William Jackson Palmer High School
2009: William Jackson Palmer High School
2010: William Jackson Palmer High School
2011: William Jackson Palmer High School
2012: William Jackson Palmer High School
2013: Coronado High School
2014: William Jackson Palmer High School
2015: William Jackson Palmer High School
2016: William Jackson Palmer High School
2017: Coronado High School
2018: Pueblo West High School
2019: Pueblo West High School
2022: Pueblo West High School

The Justice Center Pro Bono Firm of the Year 

2017: Gould, Whitley & Marshall, Attorneys at Law
2018: Johnson Kush, P.C.
2019: Knies, Helland, McPherson, Attorneys at Law
2022: Burnham Law

Liberty Bell Award

1983: James H. Smith, Sr.
1984: Millicent E. Kraushaar
1985: Frances Taylor
1986: Dennis Rithie
1987: Kathy Butterfield
1988: Thomas Crawford
1989: Lyn Doyon
1990: Leslie Cook
1991: Linda Kruse Lynch
1992: Pat & Marcia Murphy
1993: Terry Lynn Green
1994: Pat Ezell & Barby Schlabs 

2017: Magistrate Jamie Vigil
2018: Sarah Lipka
2019: Charles Simon
2022: Deborah Hamilton

Lohman Award

2004: The Lohman Children
2005: David M. Johnson
2006: Debra Campeau
2007: Rita K. Wiley
2008: Jan Isaacs Henry
2009: Gerald Kimble
2010: Jan Weiland
2011: Debi & Steve Pelican
2012: Leanne Ciampa Hadley
2013: Brenda K. (Sunni) Ball
2014: John Ciccolella & Chief Judge Gilbert Martinez
2015: Honorable Douglas E. Anderson (presented posthumously)
2016: Wendy Hammack Smith

2017: Trudy Strewler Hodges

2018: Debbie English
2019: Honorable G. David Miller

Mikki Kraushaar Award

2004: Mikki Kraushaar
2005: Clifton B. Kruse, Jr.
2006: E. David Griffith
2007: Bruce T. Buell
2008: Byron L. Akers, Jr.
2009: Fred Feinsod, M.D.
2010: Sara Qualls, Ph.D.
2011: Dr. Stephen Telatnik
2012: Laurie Tebo
2013: Mendy Putnam
2014: Lynn Vanatta Perry
2015: Judge Rebecca Bromley
2016: Susan Pavlica
2017: Detective Chuck Szatkowski
2018: Catherine Seal
2019: Wayna Marshall
2022: Kent Mathews

The Mo Frederick Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award 

2017: Jon Hertzog
2018: Erika Kaiser
2019: Steve Koerner
2022: John Kirchner

Portia Award

1985: Nancy Chase Miller
1986: Rebecca Bromley
1987: Caroline Benham
1988: Christine Arguello
1989: Maria Oldendorf
1990: Mary Jane Looney
1992: Deborah Adams
1993: Paula Miller
1994: Stephanie Yukawa
1995: Virginia Etheridge
1996: Sue Grant
1998: Ruth Rouss
1999: Ellen Chestnut
2000: Regina Walter
2001: Theresa Cisneros
2002: Lisa Dailey
2003: Mary Evans
2006: Robyn Cafasso
2008: Patricia Germer Coolidge
2009: Jann DuBois
2010: Dianna Harris
2011: Lisa Kirkman
2012: Meredith Cord
2013: Theresa Kilgore
2014: Diana May
2015: Margaret Vellar
2016: Jill Brady
2017: Peggy Gardner
2018: Denise Peacock
2019: Amy Folsom
2020: Daphne Burlingame
2022: Judge Deborah Grohs

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