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The 2022 Judge Wiley Daniel Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

The Honorable Alfred Harrell

Judge Alfred C. Harrell received a B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1966. He commenced the study of law at the University of Denver in 1968. Judge Harrell worked for the United States Veteran’s Administration, IBM and Honeywell Information Systems while in law school. He graduated from the school’s night division in 1971 and promptly joined his father, Irving P. Andrews Esq. in the practice of law. He was appointed Judge to the Denver County Court in 1985. He served 31 years, principally as a trial judge, and retired June 30, 2016. Presently he serves as a Senior Judge for Denver County Court.

Judge Harrell’s commitment to excellence includes seeking the broadest possible view of the legal profession. Since 1994, Judge Harrell has helped to promote the American Inns of Court system in Colorado. He has served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court and is past president of the William Doyle Inn of Court.

His community activities are devoted to the betterment of society. His commitment received public recognition by the Denver Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Award in 1993 and the Award of Merit in 1999; the Colorado Bar Association’s Professionalism Award in 1995; the Colorado Women’s Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Award in 2000; the Asian American Bar Association’s Minoru Yasui Community Service Award in 1998; the University of Colorado’s George Norlin Award (Lifetime Achievement) in 1997; the American Board of Trial Advocates Judicial Excellence Award in 2003; the Colorado Judicial Institute’s Judicial Excellence Award in 2008; in 2015, the Sam Cary King Trimble Lifetime Achievement award; in 2016, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professionalism award. In 2018, Judge Harrell received the Professionalism Award for the Tenth Circuit from the American Inns of Court. In 2020, the Colorado Bar Association awarded Judge Harrell its highest honor, The Award of Merit.

Judge Harrell is a frequent public speaker and guest lecturer. He is a former faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and a current member of the Rhone-Brackett American Inn of Court and the newly formed Justice Sonia Sotomay or American Inn of Court. He is a current member of the following bar associations and serves or has served on several committees within those bar associations: the Sam Cary Bar Association, the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of Colorado and the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. Judge Harrell served on the Board of Directors of the Denver Dumb Friends League for eight years, the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association for several terms, the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Attorney’s Fund for Clients Protection for eight years and the President’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on Diversity at the University of Colorado. Judge Harrell is widely known for his devotion as a mentor to attorneys and law students throughout Denver. Through efforts such as the Thursday Morning Breakfast Group, support of specialty bar associations and Inns of Court, teaching at local and national conferences, Judge Harrell consistently promotes and demonstrates excellence in his chosen profession.

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Judge Arguello

CONGRATULATIONS to this years Inclusiveness@Work Award Winners!

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Winners are selected based on their contribution to advancing diversity in our community and in the workplace.

Each year, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness honors our community's work in advancing diversity and inclusiveness at our Ball for All Gala, which will be held this year on February 29, 2020 in downtown Denver.  Please help us to recognize those organizations and individuals who are working to make Colorado more inclusive.

The five award categories are:  Business/Corporate, Individual, Law Firm/Legal Department, Young Professional, and Nonprofit/Government/Community Organization.

The Board of Directors of CLI also bestows the Judge Wiley Daniel Inclusiveness@Work Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual with at least 10 years of documented accomplishments and efforts in creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession in Colorado.

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The Center for Legal Inclusiveness bestows the Judge Wiley Daniel Inclusiveness@Work Lifetime Achievement Award on an individual with at least 10 years of documented accomplishments and efforts in creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession in Colorado.

Impact may be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways:

Programs & Projects: The individual designed or implemented one or more high-impact diversity, inclusion or equity programs or projects that have been widely replicated or expanded.

Products: The individual has developed influential tools, models, frameworks or other products used to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Presentations & Publications: The individual has made meaningful contributions to the body of knowledge on diversity and inclusion through conference presentations, articles, books, etc.

Service & Mentorship: The individual has contributed substantial time and expertise to help build diversity in the legal community (e.g., by leading diversity and inclusion-focused organizations or networks, serving on relevant boards or committees, and/or mentoring others).


  2020 Inclusiveness@Work Awards

Watch the Judge Wiley Daniel Lifetime Achievement  Award Winner - Judge Gary M. Jackson

Congratulations to Judge Gary M. Jackson for winning the 2020 Judge Wiley Daniel Lifetime Achievement  Award Winner

 2019 Inclusiveness@Work Awards



The Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to SuSaNi Harris, one of the founding members of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness. 

SuSaNi Harris has a rich and varied history in the field of diversity and inclusion (D/1). Dean Harris was one of the first in the nation to pioneer the position of Director of Diversity and Professional Development at a law firm. She did this while at Holland & Hart where she also practiced Oil & Gas and Mining Law. Dean Harris' commitment to diversity didn't just stop with her providing guidance and assistance to Holland & Hart in honoring its commitment to recruit, hire, retain and promote a diverse attorney workforce. She also shared her expertise and knowledge as she advised numerous Holland & Hart clients, other law firms, and corporations on D/I matters.

Dean Harris took her talents to academia where she served as assistant dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence at the University of Colorado School of Law. She helped and guided the law school to further its commitment to embedding diversity and inclusiveness into the fabric of the law school at all levels.

Her commitment to D/I lead her to give back to the community as well. Dean Harris was the primary drafter of the original Colorado Pledge to Diversity, which was signed by 23 Denver law firms in 1993. She was also very active with Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI): she was a founding board of director; helped draft CLI's Beyond Diversity manual, and continues to be an active part of the CLI even when she rolled off the board. Please join us on Saturday, March 2nd as we recognize and honor SuSaNi Harris as our Inclusiveness@Work Lifetime Recipient!

Watch Her Video.

2019 Inclusiveness@Work Award Winners

Individual Winner:
Alexi Freeman

Non-profit/Government Agency Winner:
Colorado Pledge to Diversity

Firm/Legal Department Winner: 
Hernandez & Associates, P.C.

Corporate Winner:
Janus Henderson Investors 

Our thanks to everyone who helped make it a fun-filled event!
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2019 Inclusiveness@Work Award Winners

2019 Ball for All Highlights

CLI breaks records with sponsorship, attendance and fundraising at 5th Annual Celebration.

In addition to celebrating "Venetian Carnival" style, this year's attendance broke records with a crowd of over 325 people.  Sponsorship levels were the highest recorded and funds raised were nearly doubled last year's totals. The gala included both a silent and live auction, and one of the highlighted items was a trip to New York with tickets to "Hamilton: An American Musical" on Broadway.  Watch the video highlight of the night!

 2018 Inclusiveness@Work Awards




The 2018 recipient has devoted her entire career to her passion for diversity, civil rights, and inclusion. Kathleen founded the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, now known as the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CU), in Denver, Colorado and led the nonprofit as its Executive Director from 2007 through 2013. Now heading Kathleen Nalty Consulting, LLC, she continues to assist many legal organizations in their  implementation of inclusiveness initiatives, including law firms, government legal offices, and corporate law departments.  Watch Her Video Here.

2018 Inclusiveness@Work Award Winners

Individual Winner: 
Adrienne Mansanares

Non-profit/Government Agency Winner:
Kidsgiving 365

Firm/Legal Department Winner: 
Armstrong Teasdale

Corporate Winner:
The Spivey Consulting Group

 2017 Inclusiveness@Work Awards


The Center for Legal Inclusiveness was pleased to announce the 2017 Inclusiveness@Work Lifetime Achievement award winner, Barbara Brohl. Barbara leads varied functions of the Colorado Department of Revenue and is responsible for Colorado’s Tax Division, the Division of Motor Vehicles, Lottery, and Enforcement for the Auto, Gaming, Liquor and Tobacco, Racing, and Marijuana. The department has more than 1,500 employees and annually brings in more than $11 billion in fees and taxes for the state.

Beyond her exceptionalism in her career, Barbara constantly and consistently gives back to this community. It is because of her efforts in creating inclusive workplaces and encouraging diversity wherever she can that she is honored with this award. For every organization and person Barbara meets, she does not just become a member of organization or an acquaintance, she assumes leadership roles and serves as a sponsor for that person. Barbara does not just say she supports women, youth, and those who are under-represented – she takes action to show that support.

In addition to mentoring numerous young people in her positions with the Department of Revenue and at Qwest for many years, Barbara oversaw the Pledge to Diversity Legal Intern program, where she ensured that first year diverse law students from CU and DU were given opportunities to learn at a large in-house law department. Her mentoring efforts have been far-reaching and consistent throughout her career. She actively participates in events for high school, college, and law school students which focus on recruitment, pipeline and business development initiatives. She has freely given of her weekends and evenings to participate in mock interviews with many prospective judges. Some of those who benefitted from Barbara’s incisive questioning are now on the bench (including one of the undersigned nominators)! The value of her contributions is simply immeasurable.

Although accomplished in her own right, what sets Barbara apart is that she actively looks for ways to ensure that everyone has an equal access to opportunities. While Barbara served on RTD’s Board, she maintained a watchful eye over RTD’s contracting practices to ensure that minority and women-owned businesses had the opportunity to compete for lucrative contracts. Quietly, but effectively, she encouraged women owned businesses – including providers of legal services – to avail themselves of the different RTD opportunities (and elsewhere within Colorado). Barbara also spearheaded RTD’s development of socially responsible contracting policies. RTD contractors are now required to provide health insurance and prevailing wages to their employees. Barbara kept a watchful eye over RTD’s requirements and goals for disadvantaged business enterprises.

Barbara has continued the practice in her current position and requires that contracts with her Department contain provisions that certify minority, women, and emerging small businesses are provided an equal opportunity to compete for and participate in subcontracts resulting from major procurements. Diversity has been a cornerstone of Barbara’s hiring and mentoring at the Department. Indeed, of the seven most recent hires at the leadership level, Barbara has expanded her team with four women, two of whom are Latinas and an African-American male.

Watch Her Video Here.

2017 Inclusiveness@Work Award Winners 

Individual Winner:
Jennifer Jaskolka, Assistant General Counsel at Xcel Energy

Non-profit/Government Agency Winner:
Colorado Children’s Hospital

Firm/Legal Department Winner:
Holland and Hart LLP

Corporate Winner:
Kaiser Permanente

 2016 Inclusiveness@Work Awards

Senior Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
“The importance of education and hard work were instilled in Judge Daniel very early by his parents, who were both educators. His father was a school principal and his mother taught elementary school. Raised in the segregated South, Judge Daniel was very well aware of the vital role that lawyers played in the desegregation movement. This understanding, his belief that lawyers strive to create a system of laws that promote fairness and equality for all, and his overriding desire to help others, motivated him to pursue a career in law.“ - Just the Beginning Foundation

Judge Daniels was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Colorado by President Clinton in 1995, becoming the first African American to serve on the Court. Became Chief Judge of the Court in 2008 and assumed Senior Judge status in 2013. He was appointed as a special mediator for the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy proceeding from 2013 to 2015. Additional he sat by designation with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Until his death he served as an adjunct professor and student mentor at the University of Colorado School of Law and University of Denver Sturm College of Law. 

The Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel passed away on May 10, 2019.  The Inclusiveness@Work Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed the Judge Wiley Daniel Inclusiveness@Work Lifetime Achievement Award to honor his legacy and dedication to diversity and inclusion.  Watch His Video Here.  

2016 Inclusiveness@Work
Award Winners

Individual Winner:
Deborah Ward-White, Executive Director of the Colorado Multi-Ethnic Cultural Consortium

Non-profit/Government Agency Winner:
Aurora Mental Health Center

Firm/Legal Department Winner:
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Corporate Winner:
Newmont Mining Corporation

 2015 Inclusiveness@Work Awards


"Diversity, inclusion and equity aren't just buzz words in Denver. For us, these are our values, and the individuals we're honoring are proof that we will continue to work together against hate and that we will not allow it to divide us or our city. Today more than ever, we need individuals and organizations to stand up and express our values with their actions. I couldn't be prouder to recognize these ten honorees, because they exemplify Denver's commitment to working together to keep our city a place where our values are celebrated and extended to every resident and neighborhood. ~Mayor Michael B. Hancock

The Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards is an annual program of the agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships (HRCP). HRCP is the umbrella agency for nine offices and ten commissions that work to create a more just and equitable Denver. Through advocacy, capacity building, collaboration, community engagement, and direct services HRCP works to create lasting change for Denver’s residents. This includes ensuring that people from all corners of the Denver community community are empowered and supported with the innate knowledge that diverse perspectives, skills, and resources strengthen the foundation for lasting solutions.

Inclusivity is the cornerstone of HRCP’s work. They strive to give voices to the voiceless and to create a world class city where everyone matters. Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the community commissioners honored 10 individuals or organizations with the 2019 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards.

Watch His Video Here.

2015 Inclusiveness@Work Award Winners

Individual Winner:
Karen Nakandakare, co-founder and chair of the Talent Inclusion Engagement Diversity (T.I.E.D.) Roundtable

Non-profit/Government Agency Winner:
Goodwill Industries of Denver

Firm/Legal Department Winner:
Xcel Energy

Corporate Winner:
Molson Coors


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