A team from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s Civil Rights Clinic and the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center is one of four national finalists for Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award for their work on the Anderson v. Colorado and Decoteau v. Raemisch cases, both of which raised questions about treatment of prisoners in the Colorado State Penitentiary.
The award is presented to the attorney or team of attorneys who in the past year made the greatest contribution to the public interest by trying or settling a precedent-setting, socially significant case.
“We looked at some of the other nominees, and they are just phenomenal,” Amy Robertson, co-executive director of the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center said. “We are extremely honored to be recognized in that company.”
It took 24 students over the course of eight years to achieve a win for the rights of inmates in Colorado prisons.