Announcing Our 2013 Civil Rights Award Recipients
June 17, 2013
DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado will present its 2013 Civil Rights Awards to State Representative Claire Levy, Kevin Paul of Heizer Paul Grueskin LLP, and Kevin Williams of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) for their exemplary contributions to protecting civil rights and furthering civil liberties in Colorado.
The honorees will receive their awards at the ACLU of Colorado’s Carle Whitehead Bill of Rights Dinner at the Curtis Hotel on Friday, October 11th.
Representative Levy, who has dedicated her career as an attorney and a legislator to advancing civil rights, will receive the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award. Levy has spearheaded efforts in the legislature to decrease prison populations and address a variety of juvenile justice issues, including removing juveniles from adult jails. She has worked to reform the sentencing process and reduce the use of solitary confinement, and she helped secure legislation in the last session to modernize elections and increase voter participation. Levy has argued passionately for preserving the civil rights of all Coloradoans and has been a tireless advocate for ending the death penalty.
The Edward Sherman Award, which recognizes outstanding legal work, will be awarded to Kevin Paul, whose career of legal advocacy for reproductive rights has positively impacted hundreds of thousands of men, women, and teens throughout the state. Paul, now a partner at Denver-based Heizer Paul Grueskin LLP, has long served as legal counsel for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Among his many legal and legislative achievements, Paul was instrumental in creating the “bubble law,” which is now used as a model throughout the state and country for balancing protesters’ rights with the right to privacy outside of healthcare facilities.
Kevin Williams, who directs the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) Legal Program, will receive the Ralph L. Carr Award, which recognizes an individual’s devotion to an important contemporary civil rights issue. Under Williams’ direction, the CCDC Legal Program and its cooperating attorneys have successfully litigated hundreds of disability rights cases, including a national class action settlement requiring all K-Mart stores to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ticket and sponsorship information for the 2013 Carle Whitehead Bill of Rights Dinner can be found at http://aclu-co.org/event/carle-whitehead-bill-of-rights-dinner. Leadership for the event includes Jeff Knetsch, Event Chair, and Mari Newman, Nominations Chair.