Mari Newman said she’s always tried to live up to the standard set by her grandmother, a doctor who was such a pioneer that she dressed for surgery in a broom closet because there was no other place for female doctors to change clothes. It appears she’s well on her way to meeting that standard, in the field of law. She has won numerous awards, including the 2009 Colorado Super Lawyer, an honor limited to 5 percent of Colorado attorneys; the 2009 Richard Marden Davis Award, a joint award of the Denver Bar Foundation; the 2008 Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer of the Year from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; and the 2007 Barrister of the Year from the Colorado Legal Initiatives Project.
Newman, who specializes in civil rights and employment law, also has taken on the Guantanamo Bay prisoners’ cause because of her belief in the importance of fairness and justice. “This crisis is the most important and transformative civil rights issue of our time, for the men imprisoned there, for their families and … for us as a nation.”
Mari Newman’s key civic affiliations: Civil Rights Committee of the Colorado Bar Association; Commission for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights; Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.
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