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Judge Alfred C. Harrell to Receive the 2018 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Tenth Circuit


Alfred C. Harrell
has been recognized with the prestigious 2018 American
Inns of Court Professionalism Award
for the Tenth Circuit. He will
be presented with the award by the Honorable Deanell Reece
Tacha at the Tenth Circuit Judicial Conference in Colorado Springs in

Harrell was a judge on the Denver County Court in Colorado from 1985 to
2016. After his retirement, he and a colleague founded the Symposium on
Race, a monthly conversation among concerned citizens about matters
relating to race and class issues in the United States. He continues to
host a regular Thursday morning breakfast for judges, lawyers, and

Harrell was instrumental in helping to establish five American Inns of
Court in Colorado, including, most recently, the Justice Sonia Sotomayor
American Inn of Court. He is a Master of the Bench in the Robert C.
Rhone–Ava M. Brackett American Inn of Court, and an Emeritus Member of
the Judge William E. Doyle American Inn of Court, both in Denver. He
served two terms on the American Inn of Court Board of Trustees from
1994 to 1996 and 2000 to 2004.

A volunteer instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy,
Harrell donates his time to lead general public programs as well as
those for lawyers in public service. He is also a lecturer at the
University of Colorado and the University of Denver College of Law.

Harrell has received many honors during his career, which include the
Sam Cary King Trimble Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and the
University of Denver Sturm College of Law Robert H. McWilliams Alumni
Professionalism Award in 2016.

Harrell completed his undergraduate education at the University of
Colorado, which honored him with its George Norlin Lifetime Achievement
Award in 1997. He earned his JD at University of Denver School of Law.

The American
Inns of Court
, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, inspires the
legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest
level of professionalism through example, education, and mentoring. The
organization's membership includes more than 31,000 federal, state, and
local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in nearly 380
chapters nationwide and more than 100,000 alumni members. More
information is available at

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