DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers congratulated Deputy Attorney General Monica M. Marquez today for receiving the 2009 Richard Marden Davis Award, a prestigious distinction given to an attorney under the age of 40 who has excelled in the legal profession as achieved civic, cultural, educational and charitable distinction.
“Monica is one of the brightest and most civically engaged attorneys working in state government today,” Suthers said. “This award highlights what Monica’s clients and colleagues have known for some time — that she is one of Colorado’s finest public servants.”
Suthers appointed Marquez as the Deputy Attorney General overseeing the Colorado Department of Law’s State Services Section in April. The State Services Section provides legal advice and representation for Colorado state agencies, including the governor’s office, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, and Colorado’s institutions of higher education.
“I am thankful for the many tremendous opportunities I’ve had at the Attorney General’s Office to work on important cases for the state of Colorado,” Marquez said. “On behalf of all my hardworking colleagues at the Department of Law, I am honored and grateful to be recognized by the Davis family and the Denver Bar Foundation for my contributions to the community.”
The family of Richard Marden Davis and his law firm, Davis Graham & Stubbs, created the award to honor young attorneys who are not only excellent legal advocates, but also community leaders. Davis served as president of the Denver Bar Association in 1959 and held leadership roles with the Colorado Public Expenditures Council, the Museum of Natural History, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, the Denver Rotary Club and the Denver Art Museum.
Davis Graham & Stubbs and the Denver Bar Foundation give out the award each year to a candidate nominated by his or her peers. The award was first given out in 1993.
Marquez has worked for the Colorado Department of Law since 2002 where she has represented the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general. Marquez also has worked criminal appeals. Prior to joining the Department of Law, Marquez worked from 1999 to 2002 as an associate with the Denver office of Holme Roberts & Owen, clerked for 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David M. Ebel from 1998 to 1999 and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor from 1997 to 1998.
Marquez has served a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for Colorado’s Second Judicial District, as president of the Colorado Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association, as chairwoman of the Denver Mayor’s GLBT Commission, as a board member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and as a board member of the Latina Initiative. Marquez received the Colorado GLBT Bar Association’s 2009 Outstanding Attorney Award.
Marquez is a 1997 graduate of the Yale Law School and a 1991 graduate of Stanford University.