August 1, 2014

Gary M. Jackson to Receive Colorado Bar’s Highest Honor

Gary M. Jackson will be honored with the Colorado Bar Association’s highest honor, the Award of Merit, on Friday, Jan. 6.

Jackson is a founding member and former president of the Sam Cary Bar Association, an African-American legal association, as well as the Sam Cary Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships to law students at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. He likewise helped found the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and was the 2010 Colorado Chapter President of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

He has also served his larger community. He chairs the Delta Eta Boule Foundation, which provides scholarships to Denver high school graduates. As an advocate for youth, he has chaired Northeast Denver Youth Services, which offers recreational and educational opportunities. He also has been involved with the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, the United Negro College Fund, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, 100 Black Men of Denver, Inc., Beckwourth Outdoors, and the Sixteenth of May Foundation.

Jackson has been a partner at DiManna & Jackson since 1976, focusing his practice on complex civil litigation and representation of legal professionals. He started his career in 1970 in the Denver District Attorney’s Office. He later served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado and received a commendation from the Hon. Edward Levi for trial excellence.

“I’m honored to receive the Award of Merit,” Jackson said. “It has been important to me to serve my community in any way I can, and it is gratifying to see that work be recognized.”

Jackson has given of his time at the Bar Associations, as well. He’s served as CBA Vice President and on the DBA’s Board of Trustees. He has chaired the Colorado and Denver Bar joint Minorities in the Profession Committee, which is now known as the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee. He is a member of the Peer Professional Assistance Group and is a Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow.

“We at the Bar Association are thankful for his service, not just to our organization, but to the entire community,” said CBA President David L. Masters. “Gary is always eager to lend a helping hand and is an inspiration to all of us.”

He has been honored in the past by the Sam Cary Bar Association with King Trimble Life Time Achievement Award in 2006, and by the University of Colorado with the Merle Knous Award in 2010, the Norlin Award in 2008, and the Order of Coif Award in 2003.

The CBA Award of Merit is given annually to a member for outstanding service to the association, the legal profession, the administration of justice, and the community. Jackson and CBA Young Lawyers Division’s Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year honoree Kara Veitch will be honored at the Colorado Bar Foundation’s Annual Bar Fellows Dinner on Friday, Jan. 6, at the Hyatt Regency Denver.

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