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Associate Professor Freeman Honored for Legal Inclusiveness

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Sturm College of Law

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Alexi Freeman, associate professor of the practice and director of Externships and Public Interest Initiatives at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, was honored with the Individual Inclusiveness@Work Award during the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI) Ball for All, held March 2, 2019.

The CLI Inclusiveness@Work Awards recognize those organizations and individuals who are advancing diversity and creating cultures of inclusion in our workplaces and community.

Freeman was one of three innovative individuals who were nominated in the individual category. She took top honors for her distinguished record working tirelessly alongside low-income communities and communities of color as a racial justice and legal advocate. At Denver Law, Freeman focuses her efforts inside and outside of the classroom on building a community of students dedicated to pursuing the public good, as well as training the next generation of social justice advocates.

“I am honored to receive this award from CLI, which works tirelessly to promote diversity in the legal profession. I am also grateful to all of my students who inspire me every day with their passion, their dedication and their intellect. Ultimately, all of us need to support the journeys of students from historically marginalized groups. I’ve been there, and I know it can be challenging to navigate. The CLI event inspired me to do more and be better,” Freeman said.

In addition, SuSaNi Harris, JD’84, was presented with The Lifetime Achievement Award. Harris, one of the founding members of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, is a tireless champion for diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession.

Hernandez & Associates, P.C., founded by alumni Arnulfo Hernandez (JD’05, LLM’07) and Christine Hernandez (JD’05), was presented with the Law Firm/Legal Department Inclusiveness@Work Award, beating out two national firms for the honor. Colorado Pledge to Diversity took the top Nonprofit Inclusiveness@Work honors for its summer clerkship program, which has provided valuable experience for many Denver Law legal students.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Freeman, SuSaNi Harris, Hernandez & Associates, P.C., and Colorado Pledge to Diversity for the well-deserved recognition.

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