Denver, CO…The Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region will present its 2018 Civil Rights Awards to Stan Garnett and Lauren Casteel at a reception on February 7 at the Denver Botanic Gardens. A special posthumous award will be presented to Colorado Governor Ralph L. Carr.
“Both Lauren Casteel and Stan Garnett have worked tirelessly to secure greater opportunity, equality and fair treatment for all Coloradans. It is an honor to acknowledge their commitment to protecting civil and human rights for all,” said ADL Regional Director Scott L. Levin. “We are also honored to lift up the example of Governor Carr who showed moral courage when he opposed the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.”
Stan Garnett has served as the District Attorney for Boulder County since 2009. During his tenure, Garnett has focused efforts on prosecuting economic crimes, hate crimes and crimes in the immigrant and homeless communities. He has taken an especially hard-line stance against those who target undocumented immigrants with money-for-documents scams, extortion, predatory lending and wage theft. Prior to his election as District Attorney, he was a trial lawyer for 22 years at Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck. Garnett began his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s Office from 1982 to 1986. He was elected in 1997 and 2001 to the Boulder Valley School Board, serving as president of the Board during his final term. In 2017, Garnett was elected as President of the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council.
Lauren Y. Casteel has been President and CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado since 2015. She is the first person in Colorado to lead three foundations and possesses more than 20 years of philanthropic leadership. She has worked tirelessly to build inclusive communities for all Coloradans across gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, ability status and sexual orientation. Prior to joining The Women’s Foundation, Casteel worked at The Denver Foundation from 1998 to 2014, where she launched The Inclusiveness Project, a program that increased the inclusiveness of people of color at Metro Denver nonprofits. From 1996 to 1998, Casteel served as the executive director of The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and before that, she spent six years at The Hunt Alternatives Fund, first as its executive director and then as its president. In 2014, Casteel was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.
Ralph L. Carr (1887-1950) was the 29th Governor of Colorado from 1939 to 1943. During Carr’s second term as governor, and following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, clearing the path for the removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast. Carr was incensed by the President’s action and opposed internment camps. While he opposed the camps, Carr believed Japanese Americans should be treated fairly so he invited them to Colorado. Camp Amache, near Granada, Colorado, was home to almost 10,000 evacuees. Carr’s advocacy for racial tolerance and protection of the constitutional rights of Japanese Americans is generally thought to have cost him his political career; however, he is now recognized for his moral courage and devotion to the principles of equality and freedom for all.
ADL will also recognize the outstanding work of participants in its Summer Associate Research Program (SARP). Participants are law students working as summer associates at area law firms providing critical research on current civil rights issues. As part of this recognition, ADL will honor the winners of its annual SARP Memo Competition. This year’s winners are: Tony Arias, Angela Hygh, William Nobriga and David Brewster.
Mr. Arias, Ms. Hygh and Mr. Nobriga were all summer associates at Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck LLP. The team researched and wrote their winning memo about a question regarding discrimination by Uber and Lyft drivers that refused to serve minority customers. Mr. Brewster was a summer associate at Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti PC. His winning memo focused on a question of social media free speech in which a California student sued his school district after being suspended for “liking” a racist Instagram post that targeted other people at the school.
This year’s event co-chairs are John Chanin, Jordan Linkow, Elisa Moran and Adam Ross. Information: www.adl.org/civilrights2018.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.