“Angel” Award for coaching national winning Constitutional Scholars Team and for working on enhancing safety and security at East High School – chair of Safety Committee

Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Legislative Award for support of public safety in Colorado as a member of the Colorado General Assembly – June 2014

Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2009 Purple Ribbon Award

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault 2013 Legislative Excellence Award for ongoing dedication and commitment to justice for victims of crime

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative 2013 Legislator of the Year

Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition, Justice Rising Award 2012

Colorado Veterinary Association Award for legislative work on behalf of animal welfare

Colorado Woman of the Year, 2006 by the Colorado Woman’s Coalition

Courageous Leadership Award – Colorado Ceasefire – 2013

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 2015 Legislator of the Year

National Association of Social Workers Distinguished Legislator of the year, 2013

Oral Health Colorado Oral Health Champion, 2014

Outfront Power Award for work on behalf of the LGBTQ community – 2015

Planned Parenthood 2016 Champion of Choice

Regis Groff Salute for Service Award – Colorado Black Roundtable – Oct. 2016

The Young Lawyers Section of the Denver Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, 1985

Community Service

  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Foundation – legal services for low income
  • Led meetings across the city after the “Summer of Violence” to gather community input on how to help kids make good choices and steer clear of crime, gangs, and violence