Bar Association to Honor Qwest Legal Department for
Charitable Legal Work
Friday, May 20, 2006
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)----The Colorado Bar Association will
be awarding Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:
Q) tonight with its "Donald W. Hoagland Award" -- an annual
honor from the association recognizing outstanding
leadership in the development, support and ongoing efforts
in pro bono representation.
"Qwest is at the forefront of Colorado corporations in
providing pro bono legal work to our state's communities,"
said Gina Weitzenkorn, chairwoman of the Colorado Bar
Association's Availability of Legal Services Committee.
"The structure of their program has made it easier for
members of the Qwest Law Department to become involved, and
that's directly helped hundreds access legal services they
would have otherwise missed."
Qwest's program, which was established in 2003 under the
leadership of Rich Baer, Qwest general counsel, consists of
a variety of initiatives that serve diverse legal needs.
The company has partnered with several Colorado groups in an
effort to channel its legal talents to underserved
populations. Those groups include Colorado Coalition for
the Homeless, The Gathering Place, Rocky Mountain
Immigration and Advocacy Network and Colorado Legal
"Our law department has been involved in hundreds of matters
over the past three years, with participation growing each
year," said Baer. "We feel honored to work with such worthy
groups and such deserving clients. And, I am very proud of
our lawyers and staff. Simply put, they have made a
The award will be presented at the Colorado Bar
Association's Local Perspectives and Initiatives Conference
being held at the Warwick Hotel.
Qwest's pro bono initiatives have received recognition from
other quarters. In January, Qwest's Law Department was
awarded the "2005 We CAN" award by The Community Action
Network, a Denver Bar Association committee, for its
community service work. The Colorado Chapter of the
Association of Corporate Counsel honored Qwest in February
with its 2005 Pro Bono Achievement Award.