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Colorado 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 Services.

"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 difference."

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.