The Anderson Award will be given out at the Family Law Conference on November 18th. For questions or to submit a nominee, email Jenni Helland at

Nominations will be accepted prior to the conference. The criteria for the award is as follows:

The Anderson Award is given annually to an attorney or judicial officer who has demonstrated a high level of professionalism, integrity and competence in the practice of family law.

Criteria based on the example provided by the late Judge Douglas Anderson during his years as a family law judge, mediator and arbiter.

  • Must be a current or retired member of the El Paso County Bar Association Family Law Section.
  • Active in efforts to improve the practice of family law through the bar association, involvement in committee work, or involvement with non-profit organizations in the field.
  • Competence in all aspects of family law including difficult or complex financial issues and issues related to children
  • Competence in evaluating family law cases and preparing for mediation and trial.
  • Skills in negotiation and in helping clients evaluate options and achieve optimal results in the settlement process.
  • Skill in the courtroom that demonstrates the ability to try a case efficiently and provide the court with appropriate legal authority and facts upon which to base a fair and equitable decision.
  • A reputation for courtesy toward all persons involved in the practice of family law, including opposing counsel, the opposing party, the judicial officers and staff, experts and witnesses.
  • A reputation for fairness and honesty in dealings with clients and opposing counsel or the opposing party and with the court.
  • A reputation for creative problem solving skills.
  • If a judicial officer, competence in managing the docket fairly and in providing a fair and impartial process for determining the outcome of any contested hearing.
  • If a judicial officer, has a reputation for being available to assist counsel or the parties with procedural or other issues that will help prepare the case for settlement or trial.
  • If a judicial officer or alternative dispute resolution provider, has a reputation for providing the parties with an opportunity to truly be heard.