The Hon. Alfred C. Harrell, Judge of the Denver County court.
In recognition of Black History Month, THE DROP and SettleUp is honoring Judge Alfred C. Harrell of the Denver County Court. Judge Harrell was one of the first African American judges appointed to the courts in Colorado.
Judge Harrell retired from full-time service on June 30, 2016. He is now a Senior Judge for the Denver County Court. Judge Harrell served on the bench for thirty-one and a half years (November 22, 1985 – June 30, 2016) and is the longest-serving Black jurist in the history of Colorado.
Judge Harrell graduated from the University of Denver Law School in 1971. In 2016, in recognition of his career, the Law School awarded Judge Harrell the prestigious Alumni Professionalism Award. In the tribute paid to Judge Harrell for the award, the Law School noted that:
“Since 1985, Harrell has served as a judge in the Denver County Court, Second Judicial District. A life-long champion of the value of mentoring, Harrell has spent his career advising young attorneys. The Alfred C. Harrell Endowed Scholarship at the Sturm College of Law was established in 2014. Judge Harrell has generously added to the endowment.”
Judge Harrell remains active in numerous bar associations and is a leading figure in the American Inns of Court. His work with the Inns of Court led the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to award Judge Harrell the prestigious 2018 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Tenth Circuit. In 2020 the Colorado Bar Association recognized Judge Harrell with its highest honor—the Award of Merit—in recognition of his outstanding service to the legal profession, lifelong dedication to correcting injustices, and unflagging commitment to helping others.
Congratulations to Judge Harrell from THE DROP!
This recognition of Black History Month is Sponsored by SettleUp