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DU Announces Law Stars: John Baker, Lucy Marsh, Fay Matsukage

John Baker, Lucy Marsh and Fay Matsukage are this year’s honorees.

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law announced the alumni and faculty who will be named “Law Stars” at an annual gala event at the Hyatt Convention Center on Sept. 16. The winners are:

John T. Baker, JD’73, Alumni Professionalism Award:
In addition to a host of accomplishments in the courtroom, Baker has been a dedicated member of the Denver community. He has been president of the Denver Bar Association and led numerous Colorado professional associations, led the Colorado Supreme Court Judicial Advisory Council and was president of the board of directors for Denver Kids, dedicated to at-risk students. Professionally, he continues his career in complex product liability cases involving pharmaceuticals and vehicles, and has served as an adjunct professor of law at DU.

Lucy Marsh, Excellence in Teaching Award:
Marsh, who teaches trusts and estates and civil procedure, has been teaching at the Sturm College of Law (SCOL) since 1973. In addition to directing the Wills Lab, a practicum where law students work with practicing attorneys to provide services to low-income clients, Marsh has led professional organizations, including service on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association.

Fay Matsukage, JD’79, Outstanding Alumni Award:
Upon passing the bar exam in 1980, Matsukage became one of the first Asian-American women attorneys admitted to practice in Colorado. She soon found a niche in corporate and securities law and is currently a partner at the Denver firm Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings. She is a founding member of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Colorado and has served many professional organizations in leadership roles. In 1999 she accepted the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Trailblazer Award.