PROFILES IN SUCCESS.
BY HALEY HEMEN
Involved as he is in the Denver community, Richard Murray has long been aware of die Davis Award. The award is given annually to an individual under 40 who "combines excellence as a lawyer with creative civic, cultural, educational, and charitable leadership as to best exemplify the character and promise of Richard Marden Davis at that stage in his career." Murray says, "I have always been in awe of the accomplishments of those who have been honored with this award. Upon hearing the news that I was receiving the Davis Award, Iwasoverwhelmedwithjoyandhumbled to be included in such a group of distinguished attorneys."
Path to a Fulfilling Career in Colorado
Murray's early drawto the legislative andpolit-ical arenas paved a path to the law. "As a high school student entering college, I had a strong interest in the political arena and the legislative process for lawmaking. I went on to major in political science and philosophy (topical in law and society) at the University of Colorado at Boulder and interned at the U.S. House of Representatives and the Colorado House of Representatives. Our society's structure around die rule of law has always been sometiiing I marvel at, and my trajectory as a student naturally took me to law school." During his time a CU, Murray served as student body president of die 30,000-student Boulder campus, overseeing a nearly $30 million student government budget.
Born and raised in Southern California, Murray had moved to Colorado for college. When the opportunity arose to attend CU Law School, he didn't hesitate; he knew Colorado was where he wanted to establish his roots. He enrolled at CU Law and set his sights on a career as a transactional attorney. "I structured my coursework for the first couple of years going down that path," he says. However, in his third year, he had die opportunity to intern for Colorado Court of Appeals Judge David Furman and Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid. "My love for research, writing, and advocacy grew through those out-of-the-classroom experiences, and I shiftedmyfocus to litigation."
Colorado offered much to Murray as he began his career. "In my first year following law school, I had the privilege of clerking for Justice...