Colorado State University - Pueblo to Honor Turner as Distinguished Alum on May 17

Colorado State University - Pueblo to Honor Turner as Distinguished Alum on May 17

PUEBLO – A local attorney who has taught at Colorado State University-Pueblo and who recently was invited to Cuba as an educator will receive the President’s Medallion for  Distinguished Alumni Achievement as part of the President’s Gala on May 17. Christopher Turner, a partner at Bethart Turner, Attorneys at Law, will join Pueblo Community College President Patty Erjavec and longtime University faculty member Dr. Jack Seilheimer as honorees at the 2013 President’s Gala on Friday, May 17 in the Occhiato University Center (OUC) Ballroom. Donors underwrite the evening’s expenses, guaranteeing that all proceeds directly benefit future generations of CSU-Pueblo students through scholarships and programs.

“The Distinguished Alumni Award Committee was extremely impressed with Chris’s professional accomplishments but also wanted to recognize his commitment to CSU-Pueblo through his continued involvement on campus and in the classroom, his service through the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, and his overall pride in being an alumnus,” said Tracy Samora, director of alumni relations. “Chris exemplifies the perfect blend of enthusiasm for education and a dedication to our students in the classroom with enthusiasm for our community presence through his support of CSU-Pueblo events and activities.”

Chris TurnerPrior to forming Bethart Turner, Turner was an associate attorney at Koncilja & Koncilja, for seven years.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from CSU-Pueblo in 2003, where he served as Student Body President, was active in Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and was a member of the Student Activities Board.  During his junior year, Turner was selected as a White House Intern, where he worked in the Advance Travel Division of the Executive Office of the President. 

Turner obtained his legal education at The Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, where, in 2005, he graduated, with honors, in the top 5 percent of his class.  While in law school, he participated on three National Moot Court teams and was earned the Outstanding Student Achievement Award upon graduation. 

Turner has served as president of the Pueblo County Bar Association and has taught both in the Hasan School of Business and the Political Science Department for the past six years.  On January 1, 2012, he was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as a member of the 10th Judicial District Juridical Performance Commission. He has been named the Pueblo County Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer and was a finalist for the State of Colorado

Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 2012.  He has received the William D. Alexander Pro Bono Award as well as the National American University Faculty Member of the Year Award.  In August of 2012, he attend a research delegation on behalf of the Colorado Bar Association to Havana, Cuba, where he worked with a team of attorneys on a comprehensive analysis of Cuba’s legal structure and the substantial changes made over the past several years.
Turner is Foundation Trustee at CSU-Pueblo and a member of President Lesley Di Mare’s Advisory Council. He and his wife, Lea Ann, have twin daughters, Abigail and Madison.

The 2013 President’s Gala will feature the sights and sounds of the University’s 80 years with music by the Pueblo Symphony.  Tickets for the 2013 President’s Gala are $125 per person or $1,500 for a corporate table of 8. Information on tickets, sponsorships, and corporate tables is available through the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, 719-549-2380 or at

About the Award:
The CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association’s President’s Medallion for Distinguished Alumni Achievement recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni.  Their outstanding service to their alma mater and professional achievements are considered in the nomination and selection process. Nominations are reviewed by the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award Committee and recommendations are made to CSU-Pueblo President, Dr. Lesley Di Mare for her final approval.

For a list of past distinguished alumni award recipients:

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.