Denver Mayor Michael Hancock presented the 2012 Monte Pascoe Civic Leadership Award to Professor Ved Nanda yesterday at the State of The City luncheon.

Former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper established the Monte Pascoe Civic Leadership Award, named for Ireland Stapleton’s late partner Monte Pascoe, in 2006 and bestowed the first award to Pascoe posthumously. The award is presented annually by Denver’s mayor to an individual who demonstrates extraordinary service to the community and the encouragement of others who seek to contribute to the community and fight for justice for all people.

Vanda is on faculty at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. He founded the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law in 2007. Nanda has been involved in human rights, social justice, international law and humanitarian endeavors around the world. He is the Honorary President of the World Jurist Association, an elected member of the American Law Institute and a council member-at-large of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and Practice. Formerly he served as the U.S. Delegate to the World Federation of the United Nations Association, Geneva and Vice-Chair of its Executive Council. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of the USA.