Carl S. McGuire III will receive the Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade, or GOLD, award from Colorado State University’s Alumni Association as part of its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards program. McGuire will receive the award during a special ceremony on Friday, Feb. 17. McGuire lives in Brush, Colo.
After graduating summa cum laude from Colorado State University in 1996 with a bachelor’s in agricultural economics and pre-agricultural MBA, McGuire went on to receive his juris doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law. He then worked in the College of Law Prosecution Assistance Clinic writing appellate briefs for the Wyoming Attorney General and preparing motions for prosecutors before serving his country in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps. McGuire worked in the Naval Legal Service Office in Guam and as trial counsel in the Trial Service Office West in Bremerton, Wash.
"He has accomplished more in nine years than many will accomplish in a lifetime," said John Loomis, professor in Colorado State’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
After his career in the Navy, McGuire started a solo law practice. He is currently working as a county court judge as well as serving as a Sterling Alternate Municipal Court judge.
During his time at Colorado State, McGuire was a part of the University Honors Program. He was awarded the President’s Valedictorian Award and was an outstanding senior in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
He also served the community while at Colorado State. McGuire was a peer advisor and active in the Associated Students of Colorado State University. He was an Alcohol Awareness Campaign co-chairman and initiated AIDS walk and a Campbell Soup label drive to benefit a 12-year-old homebound girl with respiratory disease.
McGuire now serves his community as a member and on the board of directors of the Fort Morgan Lions Club. He is a member of the Morgan County JayCees.
"What makes Carl McGuire even more deserving of the GOLD award is that he has managed to contribute to Colorado State University, the Navy, his community and to humanity in general during this time," Loomis said. "Despite the demands required to maintain a 4.0 GPA at Colorado State, law school, Navy JAG and starting a new law practice, Carl McGuire always finds time to give back to each institution and the people in it."