Colorado Law Alumni Awards Banquet

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. Cocktails | 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Program
Location: Seawell Grand Ballroom | Denver Center for the Performing Arts | 1101 13th Street, Denver, Colorado 80204

Now in its 36th year, the annual Colorado Law Alumni Awards Banquet is the University of Colorado Law School's signature alumni event, where we celebrate our community and honor our distinguished alumni. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our amazing alumni.

Click Here to Purchase Banquet Tickets

Use the link above to puchase individual tickets for the banquet. For sponsorship opportunities, please see the "2017 Banquet Sponsorship Opportunities" tab below. 

We are pleased to honor the following individuals at our 2017 banquet:

William Lee Knous Award
The Honorable Bill Ritter, Jr. (’81), former Governor of Colorado, former District Attorney of Denver, and Founder and Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University

Distinguished Achievement—Solo/Small Practice
Gary B. Blum (’71), Director, Silver & DeBoskey, P.C.

Distinguished Achievement—Private Practice
Hugh Q. Gottschalk (’79), Partner and President, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP

Distinguished Achievement—In-House Counsel
Beverly E. Ledbetter (’72), Vice President and General Counsel, Brown University

Distinguished Achievement—Public Service
The Honorable Pat Steadman (’91), Senator, Colorado General Assembly

Dean S. James Anaya will also present the Dean's Choice Award, recognizing exceptional contributions to Colorado Law:

Dean’s Choice—Richard Schaden Adopted Alumna Award
The Honorable Christine M. Arguello, Judge, United States District Court, Colorado

Click here to read more about the honorees.

The History of William Lee Knous (1911)

Learn about our 2016 event and see previous honorees.

Sponsorship Opportunities: Support Colorado Law Students & Programs
We invite your firm or business to consider sponsoring the 36th Annual Law Alumni Awards Banquet, the proceeds of which support our students and programs.

Platinum Sponsor | $10,000

  • Two (2) premium tables at banquet with complimentary seating for 20 guests
  • Full-page banquet program recognition provided by Platinum Sponsor*
  • Recognition on tables
  • Acknowledgement during the banquet
  • Recognition during slideshow presentation at the banquet
  • Acknowledgement on invitation
  • Recognition on Colorado Law website and Law Points publications

Gold Sponsor | $5,000

  • One (1) premium table at banquet with complimentary seating for 10 guests
  • Half-page banquet program recognition provided by Gold Sponsor*
  • Recognition on tables
  • Acknowledgement during the banquet
  • Recognition during slideshow presentation during the banquet

Silver Sponsor | $2,500

  • One (1) table at banquet with complimentary seating for 10 guests
  • Quarter-page banquet program recognition provided by Silver Sponsor*
  • Recognition on tables
  • Recognition during slideshow presentation during the banquet

Friends of the Law School Sponsor | $1,000

  • Half-table at banquet with complimentary seating for five (5) guests
  • Recognition on table
  • Recognition during slideshow presentation during the banquet

Wine Sponsor | $500 (only 10 sponsorships available)

  • Complimentary seating for two (2) guests
  • Recognition in the program and during slideshow presentation at the banquet

Banquet Program Recognition Opportunities

Full-Page Program Recognition | $2,000

  • 10.5"h x 8”w color recognition in Banquet Program (high resolution .jpg file format required)*

Half-Page Program Recognition | $1,000

  • 5.25"h x 8"w (horizontal ad) OR 10.5”h x 4”w (vertical ad) color recognition in Banquet Program (high resolution .jpg file format required)*

Quarter-Page Program Recognition | $500

  • 5.25”h x 4”w color recognition in Banquet Program (high resolution .jpg file format required)*

*All banquet program recognition files must be received by February 15, 2017 for inclusion in the program.

For sponsorship questions OR to register as a sponsor, please contact: Marci Fulton, Assistant Dean for Outreach, Engagement, and Alumni Relations (marci.fulton@colorado.edu, 303-492-7015)

Individual Tickets

  • $150 general admission
  • $90 public service admission
  • $90 recent graduates (graduating 2011 - 2016)

Please make checks payable to University of Colorado
Mail to the attention of: Julie Ann Williams, Assistant Director of Events and Alumni Relations, 401 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309

Estimated Fair Market Value
Net proceeds will be distributed as follows: 75% of the net proceeds will benefit the Dean's Fund for Excellence and 25% of the net proceeds will benefit the Law Alumni Scholarship Fund endowment to increase the principal. Estimated Fair Market Value (EFMV) of the event is $ 90.00 per ticket including tax.  Sponsorships may be a tax-deductible contribution less the EFMV of goods and services received, as follows: Platinum: EFMV of $ 1,800.00; Gold: EFMV of $ 900.00; Silver: EFMV of $ 900.00; Friends of the Law School: EFMV of $ 450.00; Wine Sponsor: EFMV of $180. Please consult your tax advisor.

The Law Alumni Board selects the Knous and Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Additional awards, such as the Dean Edward C King "Pay It Forward" and Richard Schaden Adopted Alumnus Award are awarded periodically and honorees are selected by the Dean.

Knous Award

The William Lee Knous Award was established in memory of former governor, federal judge, distinguished statesman and alumnus, William Lee Knous (1911). It is Colorado Law’s highest alumni honor and is given to the an alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding achievement and sustained service to Colorado Law.

Alumni Awards for Distinguished Achievement

Each year, the Law Alumni Board selects distinguished alumni to honor at the Law Alumni Awards Banquet. There are nine categories of achievement: Corporate Counsel, Executive in Industry, Judiciary, Education, Private Practice, Public Sector, Solo/Small Firm Practitioner, Recent Alumnus, and Special Recognition. If you would like to submit the name of a distinguished alumnus or alumna, please contact Marci Fulton, Assistant Dean for Outreach, Engagement, and Alumni Relations.

Honorary Order of the Coif

The English Order of the Coif, an ancient and honored institution of the Common Law, was an association of distinguished lawyers from whose members the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas were appointed and who for centuries had the exclusive right to be barristers in that Court. Later, judges of the King’s Bench and the Exchequer were appointed from its members. The order took its name from the coif, or cap, which all members wore. The American Order was formed in 1911 for the purpose of promoting scholarship among law students.

The University of Colorado Law School, one of the 81 member law schools, became a member in 1942. Under the Order’s constitution, only the top 10% of the school’s graduating class is eligible for membership. At each year’s commencement, Colorado Law presents an Honorary Order of the Coif to a member of the legal community.