The History of William Lee Knous (1911)

In 2018, we honored:

William Lee Knous Award
Peter C. Dietze (’62), Dietze and Davis, P.C. (retired)

 

Distinguished Achievement—Recent Alumnus
Javed M. Abbas (’13), The Harris Law Firm P.C.

 

Distinguished Achievement—Corporate Counsel
Sonny Cave (’85), ON Semiconductor

 

Distinguished Achievement—Public Sector
Timothy Monahan (’87), Colorado Office of the Attorney General

 

Distinguished Achievement—Private Practice
Niki Frangos Tuttle (’84), Hogan Lovells

 

Dean’s Choice—Richard Schaden Adopted Alumna Award
Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice, Colorado Supreme Court

 

Dean’s Choice—Dean Edward C. King Making a Difference Award
Mekela Goehring (’02), Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network

In 2017, we honored:

  • William Lee Knous Award

    The Honorable Bill Ritter Jr. ('81), former governor of Colorado and founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.

  • Distinguished Achievement - Solo/Small Practice

    Gary B. Blum ('71), director and shareholder, 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 Choice Award - Adopted Alumna

    The Honorable Christine M. Arguello, judge, United States District Court, Colorado
     

In 2016, we honored:

  • William Lee Knous Award

    Norman Brownstein ('68) and Steven W. Farber ('68), Shareholders, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

  • Distinguished Achievement - Public Sector

    The Honorable Cory Gardner ('01), United States Senator - Colorado
     

  • Distinguished Achievement - Judiciary

    The Honorable Marcia S. Krieger ('79), Chief Judge, United States District Court, Colorado
     

  • Distinguished Achievement - Corporate Counsel

    Michelle M. Lucero ('89), Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Chief Flash Mob Officer, Children's Hospital Colorado
     

  • Richard Schaden "Adopted Alumni" Award

    Paul and Norma, and David and Jed Barash, parents and brothers of Daniel Barash ('02)
     

  • Dean Edward C. King "Pay it Forward" Award

    Fiona Arnold, Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
     

In 2015, we honored:

  • Betty Carter Arkell ('75), Partner, Holland & Hart LLP, for the William Lee Knous Award, Colorado Law's highest alumni honor

  • William R Buck (’83), General Counsel-Upstream Companies, Exxon Mobil Corporation, for Distinguished Achievement in Corporate Counsel
  • Michael L. Connor ('93), Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, for Distinguished Achievement in the Public Sector
  • David G. Palmer ('70), Denver Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, for Distinguished Achievement in Private Practice
  • Brian L. Duffy ('91), Shareholder & Co-President, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, for Distinguished Achievement in Private Practice.

In addition, Dean Phil Weiser presented two Dean's Choice awards, recognizing individuals who have made exceptional contributions to Colorado Law:

  • Roxanne Jensen ('85), Managing Director, Catapult Growth Partners, & Founder, EvolveLaw, for the Dean Edward C. King “Pay it Forward” Award
  • R. Stanton Dodge, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, DISH Network, for the Richard Schaden “Adopted Alumnus” Award

In 2014, we honored:

  • The Honorable Roy R. Romer (’52), former Governor of Colorado, for the William Lee Knous Award, Colorado Law's highest alumni honor

  • The Honorable Claudia J. Jordan (’80), Denver County Judge, Second Judicial District, for Distinguished Achievement in the Judiciary
  • Thomas M. Ray (’86), President & CEO, CoreSite, for Distinguished Achievement in Industry
  • Thomas W. Fredericks (’72), Partner, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP, for Distinguished Achievement in Private Practice
  • Douglas J. Friednash, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, and D. Scott Martinez, Denver City Attorney, for the Dean Edward C. King “Pay it Forward” Award
  • Ann Marks Getches for the Richard Schaden “Adopted Alumna” Award

The Honorable Michael L. Bender ('67) was the 2013 William Lee Knous Award recipient.

The 2012 William Lee Knous Award recipient was Bill Johnson ('58).