University of Colorado Law School: CU Alumni awards

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Here’s the release from Law Week Colorado (Ali McNally):

Water is the most essential chemical to life on Earth, and it’s also the focus of the 30th annual alumni awards from the University of Colorado Law School.

Two prominent Colorado water attorneys, as well as a judge and private practice attorney from Denver, will be recognized Wednesday at the school’s annual alumni awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency in Denver in Denver. Anne Castle, Mark Fogg and Larry Naves are this year’s recipients of Distinguished Achievement Awards. Gunnison attorney L. Richard Bratton will receive the William Lee Knous Award, the law school’s highest alumni award.

Bratton, a 1957 Juris Doctor, is the only award recipient this year who doesn’t currently practice in Denver. After graduating, the Salida native moved to Gunnison to practice water law with Ed Dutcher, who was on the Colorado Water Conservation Board under state Gov. Dan Thornton. After Dutcher became a district judge in Grand Junction, Bratton took over his law practice.

Since then, Bratton’s been an active member of the Colorado Water Congress and received in 2009 the President’s Award from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. He’s best known for his longtime work representing the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District.

Public sector recipient Castle, who graduated in 1981, was nominated in 2009 by President Barack Obama as assistant secretary for water and science for the U.S. Department of Interior. She currently oversees water and science policy for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey. Before her appointment, she was a water attorney for 28 years at the Denver office of Holland & Hart.

Fogg, a private practice recipient and 1979 graduate, has a defense practice focused on medical malpractice, medical board matters, anti-competitive claims, hospital-related matters and risk management consulting. He’s a past president of the Denver Bar Association and was inducted in October in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Before joining in 2010 the Judicial Arbiter Group in Denver, Larry Naves was the chief district judge in Denver. He graduated from the law school in 1974 and started his legal career as a state and then federal public defender, later going into private practice. In 1987, Gov. Dick Lamm appointed him to the bench, where he saw high profile cases like the civil trial of CU professor Ward Churchill.

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