Mark Detsky is excited to join the lineup of speakers at Switch~ 12 taking place at The Alliance Center in Denver on May 3rd, 2018! Doors open at 6:00 pm, the show starts at 7:00 pm! Mark’s talk is entitled: “Transmission - The Piece Of The Puzzle No One Talks About”.
Attorney Gabriella Stockmayer had the pleasure of moderating a lunchtime panel with Wyoming Public Service Commissioner Robin Sessions Cooley, and Colorado Public Utilities Commissioner Wendy Moser last Thursday, April 5th, as part of the Energy Bar Association's Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting.
Associate attorney Gabriella Stockmayer gave a CLE presentation to the BCBA NRE Section on March 22, 2018, concerning an overview of the Colorado Power Sector and potential impacts to the sector by recent Trump Administration decisions. Gabriella regularly practices before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in cases involving electric, gas, and water utilities. Gabriella also practices before the Federal Energy Regulatory Matter on electric power and hydropower matters. She has served as Co-Chair for the BCBA NRE Section for the past three years, and is on the Board of the Colorado Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network.
The University of Colorado School of Law paid homage to the monumental career and exemplary public service of Peter C. Dietze on Thursday evening, March 8, 2018, at a gala celebration at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The dinner-and-cocktail event was attended by over 600 lawyers from across Colorado, most of whom are alumni of CU Law. The award bestowed upon Peter Dietze, who co-founded our firm with the late Joel C. Davis in 1972, is entitled the William Lee Knous Award. It is the highest tribute paid to CU Law alumni by the law school. Knous served as Governor of Colorado, Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court and as President Pro Tem of the Colorado State Senate. Knous also served as a state representative, district attorney and, as the capstone of his career, was a federal District Court Judge for Colorado. The Knous family was in attendance at the event, and other honorees included retiring Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice.
Dietze’s public sector service is only slightly less dazzling (on the surface) than that of Governor Knous. Peter was the City Attorney for the City of Boulder, and was elected statewide three successive times to the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado, serving terms as Chair of the Regents, as well. Peter’s private sector legal career was august by any standard. His name appears as counsel of record on over forty reported appellate decisions from the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Federal Circuits, as well as state courts in Colorado, Ohio and Kansas. Peter has been widely acknowledged as an expert in real estate title law, and authored chapters in legal texts about that subject.
Peter’s expertise and service had previously been recognized by the Boulder County Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), the Norlin Award given by the University of Colorado Alumni Association (1998), and the Distinguished Achievement Award from University of Colorado Law School (2009).
Now fully retired from the practice of law, Peter resides near family in Eugene, Oregon. However, he is actively involved in matters at the law firm which bears his name, and he continues to ‘bleed black and gold’ for his beloved University of Colorado.
On March 8, 2018, Peter C. Dietze will receive the William Lee Knous Award, the highest alumni honor given by the University of Colorado Law School.
To read the story about Peter receiving this prestigious award, and for more information on attending the Law Alumni Banquet, please visit CU Law.
See the latest write-up about Peter's recognition on Law Week Colorado!
Attorney Gabriella Stockmayer joins the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chapter of Women’s Energy Network (WEN).
Gabriella will be serving as Marketing Director for the Colorado Chapter of Women's Energy Network (WEN). The organization focuses on networking opportunities and career and leadership development in the energy industries. Gabriella’s bio, and more information on WEN Colorado, can be found here.
Mark Detsky was pleased to be interviewed and quoted in E&E News Climatewire article, Xcel learns to forecast wind, then shuts coal plants, on Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan proposal at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
Mark represents CIEA, a trade association of independent power producers focused on ensuring a fair and transparent competitive acquisitions process in Xcel’s resource acquisitions.
Dietze and Davis, P.C. is proud to congratulate Peter Dietze for his receipt of the William Lee Knous Award for 2018.
The Knous Award is Colorado Law’s highest alumni honor and recognizes outstanding achievement and sustained service to the Law School. It was established in memory of former governor, federal judge, distinguished statesman, and Colorado Law Alumnus, William Lee Knous, a 1911 graduate of the Law School and the only person in Colorado history to have occupied the highest seats in each branch of government: President of the state Senate, Governor, and Chief Justice. The Law Alumni Board of Directors has conferred this award annually since 1960. Renowned recipients include former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court Michael Bender and former Governor Bill Ritter.
The Law School will honor Peter at its 37th Annual Colorado Law Alumni Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Seawell Grand Ballroom of the Denver Center for Performing Arts. The ceremony will also honor Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice of the Colorado Supreme Court.
Dietze and Davis, P.C. is pleased to announce the establishment of the Peter C. Dietze Scholarship Fund at the University of Colorado Law School. The Fund is being established by Dietze and Davis, P.C. to honor Peter’s notable career both inside and outside the courtroom, as well as the mentorship, leadership, and friendship he provided, and continues to provide, to those around him.
Peter graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1962 and has served as Boulder’s assistant city attorney between 1963 and 1965 and as the city attorney between 1965 and 1968. Peter co-founded Dietze and Davis, P.C. with his friend and classmate, Joel Davis, in 1972 and recently retired after a long and accomplished career in real estate title insurance law. Over the course of his career, Peter participated in over fifty Colorado appellate court cases and several federal appellate court cases. He also has given generously to his alma mater, previously serving as Regent, member of the CU Law Alumni Advisory Board, and member of the University of Colorado Real Estate Foundation.
The Peter C. Dietze Scholarship Fund will be used to provide scholarship awards each academic year to students enrolled in the University of Colorado Law School who have exhibited financial need and who intend to practice in Colorado after graduating.
Please contact Dietze and Davis, P.C. at (303) 447-1375 or the University of Colorado Law School at (303) 492-6678 with any questions or for more information about the Peter C. Dietze Scholarship Fund.
Shareholder Renée Ezer presented on a panel of estate practitioners concerning “Maximum Capacity: Guidance for attorneys when dealing with clients or opposing parties who may have limited capacity.” Sponsored by the Access to Legal Services Committee, in conjunction with the Domestic Relations and Elder Law Sections of the Boulder County Bar Association, the panel discussed issues related to important issues involving representing clients with diminished capacity, and compliance with associated ethical rules.
Dietze and Davis, P.C. shareholder and attorney Mark Detsky represented our client, the Colorado Independent Energy Association (CIEA) in months of negotiations over the potential Colorado Energy Plan (CEP). If successful, the CEP could retire 660 MW of coal-fired generation in Colorado and replace that generation with nearly 2 gigawatts of new wind and solar facilities, and new gas facilities. CIEA represents the interests of the independent power producer industry in Colorado, the members of which will be submitting bids to allow Xcel to present a compelling CEP to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Mr. Detsky is quoted in the Denver Post article on the Settlement Agreement that seeks the Commission's approval to present the CEP:
June is the time of year when the state and local bar associations announce their leadership for the 2017-18 year. This year six Dietze and Davis, P.C. lawyers and a paralegal hold several leadership positions in the Colorado and Boulder County Bar Associations:
- Renee Ezer has accepted the gavel as incoming President of the Boulder County Bar Association.
- Jennifer Lorenz will continue on the Boulder County Bar Association Board as the new Secretary/Treasurer.
- Karl Kumli will chair the Natural Resource and Energy Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association.
- Kara Godbehere is the incoming Secretary/Treasurer of the CBA Water Law Section.
- Star Waring will continue her service on the CBA Water Law Section Executive Council.
- Star and Karl also will continue their service on the statewide Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors.
- Gabriella Stockmayer will serve another term as co-chair of the Natural Resource and Environmental Law Section of the Boulder County Bar Association.
- Julie Wolfe continues her service as co-chair of the Paralegal Section of the Boulder County Bar Association.
Renee’s tenure marks the fourth time a D&D attorney has served as Boulder Bar President. Steve Closky (2006-07), Karl (2009-2010) and Star (2011-2012) have held those reins in the past. Of course, the standard for service was set by Joel Davis, who was a founder of the Boulder County Bar Foundation, and Peter Dietze, who served three terms (1977-1996) as a statewide elected Regent of the University of Colorado, including two terms as Chair of the Regents of the University.
Mark Detsky is proud to share this picture of Governor Hickenlooper's bill signing ceremony in May 2017 of HB 17-1227, the culmination of three years of work with Dietze and Davis, P.C.'s client, the Energy Efficiency Business Coalition. - www.eebco.org- The bill extends Colorado's energy efficiency resource standard for 10 years and brings the base line measurement forward 12 years to drive this strong corner of Colorado's economy.
HB17-1227 can be found at the following link:: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1227
The attorneys and staff of Dietze and Davis, P.C. volunteered their time at the Community Food Share facility in Louisville on Friday, April 28th. The participants sorted donations, packaged cereal, and inspected and packaged eggs. The entire group had a great time while helping many families in need of meal assistance. The firm plans to continue to give back to the community by striving to make this a fun and gratifying event on a quarterly basis.
At the Spring Conference of the Colorado Municipal Judges Association, David Thrower was elected to the Board of Directors. Judge Thrower will serve an initial one-year term on the Board.
Mark Detsky joined a great list of speakers at the 2017 Clyde Martz Spring Symposium at the Getches - Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment on April 11th. Mark was on a panel with Matt Futch, Jeff Lyng, and Professor Sharon Jacobs discussing Challenges/Opportunities in our Energy and Electric Systems.
In a real Christmas treat, Dietze and Davis had a visit from Julie Wolfe's niece, Chloe Cook. Chloe has spent nearly all of her 17 months of life at Children's Hospital, having been discharged just two weeks ago. You can see that Chloe and her proud Aunt Julie are close as can be. To Chloe, to Chloe's moms, Beth and Jackie, and all, we say, Bless Us, Every One.
On November 17, 2016, Dietze and Davis, P.C. attorney Kara Godbehere moderated and participated in a panel discussion with Division 5 and 6 Water Court Judges James Boyd and Michael O’Hara III and Division 6 Referee Daniel Birch. The panel discussed recent Colorado water law issues, legislation, and case law as well as a “view from the bench” on evidence, expert witnesses, and ethics. This CLE was sponsored by the National Business Institute.
Dietze and Davis, P.C., on behalf of its client Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC), advocated zealously in the recent Phase I rate case of Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Company, LP for reductions to the overall proposed rate increase, and for the Colorado PUC’s rejection of the improper use of fixed charges to implement the rate increase. The Commission adopted many of EOC’s recommendations, including disallowing collection from ratepayers of any equity compensation to high-level executives, and minimizing the disproportionate impacts on low-income customers of increasing the fixed monthly component of customers’ bills. Congratulations to EOC!