The University of Colorado Law School awarded its highest alumni honor, the William Lee Knous Award, Thursday night to Peter Dietze. Dietze escaped East Germany at age 15 and went on to serve on the university’s Board of Regents and as Boulder’s city attorney and also founded law firm Dietze & Davis.
“The Knous Award is the highest honor Colorado Law School bestows upon a graduate,” said CU Law Dean James Anaya. “The award is given to an alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding achievement and sustained service to the law school.”
During is time chairing CU’s Board of Regents, Dietze was involved in significant expansions of the university system, including the Boulder South Campus annex and the Health Sciences complex at Aurora’s Anschutz Medical Campus. As city attorney in Boulder, Dietze oversaw legal aspects of major projects still evident in Boulder today, such as the development of the original Pearl Street Mall.
In accepting the award, Dietze expressed his gratitude to former CU Law Dean Edward King, who persuaded the university to allow Dietze to pay tuition as a Colorado resident so he could afford to attend the law school.