Friday, December 16, 2011

Denver Law Graduate Sheila Slocum Hollis Recognized with Prestigious Platts "Lifetime Achievement Award" for Contributions to the Energy Sector

Sheila Slocum Hollis, a Denver Law graduate, was recognized last week with the prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 13th Annual Platts Global Energy Awards ceremony in New York.

According to Platts, one of the world's premier energy information providers, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes members of "our industry who [have] made an outstanding contribution to the development and future of the energy industry in the course of his or her career. The winner's achievements are the product of a long and varied career of service, creativity, and insight and this individual will have won widespread recognition and respect on the global stage."

Ms. Hollis, who is the chair of the Washington, D.C., office of Duane Morris, practices energy transactional and regulatory law both domestically and internationally. In 2010, she received the Paul Nordstorm Service Award for her contributions to the legal profession and the community from the Energy Bar Association and the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association. Recently she was named one of the 50 Key Women in Energy worldwide.

She began her energy law career as a trial lawyer at the Federal Power Commission from 1974 to 1975. She was the first director of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, establishing the office and its policies and procedures from 1977 to 1980. Those policies and procedures remain in place today. Over the course of her career, she has played a key role in the formation and implementation of energy law and policy.

When asked several years ago about her fondest DU memory, she said it was the first day of law school. "It was so exciting and thrilling to be at a school I admired," she said.

And speaking of being thrilled, we at Denver Law generally and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program more specifically are thrilled for her and appreciative of her many contributions to us as well as the energy sector nationally and internationally. Leaders such as Sheila Slocum Hollis inspire all of us to be the best professionals we possibly can be.

Don C. Smith
Environmental and Natural Resources Law

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