The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Announces the 2017 Recipient of the CLYDE O. MARTZ TEACHING AWARD
A primary mission of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is to promote the teaching of the law of mining, oil and gas, water, public lands, energy, environmental protection, and other related areas of natural resources law. The greatest source of encouragement of knowledge of the law of natural resources development is through inspiration instilled by professors and other teachers of natural resources law.
Clyde O. Martz, the eighth president of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, was a teacher of natural resources law whose casebook pioneered the teaching of the law of natural resources development as a whole, and who made many other contributions to the growth and stature of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the study of the law of natural resources development, including the editing of the first edition of the American Law of Mining. Accordingly, in 1993 the Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation established the Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award to honor those who have performed meritorious teaching in natural resources law or development to students either in a classroom setting or at courses sponsored by the Foundation or other not-for-profit organizations. Excellence in teaching performance is the primary criterion for the award, and consideration is given to the fostering of a broad understanding of the law, mentoring of students, and innovative style.
With mixed feelings of sadness and admiration, the Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation are pleased to announce that the 2017 recipient of the Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award is Professor Federico (Fred) Cheever. On June 10, 2017, Fred tragically passed away while on a rafting trip, but he will not be forgotten. Fred’s incredible mind and vibrant, joyous, and inclusive attitude has left an indelible mark on the community of natural resources students, scholars, and practitioners.
Fred guided generations of students with interests in environmental law, property law, and public land law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. For many years Fred served as co-director of Denver Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law program and as its associate dean. He devoted countless hours to the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, as the chair of four Natural Resources Law Teachers Institutes, the chair of the Natural Resources Law Teachers Committee for eight years, and as an author and speaker at Annual Institutes, Special Institutes, and Law Teachers Institutes. Fred also served the Foundation in a number of leadership roles, including as a Trustee at Large, a representative of the University of Denver, and a member of the Board of Directors.