Gale Norton, JD'78

Outstanding Alumni Award - 2014

Norton has three decades of experience handling energy, natural resources, and environmental issues. As Secretary of the Interior for President George W. Bush from 2001-2006, she played a key role in shaping national energy policies. Norton led efforts that resolved 70-year-old interstate disputes on the Colorado River, instituted a west-wide water conservation program and championed the President's Healthy Forest Initiative and Cooperative Conservation. Norton returned to Colorado as General Counsel for Royal Dutch Shell Unconventional Oil from 2007-2010. As an attorney, Norton has handled many high-profile cases, including arguing before the US Supreme Court and negotiating one of the largest lawsuit settlements in history. Norton served two terms as the elected Attorney General of Colorado, 1991-1999. She is currently president of Norton Regulatory Strategies and a director of American Transmission Company.