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Langston Writing Workshop Meets at Denver Law

Langston Writing Workshop Meets at Denver Law

Denver Law was home to the Fourth Annual Langston Writing Workshop on July 11 thru 13, 2013. Twenty-four participants, African American male law professors from across the nation, presented scholarship and discussed recruitment and retention issues within the profession. The Workshop is named for John Mercer Langston. Born in Virginia in 1829, Langston graduated from […]


Lessons learned from Externships at Denver Law: “When you are working in a real law office, you see what lawyers do.”

Lessons learned from Externships at Denver Law: “When you are working in a real law office, you see what lawyers do.”

For Tyler Geisert, ’13, legal education that began in the classroom really took off once he ventured into the real world of law. His three externships placed him in the area of law he suspected he would like – environmental and natural resources – and eventually led to the employment he will begin later this […]


The Water Law Review: One way to make the most out of law school

The Water Law Review: One way to make the most out of law school

“Law school is what you make of it,” says 2013 Denver Law grad Allison Altaras. She centered her legal education around her participation on the University of Denver Water Law Review (WLR), for seventeen years a go-to source for scholars and attorneys writing and practicing in this specialized, technical, and extremely important area of the […]


Learning at the Frontiers of a Dynamic Field: The Environmental Law Workshop at Denver Law

Eleven distinguished scholars from around the country, eleven students from Denver Law, weekly participation by local practitioners, and one faculty person to pull it all together: these elements composed the Environmental Law Workshop (ELW), conducted Spring Semester, 2013, at Denver Law. Professor Justin Pidot designed and supervised the ELW. Students read the work-in-progress of each […]


Externships: “Essential to my formation as a lawyer”

Externships: "Essential to my formation as a lawyer"

By the time Elisabeth Hutchinson graduated from Denver Law in May of 2013, she had completed seven externships in three years. Four were for credit, and she completed three as a volunteer. She worked in three federal government agencies, in two Colorado courts, for a Colorado state senator, and – her first externship, completed in […]


Law Professor Rock Pring: 33-plus Years at Denver Law and Three “Tigers by the Tail”

Law Professor Rock Pring: 33-plus Years at Denver Law and Three “Tigers by the Tail”

For more than thirty years at Denver Law, Rock Pring taught environmental law, natural resources law, constitutional law and international law. Though he has retired from the law school’s full-time faculty, Rock is not leaving the law school, nor is he leaving the important work in law and policy that he has pioneered and advanced […]


Learning to Practice Law in the Environmental Law Clinic: Two Students Relate Their Experiences

Learning to Practice Law in the Environmental Law Clinic: Two Students Relate Their Experiences

Denver Law student lawyers in the Environmental Law Clinic (ELC) take on tough cases. And alongside important legal victories, they come away with skills gained and confidence inspired by the valuable experience clinic participation offers. Sarah Barth and Jenni Barnes, both recent graduates, spent the 2012-13 academic year practicing law under the tutelage and mentorship […]


Denver Law to launch new EXPERIENTIAL ADVANTAGE CURRICULUM

In the fall of 2013, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will launch its new Experiential Advantage Curriculum™, which will allow students to spend a full year of their law school career in real or simulated practice settings. By the time they graduate, students will have a year’s worth of legal practice experience. “Denver Law […]


Amanda Walck, ‘13, Takes Second Place in the Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment & Labor Law

Amanda Walck, ‘13, Takes Second Place in the Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment & Labor Law

2013 Denver Law grad Amanda Walck placed second in the premier national competition for students writing in the area of employment and labor law. The Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition is administered by IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace. Ms. Walck’s paper, “Overregulation or Fair Interpretation: Christopher v. SmithKline and […]


Denver Law Team Places in Top Sixteen in First Appearance Ever at the Wagner Labor & Employment Moot Court Competition

Denver Law Team Places in Top Sixteen in First Appearance Ever at the Wagner Labor & Employment Moot Court Competition

For the first time ever, the Sturm College of Law sent a team to the esteemed Wagner Labor and Employment Moot Court Competition, hosted each year by the New York Law School’s Moot Court Board. Nicole Porter, visiting professor from the University of Toledo College of Law, coached Denver Law’s team, composed of Jacob Allen, […]


Denver Law to Host Bi-Annual Conference of the American Branch of the International Law Association: ILE-West 2013 “International Law and Human Security in the 21st Century” Friday and Saturday March 1 and 2, 2013

“Human Security” is a concept which is increasingly impacting economic, social and political policies.  Yet, as one legal scholar notes: [d]espite its relevance to central questions of international law, human security has until very recently received little attention from international lawyers.”[1]  This year’s ILW-West Conference addresses the critical question:  “What does “Human Security” mean for […]


Denver Law Professor Sam Kamin named to Governor Hickenlooper’s task force on implementing Amendment 64

On  Monday December 10, 2012, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed an order formalizing Amendment 64 as part of the state Constitution and making legal under state law the personal use, possession and limited home-growing of marijuana. He also named members of a task force which will recommend ways to implement other parts of the amendment, including the […]


Marijuana Reform hits Colorado: “It can’t be a big industry and a federal crime at the same time.”

Amendment 64 to Colorado’s state constitution passed by voters in the November election legalizes the recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older in early 2013, and legalizes the retail sale of marijuana one year later. At the same time, marijuana possession and distribution remain federal crimes. It’s a conundrum Denver Law Professor and Constitutional […]


Julian Ellis, 2L, on his summer associate position: “I developed a true taste of what it means to practice law in the corporate arena.”

Julian Ellis, 2L, on his summer associate position: “I developed a true taste of what it means to practice law in the corporate arena.”

Denver Law is committed to experiential learning that develops practice-ready JDs. For 2L Julian Ellis, a summer associate position at a local law firm met that objective. “The practical experience I received this summer is invaluable,” he says. “In the first year of law school, you learn a lot of legal theory, but you are […]


Nanda Center hosts 45th Annual Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium on “Approaching the Limits of Growth in the 21st Century”

Nanda Center hosts 45th Annual Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium on "Approaching the Limits of Growth in the 21st Century"

Register Here. Date: Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 8:00am – 5:00pm Location: Ricketson Law Building Room 165 with reception to follow in the Forum In today’s world we aspire to foster economic growth and to achieve sustainability. But are these two goals compatible? In light of the shortcomings of the Rio + 20 Earth Summit, […]


Law School enters agreement with the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Law School enters agreement with the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

  The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is privileged to announce that its International Criminal Law Practicum has entered into an unique agreement with the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to provide analysis and research in compliance with the ECCC Internal Rules. The Trial Chamber is […]


Administrative Law Judge Lisa Klein helps Denver Law students understand the law in context

Administrative Law Judge Lisa Klein helps Denver Law students understand the law in context

Professor Nantiya Ruan is faculty director of Denver Law’s Workplace Law Program. On Tuesday, September 26, students in her Poverty Law & Low Wage Work in America course learned about unemployment insurance hearings and appeals from Administrative Law Judge Lisa Klein (pictured front row, fourth from the right). Judge Klein, who joined the Colorado Department […]


Mike Harris: “I am proud we can offer DU students these learning experiences in a clinical setting.”

Mike Harris: "I am proud we can offer DU students these learning experiences in a clinical setting."

Jenni Barnes, ’13, Environmental Law Clinic (ELC) student-lawyer (fourth from right, bottom row, below), represented WildEarth Guardians, a wildlife advocacy group, in arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on September 20, 2012. The organization is suing the National Park Service, challenging its elk-control plan in Rocky Mountain National Park. Under that plan, sharpshooters […]


Peter Ornstein tells environmental law students about “working as an attorney at the EPA”

Peter Ornstein tells environmental law students about "working as an attorney at the EPA"

Peter Ornstein, from 2002 until August, 2012 the EPA Deputy Regional Counsel in Denver, told 50 students about his career with the agency, and about opportunities to work at the EPA, in a talk delivered September 20 at Denver Law. “Thorny issues come up regularly at the EPA,” he told the students. “The agency’s attorneys […]


Environmental Law Clinic student-lawyers support rethinking proposed changes to Chatfield Reservoir

Environmental Law Clinic student-lawyers support rethinking proposed changes to Chatfield Reservoir

Chatfield State Park is a beautiful nature and recreation area situated in the metro Denver area, home to bike trails, water, grasslands and more. According to the Audubon Society of Denver, Chatfield State Park is in danger. Environmental Law Clinic students Leigh Auerbach (’13) and Ted Standage (’13), pictured at left, recently worked with the […]


The Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program at Denver Law is Excellent: Read about it here

The Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program at Denver Law is Excellent: Read about it here

At Denver Law we are proud of our Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program. Our curriculum runs wide and it runs deep. We examine the field from every direction. Our full-time faculty and our many adjuncts write, work and teach at the leading edges of this area of the law. A great clinic and a mutltitude of […]


A Lesson on Legal Professionalism: “The level of misconduct we found was astonishing”

A Lesson on Legal Professionalism: "The level of misconduct we found was astonishing"

One hundred and twenty-five students packed a Denver Law classroom for a noon lecture on August 30, 2012, by John Gleason, a Colorado attorney who in 2010 investigated complaints of prosecutorial misconduct against Maricopa County (AZ) County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Gleason, an adjunct professor Denver Law teaching Legal Profession, is Regulation Counsel for the Colorado […]


“One of our nation’s equal opportunity leaders” visits Denver Law

"One of our nation's equal opportunity leaders" visits Denver Law

EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum spent a whirlwind day at Denver Law on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. A professor at Georgetown Law and nominated to her current position by President Obama in 2009, Commissioner Feldblum visited the law school as the Workplace Law (WPL) Program’s 2012 Keynote Speaker. The day began with a breakfast reception to […]


Putting the Community into Community Lawyering

Putting the Community into Community Lawyering

Student lawyers in Denver Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) represent small business owners, non-profit corporations and community-based associations and enterprises. To do it well, says CEDC Director Patience Crowder, they must understand and appreciate the community in which their clients operate. So the week before Fall 2012 classes began, Professor Crowder and Whiting Clinical […]


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