Constitutional Rights and Remedies

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 […]

Denver Post editorial: Denver Law profs’ study shows death penalty “has become a legal oddity.”

An editorial by the Denver Post in the paper’s Sunday edition (8/12/2012) argued that James Holmes, suspect in the murder spree at an Aurora movie theater, should not face a death sentence if found guilty. “We believe that even Holmes, if found guilty, should spend his life in a cell without hope of parole,” the […]

Denver Law Profs Ask: Is Colorado’s Death Penalty Constitutional?

A statistical review of every murder case in Colorado for the twelve years from January 1999 to December 2010 shows that Colorado’s capital sentencing system violates the Eight Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, according to Denver Law Professors Justin Marceau and Sam Kamin. Their findings are contained in a declaration submitted to the District Court […]

Denver Law’s Professor Kamin Speaks on the Legal Road Ahead in the Aurora Theater Shooting Case

Sam Kamin, professor of law and director of the law school’s Constitutional Rights & Remedies Program, discussed possible scenarios ahead for the state’s case against James Holmes, the alleged shooter in the violence occurring early last Friday, July 20, 2012, on “Colorado Matters,” a production of Colorado Public Radio. The show aired Monday morning, July […]

Denver Law’s Laura Rovner Offers Views on Solitary Confinement to U.S. Senators

On June 19, 2012, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights began a hearing on “Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences.” Underscoring the significance of this event, Subcommittee Chairman Dick Durbin, in his opening statement, said “This is the first-ever Congressional hearing on ‘solitary […]

Constitutional Rights & Remedies Capstone Course Will Debut Next Fall

Next fall, Denver Law’s Constitutional Rights & Remedies Program will offer for the first time a Capstone Course in constitutional rights and remedies. “This is exactly the kind of course advocated in the 2007 Carnegie Foundation report, Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law,” reports Program Director Sam Kamin. “Students will encounter real-world scenarios […]

Denver Law clinician urges public defenders to surface issues of racial disparity

Robin Walker Sterling is an Assistant Professor at Denver Law, where she supervises student lawyers in the Criminal Defense Clinic. In her article, “Raising Race,” appearing in the April 2011 issue of THE CHAMPION, published by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Professor Sterling offers counsel to public defenders, citing concrete tactics and strategies […]

Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program welcomes new faculty member Nancy Leong

Professor Leong’s teaching interests include Constitutional Litigation, Criminal Procedure and Race and the Law. Her recent scholarship includes an empirical analysis of the consequences when federal courts apply a sequencing approach to consider whether the doctrine of qualified immunity is properly applied in cases where a government official faces liability for possibly committing a constitutional […]

Experiential learning opportunities & faculty inspire new grad

For Liz Upton, Denver Law class of 2011, a pair of first- and second-year classes kindled the wish to become a criminal defense attorney. That desire grew during a summer externship and came to full fruition when she spent a semester as a student-lawyer on the law school’s Criminal Defense Clinic (CDC). These experiential learning […]

Contesting solitary confinement

In the halls of Congress and in a federal courthouse, Denver Law professors and student lawyers are contesting the use of solitary confinement in federal penitentiaries like the supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. On April 7 in Washington, D.C., Professor Laura Rovner joined a national ACLU official, a former state corrections administrator, former prisoner Robert […]

Program Director Alan Chen contributes to amicus curiae briefs in a pair of key Supreme Court cases

Professor Chen, also Denver Law’s Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, commented on and signed onto briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme in two current constitutional law cases. In Snyder v. Phelps, the grieving father of a Marine killed in Iraq filed a lawsuit against Fred Phelps and the Westboro Church of Topeka, Kansas, citing physical […]

Defining the field: A pair of new casebooks co-authored by Constitutional Rights & Remedies faculty

One intention driving the new Constitutional Rights & Remedies Program at Denver Law is to participate in local and national conversations about the scope and substance of federal constitutional rights as they are defined and delineated in litigation. Program faculty members take on this goal through scholarship, by engaging in legal work, and in speaking […]

Constitutional Rights & Remedies

The scope of federal constitutional rights has been at the core of many legal issues, including racial justice, housing, employment and other areas. This center recognizes that a lawyer working in this area, or for any of the numerous government agencies, must learn to navigate the hurdles and procedures inherent in constitutional claims.

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