Environmental and Natural Resources Law

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 […]


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 […]


Kelly Davis Joins Denver Law’s Environmental Law Clinic

Kelly Davis Joins Denver Law's Environmental Law Clinic

Denver Law’s Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program welcomes Kelly Davis, the new Environmental Law Clinical Fellow. She recently completed a two-year fellowship in the Georgetown University Institute for Public Representation, representing citizens, non-profits and an Indian Tribe on a variety of environmental law issues. Professor Davis is a graduate of the University of Texas […]


Denver Law Grads Promote Sustainable Natural Resource Development World-wide

Denver Law Grads Promote Sustainable Natural Resource Development World-wide

Kristi Disney (on the right), with J.D. and LL.M degrees from Denver Law in hand, is helping governments and communities develop their capacity to manage natural resource development in sustainable and beneficial ways. Kristi is the Director of International Programs for the Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG), an organization based in Gunnison, CO, and operating […]


Denver Law Students Win Prestigious Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarships

Three Denver Law students have won scholarships from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Elisabeth A. Hutchinson, Robert N. Miller II, and Jennifer A. Urban were awarded the prestigious scholarships for the 2012-2013 period. Twenty scholarships in total were awarded; the three won by DU students represented the most won by any single university’s students. Law […]


Denver Law’s Renewable Energy Expertise Displayed at WREF

Denver Law speakers participated in a panel discussion as part of the recent World Renewable Energy Forum (WREF), held in Denver, May 13 through 17, 2012. Professor K.K. DuVivier spoke alongside John Herrick, Denver Law adjunct professor and Senior Counsel and head of the sustainability and clean technology practice at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Jeff […]


Teaching Renewables, Living Renewably

Teaching Renewables, Living Renewably

Denver Law Professor K.K. DuVivier teaches, speaks and writes about the law of renewable energy. Now the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) has recognized that Professor DuVivier lives according to the same code. On May 15, 2012, CRES handed out its 2012 Renewable Energy in Buildings Awards. Recipients of the “Residential, New Construction Award” were […]


Encouraging Public Discourse About Energy Law and Policy

An April 12, 2012, panel discussion at Denver Law probed the question, Who properly regulates oil and gas development taking place near residents of Colorado cities and towns? Legal standards and policy justifications for state and for municipal regulation were examined by panel moderator Mark Mathews, from the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Cathy […]


Charting the Frontiers of Environmental Law at the PIELC

Eight Denver Law students and Environmental Law Clinic Director Mike Harris attended the 27th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, March 1-4, in Eugene, Oregon. The conference featured over 125 panels, workshops and presentations. It brought together 3,000 activists, attorneys, students and scientists. “It’s the largest conference of its kind,” Harris reported. “And it demonstrates to students […]


Denver Law emerging as scholarly hub of “New Energy Economy”

Denver Law is a national leader in teaching, discussing and writing about the legal and policy issues arising in the rapidly accelerating sector of renewable energy. Teaching: Among the many courses offered at the Sturm College of Law in environmental and natural resources law this academic year (14 in the fall and 17 in the […]


2011 Renewable Energy Law & Policy Summit on Nov. 7: Register Now

The 2011 Renewable Energy Law & Policy Summit will be held on Monday, November 7 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Join us for a day of education and networking around current and emerging renewable energy legal, policy and regulatory issues. See the full agenda: Agenda.pdf Sponsored by the Environmental and Natural […]


A View from Washington-The Current State of Natural Resources Law: Special Event on Oct. 14

A View from Washington-The Current State of Natural Resources Law: Special Event on Oct. 14

A View from Washington-The Current State of Natural Resources Law Join us in-person or participate online and learn more about the latest political and legal developments surrounding natural resources law and policy. Friday, October 14, 2011 University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Room 165 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Reception following the event. There is […]


For this Denver Law grad, effective lawyering “takes a lot of creativity, collaboration and negotiation”

For this Denver Law grad, effective lawyering "takes a lot of creativity, collaboration and negotiation"

Sarah Quinn (JD’09) is two years past her Denver Law graduation and already well into a career in public service, working with the National Park Service (NPS) where she is the National External Renewable Energy Specialist.  She’s pleased with the direction her legal career has taken. “My law degree is instrumental to the job I […]


JD and LLM degree holder reaps benefits from both worlds

JD and LLM degree holder reaps benefits from both worlds

Kristi Disney (JD ’11) came to the Sturm College of Law with an impressive resume already in place, having worked in international trade and sustainable development. She leaves with two degrees and the experience of contributing to policy work that combines the insights of lawyers and economists. At Denver Law, Kristi earned a JD and […]


A practice-ready grad cites experience gained in the Environmental Law Clinic

Stephanie Fairbanks is ready to practice law. Graduating this spring from the Sturm College of Law, she takes with her a wealth of hands-on experience. In the summer following her first year at Denver Law, Stephanie clerked for a District Court Judge in the 18th Judicial District of Colorado. An externship in the Colorado State […]


The University of Denver Water Law Review holds 2011 Symposium

Titled, “A Vision for the Future: Balancing Population Growth with Increasing Water Demand“, the all-day affair was held at Sturm College of Law on April 15 and organized and run entirely by student members of the University of Denver Water Law Review.  The line-up featured seven speakers and panels. “This was a great opportunity for […]


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