Vassar College AB English Literature 1986
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law JD, Tax LL.M. 2006, 2010
Helen M. Hoopes is currently an Adjunct Professor at University of Denver, Sturm College of Law teaching Native American Appellate Advocacy, and is a Senior Deputy Public Defender. She also sits as the defense representative on the 18th Judicial District Veteran’s Treatment Court. As a Public Defender, Helen has represented thousands of juveniles and defendants in Colorado going to jury trials on everything from DUIs to Homicides. She is the Juvenile Supervising Attorney in Douglas County specializing in Direct File defense.
Helen grew up traveling all over the world with her family, her father being a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. Born in Washington D.C., she moved to Calcutta, India, at a year, and lived in New Delhi; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Beirut, Lebanon, before returning to Washington D.C. at 12. She attended Vassar College, receiving a AB in English Literature in 1986. Helen went on to receive her Juris Doctorate and LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver. While a student at University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Helen, was the Treasurer for DU NALSA and the Vice-President of the Moot Court Board. She ran the Hoffman Cup Competition in 2006. Helen represented University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in the National NALSA Competition that same year, and received Second Place for Best Brief and Second Place for Best Oralist. Helen received the SBA Outstanding Legal Masters Award 2005-2006.
Helen is the current DEBA President, on the CBA Board of Governors, a COBALT 2016 graduate, and on the COBALT Sessions Committee for 2017. Prior to moving to Denver to attend law school, Helen was an environmental educator, and humanitarian advocate working with local programs in Nepal and Mongolia, as well as, designing and leading rigorous travel trips to both regions and to Tibet. Her passion for the mountains and indigenous and indigent rights is what inspires Helen. When she is not in court or teaching, you can find her skiing, or hiking and camping in Colorado’s mountains with her English Mastiffs.