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Class Notes from Summer/Fall 2018


  • 1977: Perry Goorman
    PRESS RELEASE PERRY L. GOORMAN, (JD 1977) is pleased to announce that he was recently elected President of the Scottsdale Bar Association. Mr. Goorman has law offices in Denver, Colorado and Scottsdale, Arizona.


  • 1997: P.J. Webb
    Cambria attorney P.J. Webb receives environmental award by Kathie Tanner. She received the Bill Denneen Environmental Trust Award on February 4, 2018. Webb said that she is extremely honored by this acknowledgement and is humbled by the award. She attributed her team to make movement happen. Webb is quoted saying “I was pretty speechless (uncharacteristically) and awed by the honor.” She has chaired the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council since 2014, and has served as an at-large representative there since 2004. She received a National Marine Sanctuaries Volunteer of the Year award in 2011. Webb has been a driving force behind protecting shoreline waters in the gap between the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands sanctuaries. She worked with the Marine Sanctuary Alliance to develop strategies to protect the Central Coast from offshore oil drilling and served as a liaison for the Marine Interest Group, a panel of countywide stakeholders collaborating on issues. She practices public-interest law, focusing primarily on marine conservation, wildlife advocacy and women’s rights. Webb is known throughout the Central Coast for her advisory, outreach, education and rescue efforts on behalf of The Marine Mammal Center, Friends of the Elephant Seal, Coastal Discovery Center, and the Women’s Community Center.


  • 2000: Adrian Fontes
    Adrian Fontes, a JD’00 graduate of Denver Law has served as Maricopa County Recorder. Fontes is the County’s first Latino elected to countywide office. During his time in office, his passion for making elections accessible for all eligible voters has grown. Fontes was featured in an article in the Phoenix New Times entitled “Let My People Vote: Adrian Fontes’ Fight to Fix Maricopa County’s Broken Election System”. The article details how over the last year and a half, Fontes has focused on bridging divides in voter education, taking a deeper dive into election administration, studying cybersecurity and listening to his colleagues from around the United States on how to improve Arizona’s elections. Fontes truly cares about being a leader in Maricopa County and works every day to create an atmosphere where all can be more vocal participants in Arizona’s election systems. Please click this link to read the whole article:
  • 2001: Kelly Clarke
    Kelly Clarke, a JD’01 graduate of the Sturm College of Law currently resides in Raleigh, NC and works as an attorney for a Legal Aid Clinic. In 2016, Clarke was awarded a Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Legal Services for her work in North Carolina surrounding her work that focuses on fair housing/housing discrimination work and The Fair Housing Project. Clarke started her career in various legal aid organizations after working in the Civil Law Clinic while at DU. Clarke’s work for housing rights was featured in the BBC article entitled A Woman’s Choice – Sexual Favors or Lose Her Home
  • 2004: Damian Arguello
    Damian J. Arguello and Colorado Insurance Law Center have relocated to LawBank Uptown, 1888 Sherman Street, Ste. 200, Denver, Colorado 80203. The firm’s phone number has stayed the same.
  • 2005: Christine Hernandez
    Christine M. Hernandez of Hernandez & Associates, P.C. was selected to receive the Hispanic National Bar Association’s prestigious "Top Lawyers Under 40” Award.
  • 2005: Arnulfo Hernandez
    Arnulfo D. Hernandez, Managing Partner of Hernandez & Associates, P.C., was named to Law Week Colorado’s 2018 Top Litigators.
  • 2005: Sergio Jimenez
    Sergio Jimenez of Brooklyn Defender Services was selected to receive the New York City Bar Association's prestigious Legal Services Award. (third from left)
  • 2007: Ali Brodie
    Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce that it has elevated four women counsel to partner throughout its national network of offices including Ali Brodie for the Denver and Los Angeles offices. Ali is a 2007 graduate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She is co-chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice, and is also co-chair of the firm’s EB-5 Immigrant Investor Services practice. She represents companies and individuals in business immigration, employer compliance (Form I-9), EB-5 matters, visa sponsorship of foreign nationals and permanent residency. She also trains relevant personnel on federal and state employer verification laws.
  • 2007: Stephen Burg
    Burg Simpson shareholder Stephen J. Burg Stephen has been selected as the 2018 president of the Top 40 Under 40, the National Trial Lawyers’ collection of the country’s top young trial attorneys. Membership is exclusive, invite-only, and extended to only those legal professionals “who meet stringent qualifications and specialize in the legal practice of criminal defense or civil plaintiff.” “Right now, our country is facing huge challenges,” Stephen says. “There is an increase in discrimination and hate, and a decrease in justice for the citizens of our country. We, as lawyers, are in a unique position to fight for what is right, to be the voice for the voiceless, and to stand up for the people who do not have a team of lobbyists and power behind them. It’s time we balance the scales of justice.” The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.


  • 2015: Michael Reining
    (SACRAMENTO, CA) Downey Brand, a prominent law firm with offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, Stockton, and Reno, recently welcomed Michael Reining to its Sacramento office where he represents clients in Chapter 11 reorganizations, Chapter 7 liquidations, business litigation, and other complex financial matters. Reining earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 2015, after attaining his Bachelor of Arts, cum lade from Skidmore College in 2008. Before joining Downey Brand, Reining served two years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Charles Novack in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, where he gained invaluable experience regarding bankruptcy cases, adversary proceedings, and settlement conferences. During law school, Reining served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Sidney B. Brooks in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado.

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