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  • 1975: Janet Brewer
    Janet L. Brewer '75 has been elected to serve a 3 year term as a member of the California State Bar Board of Trustees. She was also recently selected as a "Northern California SuperLawyer" for the ninth consecutive year. Janet has been certified as a specialist in estate planning and probate law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 1995. She earned her LLM in Taxation in 2010.
  • 1975: Michael Burg
    Michael S. Burg has been named among America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers in the 2015 U.S. edition of The Legal 500. He is also acknowledged as a Leading Lawyer nationally when it comes to representing individuals in Pharmaceutical Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation. This is the fourth year in a row Mr. Burg has been named as a Leading Trial Lawyer. The 2015 U.S. edition of The Legal 500 also selected Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. as one of America’s leading law firms. Mr. Burg is the founding shareholder of Burg Simpson, an award-winning firm practicing in the areas of personal injury, class action, medical malpractice, dangerous drug litigation, defective products, insurance bad faith, employment law, workers’ compensation and business litigation. The Legal 500 series is a worldwide guide of legal services providers in over 100 countries, and widely regarded as offering the definitive judgment of law firm capabilities.
  • 1977: Perry Goorman
    Perry Goorman was elected to be the Treasurer and newest officer of the Scottsdale Bar Assn for the next year.
  • 1977: Perry Goorman
    “I am proud to announce that I have been elected as a member of the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors as a representative for the Denver Bar Association. My two year term begins July 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2017. After being a member for these many years, this is a great opportunity to raise my level of service.”
  • 1978: Thomas Golej
    After 26 years as a pilot with United Airlines, I retired in January as an Airbus captain. For 9 of those years, I was a Boeing 747 pilot instructor at United's Denver Training Center. After graduating from DU, I had limited practice of criminal and civil law usually in between airline bankruptcies and failures. I'm now pursuing my career as a professional mogul skier.


  • 1996: James Mosley
    James Mosley was elected as District Judge of the 316th District Court of Hutchinson County, Texas. The 316th is a general jurisdiction court that handles mainly family law and felony criminal cases. He was elected to serve a 4 year term beginning on January 1, 2015.
  • 1996: Nicholas Ghiselli
    Nicholas Ghiselli was promoted to General Counsel of UMIA and Vice-President of Legal at Constellation Mutual.


  • 2000: Kimi Jackson
    Kimi Jackson, class of 2000, became the director of the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR), a project of the American Bar Association, located near the border in Harlingen, Texas. ProBAR provides legal services to detained adults and children who are facing immigration proceedings.
  • 2000: Estee Sanchez
    Kutak Rock LLP welcomes of counsel attorney Estee Sanchez (University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D. 2000) to the firm’s corporate group, specializing in oil and gas law. She represents oil and gas companies in all phases of acquisition, development and operation of oil and gas properties.
  • 2001: Leigh & Eric Truhe
    Leigh Truhe (Trueblood) and Eric Truhe, of Truhe & Truhe, PC, practice criminal defense and Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) work in the Denver area. They represent children in delinquency cases, as well as dependency and neglect actions. In 2012, Leigh received the Barry Glasgow GAL of the Year award for Adams and Broomfield counties. They live in Boulder county with their two children, Blythe and Blake.
  • 2004: Catarina Williams
    Catarina Williams, JD Class of 2004, co-founded an educational non-profit called the League of Creative Minds (LCM). Drawing from her experience both in law school, and in the practice of international law, LCM is an in-depth study on foreign policy, using a platform of negotiation, mock trial, model UN, model Congress, model government, and a field study program. Catarina resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her two boys and her husband.
  • 2007: Alyssa Neu
    Alyssa Neu (maiden name Roter) has enjoyed entering the solo practice market with a business designed around assisting other attorneys with their case work. Alyssa has experience in top Denver and Boulder firms in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice and domestic relations and has substantial judicial externship experience to offer. Alyssa is a 2007 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a 2003 graduate of The University of Denver with a BSBA in Marketing. Alyssa is passionate about natural resources law and is the owner of a local Colorado mine. Her favorite reason to live and work in Colorado remains downhill skiing, something she has enjoyed since age two!
  • 2007: Nelson Boyle
    Nelson participated in a commemoration of the Selma Voting Rights March, walking along the 54-mile route from Selma to Montgomery from March 21-25, 2015. Marchers separately dedicated their marches to important issues, including justice, equality, civil rights, and voter protection.
  • 2009: Ryann Fogel (maiden name MacDonald)
    On October 11, 2014, Ryann Fogel (maiden name MacDonald) and Nickolas Fogel (JD '07) welcomed their first child, son Cash Lenox Fogel. Ryann returned to work in January 2015 and recently celebrated her 4 year anniversary at the Denver law firm McConnell Fleischner Houghtaling. She represents clients in professional liability and malpractice lawsuits, administrative board and grievance matters, and other complex civil litigation. In 2014 and 2015, Ryann was selected as a Colorado Super Lawyer Rising Star (Professional Liability Defense). She will also begin her 5th year serving on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Women's Bar Association.


  • 2012: Jeff McClelland
    Kutak Rock LLP welcomes Jeff McClelland as an associate in the firm’s litigation group. He focuses his practice on commercial and civil litigation and has represented businesses in employment-related disputes, commercial foreclosures, breach of contract claims, and antitrust litigation.
  • 2012: Ali Kaiser
    Kutak Rock LLP welcomes Ali Kaiser as an associate in the firm’s corporate group. She focuses her practice on a wide variety of complex corporate transactional matters including corporate governance and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, real estate and commercial contracts.
  • 2013: Elisabeth Hutchinson
    Liz accepted a 2015-2016 clerkship with Judge Gregory A. Phillips of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She is currently serving as a law clerk to Justice William W. Hood, III of the Colorado Supreme Court.
  • 2015: Jessica Thayer
    Salt Lake County selects new Director and Associate Director for Criminal Justice Services Salt Lake County, UT— Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said that after an extensive search, Jessica Thayer has been selected as Associate Director of Criminal Justice Services Division. Criminal Justice Services offers pre-trial, post-trial and treatment programs to citizens 18 or older who have been referred by the District or Justice Courts. McAdams said some services that may be familiar to the public include Drug Court, Probation Services, Pre-trial Screening and Release, and a Domestic Violence program. “I’m very excited that Kele and Jessica have accepted these positions. At a time when the county is turning to innovative solutions, based on data, to help reform our criminal justice system, they bring the right combination of experience, knowledge and skills to the task at hand,” said McAdams. McAdams said Jessica has more than 17 years of experience at Criminal Justice Services as a case manager, pre-sentence writer and as a supervisor of both probation and pretrial teams. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies as well as a Master of Legal Administration.

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