Professor Sheila K. Hyatt
Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award - 2007
Born and raised in University City, Missouri, Sheila Hyatt grew up in a household of close knit music enthusiasts. After singing and writing her way through high school, Sheila attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she majored in English. After realizing that she could actually do something with an English degree besides be an English teacher, Sheila applied for and was awarded a scholarship to Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., an experience she enjoyed immensely. Upon graduation from law school, Sheila became law clerk to Judge Robert E. Seiler of the Missouri Supreme Court. After completing her clerkship, she became an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, where she had an office down the hall from Clarence Thomas. In 1979, Sheila was offered a teaching position at the University of Denver College of Law, which she accepted enthusiastically. Though the years that followed, Sheila imbedded herself into the DU legal community as both a fervent scholar and respected faculty member. In the 1980’s, Sheila pioneered Gender and Law courses at DU. A big believer in lawyering skills training, Sheila has also taught Trial Practice, Remedies, Evidence Practicum and courses in the Student Law Office, as well as teaching for National Institute for Trial Advocacy NITA, and supervising the Dan Hoffman Moot Court competition for many years. Sheila has continued to hone her great writing and teaching skills by co-authoring the two-volume Colorado Civil Rules Annotated set, as well as the Colorado Evidence Handbook. Another of her projects, a Treatise on Colorado Evidence Law, is due to be published next year. Additionally, Sheila has made presentations on evidence law at annual Colorado Judicial Conferences and New Judge Training. She has served on the Colorado Supreme Court Evidence Rules Advisory Committee as well as the Hearing Commission for the Presiding Disciplinary Judge in the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation. In addition, she has been the recipient of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association’s Mary Lathrop Trailblazer Award for teaching and mentoring. Sheila is married to Judge Robert Hyatt and has two children, Danny and Emily.