- Denver Law Fund
The Denver Law Fund backs the Sturm College of Law’s most important strategic initiatives. Whether it is tackling the high cost of law school attendance or revolutionizing our curriculum, the Denver Law Fund allows us to be nimble and creative in our pursuit to provide our students with an outstanding legal education. Recently this fund has provided emergency support for students facing hardship, venture capital for new teaching initiatives, support for students participating in trial competitions, and opportunities for our faculty and students to engage with Denver-area community organizations. The Denver Law Fund is a place where alumni and friends can come together and lift Denver Law to even greater heights.
- Law School Clinical Programs
Denver Law established its legal aid dispensary in 1904 and was the first school in the nation to offer students academic credit for providing legal services to low-income clients. Working to empower low income individuals and communities, the Law School Clinical Program provides an effective learning environment in which students become highly competent and ethical lawyers through real-life representation. The program supports a sustained level of productive work wherein self-directed students learn from practice to develop the core characteristics of professionals and to provide high quality legal services to low-income clients and communities. Today, the Law School Clinical Program has five in house clinics, including: criminal defense, civil litigation, civil rights, community economic development, and environmental. For more information visit the Clinical Program’s website at http://www.law.du.edu/clinics.
- Veterans Advocacy Project (VAP)
The Department of Veterans Affairs has identified legal needs as among the most significant unmet needs of homeless and poor veterans. Launched in the fall of 2015, the Veterans Advocacy Project (VAP) at Denver Law focuses on VA disability compensation claims and discharge upgrades. The VAP pairs individual veterans with teams of Colorado attorneys and Denver Law students. These teams work primarily on benefit disability compensation cases at the regional level and up to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington DC. , and on discharge upgrades. About 23% of veterans receive an “other than honorable discharge”; this discharge status directly affects the veteran’s right to receive VA benefits including health, pension, and education. Students earn three field credits working at the VAP offices in the Volunteers of America Bill Daniels Veteran Services Center, plus take a three credit graded seminar focusing on issues related to handling these types of cases. Funds to this program will help Denver Law respond to the growing need for legal services that assist veterans, directly benefiting those who have served our nation.