DU Law Stars is the Sturm College of Law’s premiere fundraising event, taking place each year in the fall. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to three worthy beneficiaries: the Denver Law Fund, which supports the College’s most important strategic priorities, including affordability, curricular innovation, and postgraduate professional opportunities; our nationally recognized Clinical Programs, founded in 1904; and the Veterans Advocacy Project, which provides critical representation to Coloradans who have served our nation with distinction. There are a variety of ways to get involved with Law Stars and support this important tradition. To learn more about the event and find out how you can get involved, click on the links below.
DU Law Stars Dinner
Thursday, November 2, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Denver Marriott City Center
We are pleased to announce the 2017 DU Law Stars
Adam Agron, JD’98
Shareholder and Managing Partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
2017 Law Stars Committee Co-Chairs
Diane Barrett, JD’83
Chief Projects Officer for Mayor Michael Hancock
Jack Finlaw, JD’81
President and CEO, University of Colorado Foundation
- Award Descriptions
- Dinner Program Flip Book
- Event Details
- Sponsorships, Recognition and Table Sales
History of DU Law Stars
DU Law Stars was created by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Alumni Council to honor distinguished alumni and faculty, raise funds for the Clinical Programs and the Denver Law Fund, and to unite Denver Law Alumni in a celebration of their peers.
Each year, a commemorative video is made of each honoree highlighting their accomplishments. Several alumni and friends serve on the creative team. They write the scripts, perform the voice-overs, select the music, emcee the event and add a humorous and personal element to Law Stars. We guarantee that no matter what happens, the event concludes by no later than 9:00 p.m. Our motto is “Jordan Wine and Out by Nine” because Tom Jordan of Jordan Winery (a Denver Law alumnus) generously donates all of the wine for the Law Stars dinner.
DU Law Stars Awards
- Outstanding Alumni Award
Granted to a DU Law graduate who has demonstrated professional achievement, humanitarian service to the community and outstanding loyalty to the College of Law.
- Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. Alumni Professionalism Award
Awarded to a DU Law graduate for exemplifying ethical conduct and professionalism, dedication to pro bono activities and/or community service and loyalty to the College of Law.
- Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award
Given to a teacher for their outstanding contributions to the legal educational mission and for fostering DU Law’s relationship with the community.
- Thompson G. Marsh Award
Presented to a College of Law graduate, based on outstanding accomplishments. Recipients may have pursued careers that are not associated with the law or legal profession. This is not an annual award, but one that is awarded occasionally as deemed appropriate by the Sturm College of Law Alumni Council, the DU Law Stars nominating committee and the dean of the College of Law.
- Bruce B. Johnson Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Given to a young alumnus of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law less than ten years out of law school at the time of the awards ceremony. The honoree should be enthusiastically committed to the College of Law’s mission, dedicated to upholding the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct, and be known for his or her outstanding contributions to the legal or greater community. This is not an annual award, but one that is awarded occasionally as deemed appropriate by the College of Law Alumni Council, the DU Law Stars nominating committee and the dean of the College of Law.
DU Law Stars Beneficiaries
- 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.
- Clinical Programs
The University of Denver College of 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 Clinical Programs 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 University of Denver’s Clinical Programs has six in house clinics, including: criminal defense, civil litigation, civil rights, community economic development, environmental, and mediation and arbitration. For more information visit the Clinical Programs’s website at http://www.law.du.edu/clinics.