Constitutional Rights and Remedies Faculty

Sam Kamin

Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy; Director, Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program

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Sam Kamin joined the faculty at the Sturm College of Law in 1999 and is currently Professor of Law and Director of the Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program. Holding both a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Professor Kamin’s research interests include criminal procedure, death penalty jurisprudence, federal courts, and constitutional remedies. He is the lead author of West Publishing’s Investigative Criminal Procedure: A Contemporary Approach and has published scholarly articles in the Virginia Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Journal of Constitutional Law, and Law and Contemporary Problems among many others. He has also become one of the nation’s leading experts on the regulation of marijuana; in 2012 he was appointed to Governor John Hickenlooper’s Task Force to Implement Amendment 64 and is currently serving on the ACLU of California’s blue ribbon panel to study marijuana legalization

Rebecca Aviel

Associate Professor

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Professor Aviel is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. She clerked for Judge Barry Silverman of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced in the litigation department of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. She also spent two years as a staff attorney for the Ninth Circuit, specializing in civil rights, immigration, habeas corpus, and criminal appeals. Professor Aviel’s research and teaching interests include family law, legal profession and professional responsibility, and constitutional law.

Alan Chen

William M. Beaney Memorial Research Chair and Professor

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Alan Chen is a nationally recognized expert in constitutional law, federal courts and civil rights litigation. He pursues research in a variety of fields, including federal remedies for civil rights violations, free speech doctrine and theory, and lawyering for social change. Chen has published many scholarly articles, and his work has appeared in several of the country’s leading law journals. He is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Civil Rights. Chen is also interested in linking theory to practice. In recent years, he has litigated two high-profile, pro bono civil rights cases in the federal courts. One case challenged law enforcement officers’ use of pepper spray to subdue peaceful environmental protesters in California. The other lawsuit invalidated a Colorado law mandating that all students and teachers recite the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. Since joining the University of Denver Sturm College of Law faculty in 1992, Chen has received awards for teaching, contributions to the law review and pro bono legal work. Before entering teaching, Chen was a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Chicago office, where he was a civil liberties litigator focusing primarily on cases concerning the First Amendment, police misconduct and privacy rights. Before that, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen, U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ian Farrell

Assistant Professor

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Ian Farrell completed both his undergraduate degree in pure mathematics and his law degree at the University of Wollongong, in Australia. After graduating with First Class Honours in law, Professor Farrell worked at the Sydney office of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, one of Australia’s leading law firms, before being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and attending Harvard Law School as part of the LLM program. Professor Farrell also attended the University of Texas as part of the Law and Philosophy program, and graduated with a Masters in Philosophy.

Professor Farrell clerked for Judge Benjamin Kaplan on the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the University of Denver Law faculty, Professor Farrell was a Fellow in the University of Texas School of Law’s Emerging Scholars Program. Professor Farrell has also taught law at his alma mater, The University of Wollongong.

Professor Farrell’s scholarship and teaching interests converge on criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and the philosophy of law. His work has appeared in the William and Mary Law Journal, the Texas Law Review, and Villanova Law Review, among others.

Alexi Freeman

Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director of Public Interest

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Alexi Freeman has a distinguished record working alongside low-income communities and communities of color as a racial justice and legal advocate. For six years, Freeman worked as a staff attorney at Advancement Project, a national civil rights group, where she assisted grassroots organizations across the country on social justice advocacy campaigns around education and juvenile justice policy, housing, and voting rights issues. Freeman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School. While at Harvard Law, she was recognized for her work in public interest law and her leadership on campus. At Denver Law, she serves as the Director of Public Interest, as a lecturer within the Legal Externship program, and as the co-faculty administrators of the Critical Race Reading Seminar. She is a member of the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals and serves on the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers, which is a community of progressive law teachers working for justice, diversity, and academic excellence.

  • Teaching for Change: How the Legal Academy Can Prepare the Next Generation of Social Justice Movement Lawyers, 59 Howard Law Journal 1 (forthcoming fall 2015).
  • Getting Your Hands Dirty: New School Legal Education, 36 The Docket, Issue 1 (January 2014).
  • Public Service at Denver Law, 43 The Colorado Lawyer 8, 97 (August 2014).

Margaret Kwoka

Assistant Professor

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Professor Kwoka is a graduate of Brown University and Northeastern University School of Law and a former education volunteer with Peace Corps in Burkina Faso. She clerked for Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Judge Michael Murphy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Denver, Professor Kwoka was an Assistant Professor at John Marshall Law School in Chicago and a Lecturer at George Washington University School of Law. She also practiced as an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm in Washington, D.C., where she focused on government transparency litigation in federal court.

Professor Kwoka’s research and teaching interests center on civil procedure and procedural justice, administrative law and judicial review of agency actions, federal court litigation, and government transparency. Her articles have appeared in the UC Davis Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Maryland Law Review, American University Law Review, and Harvard Journal on Legislation, among others. She was also recently named the inaugural winner of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Junior Faculty Teaching Award.

Jan G. Laitos

John A Carver, Jr. Professor of Law

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Jan Laitos holds the John A. Carver Jr. Chair at the Sturm College of Law. He is a Reporter for the Planning and Environmental Law Review (published by the American Planning Association); a regional board member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute; and since 1981 a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

He was Vice Chair of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. He was also the Director of the nationally ranked Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at the University of Denver Law School from 1981 until 2004. In 1996, he was given the University of Denver’s distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2005, he was selected a “DU Law Star.” Prior to joining the faculty at the Law school, he was the law clerk to the Chief Justice for the Colorado Supreme Court, and an attorney with the Office of Legal Counsel within the United States Department of Justice.

He is the author of several books and treatises, published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, West Academic, Foundation Press, Aspen, Duke University Press, and Bradford Press.

He has worked as a consultant on several cases decided by the 9th Circuit Court of Federal appeals, the Montana Supreme Court, the Nevada Supreme Court, the Idaho Supreme court, and the Colorado Supreme Court, and on several cert. petitions before the United States Supreme Court.

He has lectured at Austral University Law School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the European Network For Housing Research Institute in Istanbul, Turkey, at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, the National University of Ireland at Galway, Ireland, the University of Oslo, Norway, the University of Tarragona, Spain, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Zombie Subdivisions in America and Ghost Developments in Europe: Lessons for Local Governments, 4 Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 314 (2015).
  • Hornbook on Natural Resources Law (West Academic 2015) (with Zellmer).
  • Law of Property Rights Protection: Limitations on Governmental Powers, Aspen Law and Business (1999) (Annual Supplements 2000-2014).
  • Principles of Natural Resources Law (West 2014) (with Zellmer).
  • The Problem of Amenity Migrants in North America and Europe, 45 The Urban Lawyer (2014).
  • Why Environmental Laws Fail, 39 Environmental Law and Policy Review (2014).
  • Abandoned and Unfinished Properties in America and Europe: Comparative Strategies for Removal and Prevention, 91 Denver U.L.REV. Online 65 (2014).
  • Standing and Environmental Harm: The Double Paradox, 31 Virginia Envtl. L. Rev. 55 (2013).
  • Cases and Materials on Natural Resources Law 2d Edition (Thompson West 2012) (with Zellmer and Wood) and Teachers Manual (West, 2013).
  • Teacher’s Manual for Cases and Materials on Natural Resources Law co-authored with Sandi B. Zellmer, Mary C. Wood, (Thompson West) (2013).
  • Rules of Law for Nature’s Use and Nonuse, chapter in Rules of Law for Nature: New Dimensions and Ideas in Environmental Law, Christina Voigt, ed. (Cambridge University Press) (2013).
  • The Clean Water Act and the Challenge of Agricultural Pollution, 37 Vermont Law Review 1033 (2013).
  • Cyanide, Mining and the Environment, 30 Pace Environmental Law Review 869 (2013).
  • Natural Resources Law , 2d ed. (Thompson West 2012) (with Zellmer and Wood) and Teachers Manual (2013).
  • Sites Suitable for Mixed Use Development in Britain and America, , 5 International Journal of Law in the Built Environment 137 (2013).
  • Cases and Materials on Natural Resources Law 3d Edition, Thompson West (2012).
  • The Current Status of Cyanide Regulations, 34 Engineering and Mining Journal (February 2012).
  • The Role of Causation in Takings Claims, co-authored with Abel, 20 William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 1181 (2012).
  • The Current Status of Cyanide Regulations, 34 Engineering and Mining Journal (2012).
  • Equal Protection in Property and Planning, 64 Planning and Environmental:Law Review 4 (American Planning Assoc. 2012).
  • The Role of Brownfields as Sites for Mixed-Use Development Projects in America & Britain, in Perspectives on International Law in an Era of Change 492, 40 University of Denver Journal of International Law and Policy (2012).
  • The Right of Nonuse, Oxford University Press (2012).
  • The Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste 2d ed., (Foundation Press 2011) (with Applegate, Gaba, and Sachs).
  • The Social Benefits of Property Rights Protection, Government Interventions and the European Court on Human Rights, Indiana International & Comparative Law Review (2011).
  • The Growing Rule of Nonuse Values in Land Use Planning and Environmental Law, 63 Planning & Environmental Law Review (2011).
  • Property Rights, Housing and the American Constitution: The Social Benefits of Property Rights Protection, Government Interventions and the European Court on Human Rights’ Hutten-Czapska Decision, co-authored with Professor Ed Ziegler, 21 Indiana International and Comparative Law Review 25 (2011).
  • The Emerging Role of Nonuse Values in Land Use Planning, co-authored with Swan, Land Use and Environmental Law published by American Planning Association. Vol. 63, Issue 3 (2011).
  • Public-Private Partnerships in America for an Urban Mix Regeneration Site Development: The Case of the Polluted Gates Rubber Plant in Denver, New Housing Researchers Colloquium: European Network for Housing Research (2011).
  • “Takings,” in Environmental Protection of Colorado Real Property, Bradford Publishing (2011).
  • The Law of Hazardous Waste and Toxic Substances, Foundation Press (2011).
  • The Growing Acceptance of Nonuse Values in Land Use Planning, Planning and Environmental Law Review, American Planning Association (2011).
  • Environmental Regulation of Colorado Real Property (co-author, Bradford Press, (2011).
  • The Law of Property Rights Protection (Aspen Law and Business 2010).
  • The Right of Nonuse, 25 Oregon Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation 303 (2010).
  • The Emerging Right of Nonuse, 55 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Annual Inst. 25-1 (2010).
  • The Problem With Wilderness, 32 Harvard Environmental Law Review 503 (2008).
  • The Law of Airspace Near Public Runways, 59 Planning and Environmental Law Review 1 (2007).
  • RCRA, CERCLA, and the Management of Hazardous Waste (Foundation Press 2006) (with Applegate).
  • Recreation Wars for Our Natural Resources (Foundation Press, 2006).
  • Literature Review of Severed Minerals, Split Estates, Rights Of Access, and Surface Use in Mineral Extraction, 2005 No. 1 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. Paper No. 1B Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Severed Minerals, Split Estates, Rights of Access, and Surface Use in Mineral Extraction Operations Paper 1B John A. Carver, Jr.,.
  • The Management of Hazardous Waste (Foundation Press, 2005).
  • Multi-Layered, and Sequential, State and Local Barriers to Extractive Resource Development, co-authored with Elizabeth H. Getche, 23 Va. Envtl. L.J. 1 Virginia Environmental Law Journal 2004.
  • Recreation Wars for Our Natural Resources, co-authored with Rachael B. Reiss, 34 Envtl. L. 1091 Environmental Law Fall 2004 Symposium.
  • The Multiple to Dominant Use Paradigm Shift in Natural Resources Management, 24 J. Land Resources & Envtl. L. 221 Journal of Land, Resources, and Environmental Law 2004.
  • Natural Resources Law (West 2004) (with Zellmer, Wood, Cole).
  • Height Restrictions Near Airports: Physical Takings, Regulatory Takings, or Police Power Exercises, 55 Land Use Law & Zoning Digest 3 (Sept. 2003).
  • Whose Law Governs? State and Local Regulation on Federal Lands, and Federal Regulation on State Lands, 49 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 2003.
  • Hornbook on Natural Resources Law (West Publishing, 2002).
  • The Law of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes (Foundation Press, 2000), and Teacher's Manual (300 pages) (2002) (with Applegate).
  • The Moral Austerity of Environmental Decisionmaking (Duke Univ. Press, 2002) (contributing author).
  • Sustainable Development and the Use of Public Lands, in the Moral Austerity of Environmental Decision Making 161 (Duke University Press 2002).
  • The New Retroactivity Causation Standard,, 51 Ala. L. Rev. 1123 (2000).
  • The New Dominant Use Reality on Multiple Use Lands,, 44 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 1 (1999).
  • The Transformation on Public Lands, co-authored with Thomas A. Carr , 26 Ecology L.Q. 140 Ecology Law Quarterly 1999.
  • Legislative Retroactivity,, 52 Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law 81 (1997).
  • Takings and Causation,, 5 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 359 (1997).
  • Legislative Retroactivity, 52 Wash. U. J. Urb. & Contemp. L. 81 Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law 1997.
  • National Parks and the Recreation Resource, 74 Denv. U. L. Rev. 847 Denver University Law Review 1997 Symposium: the National Park System.
  • Takings and Causation, 5 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 359 William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal Summer 1997.
  • Judicial Protection of Private Property in Natural Resources: The American Experience,, 14 J. of Energy and Natural Resources 262 (1996).
  • May CERCLA Apply Retroactively?, 25-OCT Colo. Law. 103 Colorado Lawyer October, 1996 John R. Jacus Specialty Law Column.
  • Causation and the Unconstitutional Conditions Doctrine: Why the City of Tigard's Exaction Was a Taking, 72 Denv. U. L. Rev. 893 Denver University Law Review 1995 Symposium.
  • NEPA and Oil and Gas Development on Forest Service Lands, in The Natural Resources Law Manual at 205 (ABA Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law 1995).
  • Federal CERCLA Liability for Abandoned Mines, 23 Colo. Law. 371 Colorado Lawyer February, 1994 Natural Resource Notes.
  • Water Rights and Water Quality: Recent Developments, 23 Colo. Law. 2343 Colorado Lawyer October, 1994 Specialty Law Column.
  • The Public Use Paradox and the Takings Clause, 13 J. Energy Nat. Resources & Envtl. L. 9 Journal of Energy, Natural Resources, and Environmental Law 1993.
  • The Takings Clause in America's Industrial States After Lucas, 24 U. Tol. L. Rev. 281 University of Toledo Law Review Winter, 1993.
  • "Use of Agency Deliberations by Reviewing Courts,", 69 Denver Univ. L. Rev. 121 (1992).
  • Energy and Natural Resources Law in a Nutshell (West Publishing, 1992).
  • Paralysis By Analysis In The Forest Service Oil And Gas Leasing Program, 26 Land & Water L. Rev. 105 Land and Water Law Review 1991 Land and Water Division.
  • "Oil and Gas Leasing on Forest Service Lands,", 5 Natural Res. and Environment 23 (1990).
  • "The Nature and Consequence of 'Valid Existing Rights' Status in Public Land Law,", 5 Journal of Mineral Law & Policy 399 (1990), reprinted in 28 Public Land and Resources Digest 121 (1991).
  • What is a "Material Injury" to a Water Right?, 19 Colo. Law. 1333 (1990).
  • "Water Quality Antidegradation,", 4 Natural Res. and Environment 19 (1989).
  • "Water Rights, Clean Water Act Section 404 Permitting, and the Takings Clause", 60 U. of Colo. L. Rev. 901 (1989).
  • Practicing Law Before Part-Time Citizen Boards and Commissions, 18 Colo. Law. 1133 (1989).
  • Water Rights, Clean Water Act Section 404 Permitting, And The Takings Clause, 60 U. Colo. L. Rev. 901 University of Colorado Law Review 1989 Focus: Clean Water Act's Section 404.
  • "Protection From Government Action Affecting Private Property Rights in Natural Resources in the United States,", 5 Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law 59 (1988).
  • "Regulation of Natural Resources Use and Development in Light of the 'New' Takings Clause,", 34 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 1 (1988).
  • "Uncloaking Law School Hiring,", 38 J. of Legal Ed. 345 (1988).
  • Assault on the Citadel, Part I: Water Quality Laws and the Exercise of Water Rights, 17 Colo. Law. 1305 (1988).
  • Assault on the Citadel, Part II: Dams, Diversions, and Water Quality Regulations, 17 Colo. Law. 2003 (1988).
  • Constitutional Limits on Police Power Regulations Affecting the Exercise of Water Rights, 16 Colo. Law. 1626 (1987).
  • Government Interference With Private Interests In Public Resources, co-authored with Richard A. Westfall, 11 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 1 Harvard Environmental Law Review 1987.
  • Energy Resources and Policy Problems, in Energy in American History, (Pergamon Press, 1983).
  • "Utility Use of Renewable Resources: Legal and Economic Implications,", 59 Denver Law Journal 1 (1982), reprinted in Public Utilities Law Anthology (International Library Press, 1982).
  • "The Effect of Water Law on the Development of Oil Shale,", 58 Denver Law Journal 751 (1981).
  • Economic and Regulatory Issues Raised by Utility Involvement in Central and Decentralized Solar Applications, SERI Rept., TR-744-1338 (1981).
  • Proceedings: SERI-ERA Workshop on Electric Utility Involvement in Residential Solar Applications, SERI Rept. CP 733-781 (1981).
  • Prospects for Utility Involvement in Residential Solar Applications, in Energy and Communications in Transition (Michigan State University Press, 1981).
  • Utilities and Solar Energy, in Legal Aspects of Solar Energy (Lexington Press, 1981).
  • Electric Utilities and Residential Solar Development, in Energy and Communications in Transition 295 (Michigan State University 1981).
  • A Legal-Economic History of Air Pollution Controls (Carrollton Press, 1980).
  • Regulated Utilities and Solar Energy (Callaghan Press, 1980).
  • "May Regulated Utilities Monopolize the Sun?,", 56 Denver Law Journal 31 (1979).
  • Public Policy Questions Posed by the Rise of a Solar Energy Industry in Colorado, Colorado Energy Research Institute Report 1979.
  • Regulated Utilities and Solar Energy: A Legal-Economic Analysis of the Major Issues Affecting the Solar Commercialization Effort, SERI Rept. TR-62-255 (June 1979).
  • "A Leap of Faith: Some Observations on Law's Effect Upon the Earth's Natural Resources,", 25 Am. Univ. L. Review 131 (1975).
  • "Continuities from the Past Affecting Resource Use and Conservation Patterns,", 28 Okla. L. Rev. 60 (1975).
  • "Legal institutions and Pollution: Some Intersections Between Law and History,", 15 Natural Resources Journal 423 (1975).
  • The Social and Economic Roots of Judge-Made Air Pollution Policy in Wisconsin,", 58 Marq. L. Rev. 465 (1975).
  • "The Limits of the Law: Institutional Failures of the Air Pollution Variance Board,", 44 U. of Colo. L. Rev. 513 (1973).
  • "Institutional Response to an Environmental Crisis: The Failure of State Air Pollution Control,", 48 Denver L. J. 519 (1972).
  • "Judicial Limitations on Holder in Due Course Claims,", 42 U. of Colo. L. Rev. 439 (1971).
  • The Effect of Full Faith and Credit on Cognovit Judgments, 42 U. of Colo. L. Rev. 1973 (1970) (cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Overmyer v. Frank 405 U.S. 174 (1972)).

Christopher Lasch

Associate Professor

Law School Clinical Program

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Professor Christopher Lasch has been litigating to protect his clients’ constitutional rights since 1996. After graduating from Yale Law School, Chris worked for three years as a public defender in Louisville, Kentucky. He represented hundreds of clients in the adult trial division and was a member of the capital trial division for nearly two years. In 2000, Chris partnered with another former defender to form a small private law firm dedicated to criminal defense and civil rights litigation. He continued to represent those accused of crimes in Kentucky’s trial courts, and broadened his practice to include appellate, postconviction, and federal habeas corpus litigation on behalf of convicted prisoners. His firm brought civil rights actions and tried civil rights cases in both state and federal courts. In 2006, Chris became a Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Yale Law School, where he taught in numerous clinics, including the Capital Punishment Clinic, Criminal Defense Project, and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. After serving as a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor at the Suffolk University Law School during the 2009-10 academic year, where as a teacher of the Suffolk Defenders Clinic he supervised students defending criminal cases in the Boston Municipal Court system, Chris came to the Sturm College of Law to teach in the Criminal Defense Clinic. His scholarship focuses on the availability of constitutional remedies in federal habeas and state postconviction litigation, and on the intersection of criminal and immigration law.

Nancy Leong

Associate Professor with Tenure

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Professor Leong graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University before attending Stanford Law School, where she graduated with distinction and was a member of the Stanford Law Review. After earning her law degree, she clerked for Judge Kermit Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to joining the University of Denver faculty, Professor Leong was an Assistant Professor at the William & Mary School of Law, an Adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law American University in Washington D.C., and a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center. She also practiced First Amendment law with Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Professor Leong’s scholarship and teaching interests include constitutional rights and remedies, criminal procedure, antidiscrimination, law and culture, and judicial decisionmaking. Her recent scholarship has appeared or will appear in the Boston University Law Review, Harvard Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Irvine Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and the Journal of Legal Education, among others.

In fall 2013 Professor Leong was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UCLA School of Law.

Justin Marceau

Professor and Animal Legal Defense Fund Professor of Law

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Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, Professor Marceau clerked for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked as a litigation associate with the law firm Heller Ehrman, LLP (San Francisco). Subsequently, Professor Marceau was an Assistant Federal Public Defender (District of Arizona) specializing in capital habeas corpus appeals. Professor Marceau continues to actively practice law as counsel of record, as a consultant, and as an expert witness. Since joining the faculty he was lead counsel in a federal habeas corpus trial and he has been counsel of record on a number of briefs. He has lectured at CLEs and been invited to present his work to judicial conferences. He regularly consults on cases with habeas attorneys and joins or authors amicus briefs for the Supreme Court.

Professor Marceau’s research interests include habeas corpus, the death penalty, criminal procedure, criminal law, constitutional law and animal law. Professor Marceau also litigates and consults for a leading animal welfare non-profit, the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Kris McDaniel-Miccio


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Prof. McDaniel-Miccio is a nationally recognized expert on the law as it affects survivors of male intimate violence. She has written, lectured, litigated and testified, at Congressional and State Legislative hearings, on the issue of male intimate violence, women survivors and conceptions of state accountability. McDaniel-Miccio was the author of the NYS law that opened up the family and criminal courts to survivors of male intimate violence and one of the authors of the state’s mandatory arrest law in domestic violence cases. She has won numerous awards for her work on behalf of battered women-and for her teaching. And she has been interviewed by the print and electronic media on such matters as hate crimes, violence against women, Miranda, the OJ Simpson, Kobe Bryant and Laci Peterson cases, to name a few. At the College of Law, Prof. McDaniel-Miccio teaches criminal law and procedure, family law, jurisprudence, and seminars on the Holocaust, the Law and Domestic Violence. In 2007, McDaniel-Miccio was awarded a Fulbright and taught at University College of Dublin School of Law and lectured throughout Ireland on the issue of male intimate violence, the state and conceptions of state accountability.

Professor McDaniel-Miccio is the recipient of numerous scholarly awards. She is a Fulbright Scholar, Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Scholar, Erasmus Mundus Scholar and a Fulbright Senior Specialist. The Marie Curie and Erasmus Mundas fellowships were awarded by the European Commission and all of the awards were conferred because of Professor McDaniel-Miccio’s research and scholarship on the issue of male intimate violence, state accountability and conceptions of justice. McDaniel-Miccio has been on faculty at the University of Dublin School of Law and it’s School of Social Justice as part of her Fulbright award and currently maintains a professional relationship with both departments as a visiting professor and consultant on experiential and interdisciplinary (cross-discipline) learning.

During 2014-15, Professor McDaniel-Miccio is a Visiting Professor at Trinity College School of Law in Dublin Ireland as well as Trinity Long Room Scholar & Fellow conducting interdisciplinary research on law and identity in relation to the LGBT community in the States and Republic of Ireland. She will also receive the Law Society,Lifetime Achievement Award, in November 2014, in Dublin, Ireland for her work on human rights and gender equality. Past recipients include Presidents Clinton (USA), Robinson and Higgins from Ireland, Justice Antonin Scalia, philosopher Noam Chomsky, Poet Laureate Seamus Heaney and American actor Martin Sheen.

Justin Pidot

Associate Professor with Tenure

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Justin Pidot graduated with high honors from Wesleyan University before attending Stanford Law School, where he graduated with distinction and was editor in chief of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. Professor Pidot clerked for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to joining the University of Denver faculty, he was an appellate litigator at the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he presented argument in more than a dozen federal appellate cases and acted as the staff attorney on two cases before the United States Supreme Court. Professor Pidot also completed a fellowship at the Georgetown Environmental Law & Policy Institute.

Professor Pidot’s scholarship and teaching focus on environmental law, natural resources law, and federal courts.

George W. (Rock) Pring

Professor Emeritus of Law

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Professor Rock Pring’s area of specialization centers on environmental and natural resources issues internationally and nationally. He has taught and published extensively, and continues to serve as a consultant to governments and public-interest organizations on sustainable development, human rights, mining and resource development, environmental impact assessment, compliance, and remediation, and nature preservation. While at Denver Law, Prof. Pring taught numerous courses including International Environmental Law, International Water Law, Public Land and Resources Law, and Constitutional Law.

Professor Pring and his wife, Kitty Pring, co-directed the University of Denver Environmental Courts and Tribunals Study (at, and authored the first comparative book on this exploding phenomenon, Greening Justice: Creating and Improving Environmental Courts and Tribunals. Professors Pring has co-authored (with Professor Ved Nanda) a leading treatise on International Environmental Law as well as numerous other publications in the field. He co-authored (with Professor Penelope Canan) the National Science Foundation-funded book, SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out, which first named and drew international attention to the problem of “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” in government or “SLAPPs” – lawsuits to chill citizens’ communications to government.

In addition to his extensive publications and teaching load, Professor Pring is a former US Representative to the Academic Advisory Group of the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, and Resources Law. He also served as past-chair of the State of Colorado Hazardous Waste Commission, retired adjunct professor in the graduate Environmental Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines, and co-founder and vice president for conservation of the Clear Creek Land Conservancy.

Laura Rovner

Ronald V. Yegge Clinical Director and Associate Professor

Law School Clinical Program

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Laura Rovner received her J.D. from Cornell Law School, her B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, and an LL.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, Professor Rovner was a clinical teaching fellow in the Institute for Public Representation, where she supervised students on civil rights matters involving race, gender, disability and national origin discrimination. She was then awarded an Equal Justice Fellowship from Equal Justice Works (formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law) to work with a national organization representing the interests of deaf and hard of hearing people. Following this fellowship, Professor Rovner taught at Syracuse University College of Law, where she served as the Director of the Public Interest Law Firm, a clinical legal education program with a focus on civil rights and public interest litigation, and most recently, was the Director of Clinical Education and founder of the Civil Rights Project at the University of North Dakota School of Law. At the University of Denver College of Law, Rovner teaches in the Civil Rights Clinic, which represents clients in cases involving prisoners’ rights, disability rights and employment discrimination.

Robin Walker Sterling

Assistant Professor

Law School Clinical Program

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Robin Walker Sterling is a graduate of Yale College and New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, and Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned an L.L.M. in Clinical Advocacy. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She then served as the Stuart-Stiller Teaching Fellow in the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellows program at Georgetown University Law Center, representing adults and children charged with criminal offenses in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia while supervising third-year law students in the Juvenile Justice Clinic. Professor Walker Sterling then worked as a staff attorney in the trial division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), representing adults and children charged with criminal and delinquency offenses. Professor Walker Sterling followed her tenure at PDS with a position as a Supervising Attorney at the Children’s Law Center, where she trained and supervised guardians ad litem handling dependency, adoption, and guardianship cases. For the last three years, Professor Walker Sterling has worked as the Special Counsel with the National Juvenile Defender Center, a juvenile defense policy advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.

Professor Walker Sterling’s research and teaching interests include clinical advocacy, criminal law, and juvenile justice. Professor Walker Sterling’s current work in progress explores extending the right to a jury trial to juveniles facing delinquency proceedings.

  • Juvenile Life without Parole and Juvenile Sex Offender Registration: Two Sides of the Same Unconstitutional Coin, 82 University of Chicago Law Review ____ (forthcoming 2015).
  • Defense Attorney Resistance, 99 Iowa Law Review 2245 (2014).
  • Fundamental Unfairness: In re Gault and the Road Not Taken, 72 Maryland Law Review (April 2013).
  • “Children Are Different:” Implicit Bias, Rehabilitation, and the “New” Juvenile Jurisprudence, 46 Loyola Los Angeles Law Review 1019 (2013).
  • A Broken Shield: A Plea for Formality in the Juvenile Justice System, 13 University of Maryland Journal of Race, Rreligion, Gender and Class 237 (2013).
  • On Surviving Legal De-Education: An Allegory for a Renaissance in Legal Education, 91 Denver Law Review 211 (2013).
  • Raising Race, The Champion,, April 2011.
  • Stories Told and Untold: Lawyering Theory Analyses of the First Rodney King Assault Trial, co-authored with Anthony Amsterdam, Randy Hertz et. al., 12 Clinical Law Review 1 (2005).

Lindsey Webb

Assistant Professor

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Lindsey Webb supervises students in the Civil Rights Clinic. She graduated from Wesleyan University and Stanford Law School. She also spent two years as a Prettyman Fellow in the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C., where she earned her LLM in Advocacy. After graduation from law school, Webb worked as a Deputy State Public Defender in the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. In this capacity, she represented people accused of misdemeanors and felonies, in addition to children accused of crimes in juvenile court. She also worked as an attorney in the appellate division of the Public Defender’s Office, where she handled direct appeals of felony convictions. At Georgetown Law School, Webb supervised law students enrolled in the Criminal Justice Clinic in their representation of persons accused of misdemeanors in the District of Columbia, and taught weekly classes on trial advocacy skills. Prior to joining the Civil Rights Clinic, she served as the Director of Public Interest and a Lecturer at Denver Law, where she taught doctrinal and trial advocacy courses in addition to serving on the faculty of the Legal Externship and Public Interest Practicum programs.