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Federico Cheever is Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. After graduating from Stanford University (B.A./M.A. 1981) and UCLA (J.D. 1986), and clerking for Judge Harry Pregerson of United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Los Angeles (1986-1987), he came to Denver as an Associate Attorney for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (1987-1989). With a few exceptions, he has been in Denver ever since. In 1990, he briefly commuted to Boulder to be a Research Fellow at Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado School of Law. Between 1990 and 1993, he was an associate at the law firm Faegre & Benson, in Denver, doing commercial and environmental litigation. He began teaching at the University of Denver College of Law in 1993 specializing in Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, Public Land Law, Land Conservation Transactions and Property. Professor Cheever served as the Hughes/Rudd Research Professor at the University of Denver College of Law 2002. He briefly left Denver again in 2000 to be a Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. He served as a Visiting Professor at Northwestern Law School, Lewis & Clark College during the summer of 2005. In 2007 he was a visiting research fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT. From 2005-2007 he served as an adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines, teaching Environmental Law. In 2006 he was selected DU Law Star for excellence in teaching. In 2011, the students of the College of Law chose Prof. Cheever the Most Outstanding Faculty Member for that year.
Professor Cheever writes extensively about the Endangered Species Act, federal public land law and land conservation transactions. He has recently co-authored a natural resources casebook, Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases, with Christine Klein and Bret Birdsong (3rd ed. 2013).
Over the years, Professor Cheever has represented environmental groups in cases under the Endangered Species Act, the National Forest Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Wilderness Act and a number of other environmental laws. While in private practice he also represented regulated parties in disputes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Clean Air Act.
Between 2009 and 2014, Professor Cheever served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Law.
Distinguished Jurist in Residence and Co-Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program, University of Denver Sturm College
CAREER: Justice, Colorado Supreme Court May 1, 1996-August 31, 2015.
J.D. University of California, Berkeley 1971, Order of the Coif, Supreme Court Editor California Law Review; Co-Editor and Author, Anthem, Boalt Hall Literary Magazine. B.A. University of Notre Dame 1966, Magna Cum Laude, History Major. Attended St. Joseph’s College, 1963-1964 (Minor Seminary for Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco).
Practiced law with emphasis on water, environment, land use, and transportation. Partner Hobbs, Trout & Raley P.C. 1992-1996; Partner, Davis, Graham & Stubbs 1979-1992; Assistant Attorney General, State of Colorado, Natural Resources Section 1975-1979; Enforcement Attorney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1973-1975; Associate, Cooper, White and Cooper (San Francisco) 1972-1973.
Law Clerk to Judge William E. Doyle, United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals 1971-1972.
Taught sixth grade at St.Paul’s Catholic School in New York City 1967 and served in the Peace Corps with wife Bobbie in Colombia 1967-1968.
PROFESSIONAL: Admitted to practice in Colorado and California (inactive). Member, American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Fellow American Bar Foundation, Fellow, Colorado Bar Association. Former Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, Master’s Program in Environmental Policy and Management, University of Denver. Frequent teacher water history, culture, paleo-hydrology, and law.
CURRENT CIVIC: Vice-President, Colorado Foundation for Water Education and Chair of Publications Committee. Co-Convener, Dividing the Waters Educational Project, National Judicial College. Chair, Water Court Committee, Colorado Supreme Court. Member Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Commission.
PAST CIVIC: Chair, Judicial Advisory Council, Colorado Supreme Court. Liaison Justice to Civil Rules Committee, Colorado Supreme Court. Member, Access to Justice Commission. Vice Chair, Colorado Air Quality Commission. Vice-Chair, Denver Metropolitan Regional Air Quality Council. Member, Metropolitan Transportation Development Commission. Member, Governor’s Water Roundtable. Member, Governor’s Transportation Roundtable. Member, Colorado Wilderness Air Quality Related Values Task Force. Scoutmaster, Troop 13, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. District Chairman, Frontier District, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
BOOKS AUTHORED: Member, Colorado Authors League. Author of In Praise of Fair Colorado, The Practice of Poetry, History and Judging (Bradford Publishing Co. 2004). Colorado Mother of Rivers, Water Poems (Colorado Foundation for Water Education 2005). The Public’s Water Resource, Articles on Water Law, History, and Culture (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. 2007). Living the Four Corners, Colorado Centennial State at the Headwaters (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. 2010). Into The Grand (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. 2012).
For detailed personal and professional background and article authorships, see Guide to the Papers of Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., Water Resources Archives, Morgan Library, Colorado State University
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 15, 1944, in Gainesville, Florida. Married to Barbara Hay Hobbs since June 17, 1967. Father of Daniel Gregory Hobbs (born Nov. 30, 1968) and Emily Mary Hobbs (born May 8, 1971). Grand- father of Joan, Kyle, Shannon, Ella, Quinn, Grace. Eagle Scout, Member of Philmont Ranch Committee, Boy Scouts of America; Staff Member Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico 1962-1966, 1968-69.
Brad Bartlett is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Environmental Law Clinic. Brad has practiced public interest environmental law for over 15 years and founded the Western Energy Justice Project (formerly the Energy Minerals Law Center) in Durango, Colorado with the mission of providing free or low-cost legal services to rural and tribal communities as well as conservation interests adversely and/or disproportionately impacted by energy development. Brad is former litigation counsel for the Western Mining Action Project, representing tribal and public interests on hard-rock mining issues in the West, and staff attorney at Western Resource Advocates where he litigated, among others, oil and gas and public land issues in the public interest. Brad previously worked as an associate with Yuhnke & Associates in Boulder, Colorado where he specialized in citizen suit litigation against major polluters on the behalf of impacted communities. After law school, Brad worked briefly for National Wildlife Federation. Brad graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law’s environmental and American Indian law programs in 1998.
Lecturer & Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Assistant Professor of the Practice
K.K. DuVivier graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a double major in English and Geology. She interned in the mineral departments of the Smithsonian Institution and the Hudson River Museum and then joined the American subsidiary of the French company COGEMA (currently Areva NC) as an exploration geologist. For three and a half years, she mapped, logged core, and coordinated field operations in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico, before leaving to attend law school at the University of Denver. She received the Order of St. Ives when she graduated in 1982 and immediately started practice in natural resources law, first at Sherman & Howard and then at Arnold & Porter.
While her children were young, Prof. DuVivier worked as an Assistant City Attorney for the City and County of Denver and as the Reporter of Decisions for the Colorado Court of Appeals. She started full-time teaching at the University of Colorado School of Law in 1990, and she joined the faculty at DU in 2000. In 2013, she won the Sturm Faculty Excellence Award for “Best Professor.”
Prof. DuVivier has taught a variety of subjects over the years, including Energy Law, Renewable Energy Law, Civil Procedure, Mining Law, Legal Research & Writing, Local Government, Wills & Trusts, and Environmental Law. She served as Director of DU’s Lawyering Process Program from 2000 to 2007 and hosted the 2007 Association of Legal Writing Director’s Conference. In 2008, she returned to natural resources, teaching both Energy Law and Mining Law. From 2009-2010, she was designated Director of DU Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. She also has taught energy and renewable energy courses as a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark Law School and at the University of Houston Law Center.
Prof. DuVivier is a Trustee-at-Large for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. She also has served in a number of officer capacities for the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Natural Resources and Energy Section, including Chair of this AALS section in 2014. Since 2010, she has been a Vice-Chair for the Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) of the American Bar Association (ABA). Prof. DuVivier currently serves as her school’s Advisory Board Representative to the Institute of Energy Law in the Center for American and International Law in Plano, Texas, and her past service includes six years as Vice-Chair of the ABA Hard Minerals Committee and ten years as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Appellate Practice Subcommittee of the Litigation Section of the Colorado Bar Association. In 2006, she was inducted as a member of the American Law Institute (ALI).
Prof. DuVivier’s book, The Renewable Energy Reader (Carolina Academic Press 2011), was the first devoted exclusively to U.S. renewable energy law. She also has created a website www.RenewableEnergyReader.com to support the book. She continues to present in numerous national and international forums and has published over one hundred articles in bar journals and law reviews. Her current focus is on renewable energy issues, specifically solar and wind.
In 2008, Prof. DuVivier and her husband, Lance Wright, designed and built a near zero energy home following German Passive House principles. Their home is frequently featured in sustainability tours and won the Colorado Renewable Energy Society’s 2012 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Design in Buildings Award for the Residential-New Construction category in 2012.
John A Carver, Jr. Professor of Law
Jan Laitos holds the John A. Carver Jr. Chair at the Sturm College of Law. He is 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, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and the University of Western Sydney, Australia.
Kevin Lynch graduated magna cum laude from Rice University before attending New York University School of Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Environmental Law Journal and graduated magna cum laude. Professor Lynch joined the faculty in 2009 as the Environmental Law Clinical Fellow, and he currently still teaches in the Environmental Law Clinic. Prior to attending law school, he worked in the energy industry, and before joining the faculty he was a junior attorney at Environmental Defense Fund’s office in Boulder, Colorado. Professor Lynch has experience working at the state and federal level on regulatory and permitting issues related to climate change, air quality, and energy policy, as well as litigation experience in federal courts regarding air pollution, public lands, and wildlife. His scholarship focuses on civil procedure and access to courts.
Professor and Animal Legal Defense Fund Professor of Law
Professor Marceau joined the College of Law in 2008. The focus of his teaching and scholarship includes criminal law, criminal procedure, federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, habeas corpus, the death penalty, and animal law. He graduated first in his class from Boston College and from Harvard Law School, cum laude. He co-wrote the West case book on the Death Penalty (2016), a Carolina Press case book on Habeas Corpus (2012), and has published extensively on issues involving civil rights and post-conviction review. His most recent articles have been published in, among other places, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, and the George Washington Law Review. He has previously been voted best teacher of the year.
Professor Marceau holds what is believed to be the first animal law chair in the country, the Animal Legal Defense Fund Professorship. He was recognized as 2016 Vermont Law School Distinguished Scholar in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and spent two weeks in residence at the Vermont Law School. He is actively researching a variety of food and animal law issues in preparation for a variety of courses and articles he hopes to pursue in the future.
Professor Marceau remains an active litigator. He has represented capital prisoners, non-capital prisoners, individuals and a variety of professional organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. He works on cutting edge constitutional, civil rights and criminal cases.
Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Marceau clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked as an Assistant Federal Public Defender.
Evans University Professor Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law
Professor Nanda has taught at the University of Denver since 1965. In addition to his scholarly achievements, he is significantly involved in the global international law community. He is Past President of the World Jurist Association and now its Honorary President, former honorary Vice President of the American Society of International Law and now its counselor, and a member of the advisory council of the United States Institute of Human Rights. He was formerly the United States Delegate to the World Federation of the United Nations Associations, Geneva, and Vice-Chair of its Executive Council, and also served on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association-USA. He also serves as an elected member of the American Law Institute and as a council member for the American Bar Association Section of International Law.
In 2006 Professor Nanda was honored with a $1 million founding gift from DU alumni Doug and Mary Scrivner to launch the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law. The Center began its programming in 2007, hosting programs for the lawyers, students and community participants as well as promoting scholarship in the field of international law.
In February 2004, Professor Nanda was awarded the “Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for Community Peace Building” from Soka Gakkai International and Morehouse College. In 1990 in Beijing, China, Professor Nanda was presented with the “World Legal Scholar” award by the World Jurist Association. He was also the recipient of the United Nations Association Human Rights Award in 1997. He has received honorary doctorates from Soka University in Tokyo, Japan and from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India. He is widely published in law journals and national magazines, has authored or co-authored 22 books in the various fields of international law and over 180 chapters and major law review articles, and has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Scholar at a number of universities in the United States and abroad.
Associate Professor with Tenure
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.
Professor of Law Emeritus
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 specialized environmental courts and tribunals (ECTs), access to environmental justice, sustainable development, human rights, resource development, and nature preservation. While at Denver Law, Prof. Pring taught numerous courses including International Environmental Law, International Water Law, Environmental Law, Water Law, Public Land and Resources Law, Administrative Law, and Constitutional Law.
Professor Pring and his wife, Kitty Pring are Co-directors of the University of Denver Environmental Courts and Tribunals Study (at http://www.law.du.edu/ect-study), and authored the first comparative book on this exploding phenomenon, Greening Justice: Creating and Improving Environmental Courts and Tribunals. He has authored and co-authored a number of other books, articles, encyclopedia chapters, and studies, including a leading treatise on International Environmental Law and the book SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out, under a National Science Foundation grant, which first named and drew international attention to the problem of “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” or “SLAPPs” – abusive lawsuits designed to chill citizens’ communications with their government.
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 has served as chair of the State of Colorado Hazardous Waste Commission, adjunct professor in the graduate Environmental Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines, and is co-founder and vice president for conservation of the Clear Creek Land Conservancy.
Assistant Provost of IE Research and Curriculum Initiatives for University of Denver
Professor Romero is an Associate Professor of Law and is Affiliated Faculty with the Department of History. He teaches and researches in the areas of the legal history of the American West, Latinos and the law, school desegregation in multiracial contexts, property, land use, water law, and urban development and local government in the United States and Latin America. His work on such topics have appeared in the Colorado Law Review, the Utah Law Review, the New Mexico Law Review, the Albany Law Review, the Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice, the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, the Oregon Review of International Law, and the Chicano-Latino Law Review, among others. A native Denverite and undergraduate alum of the University of Denver, Dr. Romero is graduate of the University of Michigan where he received his J.D. and Ph.D. in history.
Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2010, Dr. Romero was a Professor of Law and History at Hamline University School of Law. From 2000-2003, he also served as the Western Legal Studies Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Center of the American West, Law School and Department of History. There, he completed a statewide survey of resources related to the legal history of Colorado and wrote a regular “historical perspective” column for the state bar journal, The Colorado Lawyer.
At the University of Michigan, Dr. Romero acted as a contributing editor of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, worked with the legal counsel of the student interveners in Gratz v. Bollinger, 539 US 244 (2003), and spent time in Lima, Peru as a consultant on 19th century American property law for Hernando De Soto in his book: The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. As part of this project, Dr. Romero also collaborated with Peruvian civil lawyers and their work in formalizing title to property that is occupied by families and individuals possessing tracts of land.
Currently, Dr. Romero is revising a book manuscript on multiracial formation and the law in post-World War II Denver, Colorado; where among other aspect of the analysis, he extensively explores Keyes v. School Board No. One, 413 US 189 (1973) (the first non-Southern school desegregation case to reach the United States Supreme Court). In collaboration with the Denver Law Review, Dr. Romero has helped to put together a special symposium analyzing the impact and importance of the Keyes case since it was decided in 1973. As Assistant Vice-Provost for IE Research and Curriculum Initiatives for the larger university, Tom will be working to make the University of Denver one of the premier institutions in the country for the rigorous study of social and institutional inequality through the University’s IRISE initiative.
Dr. Romero is on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy & Research Organization (CLLARO) and is an active member of LatCrit, Inc., Law and Society, the American Studies Association, the Western History Association, and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Associate Professor of the Practice
Director, Environmental & Natural Resources Law & Policy Graduate Program
Don C. Smith is the former Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law JD and Graduate Programs at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He specializes in environmental law, with particular emphasis on environmental law and policy of the European Union.
Mr. Smith formerly worked as a water policy advisor for Kansas Gov. John W. Carlin. After leaving Gov. Carlin’s office he served as the governor’s appointee to the Kansas Water Commission.
He practiced natural resources law before joining the legal publishing arm of McGraw-Hill, where he was an associate publisher. He has also served as a publisher for an Anglo-Dutch publishing company, Reed-Elsevier, where he was responsible for a series of publications (e.g., “The Air Pollution Consultant” and “The Hazardous Waste Consultant”) about U.S. environmental regulations. He has also had extensive experience working on publications involving European Union environmental and energy policy.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Colorado Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA), and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.
He serves as editor-in-editor of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, a peer-reviewed publication affiliated with the Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Section of the IBA. He formerly served on the editorial advisory board for the Manual of European Environmental Policy, published by the Institute of European Environmental Policy in London.
Mr. Smith and Judge David Edward, who served on the Court of Justice of the European Union from 1992-2004, have collaborated on a “first of its kind” web-based oral history involving the life and career of Judge Edward. The oral history includes nearly 15 hours of streaming video and audio as well as the full-text of nearly 100 articles written by Judge Edward, who is widely recognized as one of the most influential judges ever to sit on the Court of Justice.
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the April 1951 signing of the Treaty of Paris, which established the European Coal and Steel Community, he produced a documentary Jean Monnet: Father of Europe. The documentary features the life and career of Mr. Monnet, whose ideas established the underpinnings of today’s European Union. The documentary was filmed in Europe.
Prof. Wiersema’s research focuses on international environmental law, with particular emphasis on international wildlife law, species and biodiversity conservation, and forest conservation. Her most recent work addresses debates about markets for endangered species and the REDD+ program under the international climate change regime. In addition, she writes about the structure of the international environmental legal system, having addressed the role of conferences of the parties in international law-making. Prof. Wiersema’s work breaks down the traditional division of local, national, and international perspectives and is deeply informed by theories of ecological complexity and scientific uncertainty.
Prof. Wiersema was Director of the International Legal Studies Program at the Sturm College of Law from 2013-2015 and held the Ved P. Nanda Chair. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Prof. Wiersema was an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and worked in the Denver office of Arnold and Porter LLP as a litigation associate. Prof. Wiersema was the George W. Foley, Jr. Fellow in Environmental Law at Harvard Law School from 1999-2000 and spent time as a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2001.
Professor Edward Ziegler is retired from the University of Denver. He is a founder and past president of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and he was the inaugural holder of the Robert B. Yegge Memorial Research Chair and a Professor of Law at the Sturm College of law. He is a frequent speaker and noted scholar on zoning and urban planning law. Professor Ziegler has published in professional journals throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. His writings, which include the teaching casebook Land Use Regulation, published by Aspen Co., and the five-volume treatise The Law of Zoning and Planning, by Thomson-West, are widely cited and quoted in land use cases by state appellate courts as well as by the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Ziegler’s consulting, research projects, and lectures on land use planning have included projects for the City of Paris, the European Network for Housing Research based in Sweden, the Austrian Science Fund, the Federal Institute for Spatial and Landscape Planning in Zurich, Switzerland, and the Shanghai Institute of Urban Planning and Design. He is a European Union Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar in the field of urban planning and sustainable development law and recently gave a series of lectures as a visiting scholar at the University of Trento, the University of Regensburg, the University of Barcelona, the Pantheon-Sorbonne University of Paris I, and the European Institute for Federal and Regional Studies in Bolzano, Italy. His article “Megapolitan Growth Management for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century” published in the International Journal of Law in the Built Environment recently received a 2010 Emerald Literati Award for Excellence in Scholarship by Emerald Group Publishing Limited in the United Kingdom. His most recent article, “American Cities, the Automobile, and Regional Transportation Planning: The Quest for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century” was published in Chinese in 2012 in the Journal of Urban Planning International published by the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design and the Ministry of Construction of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Beijing.
Professor Ziegler is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, holds a J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky Law School, and received the advanced LL.M. degree in public law with highest honors from the National Law Center of George Washington University.