J. Robert Brown, Jr.


Chauncey Wilson Memorial Research Chair

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For more than two decades, J. Robert Brown has taught corporate and securities law, with a particular emphasis on corporate governance. He has authored numerous publications in the area and several of his articles have been cited by the US Supreme Court. Brown has also spent considerable time abroad, particularly in the former Soviet Union, advising governments in these areas. From 2000 – 2004, Brown served the University of Denver Sturm College of Law as an associate dean for academic affairs. He is an arbitrator for the FINRA and, among other outside activities, serves as the chairman of the board of directors of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

  • The Future Direction of Delaware Law (Including a Brief Exegesis on Fee Shifting Bylaws), 92 Denver University Law Review Online 14 (2015).
  • Brief for Amici Curiae Scholars of the Constitutional Rights of Children in Support of Respondent Edith Windsor Addressing the Merits and Supporting Affirmance, co-authored with Catherine Smith, Kyle Velte, Susannah Pollvogt, Tanya Washington, (2015).
  • Comment on Rule 14a-8(i)(9), Securities and Exchange Commission, June 30, 2015, (2015).
  • Comment Letter on Rule 14a-8(I)(10), Securities & Exchange Commission, June 18, 2015, (2015).
  • Legislative Proposals to Modernize Business Development Companies and Expand Investment Opportunities, Testimony Before the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, (2015).
  • Staying in the Delaware Corporate Governance Lane: Fee Shifting Bylaws and a Legislative Reaffirmation of the Rules of the Road, 54 Bank and Corporate Governance Law Reporter 4 (2015).
  • The Proxy Plumbing Release Revisited and the Need for Version 2.0, 91 Denv. U. L. Rev. Online (2014).
  • Essay: Law Faculty Blogs and Disruptive Innovation, 2 Journal of Law (1. J. Legal Metrics) 525 (2013).
  • Introduction: The JOBS Act, Denver University Law Review Online (April 2013).
  • Administrative Law: A Casebook , co-authored with Roberto Corrada and Bernard Schwartz, 8th edition, Wolters Kluwer (forthcoming December 2013).
  • Data Collection, the SEC, and Regulation D: A Comment on Securities Act Release No. 9416, comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (October 28, 2013).
  • Financial Institutions, the Market, and the Continuing Problem of Executive Compensation, Financial Institutions, the Market, and the Continuing Problem of Executive Compensation, Americans for Financial Reform and the Roosevelt Institute, Nov. 12, 2013.
  • Essay: The Politicization of Corporate Governance: Bureaucratic Discretion, the SEC, and Shareholder Ratification of Auditors , to be published by the Harvard Business Law Review (2012).
  • Corporate Governance: Cases and Materials, book chapter, Lexis-Nexis (2012).
  • Dodd-Frank, Compensation Ratios, and the Expanding Role of Shareholders in the Governance Process, 2 HARV. BUS. L. REV. ONLINE 91 (2011).
  • Returning Fairness to Executive Compensation, North Dakota Law Review, Vol. 84 (2009).
  • Opting Only In: Nexus of Contracts and Waiver of Liability Provisions, co-authored with Gopalan, 42 Indiana L. Rev. 285 (2009).
  • The SEC, Corporate Governance, and Shareholder Access to the Board Room, 2008 Utah L. Rev. 1339.
  • Of Empires, Independents and Captives: Law Blogging, Law Scholarship, and Law School Rankings, U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-04 (2008).
  • Disclosure, Corporate Governance, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Limits of Disclosure, 57 Catholic Law Review 45 (Fall 2007).
  • Of Blogs, Law School Rankings, and Accessing the Blogosphere, U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-33, posted July 28, 2007.
  • Disloyalty without Limits: “Independent” Directors and the Elimination of the Duty of Loyalty, 95 Ky L. Rev. 53 (2006-2007).
  • Criticizing the Critics: Sarbanes-Oxley and Quack Corporate Governance, 90 Marquette L. Rev. 309 (Winter 2006).
  • The Irrelevance of State Law in the Governance of Public Corporations, 38 University of Richmond Law Review 317 (January 2004), cited in Kramer v. Liberty Prop. Trust, 2009 Md. LEXIS 34 n. 13 (Md. Ct. App. March 23, 2009).
  • Speaking with Complete Candor: Shareholder Ratification and the Elimination of the Duty of Loyalty, 54 Hastings Law Review 641 (March 2003).
  • Neutral Assignment of Judges at the Court of Appeals, co-authored with Lee, 78 Texas L. Rev. 1037 (April 2000), cited as authority in Jenkins v. Bellsouth Corp., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27582 (ND Ala. Sept. 13, 2002).
  • Corporate Governance Reform in the Former Soviet Union, co-authored with Shkurupiy, 7 Columbia Journal of Eastern European Affairs 629 (2000).
  • Judge Warren Jones and the Supreme Court of Dixie, co-authored with Lee and Shakely, 59 Louisiana State University Law Journal 209 (Fall 1998).
  • Culture, Chaos and Capitalism: Privatization in Kazakhstan, 19 Pa.J.Int'l Economic Law 909 (Winter 1998).
  • Of Banks, Brokers and the Case for Regulatory Intervention in the Russian Securities Markets, 32 Stanford International Law Journal 185 (1996).
  • Order from Disorder and the Development of the Russian Securities Markets, 15 U. Pa. J. Int'l Business Law 509 (Winter 1995).
  • The Great Fall: The Consequences of Repealing the Glass-Steagall Act, 2 Stanford J. of Law, Bus. & Finance 129 (Fall 1995).
  • Industrial Policy and the Dangers of Emulating Japan, 27 George Washington J. of Int'l Law and Economics 1 (1994).
  • The Japanese Administrative State and the Regulation of Advertisements by Investment Advisors, 12 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Review 237 (Spring 1994).
  • Japanese Banking Reform and the Occupation Legacy: Decompartmentalization, Deregulation, and Decentralization, 21 Denver J. Int'l Law 361 (1993).
  • The Duty of Candor, 2 J. Corp. Disc. & Conf. 341 (1991).
  • Discrimination, Managerial Discretion and the Corporate Contract, 26 Wake Forest Law Review 541 (1991).
  • Mandatory Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership, 1 J. Corp. Disc. & Conf. 241 (1990).
  • In Defense of Management Buyouts, 65 Tulane L. Rev. 57 (1990).
  • Rationalizing The Disclosure Process: The Summary Annual Report, co-authored with Detore, 39 Case Western Law Review 39 (March 1989), reprinted in SECURITIES LAW REVIEW (Clark Boardman; 1990).
  • Regulatory Intervention in the Market for Corporate Control, 23 U.C. (Davis) L. Rev. 1 (1989).
  • The Shareholder Communication Rules and the Securities & Exchange Commission: An Exercise in Regulatory Utility or Futility?, 13 J. of Corp. Law 683 (1988), cited in Delaware v. New York, 507 U.S. 490 (1993); Krim v., 402 F.3d 489 (5th Cir. March 1, 2005); Regulation of Securityholder Communications, Exchange Act Release No. 29315 (June 17, 1991).
  • Corporate Secrecy, the Federal Securities Laws, and the Disclosure of Ongoing Negotiations, 36 Cath. L. Rev. 93 (1987), cited favorably in Basic, Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 n.12 (1988).
  • Corporate Communications and the Federal Securities Laws, 53 George Wash. L. R. 741 (1985), cited in In re Intelligroup Secs. Litig., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95735 (D. NJ Dec. 20, 2006); and in Acceleration of Periodic Report Filing Dates and Disclosure Concerning Website Access to Reports, Exchange Act Release No. 45741, n. 24 (April 12, 2002); The Regulation of Securities Offerings, Securities Act Release No. 7606A (Nov. 13, 1998); Regulation of Takeovers and Security Holder Communications, Securities Act Release No. 7607 (Nov. 3, 1998).
  • Reassessing United States Policy in the Persian Gulf, Global Perspectives 47 (Spring 1984).
  • The Witness and Grand Jury Secrecy, 11 Amer. J. of Crim. Law 169 (1983), reprinted in CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW (1984); cited in Butterworth v. Smith, 494 U.S. 624 (1990); McClatchy Newspapers v. Superior Court Of Fresno Cty, 44 Cal. 3d 1162; 751 P.2d 1329; 1988 Cal. LEXIS 85; 245 Cal. Rptr. 774; 15 Media L. Rep. 1529 (Cal. 1988).

Phoenix Cai

Director, Roche International Business LLM Program and Associate Professor

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Prof. Cai received her B.A. in Italian and International Relations from Washington University in St. Louis and her J.D. from University of California Berkeley School of Law, where she was a member of the California Law Review and Order of the Coif. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, Prof. Cai was a corporate associate with the law firms of Morrison & Foerster, LLP (San Francisco) and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP (Chicago), specializing in both domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, banking, finance and securities law. Prof. Cai is the founding director of the Roche LLM in International Business Transactions, an intensive and experiential graduate program geared at training both U.S. and foreign lawyers in private transactional law. Prof. Cai teaches Property, International Law, International Trade, International Sales, and Drafting and Negotiation in an International Business Context. Prof. Cai is a native of Xiamen, China and is fluent in a number of languages.

  • Making Remedies Work for Developing Nations: The Need for Class Actions, in International Law, Convention and Justice, David A. Frenkel, ed., Athens Institute for Education and Research (September 2011).
  • Making Remedies Work for Developing Nations: The Need for Class Actions, 25 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 151 (September 27, 2011).
  • Think Big and Ignore the Law: U.S. Corn and Ethanol Subsidies and WTO Law, 40 Geo. J. Int'l L. 865 (2009).
  • Aid for Trade: A Roadmap for Success, 36 Denver J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 101 (2008).
  • Between Intensive Care and the Crematorium: Using the Standard of Review to Restore Balance to the WTO, 15 Tulane J. Int’l & Comp. L. 465 (2007).

K.K. DuVivier


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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 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.

Rashmi Goel

Associate Professor

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Born and raised in Canada, Rashmi Goel brings to bear her experience on both sides of the border in her Criminal Law class and in her upper-level seminars, Multiculturalism, Race and the Law and Comparative Law. These courses reflect her interest in culturally specific adjudication – the use of a litigant’s cultural background to formulate a particular adjudicative process or outcome. In conjunction with her ongoing research and scholarship in this area, she has also developed expertise in international criminal law and restorative justice. Outside the law school, Goel puts her knowledge in these areas to work in Colorado and California, helping to establish dispute-resolution mechanisms for high school students.

Jeffrey H. Hartje

Associate Professor

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Jeffrey Hartje clerked for a federal judge and practiced law as a private law firm attorney, federal public defender, and Legal Services law reform director for nine years before founding and directing the clinical law program at Gonzaga University Law School. Hired as a clinical director at the University of Denver College of Law in 1987, he founded the Meditation and Arbitration Clinic and has served as the supervising professor in the Student Law Office’s civil and criminal representation clinics. He founded and for several years directed the Lawyering Process Program and the Chancellors Scholars Program. In addition, he has served as the Sturm College’s associate dean for academic affairs. Hartje has also been the chair of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Clinical Legal Education, a founder / charter member of the Clinical Legal Education Association and a founding advisory board member of the Clinical Law Review. He has been a consultant to the National Legal Services Corp, the U.S. Department of Education and to a number of law schools, including the University of Dayton and Toledo University. He has taught in law programs in Japan, Australia, Argentina and Chile.

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.

Ved P. Nanda


Evans University Professor Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law

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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.

  • The Law of Transnational Business Transactions co-authored with Ralph Lake), (Thomson Reuters) (spring 2014).
  • Litigation of International Disputes in U.S. Courts co-authored with David Pansius, (Thomson Reuters) (spring 2014).
  • Limitations on Government Debt and Deficits in the United States, American Journal of Comparative Law (spring 2014).
  • Human Right Must be at the Core of Post-2015 International Development Agenda, 75 Mont. L. Rev. (April 2014).
  • Conflict of Laws Annual Survey of Colorado Law 2014, Colorado Bar Association) (2014).
  • Human Rights of Women and Children under International Law: An Introduction, 42 Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 101 (2014).
  • Conflict Minerals and International Business: United States and International Responses, 20 ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law 285 (2014).
  • The Future Under International Law of the Responsibility to Protect After Libya and Syria, Mich. St. Int’l. L. Rev. (2013).
  • The Contribution of Nongovernmental Organizations in Strengthening and Shaping International Human Rights Law: The Successful Drives to Ban Landmines and to Create an International Criminal Court, Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution (forthcoming Fall 2012).
  • The Arab Spring, the Responsibility to Protect, and U.S. Foreign Policy – Some Preliminary Thoughts, 41 Denv. J. Int’l L. & Pol’y 7 (2012).
  • Climate Change and Environmental Ethics,, Ved Nanda, ed., Transaction Publishers (2012).
  • International Environmental Law and Policy for the 21st Century, co-authored with Rock Pring, 2nd revised edition, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (2012).
  • Revolution, Democracy and the Critical Role of Constitution-Making: Some Preliminary Thoughts, 89 Denv. U. L. Rev. 581 (2012).
  • Strides against poverty, Denver Post, September 25 (2010).
  • Singh visit assuages Indians' fears, Denver Post, November 29, 2009—Op-Ed.
  • Chapter 6, International Law, Nuclear Weapons, and Twenty-First Century Insecurity, in THE CHALLENGE OF ABOLISHING NUCLEAR WEAPONS (David Krieger ed. 2009).
  • The European Union’s Multinational Carbon Trading Program, 85 DENV. U. L. REV. 995 (2008).
  • Selected Aspects of international Trade and the world Trade Organization’s Doha Round, 36 DENV. J. INT’L L. & POL’Y 255 (2008).

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.

Paula Rhodes

Associate Professor

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Professor Rhodes specializes in international human rights with an emphasis on economic rights, the role of intergovernmental organizations and regulation of multinational corporations. In addition to serving as director of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s LLM in American & Comparative Law Program for international lawyers from outside the United States, Rhodes is the chair of the college’s admissions committee and its Committee on Internationalization & Globalization. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Louisiana and U.S. Supreme Court bars. She is also the chair of the Sam Carey Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee. A member of the Society of Friends, Rhodes is a human rights and peace activist who has participated on the committees and boards of many nonprofit organizations, including the American Friends Service Committee, whose board of directors she served as vice-chairperson / associate clerk. She also has served as chairwoman of the Stiles African American Heritage Center’s “Quilting & the Quest for Freedom” project.

Don C. Smith

Professor of the Practice and Director

Director, Environmental & Natural Resources Law & Policy Graduate Program

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Don C. Smith is the 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 law. 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 serves on the editorial advisory board for the Manual of European Environmental Policy.

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.

  • Social License to Operate: Hydraulic Fracturing-Related Challenges Facing the Oil & Gas Industry, co-authored with Jessica Marie Richards , Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association Special Institute on International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development and Investment, Cartagena, Columbia, April 22, 2015.
  • Energy and the Environment: An International Perspective (chapter) in forthcoming revised edition International Law & Policy for the 21st Century 2nd Ed. (V. Nanda and George “Rock” Pring, editors).
  • The Miraculous Dawn of the European Union, 60 Years Ago Today,, April 18, 2011.
  • Obama: Prospects for Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy Focus, January/February 2009, at 88.
  • Utilities: The Challenge of Integration, Renewable Energy Focus, January/February 2009, at 32.
  • WGA to Tackle US Transmission?, Renewable Energy Focus, March/April 2009, at 28.
  • Políticas de energía y cambio climático de los Estados Unidos al inicio de la administración Obama: Legislación, regulación o ambas, ” (“Energy and Climate Change Policies in the United States at the beginning of the Obama Administration: Legislation, Regulation, or Both) 19 Revista de Derecho Ambiental 257 (2009).
  • Opinion: Udall to Battle it out for Senate, Renewable Energy Focus, September/October 2007, at 20.
  • Commentary: Landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision puts U.S. on likely path to regulating greenhouse gas emissions, Utilities Policy 15 (2007) 215-222.
  • US public getting the message?, Renewable Energy Focus, July/August 2007, at 18.
  • Commentary: US Court changes the GHG landscape: To what extent could a recent US Supreme Court ruling affect environmental policy?, Refocus: The International Renewable Energy Magazine, May/June 2007, at 12.
  • Commentary: Election to force US energy policy shift?, Refocus: The International Renewable Energy Magazine, March/April 2007, at 26.
  • Hydrogen’s Silver Bullet?, Refocus: The International Renewable Energy Magazine, January/February 2007, at 26.
  • California Solar Initiative: Increasing the Uptake of Solar Technologies in the U.S., Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, March/April 2006, at 54.
  • Gulf Wind: Harnessing Offshore Wind Off the Coast of Texas, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, January/February 2006, at 33.
  • State Power: The Growing Uptake of RE Portfolio Standards in the U.S., Refocus: The International Renewable Energy Magazine, September/October 2006, at 49.
  • Judge David Edward Oral History, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (public release August 2006); with Edward, D
  • 60 Years After V-E Day: Peace led to European Union, Perspective Section, THE DENVER POST, May 8, 2005.
  • Commentary: European Greens Face 'Good News' and 'Bad News', The Electricy Daily, MAY 31, 2005.
  • Commentary: Kyoto Enters Into Force Amid Embarrassing European Union Disagreement on Emissions Targets, The Electricy Daily, Feb. 19, 2005.
  • Enabling Renewable Energy: An Interview With Dan E. Arvizu, New Director of NREL, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, May/June 2005, at 62.
  • RE Gains? The U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, September/October 2005, at 45.
  • Solar Thermal Added Value: Renewable Energy Credits Derived From Solar Water Heating, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, May/June 2005, at 44.
  • Teaching EU Law & Policy in an Online Setting, Hogan, J European Union Studies Association 9th Biennial Conference, April 1 2005, available at (last checked Feb. 15, 2006).
  • Commentary: Climate for Change? SEC asked to require climate change risk warnings, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, November/December 2004, at 18.
  • Commentary: EU Emissions Trading Scheme Could be Dicey, The Electricy Daily, JUNE 28, 2004.
  • Commentary: How Blair Will Back Nukes, The Electricy Daily, April 19, 2004.
  • Commentary: Is the European Union Getting the Wobbles on Kyoto?, The Electricy Daily, March 15, 2004.
  • Commentary: The 'Other' Terror Commission Reports on Threat from EMP Attack, The Electricy Daily, Aug. 19, 2004.
  • Commentary: The U.S. Presidential Election: Will Energy Policy Tip the Balance, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, July/August 2004, at 20.
  • Commentary: US Climate Change Legislation, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, March/April 2004, at 16.
  • Green Fuels: DynaMotive seeks to change fuels equation, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, July/August 2004, at 20.
  • Greening the Piste, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, November/December 2004, at 28.
  • Interview: Colorado Coalition for New Energy Technologies, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, March/April 2004, at 54.
  • Ties to EU Worth Preserving, Bruegger, D., THE DENVER POST op-ed page, July 9, 2004.
  • Building Green: The University of Denver College of Law, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, November/December 2003, at 62.
  • Commentary: Renewable Energy Potential Capacity in the U.S.: The Role of Renewables in the U.S. Energy Mix, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, May/June 2003, at 14.
  • Commentary: World Peace and the US: Mid-term Election and U.S. Energy Policy, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, March/April 2003, at 20.
  • GHG reduction in the US: The Chicago Climate Exchange, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, September/October 2003, at 52.
  • Litigation Next Tactic to Force CO2 Cuts?, The Electricy Daily, July 21, 2003.
  • Poles Apart? EU-US Views of Energy Policy, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, September/October 2003, at 22.
  • Power Cuts: Risks and alternatives to the current transmission system, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, November/December 2003, at 22.
  • Renewable Energy at the heart of national security: Interview with Admiral Richard H. Truly, Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, January/February 2003, at 54.
  • Socially responsible investment: Interview with Carsten Henningsen, Chairman of Progressive Investment, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, March/April 2003, at 54.
  • The Hydrogen Economy: The next great economic revolution? Interview with Jeremy Rifkin, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, May/June 2003, at 66.
  • UK White Paper Classic Tony Blair 'Fudge, co-authored with Georgia, P., The Electricy Daily, March, 3, 2003.
  • US energy policies for a sustainable future: interview with Dr. Howard Geller, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, July/August 2003, at 60.
  • WTO and the Environment, Book Review 31 DENVER JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND POLICY 521, Summer 2003.
  • America's 'Achilles Heel'?, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, July/August 2002, at 24.
  • Canada's Reaction to Climate Change: Worrying about the US, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, May/June 2002, at 68.
  • Financing Renewables, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, November/December 2002, at 60.
  • Getting the Wished For, The Electricy Daily, June 24, 2002.
  • How EdF Harms all of Europe, The Electricy Daily, March 25, 2002.
  • Media Coverage of the Ozone-Layer Issue, in Canan, P PROTECTING THE OZONE LAYER: THE UNITED NATIONS HISTORY 290-322 (S.O. Anderson and K. Madhava Sarma, editors, Earthscan) 2002.
  • Science Considers Global Climate Change: No Longer Any Reasonable Disagreement, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, November/December 2002, at 50.
  • Sustainable Development Policy Implementation in the European Union, and Fergusson, M AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER, June 2002, pp. 12-15, available at
  • The European Union's Commitment to Sustainable Development: Is the Commitment Symbolic or Substantive in the Context of Transport Policy?, 13 Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy 241-331 (summer 2002).
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory: The First 25 Years and the Future, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, September/October 2002, at 54.
  • Why Johannesburg Summit Can't Work, The Electricy Daily, August 26, 2002.
  • Yankees Gone Home, The Electricy Daily, Nov.12, 2002.
  • Book Review, Spring 2002, 'Ahead of the Curve: Cases of Innovation in', (2002).
  • Book Review, Spring 2002, 'Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions', 8 Corporate Environmental Strategy: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY 105 (2002).
  • Book Review, Summer 2002, 'Environmental Policy in the European Union: Actors, Institutions, and Processes', 9 Corporate Environmental Strategy: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY 318 (2002).
  • Environmental Management, 9 Corporate Environmental Strategy: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY 103 (2002).
  • Renewables: A US Congressman’s View, Refocus: The International Renewable Energy Magazine, March/April 2002.
  • Bush must take European Union seriously, The Denver Business Journal, June 25, 2001, available at (last checked Feb. 15, 2006).
  • Bush u-turn on renewables?, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, September 2001.
  • Climate Change: EU and US Perspectives on Policy and Implications for Business, Environmental Business Journal, Vol. 13 No. 7/8 October 2001.
  • Delivering Kyoto: Could Europe do it, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, November/December 2001.
  • European Union Vital for Colorado, The Denver Business Journal, April 23, 2001, available at
  • Viewpoint: Europe strikes out on its own, Refocus: The International Renwable Energy Magazine, June 2001.
  • Web Reviews, Autumn 2001,, 8 Corporate Environmental Strategy INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY 385 (2001).
  • Executive Briefing: Ken Collins, MEP, Chair of the European Parliament's Environment Committee, 6 Corporate Environmental Strategy 85 (1999).
  • Wrongful Birth and Wrongful Life: New Theories of Recovery, in Abortion, Policy, and the Law 178-194 (J.D. Butler and D.F. Walbert eds., Facts on File Publishing Company) 1986.
  • Human Genetics and the Law, McInerney, J., THE AMERICAN BIOLOGY TEACHER October 1985, at 396.

John T. Soma


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John T. Soma is the Executive Director of the University of Denver Privacy Foundation. After completing his PhD in economics in 1975, Soma served from 1976 to 1979 as trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Washington, D.C., where he was primarily assigned to the Department of Justice trial team in the U.S. v. IBM litigation. In 1979, he joined the University of Denver Sturm College of Law faculty. In addition to six books on computer law, Professor Soma has authored more than 40 professional articles in the computer law and privacy area.

  • Balance of Privacy vs. Security: A Historical Perspective of the USA PATRIOT Act, co-authored with Maury M. Nichols, Stephen D. Rynerson, Lance A. Maish, & Jon David Rogers, 31 Rutgers Computer & Tech. L.J. 285 Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal 2005.
  • An Analysis of the Use of Bilateral Agreements between Transnational Trading Groups: The U.S./EU E-Commerce Privacy Safe Harbor, co-authored with Stephen D. Rynerson & Britney D. Beall-Eder, 39 Tex. Int'l L.J. 171 Texas International Law Journal Winter 2004 Article.
  • International Take-Down Policy: A Proposal for the WTO and WIPO to Establish International Copyright Procedural Guidelines for Internet Service Providers, co-authored with Natalie A. Norman, 22 Hastings Comm. & Ent. L.J. 391 Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (COMM/ENT) Spring Summer 2000 Article.
  • Multinational Economic Netowrk Effects and the Need for an International Antitrust Response from the World Trade Organization: A Case Study in Broadcast - Media and News Corporation, co-authored with Eric K. Weingarten, 21 U. Pa. J. Int'l Econ. L. 41 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law Spring 2000 Article.
  • Network Effects in Technology Markets: Applying the Lessons of Intel and Microsoft to Future Clashes between AntiTrust and Intellectual Property, co-authored with Kevin B. Davis, 8 J. Intell. Prop. L. 1 Journal of Intellectual Property Law Fall, 2000 Articles.
  • Sofware Patents: A U.S. and E.U. Comparison, co-authored with Kurt Leyendecker & Steven L. Webb, 8 U. Balt. Intell. Prop. L.J. 1 University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law Journal Spring 2000 Article.
  • Encryption, Key Recovery, and Commercial Trade Secret Assets: A Proposed Legislative Model, co-authored with Charles P. Henderson, 25 Rutgers Computer & Tech. L.J. 97 Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal 1999 Article.
  • The Essential Facilities Doctrine in the Deregulated Telecommunications Industry, co-authored with David A. Forkner & Brian P. Jumps, 13 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 565 Berkeley Technology Law Journal Spring 1998 Article.
  • Transnational Extradition for Computer Crimes: Are New Treaties and Law Needed?, co-authored with T. Muther and H.Brissette, 34 Harvard J on Legislation 317 (1997).
  • Antitrust Pitfalls in Licensing, co-authored with Sharon K. Black & Alexander R. Smith, Practising Law Institute PLI Order No. G4-3968 June & July, 1996 Intellectual Property Antitrust 1996.
  • Computer Crime Investigation & Prosecution: Substantive Statutes & Technical and Legal Search Considerations, co-authored with E. Banker and A. Smith, Air Force L.R. (1996).
  • Computer Crime: Substantive Statutues & Technical & Legal Search Considerations, co-authored with Alexander R. Smith & Elizabeth A. Banker, 39 A.F. L. Rev. 225 Air Force Law Review 1996.
  • Computer Law: Cases - Comments and Questions, co-authored with Peter B. Maggs and James A. Sprowl, West Publishing (1991) (Including Teachers Manual) (1996 Supplement).
  • Computer Technology and the Law, McGraw Hill, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1983) (Annual Supplements through 1999). (1996).
  • Software Maintenance License Prohibitions in the EU and the US, 27 IIC 804 (No. 6 1996) (Max Planck Institute, Munich Germany).
  • The Internet and the Single Document Rule: Searching for the Four Corners of the Electronic Paper, co-authored with Alexander Neudeck, 78 J Pat & Trademark Office Society 751 (1996).
  • Legal Guide to Computer Crime: A Primer For Investigators and Lawyers, co-authored with E. Banker and A. Smith, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, United States Air Force, 1995.
  • Minimizing Reverse Engineering: Sample Language for Dueal United States and European Union Software Licenses, co-authored with Sharon K. Black-Keefer & Alexander R. Smith, 24 Denv. J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 145 Denver Journal of International Law and Policy Fall, 1995.
  • Software Interoperability and Reverse Engineering, co-authored with Gus Winfield & Letty Friesen, 20 Rutgers Computer & Tech. L.J. 189 Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal 1994 Symposium: Current Issues of Software Copyrightability.
  • The Use of Quiet Title and Declaratory Judgment Proceedings in Computer Software Ownership Disputes, co-authored with James Shortall, Jr. & Vernon A. Evans, 71 Denv. U. L. Rev. 543 Denver University Law Review 1994.
  • A Practical Guide to Discovering Computerized Files in Complex Litigation, co-authored with Steven G. Austin, 11 Rev. Litig. 501 Review of Litigation Summer, 1992.
  • A Proposed Legal Advisors' Road map for Software Developers: On the Shoulders of Giants May No Mudball Stand, co-authored with Robert D. Sprague, M. Susan Lombardi, and Carolyn M. Lindh, 191 Denver Law Journal 68, (Spring 1991 Symposium Issue).
  • Summary Judgment and Discovery Strategies in Antitrust and RICO Actions After Matsushita v. Zenith, co-authored with Andrew P. McCallin, 36 The Antitrust Bulletin 325 (1991).
  • Advising Software Developers: Avoiding Copyright Infringements As Tough With Inconsistent Case Rules, co-authored with Robert Sprague, 9 Preventive L. R. 23 (1990).
  • Computer Security and the Protection of Sensitive But Not Classified Data: The Computer Security Act of 1987, co-authored with Elizabeth J. Bedient, 30 A.F.L. Rev. 135 (1989).
  • Software Patenting Trends: Who's Getting How Many of What?, co-authored with B.F. Smith, 1978-1987, J. Patent & Trademark Office Spring 1989.
  • Orwellian Constitutional Issues: Information Privacy, Security, and The New Technology, co-authored with with Susan J. Oran, Constitution 2000 (Chapter 8) (1988) (Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia).
  • "Software License and Maintenance Agreements" Chapter on Selecting Software Packages for Financial Institutions co-authored with Sue Oran, (Bank Administration Institute, Chicago, Illinois) (1987).
  • A Comparison of German and U.S. Experiences in Software Copyrights, 6 International Review of Industrial Property and Copyright Law 751 (1987).
  • Cash Management After E.F. Hutton, co-authored with Michael C. Tierney, 170 The Bankers Magazine 25 (1987).
  • The Legal Environment of Commercial Database Administration, co-authored with Jay Batson, 27 Jurimetrics 297 (1987).
  • Computer and Software Law Audits, co-authored with Stephen D. Shirey, 2 Software Law Journal 201 (1986).
  • Book ReviewOut of the Inner Circle: A Hacker's Guide to Computer Security (By Bill Landreth) (Microsoft Press) (Rocky Mountain News, Book Review) (June 1985).
  • Computer Software in Public Schools, 28 Ed. Law Rep. 315 West's Education Law Reporter 1986 Commentary Dwight L. Pringle (1985).
  • Micro Tax Software: A Bargain?, 14 Colo. Law. 393 Colorado Lawyer March, 1985 Carole Thomas.
  • An Economic Analysis of Future Trends on the Development of Information for Lawyers -- Lexis, Juris, Westlaw, and FLITE, 9, Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal, (#2) (Aug/Sept 1983, with Andrea R. Stern). Reprinted in the Defense Law J. (April 1984).
  • Confidential Communications and Information In A Computer Era, co-authored with Lorna C. Youngs, 12 Hofstra L. Rev. 849 Hofstra Law Review Summer, 1984.
  • A Legal and Technical Assessment of the Effects of Computers on Privacy, co-authored with Richard A. Wehmhoefer, 60 Denver L.J. 449 (1983).
  • Advertising, Imperfect Competition, and The Market for Legal Services, co-authored with Rodney Peterson, Journal of Behavioral Economics (Winter 1983 Issue).
  • The Communications Regulatory Environment in the 1980's, co-authored with Rodney D. Peterson, Gary Alexander, and Curt W. Petty, Computer/Law Journal 1 (Summer 1983).
  • Antitrust Exposure In The Use of the Mini-Trial, Mini-Trial Handbook, Chapter F, (Edited by Eric D. Green) (Center for Public Resources, New York) (1982).
  • Colorado's Multidistrict Litigation Panel, co-authored with Mac V. Danford, Colorado Lawyer 1982 (October 1988).
  • Corporate and Tax Considerations for Nonprofit Organizations, co-authored with Richard G. Macklin and Peter C. Guthery, Closely Held Corporations in Colorado, Chapter 24) (Edited by Cathy S. Krendl) (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. Publishers) (1981).
  • The Computer as a Tool for Legal Decision Making, co-authored with Thomas H. Gonser and Eileen I. Wilhelm, 27 The Practical Lawyer 11 (Sept. 1981).
  • An Antitrust Primer, 1980 Transportation Law Institute-Carrier Liability in an Evolving Regulatory Environment: Claims and Antitrust, p. 189.
  • The Computer Industry: An Economic-Legal Analysis of Its Technology and Growth, Lexington Books, D.C. Heath and Co. Lexington, MA (1976) (2nd printing).
  • A Method for Analyzing, Detecting, and Correcting Multi-collinearity, co-authored with Morris M. Kleiner, Center for Advanced Computation, Document No. 118 (1974), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, p. 47.
  • Enforcement Under the Illinois Antitrust Act, 5 Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal 25 (1974).
  • Functional Discounts: A Legal-Economic Concept Permitting New Experiments in Distribution Systems, 14 Santa Clara Lawyer 211 (1974).
  • The Legal Protection of Computer Software, co-authored with Richard M. Fischl, Center for Advanced Computation, Document No. 120 (1974), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, p 41.
  • "Antitrust Law -- Belliston V. Texaco, Inc.," 455 2d 175 (10th Circ.), cert. denied, 408 U.S. 929 (1972),", 455 2d 175 (10th Circ.), cert. denied, 408 U.S. 929 (1972).

Michael D. Sousa

Associate Professor

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Michael Sousa teaches and pursues scholarship in the areas of bankruptcy law and commercial law. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, Michael was an associate in the Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice Group at Duane Morris LLP, an AM Law Top 100 law firm. In addition to his private practice experience, Michael served as a judicial law clerk in both state and federal court. He served as a law clerk in federal bankruptcy court for the Honorable Rosemary Gambardella, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, and for the Honorable Donald H. Steckroth, Bankruptcy Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. He also served as law clerk for the Honorable William J. Martini in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and for the Honorable John E. Wallace, Jr. in the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.

Michael received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, his LL.M. in bankruptcy from St. John’s University School of Law, his Master’s of Arts in anthropology from the University of Denver, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado – Boulder. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program at St. John’s University School of Law. Michael was recently appointed to a three-year term to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. In addition, Michael is a contributing editor to four national bankruptcy publications, including the Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, the Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, and the multi-volume treatise, Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3d. Moreover, he is a co-author of the one volume treatise, Consumer Bankruptcy Manual, published by Thomson-West. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice.

To date, his articles have been cited by several judicial opinions, including Biltmore Associates, LLC v. Twin City Fire Insurance Co., 572 F.3d 663 (9th Cir. 2009), Miller v. Ameriquest Mortgage Co. (In re Laskowski), 384 B.R. 518 (Bankr. N.D. Ind. 2008), In re Xpedior Inc., 354 B.R. 210 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2006), and Smith v. Butler Associates (In re Smith), 2008 WL 4148923 (Bankr. D. Kan. 2008). Another article was cited as authority in an appellate brief to the United States Supreme Court in Board of Trustees of the Ohio Carpenters Pension Fund v. Bucci, No. 07-1107 (June 9, 2008).

Celia Taylor


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Celia Taylor came to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law from Columbia University, where she taught a course in legal writing and research while obtaining an LLM in international human rights law. Prior to Columbia, Taylor was in private practice in San Francisco, specializing in corporate and securities law. Taylor currently teaches primarily in the corporate area, but has an abiding interest in human rights law. She is currently working to develop programs to build relationships with law schools in Central and South America.

Corporations Syllabus, fall 2015

Contracts Syllabus, fall 2015

  • Securities Exchange Disclosure Regulation and Its Impact on Human Rights with an Emphasis on Dodd‐Frank Section 1502, Journal of Human Rights (forthcoming 2015).
  • The Impact of Boilermakers Continues to be Felt: Utah Court Upholds Delaware Forum Selection Clause, Law360 (forthcoming October 2015).
  • Drowning in Disclosure: The Over-Burdening of the SEC, Virginia Law & Business Review (forthcoming spring 2014).
  • OTK Associates, LLC v. Friedman: Delaware Chancery Opinion Raises Host of Issues, Law360, a LexisNexus publication (March 14, 2014).
  • Disclosure of Payments Under the U.S. Dodd-Frank Act: The ‘Resource Extraction Rule, J. of Energy & Natural Resources Law, Vol. 31, Issue 1 (February 2013).
  • Conflict Minerals and SEC Disclosure Regulation, Harvard Business Review (online) (January 2012).
  • New Disclosure Requirements Under the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act: A Move Towards Greater Transparency, 9 European Company Law 66 (May 2012).
  • New York Stock Exchange Listing Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility, 8 European Company Law, Issue 2/3 (April 2011).
  • Berle and Social Business: A Consideration, 34 Seattle L. Rev. 1389 (June 2011).

Ann S. Vessels

Professor of the Practice and Director of Externships

Director, Legal Externship Program

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Senior Lecturer/Internship Director

Ann Vessels, the Director of the Legal Externship Program, joined the DU faculty in 2006. Ann received her BA from Vanderbilt University and her JD from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. Prior to coming to DU, Ann was a partner in the law firm of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP where she practiced commercial litigation and employment law. Ann also served as the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Junior Achievement, a global Non Profit Organization that strives to educate and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. With a passion for leadership, Ann was the President of the Colorado Leadership Alliance, an alliance of academic leadership programs for outstanding undergraduate students at colleges and universities across Colorado.

Annecoos Wiersema


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Annecoos Wiersema received her first law degree (LL.B.) from the London School of Economics in England and her S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) degree in International and Environmental Law from Harvard Law School.

Prof. Wiersema teaches and researches in the fields of international environmental law, environmental and natural resources law, international law, administrative law and theory, and property law and theory. Her research focuses on how we can develop legal institutions both nationally and internationally that can effectively protect species and ecosystems in the face of ecological complexity and scientific uncertainty.

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.

  • Uncertainty, Precaution, and Adaptive Management in Wildlife Trade, 36 Michigan Journal of International Law, Forthcoming.
  • Climate Change, Forests, and International Law: REDD’s Descent into Irrelevance, 47 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 1 (2014).
  • Uncertainty and Markets for Endangered Species under CITES, 23(3) Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 239 (2013).
  • What Can the WTO Learn from International Environmental Law?, Panel: Risk, Science and Law in the WTO, 104 AM. SOC’Y INT’L L. PROC. *** (2010).
  • The Scope of the Secretariat’s Powers Regarding the Submissions Procedure of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation under General Principles of International Law, co-authored with Anne-Marie Slaughter, 27 NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY SERIES 1 (2010).
  • The New International Law-Makers? Conferences of the Parties to Multilateral Environmental Agreements, 31 MICH. J. INT’L L. 231 (2009).
  • Conferences of the Parties to Multilateral Environmental Treaties: The New International Law-Makers?, Panel: New Voices: Re-Thinking the Sources of International Law, 103 AM. SOC’Y INT’L L. PROC. 74 (2009).
  • Adversaries or Partners? Science and the Precautionary Principle in International Wildlife Treaty Regimes, 11(4) J. INT’L WILDLIFE L. & POL’Y 211 (2008).
  • A Train without Tracks: Re-Thinking the Place of Law and Goals in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, 38 ENVTL. L. 1239 (2008).
  • Sharing Common Ground: A Cautionary Tale on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Protection of Biological Diversity, in LINKING HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT 162 (R. Picolloti & J.D. Taillant eds. 2003).

Edward Ziegler

Robert B. Yegge Memorial Research Chair and Professor

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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.

    David Akerson


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    University of Denver Lecturer David Akerson is a trial attorney with a broad international law and human rights portfolio ranging from human rights work in apartheid South Africa to prosecuting perpetrators at the Yugoslavia and Rwanda international criminal tribunals. His expertise lies in the core international crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity; practice and procedure of the international tribunals; complex international criminal litigation; and international tribunal and policy.

    Professor Akerson joined the University of Denver Law faculty in 2006 and currently teaches courses in international criminal law, international criminal procedure, and genocide and war crimes. He also teaches a “Genocide and War Crimes” Practicum in which University of Denver students collaborate with international tribunals and prosecution or defense teams to research, organize and analyze evidence in global genocide cases. Specifically, his practicum students review transcripts of witnesses’ testimony and other evidence in a case after it has concluded, or even as a trial is in progress. They prepare summaries and analyses of testimony, and highlight key names, dates and locations. Students use one or more databases that organize the material with hyperlinks to other relevant facts and actual portions of transcripts to support what they have written. In active cases, the research the students have compiled and stored into the databases is subsequently presented to the courts and/ or prosecution and defense teams and used in the proceedings of the case. Since 2006, students in Professor Akerson’s class have worked on proceedings from the Rwandan genocide, on proceedings for the prosecution of ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor, and on proceedings of the Special Tribunal for Cambodia.

    Professor Akerson’s recent publications include The Illegality of Fully Autonomous Lethal Drones, in THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT AND THE CHANGING TECHNOLOGY OF WAR (forthcoming) and PROSECUTING MASS CRIMES: A COMPENDIUM OF LESSONS LEARNED AND SUGGESTED PRACTICES, a three-year study of prosecutorial practices at the International Tribunals for Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Lebanon. The 300-page study is available on the International Association of Prosecutors website.

    • Applying Jus in Bello Proportionality to Drone Warfare, 16 University of Oregon Review of International Law (2014).
    • The Illegality of Fully Autonomous Lethal Drones, book chapter in The Law of Armed Conflict and the Changing Technology of War, forthcoming 2012.