Master of Science in Legal Administration Faculty
Lawyering Process Professor
Tanya began teaching in DU’s Lawyering Process Program in 2002. Prior to coming to DU, she taught in the Drake University Law School Legal Research and Writing Program for eight years. Prior to serving as the Associate Director of the law school’s Center for Legislative Practice, Tanya was the Assistant Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program. She also taught Elements of Law and Introduction to Law. Tanya recently completed an article discussing Legislative Process as a necessary component of the law school curriculum. In recognizing the significant number of lawyers in legislative practice, the article emphasizes the unique position of law schools to positively impact the political process. By educating students in such important areas as drafting, negotiations, and ethics, graduates are more effective in a variety of legislative positions. Prior to teaching, Tanya clerked for the Chief Judge of the Iowa Court of Appeals and served as a contract attorney, writing trial and appellate briefs. Tanya served as the lone attorney on the Department of Public Health’s Scientific Advisory Council and was an active member of Women in Public Policy, an organization founded to promote women’s involvement in the political process. Currently, Tanya serves as an advisor to one of Colorado’s US Senate campaigns. Tanya, her husband, Will, and their children are avid hikers and campers.
Mark is President of Leadership for Lawyers, LLC, a consultancy focused on helping lawyers become better leaders and business developers. He provides training, coaching and consultation to firms in the areas of leadership development, business development and marketing.
Mark has more than 20 years experience as a chief marketing officer for professional services firms. He has served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Holland & Hart, a 450 attorney law firm based in Denver, the Director of Marketing for the New York law firm of Hodgson Russ and Director of Marketing for Kideney Architects in Buffalo, NY. He is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
Mark has received numerous awards including “Marketing Director of the Year” from the Marketing Partner Forum, the “IQ Award” for innovation by the Boulder County Business Report, five “Your Honor Awards” from the Legal Marketing Association, the PR Legal News Award and the ABA Law Practice Management Magazine Edge Award. In 2005, the Denver Business Journal named Mark as one of Denver’s 40 under Forty leaders.
Mark received his B.S. and M.B.A. (cum laude) from the University of Buffalo. He is a former international board member of the Legal Marketing Association and past president of the Rocky Mountain Legal Marketing Association. He is a past chair of the Marketing Committee of Terralex, an international association of law firms in 93 countries. He serves as a faculty member of the Marketing Directors Institute and is a frequent speaker at the Marketing Partner Forum and the Legal Marketing Association conferences. He is a frequent contributor to law practice management publications.
He writes on leadership issues on his blog, www.leadershipforlawyers.typepad.com.
BA, California State University at Los Angeles, 1974, MPA with emphasis in Judicial Administration, University of Southern California, 1976; retired in January 2013 after 40 years with the United States Courts including 34 years as Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado; former consultant and program faculty member to the Federal Judicial Center in self-directed work teams, quality management, and organizational design in the Federal Courts; since 1995, Lecturer and Adjunct Professor (2000), University of Denver Sturm College of Law, MSLA Program, current courses include Business of the Courts, Space and Facilities in the Courts, Statistics for the Legal Administrator, Applied Leadership Theory, and Project Management; co-developed and taught the first on-line course in the MSLA Program; recipient of the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award for the University of Denver, 2005.
John Boyd is a management and strategy consultant to law firms. He advises clients on strategy development and implementation, law practice management, mergers, changes in the legal market, search, and management issue resolution. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, has practiced antitrust and business law, and served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of Colorado.
Brenda has over 18 years of experience working with a wide range of small businesses on various taxation, attestation, and planning issues. Brenda is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) which is a certification awarded by the AICPA. She is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) with experience in business valuation and economic damages claims litigation assignments, as well as valuation analysis for estate & tax transactions.
Ms. Clarke is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a BS in Business Administration and has previous work experience as a controller for a regional transportation company. Brenda has strong industry experience working with manufacturing companies, professional service firms and high tech clients
Zelda M. DeBoyes, Ph.D.
Dr. Zelda M. DeBoyes is the Court Administrator for the Aurora Municipal Court in Aurora, Colorado. She has managed all non-judicial court functions for this limited jurisdictional court since 1992. As a council appointee, Dr. DeBoyes reports directly to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Aurora. She is principally responsible for the operational divisions of Case Management, Probation, the Marshals’ Office, Jury Services and Court Information Technology. She is also the Department Director for the Aurora Detention Center. Prior to this appointment, Dr. DeBoyes was the Operating Section Manager for the Denver County Court’s Traffic Division and was the Management Analyst in the Court Services Division of the Colorado Judicial Branch.
Committed to her profession and community, Dr. DeBoyes has served and remains active in a variety of organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Excelsior Youth Center. She is the Chair of the Juanita Gray Community Service Award Committee through the Denver Public Library. Dr. DeBoyes recently served as a commissioner with the Colorado State Commission on Judicial Performance (2002-2011). She also served as a Board Director for the National Center for State Courts and the Leadership Institute for Judicial Education (2002-2008). Dr. DeBoyes is a Past President and Board Director of the National Association for Court Management (1994-2001). She is a graduate of the African-American Leadership Institute, the Aurora Citizens’ Police Academy, and has served on the boards of the Lowry Family Center, Northeast Women’s Center and Marcus Walker Track Club.
In February 2012, the Metro State Alumni Association recognized Dr. DeBoyes with the ‘Giving Back’ Award. She is the recipient of the prestigious National Center for State Courts’ Distinguished Service Award. She received the Elks’ Leadership Award in 1999. In 1997, the Denver Chapter of the American Alumni of University Women recognized her as a Trailblazer in her profession.
Dr. DeBoyes is a graduate of Metropolitan State College and received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver. She earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Denver. Her dissertation is entitled: A sense of trust through the eyes of African American doctoral students: An examination of how a predominantly White institution of higher education can create an environment of inclusiveness.
Christine received her Business Administration Degree from the University of Denver in 1995 and her MSLA Degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 2003. She is the Custodial Officer for the Bankrupcty Court, District Court and Probation. Christine is active in the revision of internal controls procedures, internal auditing procedures, inventory tracking, and financial processes. She has over twenty years of experience as a retail store manager, and has created and managed budgets, managed all facets of procurement, internal controls, and all other financial aspects of the operation. She is married and has two children, and seven grandchildren. Christine enjoys outdoor activities and loves to get away to our beautiful Colorado mountains to hike, mountain bike and ski.
Stephen P. Ehrlich
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. He attended South Shore High School. in 1970 he graduated with a B.S.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Denver. He then received his J.D. in 1974 from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
In 1974 Steve became the Chief Deputy Clerk of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. He served in that position for 33 years before retiring.
Steve has been involved with the M.S.L.A. Program, formerly known as the M.S.J.A. Program, since the late 1970’s. He presently serves as an adjunct professor in this program. In “retirement” Steve is now serving as a consultant for the Institute for the Advancement of The American Legal System- a think tank at the University of Denver. He also is doing court consulting for the Justice Management Institute. Steve has published articles in the Court Manager and the Court Clerk, a magazine for court administrators in Japan.
When with the federal judiciary he was actively involved in educational programming both as an instructor and with program development.
Steve was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1974 and remains a member of that bar, and those of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
His memberships and involvement include; Denver Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Association for Court Management, Federal Court Clerks Association, American Judicature Society, Vision 2020 Task Force, Colorado State Judicial Department, Guest lecturer- University of Colorado and Denver Colleges of Law
John C. Hanley is Executive Director of Reilly Pozner LLP. As chief operating officer of the firm, Jack is responsible for all administrative and business operations of the firm including accounting, technology, facilities and human resources. Jack is a former Associate Dean of the University of Denver College of Law. In 1985, he became the principal administrator of one of Colorado’s largest law firms, Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP. In 1996, he was named Administrative Director of the national law firm, McKenna & Cuneo, LLP. Jack has been an Adjunct Professor of legal administration at the University of Denver College of Law for the last 19 years. Hanley’s professional involvements over the years include the presidency of the Mile High Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators and an instructor of the law practice management module of the ALA Core Competencies program. He is also a frequent speaker and the author of a number of articles on law related topics. In 2000, Jack was elected as Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. The College is a professional, educational and honorary association of distinguished law practice management professionals whose purpose is to set standards of achievement for others in the profession. The members of the College consist of lawyers, judges, law professors, administrators, consultants, officers of the government, and others who are dedicated to improving the practice management process and to enhancing the professional quality of and public respect for the practice of law.
Dean Harakas, Esq. is the Executive Director – Marketing and Strategic Development at Sherman & Howard L.L.C. He leads all of the firm’s business development and marketing initiatives, including strategic planning, practice development, client relations, media relations, brand management and messaging.
Prior to joining Sherman & Howard, Mr. Harakas served as Vice President – Client Services and Strategic Planning at Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd. There he advised the firm’s management on strategic planning issues, including the firm’s combination with Reed Smith. While serving as Director of Marketing at Sachnoff, Mr. Harakas launched multiple innovative marketing, branding, advertising, Internet and media relations efforts that received several honors and awards from both general business and law firm marketing industry associations and organizations. As the “counselor’s counselor,” he also worked with individual firm attorneys to help them develop, refine and achieve their business development goals and objectives.
Mr. Harakas has more than 19 years of professional services marketing experience. A licensed member of the Illinois State Bar Association and The Missouri Bar, Mr. Harakas also worked in the marketing departments of Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP (Minneapolis); Perkins Coie (Seattle); Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (Chicago); Andersen Consulting (World Headquarters/Chicago) and Arthur Andersen (Chicago).
Mr. Harakas also served as president of the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Chicago Chapter (2000) and was a founding member and first president of the LMA Minnesota Chapter (1997). He has written numerous articles for legal and business publications and has spoken on several professional service marketing topics.
Mr. Harakas earned a J.D./MBA from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he was a member of the Saint Louis University Public Law Review. He also received a B.S.B.A. from Saint Louis University.
Team Leader, DU Bar Success Program
As a Canadian barrister and solicitor, Terry-Dawn Hewitt practiced for 20 years as a trial lawyer focusing on fire and explosion litigation. In 1997 she was adjudged by the US Department of Justice to be a person “of extraordinary ability,” defined as “one of that small percentage who has risen to the very top of their field of endeavor.” She immigrated to the U.S. with her husband and law partner, Wayne J. McKenna in 2002. She was admitted to the practice of law in Colorado in 2005, having passed the Colorado bar exam.
Hewitt is a popular speaker, having conducted seminars across the United States and Canada, including the civil law jurisdiction of Quebec, addressing legal issues in fire and explosion cases. She has conducted seminars on topics in the fields of evidence, arson, insurance, and the management of large loss litigation. In 1988 she was one of only two Canadians to participate in a delegation of American fire investigators who traveled to China and conducted information exchanges respecting arson and insurance issues with Chinese officials. Hewitt has drawn on these and other experiences in dealing with fire law issues in different legal systems to add depth to her Comparative Law class at the Sturm College of Law.
In her chosen field of fire law, Hewitt has served on committees for most of the leading American and International associations in her field. Terry-Dawn is a long-time member of two National Fire Protection Association committees: the Technical Committee responsible for the NFPA 921 Guide for Fire & Explosion Investigations and the NFPA Technical Committee on Emergency Service Risk Management. She has served the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) as general counsel, parliamentarian, Chair of the Attorneys Advisory Committee, and Chair of the Fire Investigation Standards Committee. She has also served on committees of the Technical Working Group for Fire and Explosions (TWGFEX), part of the National Center for Forensic Science, and the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). A prolific writer, she is the author of the book Fire Loss Litigation in Canada, as well as numerous articles on a variety of both American and Canadian legal issues.
Eric Hogue teaches Specialty Courts online for the MSLA program. Eric graduated from Clarion University in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Business Management. Eric graduated from the MSLA program at the University of Denver College of Law in 1996. Upon graduation, Eric spent 10 years in a senior management role with the Federal Judiciary in the Middle District of Louisiana, Middle District of Florida, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, and the Northern District of Ohio.
Eric currently serves as the District Administrator for the Colorado Judicial Branch in the 6th and 22nd Judicial Districts. In addition to his role as District Administrator, Eric operates the administrative end of numerous specialty courts which include the first two DUI Courts in the State of Colorado that are funded by the NHTSA and CDOT.
Robert B. Yegge MSLA Chair, Lecturer and Director of the Master of Science in Legal Administration Program
Hope Kentnor is the Director of the Master of Science in Legal Administration program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Hope strives to improve the quality of justice through the administration and management of courts, law firms, and legal organizations, both nationally and internationally. She earned her B.A. from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a Master of Science in Legal Administration from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in online education at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education.
Hope’s research and education focus on online education helps to educate those around the globe by increasing access to the knowledge and skills necessary to advance and improve the administration of justice worldwide. She continues to research and find new ways to enhance online pedagogy. Hope is currently studying ways to increase interaction and engagement at the program level, not just the course level.
Demetra Estephana Koelling
Demetra Koelling teaches Employment Law as well as Human Resource Management and Communications & Technology online for the MSLA program. Demetra was graduated with honors from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas with a double major in Spanish and Religion. After college, she served a two year tour as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Ecuador. She is a December 1989 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. She then served as a law clerk for the Honorable Emilio M. Garza, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Colorado (2007) and Texas (1990) and is certified as a labor and employment law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Koelling received a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute in 2001 and a certification as a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) in 2010.
Demetra is founder and President of My HR Director which provides businesses with affordable, high-quality human resource operational support. Demetra has held executive roles in major corporations handling all phases of human resource operations and compliance. She served as senior employment counsel with Sears, Roebuck and Co. managing employment litigation and labor relations matters in the Southwest and Puerto Rico. Demetra developed diversity strategies and affirmative action programs for U.S. Cellular. She served with The Boeing Co. directing implementation of a national settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor OFCCP dealing with processes in hiring, promotion and compensation. Additionally, Demetra served as Senior Vice President for Labor and Employment with Clear Channel Communications leading human resource operations and all employment-related legal matters and litigation. Ms. Koelling is bilingual and has developed and delivered human resource management and employment law training in English and Spanish.
Demetra is active serving the communities in which she lives. She is a founding member and first president of the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network, an employer coalition dedicated to the employment of people with disabilities. She volunteers with the West Suburban Cook Pro Bono Network. Demetra is past president of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association and the statewide Texas Women lawyers.
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State College of Denver, Mindy began her career in Human Resources in 1992. Since then, she has obtained an MSLA degree from the University Of Denver College Of Law.
Mindy Masias is currently the Human Resources Director for the State of Colorado Judicial Department. Additionally, she has served on the University of Denver College of Law faculty as a Professor of Human Resources Management since 1997.
Professor Masias has facilitated more than 500 workshops and training sessions on Human Resources Management for courts and other government entities. Her consulting work has included assistance to the Supreme Courts of Nevada, Minnesota, and Wyoming, as well as the Bulgarian Supreme Court Reform Project and the Separation of Powers Program for the Republic of Serbia.
Wayne J. McKenna practiced as a barrister and solicitor for more than 20 years in Canada before immigrating to the United States in 2002. Together with his wife and law partner, Terry-Dawn Hewitt, he established a litigation boutique in 1993 in Edmonton Alberta, where they focused their practice on fire and explosion cases. McKenna has extensive courtroom experience including appearances before all levels of trial and appellate courts in his former jurisdiction and in the Federal Court of Canada. He has worked on many different types of fire cases including insurance company arson defense, commercial and product liability defense, plaintiff’s fire injury claims, and fire department liability defense matters. Before shifting his focus to fire cases, he practiced general litigation including commercial and criminal litigation, and family law.
McKenna and Hewitt have co-instructed Comparative Law at the Sturm College of Law. McKenna has shared with his students a lifelong interest in history, political science, and the law. His travels through Europe, India, and the Middle East including Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, enable him to bring valuable practical insights to the academic study of comparative law.
McKenna has conducted seminars across the United States and in Canada, addressing legal and evidentiary issues in fire and explosion cases. He has served on committees of a number of international fire associations including the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committee responsible for NFPA 921 Guide for Fire & Explosion Investigations, and the International Association of Arson Investigators Attorneys Advisory Committee and Fire Investigation Standards Committee.
McKenna was admitted to the practice of law in Colorado in 2005, having passed the Colorado bar exam. He has a passion for helping graduates of the Sturm College of Law to pass the bar exam, having successfully risen to the challenge of passing the Colorado bar exam without taking either an American J.D. degree or any other American law degree.
Suzanna K. Moran
Lawyering Process Professor
Professor Moran joined the SCOL’s Lawyering Process faculty in 2007, bringing with her eight years of experience as a practicing attorney and eleven as a professional editor.
While still in law school she began her career as a legal editor for The Yearbook of International Environmental Law. She edited that publication for seven years, working with leading environmental lawyers from around the world. She later became a staff attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., where she wrote and edited for ELR—The Environmental Law Reporter for four years.
Professor Moran then left the field of professional writing and editing for private practice. She practiced for two years in the Denver office of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll—a national Tier 1 firm— and then for six more years with the boutique environmental law firm of Fognani & Associates.
While in practice, Professor Moran represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation matters—some highly visible—related to natural resources, environmental law, and real estate, with a specific emphasis on the mining, oil and gas, and nuclear materials industries. She litigated a number of citizen suits under the federal environmental statutes; toxic tort actions in state courts; and numerous environmental cost-recovery actions. She also represented her corporate clients in transactional environmental matters and routinely counseled them on compliance, permitting, and the development and implementation of self-auditing programs.
In 2005, Professor Moran returned to editing, becoming Director of Publications at the Denver Art Museum, where she was responsible for the editorial content and quality of the museum’s written materials and managed a staff of eight editors and graphic designers.
As a staff attorney for ELR—The Environmental Law Reporter, Professor Moran published extensively. She has also authored “Commercial Leasing and Environmental Hazards” in Negotiating and Structuring Real Estate Transactions (Mark Senn, ed., Supp. 1999) (with B. Temkin) and has lectured on the topic “Environmental Hazards Liability” at two CLE International Conferences. Outside the legal field, Professor Moran has published numerous articles in the Denver Art Museum’s periodical On & Off the Wall.
Professor Moran performs with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra. Her other interests include all manner of outdoor activities, reading, movies, beating back the encroaching wilderness of her backyard, and playing MMORPGs.
Kathleen Nalty has 12 years of experience in diversity and inclusiveness in the legal industry. Currently, she has her own consulting practice and serves as President of Kathleen Nalty Consulting, LLC. She specializes in assisting legal organizations in creating inclusive workplaces to retain and advance diverse talent. Previously, Kathleen founded the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI) in Denver, Colorado and led the nonprofit as its Executive Director from October 2007 through January 2013. In this role, Kathleen developed the only “how to” manual for legal organizations that has a comprehensive step-by-step process for removing hidden barriers to retention and creating an inclusive workplace. She assisted over two dozen legal organizations in their implementation of inclusiveness initiatives, including 16 law firms, 8 government legal offices, and the legal departments of Walmart, CenturyLink, Xcel Energy, and DaVita. Kathleen also conducted 10 half-day training sessions across the U.S. in 2012 for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association as part of its Academy of Diversity & Inclusion. Kathleen received her B.A. from the University of Denver and her J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School. Early in her legal career she clerked for a federal judge and worked as a federal civil rights prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC where she prosecuted hate crimes, slavery and police brutality cases. She has received numerous awards for her leadership in legal diversity and inclusiveness from several organizations, including the Colorado Women’s Business Chamber, Colorado & Denver Bar Associations, Colorado GLBT Bar Association, Sam Cary Bar Association, Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Colorado Women’s Bar Foundation, and the Denver Urban Debate League.
Stephen M. (Pete) Peterson is the Managing Director of the Law Firm Business Institute, which is a specialty practice of the CPA firm of Maxfield Peterson, P.C. Pete has worked with a wide variety of closely held businesses and professional service firms, with over 25 years of management and consulting experience, including 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration for a 240 attorney Minneapolis law firm and 3 years as the CFO for a 100 attorney Denver law firm. He was also the Chief Operating Officer for Hildebrandt International, an international law firm consultancy.
He has counseled firms on strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, compensation, firm governance, succession planning, improving administrative structures, and profitability improvement.
Pete has been an Adjunct Professor in the MSLA program since 2004. He also teaches in the Essential Competencies for Legal Administrators offered by the Association of Legal Administrators. He is on the Board of Editors for the publication, Accounting and Financial Planning for Law Firms. In 2008, Pete was admitted as a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management. He is a frequent speaker at educational and legal related conferences and seminars each year.
Leslie Ranniger teaches Legal Practice Seminar and Introduction to Small Practice Management in the MSLA program. Leslie started her own law firm in Boulder in 1990, and for over 20 years her practice emphasized corporate law and general litigation, as well as health law, real estate, and family law. Previously, Leslie practiced with Frascona and Joiner in Boulder. and with Cosgriff, Dunn & Abplanalp in Vail; she was also Vice President and General Counsel for Ameracq, Incorporated, and was appointed to monitor the Legal Services Corporation in the Western U.S. Leslie is a graduate of the University of Denver (J.D., 1985 and M.B.A., 1982) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A., 1979), and is an L.L.M. candidate at the National Judicial College/University of Nevada. She currently adjudicates an array of administrative law matters for the State of Colorado, and also teaches business and health law courses at two other Colorado universities.
Lorri T. Salyards, CLM, is Executive Director of Moye White LLP, a 50-attorney firm in Denver, Colorado and is a Certified Legal Manager. Lorri has been a legal administrator for 23+ years. She is an author in ALA’s Management Encyclopedia and has been published in The Colorado Lawyer and ALA News. She speaks at several industry events each year and recently was an instructor in the MDA Program for Law Firm Owners and Partner at the Lagos School of Business in Lagos, Nigeria. Lorri is also an instructor in ALA’s Essential Competencies for Legal Administrators program. She has been a member of the Association of Legal Administrators and served on the Mile High Chapter Board for 12+ years in many different committee and officer positions, including President. She also served at the regional level as an officer in Region 4 for three years.
Ronald L. Seigneur is managing partner of Seigneur Gustafson LLP, a CPA firm located in Lakewood, Colorado. He is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, is a Senior Appraiser (ASA) from the American Society of Appraisers, and holds the AICPA specialty designations of Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). Mr. Seigneur manages a diverse book of client matters including tax planning & compliance and financial reporting services for a wide range of professional practices and closely held business interests and previously worked in the oil and gas industry as a controller of a closely held exploration and production company based in Denver. Ron also specializes in law firm consulting and CPA services after serving as the legal administrator for a 50 attorney firm for over 6 years, with emphasis on compensation systems design and implementation, retreat facilitation, shareholder disputes, and profitability enhancement strategies. He has over 25 years experience working with complex valuation, commercial damages, forensic accounting, and related litigation support matters, with significant experience as a testifying expert in numerous jurisdictions. Ron has served as Special Master, trustee, receiver and arbitrator. He has published over 80 articles on law firm practice management, business valuation and related subjects, and has developed & taught a number of law firm management, leadership, and advanced business valuation courses for the AICPA, NACVA, Association of Legal Administrators, CLE of Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency and state Bar Associations.
Mr. Seigneur is co-author of Financial Valuation: Applications and Models, Second Edition, a 1300+ treatise on business valuation published by John Wiley & Sons and is a charter member of the Financial Consulting Group. He is a past chair of the AICPA ABV Credential Committee, NACVA Professional Standards Committee, and has been a member of the AICPA Business Valuation Committee, and the AICPA Consulting Services Executive Committee. Mr. Seigneur is a past chair of the board of directors of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and was inducted in 2006 as a member of the AICPA Business Valuation Hall of Fame, is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, College of Law where he teaches financial, management and leadership courses. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Michigan State University, and a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Policy and Finance from the University of Michigan.
Jim Serven received both his BSBA in Accounting and his Masters in Taxation from the University of Denver, and his J.D. from Stanford University. Jim practices law with Moye White LLP in Denver. He has been an adjunct professor at D.U. since 1981, teaching Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Individual Income Taxation, Business Entity Taxation, and Statistics. Jim has been published numerous times in Tax Notes Today, The Colorado Lawyer, and other publications.
Sondra Smith began teaching in the MSLA program in 2006. Sondra teaches the following courses on campus: Law Firm Administration, Law Firm Information Technology, Communications for the Legal Administrator and Financial Management for the Legal Administrator. She also teaches the online Financial Management for the Legal Administrator course for the MSLA program.
Sondra has over 20 years of legal administration experience, in both the law firm and corporate legal department environment. She has been with Level 3 Communications for over five years managing their legal team. She has extensive experience with the implementation of accounting, billing, case and matter management systems as well as the coordination of all information technology systems required to run a law firm or legal department. Sondra has a broad background in budget preparation, financial and productivity analysis as well as trust account management and collection of accounts receivable.
Sondra has spent a great deal of her career in the management of human resources, including hiring, firing, performance management, coaching, ongoing training, counseling, mentoring, compensation systems and the benefits administration required to successfully retain a law firms most valuable resource—it’s people.
Sondra is a Denver native and active in community and volunteer efforts. She has been a member of the Association of Legal Administrators since 1986, a member of ARMA since 2004, a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications since 2007 and a member of the Women’s Vision Foundation since 2009. Sondra regularly organizes volunteer events through United Way’s Day of Caring, Habitat for Humanity and for the Boulder County Open Space Parks Department.
Elizabeth W. Winfield discovered several years ago her passion for Elder Law. She is a civil litigator with many years experience in trial advocacy, representing disabled adults and children. Elizabeth is a skilled director of human resources and law firm administration, with 10 years of solid law firm management experience.
Prior to starting her own practice in Peachtree City, Georgia, Elizabeth practiced for four years with the Cook County Public Guardian in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Winfield served as court appointed guardian for disabled adults and served as the court appointed guardian ad litem for abused and neglected minors. The Cook County Public Guardian’s Office is one of the most effective public guardian programs in the country. Ms. Winfield became well versed in representing clients in Cook County with difficult legal problems. Her experience includes managing personal and financial affairs including but not limited to permanent placement; end-of-life decisions; investment planning; special needs trusts; and reverse mortgage contracts. Ms. Winfield has argued and presented petitions in various venues including Chancery, Law, Municipal, Department of Health and Human Services, and Social Security Administration.
Ms. Winfield and her family relocated to Georgia over a year ago and has brought her experience and passion to represent elderly and disabled adults to Peachtree City.