Faculty at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Accessible, engaged, student-focused.

“I am confident that there are at least five professors here at DU that I could reach out to at any point in the coming years who would do anything within their power to assist me... or buy me a cup of coffee.”

Treana Hickey, JD'13
Staff Attorney, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency


At Denver Law, the quality of our faculty is our greatest asset. We boast a long tradition of rigorous legal scholarship, which has always been a central component of our academic mission. The work of our faculty both in and out of the classroom reflects Denver Law’s ongoing commitment to participating in and contributing to the major discussions and debates of our time. They are a diverse and serious group of scholars who produce a wide range of original theoretical, doctrinal and empirical work. In addition, the law school is proud of its long history of interdisciplinary scholarship, following the tradition of our role as one of the founding law schools of the Law and Society Association.

In recent years, our faculty members have published articles in many of the nation’s leading academic journals including, among many others, Georgetown Law Journal, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Virginia Law Review and U.C. Davis Law Review. The law school’s commitment to its scholarly mission is supported by Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, Alan Chen, who helps to facilitate and promote our faculty’s research.

Denver Law has an extensive presence at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), where our faculty members routinely present papers and play leadership roles in a variety of AALS sections.

Our faculty recognizes that effective legal education requires a balanced curriculum, one that provides exposure to each of the three Carnegie apprenticeships: doctrine, skills (with an emphasis on writing) and professional identity. Interactive environments are a part of the Denver Law experience; here, the traditional Socratic method of teaching law is infused with dynamic teaching methods which emphasize skills training and employ the latest in classroom technology. Our priority is our students, and our goal is to prepare them to effectively tackle complex problems with all manner of diverse clients.

“Denver Law also has a truly impressive group of faculty, all of whom are effective instructors, dedicated mentors, and more than willing to assist students outside of the classroom. I could not be more satisfied with my decision to attend Denver Law, as it was instrumental in preparing me for a successful and rewarding career and to adapt in a rapidly-changing legal market.”

Justin L. Cohen, JD'12
Associate, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP