Please meet our excellent faculty and visiting professors:

Roy Becker


Roy Becker has over 30 years experience working in the international departments of several banks where he assisted many importers and exporters with the intricate banking needs associated with international trade. Roy serves as adjunct faculty in the International MBA programs at the University of Denver and University of Colorado in Denver. He conducts numerous seminars at the World Trade Center Denver. He is a past member of Toastmasters International, and a past Vice President of Education for the Denver Transportation Club.

Alan Blakely


Alan Blakley practices intellectual property law with a focus on protecting rights through negotiations and litigation. He is admitted to practice in numerous courts and has been litigating simple and complex matters, including national class actions, since 1991. Professor Blakley formerly taught at the University of Montana School of Law and at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He has taught Contracts, Property, Advanced Trial Practice, Civil Procedure and Evidence. Professor Blakley has published numerous books on discovery in civil litigation and the use of electronic information in litigation, as well as articles in both law reviews and popular legal publications on issues ranging from privacy to litigation to the historical federal courtroom in Butte, Montana. As chair of the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association and as a member of The Federal Lawyer editorial board, he published a regular column on litigation issues. He currently writes a column for the Northern Colorado Business Report entitled “Keep It Legal.”

Stacey Bowers

BS, University of Pittsburgh,1988
JD, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1992

Stacey Bowers is a visiting lecturer at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she teaches in the corporate area. She first started teaching as an adjunct professor at the law school in 2002. Prior to becoming a visiting lecturer, she was the Instructional Services & Outreach Librarian and Interim Assistant Director at the University of Denver Westminster Law Library.

After graduating with her J.D. in 1992 from the University of Denver, she practiced law for 15 years specializing in corporate and securities law. Stacey started her career at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. in the division of Corporation Finance. She was securities counsel for two public companies during and after their initial public offerings and also worked in private practice for a number of years.

J. Robert Brown, Jr.


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.

Phoenix Cai


B.A., 1996, Washington University in St. Louis
J.D., 1999, U.C. Berkeley School of Law

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 mergers and acquisitions, finance and securities law. She will be teaching Property, Public International Law, International Trade Law and Policy at the College of Law.

Kurt Colburn


B.A., 1992, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado J.D., 1995, New York University School of Law, New York, New York

Kurt Colburn is an attorney with over 18 years experience in mergers & acquisitions, regulated industries, and complex corporate transactions.

After law school at New York University, Colburn practiced at Debevoise & Plimpton’s New York office, representing clients as diverse as New York Life and Chrysler in transactions ranging from $10 million to over $50 billion. After returning to his home town of Denver, Colburn spent 7 years at First Data Corporation – originally as Mergers and Acquisitions Counsel for transactions in the U.S. and Canada, and later as Senior Counsel for International Mergers and Acquisitions, based in Paris and London. Currently, Colburn is Counsel for corporate development at former First Data subsidiary Western Union.

Colburn has represented buyers and sellers in evaluating acquisitions in over 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Central and South America, the Middle East, Australia and Africa; negotiated transaction documents for companies in Athens, Bangalore, Beijing, Brussels, London, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Oslo, Paris, Toronto, Rome, Sal Paulo, and Seoul; and worked extensively with senior management to evaluate complex business scenarios and implement strategies to limit risk and maximize transaction value.

Rashmi Goel


B.A. Hons., 1992, University of Saskatchewan
LL.B., 1992, University of Saskatchewan
J.S.M., 1996, Stanford University School of Law
J.S.D., Present, Stanford University School of Law

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.

José R. (Beto) Juárez, Jr.


A.B., 1977, Stanford University
J.D., 1981, University of Texas

José Roberto (Beto) Juárez Jr., the University of Denver’s first Hispanic dean, began his tenure at the Sturm College of Law in July, 2006. An accomplished scholar, lawyer and administrator, Dean Juárez came to DU from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, where he was a law professor and an associate dean for academic and student affairs. Dean Juárez has taught courses in Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Conflict of Laws, Federal Courts, Professional Responsibility, and Remedies, as well as a seminar on Language Rights. His research interests include employment discrimination, language rights, legal history, race, and religion and the law, and he has published extensively, presenting his work throughout the United States and Mexico. Dean Juárez served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Oregon Law School during the 2001-2002 academic year, and was an associate professor of law at the Council on Legal Educational Opportunity Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law during the Summer of 1991. He began his career as a staff attorney for the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation in Galveston, Texas, where he practiced poverty law, with an emphasis on family and housing law; he then moved onto Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a civil rights law firm, as a staff attorney in their San Antonio office. After four years, he was named MALDEF’s Regional Counsel and Employment Program Director in their LA office, where he supervised a staff of 13, including five attorneys. He also supervised employment discrimination litigation brought by attorneys in five regional offices nationwide.

Dr. Kenneth Leung


Ph.D., Economics, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA
BA, Social Science (Economics) International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan

Kenneth Leung started his own economic consultancy in 2008 and has been consulting with Western Union. He has also been teaching economics and multinational finance at Daniels College of Business as an adjunct professor since 2010.

Kenneth joined First Data Corp in 2002 and was its Chief Economist until KKR purchased the company in 2007. At Western Union and First Data Corp, he analyzed risks and opportunities arising from changes in economic, regulatory and market conditions to assist in business and strategic planning. Before coming to Denver in 2002, Kenneth had spent 20 years as an economist/analyst in major global financial institutions including Bank of America, Bankers Trust, and Deutsche Bank. His career spanned major financial centers such as New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. He prepared macroeconomic and industry analyses on Asian countries to support the institutions’ corporate finance, private equity, funds management, sales and trading, and credit risk management. He enabled the launch of the first two leveraged-loan and high-yield financing deals in Japan by providing analysis on targeted industries and companies. He made frequent client visits and conference presentations around the world to promote the banks’ marketing and sales activities.

Viva Moffat


A.B., 1991, Stanford University
M.A., 1993, University of Virginia
J.D., 1996, University of Virginia

Viva Moffat began her academic career at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law as an assistant professor after seven years in private practice and one year as a visiting professor. While in law school at the University of Virginia, Moffat was editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Robert R. Beezer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Seattle. Following the clerkship, Moffat was an associate at Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, where she had a general commercial litigation practice. After moving to Colorado in 2000, Moffat’s practice on intellectual property litigation and transactions, sparking her interest in teaching and writing in the field of intellectual property. Moffat teaches courses on intellectual property and contracts. Her scholarship concerns intellectual property and the interaction among the various legal regimes for the protection of intellectual property.

Ved P. Nanda


Evans University Professor
Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law

B.A., M.A., 1952, Punjab University, India
LL.B., 1955, LL.M., 1958, Delhi University, India
LL.M., 1962, Northwestern University
Graduate Fellow, Yale University

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.

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.

Brad Olsen


LL.M in European Law, University of Edinburgh
J.D., University of Colorado, Boulder

Brad is a business lawyer: his passion is the real world application of the law to help solve business problems quickly and creatively. Brad is a named member at the Denver firm of Hatch Ray Olsen LLC. He has experience as General Counsel for small and emerging companies as well as for an established multi-billion dollar company in the highly regulated food industry with international sales and manufacturing operations. Brad is currently the outside General Counsel for Impact Confections, Inc. (a food company that makes WARHEADS® super sour candies).

Brad’s experience includes broad expertise in the multi-level complexities of international law. He has negotiated and documented international agreements including a joint venture with a European competitor. He has negotiated international agreements involving specialized, long lead equipment design and installation, food ingredients, construction, joint IP development and cross licensing. He has handled food issues in Europe and in China. He has direct experience protecting IP in Europe including victories in opposition proceedings before the Board of Appeals at the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany.

While at the University of Edinburgh, Brad and his team made the Regional Finals of the European Law Moot Court Competition in Florence, Italy (an experience he highly recommends) and he presented a paper at the Summer 2010 Europeanisation Conference in association with the Europa Institute, “Protecting Fundamental Rights and the Evolving roles of the Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights; Europeanisation in Action at the Supranational Level,” published in the Edinburgh Student Law Review, Vol. 1, Issue 3, p. 55 (September 2010). His Dissertation (Distinction level) was on a topic that combines the Human Rights based protection of due process rights and Competition Law: “Due Process and an Undistorted Internal Market: The Commission’s and the Court’s Obligation to Protect Both.”

Lori Reynolds


Lori Reynolds is the Director of Advanced Legal Studies at the Peking University School of Transnational Law and teaches Intercultural Competence for Lawyers. She also serves as an intercultural consultant advising universities and organizations on intercultural programs and curriculum, and developing and conducting intercultural workshops and training. Previously, she worked for American University and the Institute of International Education. While at American University, she taught graduate and undergraduate courses on cultural issues in the classroom. She has taught in Hungary and Slovakia and served in volunteer leadership positions for NAFSA.
She has an AB in English and Political Science from Duke University, a JD from the University of Colorado School of Law, and a TESOL graduate certificate from American University.

Paula Rhodes


B.A., 1971, American University
J.D., 1974, Harvard University

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


Lecturer and Director, Environmental & Natural Resources Law & Policy Graduate Program

University of Kansas, B.S., with distinction, 1976
Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 1979
University of Leicester (England) Faculty of Law, LL.M., with distinction, 2001

Don C. Smith is the Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Graduate Program 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 environmental publications involving European Union policy.

He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He is editor in chief of Utilities Policy, a peer-reviewed journal, published by U.K.-based Elsevier Science, Ltd.

Michael D. Sousa


Assistant Director, Business and Commercial Law Program and Assistant Professor

M.A., University of Denver (present)
LL.M., St. John’s University School of Law
J.D., Rutgers University School of Law
B.A., Florida Atlantic University – Highest Honors

Michael Sousa joined the faculty at the Sturm College of Law in 2008, and will teach and pursue scholarship in the areas of bankruptcy law and commercial law. Immediately 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 to the Honorable Rosemary Gambardella, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, and to 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 to the Honorable William J. Martini in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and to the Honorable John E. Wallace, Jr. in the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.

Celia Taylor


B.A., 1986, George Washington University
J.D., 1989, New York University
LL.M., 1994, Columbia University

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.

Todd Wells


Todd A. Wells, practices commercial, corporate and employment law in Denver, where he advises a range of clients with their domestic and international business needs. Mr. Wells is co-founder of the law firm Gleason Wells, PC with operations in the Lodo district of downtown Denver and in Grenoble, France.

Mr. Wells is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and currently serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Colorado Bar Association International Law Section, with an upcoming term as Co-Chair of the International Law Section. He holds degrees in anthropology from the University of Tennessee; an MBA from the University of Colorado Denver; a JD from the University of Denver; and an LLM in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution from the University of Hong Kong.

Mr. Wells teaches an experiential-style course in international commercial arbitration as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver, and his teaching will soon expand to international sales law, specifically, the CISG. He coaches the University of Denver Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team during the spring semester. The “Vis” moot team argues in both Hong Kong and Vienna, Austria each March. Mr. Wells has instructed law students around the world including a brief Visiting Scholar position at Waseda University Law School in Tokyo, Japan.

Prior to law school, Mr. Wells worked as an international compliance paralegal in the Yahoo! International Legal Group in Sunnyvale, California where he handled a wide variety of international compliance and litigation matters.

Annecoos Wiersema


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.