LP faculty have over 60 years of practice experience to inform experiential learning in the classroom.

LP faculty have been recognized with awards such as “Super Lawyer” listing, “Influential Appellate Advocate,” and Winningest Attorney. Their substantial experience includes:

  • Litigation ranging from family and employment law to class action and environmental suits worth hundreds of millions of dollars;
  • Practice before multiple state and appellate courts; the Colorado, Illinois, and Missouri Supreme Courts; and even the United States Supreme Court;
  • Multiple law office environments, including government, public interest organizations, courts, and private law firms ranging from solo practice to a top 100 national firm;
  • Clients including the United States, major corporations, small businesses, and individuals;
  • Deals ranging from home purchase to the sale of a major international hotel chain;
  • Advising corporate clients on regulatory compliance; and
  • Consulting with multiple top law firms to improve the quality of their attorneys’ work product.

Robert Anderson Robert Anderson Picture

B.A., University of California
J.D., Hastings College of Law, University of California

Robert Anderson has taught in the Lawyering Process Program continuously since 2004 following a successful career in civil litigation. Anderson served on the Colorado Bar Association’s Litigation Section Council, the executive board for the section of the Bar Association that represents all Colorado trial lawyers and litigators. He also served as vice-chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Subcommittee. Anderson brings diverse teaching experience that includes mentoring high school students participating as advocates in the Teen Court program, preparing prospective law students to take the LSAT, leading seminars on legislative editing for the National Conference of State Legislatures, and teaching effective legal writing to practicing lawyers. Anderson has also authored a civil litigation formbook to assist Colorado practitioners with motions practice.

Debra Austin Debra Austin Picture

B.M.E., University of Colorado at Boulder
J.D., University of San Francisco
Ph.D., University of Denver

Debra Austin (ssrn.com/author=1088833) has been teaching at Denver Law for sixteen years. She teaches Lawyering Process and Advanced Legal Research. Her teaching and research is focused on lawyering skills, the neuroscience of learning, and how technology can be used to enhance teaching. She was awarded a LWI/ALWD/LexisNexis 2012 Legal Writing Scholarship Grant and her article on stress, lawyering, and the neuroscience of cognitive wellness will be published in the Loyola Law Review, 59 LOY. L. REV. (forthcoming Winter 2014). Austin is collaborating with Dean of Student Affairs to create a Student Wellness Program at the Sturm College of Law. She received the William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award in 2001. She was awarded a grant for integrating a SmartBoard and Student Response Systems into her Legal Skills Courses from the Morgridge Family Foundation. Austin is a member of the Rhone Brackett Inn of Court. Austin created the Advanced Legal Research course at DU in 1998. She teaches this experiential elective using a website she maintains that is accessed by alumni all over the country who have taken her course.

Tanya Bartholomew Tanya Bartholomew Picture

B.A., University of Oregon
J.D., Drake University

Tanya Bartholomew has been teaching in the Lawyering Process Program for ten years. Prior to coming to DU, she taught in the Drake University Law School Legal Research and Writing Program for eight years. At Drake she served as the associate director of the law school’s Center for Legislative Practice, and she was the assistant director of the Legal Research and Writing Program, in addition to teaching Elements of Law and Introduction to Law. Bartholomew recently completed an article discussing Legislative Process as a necessary component of the law school curriculum, which emphasizes the unique position of law schools to positively impact the political process. Prior to teaching, Bartholomew clerked for the Chief Judge of the Iowa Court of Appeals and served as a contract attorney. She 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. Tanya takes a leadership role in the newly formed Teaching Group. Modeled after traditional scholarship groups, our Teaching Group focuses on exchanging teaching techniques with a strong emphasis on experiential learning.

John Campbell John Campbell Picture

J.D., International Law Certificate, Saint Louis University School of Law
B.A., Concordia University

John Campbell (ssrn.com/author=1950004) joined the LP Program in 2012. He has extensive experience as an appellate and trial attorney. Campbell has argued before the Missouri Supreme Court, the Illinois Court of Appeals, the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Campbell also earned numerous awards while practicing, including being named one of Missouri Lawyers Media’s Up & Coming Lawyers in 2009, a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers every year since 2009 and one of the “Most Influential Appellate Attorneys” in Missouri in 2011. His publications include Huch v. Charter Communications Inc.: Consumer Prey, Corporate Predators and a Call for the Death of the Voluntary Payment Doctrine Defense, published in 2012 by Valparaiso University Law Review. Campbell is a former high school English and Spanish teacher, and before joining DU, served as an adjunct professor at Saint Louis University School of Law.

Suzanna Moran Suzanna Moran Picture

B.A., University of Texas at Austin
M.S., University of Michigan
J.D., University of Michigan Law School

Suzanna Moran has taught in the Lawyering Process Program since 2007. She brings years of experience as both a professional editor and a practicing attorney to Denver Law. Her practice experience includes eight years of litigation and transactional work in a Top-100 national firm and in a prestigious environmental law boutique. She has litigated a number of high-profile cases, some worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Her work included citizen suits under the federal environmental statutes, toxic tort actions in state courts, and numerous environmental cost recovery actions. Moran also bring nine years of professional editing to the legal writing classroom, including four years writing and editing The Environmental Law Reporter at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., and two years as director of publications at the Denver Art Museum, where she managed a staff of eight editors and graphic designers.

Nantiya Ruan Nantiya Ruan Picture

B.A., Villanova University
M.S.W., University of Denver
J.D., University of Denver College of Law

Nantiya Ruan (ssrn.com/author=661899 ) is the Director of the Lawyering Process program and has been a member of the LP faculty since 2004. She also teaches upper level courses in the Workplace Law program, and her scholarship reflects both of her teaching interests. Ruan publishes in peer review journals, including Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD and Clinical Law Review, on the importance of experiential learning in the first your curriculum and ethical considerations in bringing clients into collaborative classrooms, as well as in top law reviews on the subject of low-wage work and collective action. After earning her dual degrees from DU as one of its Chancellor Scholars, Ruan clerked for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the Southern District of New York before representing workers in employment discrimination and wage and hour class actions in both New York City and the Bay Area. Ruan founded and leads the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Scholarship Group, a supportive collaboration of legal writing professors from DU, University of Colorado, and University of Wyoming.

David Thomson David Thomson Picture

B.A., Columbia University
J.D., Vanderbilt University

David Thomson (ssrn.com/author=721919) joined the Lawyering Process faculty in 2003, but he taught the course for six years at Denver Law as an adjunct professor in the 1990s. He is well known for his expertise in using technology in teaching, and has presented widely across the country on this topic over the last several years. He is the author of Law School 2.0: Legal Education for a Digital Age (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender 2009). He is also a member of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and Association of Legal Writing Directors, and in 2010 he was elected to the Board of the LWI. He is also co-series editor on the Skills & Values Series of hybrid law school textbooks, and has published two books in that series: Skills & Values: Discovery Practice (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender 2010) and Skills & Values: Lawyering Process – Legal Writing and Advocacy (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender 2013). From 2008 to 2013, Thomson served as director of the Lawyering Process Program. Last year, he received the University of Denver’s Distinguished Teaching Award, which is given to one faculty member each year campus-wide.