Sturm College of Law News

Asst. Professor Margaret Kwoka testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary re: the Freedom of Information Act

July 12, 2016

Click here to read Prof. Kwoka’s written testimony in its entirety.

Click here to watch a recording of the Senate Judiciary Meeting, “FOIA at Fifty: Has the Sunshine Law’s Promise Been Fulfilled?” Professor Kwoka appears at 48:00 then again at 1:38:05.


Marty Katz Looks Back: 7 Years as Dean at Denver Law

July 01, 2016


TaxProfBlog highlights Professor Patience Crowder’s Transactional Law Clinic article

June 27, 2016


VIDEO: Watch the entire 2016 Denver Law commencement ceremony online

May 25, 2016

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Denver Law’s class of 2015 shows significant and sustained improvement in employment outcomes

May 25, 2016

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Rebecca Love Kourlis, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice, to deliver law commencement address May 21

May 10, 2016

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Legal Luminaries: Denver Law alumnus Michael Burg, JD’75, to be inducted into the Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame

April 19, 2016


Denver Law’s Civil Rights Clinic honored with CLEA award for work on prisoners’ rights cases

April 18, 2016


“Breaking with Tradition” – Denver Law one of five schools featured in US News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools 2017 Guidebook

April 06, 2016


The University of Denver appoints Bruce Smith, JD, PhD, as dean of Sturm College of Law

April 04, 2016

The University of Denver has appointed Bruce Smith, JD, PhD, as dean of its Sturm College of Law, effective July 1, 2016. Smith comes to DU from the University of Illinois College of Law where he has served as a tenured professor since 2006, as Guy Raymond Jones Faculty Scholar since 2009, and as dean from 2009 to 2014.

Smith replaces Dean Martin J. Katz, who will return to the law school’s faculty after seven years leading the school through progressive change and increased public recognition.

“Bruce brings precisely the right experience, leadership qualities and ambition to continue the impressive trajectory of our Sturm College of Law,” said Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. “His experience as a dean, his distinguished scholarship, his commitment to innovative legal education and his commitment to interdisciplinary and cross-school programming, are exactly what we need. Also, he is an expert fundraiser who will help us raise funds to provide access for our students and support for the work of our faculty. Bruce is excited about our DU IMPACT 2025 plan and about working with the faculty to evolve our law school. I am certain he will deepen our connections to the profession across the country and further engage our alumni — all for the benefit of our fine students.”

Smith said: “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the Sturm College of Law as its next dean, where I will build upon the College’s considerable institutional momentum and the many successes achieved under my respected colleague and friend, Marty Katz. Over the past few years, no law school in the nation has responded more creatively, more energetically, or more visibly to the transformation in the global legal profession.” Smith also said he “looks forward to moving to Colorado — a state I know and love — and to collaborating with DU’s administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external supporters to advance one of the nation’s most ascendant law schools and universities to even loftier heights.”

US News & World Report ranks the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law among the top 75 in the country, with five specialty programs ranked in the top 15: legal writing (#7), clinical training (#14), trial advocacy (#6), environmental and natural resources law (#15), and part-time programs (#6). Additionally, in the print edition of US News and World Report‘s Best Graduate Schools 2017, Denver Law is featured as one of five schools that are “breaking the mold.”

Provost Gregg Kvistad said: “At a time of considerable challenge to law schools across the nation, we are especially proud to attract Bruce to DU. His experience as a law dean at one of the nation’s top comprehensive research universities, along with his track record for curricular innovation and strong collaboration with the bench and bar all position him to make important and lasting contributions to the law school, to the University, and to the broader legal community in Denver and beyond.”

Smith has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School and the George Washington University Law School. He earned juris doctor and doctor of philosophy degrees from Yale University, where he was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, BA and MA degrees from the University of Cambridge in England, and a BA degree summa cum laude from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.


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