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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.

Denver Law named National Semi-Finalists in 7th Annual Transactional LawMeet® Competition

April 04, 2016

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National Law Journal publishes extensive interview with Assoc. Prof. Justin Pidot on U.S. Supreme Court tie votes

March 30, 2016

Denver Law ranked #9 in National Jurist’s “Best Schools for Practical Training” – Civil Rights Clinic case featured in cover story

March 22, 2016

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT Rankings: Five specialty programs in top 15

March 16, 2016

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Don, LLB’58, and Sue Sturm honored with the inaugural Founders Medal during two-day celebration of DU’s founding

March 07, 2016

Denver Law takes the Midwestern Region title for Transactional LawMeets 2016: Headed to Nationals in NYC on 4/1

March 01, 2016

On Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, 84 teams competed in regional rounds of the 7th Annual Transactional LawMeet®. In this year’s competition, teams negotiated a merger of two emerging technology companies. The drafting stage took place over two months, with students drafting term sheets, interviewing their clients and marking up opposing teams’ drafts. The Denver Law finalists from the Midwestern Region were James Ball, Kayla Martin and Tyson Welch, all 3L students. The fourteen Finalist teams will be competing at the National Round of the competition on Friday, April 1, 2016. The National Round will be hosted by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s New York office. Click here for the full press release.

2016 Transactional LawMeets Team: James Ball, Kayla Martin and Tyson Welch

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James Ball, Kayla Martin and Tyson Welch.

Professor Kris McDaniel-Miccio speaks to KOA Radio on proposed closing of Guantanamo

February 25, 2016

What’s problematic with Guantanamo from its inception is that there was a bill that was passed under the very first term of Obama that said that you couldn’t bring detainees onto U.S. soil – and he signed it. And now he’s going against it, which not only raises legal questions about what is the extent of that law but it also raises political questions about the fact that he has changed his mind.” Listen to the complete interview here.

Watch the video from “Justice Scalia’s Legacy and the Nomination of His Successor,” a panel sponsored by the Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program

February 22, 2016

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Homeless Advocacy Policy Project releases first-of-its-kind report on criminalizing homelessness in CO

February 16, 2016


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