Sturm College of Law News

2010 DU Law Stars Honorees Announced!

March 10, 2010

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Lawyering Process Program Director David Thomson to serve on Legal Writing Institute Board

March 08, 2010

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is pleased to announce the appointment of David Thomson, director of the Lawyering Process Program, to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI). This is an impressive honor, and will bring significant national attention to the law school’s LP program.

The LWI is the national organization for those who teach legal analysis, research, writing and oral expression. Founded in 1984, the LWI now has over 2200 members representing all ABA-accredited law schools in the United States. The Institute also has members from other countries, as well as from English departments, independent research-and-consulting organizations and the practicing bar. The purpose of the LWI is to exchange ideas about legal writing and to provide a forum for research and scholarship about legal writing and legal analysis. The Institute promotes its work through a newsletter (The Second Draft) published twice a year; a peer-reviewed scholarly journal (The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute), published once a year; and a national conference that has been held every other year since 1984. More information about the Legal Writing Institute may be found on their website.

A blog post this morning announcing David’s election can be found here.

Congratulations David!


Michael Burg, JD’75, appointed president of The American Trial Lawyers Association

March 04, 2010

Read the full story here.


President Obama nominates a DU Law adjunct professor for federal judgeship

March 04, 2010

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DU Law Review Featured on Concurring Opinions

March 04, 2010

The Law Review and the law school received top billing yesterday on Concurring Opinions legal blog. The post discussed the Denver University Law Review’s recent Cyber Civil Rights Symposium, and the Law Review’s new online supplement, DU Process.

Participants at the symposium, held at the Sturm College of Law last fall, discussed the emerging legal issues surrounding online harassment, privacy, and Internet regulation. Professors and practitioners from across the country visited the law school to debate the proper balance of privacy, accountability, and free speech. The participants contributed short, lightly footnoted essays, which the Law Review published on its new online supplement.

The Denver University Law Review publishes four “traditional” print issues each year. Through its online supplement, the Law Review hopes to increase its exposure to the legal community and to increase its participation in timely legal discussions. Concurring Opinions is a legal blog consistently ranked in the top 25 law blogs in the world, in terms of readership and traffic.


DU Law adds to its ranks an Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness

March 03, 2010

Prof. Catherine Smith named new Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness

During the course of the next year, the newly-appointed Assoc. Dean Smith will work with Dean Katz on several initiatives, particularly those involving (1) pipeline projects for admissions, and (2) outreach to the local minority bar associations. She will also work to develop a full description of the position as it evolves. Smith is currently an associate professor with tenure at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

“We believe that this is one of the – if not the – first position of this type in the country,” said Dean Katz. “Given the SCOL’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, it is particularly appropriate for us to do here. We have the opportunity to be a national leader in this area.”

After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Professor Smith clerked for the late Chief Judge Henry A. Politz of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for U.S. Magistrate Judge William M. Catoe Jr. She then served as a legal fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Before joining the faculty at the University of Denver, from 2000 to 2004, Professor Smith was an assistant professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Professor Smith teaches Torts, Advanced Torts, and Employment Discrimination. Her research interests include torts, civil rights law, and critical race theory. Her articles have been published in a number of journals, including Wisconsin Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Rutgers Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review.


ATTENTION STUDENTS! Faculty-led advising sessions coming soon!

March 01, 2010

Read more HERE.


DU Law hosts Brazilian Judges Conference

March 01, 2010

During the week of February 15, The University of Denver Sturm College of Law was honored to be selected by the Brazil Federal Judges Association to host their Judicial Seminar on United States Law.

A total of 32 Brazilian trial and appellate judges attended the 4-day conference, with morning lectures by faculty and afternoon judicial field trips, topped by a “graduation banquet” (complete with diplomas and Native American music and dancers). The legal topics requested by the judges included presentations, in order, by Marty Katz (Con Law), Alan Chen (U.S. Judicial System), Sheila Hyatt (Civ Pro), Kristen Carpenter (Indian Law), Rock Pring (Admin and Environmental Law), Kris Miccio (Criminal Law), and Fred Cheever (Public Land Law). Special thanks go to our wonderful planners – Lauri Mlinar, McKenzie Gaby, Chris Wangelin, Don Smith, Kitty and Rock Pring, and our translators/cultural advisors Glauce Coelho and Taciana Marques (Brazilian lawyers in our ENRL LLM Program) and Sierra Russell (2L).

The law firm of Davis, Graham & Stubbs kindly co-hosted the graduation dinner, led by Managing Partner and DU Law alumnus Chris Richardson, JD’06.

Read more about the Brazilian judges conference on the Environmental and Natural Resources graduate program blog here.

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Dean and Professor Fred Cheever to serve on fire policy symposium panel at Penn

February 25, 2010

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Brenda J. Hollis, JD’77, appointed Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

February 24, 2010

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