Sturm College of Law News
Important News for all Colorado Bar Exam Applicants!
April 01, 2009
Beginning July 2009, the Colorado Supreme Court has altered the essay portion of the bar exam to adopt the Multiple-State Essay Exam (MEE).
As background, MEE questions are composed by a team of scholars, practitioners, and judges under the auspices of the National Conference of Bar Examiners [more information available at www.ncbex.org]. Consequently, the scope and format of the essay exam will reflect the MEE format, providing test-takers with 8 nationally-created 30 minute essay questions. Significantly, the subject matter of the exam will add Conflict of Laws (starting in July 2010) and the delete Administrative Law, Colorado Civil Procedure, and Colorado Domestic Relations from the panoply of available test subjects. Otherwise we have been assured that the essay exam subjects and protocols will remain largely unchanged.
Thus, starting in July 2009, bar exam applicants should anticipate 8 essay questions from within the following subjects as listed on the NCBE website:
- Business Associations
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Family Law
- Federal Civil Procedure
- Real Property
- Trusts and Estates
- Uniform Commercial Code
In sum, starting July 2009, the Colorado Supreme Court has decided to purchase all 3 components of the bar exam from the NCBE: (1) 2 performance tests; (2) 8 essay questions; and, (3) 200 multiple-choice questions. Accordingly, Colorado Bar Exam applicants should expect that the two-day format will remain unchanged starting in July 2009 as follows:
2 performance tests and 8 essay questions (Business Associations, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates, Uniform Commercial Code);
200 multiple-choice questions (Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts)
Please let us know if you have questions and please visit www.ncbex.org for detailed subject matter outlines!
Note: The Colorado Bar Exam has indicated that it will add Conflict of Laws as an additional essay subject starting in July 2010 to provide current students adequate time to prepare for studying this additional subject.
Jessup Team Takes World Honors
March 30, 2009
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law Jessup International Moot Court Team placed second in the world in its written presentation (memorials). Please join Dean Juarez, me, and my colleagues teaching Congratulations to the DU Law team (Matt Cooper, Matt Dardenne, Krishma Parsad, Sunita Pawar and Ruby Thapliya) which also placed 18th in the world in oral arguments. Based on the raw points alone, the DU team had the second best overall record. More than 80 countries and more than 560 teams—124 from the United States (4-5 members to a team)— participated in the competitions in their respective countries. The winners from these countries (115 teams, 6 from the United States) were at the World Competition in Washington D.C. this past weekend. Every one of the DU Law oral participants placed in the top 50, with Matthew Cooper placing 21st.
The Denver Journal of International Law & Policy’s former editor-in-chief, John Powell Esq., JD’88, deserves extra special credit for coaching the Jessup team for many years, helping the team win regional contests, and placing them at the world level numerous times.
Professor Ved Nanda
Congratulations to the International Law Society Association
March 30, 2009
Please join me in congratulating our International Law Society and its representative Molly McNab (1-L,) who was elected President of the International Law Student Association.
More than 500 law schools from 90 countries participate in International Law Student Association (ILSA) and its Jessup competition.
The Sturm College of Law team in Jessup competitions reached the World Competition’s Final 24. Well done team!!
Professor Ved Nanda
LLM Student to Serve on Key California Bar Environment Committee
March 30, 2009
DENVER — David Southworth, a May 2009 candidate for an LLM degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy and an attorney with significant experience in the energy industry, has been named to the State Bar of California Environmental Section’s Legislation Committee.
The Legislation Committee tracks environmental and energy legislation pending in the California General Assembly, and prepares technical comments on bills that the Committee determines are appropriate for, and signicant enough, to warrant comment.
Mr. Southworth will take the lead regarding oil and gas industry legislation. He said, “The California legislature has been quite active in regulating the oil industry in the past. Last year alone, five new bills passed in response to the Cosco Busan spill in San Francisco Bay. This key sector fits well with my own experience as in the past I have prepared oil spill plans for marine transportation companies and onshore and offshore oil field service companies under both the Texas Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1991 and the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990.”
Earlier this month, Mr. Southworth attended his first committee meeting. Among those appearing before the Legislation Committee was Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata) , chair of the Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee Mr. Southworth said, “The session with Assemblymember Chesbro was particularly interesting, as he is very interested in recycling. Currently California is recycling 50% of all waste. However, Assemblymember Chesbro’s Assembly Bill (AB) 479 would require that 60% of all waste be recycled by 2015 and 75% of all waste be recycled by 2020. Assemblymember Chesbro has also introduced AB 283 which would make producers of all products share in the responsibility for their disposal at the end of their useful lives.”
The Legislation Committee will also be reviewing several other key pieces of legislation according to Mr. Southworth. “Of course air pollution is always an issue that comes up in the California legislature each year. I learned that air quality is already so bad that one child in every eight carries an inhaler to school. In addition, this year will see another attempt at a comprehensive solution to water problems in the bay and delta area which has been a continuous battle ground as long as I have been a member of the California Bar. Finally, urban sprawl will be addressed again in the California legislature this year. In particular, there will be a focus on who is responsible for fire protection when new subdivisions are built adjacent to forests or grasslands that burn easily. Such building seems to have been done quite irresponsibly in the past and when the forests or grasslands are state owned heavy costs have been imposed on state fire fighting agencies.”
Don C. Smith, director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Graduate Program, said Mr. Southworth’s selection to join the Legislation Committee indicated the high regard in which he is held by his professional colleagues. “Being named to the Environmental Section’s Legislation Committee is a high honor for David,” Mr. Smith said. “His work on the committee will undoubtedly benefit the California Bar as well as all of the stakeholders in California’s energy-related legislation. California may be the nation’s most important state when it comes to environmental measures, and that makes his service on the Legislation Committee even more significant.”
March 27, 2009
The University of Denver will be opened for normal business operations, Friday, 03/27/09.
Snow Closure Today
March 26, 2009
Due to Heavy Snow and Blizzard Conditions the Law School is Closed today. Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sports and Entertainment Law Journal News
March 25, 2009
The University of Denver Sports and Entertainment Law Journal is pleased to announce the release of the Fall 2008 Issue.
The Journal wishes to welcome the following new members to the Journal: Scott Neckers; William Bodie; Lindsay Dunn; Hilary Klug; Lindsay Tanis.
Additionally, the Journal congratulates the members of the incoming editorial board: Trey Douglass; Thomas Loegring; Brice Kindred; Zachary Warkentin; George Holley.
DU law student, Indra Lusero, featured in Denver Post article
March 09, 2009
Congratulations to Barrister’s Cup Competition Winners
March 09, 2009
Please join me in congratulating the winners of this weekend’s Barrister’s Cup Competition sponsored by the Moot Court Board.
Doug Hoak and Matt Mulder – First Place
Hermine Kallman and Erika Reuer – Finalist
Brandon Campbell and Heather Kendall – Semifinalist
Lee Fanyo and Jared Barnard – Semifinalist
This was a three day competition that included filing an appellate brief and arguing both sides of the issue before a panel of judges. Congratulations to all who participated in the Barrister’s Cup. – Beto Juárez – Dean and Professor of Law
Federal Judge Speaks to Environmental and Natural Resources Law Students
March 04, 2009
DENVER – Federal Judge Timothy Tymkovich, a member of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, spoke to environmental and natural resources law and policy students at the Sturm College of Law yesterday.
Judge Tymkovich spoke as part of the “Practitioner in Residence,” course. This graduate level course generally takes place each spring semester and allows students to learn from some of the top judges, lawyers, and public policy experts in the fields of environmental and natural resources law.
Judge Tymkovich, who is a member of one of the nation’s most influential courts in terms of environmental and natural resources issues, described his life as a “public policy practitioner.” After graduating from law school and clerking for the Colorado Supreme Court, Judge Tymkovich worked for a Denver law firm before joining the staff of former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton as the state’s Solicitor General. He served in this role from 1991-1996. He returned to private practice from 1997 until 2003 when he joined the Court of Appeals. During his practice career, Judge Tymkovich was involved in many cases dealing with public lands, water, and natural resources matters.
Judge Tymkovich, who appeared before the U.S. and Colorado Supreme Courts on numerous occasions while he was a practicing attorney, advised the students to seek out areas of the law where they could develop “niche practices” involving issues that will be important in the future.
He also recommended that lawyers appearing before appellate courts should bear in mind the importance of seeking out amicus groups that can offer their own policy views of the importance of a particular case. “Amicus briefs help the court to understand the broader implications of a case,” he said.