Sturm College of Law News

Transportation Law Journal Candidacy Begins!

September 02, 2009

Beginning September 4 – Ending September 18

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DU Law blog recognized as “Best in Colorado”

September 01, 2009

State Law Publication Recognizes DU Law Blog

The University of Denver-based corporate governance blog The Race to the Bottom (www.theracetothebottom.org) has earned its share of respect, cited regularly in other blogs and mainstream media publications when it comes to dissecting the shadowy world of the C-Suite and Board Room.

From CEO pay to cooking the books, DU Sturm College of Law professor J. Robert “Jay” Brown and students have examined the workings of corporate America. This summer, the blog earned a new honor, recognition from the trade publication Law Week Colorado as Best Law Blog.

The August 24 issue of the statewide publication aimed at the legal community was the annual “Barrister’s Best,” offering kudus in categories from Best Overall Litigator to Best Tweeting Lawyer (referring to the social media communication tool Twitter).

Here’s what Law Week had to say about Brown’s blog: “It gives you something more substantial to read after you’ve gotten your daily schadenfrude fix at (New York-based blog) Above the Law. Though Race to the Bottom’s main focus is corporate governance, few blogs or newspapers have explored the (Qwest CEO Joe) Nacchio and (embattled University of Colorado professor Ward) Churchill trials from as many angles.”

While the analysis on the site is technical and in-depth in some issues, a little technical for a layman, it can also offer a more in-depth discussion of mainstream issues such as the Nacchio trial or the Securities and Exchange Commission troubles for flashy Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner Mark Cuban. The postings have been picked up by such news outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and BusinessWeek.

Brown says the blog strives to both educate the public and the students who participate in the writing.

“Law blogs are a unique way to participate in the legal debate from anywhere in the country. The Race to the Bottom makes no effort to be first in reporting a development but does make certain that the content is unique and adds something to the debate,” Brown says. “As a result, the posts are regularly repeated or cited in other blogs, law review articles, briefs, and even in one judicial opinion. Students participate because they develop higher levels of expertise in business law subjects, they improve their writing skills, and they get greater attention from prospective employers who are familiar with The Race to the Bottom.”

Race to the Bottom isn’t the only blog coming out of the Sturm College of Law. Environmental and Natural Resources Law director Don Smith’s environmental law blog, Environment in the 21st Century: Environment 21, covers a broad range of issues, from Chinese corporate social responsibility to mining law. A product of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Graduate Program, it’s online at http://enrlgp.blogspot.com. David Thomson, director of the lawyering process program, blogs about legal education in the digital age at http://www.lawschool2.org/ls2/. And DU lecturer Susannah Pollvogt’s blog Thriving in Law School (http://susannahpollvogt.wordpress.com/) offers links and commentary on academic achievement issues and a place for students to ask questions and seek guidance.

—Chase Squires


HOT OFF THE PRESSES! Read the newest Volume (86.4) of the Denver University Law Review

August 24, 2009

HOT OFF THE PRESSES! Read the newest Volume (86.4) of the Denver University Law Review here


DU Law instructor Scott Johns describes impact of airline seniority systems in mergers

August 17, 2009

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Congratulations to the New Staff Editors of the Denver University Law Review

August 10, 2009

Congratulations to the New Staff Editors of the Denver University Law Review


University of Denver Hosting Assessment Conference

July 23, 2009

The Sturm College of Law will be hosting a Conference on Assessment this fall, which is the third in a series of “Legal Education at the Crossroads” conferences designed to discuss and address the criticisms of legal education found in the Carnegie Report and the CLEA Best Practices report. The conference will take place at the Sturm College of Law, starting on Friday, September 11, and continuing through Noon on Sunday, September 13. Please click here for more information and to register for the assessment conference.


Charles M. Hobbs, JD’88, Appointed 13th Judicial District Judge

July 22, 2009

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Dragon Boat Festival makes an example out of DU grad

July 21, 2009

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Instructor Scott Johns weighs in on the stresses put on Southwest Airlines’ fleet

July 15, 2009

Instructor Scott Johns describes the rough treatment Southwest Airlines planes undergo with the airlines’ aggressive flight schedule, in the “Denver Post. Please Click Here for More Information


Prof. Kristian Miccio comments on a domestic violence case in this month’s O, the Oprah Magazine

July 15, 2009

Prof. Kristian Miccio is quoted in a story about a horrific domestic violence case in North Carolina in this months “O, the Oprah Magazine”: http://www.oprah.com/article/omagazine/200908-omag-domestic-violence


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