Sturm College of Law News

Important Computer Notice

April 09, 2009

Effective Friday, April 17th starting at 9:30 am, the University of Denver network security will require you to install a policy key on your computer.

Click here for more details.

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]. 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:

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:

Day 1:
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);

Day 2:
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 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.”

University Operations

March 27, 2009

The University of Denver will be opened for normal business operations, Friday, 03/27/09.

Snow Closure Today

March 26, 2009

Snowstorm in Denver on 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

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