Sturm College of Law News

Howard Kenison, JD’72, named an Attorney of the Year by Law Week Colorado.

January 12, 2010

Howard Kenison, JD’72, partner in the firm of Lindquist & Vennum-Denver, was named an Attorney of the Year by Law Week Colorado. Law Week sought attorneys who “accomplished great things over the past year” and “stood out within the firm and in a crowd of their peers.” Highlights from Howard’s year included a Colorado Supreme Court victory representing Adams County which challenged the state government’s decision to allow disposal of radioactive wastes at a hazardous waste landfill; chairing the ABA’s standing committee on environmental law; and serving as one of two ABA environmental representatives to the World Justice Forum II in Vienna, Austria. The Forum is a program of the World Justice Project, launched in 2007 by Bill Neukom (immediate past president of the ABA and former GC to Microsoft) to strengthen the rule of law worldwide. Click here to view the announcement from Law Week Colorado. Howard also is serving as the 2009-2010 Natural Resources Practitioner-in-Residence at the Sturm College of Law.


Dedicated adjunct professors bring extensive real-world experience to DU Law students

January 12, 2010

For the full story, click HERE.


Prof. Jay Brown comments on the myth of executive pay reform

January 12, 2010

For the full story, click HERE.


Prof. Michael D. Sousa to speak at the American Bankruptcy Institute Conference

January 06, 2010

On January 22, 2010, Professor Michael D. Sousa will serve as a panelist at the American Bankruptcy Institute Rocky Mountain Conference discussing the future and shape of Chapter 11 business bankruptcies in the post General Motors and Chrysler landscape. He will be joined by bankruptcy judges and several attorneys who regularly serve as counsel to parties in nationally known Chapter 11 bankruptcies.


DU Law Students Selected for Tax Challenge Semi-Finals

January 06, 2010

Sturm College of Law students, Bryan Jensen (3L) and Scott Valent (3L) were recently selected as semi-finalists for the 2009 American Bar Association Tax Challenge. The pair will compete in the semi-final rounds in San Antonio, Texas on January 22, 2010. Only 6 teams out of approximately 38 were selected to move to the semi-final round, and the DU Law team of Bryan and Scott were one of those six teams.

This is a wonderful accomplishment for the law school and goes far in highlighting our developing commitment to corporate and business law. Congratulations to Bryan and Scott!


DU Environmental Law Clinic helps delay deer culling in Valley Forge, PA

January 04, 2010

To read the full article, click HERE.


Prof. Brown lights up the blogosphere: Do legal blogs influence judicial decisions?

December 23, 2009

On December 21, 2009, Prof. Jay Brown penned a blog on a Race to the Bottom concerning the effects—or potential effects—legal blogs have on judicial decisions. The blog was quickly picked up by various top-rated legal blogs such as The Volokh Conspiracy and Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports, as well as the Scotus Blog. Seems that the jury is still out on this issue.

Read Prof. Brown’s original post here:

http://www.theracetothebottom.org/home/the-influence-of-law-blogs-on-the-judicial-process.html


Assistant Dean Dan Vigil comments on Pueblo conflict of interest case

December 17, 2009

Read the full article here.


Will 2010 bring a new era of leadership to Wall Street? Prof. Jay Brown weighs in

December 16, 2009

Read the full story HERE.


New Workplace Law certificate program announced

December 09, 2009

The DU Graduate Council has approved the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s new certificate program in Workplace Law. Students who take a certain set of classes and experiences, and who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above, will be eligible to receive the certificate, which will designate to potential employers that they have done so.

The DU Workplace Law program is one of the top labor and employment law programs in the country for JD students. Almost all existing programs are east of the Mississippi River, including Cornell, Michigan State, University of Minnesota, Chicago-Kent, Wayne State, and St. Louis. DU Law has the only comprehensive labor and employment law program in the Rocky Mountain Region and the Western United States, and one of the top programs in the country based on the number of dedicated employment and labor law faculty.

Workplace law has been a strongly growing legal field in the last two decades. The erosion of the common law employment-at-will doctrine has led to an explosion of employment litigation in recent years. The amendment of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in 1991 to include jury trial rights and the expansion of available remedies, including compensator)’ and punitive damages has increased the number of cases alleging invidious discrimination by employers. In addition, passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008) and passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 have also increased the demand for legal services in this field.

The emergence of an alternative labor union institution to the AFL-CIO, “Change to Win,” and the group of unions comprising it including the Service Employees International Union led by Andy Stern has the potential to revitalize the labor union Movement and challenge traditional structures of the law in the labor/management field. The American Bar Association Journal recently (Aug. 2009) tabbed labor law as one of five growth fields in the current economy. In Colorado, traditional labor is also surging. The Governor signed an Executive Order in November 2007 allowing state employees to join unions and collectively bargain.

Workplace law is front and center in the minds of businesses. A recent article in the Corporate Legal Times, surveying in house counsel, showed a majority of responding attorneys listing labor and employment issues as their number one source of liability exposure. At this time, workplace law cases represent one of the largest segments of the courts’ civil dockets. In Colorado, a number of labor initiatives were slated for the November 2008 ballot, including one for “just cause” discharge in private employment in Colorado.

An increasing number of students have indicated a strong interest in learning about and practicing in the area of workplace law. This is likely a result of increased career opportunities in this field, as well as the fact that workplace law is a uniquely accessible field (since most students have been employees and a number have been managers or employers). In fall 2006, DU law students formed a chapter of the Plaintiffs Employment Law Association (PELA), which has since been transformed into the Student Employment Law Association (ELA). The group serves DU students with an interest in labor and employment law, organizing programs that educate students about the practical and intellectual aspects of the field.

The new certificate is an important piece in DU’s Workplace Law program, and we believe it will be a helpful tool both for student recruiting and for job placement.

This is the second such certificate program that the law school has had approved. Last year, Prof. Ved Nanda led the way in getting approval for a certificate in International Law. Thanks go to Professor Roberto Corrada for making the Workplace Law certificate offering a reality.

Visit the Workplace Law Website.


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