Sturm College of Law News

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

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.

Jessup International Moot Court Team Competing in the World Competition in Washington DC

March 02, 2009

Please join me in congratulating your Jessup International Moot Court team, which will be competing in the World competition in Washington DC in three weeks.

The team competed in the Portland super-regional round over the weekend with 23 other teams, including all the powerhouses in California and the Pacific region. It was first after preliminary rounds, having beaten U. Cal. Berkeley. Next it beat BYU and it is now one of the two teams from the super-region that will compete in the World competition as one of twelve American teams, two from each of six region, competing against teams from about 50 other countries. The team placed 2nd with their memorial, and all four oralists were in the top 20.

John Powell, a former editor-in-chief of the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, has done a superb job as coach, taking the team to the World competition after winning the regional’s several times. A very special thanks to him!

The team members are, listed alphabetically: Matthew Cooper, Matthew Dardenne, Sunika Pawar, Krishma Parsad, Ruby Thapliya.

Please wish them success in Washington, DC.!

Ved Nanda
University of Denver
John Evans University Professor
Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law
Director, International Legal Studies

Retired Brazilian Federal Judge Speaks About Environmental Law in Brazil

February 25, 2009

DENVER — Vladimir Passos de Freitas, former federal judge and president of the Court of Appeal of the 4th Region in Brazil, says that his country “has a lot of interest in protecting the environment.” That interest is reflected in part, Judge de Freitas says, by Brazil’s widely-used and highly successful system of federal environmental courts.

Judge de Freitas, who spoke to University of Denver Sturm College of Law Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy graduate program (ENRLGP) students, said that environmental courts in Brazil “are now more strict and severe in these cases” than they ever have been in the country’s history.

Brazil is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most important engines of economic growth. The fifth largest country by geography and population, Brazil has the world’s 10th largest economy.

Judge de Freitas, while serving as president of the Court of Appeal of the 4th Region in Brazil, was instrumental in setting up environmental courts in Brazil’s three southernmost states. Professor George (Rock) Pring, a DU professor, described Judge de Freitas as “the father of Brazilian environment law.”

Don C. Smith, director of the ENRLGP, said, “It was an honor for the law school to host such an esteemed guest and environmental law leader. Judge de Freitas’ career has been one devoted to the people of Brazil and more broadly the world. The judge said several years ago, ‘We all have the ethical duty of taking care of the environmental preservation for the present and future generations.’ His life and career are an inspiration to all who meet him.”

Smith continued, “Students in the ENRLGP have opportunities to meet environmental leaders such as Judge de Freitas as well as take courses from international renowned professors like Prof. Rock Pring.”

To see a streaming video of Judge de Freitas addressing DU students, please click here. To see Don Smith interview the Judge, please click here.

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