Sturm College of Law News

Prof. Michael Sousa interviewed by Fox Business News on the GM Bankruptcy

June 02, 2009

Immediately after President Obama addressed the nation regarding General Motors filing for bankruptcy, Fox Business News interviewed DU Law Professor Michael Sousa. Professor Sousa, an expert on bankruptcy law, was asked for his thoughts on the filing. The video can be viewed here (search for “Sousa” using the video search form).

Denver Water Law Review Goes Paperless!

May 19, 2009

Congratulations to the University of Denver Water Law Review for becoming a partner in the ABA Best Practices for Office Paper Management program and also as a Law Office Climate Challenge Partner for its efforts and success in going paperless.

The Water Law Review has reduced its paper use dramatically by utilizing a paperless production editing process while maintaining the integrity of its sources.

DU law instrcutor, Scott Johns, quoted nationally in Associated Press article on airline safety

May 18, 2009

Read the full account HERE.

DU Law Professor Michael Sousa comments on the future of the auto industry

May 04, 2009

Click HERE to watch the video.

Colorado Speaker of the House and DU Law graduate Terrance Carroll, JD’05 to speak at May graduation

April 30, 2009

Click HERE for more commencement details.

Important New Study about Environmental Courts and Tribunals Undertaken by DU Law Professor Pring

April 30, 2009

DENVER – Prof. George (Rock) Pring, one of the most well-recognized environmental law professors in the United States and around the world, has undertaken a unique and important new study involving environmental courts and tribunals around the globe.

Prof. Pring, who was assisted in the study by Catherine (Kitty) Pring, his wife and a professional mediator, has undertaken a cutting-edge study about how the establishment of specialized environmental courts and tribunals is changing the way environmental disputes are handled. The study reflects a global view of how the often difficult and complicated matters associated with environmental disputes are being addressed from many different perspectives.

In an interview with Don C. Smith, director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Graduate Program, the Prings explain the rationale behind the study, key findings and trends, and a comprehensive list of “best practices” for environmental courts and tribunals.

Mr. Smith said, “This study will inform decision makers worldwide. It sheds light on new and sometimes startling approaches, and yet it doesn’t shy away from addressing the myriad difficult institutional, cultural, and legal issues that are all a part of deciding whether to establish a system of environmental courts or tribunals.

“The interview also clearly demonstrates the kinds of individuals that our students will associate with when they enter our LLM or master’s degree programs. Having the opportunity to learn from professors such as Rock Pring is an experience our graduates often talk about with enormous satisfaction,” Mr. Smith said.

To see a streaming video of the interview, please click here

Click HERE to view the University of Denver Environmental Courts and Tribunals Study website.

DU Law rises to #77 in US News & World Report’s national rankings

April 23, 2009

DU Law ranked in U.S.News & World Report’s Top 100

Survey continues streak of top-tier recognition

DENVER – For the eighth straight year, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law is ranked among the top 100 law schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, with four specialized programs of study listed among the nation’s best.

The publication’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” released April 23, lists the Sturm College of Law among the nation’s top-tier schools, tied at No. 77 with Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent) Chicago, Ill.; Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, Camden, N.J.; Seattle University, Seattle, WA; Seton Hall University, Newark, N.J.; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.; University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.; and the University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.

The ranking represents an 11-place jump over last year’s ranking, one of the ten best improvements among all ranked schools. In legal specialties, DU ranked No. 9 in the country for part-time legal education; No. 15 for environmental law studies; No. 19 for tax law; and No. 33 for clinical training.

Dean José R. (Beto) Juárez, Jr. says DU is committed to ensuring DU’s ranking accurately reflects the quality of education enjoyed by University of Denver Sturm College of Law students.

“It is gratifying to see that the improvement in our rankings that I forecast last year has been realized. The steps the faculty and administration of the College of Law have taken are likely to result in continued improvement in rankings next year,” Juárez says. “I am delighted the excellence of so many of our programs has been recognized by the legal academics who were surveyed to identify the best programs in the country. The recognition of our evening program as a Top 10 program is a wonderful tribute to one of the core components of the College of Law.”

U.S. News & World Report ranks law and other graduate programs, incorporating expert opinion and statistical data collected on more than 1,200 programs.

Snow closure Friday evening, April 17

April 17, 2009

Due to expected heavy snowfall, the University of Denver has canceled evening classes and activities, Friday, April 17.

Chancellor Coombe appoints DU Law Prof. Martin J. Katz to interim dean position

April 17, 2009

Dear Members of the Sturm College of Law Community,

As you know, Beto Juarez has announced his decision to step down from the deanship of the Sturm College of Law effective July 1, 2009. A national search to fill that position has now begun and is being managed by the executive search firm Witt/Kiefer. While it may be possible to identify a new dean by the beginning of the coming academic year, the likelihood of doing so is very low. It was therefore decided, in consultation with the faculty of the College, to appoint an interim dean who would formally begin to serve on July 1. It was also decided that the interim dean should be named this month, such that he or she might work alongside dean Juarez for a few months prior to the dean’s departure – an advantage even more pronounced because of the appointment of current Associate Dean Penelope Bryan to the deanship at Whittier Law School.

It is my pleasure to announce that our colleague Professor Martin Katz has agreed to serve as the interim dean of the Sturm College of Law, effective July 1, 2009. Marty joined the College as a faculty member in 2000. Prior to that he served as partner in the law firm Davis, Graham & Stubbs and taught as an adjunct instructor of law at the University of Colorado School of Law. Marty received his B.A., magna cum laude in economics, from Harvard College in 1987 and his J.D. in 1991 from Yale Law School, where he was co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. Marty’s productive scholarly career has focused on labor and employment law. More recently, he has become actively involved in faculty governance and committee work at the College. Marty was recently elected by his peers to the Faculty Executive Committee and the Planning for Excellence Committee.

As the interim dean, Marty will begin immediately to lead the strategic planning process at the Sturm College of Law. The goal is to have a strategic plan for the college in place by the time the permanent dean position is filled (hopefully in January of 2010). Please join me in congratulating Professor Martin Katz on this new appointment and in thanking him for his willingness to take up this task at this critical time in the life of the College.


Robert Coombe

DU Law Alumni Honored in New Denver Justice Center

April 13, 2009

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