Sturm College of Law News

Clinic students file lawsuit against Xcel Energy

September 29, 2009

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Professor Jay Brown Interviewed on NPR About Executive Bonuses

September 25, 2009

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Attorney Art Folsom, JD’97, takes on high-profile federal case

September 23, 2009

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Prof. J. Robert Brown comments on Bank of America’s legal issues

September 22, 2009

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Andrew Romanoff, JD’05, seeks U.S. Senate seat

September 22, 2009

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Denver Journal of International Law and Policy articles now available online!

September 16, 2009

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Dean Katz comments on Jeffco discrimination cases

September 10, 2009

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Dean Emeritus Daniel Hoffman, LLB’58, dies at 78

September 02, 2009

Denver Post Article

Denver Business Journal Article

Statement from Governor Ritter

Dan Hoffman Memorial Fund

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 ( 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 David Thomson, director of the lawyering process program, blogs about legal education in the digital age at And DU lecturer Susannah Pollvogt’s blog Thriving in Law School ( offers links and commentary on academic achievement issues and a place for students to ask questions and seek guidance.

—Chase Squires

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