Sturm College of Law News

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

The International Law Society would like to congratulate the newly elected ILS Board Members

April 13, 2009

The International Law Society would like to congratulate the newly elected ILS Board Members:

The ILS congratulates the new board members and thanks all the candidates for their participation in this year’s election.

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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

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