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European Parliament Calls for Ban on Cyanide in Mining: DU Professor and Alumnus Comment

June 25, 2010

The European Parliament has called for a ban on the use of cyanide mining technologies. The call has resulted in considerable debate about the underlying wisdom of othe proposal. Professor Don C. Smith and LLM Alumnus Leonardo Rodriguez, an associate at Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal in Buenos Aries, Argentina, comment on the Parliament’s action and assess the chances that the measure will become law. Please click here to read the full story.

DU Guest Lecturer in European Union Environmental Course Featured on Sweden’s TV4 News Channel

June 22, 2010

Marcus Oscarsson, a regular guest lecturer in DU’s European Union Environmental Law course, was featured recently on Sweden’s major news channel TV4. Mr. Oscarsson, who also writes on occassion for the Times of London, was being interviewed about Sweden’s recent royal wedding. Please click here to see a story about Mr. Oscarsson’s TV4 appearance.

World Cup Begins: Good Luck to all the Countries That Have a Connection to the Sturm College of Law

June 12, 2010

The world’s biggest sporting event, the World Cup, began today. Of the 32 teams beginning play, 14 have had students study at the Sturm College of Law. Please click here to read more about the rich relationship between the College of Law and the countries around the world that are part of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Without question, studying about environmental and natural resources law and policy means the opportunity to work with and get to know students from around the world.

Renewable Energy Webinar Hosted by Sturm College of Law

February 05, 2010

In November of 2009, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law hosted a webinar on Renewable Energy for the ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law. The link to this webinar and others by the ABA is now available HERE

Legal Earth - IUCN Academy January 2010 Newsletter

February 01, 2010

Click HERE for the newsletter.

Clear Creek Land Conservancy (CCLC) Assists with Conservation Easement

January 04, 2010

On December 30, Clear Creek County purchased the “Oxbow” property from a developer-owner for $1,070,000 and donated a conservation easement to the CCLC to preserve it. Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) provided a grant of $725,000 toward the purchase, with the County paying the rest. The Oxbow includes 3/5-mile of river (fishing, rafting, kayaking), the old railroad bed (great future trail), lovely wooded areas, canyon wildlife and towering cliffs (rock climbing).

“This the first of what we hope be many conservation easements we can do in partnership with Clear Creek County,” said Prof. Rock Pring, CCLC’s vice president for land conservation, “To realize its visionary ‘Clear Creek Greenway’ from the Jeffco Open Space Greenway all the way across the county to the Eisenhower Tunnel!”

For those who are interested in the location of the new easement, you can view large parts of it from your car driving west (upstream) on U.S. 6. Just past the stop light at the confluence of the North and South Forks, as you cross into Clear Creek County, you come to Tunnel 5. Just before you go into Tunnel 5, you can look left/upstream into the property (watch out for the big gravel trucks!). As you exit Tunnel 5 immediately look left/downstream for a view of the other end of the Oxbow Property. If you are coming the other way, off I-70 and driving east/downstream on U.S. 6, just look right at each end of Tunnel 5.

Professor Duvivier presents to the Denver Board of Realtors Government Affairs Committee

December 03, 2009

On 12/3/09, Professor DuVivier made a presentation to the Denver Board of Realtors Government Affairs Committee. The presentation addressed the history of solar access and how the current drafts of the new Denver Zoning Code represent a step backward in protecting solar access. Professor DuVivier then presented a number of better alternative solutions.

Congratulations to our Spring 2010 RMMLF Scholarship Winner!

December 03, 2009

Please join me in congratulating our own Maria C. Crespo on winning a tuition scholarship from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation for the Spring of 2010!

Special One Week Intensive Courses Taught in August 2009

December 01, 2009

Comparative Latin American Mining Law
Taught by: Florencia Heredia, Don C. Smith, Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado

Community Expectations for Sustainable Development in Natural Resources Projects
Taught by: Luke J. Danielson and M. Cecilia Dalupan

Renewable Energy Webinar

December 01, 2009

Renewable Energy: Legal Challenges and Solutions For the Green Economy

A webinar sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Environmental Law

Cosponsored by the

  • ABA Section of Business Law
  • ABA Section of Utility, Communications & Transportation Law
  • ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law

Hosted by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado

November 20, 2009
10:00 am – 12:00 Noon (Mountain time)

Over the past decade, a growing number of states have promoted the development of renewable energy. More than half have adopted renewable portfolio standards. The federal government also has promulgated policies and adopted measures to promote investments in renewable energy, including through tax policy, federal energy grants, and regulation of interstate transmission of electricity.

Especially in the wake of the 2008 spike in global oil prices, followed by the devastating effects of the recession on the U.S. economy, congressional leaders and the Obama Administration believe that expanding renewable energy investments can create needed jobs, help end America’s dependence on foreign oil, and combat the effects of global warming. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed into law in February 2009, provides over $60 billion for renewable energy initiatives and “green” jobs. In addition, among energy and climate change-related bills, Congress has begun considering legislation intended to expand clean energy programs, adopt national renewable energy standards, and tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

This webinar features experts from federal and state government and the private sector at the center of the national debate on renewable energy. The discussions are intended to stimulate broad-based dialogue about the unprecedented opportunities for development of the emerging “green” economy and the legal challenges that our nation must both anticipate and overcome in this process. They also will serve as the foundation for a White paper containing recommendations for further action that can be advanced by stakeholders at all levels, including the American Bar Association.

10:00 am – Program Goals and Speaker Introductions
Howard Kenison, Lindquist Vennum P.L.L.P., Denver, CO
Federico Cheever, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO

10:20 am – Keynote Speaker
Matt Futch, Utilities Program Manager, Governor’s Energy Office (GEO), State of Colorado, Denver, CO
Facilitating Renewable Energy – A Colorado State Perspective

10:45 am – Renewable Energy Technologies: Legal Issues

Federico Cheever, Denver, CO
Howard Kenison, Denver, CO

David Hurlbut, Senior Analyst, Market & Policy Impact Analysis Group, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

John A. Herrick, Senior Counsel, Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck, Denver, CO

Frank Prager, Vice President for Environmental Policy, Xcel Energy Inc., Denver, CO

Is renewable technology advancement outstripping the regulatory regime? The speakers will address the significant advancements in commercially viable renewable technologies with a constructive and discerning eye on current regulatory challenges. Our panelists also examine concrete policies and measures that can be adopted in the near term to facilitate deployment of promising alternative energy technologies. Speakers representing state government and the private sector will delineate challenges and opportunities driven by market demand and by President Obama’s renewable energy mandate.

11:45 pm – Question and Answer Session

12:00 Noon – Webinar Concludes

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