Rwanda Twenty Years Ago kick-off event a huge success
October 16, 2013
On Wednesday October 16th, the law school’s International Legal Studies Program and Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law collaborated with the Department of Anthropology, the University Libraries, and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies to host a panel of Rwandans who discussed their perceptions of the events leading up to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda in which 800,000 women, children and men perished. Noteworthy speaker Medard Nduwamungu is a genocide survivor and contributor to the 1999 Alison Des Forges book “Live None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda” and later translated that book into Kinyarwanda. Mr. Nduwamungu, who now works for the Canadian Department of Justice’s War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Section, spoke of the many early warning signs to the genocide. In a powerful statement Mr. Nduwamungu stated: “World leaders know the political environment in countries. They know when atrocities such a as genocide are being committed. And they ought to be ashamed that they allow the atrocities to occur.”
Other panelists included Mr. Adolphe Kajangwe, a local Rwandan who grew up in neighboring Burundi, and Ms. Francoise Mbabazi, another local Rwandan who grew up in neighboring Uganda. Both had family members perish in the genocide, and both provided valuable insights with regards to the pre-genocidal culture, context and colonial legacy that stirred historical conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi populations that spanned across the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda.
The panel was part of a larger series of events and activities designed to commemorate the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. For more information, please visit our blog, www.rwanda20yearsago.com.
Restricted Access starts October 13th
October 09, 2013
Beginning this Sunday, October 13, library access will be restricted to DU Law students, faculty and staff and those with legitimate legal research needs from 9:00 p.m. until midnight on Sunday through Thursday nights. You will need to swipe your DU identification card in the card reader at the front door if you want to enter the library after 9:00 p.m. If you forget your card or the card reader does not accept it, please knock on the door so that a library employee can assist you.
Noise Alert for Saturday, October 12 from 9am-5pm
October 07, 2013
The Denver University Law Review will be doing a staff training on Level 3 of the library from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 12. Materials and computers on Level 3 will be accessible, but you might want to work or study on Level 1 or 2 or in a study room.
Ved Nanda Center hosts Islamic Law scholar from University of Toronto
September 20, 2013
This past Friday September 20th, the Ved Nanda Center, in collaboration with the Josef Korbel School’s Center for Middle East Studies, hosted Islamic Law scholar Mohammad Fadel of the University of Toronto for a lunchtime talk on “The Crisis in Egypt: Liberalism, Islamism, and the Struggle for Democracy.” Professor Fadel spoke on the topics of Liberalism and Islamism in Egypt post-Arab Spring and post-2012 constitutional reforms. Professor Fadel’s lunchtime talk was well attended and well received with nearly 100 attendees. Professor Micheline Ishay of the Josef Korbel School spoke as a discussant after the lecture. To view the lecture, please visit the Center for Middle East Studies’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DUCenterforMiddleEastStudies.
Professor Ved Nanda weighs in on the US response to Syria
September 07, 2013
Professor Ved Nanda’s Denver Post OpEd piece on the US response to Syria.
Norman Meyer - A Pioneer of Court Excellence
September 04, 2013
Over the course of his extensive career, Norman Meyer has lived and worked all over the US while wanting nothing more than to return to his home state of New Mexico. From the beginning of his career, he spent ten years as a trial court administrator in the state courts of Oregon and Wisconsin, participating in innovative programs in jury, technology, case flow, public education and human resource management. Beginning in 1989, he spent seven years as the Chief Deputy Clerk of the U.S. District Court in Arizona. From 1996-2001, he was Clerk of the Court of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Since 2001 Meyer has been the Clerk of the Court of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Mexico. For Meyer, professionally speaking, patience is not only a virtue, it is a requirement. When asked about the 24 years it took him to find a job that would bring him back to New Mexico, Meyer stated, “you have to be geographically flexible – you cannot and will not get the job you want right out of the chute.”
Meyer completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico in 1977, with degrees in both Political Science and Russian Studies. After graduation, he moved to Colorado to pursue his Juris Doctorate at the University of Denver. Upon completion of his first year of law school, however, he realized that, although he still wanted to work in a legal setting, becoming a lawyer was not the right fit. Never one to simply give up, he began to look around DU for an MBA program (or something similar) and discovered the law school had the MSJA Program. Meyer then met with Harry Lawson, then-director of the MSJA program, and was immediately sold on it as a career choice. He started the MSJA program that August and ended the program the following August. His career in the courts began when he was required to complete his externship at the Jefferson County Court in Golden, Colorado. He was then assigned to the Administrator’s office in Salem, Oregon for a summer internship (being assigned summer internships out of state was a common practice for the MSJA program at the time). After completing his MSJA degree, he applied for several jobs around the country – he laid bricks for income – until he finally landed a newly-created job as a district court administrator in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Throughout Meyer’s career in the courts, he has certainly found particular jobs more challenging than others. These experiences have led him to grow and to become a very successful and well-respected Court Administrator. While positioned as Clerk of the U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia, (what Meyer states has been his most challenging job overall) he oversaw three separate court regional divisions, each 100 miles from each other. In addition to the troubles associated with keeping track of and traveling to each division, Meyer found the judges on the bench did not always cooperate well, which complicated decision-making. Furthermore, his predecessor as clerk had a history of discriminatory hiring practices, which upset Meyer and caused him to take action.
When asked what he believes is the hardest thing he’s had to do in his career, Meyer said that is to terminate an employee for non-performance related reasons, primarily budget concerns. Since taking care of staff is a leader’s prime concern (staff are your most important resource), for Meyer this is an emotional and horrible thing to have to put someone through, especially a dedicated, deserving employee.
In turn, Meyer has a true passion for public service and has found throughout his career he is most fulfilled when making the courts a better place for the public. He truly excels at this and has never forgotten he works for the tax-payers above everyone else. As a public servant, he draws inspiration from his grandfather, once a city councilman in St. James, Minnesota, who stated, “I have accepted a public trust and I will keep the faith.” Meyer himself has stated that, “every day, I work hard to fulfill the public’s trust in me and do my best to provide excellent public service while supporting and defending the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law is why I have a passion for what I do and it is why I am proud to be a court administrator. We in the courts work in the most important branch of government. It is our mission to protect the rights of our citizens, and without a strong judiciary, our democracy fails.” Moreover, Meyer is passionate about working and collaborating with the Sturm College of Law, attending events held by the MSLA Program as well as networking with MSLA students and alumni.
One exceptional area of work for Meyer has been participating in Rule of Law projects in Eastern Europe over the past 15 years. From teaching classes on case flow, I.T., and H.R. management to management reviews of trial courts to establishing model pilot courts, Meyer has worked in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Albania and Serbia. He is currently the Vice President for the North American Region of the International Association for Court Administration. At the MSLA-MSJA 40th Anniversary celebration earlier this year, Meyer was given the “Outstanding Achievement in International Court Administration” award.
Meyer’s involvement in and commitment to the National Association for Court Management (NACM) began in 1980. Meyer served on the NACM Board of Directors for seven years,
including as President of NACM in 1995-6. In July 2013 he received the NACM Award of Merit — which is NACM’s most prestigious individual award. When asked how he felt about accepting this award, Meyer was extremely humble, claiming that “[the] best kind of recognition you can ever get is from your peers. It’s really powerful.”
In closing, Meyer urges current MSLA students and recent graduates of the program to never limit themselves geographically. He credits much of his success as a Court Administrator to his flexibility and willingness to move to new places. It is imperative, according to Meyer, to be flexible in terms of career goals and location. A person who limits him or herself only limits the potential opportunities that can come his or her way. Maintaining a professional reputation and working hard is a necessity when applying and working for the judicial system. Meyer’s advice to students and graduates is to take the initiative and advantage of opportunities while NETWORKING as much as possible. When asked his opinion of the MSLA program, Meyer answered, “I think the program is on an upward arc, it’s doing very well and the alums are encouraged by the direction of the program today. We have hope for the future of the program with the great leadership on board.”
Externships: “Essential to my formation as a lawyer”
August 29, 2013
Workplace Law “Semester In Practice” Externship Debuts With Great Results
August 29, 2013
Experiential learning opportunities & faculty inspire new grad
August 29, 2013
Lessons learned from Externships at Denver Law
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