Denver Law’s Jessup Team Advances to the International Rounds in D.C.

March 02, 2015

On the weekend of Feb. 27-March 1, 2015 Denver Law’s Jessup Moot Court Team headed to Portland, Oregon to compete in the Pacific Regional Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Now in its 56th year, the Philip C. Jessup moot is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools worldwide. The competition is a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Denver Law Jessup team members J. Matt Thornton (Captain, 3L), Alex Jennings (3L), Maral Shoaei (2L) and Philip Nickerson (2L) placed second overall in the Pacific Regional Competition, thus earning the opportunity to advance to the White & Case International Rounds, which take place in Washington, D.C. in April. Denver Law’s team will compete against over 100 teams from 80+ countries for the Jessup Cup.

A special item of note from this year’s regional competition is that the Denver Law team was undefeated in the preliminary rounds, winning every judge in every oral argument. The team advanced to, and won, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, defeating the Pacific Regional champions for the past five years, the University of California Hastings College of Law, in the semifinals. The team competed against twenty teams and lost only in the final round against University of California Hastings College of Law. The team was coached by Denver Law alumna and adjunct professor, Megan Matthews (JD’11), a former captain of the Denver Law Jessup team. They also received valuable assistance from coach emeritus and Denver Law alumnus John Powell (JD’88) and alumna Molly McNab (JD’11). Congratulations to the Jessup team on a job well done!

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Pictured from left: J. Matt Thornton (Captain, 3L), Maral Shoaei (2L), Coach Megan Matthews, Alex Jennings (3L) and Philip Nickerson (2L)


Angela Harris On the Gap Between Racial Disparities and Equal Protection Ideals

February 12, 2015

Professor Angela Harris from U-Cal Davis School of Law spoke at Denver Law on February 12, 2015. She appeared as part of The Equal Protection Initiative, a four-part series designed and put on throughout the spring semester by The Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place and Law. Her talk was entitled, “Protecting Privilege: The Equal Protection Clause in the 21st Century.”

“So what,” she asked the audience numbering one hundred, “do we do about the painful tension between all of these racial disparities and the official ideals of the United States as a society in which race shouldn’t matter? Well, we could do nothing and hope that racism goes away by itself. Or we could try to intervene in these disparities, even though they’re no longer the product of a considered and conscious white supremacy.” Her analysis of current Equal Protection clause jurisprudence leads her to conclude that the Court “facilitates us in taking this do nothing but feel good approach” and “simply provides us with the ability to embrace the ideals of Dr. King without having to do the painful work of making them real.” Click here for the entire talk, including introductions and questions.

RPL member Nancy Ehrenreich, Denver Law Professor, is pictured below with Professor Harris. In the second photo, Professor Harris addresses the issue of marriage equality by talking about the case Loving v Virginia (1967). Denver Law Professor Patience Crowder (bottom photo) introduced Professor Harris.
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There’s a Lot Happening this Spring

February 06, 2015

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February 04, 2015

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“Analyzing the Law Through a Racial Justice Lens”: Series at Denver Law

February 02, 2015

Denver Law student orgs ACLU and Black Law Students Association (BLSA) presented the first of four lecture/discussions on February 2, 2015. The series is called “Analyzing the Law Through a Racial Justice Lens.” Professor Robin Walker Sterling led the first presentation, “Ferguson Follow-Up.” Forty students and faculty participated.

Coming topics:
“Race, Communication & Mass Media,” with Professors Lisa Graybill and Alexi Freeman, Wednesday, February 18, noon in Room 180.
“Race and Reproductive Rights,” with Professor Nancy Ehrenreich, Wednesday March 4, noon in Room 180.
“Race and Immigration,” Professor César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Wednesday, March 25, noon in Room 180.
Small group discussions will follow each presentation.

Below, left to right are Denver Law students organizing the series, “Analyzing the Law Through a Racial Justice Lens,” Katie Steefel, Parker Fulton and Shaquille Turner.
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The “Equal Protection Initiative” is Underway at Denver Law

January 28, 2015

The Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place and Law (RPL) at Denver Law kicked off its Spring 2015 “Equal Protection Initiative” (EPI) with a panel discussion, “Does Equal Protection Law Protect the Privileged?” held the afternoon of January 28. Denver Law Professors Nancy Ehrenreich, Beto Juárez and Tom Romero joined Colorado Law Professor Aya Gruber in a discussion of recent Supreme Court cases on race discrimination. Click here to see the full panel discussion.

The EPI continues throughout the Spring semester:

Thursday, February 12:
Angela Harris, University of California, Davis Law Professor will lecture
Reception at 4:15 (the Forum), Lecture at 5:30 (Room 165)

Tuesday, March 10:
Panel Discussion: Lessons from Amendment 46 (the Colorado anti-affirmative action amendment defeated in 2008)
4:00 pm, Room TBD

Tuesday, April 21:
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, University of Iowa College of Law will lecture
Reception at 4:15 (the Forum), Lecture at 5:30 (Room 165)


Denver Law’s Roberto Corrada is a 2015 Champion of Change at the University of Denver

January 23, 2015

Professor Roberto Corrada received the Outstanding Faculty Advocate Award at the University of Denver 2015 Diversity Summit, a campus-wide event held January 23, 2015. “Roberto Corrada,” the award read, “has devoted his academic career at the University of Denver— more than 24 years—to championing the rights of ethnic and sexual minorities. A distinguished scholar, teacher, and community advocate, he has been recognized for his impressive contributions to legal scholarship, innovative work in the classroom, and leadership in service to local and national communities and professional organizations. His expertise in these areas was invaluable to the work of the committee on the Status of Faculty and Staff of Color at DU. In co-chairing the committee, Roberto brought a national perspective regarding best practices of inclusion, equity and employment matters that could position DU to be a leader in building an inclusive workforce and welcoming professional community. He is a wonderful example of a Champion of Change!” Below, DU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Gregg Kvistad presents the 2015 Champion of Change Award to Professor Corrada.

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DU Chancellor Chopp: “Creating a diverse and inclusive community [is] critical….”

January 19, 2015

In her “Chancellor’s Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence,” released this month, Rebecca Chopp stated, “As the University of Denver prepares to meet the exciting challenges of the growing, thriving and remarkably diverse city in which we live as well as the needs of a changing nation, we will continue to be guided by the principles of Inclusive Excellence. We must continue to strive for an inclusive community that embraces all its members, provides equality of opportunity for all and actively encourages all voices to be heard.” Read the full text of the Statement here.
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The Library will be closed on Monday, January 19

January 15, 2015

The library will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Spring Registration Open for Legal Research Certificate

January 13, 2015

Registration for the Certificate in Advance Legal Research classes is now open! The Certificate offers over twenty classes on various research topics. Instructions for day students are available on the Enrollment for Day Students page. Instructions for Evening Students are available Enrollment for Evening Students page. If you would like more information on the program or need help registering, contact Peter Kersten at pkersten@law.du.edu.


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