DU hosts Externships 7, Scaling New Heights: Field Placements and the Reform of Legal Education
March 07, 2014
Legal Externship Program hosts National Externships Conference
The Legal Externship Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law recently hosted Externships 7, Scaling New Heights: Field Placements and the Reform of Legal Education from Feb. 28-March 2. Over 160 externship faculty and administrators from across the country gathered to discuss the role of externships within the legal academy.
Dean Marty Katz welcomed attendees and spoke about the great diversity and innovation within the externship community, highlighting, for example, our new partnership with the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families, which brings together law, social work, and graduate students to mediate family issues. Individual faculty members also presented throughout the weekend:
- Ann Vessels, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Legal Externship Program, led a panel that discussed how to establish an effective corporate and in-house counsel externship, both in the field and in the classroom.
- Kyle Velte, Lecturer, shared the externship faculty perspective to the closing plenary, which was comprised of supervising attorneys from the region, including U.S. District Court Judge Robert Blackburn; Don Toussaint, with the Aurora City Attorney’s office; and Charlene Krogh, partner at Dorsey & Whitney.
- Alexi Freeman, Lecturer and Director of Public Interest, presented on using popular television shows, such as Homeland and The Wire, as a way to help students understand their own privilege and navigate difference during their field placement and beyond.
- And lastly, Lisa Graybill, Lecturer, shared insights and lessons learned from her new Hybrid Immigration Externship, which combines aspects of a traditional clinical program with the structure of an externship program.
Externships 7 received generous support from a number of sponsors including the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), Bloomberg Law, Westlaw Next, Lexis Nexis, the Clinical Legal Education Association, Truhlar & Truhlar, the Bay Area Consortium on Externships (BACE), and the Greater Los Angeles Consortium on Externships (GLACE). Because of this financial support, Externships 7 was able to donate proceeds to the Denver Urban Debate League, a nonprofit that improves urban education by helping students learn and achieve through debate. DUDL has a long-standing relationship with Denver Law and Externships 7 was honored to be able to contribute to an organization that ultimately can help increase diversity within legal education.
To view videos and materials from the conference, visit http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/Externships-7/conference-schedule.
Sturm College of Law’s Jessup Team Advances to International Rounds
March 06, 2014
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law has proudly hosted one of the top International Law programs in the country for the past 45 years. And naturally, the students who participate in the program are the cornerstone of its success. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s international law programs are proud to announce that on April 6th our Jessup Moot Team will be advancing to the World rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition for the 4th time in a decade. The Jessup Moot is the largest moot court competition in the world, drawing participation from law students at 140 U.S. law schools and from over 80 countries. This year’s team was led by coach and Denver Law alumna Megan Matthews (JD’11), team captain and participant William Kent (LLM/ JD’14), and team members Laurel Darby (JD’14), Kyle Montour (JD’15), Morgen Robinson (JD’14), and J. Matt Thornton (JD’15). Last year’s Jessup team also took home high honors at both the regional and World rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot. Congratulations AND GOOD LUCK to our exceptional students!
Renowned international law scholar chosen as Denver Law graduation speaker
March 03, 2014
Denver Law students have chosen Harold Hongju Koh, Yale Law Professor and Former Legal Adviser to the U.S. State Department, as their 2014 graduation speaker. Professor Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and one of the country’s leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. He has received 13 honorary degrees and more than 30 awards for his human rights work, including awards from Columbia Law School and the American Bar Association for his lifetime achievements in international law. Professor Koh will be addressing a group of Denver Law alumni and friends prior to graduation. Those interested in attending that event, scheduled for May 16th, should contact Karlyn Shorb at email@example.com or Antonio Mendez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sutton Writing Award Competition Winner Announced
February 26, 2014
The Ved Nanda Center is proud to announce the winner of the 2014 Sutton Award Competition: Erin Schenk! The Sutton Writing Award Competition is a 30+ year old competition open to any current JD, LLM or graduate tax student of the Sturm College of Law. Applicants submit an essay on any area of international or comparative law, with the winner winning a $4000 stipend to travel to, and study at, The Hague Academy of International Law for a summer. Ms. Schenk wrote the winning paper, Betting on Bowlers: This isn’t just Cricket, which compared the gambling laws of the UK and India using the game of cricket as a lens. Congratulations Erin and thank you to all those who participated!
Library Hours over Spring Break
February 25, 2014
From Sunday, March 16th through Sunday, March 23rd, the Library will be open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.
Restricted Access on Saturday, February 22 & Sunday, February 23 for Bar Prep
February 20, 2014
This Saturday, February 22 & Sunday, February 22, library access will be restricted to DU Law students, faculty and staff and those with legitimate legal research needs. 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. For more information, visit the Library Hours page.
Colorado Public Radio reports on the Rwanda Twenty Years On Exhibit
February 18, 2014
Colorado Public Radio posted a story on the Rwanda Twenty Years On exhibit.
Jessup International Law Moot Competition 2014 Winners
February 17, 2014
This past weekend the International and Comparative Law Programs at Denver Law hosted one of the Super-Regional Competitions of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot—the world’s largest moot court competition. Our school welcomed 22 teams from Arizona, Nebraska, Utah, California, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio, Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Wyoming, and Colorado. The team from the University of North Carolina was prevented from attending because of travel complications caused by the snowstorm.
A Sturm alum, Katie Ellis, was the regional administrator, and the event was ably and efficiently organized by Karlyn Shorb with the assistance of a large number of our students. One hundred judges, including many of our faculty colleagues and alumni, participated in the competition. The judges for the final round were Harry Arkin, Esq. and Professors Annecoos Wiersema and Ved Nanda, with Professor Nanda presiding. After six preliminary rounds, and quarter final, semi-final, and final rounds, Loyola University New Orleans took home the first place trophy and will be advancing, along with Arizona State University, to the World Rounds. Our own Denver Law Jessup team will compete in the Northwest Regional rounds of the Jessup Cup in Portland in two weeks.
Denver Law’s Clinical Programs receive Super Lawyers Pro Bono award
February 14, 2014
Living with the Memory: Rwanda 20 Years On Moving Opening
February 03, 2014
On January 30th, students from the University of Denver’s undergraduate and graduate schools gathered in Sturm Hall to open the Anthropology Department’s exhibit supporting DU’s initiative to commemorate the genocide that occurred in Rwanda 20 years ago. The exhibit moved students to tears and helped them to realize the power of one person’s voice to help prevent such atrocities from happening again. The exhibit will be up until February 21st.