2015 Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellow Makes His Mark

November 24, 2015

Established in 1998, the Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellows Program has provided the opportunity for one graduate law student from Moscow State University (MSU) to attend law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for one full semester in order to study the US legal system. This year’s scholar, Damir Salikhov, has gone one step further than just learning from us. He decided that there needed to be a dialogue between the universities, to share perspectives and look at the law on various issues from both viewpoints.

Visiting fellow, Damir Salikhov approached the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with a proposal to host a live video conference call with peers from MSU. He arranged for the same on the Moscow State side and collaborated with them to find experts and students to participate. The first conference was co-sponsored with the DU Korbel Center for Rights Development, the Sturm College of Law, the Ved Nanda Center, and the DU Intl Law Society on the subject of The Right to Privacy in Modern Societies—Comparative Perspectives.

This conference featured two faculty experts from each university and two student presenters followed by Q&A. You can view a LIVESTREAM of the event here. It was a first for both the University of Moscow and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law/Ved Nanda Center.

The second conference arranged by Mr. Salikhov, MSU, and DU/Ved Nanda Center took on the subject of US & Russia — Perspectives in Individual Bankruptcy and International Law. Moderated on the DU side by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge and Nanda Center Advisory Board Member, the Honorable Sidney B. Brooks, more than 12 banking/bankruptcy experts participated from Moscow. Participants were from not only academia, but represented the World Bank, the Arbitrage Court of Moscow, and Sberbank of Russia. The inclement weather in Colorado made for a sparse crowd on the DU side but the conversations and discussion belied the lack. The LIVESTREAM of the conference is available now.

For both conferences, more than 40 people attended on the MSU side. The opportunity for open, candid dialogue with DU Sturm College of Law has taken hold at MSU — Mr. Salikhov has been approached by several other practice areas of law at MSU to have more events with SCOL. The Nanda Center, along with the DU Intl Law Society, will be collaborating with Mr. Salikhov to bring more of these to fruition in the New Year on subjects such as Criminal Law, Election Law, and more.

With the inaugural events now in the past, DU and MSU have created a repeatable model that we will continue to use and tweak as we share and compare perspectives on international law and its practice in the US and in Russia.

For information and/or questions, contact Anne Aguirre, coordinator, the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law, aaguirre@law.du.edu.

Mr. Salikhov, the 2015 Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellow, is pursuing his Ph.D. in Constitutional Law from the University of Moscow Lomonosov and returns to his studies in Moscow for 2016.

Holiday Hours and Restricted Access

November 24, 2015

Holiday Hours
The Library will close at 2:00PM on Wednesday, November 25th in observance of Thanksgiving. It will remain close Thursday, November 26-27. The Library will reopen on Saturday, November 28th at 8:00AM.

Restricted Access
We will be observing restricted access during business hours beginning Tuesday, November 24th through Wednesday, December 16th. During this period of time, 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 during restricted hours. 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.

Hoffman Cup Champions!

November 19, 2015


Hoffman Cup Champions

The Daniel S. Hoffman Memorial Trial Advocacy Tournament is the “crown jewel” advocacy tournament for upperclassmen at our law school. The tournament is named after our beloved alumnus, former Dean of DU Law, and nationally-renowned attorney. The Champions endured six very competitive rounds of advocacy, and were ultimately crowned by our panel of esteemed alumni and area members of the bar (pictured above).

This fall we crowned the following:

Champions: Luke Corliss, Sarah Colburn, and Robert Zahradnik-Mitchell.

Best Advocate: Grant Grosgebauer (not pictured)

Pictured above (left to right): Denver Attorney and DU Alumnus, Cole Wist; Seattle-area and DU Law Alumnus, Barbara Frost; DU Law Alumnus and 2014 Hoffman Cup Best Advocate Winner, Jonathan Coppom; 2015 Champions, Luke Corliss, Robert Zahradnik-Mitchell, Sarah Colburn; Denver District Court Judge, John Madden IV; DU Law Professor C.J. Larkin; Aurora Municipal Judge, Dan Kopper.

National Trial Team Places in Top 5 at DC Tourney

November 19, 2015


DC squad

Our National Trial Team finished in 5th Place (technically tied for 4th place) in a field of 22 teams at Georgetown Law School’s National White Collar Crime Trial Advocacy Tournament. Under the coaching and instruction of Attorney-Coach Sean Olson the All-2L squad of Josh Abromovitz, Alex Duncan, Kelly Frickleton, and Justin Friedberg, competed on behalf of our school, and Josh Abromovitz won the prestigious Best Advocate Award for the tournament.

National Trial Team Member Wins Best Advocate Award

November 16, 2015


Buffalo Squad 2015

Our National Trial Team recently competed at the fall Buffalo-Niagara Trial Advocacy Tournament, under the coaching and instruction of Attorney-Coach Kevin Keyes, and Assistant Coach Kyle McFarlane. The squad of Christopher Brummitt, Allison Derschang, Casey Fleming and Steven Visioli advanced past the “breakout” and Christopher Brummit won the prestigious Best Advocate Award.

Audio and Visual from the 2015 Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium

November 09, 2015

Video and audio of the 2015 Sutton Colloquium is now available!

Nokero Lights Up Zimbabwe

October 28, 2015

IN THE NEWS — Steve Katsaros, Founder of Nokero, was a panelist at our recent Sutton Colloquium on Sustainable Development and Sustainable Energy.

“Solar Lights: Nokero Introduces New Solar Light Bulb In Zimbabwe”, an article in Green Building Elements, greenbuildingelements.com , features Steve’s dedication and commitment to creating and providing accessible, renewable, and affordable lighting to the world.

Nokero is a Denver-based company providing alternative renewable energy resources to the world. http://nokero.com .

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Sutton Colloquium Presentations and Supporting Materials Available Now

October 23, 2015

Presentations & Supporting Materials from the 2015 Sutton Colloquium is now available.!

Dr. John Dovidio speaks at DU about diversity in academia

October 21, 2015

Dr. John Dovidio, Dean of Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University, spoke to DU audiences at three events held October 21, 2015. Dr. Dovidio is a professor in Yale’s psychology department. His research centers around issues of social power and social relations, with an emphasis on conscious (explicit) and unconscious (implicit) bias in group dynamics. At DU, Dr. Dovidio addressed issues of diversity in academic settings, particularly in the hiring process.

Insights he offered at his first talk, held in Ruffato Hall, and which featured more q-and-a than lecture, are paraphrased below:

There are three common and strong foundations of implicit bias: the prevalent use of race, sex and age when we evaluate others; our tendency to view people either as members of our own group or as members of other, completing groups; and the lessons in race and sex taught us by our history and culture. While overt racism has decreased greatly in the past 50-60 years (Dr. Dovidio used the example of whites’ stated and demonstrated willingness to vote for a black presidential candidate), implicit or subtle bias remains strong. “Over-learned associations drive our behavior,” he said at one point.

Job searches in academia that do not produce diversity among faculty, administration and staff, he said, can result when the job is defined in ways that narrow the search, thus limiting inclusivity among candidates. He gave the example of an academic department that will only hire from the top twenty programs in its field.

He counseled that, in hiring, “Diversity must be the default,” and added that this is true throughout the institution. “Color-blindness,” when used to justify hiring that does not advance diversity is a rationalization and even more, this stance inevitably perpetuates the status quo and supports the majority. Among benefits of diverse hiring decisions, he cited examples where hiring women and people of color as faculty members in a particular department increased the number of students pursuing that field of study, thus advancing another institutional goal.

Asked how to gauge whether efforts to increase diversity in an academic setting are working or not, Dr. Dovidio stressed that they not be judged by intentions. “Monitor results,” he said. Told that DU’s first-year undergrad class numbers 22% students of color, he counseled our university to make that figure the floor going forward.

Near the end, the discussion turned toward questions of campus climate. Dr. Dovidio praised an undergraduate program at the University of Michigan where students in their first year are assigned to diverse groups in which facilitated conversations about race and gender are held. The first year of college is an especially effective time to have these discussions, he said, because students new to higher education are eager to experience their new world and surroundings. He then noted that friction inevitably arises when these conversations are held. “All friction is not positive,” he said, “but managed friction can by constructive.” – Randy Wagner (email me here)

Poverty & Race Research Action Council seeks Law and Policy Associate

October 14, 2015

Law & Policy Associate

The Poverty & Race Research Action Council is seeking a recent law school graduate who is committed to civil rights and who is interested in engaging in federal and state policy advocacy, detailed regulatory analysis, social science research, and public education and field outreach. This new position will primarily involve fair housing and federal and state low income housing programs, but may also include intersectional work in PRRAC’s other issue areas.

The Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) is a non-profit civil rights law and policy organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1989 by major national civil rights and poverty law organizations, PRRAC’s primary mission is to help connect advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues, and to develop innovative approaches to structural inequality issues.

The ideal candidate for the Law & Policy Associate position would have excellent research and writing skills, a strong interest in federal policy work, and a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and poverty alleviation. Prior work with low income communities of color, and some background in housing law and policy, poverty law, or education law is preferred.

See the full job posting here.

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