Applications Accepted for CRITICAL RACE STUDIES FELLOWSHIP at UCLA School of Law

October 06, 2016

The Critical Race Studies (CRS) program at UCLA School of Law is now accepting applications for the Critical Race Studies Fellowship. The CRS Fellowship is designed to support the research and professional development of a candidate interested in pursuing a career in law teaching. CRS at UCLA is the only program of its kind in the country and is the premier institutional setting for the study of the intersection between race and the law. Anchored by renowned scholars whose research helped found and continues to advance Critical Race Theory in legal scholarship and related disciplines, CRS supports a unique intellectual community for faculty and students, including formal JD and LLM specializations in Critical Race Studies.

A CRS Fellowship candidate should possess (or expect to possess by June 30, 2017) a JD, LLM, or equivalent legal training; a strong academic record; excellent analytical and writing skills; and demonstrated interest and background in Critical Race Theory. For the 2017-18 Fellowship, we now welcome applications from graduates of any law school, though UCLA CRS graduates remain strongly encouraged to apply.

See more info on the CRS Fellowship here. Please note that the initial application deadline is November 1, 2016.


Commissioner Luis Aguilar Speaks with Students in Professor Brown’s Securities Class

October 06, 2016

Former Securities and Exchange Commissioner Luis Aguilar met by videoconference with students in Professor Jay Brown’s Securities Law class on Monday, October 3, 2016. Speaking from Atlanta, Commissioner Aguilar offered an up-close and candid view of how the SEC operates. Students actively participated, peppering the Commissioner with questions about the policies and approaches of the SEC.

Appointed by former President George W. Bush, Commissioner Aguilar was sworn in on July 31, 2008, and began serving at a moment when U.S. financial markets and institutions entered a prolonged period of crisis and uncertainty. “My time as a Commissioner marked a transitional period in SEC history,” he told the Denver Law students. “We worked toward bringing SEC rulemaking into the 21st century and to return confidence to the markets. And my goal was to do it in a way that supported investors and their interests.”

Among other things, Commissioner Aguilar spoke of newly-created SEC divisions during his time on the Commission and the addition of more economists to the SEC staff, permitting the Commission to base changes in policy on better information. “Commissioner Aguilar’s efforts increased the SEC’s technological literacy,” Professor Brown told the class. Commissioner Aguilar expressed strong support for data-driven analysis of investment practices, for example, high-frequency trading. Today, he said, the SEC “is a much better-informed commission, more able to employ concrete observations and make adjustments in these times when things and conditions change quickly.” Asked to look forward toward issues today’s SEC might engage, Commissioner Aguilar noted that cybersecurity would be an important area for the Commission to address.

Reappointed by President Obama in 2011, Commissioner Aguilar became only the third SEC Commissioner in history to be nominated by two U.S. Presidents representing different political parties. When he left the SEC in December, 2015, his tenure was the eighth longest in SEC history. He likely voted on more rules and enforcement cases than any other SEC Commissioner in history.

Without a doubt, students enjoyed the rare opportunity to hear from, and question, someone who played such an important role in the SEC’s efforts to oversee the securities markets. Professor Brown, the Director of the Corporate and Commercial Law Program, thanked Commissioner Aguilar for “the openness and the honesty of your comments.” He hopes to offer this type of opportunity to students in other classes in the Program.

See Commissioner Luis Aguilar’s “Helpful Tips for New SEC Commissioners” here.


Undergraduates: Register Now to Meet Admission Officials from 37 Law Schools on Oct 22 at DU

October 03, 2016

To attend, please RSVP HERE by October 19


Assoc. Professor Justin Pidot to serve as deputy solicitor for Department of Interior

October 03, 2016

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Op-Ed: Nanda on the world’s broken refugee system

October 03, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post ,PUBLISHED: September 29, 2016 at 10:54 am | UPDATED: September 29, 2016 at 11:08 am

Existing international and national laws are inadequate to deal with the current explosion in the numbers of refugees. Professor Nanda discusses how the existing structure must change and what more is needed.

Read the Denver Post Article online.

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Must Read theGuardian Op-Ed—Syria and Intl Law

October 03, 2016

If international law is at the vanishing point of law,
then the law of war is, perhaps,
even more conspicuously,
at the vanishing point of international law. — Hersch Lauterbach, 1950’s UN intl lawer

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Huge Legal Win Over Intl Terrorism Claims

September 29, 2016

Yesterday, the 114th Congress (2015-2016) overrode the President’s veto and passed the

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (S.2040)

This bill amends the federal judicial code to narrow the scope of foreign sovereign immunity by authorizing U.S. courts to hear cases involving claims against a foreign state for injuries, death, or damages that occur inside the United States as a result of a tort, including an act of terrorism, committed anywhere by a foreign state or official.

It amends the federal criminal code to permit civil claims against a foreign state or official for injuries, death, or damages from an act of international terrorism. Additionally, the bill authorizes federal courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over and impose liability on a person who commits, or aids, abets, or conspires to commit, an act of international terrorism against a U.S. national.

The text of the Bill may be read here.

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Friday, October 14: “Mass Deporation & Global Campitalism.” You are invited.

September 28, 2016

The Crimmigration Law Lecture Series at the University of Denver is back. On Friday, October 14, three exceptional scholars will come to campus to discuss the political economy of crimmigration law and policy. Professors Tanya Golash-Boza (University of California, Merced Department of Sociology), Amada Armenta (University of Pennsylvania Department of Sociology), and Anita Sinha (American University Washington College of Law) will lead robust discussions.

Professor Golash-Boza will speak at noon. Professors Armenta and Sinha will speak at 5:30. All events will occur in Anderson Academic Commons 290 and are free and open to the public. You are welcome to attend.


Event: An Overview of the Russian Legal System

September 14, 2016

DU Law’s International Legal Studies Program invites you to join them September 23 at noon in LAW 155 for an engaging and informative discussion on Russia’s legal system.

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KIPP Students Learn about Law School

September 08, 2016

Laura Lopez, 3L at Denver Law, and staff member Randy Wagner spoke with students at Denver Collegiate High School on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Laura and Randy discussed how to prepare for law school and answered questions from a dozen juniors and seniors. The meeting was organized by Lisa Gibbs, a KIPP Through College counselor. KIPP, a national organzation of 200 schools in 20 states serving 80,000 students, seeks to help “students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.”

Read more about Laura and Randy’s visit to DCHS here. KIPP students will visit DU’s Sturm College of Law on Friday, October 21.

Denver Law’s Pipeline Program conducts outreach to undergraduate institutions and high schools throughout Denver. To learn more, contact Randy Wagner.


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