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April 01, 2014



DU Law Competes in Pace Environmental Tourney

March 24, 2014

NELMCC/ Pace 2014
Article for Advocacy Department Website

On February 20-21 2014, DU Law students competed at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition hosted by Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York. The team was composed of third-year law students Laurie Strong (a black belt in kung fu) and S*tefanie Arndt* (a U.S. Marine), and second-year student Alexandra Hall (a chemical engineer). Coached by Professor Kelly Davis (fellow at DU’s Environmental Law Clinic), the team members were the top performers at the DU Environmental Law Moot Court Competition held in September 2013, earning the highest scores based on a brief and oral arguments.

The team continued DU’s long tradition of competing in the annual competition, which this year drew nearly 80 teams from law schools around the country. The team represented three fictional parties in a Clean Water Act case, which required them to prepare arguments for each party on issues ranging from the scope of the Act’s citizen-suit provision to the determination of point sources and navigable waters. The team prepared a brief with no outside help in November 2013, and represented all three parties in oral arguments at the competition. They demonstrated a commitment to teamwork as well as superb knowledge of environmental law and appellate procedure at the competition.

“I really enjoyed the experience of representing DU at NELMCC. Working with Prof. Davis, Stefanie, and Laurie was educational and fun,” said team member Alex Hall. Ms. Hall looks forward to participating in DU’s competition next year and hopes to compete at NELMCC again in 2015.

pace environmental tourney participants

Trial Squad Headed for Nationals

March 21, 2014


trial squad nationals


Spring 2014. OKLA. The Advocacy Department (TAD) is proud to announce that our National Trial Team recently brought home the regional championship crown in the National Trial Competition. After 5 hard-fought rounds our squad defeated crosstown rival CU in the Finals. Our squad will be the 5th team in 5 years that we are sending to The National Trial Championships in Texas. With professionalism as their priority, our gang deftly applied their case analysis skills, “flash advocacy” skills, and evidentiary prowess.


  • Jonathan Coppom
  • Darin Smith
  • Nick Tootalian


  • Brad Moloney, D.D.A. 1st
  • David Schott, TAD Director
  • Chris Wilcox, D.D.A. 18th

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

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

image 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 or Antonio Mendez at

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!

Questions about the Sutton Writing Competition? Please visit our web-page or contact Karlyn Shorb at

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. »

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