Advocates Cup Champions

March 16, 2016

ADVOCATES CUP CHAMPIONS!

2016 advocates cup champions

March 2016. The Center for Advocacy recently crowned this year’s The Advocates Cup’s Champions. The Cup pairs 1Ls with 2L & 3L partners, to help students be practice-ready graduates. This year’s recipients are:

CHAMPIONS
Reid Dechant
(Returning 2015 Champion)
Mackenzie Ludwig
Chelsea Moore
Tim Luetkemeyer
The Professionalism Award
Jimoh Yussof
Scott Eley
Mark Campbell
Nicholas Smiley-Kallas
Best Overall Advocate
Mackenzie Ludwig
Best 1L Advocate
Josh Mangiagli

Both Best Advocate Winners received a free bar review course generously donated by Themis Bar Review


Spring Break Hours

March 01, 2016

The library will observe reduced hours during Spring Break. Visit Library Hours for more information.


The Denver Journal of Intl Law & Policy wants YOU!

February 26, 2016

The Denver Journal of International Law & Policy has been a definitive voice in its field for over four decades. The Journal was founded by Professor Ved Nanda in 1971 and has enjoyed the guidance of a world-class Board of Advisors. It is the second oldest international law journal in the United States of America and is ranked internationally.

The Journal is an entirely student run and organized publication at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The Journal is published four times a year thanks to its dedicated staff and editorial board.

Apply now to join the Board of the Journal and become a part of DU’s International Law legacy.

Check out More Info for more information and how to apply.

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Video Link Available for the 2016 Conference on Tibet

February 22, 2016

The audio-visual of the Tibet — Rights, Reality, and the Law event is Now Available.

For information on the speakers and program, please see the Recent Events Page.

Questions or Comments — Anne Aguirre, aaguirre@law.du.edu


HAPP’s “Criminalizing Homelessness” report is in the news

February 22, 2016

The Homeless Advocacy Policy Project (HAPP) is a student-driven project at Denver Law that focuses on research and analysis of laws criminalizing homelessness. On February 16, 2016, HAPP released Too High a Price: What Criminalizing Homelessness Costs Colorado, their report on ordinances enacted and enforced by Colorado cities that criminalize activities homeless people necessarily perform in the course of their daily lives – camping, sitting or lying in public, panhandling, and more.

HAPP’s report is attracting media attention:

Westword
9News
Univision
Colorado Independent
Denver Post
Boulder Daily Camera
KGNU
KDVR
CPR
Examiner.com
KRDO


“Too High a Price: What Criminalizing Homelessness Costs Colorado”

February 16, 2016

The Homeless Advocacy Policy Project (HAPP) is a student-driven project at Denver Law that focuses on research and analysis of laws criminalizing homelessness. On February 16, 2016, HAPP released Too High a Price: What Criminalizing Homelessness Costs Colorado, their report on ordinances enacted and enforced by Colorado cities that criminalize activities homeless people necessarily perform in the course of their daily lives – camping, sitting or lying in public, panhandling, and more. In all, HAPP identified and documented over 350 anti-homeless ordinances in place in 76 cities. Their report estimates that in Denver alone enforcement of only five of these anti-homeless ordinances cost the city well over three million dollars in the years 2010-14 and achieved little positive effect on the problems of the homeless in our city. “Modern homelessness is a solvable problem,” the report concludes. “Unfortunately, too many Colorado cities are attempting to ‘solve’ the visible problem of homelessness by making them ‘invisible’ through criminalization.”

HAPP grew out of Professor Nantiya Ruan’s Homeless Advocacy Policy Seminar, taught in the Fall of 2015 at Denver Law. The group partners with community organizations Denver Homeless Out Loud and the Western Regional Advocacy Project, advocates for the homeless in Colorado. The report “Too High a Price” was released a week and one day prior to discussion by the Colorado House Local Government Committee of “The Right to Rest Act,” designed to permit the homeless to sleep in automobiles, parks or other public spaces.

See student members of HAPP and Professor Ruan here.
See the Denver Post article on “Too High a Price” here.
Below are pictures from the press release party of 2/16/2016, at St. Paul’s Church in downtown Denver.


Conversations on Race and Gender in the Colorado Legal Community

February 04, 2016

The two most recent issues of The Colorado Lawyer (January and February 2016) contain conversations about race and gender in the Colorado legal community. Participants included attorneys, business people, a law student, a social scientist and Denver Law professor Eli Wald. In January’s discussion about implicit bias in the legal profession, Professor Wald presents evidence for the existence of implicit bias in law firms and offers this prescription: “Bias awareness, a cornerstone of diversity-enhancing policies, requires that we acknowledge that the practice of law is not blind to lawyers’ personal identities. Because standards of assessment, performance, and excellence tend to be implicitly biased in favor of white male heterosexual lawyers, bias awareness calls for leveling the playing field and developing yardsticks that measure objective professional performance, rather than stereotypes and biased assumptions related to lawyers’ gender and race.” In February’s discussion of diversity in the legal profession, Professor Wald states, “The business case for diversity is centered on enhancing the quality of representation: When lawyers make decisions in a diverse context, the quality of the decision is improved because diverse perspectives are reflected in the decision-making process.”

These two articles are made available on Denver Law’s Diversity webpage with the permission of the Colorado Bar Association.


Campus activists speak out: “Young black people have the potential to transform American politics”

February 02, 2016

A New York Times article presents the thoughts and views of seven college student activists about racial justice on their college campuses. And, at the University of Denver’s Diversity Summit, held in January, faculty from DU and CU Boulder discussed the implications of the Black Lives Matter movement for higher education.


Case Western Law names Professor Yearby Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusiveness

February 01, 2016

In January, Case Western Reserve University School of Law named Professor Raqaiijah A. Yearby to the newly-created position, Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness. “A handful of law schools have administrative positions dedicated to diversity, but most also include responsibilities for student affairs or other aspects of the schools’ operations,” stated the Case Western press release announcing the new position. Denver Law created its Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness position in the Fall of 2010. Professor Catherine Smith has held the position since then.


OpEd - Denver Post: Ending the war in Syria is critical

January 26, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post , Posted: 01/08/2016 12:00:00 PM MST


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