The Advocacy Department breaks onto the charts with a #11 National Ranking

March 13, 2012

11th Ranked

Without precedent, The Advocacy Department at the Sturm College of Law burst onto the national rankings scene by receiving an 11th Place ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s annual national evaluation of all law schools and their major departments. The three and a half year old department, a “toddler” by most comparative standards, had never previously been bestowed a position in the rankings. Thus, catapulting to such an esteemed position and receiving such national recognition was welcome news. It was further validation of the law school’s success as it surges ahead, under the direction of Dean Marty Katz and Academic Dean Fred Cheever, to effectively teach professional skills to its students who will one day “Take the Oath.”

In its short existence, The Advocacy Department has seen its National Trial Team advance to the National Championships for its third year in a row, while its moot-based teams (Vis, Jessup, Environmental, ABA) continue to excel in their respective arenas as well. These achievements are in addition to the department’s establishment of innovative courses and programs such as “The Mentor’s Practicum”, a summer “Advocacy Academy” to help area high school students develop their critical thinking skills and professional communication skills, and most of all, a series of lab-based courses, known as the “Day One” series (Day 1 Civil, Day 1 Criminal, Day 1 Domestic), which are designed to escort law school students through every major pleading, discovery, and dispositional stage in the life of a case.

The most exciting aspect is, the department is still in its beginning stages of it development, with much more growth and creativity to follow. As the department’s director, David Schott, was quoted to say, “The validation from US News is very encouraging for such a young department and all of the students, faculty, adjuncts, and alumni, who are devoting their time, energy and creativity. So far everything we’ve accomplished has been just one small step for humankind, but one giant leap for people who like to argue.”


Somali Piracy panel held at Denver Law

March 07, 2012
The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, in collaboration with NGO Oceans Beyond Piracy, hosted an evening panel discussing the legal and policy implications of maritime piracy in Somalia and across the world’s oceans. The panel, “Somali Piracy: Legal and Policy Challenges,” featured expert panelists Sir James Burnell-Nugent, Former Commander-in-Chief Fleet of the Royal Navy; Ms. Donna Hopkins, Coordinator, Counter Piracy and Maritime Security, Bureau of Political Military Affairs, U.S. State Department; Dr. Swadesh Rana of Oceans Beyond Piracy- India, Program Adviser and Focal Point for South Asia; and Commander Kimberlie Young, Legal Advisor to the NATO’s Allied Command Transformation.
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Denver Law students to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

March 01, 2012

Denver Law students will argue in a simulated international commercial arbitration hearing in four cities worldwide this March. The students will compete over the course of two weeks in either Europe or Asia. One team of students competes in the Shanghai Vis “Pre-Moot” event which then leads to the official Vis Moot (East) in Hong Kong. Another team of students will travel to the Belgrade Open “Pre-Moot” before traveling to Vienna for the main Vis Moot event. The students will compete in four preliminary rounds in Hong Kong and Vienna. If they score high enough, they advance to head-to-head elimination rounds. The Vis Moot is considered the olympics of international trade law. It is one of the most prestigious student competitions in the world. Many conferences and events related to international trade law and dispute resolution take place during the event, and social networking is considered half of the Moot experience.

The Moot Shanghai takes place at the East China University of Political Science and Law from March 10 – 17, 2012.Various events take place in the area around the University, and some hearings are held at international law firms in Shanghai. The Hong Kong Moot takes place at City University of Hong Kong in Kowloon, Hong Kong from March 17 – 27, 2012. The Belgrade Open takes place at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law from March 23 – 25, 2012. The Vienna Moot primarily takes place at the University of Vienna law school from March 26 – April 7, 2012, with various events held around the city center. A number of hearings are held at the offices of international law firms in Vienna.

The 2011-2012 DU Vis Moot Team:

Asian Team: Maureen Weiland, Kaitlin Fox, Chris Rogers, Ken Hayes
Europe Team: Emily Bloedel, Stephanie Foote
Vis Team Coaches: Coren Hinkle, Matt Hofmeister, Kevin Walsh, Ted Gleason
Adjunct Professor/Head Coach: Todd A. Wells

Moot Shanghai
Willem C Vis (East) Moot (Hong Kong)
Belgrade Open


A look at International Commercial Arbitration Hearings

February 29, 2012

Estimates indicate that over 85% of all international deals require the resolution of disputes in arbitration. What does an arbitration hearing look like? Gain insight into the inner workings of the sometimes mysterious world of international arbitration. Join the World Trade Center Denver, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the United States Council for International Business Arbitration Committee ‘s Rocky Mountain Subcommittee (USCIB) and students from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for an evening showcasing an international commercial arbitration hearing. Students from the University of Denver Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team will argue in a simulated hearing before three arbitrators from the CIArb. After the simulated one hour hearing, the arbitrators will offer advocacy feedback to the students, and open the floor to questions from the audience. A few weeks later, the DU students will head off to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Belgrade, and Vienna to argue the same case at the olympics of international trade law, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. A case summary will be provided to registered participants prior to the hearing. Come look through a window on the workings of arbitration hearings, meet local international arbitration arbiters and practitioners, and help our local students on their way to representing Denver and Colorado overseas.

1625 Broadway, Suite 680 | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


DU Makes Finals in National Environmental Moot Court

February 28, 2012

NELMCT

The DU team in the National Environmental Moot Court Competition did very well over the weekend. 77 teams participated in this year’s competition, and DU made it all the way to the final round – one of the top 3 teams! Jenni Barnes, Jill Kysor, and Justine Shepherd represented DU over the weekend, at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY.

Congratulations to Jenni Barnes, Jill Kysor, Jutine Shepherd, and coach Kevin Lynch on a job well done.


Through Fogg & Wood DU finds way to victory in DU/CU Cup!

February 27, 2012

fogg and wood

From a combined fifty teams from the University of Colorado Law School and the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, DU 1L’s Jim Fogg and Andrew Wood won the presitgious annual cross-town Cup — keeping at DU for a third year in a row.

The DU/CU Cup is the premier competition for 1L’s from DU and CU, bringing teams of two attorneys and witnesses together in a mock trial competition. 24 teams from DU competed in the school-wide runoff held on February 19th, with the top 14 teams advancing to compete against the best 14 teams from CU’s field of competitors.

The final 28 between CU and DU competed in two preliminary rounds and a quarterfinal on Saturday, February 25th, with the semi-final and final rounds held on Sunday, February 26th. Teams were judged by area practitioners and given detailed feedback about their performances. The final round pitted the best CU team against the best DU team, ultimately crowning Fogg & Wood as champions.


Managing the Firm as a Business

February 24, 2012

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Congratulations to the New SELJ Exec Board

February 16, 2012

Editor-in-Chief: Michael Conner

Senior Articles Editor: David Rodman

Managing Editors: Andrew Herre, Allison Shpall, Ben Archer

Technical Editor: Jared Najjar

Candidacy Editor: Zoie Springer


Fall 2011 Issue is released

February 16, 2012

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Two Denver Law environmental experts to speak at conference in Norway

February 16, 2012

Two Denver Law environmental and natural resources law professors will be featured in the Rule of Law for Nature program, which is being organized by the Natural Resources Law Group at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo from May 9-11, 2012. Professor Jan G. Laitos, John A. Carver Jr. Professor of Law, and Dr. Anita Halvorssen, Adjunct Professor of Law, will take part in the conference that marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Stockholm Declaration, the 30th anniversary of the UN World Charter for Nature and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the 25th anniversary of the Brundtland Report, and the 20th anniversary of both the Rio Declaration, Agenda 21, and the UNCED Conventions: the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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