SELJ announces 2010 Editorial Board

January 25, 2010

The Journal would like to congratulate the new members of the 2010 Editorial Board.
Editor-in-Chief: Scott Neckers
Managing Editor: William Bryant Bodie
Senior Articles Editor: Matthew Hofmeister
Technical/Case Summaries Editor: Allison Rosen
Candidacy Editor: Lindsay Tanis


Clear Creek Land Conservancy (CCLC) Assists with Conservation Easement

January 04, 2010

On December 30, Clear Creek County purchased the “Oxbow” property from a developer-owner for $1,070,000 and donated a conservation easement to the CCLC to preserve it. Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) provided a grant of $725,000 toward the purchase, with the County paying the rest. The Oxbow includes 3/5-mile of river (fishing, rafting, kayaking), the old railroad bed (great future trail), lovely wooded areas, canyon wildlife and towering cliffs (rock climbing).

“This the first of what we hope be many conservation easements we can do in partnership with Clear Creek County,” said Prof. Rock Pring, CCLC’s vice president for land conservation, “To realize its visionary ‘Clear Creek Greenway’ from the Jeffco Open Space Greenway all the way across the county to the Eisenhower Tunnel!”

For those who are interested in the location of the new easement, you can view large parts of it from your car driving west (upstream) on U.S. 6. Just past the stop light at the confluence of the North and South Forks, as you cross into Clear Creek County, you come to Tunnel 5. Just before you go into Tunnel 5, you can look left/upstream into the property (watch out for the big gravel trucks!). As you exit Tunnel 5 immediately look left/downstream for a view of the other end of the Oxbow Property. If you are coming the other way, off I-70 and driving east/downstream on U.S. 6, just look right at each end of Tunnel 5.


Assistant Dean Dan Vigil comments on Pueblo conflict of interest case

December 17, 2009

Read the full text of the article here.


Will 2010 bring a new era of leadership to Wall Street? Prof. Jay Brown weighs in

December 16, 2009

Read the full story HERE.


NEW! Interactive DU Law Alumni Magazine now available online

December 16, 2009

NEW! Interactive DU Law Alumni Magazine now available online—click HERE!


New Workplace Law certificate program announced

December 09, 2009

The DU Graduate Council has approved the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s new certificate program in Workplace Law. Students who take a certain set of classes and experiences, and who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above, will be eligible to receive the certificate, which will designate to potential employers that they have done so.

The DU Workplace Law program is one of the top labor and employment law programs in the country for JD students. Almost all existing programs are east of the Mississippi River, including Cornell, Michigan State, University of Minnesota, Chicago-Kent, Wayne State, and St. Louis. DU Law has the only comprehensive labor and employment law program in the Rocky Mountain Region and the Western United States, and one of the top programs in the country based on the number of dedicated employment and labor law faculty.

Workplace law has been a strongly growing legal field in the last two decades. The erosion of the common law employment-at-will doctrine has led to an explosion of employment litigation in recent years. The amendment of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in 1991 to include jury trial rights and the expansion of available remedies, including compensator)’ and punitive damages has increased the number of cases alleging invidious discrimination by employers. In addition, passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008) and passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 have also increased the demand for legal services in this field.

The emergence of an alternative labor union institution to the AFL-CIO, “Change to Win,” and the group of unions comprising it including the Service Employees International Union led by Andy Stern has the potential to revitalize the labor union Movement and challenge traditional structures of the law in the labor/management field. The American Bar Association Journal recently (Aug. 2009) tabbed labor law as one of five growth fields in the current economy. In Colorado, traditional labor is also surging. The Governor signed an Executive Order in November 2007 allowing state employees to join unions and collectively bargain.

Workplace law is front and center in the minds of businesses. A recent article in the Corporate Legal Times, surveying in house counsel, showed a majority of responding attorneys listing labor and employment issues as their number one source of liability exposure. At this time, workplace law cases represent one of the largest segments of the courts’ civil dockets. In Colorado, a number of labor initiatives were slated for the November 2008 ballot, including one for “just cause” discharge in private employment in Colorado.

An increasing number of students have indicated a strong interest in learning about and practicing in the area of workplace law. This is likely a result of increased career opportunities in this field, as well as the fact that workplace law is a uniquely accessible field (since most students have been employees and a number have been managers or employers). In fall 2006, DU law students formed a chapter of the Plaintiffs Employment Law Association (PELA), which has since been transformed into the Student Employment Law Association (ELA). The group serves DU students with an interest in labor and employment law, organizing programs that educate students about the practical and intellectual aspects of the field.

The new certificate is an important piece in DU’s Workplace Law program, and we believe it will be a helpful tool both for student recruiting and for job placement.

This is the second such certificate program that the law school has had approved. Last year, Prof. Ved Nanda led the way in getting approval for a certificate in International Law. Thanks go to Professor Roberto Corrada for making the Workplace Law certificate offering a reality.

Visit the Worplace Law Website »


New Workplace Law certificate program announced

December 09, 2009

The DU Graduate Council has approved the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s new certificate program in Workplace Law. Students who take a certain set of classes and experiences, and who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above, will be eligible to receive the certificate, which will designate to potential employers that they have done so.

The DU Workplace Law program is one of the top labor and employment law programs in the country for JD students. Almost all existing programs are east of the Mississippi River, including Cornell, Michigan State, University of Minnesota, Chicago-Kent, Wayne State, and St. Louis. DU Law has the only comprehensive labor and employment law program in the Rocky Mountain Region and the Western United States, and one of the top programs in the country based on the number of dedicated employment and labor law faculty.

Workplace law has been a strongly growing legal field in the last two decades. The erosion of the common law employment-at-will doctrine has led to an explosion of employment litigation in recent years. The amendment of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in 1991 to include jury trial rights and the expansion of available remedies, including compensator)’ and punitive damages has increased the number of cases alleging invidious discrimination by employers. In addition, passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008) and passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 have also increased the demand for legal services in this field.

The emergence of an alternative labor union institution to the AFL-CIO, “Change to Win,” and the group of unions comprising it including the Service Employees International Union led by Andy Stern has the potential to revitalize the labor union Movement and challenge traditional structures of the law in the labor/management field. The American Bar Association Journal recently (Aug. 2009) tabbed labor law as one of five growth fields in the current economy. In Colorado, traditional labor is also surging. The Governor signed an Executive Order in November 2007 allowing state employees to join unions and collectively bargain.

Workplace law is front and center in the minds of businesses. A recent article in the Corporate Legal Times, surveying in house counsel, showed a majority of responding attorneys listing labor and employment issues as their number one source of liability exposure. At this time, workplace law cases represent one of the largest segments of the courts’ civil dockets. In Colorado, a number of labor initiatives were slated for the November 2008 ballot, including one for “just cause” discharge in private employment in Colorado.

An increasing number of students have indicated a strong interest in learning about and practicing in the area of workplace law. This is likely a result of increased career opportunities in this field, as well as the fact that workplace law is a uniquely accessible field (since most students have been employees and a number have been managers or employers). In fall 2006, DU law students formed a chapter of the Plaintiffs Employment Law Association (PELA), which has since been transformed into the Student Employment Law Association (ELA). The group serves DU students with an interest in labor and employment law, organizing programs that educate students about the practical and intellectual aspects of the field.

The new certificate is an important piece in DU’s Workplace Law program, and we believe it will be a helpful tool both for student recruiting and for job placement.

This is the second such certificate program that the law school has had approved. Last year, Prof. Ved Nanda led the way in getting approval for a certificate in International Law. Thanks go to Professor Roberto Corrada for making the Workplace Law certificate offering a reality.

Visit the Worplace Law Website »


Former FEMA Director Michael Brown to teach Patriot Act Course at DU Law

December 07, 2009

Read the full story HERE.


Prof. Laura Rovner addresses isolation at Supermax prisons

December 07, 2009

Read the full story HERE.


Professor Duvivier presents to the Denver Board of Realtors Government Affairs Committee

December 03, 2009

On 12/3/09, Professor DuVivier made a presentation to the Denver Board of Realtors Government Affairs Committee. The presentation addressed the history of solar access and how the current drafts of the new Denver Zoning Code represent a step backward in protecting solar access. Professor DuVivier then presented a number of better alternative solutions.


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