DU Trial Team Advances to National Semifinals

April 01, 2012

NTC semis

Third-year students, Chris Wilcox and Ashley Opfer, continued with their SCOL Trial Team history-making campaign when they competed at the 2012 National Trial Championships in Austin, Texas, on March 21st through 25th. The National Trial Competition begins each year with 280 teams representing schools from across the U.S. The top ten percent (10%) of the teams (28 teams total) emerge from Regionals and advance to the National Trial Championships. After a multiple-year Nationals drought Nationals, DU broke the seal in 2010 and 2011. This year, both DU squads won at Regionals, putting two DU squads among the top 28 in the nation and advancing the SCOL to Nationals for the third year in a row. Wilcox and Opfer accrued a perfect Regional record of 5-0, without dropping a single ballot.

DU had never previously placed in the Top 12 at Nationals. This year, in Austin, all of that changed. At Nationals, Wilcox and Opfer continued their march. They advanced through the three qualifying National rounds with a perfect 3-0 record, and also through the Quarterfinals (4-0) – only dropping 1 ballot through all of it. It was finally in the Semifinals that Wilcox and Opfer lost in a split-ballot decision to the trial team from Baylor’s law school (a Top 5 Advocacy Program in the U.S.), thus placing DU in the Top 3 schools at Nationals. Congratulations to both Chris and Ashley on a wonderful law school trial advocacy career.

University of Denver Wins Moot Shanghai

March 27, 2012

Moot Shanghai

Maureen Weiland and Kaitlin Fox attended the Moot Shanghai, Vis Competition, from March 13 – 16, 2012 competing against four preliminary round teams from Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan), City University of Hong Kong, Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary) and the Moot Shanghai host school, the East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai, China). The team competed against Wuhan University (Wuhan, China) in the quarterfinals, Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) in the semifinals, and the University of St. Gallen (St. Gallen, Switzerland) in the final round. The DU Team won the Moot Shanghai at the Espace Rhône-Alpes Pavilion, a Shanghai World Expo pavilion site. Additionally, Maureen Weiland won an Honorable Mention Award for Best Oralist.

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is an annual international commercial arbitration simulation involving a dispute over an international sale of goods. The Moot Shanghai is a Vis Moot “Pre-Moot” held in Shanghai, China. It was attended by twenty teams, including four teams in a unique “e-moot” format via special video conferencing technology. The University of Denver competed against City University of Hong Kong by e-moot from the Shanghai Arbitration Commission facilities. The DU Vis Moot team also competes in the Vis (East) Moot in Hong Kong China, the Belgrade Vis Pre-Moot, and the main Vis Moot in Vienna, Austria. The 2011-2012 DU Vis Moot Team consists of team members Maureen Weiland, Kaitlin Fox, Emily Bloedel, Stephanie Foote, Chris Rogers, and Ken Hayes. The team coaches consist of adjunct professor Todd Wells, Coren Hinkle, Matt Hofmeister, Kevin Walsh, and Ted Gleason. For more information about the DU Vis Moot Team, contact Todd Wells at todd.wells@gleasonwells.com

Prof. Walker Sterling on juvenile life without parole

March 20, 2012

Here’s the quote: “It’s wrong to make a final, irrevocable judgment that a teen will never be suited for release later in life. Because of the brain science we know better.”

Read the full story here.

Jessup Moot Court Team Reaches Semi-Finals

March 15, 2012

Jessup Semis

The DU SCOL Jessup International Moot Court Team advanced to the semi-final round this last weekend in the Super Regional competition in Portland, Oregon, coming in 3rd place overall. The Jessup Competition is the largest moot court competition in the world with over 600 teams competing from over 80 countries.

This year’s team members were: John Gaudette (3L), Brianna Evans, Victoria Kelley, Wesley Fry, and William Kent (all 2Ls). The Coaches were Megan Matthews and John Powell. They, unfortunately, lost in a split panel to University of Hawaii in the round which determined which team would advance to the International Rounds. Their Applicant written brief had the highest points in the region and their combined written briefs scored 7th in the Region. Out of 96 oralists, 3 of our oralists scored the 12th place, 18th place, and 20th place rankings. John Gaudette is graduating this year, but the rest of the team members are returning and the team is looking for one new member for next year. The team plans to advance to the International Rounds next year!

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.
View video of this Panel

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


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.

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