Mother Jones magazine features Civil Rights Clinic solitary confinement case

May 01, 2012

Mother Jones magazine features Civil Rights Clinic solitary confinement case

Clinic Newsletter, Spring 2010

April 11, 2012

Clinic Newsletter, Spring 2010

Denver Post: Hitting “resset” with Russia’s Putin

April 03, 2012


University of Denver Water Law Review Symposium “2012: The Year of Water”

April 02, 2012

University of Denver Water Law Review Symposium “2012: The Year of Water”
Click HERE for additional information about this symposium

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

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

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