Intensive course includes influential lineup of Colorado utilities sector leaders

July 18, 2011

Denver Law’s one-week intensive short course, Public Utilities Regulation, which concluded last week, included some of the utilities sector’s leading figures including the president of a major investor owned utility and a member of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

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Prof. Jan Laitos to be featured speaker at Buenos Aires Mining Seminar

July 15, 2011

Jan Laitos, John A. Carver Jr. Professor of Law at Denver Law, will be the featured speaker next month at a prestigious seminar in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event, “Current Trends in the Regulation on Cyanide and Open Pit Mining,” is being sponsored by one of the leading Latin American law firms Marval O’Farrell & Mairal.

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Denver Law sponsors the 24th National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Industry Growth Forum

July 13, 2011

Denver Law has become affiliated as a sponsor for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s 24th Industry Growth Forum, to be held at the Grand Hyatt Denver in downtown Denver on November 8-11, 2011. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Industry Growth Forum is the United State’s premier event for emerging clean energy and energy efficiency technology start ups to gain exposure and feedback from venture capitalists, corporate investors, government agencies, and strategic partners.

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Denver Post: Professor Ved Nanda says Justice will find Khadafy

July 10, 2011

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John Bellish, 3L, pens first-hand account of Ratko Mladic trial via DJILP blog

July 08, 2011

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Profile of Adjunct Professor Troy Eid

July 08, 2011

In the fall 2011 semester Denver Law will introduce an important new course, “Environmental Law, Energy & Natural Resources in Indian Country,” which will be taught by nationally recognized American Indian law expert Troy A. Eid.

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Spring 2011 Issue is released

July 01, 2011

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Jack Hanley named the first MSLA Robert B. Yegge Professor

July 01, 2011

I am pleased to announce that Jack Hanley is the first recipient of the Master of Science in Legal Administration (MSLA) Robert B. Yegge Professorship.

If you are familiar with the MSLA program, you know Jack Hanley. Jack has been associated with DU Law since 1967. He worked alongside Dean Yegge in developing the MSJA/MSLA curriculum, and he has taught Human Resources for more than a decade!

Jack began his tenure at the University of Denver under Dean Yegge after graduating from the University of Colorado. Shortly after graduating, Hanley was informed of an operations position at the College of Law; Dean Yegge wanted to spend more time working on his academic responsibilities and was seeking a business mind to handle the ‘business of running a law school’. Needless to say, Dean Yegge hired Jack but not before putting him through the “gauntlet” to see if Jack could keep up with the work!

Jack was kept busy with the day to day operations of the law school, and soon Dean Yegge asked Hanley to assist with the development of law school curriculums and programs. In 1970 Dean Yegge, Harry Lawson and Jack worked to develop a curriculum for a summer program based on court administration to be held in Aspen, Colorado. The program, named the Institute for Court Management (ICM), was a huge success and laid the groundwork for the Master of Science in Judicial Administration (MSJA). In 1972, the College of Law graduated its first MSJA students, and became the first and only academic institution to offer a masters degree in judicial administration.

Going on the belief that there would be greater acceptance among the judiciary if the MSJA program was part of a reputable law school, the program added a separate track for training administrators for public and private law offices in 1980. A decade later, in 1990, the two programs were combined to create the Master of Science in Legal Administration (MSLA). (For more detailed history, please click here)

Today, Jack is executive director at Reilly Pozner, LLP. He continues to bring his wealth of knowledge to the MSLA classroom, teaching Human Resources during the fall term. Ask any student who has attended his class, and you’ll undoubtedly hear how Jack is an invaluable resource in this field and will always go the extra mile for the students.

Jack describes Dean Yegge as a visionary and a leader…. He not only had great foresight but he carried out his visions. Dean Yegge broadened how young lawyers thought about the legal field. In retrospect, Dean Yegge was a pioneer of many things, but perhaps most notably he is considered by many to be the pioneer of legal administration.

The goal of the Yegge professorship is to see that Dean Yegge’s wishes and vision are carried out. Jack was very surprised and humbled by this award, as he did not expect to receive anything for something that he enjoys so much, Dean Yegge was a great friend and mentor to Jack, and to receive this award is something that “I will cherish every day,” says Jack.

THANK YOU Jack and Congratulations!

Hope Kentnor
Director, MSLA

The Nanda Center’s Year in Review

May 21, 2011

AY 2010/11 was an exciting and event-filled year for both the Nanda Center and the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP).

In August of 2010, one week before the start of the Fall 2010/11 semester, the Nanda Center welcomed its new Administrative Director, Karlyn K. Shorb— an attorney from the nonprofit sector and DU Sturm College of Law alumni. This position was created as a result of the Strategic Plan initiative and Ms. Shorb is tasked with helping the International Legal Studies Program and the Ved Nanda Center implement the goals of the strategic plan. Shortly thereafter, the International Legal Studies Program and the International Law Society (ILSP/ ILS) kicked off the Fall 2010/11 semester with an ILSP/ILS welcome reception for 1L students. This reception— a tradition for the ILSP and ILS— was a great success and, in addition to providing ILS students the opportunity to mingle and network with ILS alumni, helped the ILS recruit some fabulous 1L Representatives. The ILS, whose mission is to support the activities of the ILSP, is one of the most active groups on campus.

Mr. Tony Carroll and Prof. Ved Nanda

In October, the ILSP, The Ved Nanda Center and the ILS welcomed speaker Tony Carroll —Vice President of Manchester Trade Ltd— who gave a talk on international aid in Africa and other developing countries. Mr. Carroll is an alumni of the Sturm College of Law, as well as an alumni of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy.

The ILS and ILSP also celebrated United Nations Day in October by bringing in a panel of speakers from the United Nations Association, as well as Chief Judge Randal Steckel of the Suquamish Tribal Court. Judge Steckel is also a Sturm College of Law alum!

U.S. Air Force Drone flies over Pakistan

November of 2010 featured the ILSP’s biggest event- the 42nd Annual Sutton Colloquium. The event was generously sponsored by the Ved Nanda Center and brought in over 120 people—comprising of alumni, students, attorneys and local military personnel. The conference addressed the very timely issue of Drones and Their Implication for International Law, and brought in national experts on the issue. Speakers at the conference included our own Professor David Akerson; Professors Aaron Drake and Rachel VanLandingham from the Air Force Academy; Professor Claude d’Estree from our own University of Denver Korbel School for International Studies; Professor Michael Newton of Vanderbilt University; Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell of Notre Dame; Professor Jordon Paust of Houston University; and Mr. Marc Garlasco, formerly of Human Rights Watch. (Folks interested in this topic can still access the conference materials by clicking on the above link).

For the past 42 years, it has been a tradition for panelists from the colloquium to contribute scholarly articles to be published in a special edition of our school’s very own Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. The Drones Edition of the Sutton scholarship is scheduled to publish in the Fall of 2012.

The new semester welcomed the Nanda Center’s first ever visiting scholar— Professor Gayane Davidyan of Moscow State University. During her weeklong stay, Professor Davidyan guest lectured to a number of International and Comparative law classes, attended a Colorado Bar Association International Law Section luncheon, liaised with Russian interest groups in Denver, and spoke at a reception hosted by the Ved Nanda Center. Professor Davidyan’s trip has also led to further discussion with Moscow State University about DU law students externship possibilities with firms in Moscow, as well as to a discussion about possible study abroad opportunities for students in Moscow.

Additionally in January, DU’s ILSP and ENRLP hosted the North American Pacific Regional Rounds of the International Environmental Moot on January 28th and 29th. This effort, which was spearheaded by Professor Annecoos Wiersema, brought in students from all over the Northwest who competed in Denver in order to try to advance to the finals in Washington D.C..

February was an incredibly busy month for the ILSP and the Nanda Center! On Friday February 18th, the ILSP, the Nanda Center and the Environmental and Natural Resources Program welcomed Chief Justive Brian Preston, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, Australia—the oldest specialized environmental court in the world. This specialist court is roughly 20 years old and is recognized as an innovative model for tribunals handling cases in environmental jurisprudence. A public interest legal center in Syndey has written: “One of the great strengths of the Land and Environment Court is its power to grant civil remedies such as injunctions and declarations in repsonse to breaches of environmental laws. This has enabled public interest litigants to protect the environment by bringing such matters before the court.” (See Justice Preston is praised for helping to develop similar judicial forums throughout Australia and Asia.

Justice Preston spoke to a group of 35 students and faculty on Friday February 18th at noon and that evening the Nanda Center hosted a reception in his honor.

The last week of February welcomed students from the West and Southwest who competed in the Superregional Competition of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot. The Superregionals were hosted for the first time by the University of Denver and the Nanda Center—and is a tradition we hope to continue.

Professor Dinah Shelton, First Woman to give the McDougal Lecture

On Saturday February 26th, in conjunction with the Jessup Superregionals, the ILSP hosted its annual 2011 Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture in International Law. The Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture in International Law is a thirty five year old tradition for the ILSP at the Sturm College of Law and has featured some of the most influential legal minds of our time. This year’s lecturer was Professor Dinah L. Shelton, President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Professor Shelton spoke on “Lawyers, Judges and the Law of Nations: International Law in U.S. Courts.” DU’s own Jessup team traveled to Portland to compete.

April was also a very busy month for the SCOL’s International Legal Studies Program and Nanda Center. The Denver Journal of International Law and Policy’s (DJILP)Annual Alumni Dinner, which took place on March 31st, kicked off April’s events. The Nanda Center, which was a sponsor of the Annual DJILP Alumni Dinner, brought in a keynote speaker for the event. The keynote speaker was the Nanda Center’s 2011 Cox-Price Human Rights Award recipient, Mr. William Pace of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy. Mr. Pace, who spoke on the topic of the International Criminal Court, has been a life-long human rights and peace activist and since 1994 has championed support for a permanent International Criminal Court (ICC). Indeed, in 2001, Mr. Pace was awarded the William J. Butler Human Rights Medal from the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights. He was awarded such medal for being one of the “cardinal figures in the creation of a permanent International Criminal Court.” (See The ICC in the Hague, Netherlands is the first ever permanent, treaty based, international criminal court and was created in 1998 as a result of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Mr. Pace is also an alumni of the University of Denver.

Next, the Nanda Center hosted its 3rd Annual Henry and Mary Bryan Lecture featuring Mr. Gilbert Porter, also a DU alum. Mr. Porter, former Editor-in-Chief of the DJILP, is a partner in the law firm HaynesBoone—one of America’s largest law firms. Mr. Porter spoke on the topic of Global Power and Energy needs in a post-Tsunami world. Mr. Porter’s lecture was followed by a roast from two of his former classmates—and former DJILP members—Mr. Ian Bird and Mr. Douglas Scrivner. To view Mr. Porter’s lecture, please click here.

Finally, on April 14th, the Nanda Center sponsored a lunchtime talk and afternoon reception in collaboration with the Sturm College of Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Program (ENRLS). These events featured Sir David A. O. Edward, a former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities (aka. European Court of Justice). Judge Edward, though not an alumni, has a strong connection with the Sturm College of Law through faculty member Don C. Smith who collaborated with Judge Edward to create an Oral History and anthology of Judge Edward’s life as a judge of the European Courts in Luxembourg.

AY 2011/12 promises to be an eventful and rewarding year as the Nanda Center, in collaboration with the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, plans to release its new blog titles “The View From Above: International Law at 5280 Feet.”

Please join us this summer, via the Sturm College of Law’s Strategic Plan blog, for previews of the next Academic Year’s programming and events.

University of Denver law students say April showers bring deadly runoff

April 27, 2011

DENVER – For more than a year, Drew Dutcher has lived in the shadow of what neighbors call “Shingle Mountain,” a pile of discarded roofing shingles that may have crossed the line from eyesore to community health menace.

Now, University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law students are demanding the owners of North Denver shingle recycling business Shingles 4 Recycling do something about the 30-foot-high mountain of broken shingles that they say is oozing potentially contaminated runoff onto area streets and possibly into the Platte River.

Working under the guidance of DU’s Environmental Law Clinic director Michael Harris, student lawyers Stephanie Fairbanks and Eric R. Wilson this month sent a 60-day notice of intent to sue to Shingles 4 Recycling on behalf of area residents and environmental activists. If the company doesn’t cut the pile down, and cover it, they plan to file a lawsuit in Federal Court under the Clean Water Act, Harris says.

There are multiple shingle piles around the site, but the largest is visible at the corner of East 51st Avenue and Columbine Street. Harris says neighbors are concerned about runoff from the unsightly debris, which is uncovered and is threatening to spill past damaged container fences.

“Locals call it ‘Shingle Mountain,’ for obvious reasons,” Harris says. “What we see here of course is, for community members, quite an eyesore. But it’s also a potential fire hazard and an environmental hazard. There’s asbestos and other types of metals and organics coming loose, getting into the air, and on a rainy day washing right off into the street here and into the Platte River, which is just 1,100 yards away.”

Even if those materials don’t make it to the river they pose a threat, Harris says. Chemicals and metals left behind on the street are kicked up into the air by passing vehicles and contaminate the area, he says.

Dutcher says residents worry about possible air and water borne contaminants.

“There are just so many questions about it. There are health questions, there are ground water questions, storm water questions, and there are fire questions,” Dutcher says. “What happens in the case of winds, and rain and snow? Where does the runoff go?”

A study prepared for the Construction Materials Recycling Association finds the primary concerns about asphalt shingle recycling is asbestos, used in shingle manufacturing from the 1800s until as late as the 1980s. Health risks from the asbestos are highest for plant workers and nearby residents, the report finds.

The Environmental Law Clinic is representing four residents in the Elyria, Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods of North Denver as well as the 4,000-member nonprofit environmental group WildEarth Guardians.

Harris says the hope is that business owner William Scott will come into compliance within the 60-day notice window without involving regulators. But if the situation isn’t addressed, he says the students are prepared to file a complaint in federal court.


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