Fall 2011 Issue is released
February 16, 2012
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.
DU Sweeps NTC Regional Championships
February 15, 2012
The University of Denver Law School’s National Trial Team made school history when both of its competing squads swept their respective divisions at the 2012 National Trial Championship Regional Qualifiers on February 2, 3, 4, 2012. Twenty teams, representing seven states, competed in the qualifiers.
Both the squad of Chris Wilcox and Ashley Opfer, and the squad of Kyler Burgi, Katelyn Konecny, and Jesse McLain, along with their coaches, David Schott and Garrik Storgaard, will represent DU and the region at the National Trial Championships in Austin, Texas, on March 21-25. This is an unprecedented third year in a row that DU’s National Trial Team has advanced to the National Championships. However, this is the first time that both squads from DU advanced to the National Championships.
Wilcox and Opfer earned a perfect record throughout the entire tournament by not losing a single judging ballot (out of a possible 19 ballots). Chris Wilcox also won the Outstanding Attorney Award.
Denver Law Hosts Rocky Mountain Regional Rounds of Jessup International Law Moot
February 12, 2012
Beginning February 9, 2012, and for the second year in a row, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law hosted the Rocky Mountain Super Regional Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot. 24 teams from the western and mid-western regions of the country arrived in Denver on February 9th to begin competing for a prized spot in the International Rounds which will take place this March, and which will bring in teams from around the globe.
The Jessup Competition is an advocacy contest in which teams of students write briefs and present oral arguments before a simulated International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. The competition starts in September with the release of a fact pattern describing a fictional legal dispute between two countries, and culminates with the world championship White and Case International Rounds, where teams from all corners of the globe come together for a week of competition and cultural events.
Written by a committee of leading scholars, the Jessup Problem is designed to address important and timely issues in international law. The Jessup Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from more than 500 law schools in over 80 countries. The U.S. Regionals are branded as the most competitive qualifying competitions of any moot court contest. Each region has 22-24 schools competing, but only two will advance to the world championship.
Hosting the regional rounds of the competition is a natural fit for Denver Law which has been sending teams to compete in this prestigious event since 1965. On numerous occasions the Denver Law team has won regional competitions and placed high in the world. In 2008, the team placed second in the world for the Memorials (written briefs).
Participants say the Jessup International Law Moot is an experience they will never forget and that membership on the team prepares them for almost anything they might face in their future practice of international law.
**Special thanks to the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law and Ellis, Wright & Ewegen for their financial support for the Rocky Mountain Regional Round of the Jessup International Law Moot.
Denver Post: Professor Nanda Guest Commentary: Treading carefully with Iran
February 10, 2012
Congratulations to the Volume 16 Editorial Board
February 06, 2012
Editor-in-Chief: Allison Altaras
Managing Editors: Greg Cowan and Liz Hutchinson
Article Editors: Sarah Barth, Jessica Zaegel, Kelly Delaney, Jonathan Culwell, Jessica Bidgood
Symposium Editor: Jonathan King
Business Editor: Emily Lande
Production Editor: Matt Watson
Court Report Editors: Johna Varty and Joe Norris
Nanda Center report outlines human rights abuses against Bahraini civil society leaders
February 06, 2012
A report released today by The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law found that the government of Bahrain is continuing to prosecute civil society leaders in violation of international law and in violation of the recommendations of a government-appointed human rights commission. The report was released on the eve of the trial of Bahraini human rights attorney, Mohammed al-Tajer, who is one of the subjects of the report. See full press release and report here.
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Sturm Professor K.K. DuVivier Appointed to Energy Law Advisory Board
February 01, 2012
Professor K.K. DuVivier was appointed representative of the University of Denver Sturn College of Law’s Institute of Energy Law (IEL) Advisory Board. The Institute of Energy Law is a division of The Center for American and International Law in Plano Texas. Formerly named the International Oil and Gas Education Center, IEL has expanded its focus to include alternative energy as well.
RMLUI to hold its 21st Annual Conference on March 1-2
January 27, 2012
The Wilderness City: Nature, Culture and Economy in the Next West will be held at the University of Denver. Over 400 leading experts in sustainable land use and development from across the country will be attending. Track session topics include: Cities and Social Equity, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Cutting Edge Innovations, Economic Development, Energy, Land Conservation and Ecosystem Services and Water Issues.
Law Firm Management Science: Ignore At Your Peril
January 17, 2012