“Tale of Two Communities” in Denver’s downtown, by 3L Ty Nagamatsu

January 22, 2016

In last November’s issue of The Docket, Denver Law 3L Ty Nagamatsu (pictured below) explored the role lawyers play in managing tensions existing in the Five Points/Ballpark area between Denver’s homeless population served by the Denver Rescue Mission and businesses and residents increasingly drawn to this popular downtown neighborhood. Ms. Nagamatsu is a student attorney in Denver Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic (CEDC), where, under the direction of Assistant Professor Patience Crowder, students “are exposed to a variety of social systems that impact their clients and are encouraged to think reflectively about the nature of transactional advocacy in the public’s interest.” In her article, Ballpark Neighborhood: A Tale of Two Communities, Ms. Nagamatsu writes that “it is important for those in leadership to consider alternatives to litigation that promote thoughtful community engagement. Creative, transactional attorneys should be able to bring everyone to the table to find good solutions for all parties involved.”

Updated Submission Date for Sutton Writing Competition

January 19, 2016

Submissions for the Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay Competition are now due Monday, February 1st.

Detailed information may be found at the the Sutton Writing Competition webpage

The Aurora Theater Massacre

January 19, 2016


At the University of Denver Sturm College of Law

aurora theater

District Attorney, Colorado’s 18th Judicial District
Rich Orman
Karen Pearson
Jacob Edson
Lisa Teesch-Maguire

Thursday, Feb 11th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

• Responding to the theater the morning of the shooting
• The challenges of managing 4000 witnesses and victims & admitting 1000’s of items of evidence
• Ethically protecting survivors’ voices and honoring all victims’ legal rights
• The use of graphic photographs and testimony during trial
• Strategies employed to prosecute a mass murderer who claimed insanity
• The experience of the on-call prosecutor the night of the shooting
• Evidentiary presentation of the explosives & hazardous devices found


Please email question to David Schott, Director – Center for Advocacy DSchott@law.du.edu

Open letter from Denver Law faculty and staff opposing discrimination on college campuses

January 18, 2016

Extremism and Islamophobia in Perspective

January 14, 2016

Join the University of Denver for a Keynote, Faculty Panel, and Workshop on this very important issue.

“Understanding ISIS’ Appeal” — Keynote Talk by Mia Bloom, Professor of Communication, Georgia State University

Thursday, January 21, 2016 | Reiman Theatre (Margery Reed) | 6:30 pm Coffee & Cookies

For more information: Mia Bloom

“The US and Extremism”— Faculty Panel with Joanne Cummings (Air Force Academy), Nader Hashemi (Korbel School), Seth Masket (Political Science), Andrea Stanton (Religious Studies

Friday, January 22, 2016 | Anderson Academic Commons, 290 | 10:15 am — Lunch served ~ 12:30 pm

For more information: Panel

“Addressing Islamophobia” — Workshop by Caherine Orsborn (facilitator), Nabil Echchaibi (CU Boulder), Tay Minshall (Muslim Law Students Association), et. al.

Friday, January 22, 2016 | Anderson Academic Commons, 290 | 1:45 – 3:30 pm

For more information: Workshop

The Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law is proud to be a sponsor along with the following: Office of the Chancellor, AHSS Dean’s Office, AHSS Student Advisory Council, Colorado EU Center of Excellence, Chaplain’s Office, Center for Judaic Studies, Center for Middle East Studies, Center for World Languages & Cultures, Center on Rights Development, DU Service & Change, Gender & Women’s Studies Program, DU-Iliff Joint Doctoral Program, Global Health Affairs, Interfaith Advocates, Languages & Literatures Dept, ME Discussion Group, Muslim Law Students Association, Office of International Education, Office of Internationalization, Philosophy Dept, Political Science Dept, Religious Studies Dept, Saudi Students Association, Social Justice LLC

Registration for the CLR Advance Legal Research classes is now open!

January 12, 2016

Registration for the CLR Advance Legal Research classes is now open! Are you interested in honing your research skills? Then check out the CLR Advance Certificate Programs. This semester the Law Library is offering advance legal research classes on 19 specialized topics.

If you participated in the Fall 2015 program, you can register for Spring classes at Registration Portal. If you have not participated in the program, please visit CLR Certificate Website for more information.

Barry University Law Professor and Denver Law LLM alum Nadia Ahmad

January 11, 2016

Nadia Ahmad is assistant professor of law at the Barry University Andreas School of Law. Professor Ahmad earned her LLM from Denver Law and taught at Pace University School of Law before joining the Barry University law faculty. At the recent Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Meeting, she moderated a panel entitled “Challenging Sovereignty: Exploring the Rise of ISIS and Boko Haram.” The panel also featured Professors Sahar Aziz from the Texas A&M University School of Law, Bernard Freamon from Seton Hall Law and John Kelsay from the Florida State University Department of Religion.

At Denver Law, Professor Ahmad earned her LLM in the school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program. “I am very grateful for the opportunities and connections I made while at Denver Law,” she recounts. At the AALS meeting, she also presented on “Community Based Environmental Monitoring in India’s Sirsa River Valley,” That project, she says, “grew from my research and classwork in the DU Law course on Community Expectations for Sustainable Development in Natural Resources Projects, taught by Porfessor Luke Danielson." Alongside her scholarship focusing on the intersection of energy and environmental law with international investment and development, Professor Ahmad also writes on women’s legal rights in South Asia and the Middle East, often taking a historical approach to this inquiry. See more about Professor Ahmad’s scholarship here.

DU Law’s first ABA Representation in Mediation Team

December 08, 2015

mediation team

DU Law’s Representation in Mediation Team: First row: Kema G. Johnson, Rachael Isaacson, Ashley Kincaid Lloyd, and Kalie Rosenbaugh. 2nd Row: Professor C.J. Larkin (Faculty Coach), Zach Wechsler, Erik Carlson, Sandy Ramlo, Steven Lambert, Audrey Johnson, and Jim Stone (Assistant Coach). Not pictured: Megan Livingston, Tahli Salem, and Shellina Trujillo.

DU Law’s first ABA Representation in Mediation Team has been selected by coaches Professor C.J. Larkin and Jim Stone. A two-person team will be selected from the larger team to compete at the regional competition in March at the University of Utah School of Law (Salt Lake City). If successful at regionals, the team will compete at the national competition in April in New York City. Professor Larkin describes the competition as “designed to develop students’ client counseling, negotiation, mediation and self-reflection skills”.

Catherine Smith wins the 2016 Clyde Ferguson Award

December 01, 2015

Catherine Smith is the winner of the 2016 Clyde Ferguson Award, given by the American Association of Law Schools Minority Groups Section. The Ferguson Award recognizes an outstanding law teacher who has achieved excellence in the area of public service, teaching and scholarship. Named in honor of Professor C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr, the second tenured African American on the Harvard Law School faculty, the Award spotlights a law teacher who has provided support, encouragement and mentoring to colleagues, students, and aspiring legal educators.

Smith teaches torts, employment discrimination, and family law. Her research interests include civil rights law and critical race theory. In the last year, her work has been published in the U.C. Davis Law Review and the Ohio State Law Journal. In addition, an amicus brief on the constitutional rights of children of same-sex parents co-authored by Smith, Susannah Pollvogt (Washburn Law), Tanya Washington (Georgia State Law) and Lauren Fontana (Denver Law) was recently cited in the majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional.

Since 2010, Smith has served as the Sturm College of Law’s Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness. The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness, which includes Randy Wagner, Administrative Director for Strategic Initiatives, focuses on developing and supporting existing programs designed to diversify the hallways of law schools. Denver Law initiatives include a partnership with the Denver Urban Debate League, an annual pipeline conference for college and high school students, and a role in a number of faculty development workshops nation-wide offered to diverse candidates seeking to enter law teaching.

2015 Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellow Makes His Mark

November 24, 2015

Established in 1998, the Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellows Program has provided the opportunity for one graduate law student from Moscow State University (MSU) to attend law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for one full semester in order to study the US legal system. This year’s scholar, Damir Salikhov, has gone one step further than just learning from us. He decided that there needed to be a dialogue between the universities, to share perspectives and look at the law on various issues from both viewpoints.

Visiting fellow, Damir Salikhov approached the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with a proposal to host a live video conference call with peers from MSU. He arranged for the same on the Moscow State side and collaborated with them to find experts and students to participate. The first conference was co-sponsored with the DU Korbel Center for Rights Development, the Sturm College of Law, the Ved Nanda Center, and the DU Intl Law Society on the subject of The Right to Privacy in Modern Societies—Comparative Perspectives.

This conference featured two faculty experts from each university and two student presenters followed by Q&A. You can view a LIVESTREAM of the event here. It was a first for both the University of Moscow and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law/Ved Nanda Center.

The second conference arranged by Mr. Salikhov, MSU, and DU/Ved Nanda Center took on the subject of US & Russia — Perspectives in Individual Bankruptcy and International Law. Moderated on the DU side by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge and Nanda Center Advisory Board Member, the Honorable Sidney B. Brooks, more than 12 banking/bankruptcy experts participated from Moscow. Participants were from not only academia, but represented the World Bank, the Arbitrage Court of Moscow, and Sberbank of Russia. The inclement weather in Colorado made for a sparse crowd on the DU side but the conversations and discussion belied the lack. The LIVESTREAM of the conference is available now.

For both conferences, more than 40 people attended on the MSU side. The opportunity for open, candid dialogue with DU Sturm College of Law has taken hold at MSU — Mr. Salikhov has been approached by several other practice areas of law at MSU to have more events with SCOL. The Nanda Center, along with the DU Intl Law Society, will be collaborating with Mr. Salikhov to bring more of these to fruition in the New Year on subjects such as Criminal Law, Election Law, and more.

With the inaugural events now in the past, DU and MSU have created a repeatable model that we will continue to use and tweak as we share and compare perspectives on international law and its practice in the US and in Russia.

For information and/or questions, contact Anne Aguirre, coordinator, the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law, aaguirre@law.du.edu.

Mr. Salikhov, the 2015 Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellow, is pursuing his Ph.D. in Constitutional Law from the University of Moscow Lomonosov and returns to his studies in Moscow for 2016.

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