And the 2016 Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay winner is . . .

June 16, 2016

The Ved Nanda Center continues its mission of scholarship and the promotion and dissemination of quality writing in the field of international legal and comparative law studies with the presentation of the 2016 Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay Competition award to Jeremy S Goldstein, JD’16 for his outstanding essay on “Bringing BITs Back from the Brink of Bad – A compilation of methodology for reserving policy space in investment agreements to meet international human rights obligations pursuant to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Article 9.”

Mr. Goldstein is a 3L student, studying International law, with a focus on sustainable development. When school is not in session, Mr. Goldstein spends his time travelling and learning, principally in Asia and the Middle-East. As a student of the world interested in human rights, Mr. Goldstein is concerned with the role that governments and international institutions play in improving quality of life for those in the developing world, the rights of women and children, and the ability of all to enjoy fair and equal rights under the law.

Mr. Goldstein has been an active member of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy as its Online Editor-In-Chief, is a member of the International Law Society and the Jewish Law Students Association.

The Nanda Center was honored to present Mr. Goldstein with the Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay award. Leonard v.B. Sutton (1914-2002), former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Denver Law School alumnus, and a man deeply devoted to the international rule of law, endowed an annual award to encourage and reward DU Law students for scholarly research in international law.

The award is given for the best essay submitted by a Sturm College of Law student and provides a cash prize study in the Summer Program of The Hague Academy of International Law in The Hague, Netherlands .

2017 Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay competition will be open to any currently enrolled student following the submission guidelines on the Nanda Center website. The deadline for submissions will be announced at the beginning of the 2016-2017 semester.

Any questions please contact Anne Aguirre, Nanda Center coordinator, .

Ariel Cheng, Campus Leader and Future Lawyer

June 08, 2016

Ariel Cheng began a work-study position in Denver Law’s Faculty Support Services office in 2012, continuing in that role until she graduated from DU in June, 2016. Ariel plans to enter law school in the Fall of 2017. While a DU student, she helped organize The MIND Club, devoted to de-stigmatizing and raising campus awareness of mental illness issues. For this work, Ariel was the 2015 recipient of the Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship.

Later this summer, Ariel will return to Denver Law as a regular employee to fill the year before she enters law school. “Ariel was a stellar student worker, and we are excited to bring her onto our staff in a new capacity,” says Claire Carroll, Faculty Support Manager at the law school. “She is incredibly positive and finds ways to showcase her creativity in the workplace.”

Denver Law salutes Ariel Cheng, campus leader and future lawyer. Read more about Ariel and her accomplishments here.

OpEd - Denver Post: Giant Steps Toward Energy Justice

May 14, 2016

OpEd – Denver Post: Giant Steps Toward Energy Justice

May 14, 2016
Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post , Posted: 05/14/2016 05:00:00 PM MST

DU Law’s Center for Advocacy Ranks in the Top 6!

April 26, 2016

Best Grad Schools US News

Congratulations to our Center for Advocacy for earning a Top 6 national ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Our CFA prides itself on the quality of our faculty, adjunct faculty, coaches, and most of all, our students. Through our courses, programming, and competitions, we continue to strive to prepare our students for a successful career in “The Profession That Takes The Oath”.

A Social Justice Theme Informs the 2016 Denver Law Pipeline Conference

April 15, 2016

In 2015-16, activism and protests swept across many college and university campuses. The protests were student led. Activists held accountable the schools they attended for policies and practices that too often stymied oft-stated goals to increase diversity and value inclusion at our nation’s institutions of higher learning. The 2016 Denver Law Pipeline Conference, held April 1st, brought five student activists engaged in these protests to the University of Denver: Yameisha Bell, University of Connecticut; Briana Cato, University of Missouri; Katherine Demby, Yale Law School; Storm Ervin, University of Missouri; and David Turner III, University of California at Berkeley.

A lengthy and stimulating discussion, not without controversy and moderated by DePaul University College of Law Professor Terry Smith, explored these students’ work, aspirations and observations through lenses of the law, First Amendment guarantees and Equal Protection jurisprudence.

Denver Law Professor Beto Juárez opened the conference by speaking on “The Supreme Court, Law, and Post-racialism: How the Supreme Court Affects Our Daily Lives.” This conversation, along with the two-hour student activism panel that followed, addressed social justice issues in practical, on-the-ground terms and offered 150 conference attendees answers to the question, “Why study the law?”

The audience included over 100 students—60 undergrads and the remaining from high school (and even a few from junior high)—interested in learning about law school and the law. Parents, teachers, advisors and mentors, along with friends from DU, rounded out the crowd. Following lunch in the law school Forum and outside on the patio, the conference agenda took on a more instrumental cast. Professor Juárez returned to teach a “mock law school class” on how Supreme Court rulings have shaped admission policies in higher education. Two panels were up next—one on “Law School and the Legal Profession from the Perspective of Diverse Students and Lawyers,” while a second offered valuable advice for “Getting into Law School.” Denver Law professors, staff members, alums and students spoke on these topics.

Professor Carlton Waterhouse, from Indiana University McKinney School of Law, pulled together topics explored and lessons learned throughout the day in closing remarks he titled, “The Social Dominance Problem.” The conference concluded with a reception in the Forum, where conversation continued among attendees and speakers over refreshments.

The 2016 Pipeline Conference was the third held at Denver Law. Participation and the quality of content hit high levels again. Denver Law’s Catherine Smith, associate dean and professor, and Randy Wagner, administrative director of strategic initiatives, planned and directed the conference, and they intend to continue the tradition in the spring of 2017. Especially rewarding this year was the role played by faculty and staff at the Metropolitan State University of Denver in spreading word about the Pipeline Conference among their students, who composed half of the total undergraduates attending. Metro State University boasts an enrollment of nearly 7,500, one-third of whom are first-generation college and students. We welcome this pipeline partnership and hope to see it grow in days ahead.

See a video recording of the morning panel here.
0:01: Opening remarks
10:00: Professor Beto Juárez, “The Supreme Court, Law, and Post-Racialism: How the Supreme Court Affects Our Daily Lives”
40:00: Student activist panel, “How Law and Student Activism are Shaping ‘Post-racial’ American College Campuses”

See the 2016 Denver Law Pipeline Conference program here.

Human Privacy vs. Data Privacy: How Does Your Nation Define Abuse?

April 05, 2016

Ten transnational, multidisciplinary legal scholars and professional will explore tensions in their nation over the power struggle for equal human rights protections compared with recent protections to prevent unwanted data invasion. MYCY Radio Production Studio will broadcast this discussion Live from the UN Buffer Zone in the last divided capital city in the world, Nicosia, Cyprus.

1 CLE credit

Friday, April 15th | 9 – 10am | LAW 170 Ricketson Law Building


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For questions contact Anne Aguirre,

Sponsored by the Ved Nanda Center, One Woman At A Time, MYCY, University of Lancaster-Cyprus, University of Nicosia, University of Cyprus, goap Centro antiviolenza, younicef for unicef, and the Sturm College of Law.

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Register Now! 2016 DJILP International Law Award Dinner

March 24, 2016

Register Now to join us Tuesday, April 19th, 6-9pm for DJILP’s 2016 International Law Alumni Award dinner and silent auction. You definitely don’t want to miss this!

This year’s Distinguished International Law Alumni award will be presented to Doug Scrivner, JD’77, former Editor-in-Chief of the Denver Journal of Law & Policy, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, and tireless supporter of the Law School and Nanda Center.

The keynote this year will be the Henry and Mary Bryan Lecture on International Law presented by the Honorable Sid Brooks, retired US Bankruptcy Court judge and Nanda Center Board member chair of the Brooks-Nanda Russian Law Fellow program.

We hope you will join us in honoring Doug and Sid for their commitment and generosity to the University of Denver, the Sturm College of Law, and the Nanda Center.

Ten years ago, on the 40th anniversary of Professor Ved Nanda’s teaching at the University of Denver, Doug inspired and committed to the creation of the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law. Doug, along with several other generous sponsors, made the vision of the Center a reality. Both Doug and Sid have been dedicated and inspirational advocates for the mission of the Nanda Center and we are deeply honored to recognize their work and efforts on behalf of the University, Law School, and the Nanda Center.

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Interested in China and the Impact of the TPP? Don’t miss this.

March 18, 2016

The Labor Clauses in TPP: Its Impact on China’s Industrial Relations, Labor law and Beyond

Sponsored by the Korbel School’s Center for China—U.S. Cooperation, visiting distinguished scholar Dr. Yongqian Tu will present as part of Korbel’s Jackson/Ho China Forum. The Forum, funded by the William Sharpless Jackson, Jr. Endowment, brings prominent scholars, government officials, business leaders, and other professionals to the University of Denver to address issues related to China and China-U.S. relations. The forum is open to both the University community and the general public.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Ben Cherrington Hall, Room 301

RSVP Required — Lunch Provided

Dr. Yongqian Tu is Professor in School of Labor and Human Resources of Remin University of China. He received his Ph.D. and LLM degrees from China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and Central China University of Finance and Political Sciences in Wuhan. Tu’s research covers law, management, sociology and economics. He has published many academic articles in Chinese in the China’s academic journals and 2 monographs, Toxic Torts with Latent Harm and Law of Torts. He was a visiting scholar at the Center for China-US Cooperation, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver in 2015.

International Volunteer Opportunities with One Heart Source

March 17, 2016


One Heart Source is an international 501©3 non-profit focused on collaboration, design, and implementation of programs focused on student mentorship, intercultural experience and dialogue in South Africa and Jamaica. Since 2008, over 1,000 students from 100 universities have participated in our programs.

One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2016 Volunteer Programs. We are offering a variety of 1, 2, and 4 week programs in Jamaica and South Africa this summer!

Volunteers will:

  • Develop the international experience graduate schools and employers look for
  • Gain skills in academic tutoring, international communication, and community outreach
  • Mentor students to realize academic growth and cultivate lifelong relationships
  • Partner with local communities to experience a global perspective
  • Connect to an international network designing global uplift

Apply for our Volunteer Programs: 2016 Application

Next Application Deadline: March 25

For more info:

Advocates Cup Champions

March 16, 2016


2016 advocates cup champions

March 2016. The Center for Advocacy recently crowned this year’s The Advocates Cup’s Champions. The Cup pairs 1Ls with 2L & 3L partners, to help students be practice-ready graduates. This year’s recipients are:

Reid Dechant
(Returning 2015 Champion)
Mackenzie Ludwig
Chelsea Moore
Tim Luetkemeyer
The Professionalism Award
Jimoh Yussof
Scott Eley
Mark Campbell
Nicholas Smiley-Kallas
Best Overall Advocate
Mackenzie Ludwig
Best 1L Advocate
Josh Mangiagli

Both Best Advocate Winners received a free bar review course generously donated by Themis Bar Review

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