Mock Trial Institute at Denver Law

August 08, 2014

Shaquille Turner, 2L (below), spoke with 85 high school students and 25 local attorneys, conducting the Colorado Bar Association Mock Trial Institute at Denver Law.Shaquille Turner

Provost Romero addresses high school students

August 07, 2014

Tom Romero, Assistant Provost of IE Research and Curriculum Initiatives for the University and Law Professor (below), spoke with 85 high school students and 25 local attorneys, conducting the Colorado Bar Association Mock Trial Institute at Denver Law. Local attorney Dennis Kaw and Carolyn Gravit, Director of Public Legal Education for the Colorado and Denver Bar Association, organized the Institute.

Tom Romero

Pioneer Prep Latino/a Leadership Institute

August 03, 2014

The Pioneer Prep Latino/a Leadership Institute, organized by DU Admissions, brought 150 high school students and their family members to the law school. Break-out sessions covered topics associated with college admissions and experience. Miriam Tapia Salinas, Executive Director for Diversity Enrollment & Community Partnerships, and Claudia Hernandez-Ponce, Associate Director of Admission, organized the Institute. (Picture below is courtesy of Cisco Mora.)Pioneer Prep Latino

Law School Clinical Programs Seeking Bi-Lingual Work-Study

July 02, 2014

The Law School Clinical Programs are seeking a bi-lingual (fluent in English and Spanish) work-study student with the ability to translate in live client meetings.

The summary of duties:

  • Perform a myriad of duties including, but not limited to: answering telephones, greeting clients, stocking supplies, forms, and paper.
  • Cleaning kitchen, student carrels, and copy room.
  • Additional duties include, but are not limited to: data-entry, faxing, copying scanning; ordering supplies, and various administrative tasks.
  • At all times the work-study is to maintain professional and positive contact with clients and visitors, law students, faculty and staff. Confidentiality must be observed at all times.

For more information, please contact Laurie Saraceno at or call 303.871.6140.

The Move Toward Mining the Deep Seabed, a talk by Professor Don Anton

July 02, 2014


Please join the Sturm College of Law’s International Legal Studies Program as we welcome Don Anton, recognized expert in international environmental law and the law of the sea who will be discussing his paper “The Move Toward Mining the Deep Seabed: Is the Legal Regime Governing Mineral Resources Beyond National Jurisdiction Adequate?” Don Anton is a leading international lawyer, recognized worldwide for his expertise in international environmental law and the law of the sea. He is a Professor of Law at the Australian National University College of Law, where he has been teaching since 2000. He maintains an active international legal practice and is currently appearing as counsel for the IUCN in the pending advisory proceedings on fisheries in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, as well as leading an amicus brief supporting indigenous Ecuadorians in their appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the epic Chevron v. Donziger litigation. He has been a leader in various international law bodies, including as Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Interest Group on International Environmental Law and as an Executive Councilor of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law. He has has been a member of various academic Committees of the International Law Association and participated in the American Society of International Law/American
Bar Association Joint Taskforce on Treaties in U.S. Law.

Hauwa Ibrahim Joins Effort to Bring Back Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

June 27, 2014

Nigerian human rights attorney and women’s rights activist, Ms. Hauwa Ibrahim, who spoke at SCOL in April, is participating on a 17-person Presidential Committee assembled to investigate the kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Nigeria. Here’s an interview with her.

MSJA alumni Norman Meyer recently published an article on social media and the courts in the IJCA

June 25, 2014

MSJA alumni Norman Meyer recently published an excellent article on social media and the courts in the International Journal for Court Administration

Interview with Mark Beese

June 03, 2014

Mark Beese

The MSLA program recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Mark Beese, President of Leadership for Lawyers, LLC, and an adjunct professor in the MSLA program. Before forming his consultancy practice focused on developing lawyers into better leaders and business developers, Mark served more than 20 years as a chief marketing officer for professional service firms across the country. In April of this year, Mark received the Legal Marketing Association’s (LMA) Hall of Fame Award, the profession’s highest honor. This honor represents the highest level of experience and leadership in legal marketing and recognizes contributions made by individuals for the benefit of the profession, the association, and its community of professionals. Following his receipt of this prestigious award, Mark sat down with us to talk about how he started his career in legal marketing, the thrill of his role in evolving the profession, and to offer some pearls of wisdom to the current generation of MSLA students.

After receiving both his B.S. and his M.B.A. from the University of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY), Mark began working at a small architectural firm in upstate New York. It was here that he learned the basics of marketing and sales. Through a volunteer project restoring a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Buffalo, NY, Mark got to know a lawyer who suggested he try out marketing skills in a law firm setting. Mark took over as the Director of Marketing for the New York law firm Hodgson Russ Andrews Woods & Goodyear. As he fine-tuned his marketing and sales skills for the legal culture, he interviewed at Holland & Hart in Denver, CO, a 450 attorney law firm with 15 offices across the mountain west. He became the firm’s Marketing Director in 2001. Throughout his time at Holland & Hart, Mark realized that the most successful law offices and practice groups are those with strong and effective leaders. He developed the idea that he could teach lawyers to be better leaders and business developers through training and coaching. He started his own consulting practice focused on this notion. Leadership for Lawyers, LLC, was established in 2008.

Legal marketing is a rather new profession. It started only 35 years ago with the implementation of basic marketing functions, which caused great debate in the legal community. Originators of the profession questioned things such as, are brochures soliciting legal service ethical? Should we be asking the clients directly for their business? Is it beneath us to advertise? And what does it mean to do sales in the legal field? Legal marketing has gotten more sophisticated in the past few years as client service and business development strategies have become mainstream. Mark’s involvement with the Legal Marketing Association allowed him to interact with other legal marketing professionals from around the world to discuss, debate, and grow the profession of legal marketing. Mark says that his induction into the Association’s Hall of Fame only heightens his drive to mentor new professionals in the field.

Mark notes that to be successful, MSLA students need to employ specific core competencies in their professional lives. These skills include leadership, active listening, change management, coaching, collaboration, innovation, influence and building effective teams. “Soft skills,” i.e. people skills, are critical to the productive functioning and survival of today’s law firms. Lawyers are trained to think differently than general businessman, and they tend to be risk-adverse. Mark’s consultancy practice aims to help the legal community utilize innovative techniques to bring profitable returns. The goal of these projects is simple: to provide quality service to clients more effectively and efficiently than ever before. Those professional service firms which are able to alter their current service model and adapt to the rapid advances in our society will ultimately be successful.

Mark’s final note of advice for current and past MSLA students: Be prepared for big changes in the business of law. Law firms and courts need to continuously leverage lean processes to meet the evolving needs of their clients. Change is difficult, but changing the function and culture of a law firm can be extremely difficult. Helping lawyers to develop their methods and think more like businessmen will help the legal community adapt to change, and it takes effective leadership to make these changes happen. Mark concludes by saying, “Getting your MSLA degree is not the end, it is just the beginning, and I hope that we have helped students to start their careers on a positive note.”

Visit Mark’s website and blog at or email him at

Denver Law Announces Live Client Guarantee

May 07, 2014

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The Man Behind Rwanda Genocide Evidence - Prof. Akerson Featured on South African TV

May 07, 2014

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