Refugee, Migration, and Crimmigration Headlines

October 31, 2016

On November 11th, 2016, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will host an event on the Crisis of Refugees, Migration and CrImmigration, and the Failure of International Law. Whether in our backyard or internationally, when it comes to these issues, the headlines stream relentlessly.

October 26th, three stories were published on the lines of each of these topics — and that was just in the morning.

  1. Crisis of Refugees and MigrationNational Geographic ‘Afghan Girl’ arrested in Pakistan living under false papers
  2. Crisis of Refugees and MigrationCalais: fears grow for dozens of children amid chaotic camp shutdown
  3. Crimmigration at the Local LevelSheriff Joe Arpaio charged with contempt of court after profiling case

Join the Discussion — For More Information and to Register for the Refugee/Migration Crisis and Failure of International Law conference

Questions: please contact Anne Aguirre, Nanda Center Coordinator, aaguirre@law.du.edu


Metro State University Prelaw Students Visit Denver Law

October 28, 2016

Seventeen Metro State University undergraduate students, accompanied by their professor Barbara Koehler visited Denver Law on Friday, October 28. They attended Professor Rashmi Goel’s Criminal Law course, toured the law school and spoke with Senior Admissions Officer May Piatek and several Denver Law students. Metro State University, celebrating its 50th year of existence, has an enrollment of nearly 7,500, one-third of whom are first-generation college students. In its July/August 2016 issue, INSIGHT Into Diversity named Metro State University a Diversity Champion. (See page 17.)


Profesor Erin Buzuvis Speaks at Denver Law on the Development of LGBTQ Rights

October 27, 2016

Erin Buzuvis, an expert on Title IX and LGBTQ rights and professor at Western New England School of Law, spent Thursday, October 27 at Denver Law. At lunch, she met with fourteen members of the DU community and the Denver Bar, and led a conversation that ranged from the current state of Title IX litigation to the scramble by sports governing bodies to regulate participation by transgender athletes and athletes whose natural hormone levels place them under scrutiny. Later in the day, Professor Buzuvis attended a reception held in her honor. Then she spoke for over an hour before a crowd of fifty on “Title IX and the the Pursuit of Equality for LGBTQ Students.” She traced the evolution of litigation, most of it still working its way through federal courts, stating that “[t]his current moment of LGBTQ rights is brought to us by the decades of litigation that pressured courts and regulators to constantly renew and update their definition of sex discrimination.” She described developing law as having the potential, though not the certainty, “to be completely inclusive” of LGBTQ rights. This is what is on the line in the current litigation, she said. She also stressed the important role of regulators and administrative law in these developments, and she emphasized the relationship between civil rights and politics, citing attention to and strides made in the area of LGBTQ rights by President Obama and his administration. See Professor Buzuvis’ talk on Title IX and LGBTQ Rights here. Her visit to Denver Law and the events at which she spoke were organized and sponsored by the Education Policy & Outreach Group (EPOG) and Denver Law’s Office of Diversity. Professor Erin Buzuvis is a founder of and contributor to the Title IX Blog.


Thur and Fri, Nov 10-11:  WAGE THEFT SUMMIT IN DENVER

October 26, 2016

Join policy-makers, researchers, students, workers, employers, union members and community organizations to discuss wage theft and its impact on Colorado. This two-day event takes place on the Auraria Campus. Address questions to Wagetheftsummit@gmail.com. Register here.


12th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference meets in New York City, November 11-12, 2016

October 25, 2016

National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc. will be hosting the 12th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference on Friday, November 11, 2016 and Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the New York University School of Law in New York, New York. This event is known as the nation’s premier information-sharing and networking empowerment event focused on the success of the aspiring Black lawyer and has positively impacted thousands of Black law school aspirants from across the country who have benefited from the incredible “insider” information, resources, and potentially life-changing connections that it provides that attendees might not otherwise have access to. In addition, for the second year in a row, the non-profit will also be hosting concurrently and jointly the Second Annual National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference providing Latino students with the same opportunities as well as outstanding law student and attorney role models and potential mentors to learn from. Registrants of either event will receive the full benefits of two major events and a combined event – the Joint National Black and Hispanic Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair – all in one free conference registration. More information here.


You are invited: “Title IX and the Pursuit of Equality for LGBTQ Students” at Denver Law Thur Oct 27

October 24, 2016


KIPP Students Visit Denver Law

October 21, 2016

On Friday October 21, 2016, eleven students from Denver Collegiate High School and Counselor Lisa Gibbs visited Denver Law. They sat in on a Criminal Law class for 1Ls taught by Professor Rashmi Goel. 3L Laura Lopez led a tour of the law school. They lunched on the patio outside the Forum, speaking there with Professor Beto Juárez. KIPP comprises 200 schools located in 20 states and serves 80,000 students. KIPP’s mission is to help “students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.” That’s great pipeline work! Read about the KIPP Through College Program here.


Environmental and Natural Resources Law at DU: The 2016 Annual Report

October 10, 2016

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Applications Accepted for CRITICAL RACE STUDIES FELLOWSHIP at UCLA School of Law

October 06, 2016

The Critical Race Studies (CRS) program at UCLA School of Law is now accepting applications for the Critical Race Studies Fellowship. The CRS Fellowship is designed to support the research and professional development of a candidate interested in pursuing a career in law teaching. CRS at UCLA is the only program of its kind in the country and is the premier institutional setting for the study of the intersection between race and the law. Anchored by renowned scholars whose research helped found and continues to advance Critical Race Theory in legal scholarship and related disciplines, CRS supports a unique intellectual community for faculty and students, including formal JD and LLM specializations in Critical Race Studies.

A CRS Fellowship candidate should possess (or expect to possess by June 30, 2017) a JD, LLM, or equivalent legal training; a strong academic record; excellent analytical and writing skills; and demonstrated interest and background in Critical Race Theory. For the 2017-18 Fellowship, we now welcome applications from graduates of any law school, though UCLA CRS graduates remain strongly encouraged to apply.

See more info on the CRS Fellowship here. Please note that the initial application deadline is November 1, 2016.


Commissioner Luis Aguilar Speaks with Students in Professor Brown’s Securities Class

October 06, 2016

Former Securities and Exchange Commissioner Luis Aguilar met by videoconference with students in Professor Jay Brown’s Securities Law class on Monday, October 3, 2016. Speaking from Atlanta, Commissioner Aguilar offered an up-close and candid view of how the SEC operates. Students actively participated, peppering the Commissioner with questions about the policies and approaches of the SEC.

Appointed by former President George W. Bush, Commissioner Aguilar was sworn in on July 31, 2008, and began serving at a moment when U.S. financial markets and institutions entered a prolonged period of crisis and uncertainty. “My time as a Commissioner marked a transitional period in SEC history,” he told the Denver Law students. “We worked toward bringing SEC rulemaking into the 21st century and to return confidence to the markets. And my goal was to do it in a way that supported investors and their interests.”

Among other things, Commissioner Aguilar spoke of newly-created SEC divisions during his time on the Commission and the addition of more economists to the SEC staff, permitting the Commission to base changes in policy on better information. “Commissioner Aguilar’s efforts increased the SEC’s technological literacy,” Professor Brown told the class. Commissioner Aguilar expressed strong support for data-driven analysis of investment practices, for example, high-frequency trading. Today, he said, the SEC “is a much better-informed commission, more able to employ concrete observations and make adjustments in these times when things and conditions change quickly.” Asked to look forward toward issues today’s SEC might engage, Commissioner Aguilar noted that cybersecurity would be an important area for the Commission to address.

Reappointed by President Obama in 2011, Commissioner Aguilar became only the third SEC Commissioner in history to be nominated by two U.S. Presidents representing different political parties. When he left the SEC in December, 2015, his tenure was the eighth longest in SEC history. He likely voted on more rules and enforcement cases than any other SEC Commissioner in history.

Without a doubt, students enjoyed the rare opportunity to hear from, and question, someone who played such an important role in the SEC’s efforts to oversee the securities markets. Professor Brown, the Director of the Corporate and Commercial Law Program, thanked Commissioner Aguilar for “the openness and the honesty of your comments.” He hopes to offer this type of opportunity to students in other classes in the Program.

See Commissioner Luis Aguilar’s “Helpful Tips for New SEC Commissioners” here.


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