KIPP Students Learn about Law School

September 08, 2016

Laura Lopez, 3L at Denver Law, and staff member Randy Wagner spoke with students at Denver Collegiate High School on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Laura and Randy discussed how to prepare for law school and answered questions from a dozen juniors and seniors. The meeting was organized by Lisa Gibbs, a KIPP Through College counselor. KIPP, a national organzation of 200 schools in 20 states serving 80,000 students, seeks to help “students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.”

Read more about Laura and Randy’s visit to DCHS here. KIPP students will visit DU’s Sturm College of Law on Friday, October 21.

Denver Law’s Pipeline Program conducts outreach to undergraduate institutions and high schools throughout Denver. To learn more, contact Randy Wagner.

Op-Ed: Nanda on Clinton and Trump Views on U.S. Intervention in the World

August 29, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post , PUBLISHED: August 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm | UPDATED: August 25, 2016 at 11:37 am.

With the U.S. Presidential election a little more than two months off, Professor Nanda discusses the professed stances of the two primary candidates on U.S. involvement in international affairs.

Read the Denver Post Article online.

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Dean Bruce Smith: “The legal profession needs to be as inclusive as the population it serves.”

August 24, 2016

Denver Law’s new Dean Bruce Smith is recognized as a leading scholar of legal history. He drew on that perspective when, shortly after becoming Dean at DU’s Sturm College of Law, he spoke with Law Week Colorado about the unfinished work of increasing diversity in the legal profession. “In some ways, the field of law has been responsible for breaking down barriers to educational access,” he stated, “perhaps most notably in Brown v. Board (of Education), but the revolution, if we wish to call it that, is significantly incomplete.” Dean Smith called it “profoundly disappointing” that other professions—medicine, architecture, engineering and accounting—are more diverse than the field of law. “The legal profession needs to be as inclusive as the population it serves,” he stated. He identified accessibility as a primary key to diversity and a challenge that law schools must face.

In the same article the University of Colorado Law School’s new Dean James Anaya said, “We need an inclusive, empathetic and representative network of legal professionals to adequately serve all of society.”

For more comments from Dean Smith and Dean Anaya on this topic, see “New Law School Deans Aim for Diversity” in the August 8, 2016 issue of Law Week Colorado.

UN—Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

August 23, 2016

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is held on August 23 each year to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade.

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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in many countries, in particular in Haiti, on August 23, 1998, and in Senegal on August 23, 1999. Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reminds the international community about the importance of commemorating this day. This date also pays tribute to those who worked hard to abolish slave trade and slavery throughout the world. This commitment and the actions used to fight against the system of slavery had an impact on the human rights movement. (Source:

A message from the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova in recognition of this day.

And a timely article from the publication Quartz from where the image above came — The last country to abolish slavery is jailing its anti-slavery activists.

Nanda Center Lecture: Putin’s Russia: The Erosion of Civil Society

August 18, 2016

The Ved Nanda Center and the Sturm College of Law welcome Dr. Mark Pomar, internationally-recognized authority in civil society, higher education, and the impact of rule-of-law in the Russian Federation. Dr. Pomar is the founding President (2008-present) of the US Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule-of-Law (USRF).

Dr. Pomar and the USRF established and provided millions of dollars in grants that supported US-Russia university partnerships, civil society programs, scholar and student exchanges, and non-governmental organizations. In October of 2015, the Putin government declared the USRF a subversive organization and its Russian offices closed. Dr. Pomar’s personal and professional experience is the foundation for this very timely and important civil, economic, and legal discussion.

Putin’s Russia: The Erosion of Civil Society

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

12 – 1 pm

Ricketson Law Building, LAW 165

Take a Stand—International Criminal Justice Day

July 18, 2016

The Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law joins the global legal community in observing * International Criminal Justice Day* on July 17, 2016. On this date in 1998 the Rome Statute was adopted, creating the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is the world’s only permanent international court for mass atrocity crimes – genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

*#JusticeMatters #17July

The American Bar Association’s Paulette Brown stated in a release posted July 14, 2016

“The ABA for decades has supported the ICC because a permanent international tribunal for the atrocity crimes must be an integral part of establishing the rule of law and protecting human rights worldwide. The ABA Center for Human Rights established its ICC Project to effectuate ABA policy by advancing international criminal justice and US-ICC relations through advocacy, education, and practical legal assistance. The Project also helped established the ABA Working Group on Crimes Against Humanity in order to forge and strengthen US and international law on this atrocity crime.

On this anniversary of the ICC, the ABA renews its call to the United States to accede to the Rome Statute treaty; to provide greater support to the prosecution of ICC cases; and to enact long-overdue federal crimes against humanity legislation. These steps are critical to maintaining America’s historical leadership in protecting human rights, securing international peace and security, and safeguarding its own people.”

Op-Ed - Denver Post - What Happens Now? China & the South China Sea Ruling.

July 14, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post , Posted: 07/14/2016.

July 11th, 2016, the International Court of Arbitration at the Hague handed down a landmark decision against China and its occupation and use of what it declares is its territory by right of their historic “nine dash line”. The Court disagreed. Professor Ved Nanda discusses the ramifications on and response from China.

More articles on the momentous decision may be found at the following:

New York Times article, Beijing’s South China Sea Claims Rejected By Hague Tribunal

See also the New York Times Philippines v. China: Q & A on South China Sea Case

And a link to the Washington Post article, In Major Blow to Beijing, International Panel Rejects South China Sea Claims

Celebrating Future Lawyers: Notes on the Prelaw Vanguard at Denver Law

July 11, 2016

We call them the Denver Law Prelaw Vanguard—four DU undergrads who held work study and staff positions at our law school during the past several years. This fall three of them will be 1Ls at three different law schools, and the fourth is seriously considering pursuing a legal education. This is the story of four talented students, well-liked and highly appreciated at the law school, who are now embarking on their own exciting paths.

Vianes Rodriguez began working in the Denver Law Faculty Support office in 2012. At DU, he majored in political science, graduating in June of this year. Vianes is already a law student, enrolled as a summer start student at Denver Law. From his 1L position, Vianes reports that “law school has already demonstrated there are no ‘easy’ answers in the law, but I look forward to learning how the law engages with society’s most difficulty issues in a fair and just manner.”

Harper Hill was a work-study student doing research for Denver Law Professor Tom Romero in 2013-14. She graduated from DU in 2014 with a major in criminology, and she’s spent the past two years working with DU campus safety. This August Harper begins studies at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. “I’m excited to go to law school to be an advocate for those whose voices aren’t heard in the legal system,” says Harper. “I always wanted to do family law, but I’m keeping my mind open to the avenues the University of Cincinnati will take me.”

Micah Desaire joined Faculty Support in 2014. A major in political science, Micah graduated DU in June of 2014. At the end of the summer, he will move to New York City to study at NYU Law, where he is a recipient of the full-tuition scholarship AnBryce Scholarship. “Attending law school,” Micah says, “will allow me to develop as a leader and take the next steps in my professional career and community work.”

Ariel Cheng started working in Faculty Support in 2012. After graduating DU with an international studies major this past June, she will spend the next year working in the same office. Recognized as a campus leader at DU, where in 2015 she received the Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship, she is considering law school as one option for the days ahead. Ariel says, “I continue to remind myself that life is not a straight line, nor a checklist of things that must be completed in a certain order. As long as I have conviction in my objectives and I put my heart into my purpose, there will always be a way to reach whatever I am striving for.”

We at Denver Law are proud of these four stellar students. We wish them the very best, and we will support them on their paths forward. They will be great lawyers!

Metro State University of Denver is a “Diversity Champion”

July 01, 2016

In its July/August 2016 issue, INSIGHT Into Diversity congratulates Metropolitan State University of Denver for being a Diversity Champion. “Diversity Champions,” reads the announcement, “exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels.” (see page 17)

We salute Metro State University for this well-deserved accolade!

In its 50th year, Metro State University boasts an enrollment approaching 7,500. Around one-third of the student body are first-generation college students and 37.1 percent are students of color.

Denver Law is proud to count Metro State as our pipeline partner. Twenty-nine Metro State students attended the recent 2016 Denver Law Pipeline Conference, held Friday, April 1 at the law school. The Pipeline Conference featured, in the morning, a lengthy discussion and deep critique of “post-racial” America, as reflected and expressed in Supreme Court decisions and in campus activism seen on American college campuses. The afternoon was devoted to the law school experience, from admissions to the classroom, from the perspective of diverse students.

We thank the Metro State University of Denver students who spent a day at Denver Law learning about the law and law school. And we thank the Metro State professors and administrators who helped get out the word about the Pipeline Conference on their campus.

Opportunity at Denver Law: Forge Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of Law

June 27, 2016

The search has begun at Denver Law for a Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of Law (VAP) & Forge Fellow. The position is designed for experienced lawyers who are interested in exploring a career in law school clinical teaching.

The VAP and Forge Fellow will teach in Denver Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic, a transactional clinic providing community development and business law services to nonprofit corporations, community organizations, social enterprises and small business owners. The Forge Project, part of DU’s cross-disciplinary and innovative Project X-ITE, will enlist a team of law, business and engineering students to provide services to Denver’s small business community. The VAP and Forge Fellow will participate in course design and supervise law students engaged in the Forge Project.

This is a one-year position with possibility for a second year renewal. The job begins August 1, 2016. See job description and application information here.

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