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 lsaraceno@law.du.edu or call 303.871.6140.


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

July 02, 2014

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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 www.leadershipforlawyers.com or email him at mark@leadershipforlawyers.com


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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One Earth Future and Nanda Center Occasional Paper Launch

April 29, 2014

On April 25th, the Nanda Center hosted a reception for the launch of its first ever Occasional Paper Series: Law, Governance and the Global Commons, in collaboration with local NGO One Earth Future Foundation.


Rwanda Twenty Years Ago Today: Fergal Gaynor’s Presentation Video

April 28, 2014

This presentation was the fifth event in a series commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. The genocide began on April 6th, 1994, and 2014 marks 20 years since that tragedy. In the intervening 20 years, the United Nations tribunal indicted 90 planners and organizers of the genocide. Suffice it to say, a lot has been learned these past 20 years both in terms of international atrocity prosecutions and in terms of restorative justice. One lesson learned was that victims might be better served by having separate representation in the proceedings, apart from the Prosecution and Defense attorneys. The International Criminal Court is employing a model that does just that: victims are represented in the proceedings in by a victims’ representative. This presentation was by Fergal Gaynor, the victims’ representative in the Kenya election violence case at the ICC. Mr. Gaynor represents some 20,000 victims in the prosecution of the current President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. Mr. Gaynor discussed the advantages and disadvantages of this model and how he expects to interact with the trial when it begins in the Autumn of 2014. Watch it here.


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