March 2009


Our local BLSA chapter would like to send out a congratulatory message to the law school notifying the law school community of our members’ accomplishments at the 41st Annual National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) National Convention in Irvine, CA, March 18-22. We would like to congratulate:

Darryl Collins for being elected to the NBLSA Executive Board as National Programming Director for 2009-2010 – As the programming director, Mr. Collins will be responsible for designing and implementing programs that are consistent with core values of NBLSA including the academic, career, and social development of African-American law students around the country. He will also be responsible for ensuring the uniformity of those programs in the six regions around the country. National BLSA will look to Mr. Collins to guide its annual job fairs and develop innovative programming to respond to the ever-changing needs of law students around the country.

Trey Baker for being named Board Member of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region of the National Black Law Students Association for 2008-2009 – Mr. Baker was honored for his role as the Rocky Mountain Region Convention Coordinator for the National Black Law Students Association. As Regional Convention Coordinator, Mr. Baker was responsible for organizing and implementing the Regional Convention held in Denver, CO, on February 4-8, 2009. The convention featured innovative programming such as “Speed Networking” and “Creative Ways to Use a J.D.” workshops, the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, and numerous other events for the academic, career, and social development of its members.

Barrister’s Cup

Please join me in congratulating the winners of this weekend’s Barrister’s Cup Competition sponsored by the Moot Court Board.

Doug Hoak and Matt Mulder – First Place

Hermine Kallman and Erika Reuer – Finalist

Brandon Campbell and Heather Kendall – Semifinalist

Lee Fanyo and Jared Barnard – Semifinalist

This was a three day competition that included filing an appellate brief and arguing both sides of the issue before a panel of judges. Congratulations to all who participated in the Barrister’s Cup. – Beto Juárez – Dean and Professor of Law

Jessup International Moot Court

Please join me in congratulating your Jessup International Moot Court team, which will be competing in the World competition in Washington DC in three weeks.

The team competed in the Portland super-regional round over the weekend with 23 other teams, including all the powerhouses in California and the Pacific region. It was first after preliminary rounds, having beaten U. Cal. Berkeley. Next it beat BYU and it is now one of the two teams from the super-region that will compete in the World competition as one of twelve American teams, two from each of six region, competing against teams from about 50 other countries. The team placed 2nd with their memorial, and all four oralists were in the top 20.

John Powell, a former editor-in-chief of the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, has done a superb job as coach, taking the team to the World competition after winning the regional’s several times. A very special thanks to him!

The team members are, listed alphabetically: Matthew Cooper, Matthew Dardenne, Sunika Pawar, Krishma Parsad, Ruby Thapliya.

Please wish them success in Washington, DC.!

Ved Nanda
University of Denver
John Evans University Professor
Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law
Director, International Legal Studies

February 2009

Please join me in congratulating Katherine Hales, the winner of this year’s first prize in the Nathan Burke Memorial Copyright Competition. Katherine won for her paper, “Who Is Burdened with the Duty to Monitor?”. – Beto Juárez – Dean and Professor of Law

ASCAP Competition 2-11-09

January 2009

DU Law student Michelle Larson-Krieg, winner of the student feminist jurisprudence essay contest sponsored by The Women and the Law and Legal Rhetoric Programs at American University Washington College of Law, will present her winning essay on February 17 in Washington, D.C. Click here for more information about the event. And congratulations Michelle!

Alice Paul Essay Contest Founders Flyer

DENVER/LIMA – Katia Castillo, a 2008 LLM graduate from the DU Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Graduate Program, has published an article entitled, “Strategies for Sustainability: Multinational Mining Companies and Local Communities in Developing Countries,” in the prestigious Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal.

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