Venture Law Society (“VLS”) started in February 2017 with the goal to bring corporate transactional law and venture law opportunities to Denver Law. VLS strives to connect law students, venture attorneys, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs through educational, networking, and experiential opportunities.

  • Educational. VLS regularly hosts lunch panels around hot topics in the startup world. For each panel, VLS strives to include a diverse panel of an entrepreneur, attorney, and venture capitalist. We find this generates an intriguing conversation and brings to mind varying perspectives. It also allows students to connect with some of the brightest startup players in Denver. Additionally, VLS is both advocating and developing new curriculum for students who are interested in corporate transactional law and venture law.
  • Networking. Starting October 2017, VLS will host one networking event each month with either a local law firm or venture capital firm. Stay tuned!
  • Experiential. VLS connects students with experiential opportunities throughout Metro Denver! A few placements in the works include an on-campus legal accelerator, off-campus legal accelerator, and diverse externship placements.

Interested in learning more about VLS? Join us for one of our upcoming events:

  • Happy Hour with Modus Law | 10/19 @ 4:45pm (Fermaentra Brewery)
  • Project X-ITE’s, The Social: Diversity in Innovation | 10/26 @ 11am (Location TBA)
  • A Day in the Life of a VC Power Couple | 11/7 @ 12pm (Room 180)
  • Venture Law Summit | Spring 2018 (Stay tuned!)

The Team

Becky Stifter
President

Becky is the President and Co-Founder of the Venture Law Society. After realizing a gap for venture law opportunities at DU, Becky and two law student colleagues co-founded the Venture Law Society. Becky’s focus for the Venture Law Society is developing a vast network of professionals and students through both internal and external outreach efforts. Becky is a fellow in the first interdisciplinary cohort at the Barton Institute for Social Enterprise & Philanthropy at University of Denver. Becky plans to develop a legal career in social enterprise, helping social entrepreneurs tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. Additionally, Becky volunteers at Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver where she loves the energy and confidence the girls bring each week. Have any questions about Venture Law Society? Contact Becky: rstifter19@law.du.edu.


Tom Bealer
Vice President & Treasurer

Tom Bealer is Vice President and co-founder of the Venture Law Society where he focuses on developing internal relationships across DU’s campus. He also serves as the co-chair for the Project X-ITE student advisory board and Secretary for the Business Law Society. Tom has an interest in all things startup with a bias for new and upcoming technology. When he is not reading for class, he can be found somewhere in the mountains. Want to get connected to VLS? Email Tom, tbealer19@law.du.edu.


Ryli McDonald
Vice President of Programming

Ryli McDonald is a 2L at DU Law and is originally from Colorado. She became interested in entrepreneurship while completing her undergraduate honors thesis at Colorado State University, in which she created a startup business plan for an environmentally sustainable Rocky Mountain summer camp for disadvantaged children. She loved studying business and spent time working in various accounting positions in Denver before taking time off to travel Australia. Ryli jumped at the chance to join the executive board of the Venture Law Society because she wants to help create a larger platform for entrepreneurial discussions within the law school. She’s excited about combining her business and legal experiences with her passion for startups. She hopes to increase opportunities for other students interested in venture law to network and learn from attorneys around Colorado. Have an awesome event idea or conference VLS should know about? Email Ryli, rmcdonald19@law.du.edu.


Kylie Santos
Vice President of Membership

I’m Kylie Santos. I am currently a 2L at the law school. I grew up in Golden, CO and went to undergrad in Durango, CO at Fort Lewis College where I majored in accounting. During my time at the business school, I fell in love with everything involving business, but especially the trials, tribulations, and success stories of the startup community. When I came to law school I found myself really missing the business realm. When I found out about VLS I was excited to get to join together my love for business and my knowledge of the law. I am really excited to get to share what I know about the business world with the other members of VLS, I am even more excited to learn from everyone’s diverse experiences. Besides my passion for business and the law, I love to play basketball and played in college. I also love cats, mountains, and family time. I hope to see you all at the next VLS event! Interested in becoming a member of VLS, email Kyli at ksantos19@law.du.edu.


Gentry Fyrwald
J.D. / MBA Liaison

Gentry is a third year law student and a second year business student. She aims to practice transactional corporate law and to work with small businesses as they form and grow. Gentry sees Venture Law Society as a great bridge between both schools and a way ensure better communication, increased awareness about events and startups, and a great network for new ideas and legal innovation. Once a week Gentry volunteers at a local prison helping women draft effective resumes for use upon release. She loves everything mountains and dogs!


Rachel Neumann
1L Representative

Rachel is a first-year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she plans to pursue corporate and entrepreneurial law after nearly two decades in corporate communications and marketing. Her experience ranges from nonprofits to publicly held corporations, as well as private equity- and venture-backed companies and startups in industries including hospitality, healthcare, homebuilding, and digital music. She was involved from the ground level at three different startups, where she honed her entrepreneurial and business development skills as well as a penchant for unpredictability. Rachel also is an active member of her community, serving on the board of directors for the Lowry Redevelopment Authority and Cancer League of Colorado. A native of Texas, Rachel has lived in Colorado since 2000, yet she retains her love for Tex-Mex, Texas country music, and Longhorn football (just about everything except for the humidity). She and her husband are also the parents of three school-aged children.


Professor Stacey Bowers
Faculty Advocate & Mentor

Stacey Bowers is an Associate Professor of the Practice at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she teaches in the corporate area. She first started teaching as an adjunct professor at the law school in 2002. Prior to becoming an Associate Professor of the Practice, she was the Instructional Services & Outreach Librarian and Interim Assistant Director at the University of Denver Westminster Law Library.
After graduating with her J.D. in 1992 from the University of Denver, she practiced law for 15 years specializing in corporate and securities law. Stacey started her career at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. in the division of Corporation Finance. She was securities counsel for two public companies during and after their initial public offerings and also worked in private practice for a number of years.
In addition to her law degree, Stacey holds a BS in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh and an MLIS and PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education. Stacey is a member of the Certifying Board for the National Association of Legal Assistants.