Litigator - Teacher
I received my B.A. degree from Columbia College in New York in
1979, where I majored in Urban Studies and History. In
1982, I received my J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in
Nashville, Tennessee. While at Vanderbilt, I was Articles
and Symposium editor of the
Vanderbilt Law Review.
Other than the venue, I have never really
believed there was a
meaningful difference between practicing law and teaching. Good lawyers must be good teachers - of
clients, judges and juries. Although most of my 21 years of law practice was in either
Environmental, Construction, or Indian law litigation, much of that time
I was also involved in teaching in a classroom. In 1984 I taught
the Legal Research and Writing course at Cardozo Law School in New York City (where I was practicing law
at the time). The following summer, I taught a six-week
intensive course in Jurisprudence.
Most of my teaching experience, however, has been in teaching
the Lawyering Process course at the University of Denver College
of Law. From 1991 to 1997, I taught the course as a member
of the Adjunct faculty, while still practicing law in downtown
Denver. In those days, the course had a different format
than it has now, but the similarities outweighed the
differences. Two of those years I also taught another
course here at DU Law.
I have also been involved in legal education issues from the
perspective of the Bar. For six years I served on the Legal Education
and Admissions Committee of the Colorado Bar Association, and
was Chairman of that committee from 1993-1996.
I left a firm where I was a name partner in mid-2003 to join
the full time faculty at DU Law, and teach the Lawyering Process
course again. I teach that course in the fall and spring
semesters. I also teach a course called
Practicum, which is a about the discovery process in
litigation, with a practical focus. Occasionally, I also
Law. Finally, I teach a course in
Knowledge Management in the
program. You will find more
information on the courses I teach on
From 2008 to 2013, I served as the Director of the LP Program, but I am now working on the Experiential Advantage Curriculum at DU Law.
am married to my best friend Kathy, and we have two beautiful
daughters, Angelina and Sarah-Jane. In my spare time (what
little there is of it!) I enjoy travel photography.
need a copy of my CV, you'll find a link in the right hand
column on this page.
L.P. Professor David Thomson
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