José R. (Beto) Juárez Jr.


Professional Biography

José Roberto (Beto) Juárez Jr., the University of Denver’s first Hispanic dean, began his tenure at the Sturm College of Law in July, 2006. An accomplished scholar, lawyer and administrator, Dean Juárez came to DU from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, where he was a law professor and an associate dean for academic and student affairs. Dean Juárez has taught courses in Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Conflict of Laws, Federal Courts, Professional Responsibility, and Remedies, as well as a seminar on Language Rights. His research interests include employment discrimination, language rights, legal history, race, and religion and the law, and he has published extensively, presenting his work throughout the United States and Mexico. Dean Juárez served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Oregon Law School during the 2001-2002 academic year, and was an associate professor of law at the Council on Legal Educational Opportunity Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law during the Summer of 1991. He began his career as a staff attorney for the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation in Galveston, Texas, where he practiced poverty law, with an emphasis on family and housing law; he then moved onto Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a civil rights law firm, as a staff attorney in their San Antonio office. After four years, he was named MALDEF’s Regional Counsel and Employment Program Director in their LA office, where he supervised a staff of 13, including five attorneys. He also supervised employment discrimination litigation brought by attorneys in five regional offices nationwide.

Juárez earned an A.B. degree in History from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1981. He chairs the Board of Directors of the Journal of Law and Religion, and served on that board since 2002. He also serves on the board of directors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), and served as Co-President from 2004-2006.

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  • JD, Law, University of Texas, 1981
  • AB, History, Stanford University, 1977

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Law License