KK DuVivier


John A. Carver, Jr. Chair in Natural Resources Law


Civil Procedure, Energy Law, Renewable Energy Law

Professional Biography

K.K. DuVivier graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a double major in English and Geology. She interned in the mineral departments of the Smithsonian Institution and the Hudson River Museum and then joined the American subsidiary of the French company COGEMA (currently Areva NC) as an exploration geologist. For three and a half years, she mapped, logged core, and coordinated field operations in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico, before leaving to attend law school at the University of Denver. She received the Order of St. Ives when she graduated in 1982 and immediately started practice in natural resources law, first at Sherman & Howard and then at Arnold & Porter.

While her children were young, Prof. DuVivier worked as an Assistant City Attorney for the City and County of Denver and as the Reporter of Decisions for the Colorado Court of Appeals. She started full-time teaching at the University of Colorado School of Law in 1990, and she joined the faculty at DU in 2000. Her awards include AALS DU Teacher of the Year 2015, Mentorship Award 2013-2014, Hughes-Ruud Research Professor 2015, and the 2013 Sturm Faculty Excellence Award for “Best Professor.”

Prof. DuVivier has taught a variety of subjects over the years, including Energy Law, Renewable Energy Law, Civil Procedure, Mining Law, Legal Research & Writing, Local Government, Wills & Trusts, and Environmental Law. Using her science background Professor DuVivier, has taught interdisciplinary courses and received a National Science Foundation award to partner with an atmospheric scientist and an economist to address wind farm impacts.

She served as Director of DU’s Lawyering Process Program from 2000 to 2007 and hosted the 2007 Association of Legal Writing Director’s Conference. In 2008, she returned to natural resources, teaching both Energy Law and Mining Law. From 2009-2010, she was designated Director of DU Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. She also has taught energy and renewable energy courses as a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark Law School and at the University of Houston Law Center.

She served as a Trustee-at-Large for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation from 2012-2015. She also has served in a number of officer capacities for the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Natural Resources and Energy Section, including Chair of this AALS section in 2014. Since 2010, she has been a Vice-Chair for the Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) of the American Bar Association (ABA). Prof. DuVivier currently serves as her school’s Advisory Board Representative to the Institute of Energy Law in the Center for American and International Law in Plano, Texas, and her past service includes six years as Vice-Chair of the ABA Hard Minerals Committee and ten years as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Appellate Practice Subcommittee of the Litigation Section of the Colorado Bar Association. In 2006, Professor DuVivier was inducted as a member of the American Law Institute (ALI).

Prof. DuVivier is sole author of two books. The Renewable Energy Reader (Carolina Academic Press 2011) was the first devoted exclusively to U.S. renewable energy law. She also created a website www.RenewableEnergyReader.com to support the book. Her second book, Energy Law Basics​ (Carolina Academic Press 2017), spans a wide spectrum of energy issues and includes several fundamental skills exercises for experiential learning opportunities. 

Professor DuVivier continues to present in numerous national and international forums and has published over one hundred articles in bar journals and law reviews. Her current focus is on renewable energy issues, specifically solar and wind.

In 2008, Prof. DuVivier and her partner, Lance Wright, designed and built a near zero energy home following German Passive House principles. This house was frequently featured in sustainability tours and won the Colorado Renewable Energy Society’s Renewable Energy and Sustainable Design in Buildings Award for the Residential-New Construction category in 2012.

Additional: Colorado Lawyer Articles

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  • JD, 1982, University of Denver, College of Law
  • BA, 1975, Williams College

Licensure / Accreditations

  • License to Practice Law

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