Professor of the Practice of Law
Lawyering Process, Workplace Law
Nantiya Ruan returns to the University of Denver and the Lawyering Process program after hiatuses on both coasts. After graduating from D.U. with dual J.D. and M.S.W. degrees, Nantiya clerked for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Following her clerkship, Nantiya was a litigation associate at Outten & Golden LLP, a New York plaintiffs’ employment law firm, representing employees in discrimination and harassment cases, discrimination class actions, and contract and benefit claims. In one particularly satisfying case, Nantiya was a lead associate in a national “glass ceiling” discrimination class action against a major insurance company.
After four years, Nantiya left New York City for the more tranquil Bay Area waters. In Oakland, California, Nantiya was an associate for Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian (formerly Saperstein, Goldstein), a firm representing plaintiffs in complex and class action litigations across the country, including civil rights, employment discrimination, wage and hour, disability access, consumer, and other public interest class actions.
Prior to becoming an employee advocate, Nantiya represented children in custody disputes, indigent clients in criminal court in one of DU’s clinics, and was an intern and interim clerk at the Colorado Supreme Court. As a social worker, Nantiya counseled homeless, pregnant teens in Oakland and mothers with drug addictions in Charleston, South Carolina.
Nantiya has finally figured out what the rest of Denver knows, which is that the Rocky Mountain region is the perfect place to live. She returns to Denver with her spouse, Craig, and her two children, Bennett and Matilyn.
- JD, University of Denver, 1999
- MSW, University of Denver, 1999
- BA, Political Science, Villanova University, 1993
Licensure / Accreditations
- Bar License
- Corporate Masters & Low-Wage Servants: The Social Control of Workers in Poverty, Washington and Lee Civil Rights and Social Justice Journal, forthcoming.
- The New 1L: First-Year Lawyering with Clients,, co-authored with Eduardo R.C. Capulong, Michael A. Millemann, Sara Rankin (Carolina Academic Press) (April 23, 2015).
- Student, Esquire?: The Practice of Law in the Collaborative Classroom, Clinical Law Review (2014).
- Scheduling Shortfalls: Hours Parity as the New Pay Equity, co-authored with Nancy Reichman, Villanova Law Review, Vol. 59, No. 1 (2014).
- Stabilizing Low-Wage Work: Legal Remedies for Unpredictable Work Hours and Income Instability, co-authored with Charlotte Alexander and Anna Haley-Lock (2013).