Our faculty and staff help make us special. Explore the people of Denver Law, and learn how they each contribute to our intellectual community.
Emeritus & Esteemed Faculty
William Altonin, Professor Emeritus of Law (1931-2005)
Professor 1966 – 1987
Passed Away 2005
A.B., 1953 Columbia University
J.D., 1961, St. John’s University
LL.M., 1962, New York University
William Beaney (1918 – 2003), Professor Emeritus of Law
Acting Dean: 1984-85, 1989-90
Passed away: 2003
Burton F. Brody (1937 – 2020), Professor Emeritus of Law
Director, Summer Preparatory Program and Academic Achievement Program
B.S.C., 1959, J.D., 1961, DePaul University
LL.M., 1978, Northwestern University
Publication: Burton F. Brody, Son of the Speluncean Explorer, 55 IOWA L. REV. 1233 (1970).
John A. Carver Jr. (d. 2016), Professor Emeritus of Law
A.B., 1939, Brigham Young University
LL.B., 1947, Georgetown University
LL.D., 1965, College of Guam
Alfred J. Coco (d. 2017), Professor Emeritus of Law
Professor 1988 -1994
Law Library Director 1972-1988
B.A., 1957, University of Texas
J.D., 1960, St. Mary's University
M.L.L., 1962, University of Washington
Edward A. Dauer, Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus
Dean 1985 – 1990
A.B., 1966, Brown University
LL.B., 1969, Yale University
M.P.H., 2001, Harvard University
Edward A. Dauer served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, and is an active mediator and arbitrator with over 25 years experience in the field of conflict resolution. Prior to joining the law faculty at Denver, he held a number of other academic appointments, including from 1974 to 1985, that of Associate Professor of Law and later Deputy Dean of the Yale Law School, which he left in 1985 to assume the Deanship at Denver. Dean Dauer was the co-founder and first President of the National Center for Preventive Law, is an Elected Member of the American Law Institute, and has served since 1996 as a Visiting Scholar at the Program on Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition to his LL.B., he has undertaken postgraduate training in economics and in the social sciences, and holds the degree of MPH(concentration in Health Policy and management) from Harvard. From 1990 to 1993 Dauer chaired the Center for Public Resources working group in health care dispute resolution. His writings include two books in the special field of health care ADR and a two-volume treatise in Dispute Resolution. His honors include the W. Quinn Jordan Award from the National Blood Foundation, and the Sanbar Lectureship from the American College of Legal Medicine.
Daniel Hoffman (1931 – 2009), Dean Emeritus
Dean 1978 - 1984
Passed away 2009
Daniel Hoffman served as the youngest-ever manager of public safety for the city of Denver in the 1960s, overseeing its police, fire and sheriff’s departments.
He was a political activist who joined Martin Luther King’s historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965 and was an adviser to Robert Kennedy during his 1968 presidential campaign.
Hoffman was dean of the University of Denver College of Law from 1978 to 1984, where he had graduated magna cum laude in 1958.
He was a past president of both the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association — the only person to have held both those posts — as well as state chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
For many years, Hoffman practiced law with partners Dan Reilly and Larry Pozner as a senior partner in the firm Hoffman, Reilly, Pozner & Williamson.
As a lawyer, Hoffman’s best-known court case was in defense of Jackson against a suit in U.S. District Court in Denver, under the spotlight of national media attention. A local songwriter, Crystal Cartier, claimed that Jackson had appropriated the song “Dangerous” from her. Jackson and Hoffman prevailed.
Hoffman also represented the former American Basketball Association in its merger with the National Basketball Association.
He also defended many corporate clients in class-action, antitrust and other cases, including General Electric, Lockheed Martin and Gates Corp.
Among Hoffman’s many honors were the Colorado State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Jewish Committee Judge Learned Hand Award, and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Outstanding Alumni Award.
Francis W. Jamison (d. 2013), Professor Emeritus of Law
B.A., University of Denver
J.D., 1956, University of Denver College of Law
Harry O. Lawson (d. 2007), Professor Emeritus of Law
Passed away 2007
In 1971, responding to Chief Justice Warren Burger’s call for a program to train court administrators, Professor Harry Lawson spearheaded a program at the University of Denver College of Law which trained professional court administers in its Master of Science in Judicial Administration (MSJA) Program.
The unique training that DU Law graduates received in the MSJA program prompted private law firms to hire our graduates for management positions.
Professor Christopher Lasch
Professor Christopher Lasch
JD, Law, Yale Law School, 1996
AB, History, Columbia College, 1987
A graduate of Columbia College and Yale Law School, Chris Lasch entered the legal academy in 2006 as a prestigious Robert Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow at Yale, having previously served as a public defender in Louisville, Kentucky, representing clients in capital and other criminal matters at the trial, appellate, and postconviction stages, and as a partner at Goodwin & Lasch, handling civil rights cases, including a successful federal case that permitted jockeys to wear advertising on their uniforms and several successful police abuse cases. He joined the faculty of the University of Denver in 2010, developing and co-directing the Criminal Defense Clinic and securing its stature as one of the nation’s preeminent criminal defense clinics. In 2018, he co-founded the Immigration Law & Policy Clinic, extending the reach of our Student Law Office to the realm of immigration detention. Most recently, he served as Ronald V. Yegge Clinical Co-Director, working to advance our trailblazing and nationally recognized clinical program. He continued to represent capital clients until his death in June 2021.
John Phillip Linn, Professor Emeritus of Law
A.B., 1950, New York University
M.A., 1951, New York University
J.D., 1955, University of Denver College of Law
Neil O. Littlefield (1931 - 2012), Professor Emeritus of Law
B.S., 1953, University of Maine
LL.B., 1957, Boston University
LL.M., 1959, S.J.D., 1961, University of Michigan
Photo to the left: Professor Emeritus Neil Littlefield and his wife, Carla, at the Denver Law “Hero’s Lunch” in April, 2010.
Thompson G. Marsh (1902 – 1992), Professor Emeritus of Law
Passed Away 1992
Professor Marsh, who joined the faculty at the University of Denver after graduating from its law school, was its first full-time professor of law and over the next six decades became an institution both at the school and in the Denver legal community.
When Professor Marsh retired in 1987, the school's officials estimated that 70 percent of the lawyers practicing in the Denver area had taken at least one course with him. His specialties included property and mining law and legal philosophy.
A native of Lacon, Ill., Professor Marsh earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in history at the University of Denver, a master's in law from Northwestern University in 1931, and a doctorate in law from Yale University in 1935.
He was an expert bird-watcher, having a life-list of more than 800 species. He was ranked first in Colorado and within the top 20 nationally.
Kris McDaniel-Miccio, Emerita Professor of Law
Professor Kris McDaniel-Miccio is a nationally recognized expert on the law as it affects survivors of male intimate violence. She has written, lectured, litigated and testified, at Congressional and State Legislative hearings, on the issue of male intimate violence, women survivors and conceptions of state accountability. McDaniel-Miccio was the author of the NYS law that opened up the family and criminal courts to survivors of male intimate violence and one of the authors of the state's mandatory arrest law in domestic violence cases. She has won numerous awards for her work on behalf of battered women-and for her teaching. And she has been interviewed by the print and electronic media on such matters as hate crimes, violence against women, Miranda, the OJ Simpson, Kobe Bryant and Laci Peterson cases, to name a few. At the Sturm College of Law, Professor McDaniel-Miccio taught criminal law and procedure, family law, jurisprudence, and seminars on the Holocaust, the Law and Domestic Violence. In 2007, McDaniel-Miccio was awarded a Fulbright and taught at University College of Dublin School of Law and lectured throughout Ireland on the issue of male intimate violence, the state and conceptions of state accountability.
Professor McDaniel-Miccio is a Fulbright Scholar, Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Scholar, Erasmus Mundus Scholar and a Fulbright Senior Specialist. The Marie Curie and Erasmus Mundas fellowships were awarded by the European Commission and all of the awards were conferred because of Professor McDaniel-Miccio's research and scholarship on the issue of male intimate violence, state accountability and conceptions of justice. McDaniel-Miccio has been on faculty at the University of Dublin School of Law and it's School of Social Justice as part of her Fulbright award and currently maintains a professional relationship with both departments as a visiting professor and consultant on experiential and interdisciplinary (cross-discipline) learning.
During 2014-15, Professor McDaniel-Miccio was a Visiting Professor at Trinity College School of Law in Dublin Ireland as well as Trinity Long Room Scholar & Fellow conducting interdisciplinary research on law and identity in relation to the LGBT community in the States and Republic of Ireland. She also received the Law Society, Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2014 in Dublin, Ireland for her work on human rights and gender equality.
Professor McDaniel-Miccio has been awarded dual research appointments to the Equality Institute, Equality Studies, University College Dublin and the Gender & Women Studies Department, Trinity College Dublin. Both appointments were made as a result of her scholarship on re-thinking equality and the effect of religious heteronormativity on the marriage equality movements in the States, Ireland and Northern Ireland. In 2014-2015, McDaniel-Miccio lectured on this issue and debated spokespersons for the Catholic Church and the NO Campaign. She continues to conduct research, write, lecture and provide commentary for international and domestic news outlets in the U.S. and Ireland.
Christopher H. Munch (1921 – 2008), Professor Emeritus of Law
Professor 1966 – 1999
Passed away 2008
Professor Emeritus Christopher H. Munch earned a doctor of law degree with honors at the University of Illinois. Professor Munch taught at the College of Law from 1966 to 1999, specializing in contracts, unincorporated association, patents, and trademarks and copyrights, as well as government contracts. He served as DU Law’s associate dean of academic affairs from 1967 through 1980, and has continued to be extremely involved in recruiting women and minorities to DU Law. In 2001, the Chris Munch Summer Institute on Intellectual Property was established at the law school, giving students an opportunity to explore this rapidly growing field. A graduate of University of Illinois College of Law, Munch also attended Washington Jefferson College, The United States Military Academy and Columbia University.
George W. (Rock) Pring, Professor of Law Emeritus
B.A., 1963, Harvard College
J.D., 1968, University of Michigan
Professor Rock Pring’s area of specialization centers on environmental and natural resources issues internationally and nationally. He has taught and published extensively, and continues to serve as a consultant to governments and public-interest organizations on specialized environmental courts and tribunals (ECTs), access to environmental justice, sustainable development, human rights, resource development, and nature preservation. While at Denver Law, Prof. Pring taught numerous courses including International Environmental Law, International Water Law, Environmental Law, Water Law, Public Land and Resources Law, Administrative Law, and Constitutional Law.
Professor Pring and his wife, Kitty Pring are Co-directors of the University of Denver Environmental Courts and Tribunals Study (at http://www.law.du.edu/ect-study), and authored the first comparative book on this exploding phenomenon, Greening Justice: Creating and Improving Environmental Courts and Tribunals (2009). Their newest book has been published by the U.N. Environment Program, Environmental Courts & Tribunals: A Guide for Policy Makers (2016). He has authored and co-authored a number of other books, articles, encyclopedia chapters, and studies, including a leading treatise on International Environmental Law and the book SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out, under a National Science Foundation grant, which first named and drew international attention to the problem of “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” in government or “SLAPPs” – abusive lawsuits designed to chill citizens’ rights to petition or communicate their views to their government officials.
Professor Pring is a former US Representative to the Academic Advisory Group of the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, and Resources Law. He also has served as chair of the State of Colorado Hazardous Waste Commission, adjunct professor in the graduate Environmental Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines, and is co-founder and vice president for the conservation of the Clear Creek Land Conservancy.
Edward E. Pringle (d. 2002), Professor Emeritus of Law
Professor Pringle joined the law faculty in September 1979, a few months after ending a 22-year career as a member of the Colorado judiciary. From 1961 until his retirement from the court he served as an associate justice of the supreme court of Colorado. He was chief justice from 1970-78.
At the law school, he directed the unique legal research and writing program which has now been incorporated into the Lawyering Skills Program. He has also conducted mediation and arbitration hearings.
John H. Reese (1931-2018), Professor Emeritus of Law
B.B.A., LL.B., 1954, Southern Methodist University
LL.M., 1965, S.J.D., 1969, George Washington University
Joined the law faculty in 1966 after advanced law study and 7 years teaching at Texas Tech University. Promoted to Professor of Law in 1969. Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh in 1984 and 1991 Visiting Scholar, Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK. Invited Lecturer, University of Barcelona 1999. Appointed to faculty of the National Judicial College in 2003. Assistant Dean, Texas Tech 1960-66 and Associate Dean, College of Law 1978-81. Editor-in-Chief, Administrative Law Review, ABA 1975-89.
Books published: Administrative Law Desk Reference for Lawyers, and 2005 Supplement (2003 Lexis Law Publishing); Administrative Law Principles and Practice, 2nd Ed., with Seamon (2003 West Group); Administrative Law Principles and Practice, 1st Ed., (1995 West Publishing); Power, Policy, People: A Study of Driver Licensing Administration (1971 Highway Research Board, National Academy of Sciences). Articles published: “Bursting the Chevron Bubble: Clarifying the Scope of Judicial Review in Troubled Times,” 73 Fordham L.Rev. 1103 (2004); with T.H. Reese, “Teaching Methods and Casebooks,” 38 Brandeis L. Journal 169 (2000). Faculty Honors: DU Law Stars-Outstanding Faculty Award 2001. Presentations: “The View from North America,” Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals Third International Conference 2004; “Administrative Law Contemporary Issues,” The National Judicial College 2003 and 2004.
Mary E. Ricketson, Dean Emeritus
Dean 2000 - 2006
As Dean of the College of Law, Mary Ricketson led the faculty and staff in the creation of a dynamic learning environment. After graduating from the College of Law in 1978, Mary maintained strong ties with the law school. Throughout her professional career as Deputy District Attorney, Deputy Attorney General, and a private practice attorney specializing in employment dispute mediation, Mary continued to dedicate her time to matters of public interest. As Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, she supported numerous groundbreaking, high-impact case initiatives that will improve the health care and education opportunities of Colorado children for years to come. She has served on many national foundations and commissions, and served as the President of the Colorado women’s Bar Association (CWBA). In 2002, she was appointed co-chair of Mayor Wellington Webb’s 2025 Commission and in 2003, the CWBA honored her with the Mary Lathrop Award for her dedication to women’s issues, legal education, and public service and in 2003 she was awarded the Outstanding Community Service Award by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.
Howard I. Rosenberg, Professor Emeritus of Law
B.A., 1949, Roosevelt College
LL.B., 1952, DePaul University
Professor Howard Rosenberg has been a member of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law faculty since 1973. He has extensive experience in practice and teaching, and is widely regarded as a foremost expert regarding clinical legal education – most particularly in the area of criminal law.
In 1967, Professor Rosenberg began his career at the law school as a member of its adjunct faculty. From 1973 – 1979, he was director of the law school’s clinical programs. Before joining the Denver Law faculty, Professor Rosenberg served staff counsel for a Chicago-based finance and loan company, and from 1954 – 1956, he was house counsel to a finance company and industrial bank in Denver. Following that, he was staff attorney, director and general counsel of the Legal Aid Society of Metro Denver until he was recruited to work at the University of Denver.
Professor Rosenberg served as the associate director of “Legal Needs of the Poor,” a College of Law research project, from 1966 – 1967. He also is a past president of the Denver Bar Association, and a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, a position he has held since 1980. Professor Rosenberg remains an active member of many Bar Association committees and several sections. While at Denver Law, he taught Creditor-Debtor and Bankruptcy, Profession Responsibility, Advanced Civil Procedure, Poverty Law, and in both the Civil and Criminal clinics.
Metro Volunteer Lawyers at 45: The Thursday Night Bar—A Journey Through the Past, CBA CLE Legal Connection (2011).
Hon. Gregory Kellam Scott, Professor Emeritus of Law
Associate Professor: 1980 - 1992
B.S., 1970, Ed.M., 1971, Rutgers University
J.D., 1977, Indiana University School of Law
Gregory Kellam Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science and master’s degree in education from Rutgers University. He earned his law degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1977 where he graduated Cum Laude. Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, Scott served as a Trial Attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission and served briefly as general counsel for Blinder, Robinson & Co. He also served as general counsel for Commercial Energies, inc. from 1989-1991. Scott left teaching to become the first African American to sit on the Colorado State Supreme Court on January 15, 1993.
John T. Soma, Professor Emeritus of Law
Professor Emeritus John T. Soma is the executive director of the Privacy Foundation at the University of Denver. After completing his PhD in economics in 1975, Professor Soma served from 1976 to 1979 as trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Washington, D.C., where he was primarily assigned to the Department of Justice trial team in the U.S. v. IBM litigation. In 1979, he joined the University of Denver College of Law faculty. In addition to six books on computer law, Professor Soma has authored more than 40 professional articles in the computer law and privacy area.
Joyce Sterling, Professor Emerita of Law
B.A., 1967, University of California at Santa Barbara
M.A., 1970, University of Hawaii
Ph.D., 1977, University of Denver
Joyce Sterling is Professor of Legal Ethics and Legal Profession and Associate Dean of Faculty Development at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She has devoted more than a decade to the study of the legal profession and legal education. Her recent research has focused on the problems facing women in legal careers compared to their male counterparts and issues associated with the downturn in legal education. Her most recent articles appear in The Journal of Legal Education (“Buyers Remorse? An Empirical Assessment of the Desirability of a Lawyer Career,”(2013); Florida International Law Review, “Navigating the Gap: Reflections on Two Decades of Studying Gender Disparity in Law,” (2013); and Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, “Parenthood Status and Compensation in Law Practice,” (2013). Since 1997, Professor Sterling has been one of the co-principal investigators on the “After the JD” study, the first national, longitudinal study of careers of lawyers in the U.S. Professor Sterling has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (Academic Year 1985-86), Visiting Professor at University of Cincinnati Law School (Fall 1990) a Visiting Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation (Academic Year 2002-2003), and Visiting Professor at Southwestern Law School (2008). Professor Sterling is called upon to give lectures about gender in the legal profession and the results of the After the JD study. Recently she has addressed the NALP Foundation meeting on the Third Wave Results of AJD(2014), Association of American Law Schools (2014), ABA Mid-Year Meeting (2014) and the Law and Society Association (2014).
Lawrence P. Tiffany (1936 – 2013), Professor Emeritus of Law
A.B., 1961, LL.B., 1963, Washington University (St. Louis)
S.J.D., 1967, University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Daniel A. Vigil, Assistant Dean Emeritus
Daniel A. Vigil graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1982. He clerked for a Denver District Court Judge and then went into private practice. In 1984 he began teaching at the University of Colorado School of Law. He later became an Associate Dean at the Law School. Dean Vigil has taught Criminal Law, Legal Method, Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Water Law; he currently teaches Legal Ethics as an adjunct at the Sturm College of Law. In 1998 he received the University of Colorado School of Law Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in Education. In 2003 Professor Vigil left the University of Colorado School of Law and began teaching at the Sturm College of Law where he is currently Assistant Dean Emeritus.
Dean Vigil is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee, a former commissioner of the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Commission on the Legal Profession and a former Trustee for the Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Fund for Client Protection. He was also a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Judicial Advisory Council. He is a past President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and a former chairman of the Colorado Lottery Commission. He served many years as a member of the Board of Directors of Colorado Legal Services, 10 of those years as Chairman. Dean Vigil is a past President of the Boulder Bar Foundation and a former chairman of the Legal Education and Admissions Committee of the Colorado Bar Association. Mr.Vigil has served two terms on the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, and one term on its Executive Committee. In 2007 Mr.Vigil was recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court for outstanding contribution and service to the citizens of Colorado, the legal profession and the Colorado Supreme Court. In 2008 the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award, the Association’s highest honor. Dean Vigil was voted Outstanding Administrator of the Year in 2012 by Denver Law Students.
Dean Vigil has presented numerous lectures, speeches, and continuing legal education programs throughout the state and nation.
Timothy Walker, Professor Emeritus of Law
Adjunct Professor, Conflict of Laws
A.B., 1961, Princeton University
J.D., 1967, M.A., 1969, University of Denver College of Law
James E. Wallace (1922 – 2013), Professor Emeritus of Law
Professor 1967 - 1992
A.B., 1943, University of California at Los Angeles
LL.B., 1949, University of California at Berkeley
B.D., 1960, Ph.D., 1967, Princeton Theological Seminary
Professor Emeritus Jim Wallace’s involvement at the University of Denver College of Law spans more than three decades and includes a stint as associate dean for academic affairs. Wallace came to DU Law from Princeton Theological Seminary after being recruited by former Dean Robert Yegge, and was instrumental in building the College of Law’s nationally known Law & Society curriculum. For many years he served as the Executive Director of the Law and Society Association as well as the director of DU Law’s Professional Responsibility program. Wallace’s myriad other affiliations and appointments include: Partner, Adams, Duque & Hazeltine, Los Angeles; Judge, City of Greenwood Village Municipal Court; CBA Ethics Committee; Colorado Supreme Court Committees including the Model Rules Committee, Code of Judicial Conduct Revisions, Group Legal Services and Advertising, and the Joint CBA Task Force on Professionalism. His involvement with various committees appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court is yet another testament to his passion for the law.
James L. Winokur, Professor Emeritus of Law
Professor 1971 - 2004
A.B., 1966, LL.B., 1969, University of Pennsylvania
Property, Community Associations, Real Estate Transactions
Robert Yegge (1934 – 2006), Dean Emeritus
Interim Dean 1965 to 1966,
Dean 1966 – 1977
Interim Dean 1989 – 1999
Professor 1959 – 2006
Passed away 2006