Corporate and Commercial Law Program

Faculty Bios

Professor

For more than two decades, J. Robert Brown has taught corporate and securities law, with a particular emphasis on corporate governance. He has authored numerous publications in the area and several of his articles have been cited by the US Supreme Court. Brown has also spent considerable time abroad, particularly in the former Soviet Union, advising governments in these areas. From 2000 – 2004, Brown served the University of Denver Sturm College of Law as an associate dean for academic affairs. He is an arbitrator for the FINRA and, among other outside activities, serves as the chairman of the board of directors of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

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Article: The Neutral Assignment of Judges at the Court of Appeals

Corporate Governance

Associate Professor

Jerry Borison is a nationally recognized professor who teaches, writes and consults in the areas of IRS controversies and estate planning. As the list of publications below reflects, he has, as they say, “written the book” in those areas.

Professor Borison holds an LLM (Masters in Law) in Taxation from New York University School of Law, having previously earned his JD from Gonzaga University and his BS in accounting from Temple University. Before entering law teaching in 1982, he practiced as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Pennsylvania and as an attorney for IRS Chief Counsel’s office in San Francisco. He has been actively involved in the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and is a Fellow with the American College of Tax Counsel. Prof. Borison teaches in the College of Law and in the Graduate Tax Program.

Among his publications are the following books: Editor and Principal Author of first two editions of “Effectively Representing Your Client Before the ‘New’ IRS” – A comprehensive, easy-to-use handbook published by the American Bar Association Section of Taxation for the general tax practitioner. A three-volume/CD-ROM set – including sample correspondence, forms, and hundreds of practice.

Co-author (with Profs. Steve Johnson and Sam Ullman) of “Federal Tax Procedure” (3rd Ed. 2016, Carolina Academic Press), one of a dozen casebooks in the Carolina Academic Press Graduate Tax Series for use in graduate tax programs.

Co-author (with Susan Gary, Naomi Cahn, and Paula Monopoli) of “Contemporary Trusts and Estates,” Aspen Casebook Series, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (3rd Ed., 2016).

Associate Professor of the Practice; Director, Corporate & Commercial Law Program

Stacey Bowers is an Associate Professor of the Practice at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she teaches in the corporate area. She first started teaching as an adjunct professor at the law school in 2002. Prior to becoming an Associate Professor of the Practice, she was the Instructional Services & Outreach Librarian and Interim Assistant Director at the University of Denver Westminster Law Library.

After graduating with her J.D. in 1992 from the University of Denver, she practiced law for 15 years specializing in corporate and securities law. Stacey started her career at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. in the division of Corporation Finance. She was securities counsel for two public companies during and after their initial public offerings and also worked in private practice for a number of years.

In addition to her law degree, Stacey holds a BS in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh and an MLIS and PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education. Stacey is a member of the Certifying Board for the National Association of Legal Assistants.

Associate Professor

Professor Patience Crowder joined the DU faculty in 2010 to create and teach the Community Economic Development Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty, she was the Wellspring Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Tulsa College of Law, where she formed and taught a transactional legal clinic. She began her career in the legal academy as a Clinical Fellow in the Community Development Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law after working in Sacramento, California, as the business development manager of a nonprofit corporation that works to revitalize an inner-city neighborhood through economic development and public education. She began her legal career as a bank finance associate with Shearman & Sterling in San Francisco, California. Her scholarship examines the impact of contract, corporate, and local government law in transactional advocacy for the public interest, particularly the revitalization of inner-city and underserved communities. Her articles have been published by the Tennessee Law Review, the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law (reprint), the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy, the Marquette Law Review, and the Indiana Law Review – among others. She earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark, where she was an Articles Editor of the Rutgers Law Review. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Georgetown University.

Professor

After graduating magna cum laude from Yale University, Professor Siebecker earned a J.D. and LL.M. from Columbia Law School where he was both a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. As a President’s Fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School, he received a Ph.D. in Political Science. Prior to teaching at the University of Florida College of Law from 2005 through 2012, Prof. Siebecker worked at the New York firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in both the litigation and corporate departments.

Prof. Siebecker’s research addresses the intersection of law and political theory, focusing primarily in the areas of corporate law, securities regulation, corporate social responsibility, and corporate speech. His widely quoted publications appear in a variety of leading journals, treatises, and books, including the SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAWREVIEW, the FORDHAM LAW REVIEW, the GEORGE WASHINGTON LAW REVIEW, the WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW, the WILLIAM & MARY LAWREVIEW, the OHIO STATE LAW JOURNAL, the CONNECTICUT LAW REVIEW, the ALABAMA LAW REVIEW, and the FIRST AMENDMENT HANDBOOK. Previously, Professor Siebecker represented a group of socially responsible investment firms as amicus curiae in Nike v. Kasky, a commercial speech case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor

John T. Soma is the Executive Director of the University of Denver Privacy Foundation. After completing his PhD in economics in 1975, 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 Sturm 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.

Associate Professor

Michael Sousa teaches and pursues scholarship in the areas of bankruptcy law and commercial law. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, Michael was an associate in the Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice Group at Duane Morris LLP, an AM Law Top 100 law firm. In addition to his private practice experience, Michael served as a judicial law clerk in both state and federal court. He served as a law clerk in federal bankruptcy court for the Honorable Rosemary Gambardella, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, and for the Honorable Donald H. Steckroth, Bankruptcy Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. He also served as law clerk for the Honorable William J. Martini in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and for the Honorable John E. Wallace, Jr. in the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.

Michael received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, his LL.M. in bankruptcy from St. John’s University School of Law, his Master’s of Arts in anthropology from the University of Denver, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado – Boulder. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program at St. John’s University School of Law. Michael was recently appointed to a three-year term to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. In addition, Michael is a contributing editor to four national bankruptcy publications, including the Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, the Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, and the multi-volume treatise, Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3d. Moreover, he is a co-author of the one volume treatise, Consumer Bankruptcy Manual, published by Thomson-West. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice.

To date, his articles have been cited by several judicial opinions, including Biltmore Associates, LLC v. Twin City Fire Insurance Co., 572 F.3d 663 (9th Cir. 2009), Miller v. Ameriquest Mortgage Co. (In re Laskowski), 384 B.R. 518 (Bankr. N.D. Ind. 2008), In re Xpedior Inc., 354 B.R. 210 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2006), and Smith v. Butler Associates (In re Smith), 2008 WL 4148923 (Bankr. D. Kan. 2008). Another article was cited as authority in an appellate brief to the United States Supreme Court in Board of Trustees of the Ohio Carpenters Pension Fund v. Bucci, No. 07-1107 (June 9, 2008).

Professor
Celia Taylor

Professor Taylor was the top woman graduate from New York University School of Law where she earned her JD and graduated with distinction from Columbia University where she earned her LLM.

Prior to joining the University of Denver faculty, Professor Taylor was a corporate/securities attorney in San Francisco and taught legal writing at Columbia. She teaches in the corporate/commercial area and is the Director of the International Legal Studies Program. She has participated in many international projects including those with the University of Oslo, Moscow State University and Nagoya University.

Professor Taylor is the author of numerous law review and other articles and is a national expert of the topic of conflict minerals.

Corporations Syllabus, fall 2018

Contracts Syllabus, fall 2018

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