Team Leader, DU Bar Success Program
B.A. (Spec.) Political Science, 1978, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
LL.B., 1981, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
C.I.P. (Formerly A.I.I.C.), 1993, Insurance Institute of Canada
LL.M., 2003 University of Denver
As a Canadian barrister and solicitor, Terry-Dawn Hewitt practiced for 20 years as a trial lawyer focusing on fire and explosion litigation. In 1997 she was adjudged by the US Department of Justice to be a person “of extraordinary ability,” defined as “one of that small percentage who has risen to the very top of their field of endeavor.” She immigrated to the U.S. with her husband and law partner, Wayne J. McKenna in 2002. She was admitted to the practice of law in Colorado in 2005, having passed the Colorado bar exam.
Hewitt is a popular speaker, having conducted seminars across the United States and Canada, including the civil law jurisdiction of Quebec, addressing legal issues in fire and explosion cases. She has conducted seminars on topics in the fields of evidence, arson, insurance, and the management of large loss litigation. In 1988 she was one of only two Canadians to participate in a delegation of American fire investigators who traveled to China and conducted information exchanges respecting arson and insurance issues with Chinese officials. Hewitt has drawn on these and other experiences in dealing with fire law issues in different legal systems to add depth to her Comparative Law class at the Sturm College of Law.
In her chosen field of fire law, Hewitt has served on committees for most of the leading American and International associations in her field. Terry-Dawn is a long-time member of two National Fire Protection Association committees: the Technical Committee responsible for the NFPA 921 Guide for Fire & Explosion Investigations and the NFPA Technical Committee on Emergency Service Risk Management. She has served the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) as general counsel, parliamentarian, Chair of the Attorneys Advisory Committee, and Chair of the Fire Investigation Standards Committee. She has also served on committees of the Technical Working Group for Fire and Explosions (TWGFEX), part of the National Center for Forensic Science, and the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). A prolific writer, she is the author of the book Fire Loss Litigation in Canada, as well as numerous articles on a variety of both American and Canadian legal issues.