December 2017

Dear Members of the Denver Law Community:

In this season of gratitude, giving and community, I write to express warm holiday greetings and to share some things for which I am thankful in my role as dean of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law:

• The opportunity to work with a visionary Chancellor, Provost and cohort of fellow deans to advance the DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan;

• The ability to collaborate with some of the nation’s most innovative and influential scholar-teachers;

• The privilege of working with our talented, dedicated and mission-driven staff;

• The excitement of teaching my first-year Property course to some of this nation’s finest future lawyers;

• The views of the Rocky Mountains from the Ricketson Law Building—and (today) the season’s first accumulation of snow;

• The joy of skating twice a week at Magness and Joy Burns Arenas with my 11-year-old son in my role as an on-ice assistant with the Denver Jr. Pioneers Pee Wee A hockey team;

• The adventure of browsing the shelves of The Tattered Cover bookstore with my 14-year-old daughter—a lover of books and a budding writer in her own right;

• The opportunity for my wife to join the University of Denver community as a lawyer in the Office of General Counsel; and

• The loyalty, pride and support of our nearly 17,000 Denver Law alumni.

As we conclude 2017, and mark the culmination of our law school’s 125th anniversary year, I invite you to view this celebratory video honoring the past, present and future of Denver Law.


Bruce P. Smith
University of Denver Sturm College of Law

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