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.
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.
Prof. Cai received her B.A. in Italian and International Relations from Washington University in St. Louis and her J.D. from University of California Berkeley School of Law, where she was a member of the California Law Review and Order of the Coif. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, Prof. Cai was a corporate associate with the law firms of Morrison & Foerster, LLP (San Francisco) and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP (Chicago), specializing in both domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, banking, finance and securities law. Prof. Cai is the founding director of the Roche LLM in International Business Transactions, an intensive and experiential graduate program geared at training both U.S. and foreign lawyers in private transactional law. Prof. Cai teaches Property, International Law, International Trade, International Sales, and Drafting and Negotiation in an International Business Context. Prof. Cai is a native of Xiamen, China and is fluent in a number of languages.
K.K. DuVivier graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a double major in English and Geology. She interned in the mineral departments of the Smithsonian Institution and the Hudson River Museum and then joined the American subsidiary of the French company COGEMA (currently Areva NC) as an exploration geologist. For three and a half years, she mapped, logged core, and coordinated field operations in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico, before leaving to attend law school at the University of Denver. She received the Order of St. Ives when she graduated in 1982 and immediately started practice in natural resources law, first at Sherman & Howard and then at Arnold & Porter.
While her children were young, Prof. DuVivier worked as an Assistant City Attorney for the City and County of Denver and as the Reporter of Decisions for the Colorado Court of Appeals. She started full-time teaching at the University of Colorado School of Law in 1990, and she joined the faculty at DU in 2000. Her awards include AALS DU Teacher of the Year 2015, Mentorship Award 2013-2014, Hughes-Ruud Research Professor 2015, and the 2013 Sturm Faculty Excellence Award for “Best Professor.”
Prof. DuVivier has taught a variety of subjects over the years, including Energy Law, Renewable Energy Law, Civil Procedure, Mining Law, Legal Research & Writing, Local Government, Wills & Trusts, and Environmental Law. Using her science background Professor DuVivier, has taught interdisciplinary courses and received a National Science Foundation award to partner with an atmospheric scientist and an economist to address wind farm impacts.
She served as Director of DU’s Lawyering Process Program from 2000 to 2007 and hosted the 2007 Association of Legal Writing Director’s Conference. In 2008, she returned to natural resources, teaching both Energy Law and Mining Law. From 2009-2010, she was designated Director of DU Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. She also has taught energy and renewable energy courses as a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark Law School and at the University of Houston Law Center.
She served as a Trustee-at-Large for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation from 2012-2015. She also has served in a number of officer capacities for the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Natural Resources and Energy Section, including Chair of this AALS section in 2014. Since 2010, she has been a Vice-Chair for the Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) of the American Bar Association (ABA). Prof. DuVivier currently serves as her school’s Advisory Board Representative to the Institute of Energy Law in the Center for American and International Law in Plano, Texas, and her past service includes six years as Vice-Chair of the ABA Hard Minerals Committee and ten years as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Appellate Practice Subcommittee of the Litigation Section of the Colorado Bar Association. In 2006, Professor DuVivier was inducted as a member of the American Law Institute (ALI).
Prof. DuVivier is sole author of two books. The Renewable Energy Reader (Carolina Academic Press 2011) was the first devoted exclusively to U.S. renewable energy law. She also created a website www.RenewableEnergyReader.com to support the book. Her second book, Energy Law Basics (Carolina Academic Press 2017), spans a wide spectrum of energy issues and includes several fundamental skills exercises for experiential learning opportunities.
Professor DuVivier continues to present in numerous national and international forums and has published over one hundred articles in bar journals and law reviews. Her current focus is on renewable energy issues, specifically solar and wind.
In 2008, Prof. DuVivier and her partner, Lance Wright, designed and built a near zero energy home following German Passive House principles. This house was frequently featured in sustainability tours and won the Colorado Renewable Energy Society’s Renewable Energy and Sustainable Design in Buildings Award for the Residential-New Construction category in 2012.
Born and raised in Canada, Rashmi Goel brings to bear her experience on both sides of the border in her Criminal Law class and in her upper-level seminars, Multiculturalism, Race and the Law and Comparative Law. These courses reflect her interest in culturally specific adjudication – the use of a litigant’s cultural background to formulate a particular adjudicative process or outcome. In conjunction with her ongoing research and scholarship in this area, she has also developed expertise in international criminal law and restorative justice. Outside the law school, Goel puts her knowledge in these areas to work in Colorado and California, helping to establish dispute-resolution mechanisms for high school students.
Publications and Works in Progress
Reasonable Rape: a comparative analysis of the mistaken belief in consent defense in the UK, Canada and the United States – in progress.
Delinquent or Distracted?: Attention Deficit Disorder and the Construction of the Juvenile Offender, Vol 27:1, Journal of Law and Inequality 1 (Winter 2009). (lead article)
At Crossroads or Cross purposes?: Aboriginal Women and Political Pursuit in Canadian Sentencing Circles, in Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice, Oxford University Press (James Ptacek, ed.) 2009.
From Tainted to Sainted: the Interracial Marriage as Cultural Evangelism, 2 Wisconsin L. Rev. 489, (2007).
Sita’s Trousseau: Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice in South Asian Communities, Vol. 11:5 Violence Against Women, 639 (2005).
Can I Call Kimura Crazy?: Ethical Tensions in the Cultural Defense, Vol 3:1, Seattle J. Social Justice 443 (2004).
No Women at the Center: The Use of the Canadian Sentencing Circle in Domestic Violence Cases, 15 Wisc. Women’s L. J. 293 (2000).
Indigenous Women’s Rights, in Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women’s Issues and Knowledge (Chris Kramarae et al eds., 2000).
Culture and the Courts, Law and Power in the Margins: Voices From Beyond the Centers Conference Papers, UBC (1997).
“Juhu”, GRAIN, Vol. XVII, n.2, p.50.
“Grandfather”, “Wanna Make Ya’”, untitled, WINDSCRIPT, Vol. V, n.2, p.21.