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12/10/2008 – DU Law Students Volunteer at Centro San Juan Diego Legal Fair

10/24/2008 – Legal Fair for Spanish Speaking Individuals This Saturday!


In collaboration with the Colorado Bar Association’s Spanish Language Lawyering Committee and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Centro San Juan Diego will be hosting a Legal Fair for Spanish-speaking individuals.

The Legal Fair will be held from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm on Saturday, October 25 at Centro San Juan Diego, located at 2830 Lawrence Street in Denver.

The purpose of the Legal Fair is to empower our Spanish-speaking community with knowledge of their legal rights in an effort to guide individuals through a seemingly overwhelming and complex legal system.

More than 15 topics will be covered by bi-lingual attorneys, such as: immigration, criminal law, civil court, mortgage fraud, child support, work injuries, worker compensation, and many more. The attorneys have graciously volunteered their time and legal talents to provide information on a variety of legal topics as well as to disseminate Spanish legal reference materials in this first of its kind event – one which a great service and support to our Spanish-speaking community is provided.

“Although there will be topics dedicated to the many different issues of immigration, many individuals are also unaware of their legal rights related to the criminal law system, civil courts, mortgage fraud schemes, child support, injuries on the job, and working with city governments”, said Luis Soto, Centro San Juan Diego Executive Director, on the motivation to put together this Legal Fair.

Founded in 2003 by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Centro San Juan Diego is an initiative of the Denver Archdiocese offering pastoral and family care to Hispanic families with a wide range of services including leadership training, pastoral outreach, adult education and family support programs. During 2007 served more than 18,000 individuals and this year already surpassed that number.

For more information, please contact Abraham Morales, Associate Director of Hispanic Ministry, by calling 303-295-9470 × 104 or by e-mail at .

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10/14/2008 – Follow Up CD’s/Materials for Spanish Language Primer now available!
The Spanish Language Primer program CD’s and Materials have been developed to address the growing need for attorneys to effectively communicate in Spanish with native speakers. These CD’s and Materials are designed for lawyers who want to jump-start the learning process, who need to refresh their Spanish, or who want to increase and practice legal vocabulary. CD’s and materials are offered at $100.00 for any DU SCOL alumni or DU employee and at $120.00 for non-alumni and/or non-attorneys.

To purchase the Spanish Language Primer CD’s and Materials visit Or for more information please contact .

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09/02/2008 – Latin American Ambassadors Visit DU
H.E. Felipe Ortiz de Cevallos (Perú)
DENVER – Ten Latin American ambassadors to the U.S. visited the University of Denver last week and discussed resource allocation, energy security, environmental stewardship, and sustainable development.

The “Latin America Business Forum,” organized by the Inter-American Economic Council, took place in conjunction with the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver.

The ambassadors, who were joined by a large crowd, heard senior advisors from the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Barack Obama speak about Mr. Obama’s perspectives on U.S.-Latin American relations.

Ambassadors attending the event were:

H.E. Federico A. Humbert Arias (Panama);
H.E. D. Arturo Sarukhán Casamitjana (Mexico);
H.E. Felipe Ortiz de Cevallos (Perú);
H.E. Carlos Alberto Gianelli Derois (Uruguary);
H.E. F. Tomas Dueñas (Costa Rica);
H.E. Flavio Darío Espinal (Dominican Republic);
H.E. Mariano Fernández (Chile);
H.E. Luis Benigno Gallegos (Ecuador);
H.E. Bernardo Alvarez Herrera (Venezuela);
H.E. Antonio Aguiar Patriota (Brazil); and
H.E. Francisco Villagrán (Guatamala)
H.E. Mariano Fernández (Chile)

Each ambassador spoke about challenges and opportunities, particularly with respect to natural resource development, in his country. U.S. Congressman Gene Green of Texas also addressed the meeting regarding the ties between Latin American energy producers and the U.S.

Don C. Smith, director of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy graduate program, was one of the individuals invited to attend the business forum.

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07/16/2008 – Prof. Elliott and three local attorneys featured at Seminario de Capacitacion Juridica I
Professor Valeria Elliott and three local attorneys will be the featured presenters at the Seminario de Capacitacion Juridica I this week in Guatemala City, Guatemala City. The seminar is designed to train and educate the Consuls of Guatemala in the United States on U.S. laws with a particular focus on immigration, labor and criminal law. The conference presenters include Valeria Elliott, Director of Latin American Initiatives at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Deputy State Public Defender and DU Alumnus Hans Meyer, Adjunct Professor David Simmons, and Leticia Pena of the National Labor Relations Board.

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03/08/2008 – Enlistan habilidades de futuros abogados (PDF) »

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