Lawyering Process

Legal Writing
at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law

It has been an exciting year at Denver Law for the Lawyering Process Program (LP). For the past several years we’ve summarized our program “by the numbers” and you’ll see that at the bottom of this page. However, this year we had to create a new category: the number of times faculty was cited by the United States Supreme Court. Here are LP faculty highlights and accomplishments from the past year:

Our esteemed colleague Nantiya Ruan was cited not once, not twice, but four times by the United States Supreme Court in Epic Systems v. Lewis for her article What’s Left to Remedy Wage Theft? How Arbitration Mandates That Bar Class Actions Impact Low Wage Workers. Her important work addresses the use of arbitration clauses to strip worker rights, and it served as a foundation for Justice Ginsberg’s dissent, joined by Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.

We’ve also added to our team this year. We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Cooper. Jennifer previously taught as a visitor in Seattle’s legal writing program and as a professor in Tulane’s online Master’s class. Jennifer brings fresh insights to our team and will be a valuable resource as our law school launches a weekend part-time program with an online component.

Robert Anderson co-organized the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, hosted at Denver Law, with Tanya Bartholomew. Robert continues to innovate in the classroom, developing new ways to reach beyond legal writing and develop skills for interacting with clients.

Debra Austin continues to educate law schools and lawyers about well-being. This includes serving as a contributing author for a seminal report issued by the American Bar Association National Task Force on Lawyer Well-being.

Tanya Bartholomew co-organized the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, hosted at Denver Law, with Robert Anderson. Tanya is also busy serving as the project manager for a grant that will train county and district attorneys on how to work effectively with child abuse victims.

John Campbell continues to study juries using empirical methods. He is the co-director of the Denver Empirical Justice Institute, and his latest article, Lemmings or Lions, will appear in the Nevada Law Journal.

Suzanna Moran continues to serve a vital role in the legal writing community. This year she is the the Chair of AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.

David Thomson continues to innovate in the legal writing space. Last year he experimented with delivering Lawyering Process in a new, hybrid format: 1/3 online and 2/3 in person. David also authored second editions of two textbooks this year, Lawyering Process and Discovery Practice.

Here’s our program by the numbers:

  • 8 National Ranking for Legal Writing (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 8 Total Full-Time Faculty
  • 16 Total Presentations
  • 26 Total Publications
  • 5 Leadership Writing Committees/Boards
  • 4 Number of Times Cited by the United States Supreme Court

Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference

LP Beginning of Semester Welcome Party

Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208