August 10, 2018

Denver Law Faculty Members Promoted


The Sturm College of Law is honored to announce that the Board of Trustees of the University of Denver approved the promotions of seven Denver Law faculty members, effective August 1, 2018: Bernard Chao, Christopher Lasch, and Justin Pidot to the rank of Professor of Law; Kevin Lynch and Lindsey Webb to the rank of Associate Professor of Law, with tenure; and Samantha Galvin and Erin Stearns to the rank of Associate Professor of the Practice of Taxation.

Bernard Chao (Professor of Law)

A graduate of Purdue University (BS, Electrical Engineering) and Duke Law School, Professor Chao is a prolific and widely-respected scholar in the fields of intellectual property and empirical legal studies. A former Silicon Valley patent attorney, he has published a series of provocative articles in top law journals, including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the California Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, and the Wisconsin Law Review. He directs the Intellectual Property Certificate Program at Denver Law and co-directs (with Professor John Campbell) the Denver Empirical Justice Institute. In fall 2018, he will be teaching an innovative course in Contracts as part of the law school’s new Professional Part-Time JD Program.

Christopher Lasch (Professor of Law)

A graduate of Columbia College (BA, History) and Yale Law School, Professor Lasch is a nationally-recognized scholar, teacher, and public commentator on matters at the intersection of immigration law and criminal law. A former Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow at Yale Law School, he co-directs (with Professor Robin Walker Sterling) the law school’s Criminal Defense Clinic and its newly-launched Immigration Law & Policy Clinic—the latter, supported by a $414,000 grant from The Beacon Fund. His most recent article, entitled “A Common Law Privilege to Protect State and Local Courts during the Crimmigration Crisis,” appeared in the Yale Law Journal Online.

Justin Pidot (Professor of Law)

A graduate of Wesleyan University (BA, Government) and Stanford Law School, Professor Pidot is an acclaimed scholar in the areas of environmental law, federal courts, and administrative law whose recent articles have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Maryland Law Review. His innovative casebook (Practicing Environmental Law) seeks to orient students to the ways that environmental lawyers actually litigate and counsel. Professor Pidot served as Deputy Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2016-17, and will visit the University of Colorado Law School during the fall 2018 academic term.

Kevin Lynch (Associate Professor of Law, with tenure)

Professor Lynch joined the Denver Law faculty in 2009, having previously earned his undergraduate degree from Rice University (BA, Biology) and his law degree from New York University. As co-director of the law school’s Environmental Law Clinic, he works with students to furnish legal representation to national, regional, local, and tribal environmental advocacy organizations in matters arising under the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Forest Management Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act, among other statutes. His recent articles on regulatory takings, fracking, and preliminary injunctions have appeared in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, the University of Cincinnati Law Review, and the Florida Law Review.

Lindsey Webb (Associate Professor of Law, with tenure)

A graduate of Wesleyan University (BA, American Studies) and Stanford Law School, Professor Webb served as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center before joining the law school’s clinical faculty in 2013. A former Deputy State Public Defender in the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, Professor Webb has taught students in both the Civil Rights Clinic and the Criminal Defense Clinic. Her publications on the Fourth Amendment, criminal sentencing, and race and the law have appeared in the Washington Law Review, the Seton Hall Law Review, the NYU Review of Law & Social Change, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Social Change.

Samantha Galvin (Associate Professor of the Practice of Taxation)

Professor Galvin joined the Denver Law faculty in 2013, having previously received her JD and LLM in Taxation from the University of Denver and having later clerked on the United States Tax Court. She currently serves as Assistant Director of the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, a clinic within the Graduate Tax Program that represents more than 250 clients per year in proceedings involving the Internal Revenue Service and the Colorado Department of Revenue. Professor Galvin also writes a prominent blog (Procedurally Taxing – http://www.procedurallytaxing.com) that addresses developments in the United States Tax Court.

Erin Stearns (Associate Professor of the Practice of Taxation)

Professor Stearns joined the University of Denver faculty in 2012, and directs the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. She earned her JD from Northeastern University and her LLM in Taxation from the University of Denver and having previously served as a clerk on the New Hampshire Supreme Court and as an associate attorney at law firms in New Hampshire and Colorado. A noted authority on the representation of low-income taxpayers, she has co-authored a chapter on civil penalties in an American Bar Association publication devoted to representing clients before the IRS.


“These seven promotions testify to the excellence of our faculty at the Sturm College of Law and to our commitments to interdisciplinary inquiry, experiential learning, and the public good,” observed Dean Bruce Smith. “In 2018, we enjoyed our highest ranking ever in U.S. News & World Report and were one of only 11 law schools nationwide with six or more programs ranked in the top 25. The principal engine of this institutional success is our stellar, creative, and dedicated faculty.”

July 17, 2018

Denver Law Professor Alan Chen Named University Lecturer


Congratulations to Professor Alan Chen, Sturm College of Law, the recipient of this year’s University of Denver University Lecturer award. The University Lecturer award is one of the University’s most distinguished honors, based on creative and scholarly merit, as well as recommendations of faculty and colleagues.

Chen’s expertise centers on constitutional and First Amendment law, the law of federal courts and public interest law. He has co-authored two books, “Public Interest Lawyering: A Contemporary Perspective” and “Free Speech Beyond Words: The Surprising Reach of the First Amendment.” Before entering the world of academia, Chen served as a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Chicago office, and today, he maintains an active litigation docket with high-profile civil rights cases like Oklahoma’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett by lethal injection.

Bruce Smith, dean and professor in the Sturm College of Law, called Chen a “dedicated, compassionate and expert scholar-teacher of the highest order.” He added that students have described Chen as “engaging, challenging, entertaining, approachable, and incredibly knowledgeable—in sum, an absolute jewel in DU’s faculty crown.”  

Chen and six other distinguished recipients of this year’s faculty awards will be recognized later this year at DU’s annual Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon.

Read more about this year’s faculty award winners.

June 21, 2018

Professor Roberto Corrada Elected Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers


The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is pleased to announce that Professor Roberto Corrada, the Mulligan Burleson Chair in Modern Learning, has been elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the realm of labor and employment law, whose international membership is limited to the most distinguished professionals in the field. The organization is widely regarded for advancing civility, professionalism and understanding in workplace law and serves as a resource to governmental bodies, the judiciary and the legal community at large. Professor Corrada is the first law professor in Colorado, and one of a select few legal academics in the College’s history, to achieve this significant honor.

“Roberto Corrada is a titanic figure in the field of labor and employment law, an innovative and highly-respected teacher, and an impassioned advocate for equity, opportunity and inclusivity,” stated Dean Bruce Smith. “Election to the College is an impressive and richly deserved honor, and the entire University of Denver community celebrates this magnificent achievement.”  

May 21, 2018

Prof. Nantiya Ruan cited by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in SCOTUS Ruling


Ruan’s scholarship relied upon in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis.

Read the Brief here.

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