Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place & Law



Tanya Bartholomew has taught legal research, writing, analysis, and appellate advocacy for more than 20 years. She also teaches in the Master of Science in Legal Administration program and was recently voted “Most Engaging Professor.” Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Denver’s (“DU”) Sturm College of Law in 2002, Tanya taught at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. At Drake, Tanya served as the Associate Director of the Legislative Practice program, a certificate program for students interested in legal careers involving public policy, the legislative process, and politics. At DU, Tanya continues to mentor law students interested in political careers.Tanya teaches and consults on a host of writing and appellate advocacy topics. She has presented for the Colorado Bar Association, several law firms and government agencies, and various judicial groups. Before finding her passion in teaching, Tanya clerked for two judges serving on the Iowa Court of Appeals, including the Honorable Mark Cady, now the Chief Judge of the Iowa Supreme Court. Prior to commencing her law school teaching career, Tanya also practiced as an appellate lawyer. Tanya is deeply committed to integrating the awareness and development of professional identity into the first-year curriculum and her recent sabbatical project focused on creating specific assignments and activities designed to foster such awareness and development. In addition, Tanya currently occupies the leadership role in the Lawyering Process (“LP”) Teaching Group, which promotes the development of strong teaching skills, the exploration of new and innovative teaching methods, and the integration of professional identity in the LP curriculum.Tanya and her husband, Keith, live in Boulder with their four children, two cats, and recently rescued puppy. She is an avid hiker and has climbed two of Colorado’s 14ers. Tanya is also active in Colorado politics.

Roberto Corrada is Mulligan Burleson Chair in Modern Learning and Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he teaches critical race theory, race and the law, employment discrimination and labor law, contracts, and administrative law. Professor Corrada has published articles on civil rights, affirmative action, labor, employment, and law teaching in numerous law reviews, including the Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Houston, Denver, and Miami Law Reviews, the La Raza Law Review, the Villanova Law Review, the Journal of Legal Education, and the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. He is a member of the Labor Law Group, and has casebooks in Employment Discrimination Law (2010) and in Labor Law (2009), in addition to a casebook in Administrative Law (2010). Prior to joining the DU law faculty, Professor Corrada was a labor attorney with the Washington, D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld where he worked on matters involving Continental and Northwest Air Lines, Purolator Courier, and the National Football League, among others. Professor Corrada works closely with the Denver latino community, including as a boardmember of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and the Denver Urban Debate League, a nonprofit that helps to fund debate programs in the Denver public schools. He has won numerous honors and awards, including his recent appointment as the Mulligan Burleson Chair in Modern Learning, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Research Professorship (2008-09), the Sturm College of Law “Law Stars” Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009), the University of Denver Distinguished Teaching Award (2006), the University of Denver Donald & Susan Sturm Professorship for Excellence in Teaching (2003-2005), and the Edward Sherman Award (presented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado to the Outstanding Cooperating Attorney of the Year, in 1997. Professor Corrada graduated from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1985, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review.


Patience Crowder joined the DU faculty in 2010 to create and lead the Community Economic Development Clinic. A transactional law enthusiast, Professor Crowder is committed to transactional (non-litigation) advocacy in the public interest. Focusing on intersections between class and race in the revitalization of inner-city communities and regional economic development, her scholarship critically examines the impact of contract, corporate, and local government law in underserved communities throughout U.S. metropolitan regions. Her articles have been published by the Tennessee Law Review, the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law (reprint), and the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy. She earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark, where she was an Articles Editor of the Rutgers Law Review. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Georgetown University.


Nancy Ehrenreich has taught at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law since 1989. A graduate of Yale (B.A. 1974) and the University of Virginia (J.D., 1979, L.L.M., 1982), she teaches Criminal Law, Jurisprudence, Torts, and a seminar on Race, Class and Reproductive Justice. Professor Ehrenreich’s scholarship focuses on the role of law in enforcing raced and classed gender norms. Her work spans a range of topics – including masculinity and militarism, court-ordered Cesarean sections, intersex cutting, and the global politics of food – and has been published in the Yale Law Journal, the Duke Law Journal, and the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, among others. In her edited volume, The Reproductive Rights Reader: Law, Medicine, and the Construction of Motherhood, Prof. Ehrenreich describes the two-tiered system of reproductive rights that prevails in the U.S., with low-income white women and women of color enjoying much less reproductive autonomy than more economically and racially privileged women. Professor Ehrenreich has served on the national boards of the Society of American Law Teachers and Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory, Inc. (“LatCrit”) (chairing the LatCrit board for three years), as well as on the board of a local domestic violence services agency.


Alexi Freeman has a distinguished record working alongside low-income communities and communities of color as a racial justice and legal advocate. For six years, Freeman worked as a staff attorney at Advancement Project, a national civil rights group, where she assisted grassroots organizations across the country on social justice advocacy campaigns around education and juvenile justice policy, housing, and voting rights issues. Freeman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School. While at Harvard Law, she was recognized for her work in public interest law and her leadership on campus. At Denver Law, she serves as the Director of Public Interest and as a lecturer within the Legal Externship program.


César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a visiting professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and an associate professor at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. He publishes, a blog about the convergence of criminal and immigration law that has been featured on SCOTUSblog and was named one of the best law blogs of 2012 by the ABA Journal. His academic interests also center on crImmigration, including teaching a seminar on the topic and having published articles about the right to counsel for immigrants in the criminal justice system, immigration imprisonment, and race-based immigration policing in the Maryland Law Review, BYU Law Review, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Harvard Latino Law Review, Columbia Journal of Race and Law, and Berkeley Law Raza Law Journal, among others. In addition to teaching a crImmigration seminar, he teaches Immigration Law, and Torts.


Rashmi Goel joined the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2002. Born and raised in Canada, Professor Goel is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. After clerking with the Saskatchewan Court of Appeals and working closely with judges on important First Nations rights cases, Professor Goel went to Stanford Law School where she earned her masters degree. Her research and scholarship is varied in scope but focuses on the intersections of race, culture and the criminal law, bringing to bear her expertise in world legal systems, and culturally specific adjudication. Her articles have been published in the Wisconsin Law Review, the Seattle Journal of Social Justice and SAGE among others. She is currently working on an co-edited volume about legal approaches to Domestic Violence around the world, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015. She teaches criminal law, comparative law, and a seminar on multiculturalism and race.



Beto Juárez, Jr. the University of Denver’s first Hispanic dean, began his tenure at the Sturm College of Law in July, 2006. An accomplished scholar, lawyer and administrator, Dean Juárez came to DU from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, where he was a law professor and an associate dean for academic and student affairs. Dean Juárez has taught courses in Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Conflict of Laws, Federal Courts, Professional Responsibility, and Remedies, as well as a seminar on Language Rights. His research interests include employment discrimination, language rights, legal history, race, and religion and the law, and he has published extensively, presenting his work throughout the United States and Mexico. Dean Juárez served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Oregon Law School during the 2001-2002 academic year, and was an associate professor of law at the Council on Legal Educational Opportunity Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law during the Summer of 1991. He began his career as a staff attorney for the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation in Galveston, Texas, where he practiced poverty law, with an emphasis on family and housing law; he then moved onto Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a civil rights law firm, as a staff attorney in their San Antonio office. After four years, he was named MALDEF’s Regional Counsel and Employment Program Director in their LA office, where he supervised a staff of 13, including five attorneys. He also supervised employment discrimination litigation brought by attorneys in five regional offices nationwide. Juárez earned an A.B. degree in History from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1981. He chairs the Board of Directors of the Journal of Law and Religion, and served on that board since 2002. He also serves on the board of directors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), and served as Co-President from 2004-2006.

Margaret Kwoka iis a graduate of Brown University and Northeastern University School of Law and a former education volunteer with Peace Corps in Burkina Faso. She clerked for Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Judge Michael Murphy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Denver, Professor Kwoka was an Assistant Professor at John Marshall Law School in Chicago and a Lecturer at George Washington University School of Law. She also practiced as an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm in Washington, D.C., where she focused on government transparency litigation in federal court. Professor Kwoka’s research and teaching interests center on civil procedure and procedural justice, administrative law and judicial review of agency actions, federal court litigation, and government transparency. Her articles have appeared in the UC Davis Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Maryland Law Review, American University Law Review, and Harvard Journal on Legislation, among others. She was also recently named the inaugural winner of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Junior Faculty Teaching Award.


Christopher Lasch has been litigating to protect his clients’ constitutional rights since 1996. After graduating from Yale Law School, Chris worked for three years as a public defender in Louisville, Kentucky. He represented hundreds of clients in the adult trial division and was a member of the capital trial division for nearly two years. In 2000, Chris partnered with another former defender to form a small private law firm dedicated to criminal defense and civil rights litigation. He continued to represent those accused of crimes in Kentucky’s trial courts, and broadened his practice to include appellate, postconviction, and federal habeas corpus litigation on behalf of convicted prisoners. His firm brought civil rights actions and tried civil rights cases in both state and federal courts. In 2006, Chris became a Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Yale Law School, where he taught in numerous clinics, including the Capital Punishment Clinic, Criminal Defense Project, and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. After serving as a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor at the Suffolk University Law School during the 2009-10 academic year, where as a teacher of the Suffolk Defenders Clinic he supervised students defending criminal cases in the Boston Municipal Court system, Chris came to the Sturm College of Law to teach in the Criminal Defense Clinic. His scholarship focuses on the availability of constitutional remedies in federal habeas and state postconviction litigation, and on the intersection of criminal and immigration law.


Lucy Marsh was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award, Law Stars, in 2010. She has also won the Professor of the Year award. She has been given the Denver Bar Association’s Pro Bono Service Award, and has served on the Board of Governors for the Colorado Bar Association, the Board of Metropolitan Denver Legal Aid, and was appointed by the Governor to the Colorado Real Estate Commission. She is a member of POETS, a select group of lawyers specializing in real estate matters. In 2013 she established the Tribal Wills Project, taking students to the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute reservations to write wills for tribal members under a very complex federal statute. The Tribal Wills Project is the only such program in the region. She is founder and director of the Wills Lab, a popular, innovative class in which students write real wills, medical powers of attorney, living wills, and burial instructions for elderly and low income people in the Denver area. She speaks frequently on legal issues to professional and community groups, and contributes to the academic dialogue by such articles as “The Demise of Dynasty Trusts: Returning the Wealth to the Family” (2012). As a law student, Lucy and one other student co-authored a brief to the Michigan Supreme Court which persuaded the Michigan Supreme Court to create a student practice rule, allowing Lucy to lead a group of law students in establishing the first clinical program which had ever existed at the University of Michigan Law School. Lucy’s commitment to providing legal services to underrepresented members of the community has continued to this day.


Christopher Newman teaches courses on the foundations for legal practice within the Sturm College of Law's Legal Externship Program. He also teaches and coaches in the DU Bar Success Program and other courses helping prepare JD graduates for the bar exam. Newman is a J.D. graduate of the Sturm College of Law, member of the Colorado Bar, and faculty within Denver Law's externship program. Prior to and since law school, Newman has over a decade of experience in graduate higher education, primarily within serving students and supporting them through their graduate degrees. He also coordinated the launch of the law school's hybrid and weekend Professional Part-Time JD Program. Newman's focus in legal education is to develop practice-ready law graduates through professional skills development, sharpening critical thinking and reasoning skills, and mastering strategies for the bar exam.

Patty Powell received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her J.D. from the Sturm College of Law. She practiced law for 12 years in the Denver area, working as a litigator in both the public and private sectors, including the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the Denver District Attorney’s Office and a large corporate law firm. After leaving the active practice of law, Patty served as Director of Career Services and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at DU Law, as well as Assistant Dean of Career Development at the University of Colorado Law School. After spending four years consulting in the area of diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession, Patty returned to DU Law as a Lecturer in the Academic Achievement and Bar Success Program.

Paula Rhodes specializes in international human rights with an emphasis on economic rights, the role of intergovernmental organizations and regulation of multinational corporations. In addition to serving as director of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s LLM in American & Comparative Law Program for international lawyers from outside the United States, Rhodes is the chair of the college’s admissions committee and its Committee on Internationalization & Globalization. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Louisiana and U.S. Supreme Court bars. She is also the chair of the Sam Carey Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee. A member of the Society of Friends, Rhodes is a human rights and peace activist who has participated on the committees and boards of many nonprofit organizations, including the American Friends Service Committee, whose board of directors she served as vice-chairperson / associate clerk. She also has served as chairwoman of the Stiles African American Heritage Center’s “Quilting & the Quest for Freedom” project.


Tom Romero joined the Sturm College of Law in 2010 as part of a dual appointment with the University of Denver Department of History. He teaches and researches in the areas of the legal history of the American West, Latinos and the law, school desegregation, property, land use, water law, and urban development and local government in the United States. His scholarship, which covers all of these areas, has appeared in the Utah Law Review, the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal and the University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review among others. Professor Romero is also revising a book manuscript on multiracial formation and the law in post-World War II Denver, Colorado. He also is the author of a forthcoming chapter on State Responses to Immigration analyzing the history of state-level immigration enforcement against Mexicans in the United States, an essay on the ways to understand immigration law and policy as part of the new Jim Crow, and an article on the future of race and education law. In his role as Assistant Provost, he is leading the creation of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality [IRISE] at the University of Denver. IRISE is a multiyear project aimed to make the University of Denver one of the premier institutions in the country for the rigorous study of social and institutional inequality. His expert testimony has been instrumental in cases involving the legal history of education in Colorado, the rights of Latinos in voting rights and redistricting cases, and affirmative action litigation.


Nantiya Ruan returns to the University of Denver and the Lawyering Process program after hiatuses on both coasts. After graduating from D.U. with dual J.D. and M.S.W. degrees, Nantiya clerked for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Following her clerkship, Nantiya was a litigation associate at Outten & Golden LLP, a New York plaintiffs’ employment law firm, representing employees in discrimination and harassment cases, discrimination class actions, and contract and benefit claims. In one particularly satisfying case, Nantiya was a lead associate in a national “glass ceiling” discrimination class action against a major insurance company. After four years, Nantiya left New York City for the more tranquil Bay Area waters. In Oakland, California, Nantiya was an associate for Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian (formerly Saperstein, Goldstein), a firm representing plaintiffs in complex and class action litigations across the country, including civil rights, employment discrimination, wage and hour, disability access, consumer, and other public interest class actions. Prior to becoming an employee advocate, Nantiya represented children in custody disputes, indigent clients in criminal court in one of DU’s clinics, and was an intern and interim clerk at the Colorado Supreme Court. As a social worker, Nantiya counseled homeless, pregnant teens in Oakland and mothers with drug addictions in Charleston, South Carolina. Nantiya has finally figured out what the rest of Denver knows, which is that the Rocky Mountain region is the perfect place to live. She returns to Denver with her spouse, Craig, and her two children, Bennett and Matilyn.


Catherine Smith joined the faculty at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2004. She serves as the Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness, one of the few, if not the first, positions of its kind. After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Professor Smith clerked for the late Chief Judge Henry A. Politz of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for U.S. Magistrate Judge William M. Catoe Jr. She then served as a legal fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Before joining the faculty at the University of Denver, Professor Smith was an assistant professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law from 2000 to 2004. She teaches Torts, Employment Discrimination, and Sexuality, Gender and the Law. Her research interests include torts, civil rights law and critical race theory. Her articles have been published in a number of journals, including Wisconsin Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, DU Law Review and Connecticut Law Review. Her most recent scholarship explores the potential equal protection claims of children of same-sex parents.


Robin Walker Sterling is an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she co-teaches the Criminal Defense Clinic. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She then represented adults and children charged with criminal offenses in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for five years, first as the Stuart-Stiller Clinical Teaching Fellow in the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship program at Georgetown University Law Center, and then as a staff attorney in the trial division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). After that, she served as a Supervising Attorney at the Children’s Law Center (CLC), where she trained and supervised guardians ad litem handling dependency, adoption, and guardianship cases, until she accepted a position as the Special Counsel with the National Juvenile Defender Center, a juvenile defense policy advocacy organization. There she assessed the juvenile indigent defense systems of states across the country, presented national trainings on juvenile defense practice, and co-authored amicus briefs on juvenile justice issues filed in state supreme courts and the United States Supreme Court. Professor Walker Sterling is a graduate of Yale College and New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, and Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned an L.L.M. in Clinical Advocacy. Professor Walker Sterling’s research and teaching interests include clinical advocacy, criminal law, critical race theory, and juvenile justice.


Kyle Velte holds a postgraduate law degree from Harvard Law School and a law degree from American University. While at American University, she was on the editorial board of the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, and received several significant awards, especially for her work in the area of civil rights and public interest law. Her undergraduate degree is from Hamilton College. Since graduation, Kyle has focused her practice on complex commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, she completed two judicial clerkships with Justice Alex Martinez of the Colorado Supreme Court and for the Honorable Roxanne Bailin of the 20th Judicial District of Colorado. In these clerkships, she gained valuable research and writing experience as well as exposure to diverse areas of civil and criminal law. She now serves as program faculty for the Legal Externship Program, and also teaches a course “Sexual Orientation and the Law.”


Randy Wagner is the Administrative Director for Strategic Initiatives at Denver Law, where he has works on pipeline programs, the Modern Learning Initiative, dual degrees and assessment. Prior to that, he helped develop Denver Law’s Centers of Excellence. Randy holds a PhD in political science from Yale University and a JD from the University of Arizona College of Law. He has taught political science at the University of Texas at Austin, Houston Community College, the University of Arizona and Portland Community College. He is an adjunct professor at Colorado Women’s College, a unit within the University of Denver that serves post-traditional students, and he is a member of DU’s Sustainability Council. In 2014 Randy received DU’s 2014 Staff Advisory Council Crimson and Gold Award. The award recognizes “a staff member who displays outstanding commitment to and support of the University of Denver” by improving campus life for faculty, staff and students, as well as for exemplary work outside his or her job duties.


Lindsey Webb is an assistant professor in the Civil Rights Clinic at Denver Law, where she supervises student attorneys representing inmates challenging the conditions of their confinement. Before joining the Civil Rights Clinic, Webb served as the Director of Public Interest and a Lecturer at Denver Law, where she taught doctrinal and trial advocacy courses in addition to serving on the faculty of the Legal Externship and Public Interest Practicum programs. Prior to joining the faculty of Denver Law School, Webb worked as a public defender in the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where she represented adults and juveniles. She also worked as an attorney in the appellate division of the Public Defender’s Office, where she handled direct appeals of felony convictions. She graduated from Wesleyan University and Stanford Law School. She also spent two years as a Prettyman Fellow in the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown Law School, where she earned her LLM in Advocacy. Professor Webb is interested in the role that race, class, and gender play in the U.S. criminal justice system.
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