Student Organizations

2nd Year Scholars

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Julia Bowman

Julia Bowman, a proud Idahoan, has worked in public lands and water conservation since graduating from the University of Denver in 2014 with a B.A. in International Studies and Geography. Two summers of trail work in Colorado and Montana solidified Julia’s love for the west’s natural landscapes and piqued her interest in the law as a tool for conservation. That initial interest grew during her service as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, and later as Watershed Program Coordinator, with the Western Slope Conservation Center (WSCC) in Paonia, Colorado. At the WSCC, she worked extensively with the community develop projects and programs to improve and protect watershed health from expanding recreational river access to pursuing administrative protections for important habitat. Julia is honored to be a part of the Denver Law community as a Chancellor’s Scholar and looks forward to continuing to work on water issues in the west.


William Dewey

William Dewey was born in Denver and raised wild in the mountains of Conifer. He spent most of his adult life wandering, but Colorado always pulled him back. After working in Denver with Colorado Coalition for the Homelessness and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, he decided he would be better positioned to address issues related to income inequality and homelessness with a legal education than with a liberal arts degree. He currently lives in west Denver with two small savage children and a punk rock librarian.


Gideon Irving

Gideon, a Denver native, graduated from Denver East High School and the University of Colorado Boulder. A semester of study abroad during widespread student protests in Santiago, Chile was the impetus for Gideon to actively combat injustice. After college he worked in Colorado politics; served one year in a youth homeless shelter in Anchorage, Alaska; worked as an Outward Bound instructor; volunteered in an orphanage in central Mexico; and ski patrolled in Utah. He does not claim to know what he will do after law school, but is determined to sustain his love for the outdoors and to never stop exploring!


Nicole King

Nicole King is originally from New Jersey but has been proud to call Colorado home for the last six years. Prior to moving to Denver, Nicole worked for two years for the English Opens Doors Program in Chile, a joint initiative of the Chilean Ministry of Education and United Nations Development Program. Nicole then moved to the Dominican Republic, where she served as International Programs Director for Health Horizons International, an organization working to advance community health and primary care outcomes in four partner communities. After moving to Colorado, Nicole earned her MA in International Development and Global Health Affairs from the University of Denver and has worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Doctors Care, and the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) on health care reform. Nicole is excited to be a part of the DU Law Community and hopes to use her degree to positively influence health policy in the future. When not studying law, Nicole enjoys substitute teaching at Denver Public Schools, traveling with her husband, Mike, and logging hours toward her hot air balloon pilot’s license.


Grace Lundergan

Grace Lundergan grew up in Indiana and earned a B.A. in English and Spanish from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. She spent a year with the volunteer program Border Servant Corps, where she lived in intentional community with other volunteers and worked at the ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights educating immigrants on their rights. This experience opened her eyes to the unique challenges of living on the border and the variety of factors that cause migration. She wanted to learn more about Mexico and subsequently spent a year in Cuernavaca, Mexico (south of Mexico City) working for the Center for Global Education, a study abroad program run by Augsburg College. She was able to learn about many social, cultural and economic issues in Mexico.

In 2014, Grace returned to the border (to Las Cruces, New Mexico), where she worked in direct immigration legal services. She became a BIA Accredited Representative at a nonprofit and later worked for a private immigration firm as well. Grace decided to go to law school to become an immigration attorney and hopes to work for a local nonprofit. She is passionate about providing legal services to those who need them.


Luke Niermann

Luke grew up in the Chicago suburbs and studied at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. After graduation he worked as a volunteer coordinator in homeless shelters in Colorado and Illinois and later worked in the Immigrant Legal Services department at World Relief in Wheaton, IL. During his five years at World Relief, Luke helped to coordinate a statewide initiative aimed at promoting citizenship and also provided legal counseling to refugees and low-income immigrants. For the last five years Luke and his family were living in Azerbaijan. Luke first worked with a non-governmental organization as an advisor for a vocational training project for youth in rural villages, and later founded a language school and taught English in an underserved area of the country. Luke is excited to be a part of the DU community and looks forward to gaining practical skills in law school that will enable him to more effectively advocate for the vulnerable and marginalized in our world.


Jenny Regier

Jenny Regier is originally from central Kansas. She graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, with a degree in biology and a minor in music. Following her undergraduate experience, Jenny participated in a year of service in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, where she was placed with the Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR). Working with ProBAR’s Children’s Project, Jenny gave know your rights presentations and screened detained, noncitizen youth for legal relief from deportation. Jenny continued as an employee of ProBAR for three more years, eventually becoming a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative. In 2013, Jenny and her husband, Jordan, moved to Bolivia to work with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting the peace-building, disaster relief, and community development efforts of diverse local partners in over 50 countries around the world. Jenny first worked as a planning, monitoring, and evaluation associate as well as a teacher’s aide in an afterschool program for children who lived with their parents in the prisons of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Jenny and her husband then became interim directors for MCC’s programming in Bolivia, overseeing a team of 25. After arriving back in the US in late 2016, Jenny worked at a middle school, volunteered at the International Rescue Committee in Wichita as an immigration volunteer, and drove truck for her parents during the Kansas wheat harvest. Jenny’s experience at ProBAR inspired her to become an attorney. She is interested in pursuing a career in nonprofit immigration law.

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University of Denver
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Denver, CO 80208