Student Organizations

Venture Law Society

Venture Law Society (“VLS”) started in February 2017 with the goal to bring corporate transactional law and venture law opportunities to Denver Law. VLS strives to connect law students, venture attorneys, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs through educational, networking, and experiential opportunities.

  • Educational. VLS regularly hosts lunch panels around hot topics in the startup world. For each panel, VLS strives to include a diverse panel of an entrepreneur, attorney, and venture capitalist. We find this generates an intriguing conversation and brings to mind varying perspectives. It also allows students to connect with some of the brightest startup players in Denver. Additionally, VLS is both advocating and developing new curriculum for students who are interested in corporate transactional law and venture law.
  • Networking. Starting October 2017, VLS will host one networking event each month with either a local law firm or venture capital firm. Stay tuned!
  • Experiential. VLS connects students with experiential opportunities throughout Metro Denver! In collaboration with The Commons on Champa, VLS hosts a free weekly volunteer legal clinic for the Co.Starters accelerator where law students and startup attorneys work with the entrepreneurs on legal research, corporate documents, and contracts. Additionally, VLS assists the Legal Accelerator at Daniel's College of Business by attending office hour meetings and writing intake memos to help connect student entrepreneurs with pro-bono legal services. VLS is always on the lookout for internship and externship opportunities for law students. If you have an opportunity to share, please contact Ryli McDonald, VLS Vice President of Programs at rmcdonald19@law.du.edu.

The Team

Kieran Edstrom
President

Kieran is a 2L at DU Law and a Colorado native. His interest in startup law comes from its potential to connect people in unique and potentially world-changing ways. As a native, Kieran is interested in seeing Colorado’s startup community to grow to its full potential. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved with VLS, email Kieran Edstrom at kedstrom20@law.du.edu.


James Taravella
Vice-President/Secretary


Ryan Cole
Treasurer


Kendall Gooey
Vice President of Membership


Van Vu
Vice President of Programs/Events


Andrew Shulman
Pioneer Innovation Fund Liaison

Andrew is the vice president of membership of the Venture Law Society. Andrew believes many of the tools and solutions used in the business world can be used to solve issues in the area of civil rights, fundamental rights, and the general improvement of our communities. He is working with VLS and other organizations to create novel and innovative solutions to pressing social needs and is building a career to leverage these tools and solutions in the political and legislative space. You can probably spot him with his mutt, Mars, off somewhere in the mountain or drinking strong coffee.


Professor Stacey Bowers
Faculty Advocate & Mentor

Stacey Bowers is an Associate Professor of the Practice at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she teaches in the corporate area. She first started teaching as an adjunct professor at the law school in 2002. Prior to becoming an Associate Professor of the Practice, she was the Instructional Services & Outreach Librarian and Interim Assistant Director at the University of Denver Westminster Law Library.
After graduating with her J.D. in 1992 from the University of Denver, she practiced law for 15 years specializing in corporate and securities law. Stacey started her career at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. in the division of Corporation Finance. She was securities counsel for two public companies during and after their initial public offerings and also worked in private practice for a number of years.
In addition to her law degree, Stacey holds a BS in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh and an MLIS and PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education. Stacey is a member of the Certifying Board for the National Association of Legal Assistants.

 

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