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

Becky Stifter
President

Becky is the President and Co-Founder of the Venture Law Society. After realizing a gap for venture law opportunities at DU, Becky and two law student colleagues co-founded the Venture Law Society. Becky’s focus for the Venture Law Society is developing a vast network of professionals and students through both internal and external outreach efforts. Becky is a fellow in the first interdisciplinary cohort at the Barton Institute for Social Enterprise & Philanthropy at University of Denver. Becky plans to develop a legal career in social enterprise, helping social entrepreneurs tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. Additionally, Becky volunteers at Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver where she loves the energy and confidence the girls bring each week. Have any questions about Venture Law Society? Contact Becky: rstifter19@law.du.edu.

 


Tom Bealer
Vice President

Tom Bealer is Vice President and co-founder of the Venture Law Society where he focuses on developing internal relationships across DU’s campus. He also serves as the co-chair for the Project X-ITE student advisory board and Secretary for the Business Law Society. Tom has an interest in all things startup with a bias for new and upcoming technology. When he is not reading for class, he can be found somewhere in the mountains. Want to get connected to VLS? Email Tom, tbealer19@law.du.edu.

 


Tyler Whitney
Treasurer

Tyler is a second-year law student hailing from South Florida. He is interested in the intersection of entrepreneurship and technology and wants to help startup businesses with their intellectual property needs. Before law school, Tyler studied business at UF and then spent four years in different positions including finance, marketing, and eventually the technology sector. He hopes to use his knowledge of technology and intellectual property to help other students and entrepreneurial spirits grow and protect their new businesses.


Kieran Edstrom
Secretary

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.


Ryli McDonald
Vice President of Programming

Ryli McDonald is a 2L at DU Law and is originally from Colorado. She became interested in entrepreneurship while completing her undergraduate honors thesis at Colorado State University, in which she created a startup business plan for an environmentally sustainable Rocky Mountain summer camp for disadvantaged children. She loved studying business and spent time working in various accounting positions in Denver before taking time off to travel Australia. Ryli jumped at the chance to join the executive board of the Venture Law Society because she wants to help create a larger platform for entrepreneurial discussions within the law school. She’s excited about combining her business and legal experiences with her passion for startups. She hopes to increase opportunities for other students interested in venture law to network and learn from attorneys around Colorado. Have an awesome event idea or conference VLS should know about? Email Ryli, rmcdonald19@law.du.edu.

 


Megan McCulloch
Vice President of Events

Megan McCulloch is a 3L at DU law. She hopes to practice corporate transactional law and to work with start-ups and small businesses. Before law school, Megan worked for several years for both big and small government organizations, and she loves the contrast to that of the creative and flexible nature of corporate law. What Megan admires most about working with entrepreneurs is their passion and spirit, and their willingness to take risks to pursue the things they are most passionate about. She joined the Venture Law Society for the opportunities to learn more about the start-up world, and to find ways to support that community within the local Denver/Colorado area. If you have any ideas for events VLS could support or co-sponsor, email Megan at mmcculloch@law.du.edu.


Andrew Shulman
Vice President of Membership

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