Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Journal Comes to DU

A new journal is coming to the Sturm College of Law! The Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law is published quarterly by the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law. The journal will be edited at DU under the supervision of Professor Don Smith, Director, Environmental & Natural Resources Law & Policy Graduate Program. For more information about the move from the Denver Business Journal, click here.

Written by Patty Wellinger, Reference Services Coordinator

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Library Closed for Holidays

The Westminster Law Library will be closed from 4pm on December 23, 2011 - January 2, 2012 as part of the University's holiday closure. The Law Library will reopen on January 3 at 8am for reduced hours until classes begin for Spring semester. Click here for the full schedule.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Legal Administration Program at DU

Are you interested in managing and operating a law firm, court, or legal organization? Know someone who is? Check out the Master of Science in Legal Administration at the University of Denver. Billed as the MBA for legal professionals, the is rather similar to a Master of Business Administration degree, but with particular focus on legal organizations.
Currently, the MSLA can be completed in a single year (two semesters and a summer externship)of full-time study or between two and four years of part-time study. To help accommodate the needs of a variety of students, all MSLA courses are available either in-person or online.

Students pursuing the MSLA degree choose a focus from amongst three different concentrations:

1) Law Firm Administration Concentration
Concentration Information
Concentration Course Plan
Concentration Video Link

2) Court Administration Concentration
Concentration Information
Concentration Course Plan
Concentration Video Link

3) International Court Administration Concentration
Concentration Information
Concentration Course Plan
Video Link

The MSLA Program also benefits from an active group of alumni, and the program has made efforts to make keeping in touch after graduation even easier in a variety of ways. It has established a presence on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and professional sites like LinkedIn, as well as hosting events for alumni like a dinner for those attending the National Association for Court Management conference and distributing a free quarterly newsletter.

Those interested in earning both a J.D. and MSLA degree may also be interested in the joint degree program at DU.

For more information on the MSLA Program at DU, contact Hope Kentnor at 303-871-6308 or via e-mail at or use the contact web page. Also, see the
MSLA Information Brochure .

Written by Hope Kentnor, Director, MSLA Program

Monday, December 12, 2011

DU Alum Sworn in as CO Supreme Court Justice

Brian Boatright is the newest Justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. The new Justice was sworn in privately Nov. 21, 2011 and his public swearing in ceremony is on December 13th.

Boatright, 49, was selected by Governor John Hickenlooper in part because of his 10+ years as a trial court judge in the 1st Judicial District. See Denver Post article about the announcement. Boatright was a popular judge who received the highest marks in his 2008 retention survey report. His official court biography details his earlier work as a Deputy D.A. Justice Boatright graduated from the University of Denver law school in 1988. Already hard at work, the new Justice sided with the majority in five recent opinions.

Written by Patty Wellinger, Reference Services Coordinator

Justice Boatright will be the commencement speaker for the SCOL graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 10 am. It will be held in Magness Arena at the Ritchie Center.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Reduced Reference Hours: Dec. 16th

The Chancellor has announced an shortened day on Friday, December 16th for University staff. In accordance, the Reference Desk will only be open from 9am-noon that day. The Library itself will remain open.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Library Director / Assistant Director

Dr. Sylvia Hall-Ellis was named Interim Director of the Westminster Law Library at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law effective October 3, 2011. Dr. Hall-Ellis is an Associate Professor at the Morgridge College of Education and brings over 35 years of experience working in libraries as an administrator, development officer and project manager. She has unique expertise in the areas of database building and maintenance, bibliographic cataloging, research and grant writing. Dr. Hall-Ellis is a member of a variety of professional organizations and is listed in several editions of regional and national bibliographic volumes. Dr. Hall-Ellis has published numerous technical reports, articles, and three monographs and has conducted major field research studies.

Dr. Stacey L. Bowers, the Outreach & Instructional Services Coordinator at the Westminster Law Library was name Interim Assistant Director effective October 3, 2011. She practiced law for 14 years prior to joining the law library in 2006. Dr. Bowers is an adjunct professor at the Sturm College of Law where she teaches legal research courses and corporate drafting. She is a member of both state and national professional organizations and has published articles and co-authored a book.