Thursday, December 8, 2011

Adjunct Professor William J. Brady to Present Paper at Intersol 2012 in Paris on US "Hydraulic Fracking" Regulations

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is pleased to announce acceptance of a presentation by Adjunct Professor William J. Brady by the Scientific Committee of Intersol 2012.

Intersol, an annual conference on groundwater and soil contamination to be held this year in Paris, France, is one of the premiere European environmental conferences. Very well attended, with 485 scientists, government officials, environmental professionals, engineers, attorneys and academics in attendance last year in Lyon, Intersol expects more than 500 registrants and exhibitors this spring in Paris.

Offering instruction in hazardous waste, toxic torts, environmental insurance and a practitioner's focus on environmental protection at Denver Law, Adjunct Professor Brady has taught each year since 2000. He is also a partner at Grimshaw and Harring, PC, a 17th Street law firm serving the Denver Community for more than 55 years. Mr. Brady has practiced in Denver continuously since 1977.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Alumni profile: Amanda Hasty

Amanda Hasty, who earned a Masters of Resources Law Studies degree in '03 from Denver Law, is a co-founder and co-executive director of Impact Colorado. The organization was created in 2011 by Laura B. Embleton, JD '91, and Ms. Hasty, in response to an identified need to increase the awareness of Coloradoans on issues impacting Colorado residents.

Their vision is to create a non-profit organization to identify issues and develop solutions specific to Colorado’s economy, education, local governance, healthcare, and water. Impact Colorado provides a mobile classroom for participants to learn through exploration of the state. By connecting participants with local and state leaders, participants are provided with the knowledge, skills and techniques to partake in collaborative issue development.

Ms. Hasty is also the owner of BE Accord LLC, a business development company. She is a leadership coach and business consultant and assists companies in developing operational strategies to drive sustainable and community conscious businesses. In addition, she has facilitated growth strategies for not-for-profits in Colorado and New Mexico.

Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver where she teaches at the Women's College. Ms. Hasty volunteers as a mentor for the Greater Good Academy. She serves as an advisory member on the Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee at the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education and is a board member for Healthkind Foundation. HealthKind aspires to implement sustainable, community-based health and wellness programs and services in the developing world.

Ms. Hasty earned an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

It is great to see how alumni from Denver Law's graduate programs enjoy successful and fulfilling careers.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Denver Law LLM Graduate Student Sing Fai Hong Passes Chinese Bar Examination

Late last week I learned the wonderful news that one of Denver Law's Chinese students, Sing Fai Hong, has passed the Chinese Bar Examination. This is no small feat when one realizes that as recently as three years ago only 12 percent of those taking the bar exam actually passed.

This was a major accomplishment for Hong and clearly reflected his determination to join the legal profession in his home country. Making this all the more impressive is that he studied for and took the bar examination while he was an LLM student in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Graduate Program at Denver Law.

As it turns out, I know Hong (or Nic as we came to know him) very well. He was in the Comparative Environmental Law course that I taught in the spring semester of 2011. He was attentive, curious, hard-working, respectful, in brief an all around joy to have as a student.

In wishing him well before he left Denver for the final time to return to Beijing, I only half kidded him that I expected to see his name in the Financial Times by next week!

On a more serious note, Nic has a great future ahead. He is destined to be a leader in China and in Asia when it comes to addressing the challenging environmental and natural resources issues that China faces. On the other hand, he is good at identifying opportunities that arise out of challenges. He also exemplifies a philosophy of building bridges, and I am confident that over time he will be an influential attorney in helping develop the increasingly important China-U.S. relationship.

All of us in Denver wish Nic well as he begins his legal career in China. We will miss him to be sure. However, I have a feeling we will be seeing him again.

Don C. Smith
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program