Ethics and Professionalism

by Kaley LaQuea

Top judges gathered Aug. 25 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law to discuss what really grinds their gears, including tank tops, talking back and tardiness. The CLE session, “Misconduct in Litigation: A View from the Bench” was sponsored by the University of Denver Latino Law Alumni Committee and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice provided the welcoming remarks at the event and expressed her thoughts on the judiciary and what professionalism on the bench means for her.

“We have got to stand up for fairness, we have got to stand up for due process. We have got to stand up for the things which we value, and what do we value? Ultimately, we value … fairness. It’s such an easy concept, but if things aren’t fair, it’s not okay,” Rice said.

Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa, a trial lawyer out of Denver and member of the DU Latino Alumni Association, taught a mock trial practice class and advises other lawyers on professional conduct, so she attended the event to maintain her knowledge of standards from the bench.

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