The University of Denver Sturm College of Law held its annual DU Law Stars Dinner Oct. 23, recognizing two alumni and one faculty member for their contributions to the legal field.
Receiving honors this year were Noreen Krall, VP and chief litigation counsel at Apple; Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Colorado Supreme Court William Lucero; and Alexi Freeman, associate professor of the practice at Sturm. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.
“This is an evening to reflect on brilliance, on careers in the law that are particularly spectacular and radiant,” said Bruce Smith, dean of the law school, in his opening remarks. Smith’s speech was followed by a dinner and video presentation featuring the night’s honorees, their colleagues and friends.
First to be recognized was Freeman, winner of this year’s Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award, for her work as director of externships and public interest initiatives at Sturm, part of the school’s top-ranked experiential learning programs.
“I will concede that there are law schools in this country with more moral philosophers and more dusty, ancient treatises than the Sturm College of Law,” Smith said. “And I will concede that I do not care about that fact, because there is only one law school in this nation whose three experiential learning programs — advocacy, clinics, and legal writing — are ranked in the nation’s top 10.”
Last year, almost 600 Sturm students participated in an externship, including 90% of the graduating class, according to Smith. But despite the size of the program, Freeman still finds time to give the students one-on-one attention. In a video, current and former students praised Freeman for her passion, mentorship and accessibility and cited her as a factor in their decision to go to law school and to attend Sturm.