2007 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Conference

April 11 – 14, 2007

The Rule of Law: A View from the American West

Biographical Information: Conference Speakers Sidney B. Brooks United States Bankruptcy Judge, District of Colorado Judge Brooks was appointed as a bankruptcy judge on January 4, 1988. In addition to serving on the bench, Judge Brooks has lectured, taught courses, conducted seminars, and written for numerous professional organizations, schools and publications. On behalf of various government and non-government organizations, including the Library of Congress’ Open World Leadership Program, the Central and East European Law Initiative, the International Judicial Relations Committee of the United States Judicial Conference, the United States Department of State, and The World Bank, Judge Brooks has been assisting with the development of judicial training and court management programs. He has also worked with and advised judicial officials from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, the People’s Republic of China, Poland, Macedonia, Thailand, Mexico, India and Canada with regard to international commercial/insolvency law and court administration and judicial affairs. Among other positions and activities, Judge Brooks has been a member of or served as advisor to: International Judicial Relations Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference; American Law Institute NAFTA Bankruptcy Law Project Advisory Committee; American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative Advisory Committee; American Bankruptcy Institute/INSOL; Federal Judicial Center Board of Directors; Federal Judicial Center Bankruptcy Education Committee; International Law Relations Committee of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; The World Bank; Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; the National Judicial College; and the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium. Judge Brooks is a graduate of the University of Denver, College of Law. He previously served as assistant attorney general for the State of Colorado, and was in private practice for 16 years, with emphasis in bankruptcy and reorganizations, litigation, commercial transactions, and general business law.

Dr. John DiBiaggio has served as president (now emeritus) of Tufts University since 1992, after spending seven years as president of Michigan State University, and six years as president of the University of Connecticut. In addition, he has served as vice president for health affairs and executive director of the Medical Center at the University of Connecticut, as dean of the Dental School at Virginia Commonwealth University, and as assistant dean of the Dental School at the University of Kentucky. Dr. DiBiaggio earned his D.D.S. from the University of Detroit, School of Dentistry in 1958 and completed his M.A. in 1967, at the University of Michigan. Before pursuing university administration, Dr. DiBiaggio was a professor at the University of Detroit, the University of Kentucky, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Connecticut. He has served as chairman of the Board of the American Council on Education, of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, and of the National Campus Compact. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute, the American Cancer Society Foundation, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and is a trustee of the University of Massachusetts, among various other health and professional organizations. Dr. DiBiaggio holds thirteen honorary degrees and has been recognized by numerous honorary societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Chi, and Beta Gamma Sigma.

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John Carver retired as Professor of Law at the University of Denver in 1988, but continued to teach as a professor emeritus until 2006. He joined the DU faculty in 1972, after a government service career that included being Assistant Secretary of the Interior and Under Secretary of the Interior and Federal Power Commissioner (now FERC) under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. He has practiced law in Idaho and Colorado and served briefly as Attorney General of American Samoa.

Paul Chessin is an Assistant Attorney General in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. He joined the office in 1998 and, since 1999, has been the sole litigation attorney in the Consumer Credit Unit of the Consumer Protection Section. He prosecutes cases under Colorado’s Uniform Consumer Credit Code, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and Consumer Protection Act. He is the author of Borrowing from Peter to Pay Paul: A Statistical Analysis of Colorado’s Deferred Deposit Loan Act, 83 Denv. U. L. Rev. 387 (2005). Before joining the AG’s office, Mr. Chessin clerked for a Colorado appellate judge, took a 6-year hiatus from the practice of law and worked as a professional ski patroller for a major Colorado ski resort, and, from 1979 to 1991, practiced corporate/commercial litigation in the private sector in several law firms in New York and Colorado. A 1979 graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Chessin is admitted to practice in New York and Colorado. He also is a volunteer firefighter.

Phillip S. Figa is in the Federal Judicial Service with the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado. He was nominated by President George W. Bush on June 9, 2003, to a seat vacated by Richard P. Matsch; confirmed by the Senate on October 2, 2003, and received commission on October 6, 2003. He was educated at Northwestern University, and received his B.A., in 1973. At Cornell Law School, he received his J.D., in 1976. From 1976-2003 he was in private practice, in Denver, Colorado.

Robert Hardaway is Professor of Law at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where he teaches Evidence and Civil Procedure, and has also taught Constitutional Law, Contracts, and Criminal Procedure. He has also taught at Hastings Law School (University of California), and George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. An honors graduate of Amherst College and New York University Law School, he has served in the U.S. Navy Jag Corps, and has also served both as a Colorado Public Defender and Deputy District Attorney for Arapahoe County, Colorado, as well as a trial lawyer in private practice. He has been elected as “Best Professor” by the students at DU Law School, and is the author of fourteen books, including 11 books on law and public policy, and three novels and legal docudramas, as well as dozens of law review articles and papers. He has also appeared as a legal commentator on CNN, CNBC, and several Denver television and radio stations.

Bill Leone is the former United States Attorney for Colorado. He served in the United States Attorney’s Office for Colorado from October 2001 until October 2006. He served on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ Advisory Committee on White Collar Crime, and on the National Securities Fraud Working Group together with representatives from the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C., the F.B.I., the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the I.R.S., the NASD and others. He was a member of the Colorado Securities Fraud Task Force and has been a frequent lecturer at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, teaching courses to federal prosecutors from across the United States in securities, accounting and corporate fraud. Prior to joining the Department of Justice in 2001, Mr. Leone was a civil litigator and trial lawyer for 20 years. He was a litigation partner in a national law firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. He has successfully represented three of the big four international accounting firms in matters including alleged securities fraud, false claims, accounting malpractice, issuance of tax opinions, and alleged raiding and misappropriation of trade secrets. Other significant matters include representation of The News Corporation in a $1.5 billion dollar merger dispute relating to the satellite
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television industry, and Experian in connection with anti-trust and business tort claims brought by Experian. He has represented officers, directors, shareholders, underwriters, lawyers and accountants in various securities and corporate governance matters. He has also represented numerous corporate clients in antitrust, securities, complex contract, products liability, business tort, trade secret, franchise, employment and executive compensation disputes. A trial lawyer, Mr. Leone has tried more than 50 cases to juries, judges, and arbitration panels. From December 2004, until August 2006, Mr. Leone served as United States Attorney for Colorado. In addition to serving as the principal liaison to the federal courts and to all federal regulatory agencies, Mr. Leone was an active trial lawyer with a criminal prosecution case load. Under his leadership, the United States Attorney’s Office was particularly active in the prosecution of complex commercial frauds and large scale criminal organizations. Mr. Leone personally led one of the largest corporate fraud investigations in the United States, the three year long investigation into Qwest Communication’s $2.5 billion financial restatement. The investigation eventually resulted in indictments of seven Qwest executives, including the CFO and CEO. Trials and plea agreements led to the conviction of 4 of these executives thus far. The investigation required the coordination and analysis of 13 million documents, testimony of hundreds of witnesses, parallel regulatory and civil proceedings, and congressional hearings. Mr. Leone also began and eventually concluded the investigation of the IPO market in the telecommunications industry and the practice of granting friends and family shares or pre IPO options and stock to corporate insiders in exchange for purchase orders and other benefits. Mr. Leone was also involved in the successful prosecution of promoters of an investment scheme that resulted in the failure of Best Bank, the largest bank failure in the United States in recent years, in the investigation of manipulative gas trading practices and in the investigation of a number of other corporate frauds. Mr. Leone also established priorities for his office that led to the successful prosecution of several notorious criminal enterprises including an international document fraud ring, the violent street gang known as the GKI, and the Thompson Drug Trafficking Organization. He successfully lobbied for and obtained special resources to prosecute cyber crime, and reviewed and approved large healthcare fraud prosecutions and settlements. Mitchell R. Morrissey was elected District Attorney of Denver in November 2004 and was sworn into office on January 11, 2005. He is responsible for the prosecution of more than 6,000 felony and 15,000 misdemeanor criminal cases every year. He is nationally known for his expertise in DNA technology, applying that technology in criminal prosecutions and working to ensure that DNA science is admissible in the courtrooms. Mr. Morrissey has 68 attorneys and approximately 194 staff working under his direction. They prosecute criminals, work on behalf of victims, teach public school students about the law, and promote crime prevention and many other things that all relate to the overall missions of the Denver District Attorney’s Office: to do justice. Prior to serving as the District Attorney, Mitch served as Chief Deputy in the DA’s office, where he assisted the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a Special Assistant in prosecuting federal cases involving DNA evidence, was selected Prosecutor of the Year in 2001, and has taught on a variety of subjects the Denver Police Department including demonstrative evidence, rules of evidence, gang prosecutions, violent crime and DNA. He has served on the board of the Denver Sexual Assault Interagency Council and is a member of the Advisory Council for National Law Enforcement in Corrections Technology Council for the Rocky Mountain Region

Jill N. Ozarski is the Executive Director of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts, the umbrella organization uniting nearly 60 not-for-profit land trusts and local government open space programs across Colorado. The Coalition supports its members across the state by providing important leadership at the state capitol, conservation trainings, policy updates, and public relations. Ms. Ozarski has over a decade of experience in public and private land management, including work for The Wilderness Society, The Nature Conservancy, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Town of Southampton, New York. She received a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.

Francis J. Pierson is well known as the founder of Pierson Graphics Corp., now known as MAPSCO, Inc. which he founded in 1979 and developed into Colorado’s leading map store and publisher of street atlases.
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Mr. Pierson has enjoyed an exciting business career, working in architecture, urban planning, oil and gas exploration, publishing, and real estate. After selling his publishing venture to MAPSCO, a Dallas firm, in 1994, he spent seven years developing real estate in Johnstown, Colorado. There he designed and constructed town-homes and renovated a vintage 1920s bus garage into a boutique office/retail center. His knowledge of architecture complements a passionate love for music, having performed on trumpet and piano from childhood. He studied musical theory and composition at Metropolitan State College in Denver, composing numerous vocal and piano pieces, and is now recorded on CD. He composes in several idioms from classical to liturgical and early jazz. A Denver native, Mr. Pierson’s avowed interest in local history began early, resulting in the publication of Getting to Know Denver – Five Fabulous Walking Tours in the summer of 2006. The book, which relates much of Denver’s history through its architecture, has been critically acclaimed in the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and the nationally distributed Bloomsbury Review. As a result he will be showing Getting to Know Denver at the upcoming New York Kook Expo in early June. The Colorado Historical Society also retains Mr. Pierson to give history tours, particularly of area churches. In short he is a sort of home-spun Renaissance man with an avid appetite for all things historical, cartographical, musical, and architectural, as filtered through the cultural lens of Western Americana.

Richard C. Powers is currently the Special Agent in Charge for the FBI's Denver Division, providing oversight for all FBI operations in the states of Colorado and Wyoming. Immediately prior to his promotion, he served as Inspector / Section Chief in the Office of Congressional Affairs at FBI headquarters. Mr. Powers' other FBI assignments have included: Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Houston Division, overseeing the Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Cybercrime programs; Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, Texas City Resident Agency, overseeing FBI efforts along the Texas Gulf coast; supervising an FBI sponsored violent crime task force, including being detailed to the Drug Enforcement Administration to supervise a multi-agency major case squad; and coordination of interagency policy issues, international initiatives and major investigations in the Organized Crime/Drug Section, FBI headquarters. Mr. Powers has served in special assignments related to crisis management and law enforcement hostage/crisis negotiations. He completed initial and advanced negotiation training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and is a graduate of the National Negotiators Course at Scotland Yard, London. In addition to training state and local officers, assignments have included investigating terrorist kidnappings in Kashmir, India, and numerous U.S. hostage/barricade incidents. Before his appointment to the FBI, Mr. Powers served as a police officer and drug task force supervisor in the Chicago area. He was also a college legal instructor, state prosecutor and a civil litigation attorney in Florida. Mr. Powers earned a B.A. in International Studies from the University of West Florida and a J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law. He is married and has three children.

Professor Mark Squillace is the Director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado Law School. Before coming to Colorado, Professor Squillace taught at the University of Toledo College of Law where he was the Charles Fornoff Professor of Law and Values. Prior to Toledo, Professor Squillace taught at the University of Wyoming College of Law where he served a three-year term as the Winston S. Howard Professor of Law. He is a former Fulbright scholar, and the author or co-author of numerous articles and books on natural resources and environmental law. In 2000, Professor Squillace took a leave from law teaching to serve as Special Assistant to the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of the Interior. In that capacity he worked directly with the Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, on a variety of legal and policy issues.

Jill E. Tompkins is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the American Indian Law Clinic (“AILC”) at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, Colorado. The majority of cases litigated by the student attorneys of the AILC, under Professor Tompkins’ supervision, involve the Indian Child Welfare Act. An enrolled member of the Penobscot Indian Nation of Maine, she earned a B.A. magna cum laude from The Kings’ College in 1985 (Briarcliff Manor, NY) and her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 1989.
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In addition to teaching, she works with tribal justices systems across the United States. She served as Chief Judge of the Passamaquoddy Tribal Court (1992-1995) and as Chief Judge of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court (1992-1995). She is presently an Appellate Judge for the Passamaquoddy Tribal Appellate Court, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Court of Appeals and the Mashantucket Pequot Court of Appeals and is the President of the Eastern Tribal Court Judges Association. The first woman elected as President of the National American Indian Court Judges Association (“NAIJCA”), she founded and served as the first Executive Director of the NAICJA’s National Tribal Justice Resource Center, a national clearinghouse of information and assistance for tribal courts located in Boulder. Professor Tompkins has served on the faculty of the National Judicial College and as a trainer with the Native American Alliance Foundation working with Native American tribes in the planning of Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts.

Christopher Vagner has worked for the federal judiciary since 1991. He has worked for the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Chris has held positions in court operations, case management, data quality, judicial support, and management analysis. He has been working on electronic case management issues in the federal judiciary since 1999, overseeing the implementation of electronic case management in two district courts and acting as an adviser on these issues in six other district courts. Chris graduated with a B.A. in History from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Jim Watson is a Tour Guide and Outreach Educator. His specialty is working with local tour companies to guide visitors around the city and surrounding areas of Denver, CO. He has led seniors on outdoor recreations, dining, and general interest trips; led hikes and organized other events for a large mountain club; provided educational interpretation for school groups; and interpreted natural history at a local dinosaur fossil site. He has worked with the Institute of International Education on other conferences, as well as with Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. With a BS of Science in Geography and minor in Geology, Jim is passionate in sharing his experiences with visitors.

Zita Leeson Weinshienk, is with the Federal Judicial Service, at the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado. She was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on June 1, 1979, to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629; Confirmed by the Senate on September 25, 1979, and received commission on September 26, 1979. She assumed senior status on April 3, 1998. Judge Weinshienk received a B.A. in 1955 from the University of Arizona and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1958. From 1959 – 1964 she served as a probation counselor, legal advisor and referee, in the Denver Juvenile Court; from 1964 – 1965 as Judge, Denver Municipal Court, Denver, Colorado. From 1965 – 1971 she has served as Judge, in the Denver County Court, Denver, Colorado, and from 1972 – 1979 as Judge, in the Colorado District Court, Second Judicial District. Judge Weinshienk is a former Fulbright scholar.

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Biographical Information: Conference Coordinators

Nancy Arneson began working for the Rocky Mountain Regional Office in October 1998. Her position as a programmer for international visitors allows her to use her skills as a certified tour director as well as draw on her extensive background in various aspects of volunteerism. Nancy returned to Denver in 1996 after 16 years in North Platte, Nebraska, where she taught high school English. She earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin. Nancy feels strongly about the value of volunteerism and continues to give her time to various activities on a volunteer basis. These activities allow her to work knowledgeably with IIE volunteers, coordinating and scheduling hosting and meetings for incoming international participants. She has created a volunteer base of over 300, from various diverse backgrounds, and is eager to welcome new volunteers to be part of the IIE team.

Jack Bailey is the Deputy Executive Director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE). Mr. Bailey has a significant background in international affairs having served as IIE’s Vietnam office director from 2000 to 2003, where he was responsible for logistical support for the Fulbright outbound student program in Vietnam, ETS testing programs and other exchange and training programs supported by the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the Ford Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund and others. Prior to joining CIES, Mr. Bailey was IIE’s Director of International Operations in New York where he oversaw the administration of IIE’s system of international offices. Mr. Bailey holds a Baccalaureate Degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to joining IIE, Mr. Bailey practiced law in California for several years.

Karen de Bartolomé directs the activities of the Rocky Mountain Regional Center of the Institute of International Education, which includes the Denver World Affairs Council and the Denver International Visitor Leadership Program. The Center administers international educational and leadership exchange programs-notably Fulbright, the National Security Exchange Program, and teacher exchanges--in 16 states from Minnesota to Texas and from Montana to Arizona. Prior to joining IIE, Karen had a career in the areas of planning, finance, international marketing and corporate management at the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey and in her own consulting business. Karen was a White House Fellow in 1987-88 (Reagan Administration), and served as Special Assistant to U.S. Trade Representative Clayton Yeutter. She returned to the White House briefly in 1992 to direct the transition team for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (Clinton Administration). Karen is currently a board member of the National Council for International Visitors. She is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the School of International Service at American University.

Micaela Brown is a volunteer program coordinator for IIE as well as the Assistant Director of the Colorado Springs Office of International Affairs. She serves on the Colorado Springs Committee for International Visitors and the Chamber of Commerce’s Rising Professionals Membership Committee. Micaela received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and her MA in Government and Politics with a certificate in International Law and Diplomacy from St. John’s University, Rome Campus. While living in Rome, Micaela interned at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.

David Levin is Senior Program Manager in the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, where he coordinates Fulbright scholar programs and other academic exchanges worldwide. He also coordinates the Bureau’s diversity-related activities and does much of the Bureau’s outreach efforts throughout the United States – particularly to colleges and universities, including minority serving institutions, community colleges and others. Mr. Levin also serves as Fulbright alumni liaison. Finally, Levin serves as a speechwriter and special projects officer for the Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs and other DOS senior officers. Prior to his current position, he spent fifteen years with the U.S. Information Agency and seven years with the Department of Education, developing and managing a wide range of
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international education programs and activities. Before joining the Federal Government, Mr. Levin served as Special Assistant to the Director of the International Division of the American Council on Education. His degrees include a B.A. in Government from Beloit College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration in International Affairs from American University. He has studied, worked and traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

Cherry Marcellus joined the Rocky Mountain Regional Office staff in November 2003. Prior to joining the IIE team, Cherry worked on international and domestic consulting assignments involving the exploration of market expansion projects. Cherry has professional management experience in the fields of International Trade, New Business Development, and Cross-Cultural Training and an extensive background in sales, marketing, product development; as well as logistics, meeting planning, and travel administration. A British native, Cherry has traveled widely throughout Europe and the United States. In 1980 she and her husband settled in Colorado, and raised two boys. Cherry’s professional affiliations include; Center for Teaching International Relations at Denver University; Women in International Trade, Denver Chapter; BritishAmerican Business Association; World Trade Center; Meeting Planners International; and Association of Corporate Travel Executives. An alumnus of St. Regis University, Cherry earned her B.Sc., in Marketing.

Karen Watts is Senior Program Officer in the Special Programs unit at the council for International Exchange of Scholars. Karen is responsible for the overall organization of the Fulbright Scholar Conference as well as the oversight of the administration of the Scholar-in-Residence, European Union Scholar-In Residence, Occasional Lecturer, and Metropolitan Area Enrichment Programs. Before joining CIES, she was director of the Foreign Language in Elementary School Program for the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations, which provides extra-curricular language classes to children in grades 1 through 6 throughout Montgomery County, Maryland public elementary and middle schools. She also worked at Youth for Understanding (YFU) International Exchange in various capacities. Karen lived in six countries on three continents before attending college. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French. She holds a B.A. in comparative literature from Clark University and a M.A. in communications from the University of Kentucky.

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