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Hart, Melissa

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research overview

  • Professor Hart's research has focused on litigation of employment discrimination class actions and development of employer practices to limit the operation of bias and stereotyping in decisionmaking. Her recent research has focused on approaches to increasing effective access to the legal system and legal education reforms that might serve to address access issues.


  • civil procedure and complex litigation, access to justice, employment discrimination, judicial decisionmaking, constitutional law, legal ethics and professional responsibility


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courses taught

  • LAWS 6103 - Legal Ethics Professionalism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Examines the legal profession as an institution, its history and traditions and the ethics of the bar with particular emphasis on the professional responsibilities of the lawyer. Discusses the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • LAWS 7285 - Education and the Constitution
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Teaches the substantive constitutional law governing public education. Students will teach constitutional materials to high school students in the local Denver Metro area high schools. Interested students must apply and requires a commitment to a full-year curriculum. Encourages individual development as teachers, writers and critical thinkers an provides an opportunity to grow as colleagues and teammates. Recommended prerequisite: LAWS 7055.
  • LAWS 7515 - Poverty Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the legal and policy responses to poverty in the United States and addresses how the law shapes the lives of poor people and communities. Examines the extent of poverty in the United States, the root causes and the historical development of social welfare policy. Focuses on the rights-based aspect of poverty law and various policies that attempt to ameliorate poverty.
  • LAWS 8785 - Access to Justice
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores the scholarship that has developed around the provision of legal services - or the lack of legal services - for those who cannot afford market prices for attorneys. The seminar will also examine recent efforts to provide empirical support for the range of political claims that are made about access to the legal system.


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