Prof. Stafford's research is focused on the application of narrative and rhetorical theory to persuasive legal analysis and argument.
legal writing, persuasive technique, appellate advocacy, law and socio-economic class, the legal profession, employment and labor law
LAWS 4075 - Introduction to U.S. Law for Undergraduate Students
Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
Introduces undergraduate students to the American legal system and to legal reasoning and argumentation via case studies of prominent litigation. Students will learn basic conceptual building blocks of American law, basic lawyering skills and an understanding of how the American legal system structures and resolves complex disputes.
LAWS 6213 - Advanced Appellate Advocacy
Advanced study and practice of written and oral appellate advocacy. Builds on the first-year advocacy course, but provides more advanced techniques for brief writing, and preparing for and conducting oral argument. Students are required to write an appellate brief and participate in several oral arguments, and receive detailed, one-on-one critiques of work product.
LAWS 6226 - Advanced Legal Writing
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Builds on skills learned in the first-year legal writing course to improve written legal analysis. Students will complete multiple written assignments and will receive individual feedback on their work. Sections vary significantly depending on the professor; please check the Legal Writing page of the Colorado Law website to read each professor's course description.