Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty
Deborah Cantrell

Associate Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs

University of Colorado Law School
105L Wolf Law Building
404 UCB
Boulder, CO  90309-0401
Office: 105L
Phone: (303) 492-5289
E-mail: deborah.cantrell@colorado.edu

Curriculum Vitae:  View (PDF format)

Educational Background:
J.D.   University of Southern California   1989   (Order of Coif)
M.A.   University of California, Los Angeles   1986  
B.A.   Smith College   1982  
Deborah J. Cantrell joined Colorado Law School in June 2007 as an associate professor and Director of Clinical Education. She teaches in the family law clinic as well as teaches legal ethics. Prior to joining Colorado Law, she taught for six years at Yale Law School, co-supervising a legal ethics clinic in which her students assisted in prosecuting attorneys who had violated the rules of professional conduct. She received Yale's teaching excellence award in 2006. Professor Cantrell's scholarship focuses on legal ethics, ethics and religious values, and public interest law. Prior to entering the legal academy, Professor Cantrell was the executive director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty in Los Angeles, a statewide organization committed to systemic reform on behalf of the poor. She also ran a statewide legal services program for the elderly in New Mexico, and spent time in private practice. Professor Cantrell is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School (Order of the Coif) and holds a masters degree in developmental psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She clerked for the Honorable Ferdinand F. Fernandez on the Ninth Circuit.

Works In Progress

Are Clinics a Magic Bullet?, ___ Alberta L. Rev. ___ (Forthcoming 2013).


Re-Problematizing Anger in Domestic Violence Advocacy, ___ Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. ___ (2013).
With Lovingkindness And Compassion: One Buddhist Woman's Response To Feminist Domestic Violence Advocacy, in Feminism, Law, And Religion (Ashgate Publishing)(Forthcoming 2012).
Lawyers, Loyalty and Social Change, 89 Denver Univ. L. Rev 941-75 (2012).
The Role of Equipoise in Family Law, 14 J. of Law & Family Studies 63-96 (2012).
A Compassionate Practice: Narratives from the Lives of Fifteen Buddhist Lawyers, 12 Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion 1 (2011).
What's Love Got to Do With It?: Contemporary Lessons in Lawyerly Advocacy From the Preacher Martin Luther King, Jr., 22 St. Thomas L. Rev. 296 (2010).
Common Ground: The Case For Collaboration Between Anti-Poverty Advocates and Public Interest Intellectual Property Advocates, 15 VA. J. Soc. Pol'y & L. 415 (2008).
Cantrell (with Elizabeth Levy Paluck, Heather Lord & April Smith), Walking the Path of the Law: How Law Graduates Navigate Career Choices and Tolerate Jobs That Fail to Meet Expectations, 14 Cardozo J.L. & Gender 267 (2008).
Sensational Reports: The Ethical Duty of Cause Lawyers to Be Competent in Public Advocacy, 30 Hamline L. Rev. 567 (2007).
The Obligation of Legal Aid Lawyers to Champion Practice by Nonlawyers, 73 Fordham L. Rev. 883 (2004).
Teaching Practical Wisdom, 55 S.C.L. Rev. 391 (2003).
A Short History of Poverty Lawyers in the United States, 5 Loy. J. of Public Interest Law 11 (2003).
Justice for the Interests of the Poor: The Problem of Navigating the System without Counsel, 70 Fordham L. Rev. 1573 (2002).
Cantrell (with D. Buhrmester & J. Goldfarb), Self-Presentation When Sharing with Friends and Nonfriends, 12 J. of Early Adolescence 61 (1992).


Fall 2015 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-804
Fall 2015 Family Law Clinic LAWS 6099-801
Fall 2015 Family Law Clinic LAWS 6099-802
Fall 2014 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-801
Fall 2014 Legal Ethics and Professionalism LAWS 6103-001
Spring 2014 Family Law Clinic LAWS 6099-801
Spring 2014 Legal Ethics and Professionalism LAWS 6103-003
Fall 2013 Family Law Clinic LAWS 6099-001
Fall 2013 Advanced Clinical Practicum LAWS 7019-801
Spring 2013 Family Law Clinic LAWS 6099-801
Spring 2013 Legal Ethics and Professionalism LAWS 6103-001
Fall 2012 Family Law Clinic LAWS 6099-001