Howard Klemme

Professor Emeritus

University of Colorado Law School
462 Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 462
Phone: (303) 492-7171

Educational Background:
LL.M.   Yale University   1960  
LL.B.   University of Colorado   1954  
B.A.   University of Colorado   1952  

1954-1956 Research and Teaching Assistant (1954-55); Visiting Assistant Professor (1955-56), College of Law, Ohio State University.
1956-1959 Law Librarian and Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Colorado.
1959-1960 Graduate Fellow, School of Law, Yale University.
1960 to Present: Assistant Professor (1960-61), Associate Professor (1961-63), Professor (1963-1987) (also Associate Dean 1971-74); Professor Emeritus since 1988, School of Law, University of Colorado.


Courses taught most frequently include Administrative Law, Local Government, Land Use Planning, Torts, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Equitable Remedies, Legislation, and Appellate Advocacy.

Other subjects taught less frequently include Criminal Law, Domestic Relations, Insurance, Corporations, Moot Court (Trial Practice), Legal Writing, and Seminars in Land Use, Advanced Torts, Problems in Local Government, and Social Legislation.

Published student work: case notes and comment, Rocky Mtn. Law Rev. 25:255, 388; 26:96, 308 (1954-54).

Article: (with Carl H. Fulda) Statute of Limitations in Antitrust Litigation, 16 Ohio St. L. J. 233-58; 434-35 (1955).

Monograph: As compiler, annotator, and editor, Public and Professional Responsibilities of Judges and Lawyers in Colorado (Colo. Bar Ass'n, 1958) (47 p.).

Article: Powers of Home Rule Cities in Colorado, 36 U. Colo. L. Rev. 321-63 (1964).

Article: A Critical View of Zoning: The Age of Unnecessary Conformity, 41 Colo. Muni. 119, 128, 131-32 (1965).

Book: As reporter [principal researcher, co-author, and editor], Colorado Jury Instructions-Civil (Bancroft-Whitney Co., San Francisco, 1969) (626 pp.), with cumulative annual supplements in 1971, 1973, 1975, and 1976.

Article: The Enterprise Liability Theory of Torts, 47 U. Colo. L. Rev. 153-232 (1976).

Book: As reporter, Colorado Jury Instructions-Civil, 2d. Ed. (Bancroft-Whitney Co., San Francisco, 2d ed. 1980) (1085 pp.), with cumulative annual supplements, 1981 through 1988.

Review of D. Mandelker, Environment and Equity: A Regulatory Challenge, 66 Minn. L. Rev. 1282-94 (1982).

Book: As reporter, Colorado Jury Instructions-Civil, 3d. Ed., 2v. (Bancroft-Whitney Co., San Francisco, 3d ed. 1988-91) (1466 pp.), with cumulative annual supplements in 1989, 1990 and 1991.

Article: Comments to Reporters and Selected Members of the Consultative Group, Restatement of Torts (Third): Products Liability, 61 Tenn. L. Rev. 1173-87 (1994).

Book in Progress: The Determinative Constitutional Principles of Compensable Takings and Substantive Due Process, 1991 to -present. The first draft of the manuscript of this ten chapter book was completed in 2007. Under a slightly different title, three of its key chapters are currently available online at <>. Further revisions of the completed manuscript are now in progress, and as that work advances, the completed revised manuscript is expected to be made available online in five installments of two chapter each, beginning in 2015.


Reporter, Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, 1965-1991. After retiring as the Committee's reporter in 1991, I continued to serve until 2007 as a consultant to the Committee and their reporter, preparing materials for use in subsequent editions and supplements.
Member, American Law Institute, 1977 to present; life member since 2002.
Member, Boulder (Colo.) City Council, 1964-70, Deputy Mayor, 1966-68.
Member, Boulder Public Housing Authority, 1968-73.
Member, Boulder County Planning and Long Range Planning Commissions, 1973-85, Vice Chairman, 1974-75.
Member, Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission, 1972-78.
Member, Special Committee to Develop Local Government Reform Constitutional Amendment (adopted 1970), 1968-69.
Member, Colo. Municipal League Subcommittee on Implementing Legislation for Local Government Reform Amendment, 1970-71.
Member, Colo. Municipal League Subcommittee on the Development of New Municipal Annexation Legislation, 1972-73.

Val B. Fischer Award, University of Colorado, 1952.
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Colorado, 1952.
Order of Coif, University of Colorado, 1954.
William Lee Knous Award, School of Law Alumni Board, University of Colorado, 1974.
Annual Award for Community Service in Planning, PLAN-Boulder County, 1986.
Faculty Co-Recipient, Thomas Jefferson Award, University of Colorado, 1987.