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DU Sturm College of Law Debuts a Spanish Immersion Program with Emphasis on Immigration Law - Merida, Mexico


DENVER— The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is sponsoring a Cross-Cultural Spanish Immersion for the Legal Profession program, with emphasis on Immigration Law.

The program will feature Immigration Law and Spanish instruction expert, David Simmons, who has practiced immigration law since 1986 in Denver, Colorado. He obtained his B.A. (1980) and J.D. (1985) from the University of Denver. He was the President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Colorado Chapter in 1996-1997. He is active in pro-bono work and in community education efforts, and appears regularly on both English and Spanish media. He has spoken and written on several immigration-related subjects, and has presented Continuing Legal Education seminars to local, state and national audiences. David currently teaches Immigration Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

This cultural approach to Spanish acquisition will offer beginning and intermediate sessions from December 6-20, 2008 in Merida, Mexico and is pending CLE credit approval. The program is designed as a highly interactive and exciting language acquisition program, providing a unique opportunity to learn Spanish through profound cultural exchange.

The Spanish Immersion curriculum with emphasis on Immigration Law, will feature hands-on excursions that have been customized into competency-based sessions, specifically for beginners and intermediate to advanced students. The days in Mérida will be full of unique cultural experiences, complemented by Spanish sessions and various law-related activities with emphasis on Immigration Law as well as other practice areas, including visits to Mérida State Parliament and local law firms. The sessions will also include trips to the port city of Progreso, a service learning project, as well as a trip to a number of Mayan Ruins along the Puuc Route, culminating in a light and sound show at the Mayan ruin of Uxmal.

For more information about the Cross-Cultural Spanish Immersion program, contact Giselle Diaz at or visit our website at You may also take a free Spanish Proficiency Exam at



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