Senior Instructor
Social Responsibility and Sustainability


Liz Stapp, J.D., is the Faculty Director of First & Second Year Curriculum and is a Senior Instructor in the Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS) Division. She teaches Business Ethics, Business Law, and Corporate Boards.

Liz received the Frascona Teaching Excellence Award in 2019, and was a finalist for the award each year she was eligible. Liz has twice received the Marinus Smith Award from the CU Parents Association and, upon invitation, served on the campus-wide Faculty Leadership Institute.

Liz has been an actively licensed attorney in the State of Colorado for over 18 years. She is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States and in the State of Colorado.

Liz practiced law as both a summer associate and associate in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Denver office, during which time she did work for Gibson Dunn’s Denver,  Los Angeles, and D.C. offices.  Additionally, Liz held two, permanent federal clerkships in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

After practicing law, Liz began teaching at the Daniels College of Business, at the University of Denver. While at DU, her students and colleagues nominated her for the following awards: Distinguished Teaching Award; Ruth Murray Underhill Teaching Award; and the Daniels Award for Excellence. Liz received the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award and "Pioneer Professor" athletic department designation.

Outside of Leeds, Liz serves on the Board of Trustees for Parlando School of Music in Boulder and on the St. Vrain Valley School District’s Parent Leadership Committee. Additionally, each year she volunteers at Boulder Country Day School with the 8th grade class to reenact the trial from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Liz is passionate about sharing with all her students ways in which business and the legal system can drive positive, societal change.


  • Federal judiciary and the federal court system
  • Judicial decision-making
  • Electronic commerce law
  • Contract Law

Recent Scholarly Contributions

  • Lead author, Internal Controls and Whistle-Blowing, “Good Business,” (Rutledge Press, 2010) (chapter contribution)
  • Review of The Ethics of E-Discovery by John Barkett, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol.39, No. 3 (March 2010): 74
  • Daniels College of Business Cross-Sectional Debate Tournament: Foundations of Business Law Coordinator/Administrator (twenty-one teams from eleven LGST 2000 sections participating)
  • University of Denver Mock Trial Program: Coordinator, Founder and Administrator (nationally competing, undergraduate team)


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • Cum laude
  • Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration, with honors
  • G. Joseph Tauro Scholar
  • Paul J. Liacos Scholar
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A.
  • Pi Sigma Alpha