Senior Instructor • Associate Chair

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Liz Stapp, J.D., is the Associate Chair for and a Senior Instructor in the Accounting & Business Law Division. She teaches Business Ethics, Business Law, and Corporate Boards. She recently served as the Faculty Director of the First & Second Year Curriculum.

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 20 years. She is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States and within 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 business law and ethics 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. 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 her students ways in which business and the legal system can drive positive social change.


  • Business law

  • Federal employment law

  • Contract law

  • Corporate governance 


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D. (Cum laude, with honors; G. Joseph Tauro Scholar; Paul J. Liacos Scholar)

  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A. (Pi Sigma Alpha)