Meet Our Mentors
Shelley Mixon is a registered patent attorney and a Partner in the Intellectual Property group at Akerman LLP. Her practice focuses on patent non-infringement and invalidity opinions, licensing, freedom to operate, and pre-litigation and litigation strategy work in the life sciences area. She regularly serves as IP counsel in connection with mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, and licensing arrangements, and has extensive experience with patent and trademark litigation. She has worked with clients in such diverse fields as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, semiconductor manufacturing, telecommunications, software, and financial transactions. Shelley is current President of the Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court (2014-2015). She graduated With Honors from the University of Texas School of Law (J.D.), and summa cum laude from the College of Engineering at Boston University (B.S., Biomedical Engineering).
I truly believe that an education is the most valuable thing one can possess. When I heard about Judge Arguello’s Law School… Sí Se Puede, I felt compelled to be involved because it starts the mentoring process much earlier in the student’s life, at a more crucial and determinative point—when they enter college. LSSSP will help students to obtain an education, rather than stepping in only after she has already done so. Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The more people who have an education, the easier it is to change the world. Helping promising individuals recognize their own potential and gain the confidence needed to make it to graduation and beyond is akin to raising an army that can change the world.
Anni Jean-Pierre is a third-year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Anni is currently serving as vice president of DU's law student chapter of the ACLU and is the past president of the Brewer Inn of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. Anni is also a law clerk at the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Boulder, Colorado and previously served as a student attorney in DU’s Hybrid Immigration Program. Anni came to the University of Denver after graduating with a BA in Spanish and Political Science from Emory University.
I volunteered to be a mentor for the LSSSP program because its commits long-term to helping students start their legal careers and it addresses the biggest hurdle in applying: the mystery of it all. I am where I am today not only because of hard work, but also, because I have had amazing mentors who have supported me and guided me along the way. I am the first person in my family to attend law school and I know that this journey would not have been possible without this support system. I want to be part of that essential support system for the Fellows in this program.
Philip Nickerson is a Texas Native and is currently pursuing his JD (2016) from the University of Denver – Sturm College of Law. He obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration from Baylor University in 2012. After completing his undergraduate studies, Philip spent time in the sports marketing industry and became a licensed Texas Relator. Currently, Philip is working as a Law Clerk for HealthTrio, Inc.’s legal department where his responsibilities range from M&A and corporate transaction work, to government compliance. During his time at Sturm College of Law, Philip has been involved in a wide variety of student organizations and mock trail events while focusing his studies to classes concerning international and corporate law. Philip is currently serving as VP for the Business Law Society as well as the Black Law Students Association and is a member of the Christian Legal Society. Philip has taken advantage of the experiential learning opportunities at DU. In the Fall of 2013, Philp participated in the STLA Mock Trial competition where he was named Best Advocate. In 2014, Philp was named a member of the 2014-2015 DU Jessup Moot Court Team and is a participant in the CU/DU Transactional Competition. He is also a Student Contributor to The Race to the Bottom Blog (www.theracetothebottom.org)
In 2012, Philip and a high school classmate founded the Project 4 Way Movement (P4W), a non-profit organization based in his hometown of Cameron, Texas. Through P4W, Philip is able to give back to underprivileged youth through scholarship awards, and seminars that put a focus on educational excellence. P4W’s scholarship fund and events are used by the organization as a means to ending the cycle of gang violence, and alcohol and drug abuse.
Philip became a mentor for LSSSP to invest in the Denver community by increasing the pipeline of professional, ethical and prepared lawyers of color. Philip credits much of his success to the guidance of mentors in the past, and views their importance in the lives of driven youth to be invaluable. Philip is excited to be able to contribute to LSSSP in a meaningful way with so many other successful members of the legal community.
Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa is a Colorado Native and has been a litigator for nearly 20 years. She graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 1994, served a judicial clerkship and then worked for the Colorado State Public Defender Office providing criminal defense for indigent clients. Ms. Krupa also worked for the Federal Defender for the District of Colorado. Ms. Krupa then worked as a Trial Attorney for the Denver Regional Office of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission conducting trials and administrative proceedings throughout the United States. Ms. Krupa also served as Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel and Faculty Member for National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She has been teaching NITA since 2009 in regional, public service and custom programs including the Program Director for the NITA/National Organization of Bar Counsel Advanced Trial Advocates Training. Ms. Krupa is currently in private practice, her firm litigates criminal defense and securities.
In addition to her work with the Hispanic National Bar and Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, she has been appointed to and served on the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyer's Manual on Professional Conduct, the Colorado State Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, the City of Denver Public Defender Commission, and the Western Regional Advisory Board for the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She is a frequent lecturer at CLE programs, was an adjunct professor teaching trial advocacy and coached the American Association for Justice mock trial team for the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Ms. Krupa became a mentor for LSSSP to increase the pipeline of professional, ethical and prepared Latino lawyers. Having had many mentors, Ms. Krupa believes that the work of LSSSP is essential to ensure that the Latino lawyers of tomorrow feel empowered and confident and aware that many lawyers in the community are available to help them succeed.
Dan Spivey is an Associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs in Denver, Colorado, where he has practiced in the Trial Group since graduating from Boston College Law School in 2009. Dan’s practice is focused on general commercial litigation largely involving representation of businesses in the oil and gas industry. Dan also serves as general outside counsel to education institutions. Dan has served on the board of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) for many years and currently serves on the executive committee of the CHBA as its Treasurer.
Mr. Spivey volunteered to serve as a mentor for an LSSSP Fellow because without the help of mentors, he would not have the education or career he has today.