By now, you’ve surely heard the sad news: University of Colorado School of Law’s former dean, David Getches, passed away on Tuesday, July 5. David served as dean of the law school up until last Friday, when he was replaced by Phil Weiser. The transition was planned almost a year ago, as he wanted to return to the teaching faculty after serving as dean for eight years. David died in his home of pancreatic cancer, which was only diagnosed in early June.
According to the Daily Camera, David became a member of the CU Law faculty in 1979, and became dean of the school in 2003. During his tenure, he oversaw the opening of the $40 million Wolf Law Building in 2006. David also worked hard to increase scholarship money for those going to the school, and increased the school’s endowment 80 percent since 2003. Click here to read some comments from his colleagues at CU Law School.
And David’s legacy is not confined to the law school. He earned his undergraduate degree from Occidental College in California and his law degree from the University of Southern California School of Law. He began his legal career in 1967 with the law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps in San Diego. In 1968, he was co-directing attorney for California Indian Legal Services and, in 1970, he moved to Colorado to become the founding executive director for the Boulder-based Native American Rights Fund, a national, nonprofit Indian-interest law firm. Additionally, from 1983 to 1987, David served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources under Governor Richard D. Lamm.
A memorial service for David is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Check back with Legal Connection for details, we’ll pass them on to you when they become available. Contributions can be sent to the David H. Getches Scholarship Fund.
For now, we’d like to invite you to use the comments section below to post your thoughts, memories, and sentiments about David. He will be missed.