Civil Rights Thought Leader

Laura Rovner | Civil Rights Thought Leader

Laura Rovner is Professor of Law and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic at the University of Denver College of Law, where she supervises law students litigating constitutional challenges to prison conditions. She received the ACLU of Colorado’s Edward Sherman Award for Outstanding Legal Work on Behalf of Civil Liberties and the University of Denver’s Distinguished Teaching Award and was named as one of 5280 Magazine’s Top Lawyers in Civil Rights. She has two cats named Nashira & Ruthie, is a slow but dedicated runner, and loves Halloween.



Bryan Stevenson’s “We Need to Talk About an Injustice.” His message that we can’t be full, evolved human beings until we care about human rights and basic dignity, and that all of our survival is tied to the survival of everyone is so simple yet so powerful and urgent. He demonstrates how far the American criminal justice system is from providing “equal justice under law” – especially for poor people and people of color. His talk is a moral call to action.

What sparks your curiosity?

People – how they think, why they hold certain values and beliefs, the impact of those beliefs on social movements. And octopuses. I think they’re amazing.

What was the biggest change or turning point in your life, and why? Tell us a story!

Hard to identify just one! But a big one was visiting Scandinavian and Norwegian prisons and realizing how different things could be here in the U.S….if we wanted them to change…

Hobbies | Passions | Fun Facts

I have two cats named Nashira and Ruthie, I’m a slow but dedicated runner, and I love halloween.