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Adjunct DU law professor named Anti-Defamation League chair

Karen Steinhauser, a University of Denver Sturm College of Law adjunct professor, is the new chair of the regional Anti-Defamation League (ADL) chapter.

A former prosecutor and longtime instructor at DU, Steinhauser will lead theADL Mountain States Regional Office, which describes itself as a civil rights and human relations agency dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, bigotry and racism. The group is also committed to protecting democracy and civil rights.

According to a news release from the ADL, Steinhauser — the daughter of former ADL Regional Director Sheldon Steinhauser — was chief prosecutor at the Denver District Attorney’s office for 20 years before accepting a full-time teaching position at DU. She is currently in private practice and will be back on campus teaching in the fall as an adjunct instructor. She is also involved in DU’s championship mock trial teams.

In addition to her work with the ADL, Steinhauser trains lawyers through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and is a trustee of the Denver Bar Association. She is regularly quoted as an expert in local and national news reports.

Steinhauser will serve a two-year term as ADL’s regional board chair.

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