B.A. 1968, University of Iowa
J.D. 1971, University of Colorado School of Law
Member of the Colorado and Iowa Bars
Anthony Renzo joined the faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2012, and is teaching Elements of Legal Argumentation, I and II. Before joining the UNM law faculty, Renzo was a professor of law at Vermont Law School, where he taught courses in constitutional rights litigation, appellate advocacy and legal writing.
Renzo received his B.A. with honors from the University of Iowa, and his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif. Following graduation, he clerked for Chief Justice Edward Pringle of the Colorado Supreme Court.
His practice experience includes more than 20 years as a civil liberties and employment lawyer, representing a broad range of clients in federal and state courts throughout the country. He was litigation counsel in many high-profile cases at the trial and appellate levels, including four years as director of the Colorado ACLU Legal Panel.
During his years in practice, Renzo also taught law students and undergraduates as an adjunct professor at a number of universities and colleges, including courses in first amendment law, the Supreme Court and civil liberties, legal process, political theory and legal writing.
He took time away from practice to serve as director of the California Bar Examination for three years, where he worked to improve the minority pass rate and developed the California Professional Responsibility Examination.
Renzo’s scholarship includes guest commentaries on Supreme Court cases for the American Constitution Society, as well as a major article on military trials of civilians in the post-9/11 war against terrorist organizations. Current writing projects include an article on judicial remedies for civilians unconstitutionally detained by the military.
In the classroom Renzo emphasizes the fundamentals of good lawyering. These include respect for the rule of law and the legal process, an obligation to stand up for dissenters, minorities and the powerless, the disciplines of careful reading, critical thinking and clear writing and the importance of professional integrity and humility.