Lilly Lentz graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law
in 2019. During her time in law school, she clerked for the founding partner
of Feldmann Nagel Cantafio, PLLC. Lilly was the senior law clerk for the
Firm and was offered an associate position with the Firm by the time she
entered into her third year as a law student. Sworn into the bar since
August 2018, she began practicing as a student attorney under the Student
Practice Act in Denver Sturm’s Civil Rights Clinic. As a third-year
law student, Lilly litigated in the United States District Court for the
District of Colorado against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Federal
Bureau of Prisons was represented by United States Attorneys, making her
opposing counsel the Department of Justice.
During her time at DU, Lilly focused on constitutional law, executed through
her participation in an academic program in which she completed specialized
curricula that allowed her to graduate with a certificate in Constitutional
Rights and Remedies alongside her Juris Doctor degree. She additionally
was awarded the Public Good Distinction, an honor that Denver Law awards
to students who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to public interest
law throughout their legal education.
Lilly served as Treasurer on the Student National Cannabis Bar Association’s
Board and volunteers with National Expungement Week (N.E.W.), a movement
developed by organizers in the fields of cannabis equity, justice, and
repair. The 2018 National Expungement Week comprised of 18 events across
15 cities and helped nearly 300 people begin the process of changing their
records for cannabis-related offenses.
Lilly spent much of her time in law school committed to serving low-income
persons and members of vulnerable populations. She spent the summer after
her first year of law school volunteering in Colorado Springs for eight
weeks at Colorado Legal Services. She donated over 300 not-for-credit,
nonpaid hours. She acquired experience in family law, tenant defense in
landlord-tenant disputes, bankruptcy law, poverty law, and wills and estates
law. She also spent a semester volunteering with the Coordinated Statewide
Intake unit at the Colorado Legal Services once located in Denver.
Lilly graduated with honors from the University of Colorado Springs at
age 21, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Prior to
starting law school the subsequent fall, Lilly volunteered at the El Paso
County Courthouse in the Information Department and with the Records Management
Department. She simultaneously completed an online writing internship
with Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, in which she produced legal content
for publishing online and in print that contained complex legal and medical
information and supplemental statistical research.