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.