Support Colorado Law's Continued Excellence

Support Colorado Law and Help Elevate Legal Education

Over the past two decades, state funding for the University of Colorado has dwindled to around four percent of CU's expenses. To continue Colorado Law's tradition of excellence, keep the financial burden on students as low as possible, and pursue our strategic objectives, we need help from our alumni and friends.

Support the Colorado Law Dean’s Fund

Colorado Law has more than 200 individual funds to which individuals can direct their support. You can review a list of our most supported funds or email us at for information on specific funds. The Colorado Law Dean's Fund is a discretionary fund that allows the Dean to direct funds to areas of strategic importance or highest need. Gifts to the Dean's Fund provide the most flexibility to Colorado Law.

Colorado Law's Strategic Fundraising Priorities

Colorado Law will elevate legal education and build on its tradition of excellence and innovation, while making a positive impact on humanity locally and globally. Specifically, Colorado Law’s priorities are to:

  • build on its strength and reputation by retaining and attracting faculty with national or international reputations for excellence and by providing support for cutting-edge programming;
  • broaden access to law school financially and develop leaders who reflect and understand the complex and diverse perspectives of today’s society; and,
  • connect legal education globally and advance academic programming that draws on international connections, prepares students to practice in a global society, and animates learning with an international scope.

Broadening Access

Given the steep rise in law school tuition, we need to ensure that the opportunity for a legal education is broadly accessible, regardless of social or economic background. In addition, Colorado Law has a responsibility to produce and shape tomorrow’s leaders and, to do so, we must develop students who reflect and understand the complex and diverse perspectives of today’s society. To meet this goal, Colorado Law needs support for scholarships, public service fellowships, loan repayment assistance, and its innovative Leaders in Law and Community Fellowship Program, which transforms the way we think about diversity and cultivating leadership by recruiting students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in law schools and in the legal profession and maximizing the odds that these students reach their potential.

Support Leaders in Law and Community

Support Scholarships

Support Public Service Fellowships

Support Loan Repayment and Assistance

Support Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

Support Student Emergency Needs

Connecting Globally

The interconnectedness of the world affects all lawyers—even those who will never practice outside the United States. In today’s world of transborder connections, virtually no area of law is devoid of a global dimension. In order to continue as a nationally-recognized innovator and leader in the changing legal landscape, Colorado Law must add to its International Law program and advance academic programming that draws on international connections and prepares its students to practice in a global society. We will continue to respect and reflect our Colorado environs, while providing a high-quality legal education that is both locally rooted and globally engaged. By exploring transnational connections, we will promote a cross-cultural understanding of diverse societies and legal systems, while animating learning with an international scope.

Support Global Initiatives

Support International Public Service Fellowships

Building on Excellence

Colorado Law is a top law school, and we aim to not only maintain, but also elevate, its strengths as an institution that contributes positively to humanity. Key to our strengths and reputation are the quality of the education we provide and the quality of the research and programming we advance to drive legal, social, and entrepreneurial innovation. Maintaining and developing these strengths depends on retaining and attracting faculty members who have, or with the potential to have, national or international reputations for excellence, and on providing them and associated staff with the means to build academic programming geared toward student success, maximizing career opportunities, and addressing the challenges of the 21st century.

Support Faculty Excellence


Ways to Give

  • Online: Use our secure website to give a one-time gift or set up an automatic recurring donation.
  • Mail: Send checks, made payable to the “CU Foundation” to:

University of Colorado Foundation
Attn: Gift Processing
10901 W. 120th Avenue #200
Broomfield, CO 80021

  • Securities and Electronic Transfers: Gifts of appreciated stock, bonds, and mutual funds are easy to arrange and often enable donors to take advantage of tax benefits. For electronic transfer instructions, please contact Marcia Segall at (303) 492-6678 or
  • Planned Gifts: Please consider leaving a legacy gift to Colorado Law through your will or estate plans. Learn how to include Colorado Law in your estate plans or contact one of our planned giving officers to discuss how you can leave a legacy gift to Colorado Law. 

If you have any questions about making a gift to Colorado Law, please contact the Colorado Law development team:

Mary Beth Searles
Assistant Dean for Advancement
(303) 492-1215

Ellen Goldberg
Senior Director of Development
(303) 735-3689

Marcia Segall
Director of Development
(303) 492-6678

Cynthia Haynes
Assistant Director of Development
(303) 492-1744

Monique Zamudio
Development Project Manager
(303) 492-1657

The CU Foundation manages gift and endowment accounts for the University of Colorado, including Colorado Law. You will receive an acknowledgment of all gifts for tax purposes from the CU Foundation.

Giving Societies

Giving Societies honor and thank alumni and friends who advance the law school’s mission through generous financial support.

Dean’s Club ($1,500-$2,499)

  • Recognition in Amicus  
  • Dean’s insider newsletter 
  • Annual appreciation lunch 
  • Invitations to Special Events

Dean’s Circle ($2,500–4,999)

  •  All the above benefits, plus 
  • Colorado Law branded gift

Dean’s Cabinet ($5,000–9,999)

  •  All the above benefits, plus 
  • Dinner with the Dean

Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Society ($10,000 and up) 

  •  All of the above benefits, plus 
  • Opportunity for one-on-one meeting with the Dean
View a list of 2015-2016 Giving Society members here

Heritage Society

The Heritage Society honors alumni and friends who have made provisions for Colorado Law in their wills, trusts, retirement plans, or other deferred gift arrangements. While you may remain anonymous if you prefer, we are pleased to be able to acknowledge the benefactors who fuel the law school’s future. For more information on how to become a Heritage Society member or if you have already included Colorado Law in your estate plans, please contact Ellen Goldberg at or 303.735.3689.  

For all societies, membership is determined by total gift and pledge payments made during each fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) to any Law School fund.  Join a Giving Society today and help pave the way for Colorado Law’s continued excellence.