To supplement their studies and to engage with the community, our students lead and belong to a number of diverse student organizations.
Membership in one or more student organizations enables students to pursue their interests outside of the classroom, increase their knowledge of specific areas of law, gain valuable leadership experience, and collaborate with fellow students, faculty, alumni, and legal professionals.
Please feel free to contact the specific student organizations that you would like to learn more about. If you have general questions about student organizations, please contact Stephen Carbonneau, SBA Secretary, or Whiting Dimock Leary, Senior Assistant Dean of Students.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization whose mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." Its various functions include litigation, lobbying, and community empowerment. Founded in 1920, the ACLU has a rich legacy and over 500,000 members; it also has an annual budget of over $100 million. Local affiliates of the ACLU are active in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Each ACLU chapter provides legal assistance in cases when it considers civil liberties to be at risk.
The ACLU CU Law Chapter is a body of civil-rights advocates composed of students at the University of Colorado Law School. An extension of its state affiliate, the primary function for this Chapter is to provide support for the various the initiatives of the ACLU of Colorado, including but not limited to: having a member of the law school serve on the board of the Colorado ACLU, attending various legislative hearings and sessions on the ACLU’s behalf, participating in field work in Boulder and surrounding areas, driving various ACLU initiatives forward as a chapter, and using free student access to legal search engines and data bases to assist the ACLU in research.
Throughout the year, the ACLU will also seek to bring guest speakers directly to the law school to highlight and discuss prevalent issues facing individual freedom. For more information, join the ACLU TWEN page.
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) seeks to:
Barristers’ Counsel provides students the opportunity to develop advocacy and counseling skills, and then apply those skills in moot court, mock trial, and transactional competitions.
Each year, Barristers’ Counsel gives students an opportunity to sharpen, polish, and apply their advocacy and counseling skills through individual coaching, intraschool competitions, and external competitions. Third-year students and experienced attorneys serve as judges for the competitions and provide valuable feedback to all competitors.
Students who demonstrate excellent performance in intraschool competitions have the opportunity to represent Colorado Law at competitions against other top law schools around the country. Students with exceptional dedication and promise have the chance to serve in leadership roles during their third-year.
For more information, contact: Will Hauptman (William.email@example.com), Executive Chair, Moot Court Division; Sean Keefe (firstname.lastname@example.org), Executive Chair, Transactional Division; Rob Davis (email@example.com), Executive Chair, Mock Trial Division.
Special Interest Competitions
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at Colorado Law is much more than a club: it’s a community. Our purpose is to enable students of African decent to acclimate to the law school environment through the exchange of various cultural experiences and perspectives. Our goal is to engender a supportive, diverse environment while providing opportunities for networking and professional advancement. We provide both professional and academic support to the community. BLSA is open to all CU Law Students, regardless of race or ethnicity, and all students are encouraged to attend and participate in our meetings and programs. Students can contact us by emailing BLSA President April Connally at April.Connally@Colorado.edu or Vice President Melissa Austin at Melissa.Austin@Colorado.edu. Also, sign up to our TWEN page to stay up to date on meetings, events and community service volunteer opportunities.
The primary objective of the organization shall be to provide the University of Colorado Law School community with information on Colorado’s legal stance on cannabis and how this affects the new emerging market. We aim to involve CU Law students and the public in developing and supporting programs that promote effective drug polices; to foster debate and exploration within the CU Law and Boulder/Denver communities in order to understand the role that the current and emerging policies play in Colorado social contexts and the commercial market; and to work for a world in which drug policies are not motivated by political gain, by special interest, or by anything other than the ideals set forth in the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. For more information, please contact Dylan Sheji at Dylan.Sheji@colorado.edu
The Christian Legal Society is a group of Christian law students who meet to provide mutual support and Christian edification during our time in law school. We host speakers, discuss the unique challenges and temptations that law school presents, and strive to build community with one another and the rest of the legal community outside of official meetings. Interested students can email Colin Mayberry at Colin.Mayberry@colorado.edu for more information.
The Class of 2017 Board is comprised of class officers who are dedicated to furthering the interests of their fellow classmates.
The Class of 2018 Board is comprised of class officers who are dedicated to furthering the interests of their fellow classmates.
The Colorado Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Review provides a forum for natural resources, energy, and environmental law and policy on local, regional, and global scales. Formerly the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy, the Colorado Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Review publishes articles biannually on a wide range of topics, including global climate change, transboundary water pollution, protection of biological diversity, oil and gas development, and international environmental conventions. Members are selected by the student Board of Editors through cite-on and write-on competitions, which are held each spring semester. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Colorado Technology Law Journal (CTLJ) is a student-operated and edited telecommunications and technology law and policy journal at the University of Colorado Law. Founded in 2001 by a group of enterprising law students and then–Professor Phil Weiser, CTLJ was previously known as the “Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law.” CTLJ has established a position among the elite national technology and telecommunications law journals, having published seminal moments such as Professor Tim Wu’s first paper articulating and defining Net Neutrality in 2003, and former FCC Chairman Michael Powell's articulation of the four Internet Freedoms.
CTLJ is closely affiliated with Colorado Law’s Silicon Flatirons Center, which it assists in hosting a series of conferences each year, including the nationally renowned Digital Broadband Migration symposium. We publish academic articles from those conferences, and articles from other scholars and policymakers submitted to our editorial board for consideration. Student notes written and published by journal members have dealt with everything from wireless spectrum issues, to copyright and patent reformation, to virtual currency regulation and beyond.
CTLJ selects new members in the spring through a CTLJ-specific exercise and application, and in the summer through the all-journal application process. We look forward to meeting you at orientation! If you miss us, or want to learn more, please visit ctlj.colorado.edu or reach out to Ariel Diamond, Editor in Chief (Ariel.Diamond@colorado.edu)
The Committee for Inclusiveness and Diversity is a student-lead organization with which several deans and faculty members actively engage in an advisory role. Four principles, known as pillars, guide the Committee's work:
If you would like more information on the Committee for Inclusiveness and Diversity, please contact Chair Jason Gallardo at jaga0567@Colorado.edu.
The Construction and Real Estate Law Association (CRELA) is a student organization concerned with giving students the opportunity to learn more about the field of construction and real estate law. CRELA aims to accomplish its goal of educating students by inviting top lawyers in the field to speak on campus, and organizing networking events where students can connect with professionals on a more personal level. Please contact Michael Zehner, President of CRELA, (email@example.com) if you have questions or if you would like to join CRELA.
Colorado Law’s Criminal Prosecution Society (CPS) focuses on informing law students who have an interest in criminal prosecution, and supporting those who choose to pursue those careers. CPS provides a forum for students to learn about careers in criminal prosecution from legal professionals, members of law enforcement, as well as fellow students. CPS also promotes a venue to discuss legal issues related to criminal law in a respectful, thought-provoking environment. CPS is committed to recruiting interesting and knowledgeable speakers to attend our events, including elected district attorneys, members of law enforcement, and other peace officers from around the state. Interested students can join our TWEN page or contact CPS President Vincent Forcinito at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Doman Society of International Law seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the practice of international law and its contemporary issues, and provide information and resources regarding careers in the field. We host several speakers throughout the year, hold an international beer festival, and send students to international law conferences in DC and New York. For more information please visit our TWEN page or feel free to contact Michael Zaccaro at Michael.Zaccaro@colorado.edu.
ELS is open to all students interested in natural resource law or fun outdoor activities! We pride ourselves on hosting speakers from a wide variety of career paths, including folks from the conservation, government and energy industry. We organize various outdoor adventures, speaker lunch events, fundraising activities, and service outreach activities each semester. Our fundraising efforts serve two ends: ELS provides scholarships for law students who wish to do low or unpaid summer internships for non-profit environmental and resource conservation organizations, and ELS also uses fundraising dollars to send several students to environmental law conferences around the country each year. If anyone misses ELS at orientation, they can email Michael Miller, email@example.com, or Rachael Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org. and join the ELS TWEN page!
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on four principles: federalism, the role of the state is to preserve freedom, the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and the duty of the judiciary is to say what the law is, not what it should be.
The Federalist Society sponsors speakers and debates designed to promote debate and interest in current legal issues. The group is non-partisan and is traditionally made up of all political views.
There are many different elected positions in the student chapter. Every student is invited to attend the Federalist Society National Student Symposium which is held each year during the Spring semester at a different law school throughout the country. Past locations include University of Michigan (2008), Yale (2009), University of Virginia (2011), Stanford (2012), and University of Texas (2013).
The Food Law Society is a new club for students who are interested in food and agriculture law and policy. The club's vision is to educate law students about food and agriculture issues, provide a platform to bring together different members of the food sector, and to partake in food-related community service projects. The Food Law Society will work with different clubs at the Law School and in the Colorado community to address a range of pressing food related issues, including, but not limited to: food waste, GMOs, sustainability, animal welfare, and farmers rights. Because the Food Law Society is in its first year, we are open to focusing on the issues that most interest members of the club. For more information contact Meredith Kaufman (email@example.com) or Jennifer Benson (Jennifer.A.Benson@colorado.edu).
The Health Law Society (HLS) is a student group at Colorado Law that is dedicated to fostering awareness and dialogue about the health care field from a legal perspective. HLS seeks to provide opportunities for student engagement by hosting speakers, promoting health-related conferences, externships, and other professional growth opportunities, and meeting with attorneys and policy-makers in the health care field. Please contact Elizabeth Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about getting involved.
If/When/How (formerly Law Students for Reproductive Justice), is a part of the national network of law students and lawyers dedicated to the supporting, educating, and training the next generation of pro-choice advocates. To learn more please contact President Lindsey Knapton (email@example.com), Vice President Elizabeth Field (firstname.lastname@example.org), Secretary Yolanda Clarke (email@example.com), or Treasurer Ben Hand-Bender (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Immigration Law and Policy Society (ILPS) seeks to organize events designed to raise awareness and generate discussion on domestic immigration issues. Noting a lack of support for students interested in immigration law within CU Law, the group also serves as a database for immigration-related events happening in the area and provides students a space to network with practicing immigration attorneys and learn about job opportunities.
JLSA is an association of law students interested in Jewish life and legal issues related to Judaism, the Middle East and Israel. JSLA's goal is to give students and opportunity to connect with other Jewish students and connect students with other attorneys in hopes of helping them find jobs after law school." Email Erica Romberg (Erica.email@example.com) to be added to the group's email list.
The Juvenile and Family Law Club (JFLC) brings together CU Law students who share an interest in this area of law. The JFLC gives students the opportunity to learn about and discuss the law and policy issues relevant to families and juveniles, as well as the practice and career concerns of juvenile and family lawyers. JFLC sponsors events throughout the year that allow students to make connections with other professionals, and volunteer with at-risk youth in the larger family and juvenile law community. Students can sign up via TWEN.
The Korey Wise Innocence Project is a group dedicated to finding and investigating substantive innocence claims made by inmates in prison. We offer students the opportunity to work under the project director while investigating an assigned case and reviewing innocence claims (all while helping you get your service pledge hours).
For more information about the Korey Wise Innocence Project, please sign up at the student orgs fair or email Kristy Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) serves as a conduit for a collective Latina/o law student voice at the University of Colorado. We are a non-partisan organization driven by a progressive agenda that protects and advances the civil rights of the Latina/o at CU Law and in our community. We are dedicated to promoting and sustaining the academic success and professional development of Latina/o law students. We recognize that we cannot merely seek achievement for ourselves and forget about the progress and prosperity of our community; we are one and the same.
Our goals are to:
LADR seeks to provide students with an opportunity to learn about various areas of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, arbitration, restorative justice, and negotiation. Alternative dispute resolution methods are often used in business transactions, and LADR endeavors to provide students with an understanding of these topics. Each year LADR facilitates various lunch discussions which feature practitioners and scholars in the ADR field. Our speakers talk about career opportunities, areas of development in the ADR field, and how ADR methods can be employed as a means of resolving disputes without having to result to litigation. In addition, we seek to connect students with volunteer opportunities with the CU Restorative Justice program. All CU Law students are invited to attend LADR meetings and events. For more information, please contact: Tyler Echols (Ty.Echols@colorado.edu); Ben Handbender (Benjamin.email@example.com); or Christine Lagrone (Chistine.Lagrone@colorado.edu).
President/Treasurer: Ty Echols, Ty.Echols@colorado.edu
Vice President: Ben Hand-Bender, Benjamin.Handbender@colorado.edu
Secretary: Shira Yerushalmi, Shye5915@colorado.edu
SBA Rep: Gunnar Paulsen, Gunnar.Paulsen@colorado.edu
SBA Rep: Holly Todd, Holly.Todd@colorado.edu
Communications Coordinator: Christine Lagrone, Christine.Lagrone@colorado.edu
Event Coordinator: Emily Schneider, Emsc6750@colorado.edu
The CU Military Law Society is an inclusive student-run organization that is designed to bring together currently serving military, military veterans, advocates of veterans and veteran issues, law students interested in pursuing military careers, and law students interested in the intersection of law and national security policy. We intend to build this sense of inclusivity through hosting and co-hosting events with other law student organizations on military justice and national security themed issues, an annual Welcome Ceremony for MLS students, the development of a Veterans Fund, and providing legal aid to local veterans through community partnerships.
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is a non-profit federation of lawyers, legal workers, and law students. Since 1937, Guild members have been using the law to advance social justice and support progressive social movements. We have chapters throughout the United States, and our National Office is located in New York City. Mission The NLG is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests. Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.
The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) provides academic, social, and cultural support to Native American students at the University of Colorado Law School as well as those with an interest in federal Indian and tribal law. NALSA hosts and supports events throughout the academic year to educate the Colorado Law community on Native issues, connect its members to Indian law practitioners, and engage with members of the local Native community. For more information on the Native American Law Students Association, please contact Allison Hester (Allison.Hester@colorado.edu) or Kamran Zafar (Kamran.Zafar@colorado.edu).
Every year in September, NALSA hosts a social for the incoming students to meet the current NALSA membership. In early November, NALSA also sponsors the Fall Harvest Feast, a Native American community potluck for law students, members of the Colorado Indian Bar Association (CIBA) and Native American community members. NALSA has also participated in National NALSA Moot Court, the Federal Bar Association's Indian Law Conference, the Denver March Pow Wow, and the annual CIBA Red Rock Ramble fundraiser. In 2009, CU NALSA co-hosted the 17th Annual National NALSA Moot Court Competition with the University of Denver NALSA Chapter (the event was held at the Wolf Law Building).
Co-President: Allison Hester, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-President: Kamran Zafar, email@example.com
Vice President: Marissa Garcia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Jeremiah Jones, email@example.com
Treasurer: Ellen Hyams, firstname.lastname@example.org
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On the NALSA TWEN site, students will find organizational information about NALSA, upcoming events, opportunities (moot court and writing competitions, fellowships, scholarships, externships, clerkships, jobs, etc.) and member contributions as to current Native issues. There are also sign-up sheets for event volunteers, surveys and e-mail access to the NALSA membership.
OUTLaw provides professional, social, and academic support for LGBTQ+ law students and their straight/cisgender allies. People of all ages, gender identities, gender expressions, races, sexual orientations, and political beliefs are welcome. Throughout the year, we host various events and invite guest speakers to discuss current legal issues pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity. We look forward to getting to know all of you! You can find out more about us, including meeting times, by emailing Whitney House at Whitney.House@colorado.edu or Tessa Carberry at Tessa.Carberry@colorado.edu
Co-President: Whitney House
Co-President: Tessa Carberry
Vice President: Andrew Neiman
Treasurer: JB Cannafax
LGBTQ Bar Association Reps: Jordan Blisk and Edyael Casaperalta
The Public Interest Students Association strives to involve students in service to the community during law school. We provide both legal and general community service opportunities to members, including Public Service Pledge opportunities. Throughout the year, we bring in speakers from public interest fields from nonprofit organizations, public defense, criminal prosecution, governmental work (local, state, and federal), and environmental law. Active members have the opportunity to apply for summer fellowships to make summer public interest worth an attractive summer option. We also partner with many other student groups, associations, and the Career Services Office to provide opportunities for students to advance environmental and social justice while engaging in networking opportunities within the greater legal community. Ultimately, we seek to help students learn about (and hopefully pursue) employment in public interest legal work after graduation. Please like us of Facebook and join our TWEN page for up-to-date information about events throughout the academic year.
The Silicon Flatirons Student Group is a sister organization and student connection to the Silicon Flatirons Center - A Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. We are a group of students with wide-ranging interests in the growing fields of technology, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and telecommunications. The group brings students together across CU to host events, share knowledge, and utilize the great resource that is the Silicon Flatirons Center. We host conferences at the school and do frequent Primer Lunches that provide an introduction to conference material as well as a chance to meet conference speakers before the event, in addition to bringing in guest speakers throughout the year.
SWELL is a brand new student group that aims to promote student engagement in labor and employment law and to build connections with practitioners and scholars in the field. Students may e-mail us at email@example.com and/or join our TWEN page for more information.
The Spanish Speaking Law Students Association (SSLSA) is the CU Law student branch of the Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee. It is an ever-expanding student organization aimed at providing its members opportunities to practice their Spanish skills, and to connect with Spanish-speaking lawyers throughout the metro area through various social engagements. Additionally, SSLSA promotes community outreach by creating an avenue for its members to interpret for the Spanish speaking community at various legal events. Any students interested in learning, practicing, or using their Spanish are welcome (and encouraged) to join the SSLSA.
If you have any questions regarding the group please contact: Oscar Cobos (Oscar.firstname.lastname@example.org); Marcela Dye (marcela.dye@Colorado.edu); Hilary Barnard (Hilary.email@example.com); or Nathan Dunkley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Sports and Entertainment Law Student Association (SELSA) is a club of students interested in sports law and/or entertainment law. The aim of the club is to foster interaction between the students, professors and staff with related interests, and develop connections with professionals in the field so students can network and work towards a career in Sports and Entertainment. Our activities include an annual Softball game, lunch time speakers, THAC, March Madness brackets, SLA conference trip, and other related events and fundraisers. This club introduces students to a specialized field of law and provides an opportunity for students to break into the highly popular and competitive industry of Sports and Entertainment Law. SELSA will have an introductory meeting during the first couple weeks that classes start. Students can also sign up via TWEN.
As Colorado Law's student government, the Student Bar Association (SBA) represents the interests of law students generally. All students enrolled at Colorado Law are members of the SBA and may vote for SBA officers and and their respective class officers. The SBA oversees the activities of law school student organizations and allocates funding to them, administers the school's honor code with the Honor Council, and sponsors many educational, social, and athletic activities.
2017-2018 Elected Officers:
The Tax Law Association (TLA) is a new but lively organization that enables students to get tax practice experience while networking with current professionals in the field. The TLA is for all students interested in business, finance, and tax fields who want to get hands on experience and learn about careers in taxation and finance. TLA activities include guest speakers and lectures, volunteer and clinical opportunities, career and academic development, and social events. We have a lot of amazing opportunities lined up for students this academic year including a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for the 2017 tax season! To hear about this opportunity and our plans for the academic year join us at our initial meeting at the beginning of the semester. For more information please join/add our Tax Law Association TWEN page or contact email@example.com.
President: Camille Gregory, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Rand Singleton, email@example.com
Treasurer: Yassi Hosseini, firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Relations/Secretary: Chris Johnson, email@example.com
The University of Colorado Law Review has been the flagship academic journal at the University of Colorado since 1929. The members are currently in the process of publishing Volume 88! The Law Review is a general-interest journal of legal scholarship managed and edited by students and published four times per year. Recently, the Law Review has published articles on an array of topics, including natural resources law, constitutional law, intellectual property law, corporate/business law, criminal law, and criminal justice reform. Members of the Law Review conduct independent legal research, prepare notes and comments for publication, and edit articles written by distinguished legal scholars and fellow members. The Law Review also publishes articles presented at the annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference on Constitutional Law hosted by the Byron R. White Center. Membership also offers opportunities to rub shoulders with the large network of Law Review alums and allies. The summer after 1L year, interested students may apply for membership through the annual writing competition known as Write-On. Members who meet the prescribed standards may receive up to six academic credits total during their two years of membership (2L & 3L year). For more information, please email Casey Klekas, Editor-in-Chief, at Casey.Klekas@colorado.edu.
For more information about the University of Colorado Law Review go to our website at lawreview.colorado.edu!
The Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) sponsors and provides events, activities, and information about issues affecting women in the legal profession. In addition, WLC hosts several social events throughout the year, allowing students to get to know each other, community professionals, and law school faculty. Though the WLC provides information about women, membership and participation are open to both male and female students, faculty and staff, and community members.
To get involved, a student can attend general meetings, attend and/or participate in the sponsored events, sign up on TWEN, and volunteer for one of our many committees. During Spring Semester, students have the opportunity to run for a board position to become even more involved with the organization.
Executive Board 2016-2017:
Fall 2016 Bookstore Hours: To be determined
A schedule will be posted outside of the bookstore, which is located on the first floor of the law school.
For updates to this calendar, please follow the Colorado Law Class of 2017/2018/2019 Facebook groups. If additional information is needed, contact Rebekah Stern at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the WLC Bookstore is cash or check only. Checks must have actual addresses; they cannot be temporary checks. Checks should be made out to the University of Colorado.