Published: July 26, 2011

Upholding one of his promises as incoming Dean, Phil Weiser has filled a pivotal position and added another full-time leadership position to the University of Colorado Law School’s career resources. Starting September 19, Todd Rogers returns to Colorado Law to assume the position of Assistant Dean of Career Development and on August 11, Michael Spivey will fill the newly created position of Assistant Dean of Outreach and Engagement.

“I made a promise to the faculty and students when I was interviewing for this position that I would make career development a top priority," said Dean Weiser. “I am thrilled that we were able to attract such highly respected professionals and give our students and alumni the career support they deserve. Now, the real work begins and I’m glad that Todd and Mike are here to help me implement my vision for Colorado Law.”

As Assistant Dean of Career Development, Rogers will lead the Career Development Office (CDO).  Rogers joins Colorado Law from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he has been the Assistant Dean of Career Services since July 2007. Prior to that, he served as a Director of Career Services from 2003 to June 2007. His leadership resulted in top student satisfaction ratings for the school's career services office, where he served as the primary career counselor for more than 500 law students.

Rogers received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated with honors. He also has a B.A. in Business Administration from Trinity University. Before working at the University of Kansas School of Law, Rogers worked for one year in the Colorado Law CDO. Prior to that, he worked as a briefing attorney in the Texas Court of Appeals and as an associate attorney at Lathrop & Gage LLP in Kansas City, Missouri.

Spivey, as Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement, will focus his efforts on cultivating external relationships with employers, alumni, and others who support the law school. Working closely with Dean Weiser, Spivey will focus on increasing employer awareness of Colorado Law students and alumni.

Spivey has been the Assistant Dean for Career Services, Strategy and Marketing at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis since June 2008. In this capacity, he oversaw the career service operations of Washington Law, which included placing more than 1,000 students each year.

Prior to working at Washington Law, Spivey worked at Vanderbilt University Law School for more than eight years. He was the Associate Director of Admissions from 2005 to 2008 before being recruited by renowned Law Dean Kent Syverud to lead the Career Services Office at Washington University Law School. Spivey comes to Colorado Law with a B.A. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alabama. He is currently a candidate for his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy at Vanderbilt University.

“This exciting team structure reflects the deep commitment and intensive efforts of Dean Weiser to build on the foundation laid by David Getches and to devote additional resources to supporting students in intentionally and proactively designing their careers,” said Whiting Dimock Leary, Senior Assistant Dean for Students, who will support and work closely with the CDO team. “We are committed to helping all students find a path to fulfilling employment, and Todd and Mike will be key leaders in pursuing that strategy.”


University of Colorado Law School

Established in 1892, the University of Colorado Law School ( is a top 25 public law school located at the base of the inspiring Rocky Mountains. Colorado Law’s 500 students, selected from among the statistically best applicants in the nation, represent 100 undergraduate institutions with a variety of diverse backgrounds. The school has dual degree programs in business, environmental studies, telecommunications, and public affairs. With a low faculty-to-student ratio, its highly published faculty is dedicated to interacting with students inside and outside the classroom. The school’s 8 clinics and 4 centers focus on areas of strength, including natural resources and environmental, American Indian, juvenile and family, telecommunications policy, and sustainable energy law. Colorado Law’s graduates are leaders in their profession and committed to public interest work.


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