Colorado Law’s student body comes from a variety of backgrounds, bringing their own professional and lived experience to the university’s diverse, collaborative community. This fall, we are excited to spotlight some of our students through a series of Q&As.
For our next spotlight, we sat down with 2L Tad Elliott to learn more about his time here at Colorado Law so far. Tad is from Durango, CO, and was a professional athlete for twelve years before coming to law school.
Meet the class of 2025’s Tad Elliott!
Why did you choose to pursue a J.D.?
TE: I chose to pursue a J.D. because I wanted to learn how to be an advocate for others, with the ability to follow through. My best friend, Kris Freeman, is a four-time Olympian and a type one diabetic. He lost his health insurance while competing and it was difficult for him to find a policy that would cover his preexisting condition. His health insurance cost four times what a normal person would pay, and if he wanted to keep using his current insulin delivery system his policy was going to cost eight times the normal amount. This did not seem fair, and it motivated me to apply to law school and gain the ability to represent others and make a difference in their lives.
What has been your favorite part of law school so far?
TE: Meeting and getting to know the other students have been my favorite part of law school. Everyone is incredibly talented, bright, and kind. It is humbling. Our class is supportive, and students are always willing to help each other out with studying and understanding the material.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
TE: I am proud of my career as an athlete. I was on the United States Ski Team and the USA Cycling National Team. I am a seven-time national champion. A huge highlight was anchoring the USA Relay team in two World Championships. When I retired, I was elected by the athletes to represent their interest on the Executive Committee of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.
What do you hope to do with your degree once you graduate?
TE: I hope to be a talent agent and help protect and advocate for athletes, and artists in sports and entertainment.
What are some opportunities you have taken advantage of here at Colorado Law?
TE: I competed in the transactional competition with a friend I made at law school and went to Symposiums that University of Colorado hosts at Wolf Law.
What are some of your hobbies outside of work/school?
TE: In my free time I like to read, mountain bike, ski, watch Jeopardy, and learn with friends.