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 the SBA Secretary, or the 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 1,750,00 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 American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is a national organization of law students, judges, law professors, and lawyers. The mission of ACS is to help revitalize and transform contemporary legal debate from law school classrooms to federal courtrooms. The goal is to counter the dominant vision of American law today, a narrow conservative vision that lacks appropriate regard for the ways in which the law affects people’s lives. We seek to restore the fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice to their traditionally central place in American law. ACS is a non-partisan educational organization that does not lobby, litigate, or take positions on specific issues, but does encourage its members to express their views and make their voices heard. The ACS Colorado Law Student Chapter brings speakers to campus, often in coordinating with other student groups; coordinates happy hours and events with the Colorado Lawyer chapter; and facilitates networking among law students, lawyers, and judges in the Colorado legal community. For more information contact Elliot Browning, email@example.com and Andrew Scarponi, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) seeks to:
President: Kady Tran, email@example.com
Vice-President: Grace Jang, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Barristers’ Council 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’ Council gives students an opportunity to sharpen, polish, and apply their advocacy and counseling skills through individual coaching, law school programs, 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.
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 Co-Presidents, Ariel Amaru - email@example.com or Aretha Frazier - firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, sign up to our TWEN page to stay up to date on meetings, events and community service volunteer opportunities.
Co-President: Ariel Amaru - email@example.com
Co-President: Aretha Frazier - firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Danielle Johnson - email@example.com
Historian: Bria May - firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Emely Garcia - email@example.com
The Business and Tax Law Association is open to all CU Law students and aims to educate students on the intersection between business and law, as well as provide a platform for students interested in business law to network with each other and prominent corporate counsel attorneys. We will host lunch panels and after-school events designed to help students learn while building a network directly with Colorado's best business law attorneys. We hope to see you at our events! If you would like to learn more, please email Thomas Petrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Jake Spitz at email@example.com.
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 Leah Fugere at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Class of 2018 Board is comprised of class officers who are dedicated to furthering the interests of their fellow classmates.
The Class of 2019 Board is comprised of class officers who are dedicated to furthering the interests of their fellow classmates.
The Class of 2020 Board is comprised of class officers who are dedicated to furthering the interests of their fellow classmates.
Colorado Law After-School Support (CLASS) is a group of Colorado Law School students and faculty dedicated to supporting the "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County (IHAD). IHAD is an organization that provides after-school programming for low-income students of all ages, some who may experience difficulties in school. As a volunteer with the Elk Dreamer class, you will support students ranging from 2nd to 5th grade in a classroom setting, engaging them through homework help and educational activities such as reading, writing, art projects, and math exercises. Volunteers are not assigned to one specific student, but rather help in small groups and assist the teachers and program directors wherever needed. After attending an on-site orientation session, CLASS members are only required to volunteer one day per semester. It is highly encouraged, however, that you commit to as many days as you are able, as the children are excited to get to know you and are motivated by familiar faces in the classroom. When volunteers come for their designated day (or days if they sign up for multiple), they are asked to volunteer from approximately 3:00pm-5:30pm. We look forward to getting more Colorado Law students involved in this program, as it is a rewarding way to give back to the Colorado community.
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 email@example.com with any questions.
The Colorado Technology Law Journal (CTLJ) is a student-run telecommunications and technology law and policy journal at the University of Colorado Law School. 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.” The Journal has established its position among the elite national technology and telecommunications law journals, publishing seminal pieces 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 affiliated with the Silicon Flatirons Center. Each year Silicon Flatirons and CTLJ host a series of conferences, including the nationally renowned Digital Broadband Migration (DBM) Conference. CTLJ publishes both academic articles from its conferences and submissions from scholars and policymakers. The Journal also features an array of student notes covering topics from wireless spectrum, to copyright and patent reformation, to virtual currency regulation and beyond.
CTLJ selects new members each 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 Sophie Galleher, Editor-in-Chief (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 Kayla Wildeman at Kayla.Wildeman@colorado.edu.
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 Hannah Cope at email@example.com or Stone MacBeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Rebecca Sokol, email@example.com, or Noah Stanton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget to join the ELS TWEN & Facebook pages!
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The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. Its intellectual network extends throughout the legal community and offers students the opportunity to interact with judges, government officials, accomplished attorneys, professors, and other non-profit organizations. The Society 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. Recent speakers include John Lott, Ilya Somin, Ed Whalen, Logan Beirne, Steven Teles, Steven Hayward, Ken Starr, Richard Epstein, and more.
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 Yale (2009), University of Virginia (2011 and 2016), Stanford (2012), University of Texas (2013), and Columbia University (2017). Travel stipends available.
The Food Law Society is a group of students motivated by a shared desire to improve the food system through law and policy. The mission of the Food Law Society is to provide educational opportunities for law students to learn about food law and policy issues and to participate in food related community service projects. The Food Law Society works with various student groups and community organizations to address a range of pressing food law and policy issues, including, but not limited to, the environment, public health, food safety, food waste, sustainable agriculture, animal welfare, and farm workers rights. For more information contact Margaret Tharp (email@example.com).
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 and promoting health law-related connections through conferences, externships, and meetings with attorneys and policy-makers in the health care field. Please contact Andrea Maciejewski at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ethan Tackett at email@example.com 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 Valerie Young, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Immigration Law and Policy Society (ILPS) seeks to raise awareness and generate discussion on domestic immigration issues. ILPS also serves as a database for immigration-related events happening in the area and provides students with a space to network with practicing immigration attorneys and learn about potential job opportunities.
The Intellectual Property Association (IPA) is a student group at Colorado Law for students who are interested in intellectual property law topics (e.g. patents, trademarks, copyrights). IPA is dedicated to promoting awareness and understanding of, as well as opportunities in, intellectual property law for students and the community. IPA seeks to provide meaningful interaction and networking with current practitioners in the various fields of intellectual property law to help current law students discover what opportunities may be available.
Co-President: Rachel Fore, Rachel.Fore@Colorado.EDU
Co-President: Trevor Bervik, Trevor.Bervik@Colorado.EDU
Secretary: Thomas Petrie, Thomas.Petrie@Colorado.EDU
Treasurer: Kayla Enriquez, Kayla.Enriquez@Colorado.EDU
JLSA is an association of law students interested in Jewish life and legal issues related to Judaism, the Holocaust, and the Middle East. JSLA's goal is to give students an opportunity to connect with other Jewish students and to connect them as well with legal professionals in hopes of helping them find jobs after law school. Email Josh Naftulin (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 Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) serves as a conduit for a collective Latina/o law student voice at the University of Colorado. We are dedicated to promoting and sustaining the academic and personal sucess, as well as the 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. We are committed to fostering a sense of community for all students present at CU Law.
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: Hannah Armentrout (Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Interm President: Hannah Armentrout, Hannah.email@example.com
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. For more information, please contact LJ Kuhlman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
NALSA provides academic, social, and cultural support to Native American students at the University of Colorado Law School, and to any and all students interested in federal Indian or tribal law. NALSA hosts and supports numerous events throughout the academic year that provide education on Native issues, connect interested students to Indian law practitioners, and facilitate interaction with other Native American student organizations and members of the local Native community. For more information on NALSA, please contact Alana Martin (Alana.Martin@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).
President: Alana Martin, Alana.Martin@colorado.edu
Vice President: Evan DeWitt, email@example.com
Secretary: Sam Barth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Kayla Jankowski, email@example.com
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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+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) 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 social events and invite guest speakers to discuss current legal issues pertaining to the LGBTQ community. We look forward to getting to know all of you! You can find out more about us, including meeting times, by emailing Amber Paoloemilio: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dillon Slagle: email@example.com.
Co-President: Amber Paoloemilio
Co-President: Dillon Slagle
Vice President: Tessa Carberry
Treasurer: Corian Zacher
Secretary: Dana Steiner
LGBTQ Bar Association Rep: Kevin Miller
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, telecommunications, and innovation. The group brings students together across CU to connect about how to build their career in these areas, to host events, to share knowledge, and to utilize the great resource that is the Silicon Flatirons Center. We help to host conferences at the school and do frequent Primer Lunches that provide an introduction to conference material, as well as a unique chance to meet conference speakers before the event. In addition to bringing in guest speakers throughout the year, we host social and networking events with fellow students and practicing attorneys, and give out awards to students engaged in the group.
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 Alex.Kirven@Colorado.EDU 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. All language levels are truly welcome.
If you have any questions regarding the group please contact: Hannah Armentrout (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.
SALDF is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law. SALDF is dedicated to the goals of educating the law school and surrounding community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse, and engaging in projects that combat that abuse. SALDF is equally dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. The activities SALDF include hosting speakers, and events on current issues in animal rights and animal welfare law, carrying out research projects for lawyers and organizations promoting animal welfare and animal rights litigation; networking with students at other schools, conducting educational events such as information tables and video screenings on pertinent issues.
The 2017-2018 Board Members are:
President: Susan Miler (email@example.com)
Vice President: Allie Galvan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Savanna Griffis (email@example.com)
Treasurer: Hunter Knapp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please feel free to contact any member for more information.
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.
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 89! 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. Interested students may apply for membership through the annual writing competition known as Write-On during the summer after 1L year. 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 visit our website at lawreview.colorado.edu, or email Hannah Regan-Smith, Editor-in-Chief, at email@example.com.
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 2018-2019:
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 the calendar, please follow the Colorado Law Class of 2019/2020/2021 Facebook groups. If additional information is needed, contact Maia Labrie 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.