The law firm of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP is committed to improving the legal profession by making it more diverse, inclusive, and reflective of our society. With that aim, we are building a law firm that is truly representative of the clients and communities we serve. We are proud of the great strides we have made in hiring and promoting women and minorities. As a result, our practice has become richer and more energized by the variety of people and ideas that comprise our firm.
Banner made by 5th graders in appreciation for RJ&L's support of the MLK/YMCA event
More than just words, we take our commitment to diversity very seriously. We actively and visibly support a variety of programs that promote the education and career development of women and minorities in the field of law—a practice we will continue.
RJ&L is a founding member of the Colorado Pledge to Diversity, a group of law firms that actively recruits minority law students to join their firms, first as summer associates and ultimately as full-time attorneys upon their graduation.
In 2006, the firm established the RJ&L Michael D. Nosler Scholarship
. This scholarship provides the opportunity for a talented diverse second-year law student at either the University of Denver Sturm College of Law or the University of Colorado School of Law to receive a $10,000 scholarship toward his or her third-year law school tuition upon completion of a paid clerkship with RJ&L during the second trimester of the recipient's second year of law school. Please click here
for detailed information on this scholarship.
The firm is a member and participates in the promotional activities of the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum, which recognizes and celebrates diversity and inclusion.
- Several of the firm's lawyers actively serve on the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee, a joint committee of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations. The committee works to promote equal employment opportunities in the field of law by sponsoring frequent events to bring minority students together with practicing legal professionals. In addition, the group has created an online central registry for job opportunities and sponsors programs to raise cultural awareness.
- Working with Colorado State University, the firm developed and continues to underwrite the Diversity in Law Scholarship, which helps minority students pursue a legal education and, ultimately, a law-related career. This scholarship program helps to support several minority students with tuition expenses each year.
- The firm sponsors the Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons Teaching Fellows Program at the University of Colorado Law School. The program provides tutors for the school's Diversity/Academic Support Program.
We support the University of Northern Colorado Foundation's Cumbres Program by contributing annually to its scholarship fund to train Hispanic and bilingual students to teach in Colorado schools.
Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP has been a longtime supporter of the Colorado Women's Bar Association through its continuing annual sponsorship of the Mary Lathrop Award. This award is presented to women who have excelled in the field of law and honors the legacy of Mary Lathrop, a pioneer Colorado attorney who was among the first women to practice in Colorado.
The firm is an annual sponsor of the Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair (RMDLCF), which matches minority students and professionals with area employers.
We have supported Denver Kids, Inc., and through the program have hired several at-risk high school students to work at the firm. The firm also sponsored annual scholarships for our "kids" to attend college. A former Denver Kids now works as a full-time employee of the firm. In recognition of our many years of work with the Denver Kids program, the firm was awarded the 2002 Denver Kids, Inc. Richard Gooding Sharing Award.
We actively support Arrupe Jesuit High School through its corporate work-study program. The firm has also hired several at-risk high school students to work at the firm, encouraging them to complete high school and pursue a college education.
Our attorneys are actively involved in many women- and minority-based professional organizations, including the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Sam Cary Bar Association, the Colorado Women's Bar Association, the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Real Estate Women (CREW), and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
The firm makes significant regular financial contributions and offers support to a variety of charitable organizations, including many that support the advancement of women and minorities. Some of the organizations that we have recently supported are:
- American Jewish Committee
- Anti-Defamation League
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence
- CSU Foundation/Diversity in Law Scholarship
- Denver CASA
- Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs
- Invest in Kids
- Junior Achievement
- Latin American Education Foundation (LAEF)
- Legal Aid Foundation
- Pikes Peak County Bar Foundation
- Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center
- SafeHouse Denver, Inc.
- Seeking Common Ground
- Urban Peak
- Women's Foundation of Colorado
- YMCA Pikes Peak Region