The firm's attorneys are encouraged to participate in matters which advance the legal profession. In addition to bar association activities, members of the firm have served, or are serving, as members of the Board of Governors of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, as members of the Faculty of Federal Advocates, as Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, as members of the American Board of Trial Advocates, as members of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society, as president of the El Paso County Bar Association, as members of the Wyoming State Bar Association Committee on Civil Pattern Jury Instructions, and as members of the Wyoming Board of Bar Examiners. One of our lawyers has completed his service as Special Advisor to the President of the United States and the Secretary of State for Economic Initiatives in Ireland. Another completed his service as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland.
Members of the firm are active in the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, the Sam Cary Bar Association (Colorado Association of Black Attorneys), and the Colorado Women's Bar Association. Our attorneys have also contributed to the profession through services on editorial boards of the Annual Survey of American Law, Law and Policy in International Business, The Colorado Lawyer, and the Colorado Labor Letter.
The firm has also consistently supported legal education. The Rothgerber Trial Advocacy Competition has been sponsored by the firm at the University of Wyoming College of Law since 1988. We have also provided financial support to and our attorneys have taught courses at Colorado's two law schools, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder.
Ira Rothgerber Jr. was a major benefactor of the University of Colorado School of Law, and the firm has continued his tradition by recently giving $150,000 for the construction of the Wolf Law Building; and by providing funding for the "Rothgerber Teaching Fellows Program," a tutorial program associated with the law school's Diversity/Academic Support Program.
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 towards 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.
In 2007 RJ&L made a $50,000 pledge to the University of Wyoming College of Law for its remodel and expansion campaign. In 2001, the firm began underwriting the "Diversity in Law Scholarship" at Colorado State University. This program is designed to help minority students pursue an education, and ultimately a career in the field of law.