Like the West, the land use and development field is evolving; new practice areas, under the broad heading of “sustainable development,” are emerging, attracting a rising generation of lawyers, planners, developers, financiers, designers, engineers and policymakers.

The Institute Partners (IP) program builds on the strong ties between RMLUI and the Sturm College of Law and law, planning and professional services firms in Denver and throughout the Rocky Mountain region. It is designed to provide students and professionals alike with a unique opportunity to undertake cutting-edge research, gain valuable mentoring support and develop new knowledge and skills in the sustainable development field.

RMLUI’s Code Framework is the foundation for the IP program. With an increasing demand for tools to support the development and growth of nature-friendly, climate-smart and affordable communities, RMLUI’s Code Framework provides a tool for municipalities to evaluate and audit their own codes, as well as policies to move the sustainability agenda forward. A living document that is continuously being revised and updated, the Code Framework provides on-going research opportunities for both students and professionals.

From its base at the Sturm College of Law, RMLUI has access to an outstanding group of law students, eager to work and gain experience in the field of sustainable development and environmental law and policy. Through the IP program and Sturm’s Legal Externship program, RMLUI can match top-notch student Research Associates with the area’s leading law and planning firms to provide research support for the Code Framework. By sponsoring student Research Associates, participating firms provide a valuable mentoring experience, guiding the development of a new generation of land use and development professionals. In addition, firms in the IP program have the opportunity to learn about and develop new practice areas, such as climate change adaptation and renewable energy development, giving participating firms an opportunity to be at the working edge of the sustainable development field.

Institute Partners
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
    Living City Block
Cisco Systems
Clarion Associates
Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP
Holland & Hart, LLP
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, LLP
Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti