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Igniting a Passion to Practice Law

Corey Hoffmann

Corey Hoffmann ’93 is passionate about practicing law.

“I’m lucky enough to work in a field that I think makes a difference,” says Hoffmann.

As the City Attorney for several Colorado municipalities, Hoffmann works behind the scenes to help elected officials achieve the policies they want without running afoul of the law.

“I try to assist in drafting an appropriate regulatory scheme, whether it be land use, marijuana regulation, or anything else a local government in Colorado does,” says Hoffmann. “Also, when litigation is necessary, the issues are generally important, and far-reaching, and I get the opportunity to litigate those issues.”

Hoffmann has drafted regulations regarding marijuana as well as tried some of the initial marijuana cases in that state at the appellate level on behalf of local governments.

Explains Hoffmann, “Two cases, in particular, one involving the local taxation of marijuana, and the other involving the local licensing of marijuana, both became published decisions that created good law for my client and became guidance for local government attorneys and officials.”

When he enrolled at California Western, Hoffmann had visions of entering the Diplomatic Corps thinking a law degree would be a good route into the foreign service. However, as he progressed at the law school, he realized he had found his passion in a different area and that was to be actively involved in the practice of law.

The friends he made at California Western remain some of his closest friends today, and he singles out the supportive environment at the law school which encouraged the students to work together.

“The environment was collaborative, as opposed to competitive,” says Hoffmann.

In his government role, Hoffmann has been able to try cases regarding the nature and extent of municipal authority and police power as well as with issues of homelessness and the use of public property.

“What I love about what I’m doing,” he says, “is that my practice always involves plenty of interesting First Amendment issues and advice. Perhaps most importantly, on a daily basis, I never know what issues will arise that I am asked to address.”

As a person who has indeed found his passion in life Hoffmann’s advice to California Western students today is for them to find a way to be passionate about what they do.

“There are a lot of unhappy lawyers,” he says. “The best lawyers are the ones that have found something that matters.”