David Rolla was the La Voz Student of the Week in May 28, 2008, a graduate of Adams City High School. This year, he graduated from New York University School of Law.
When first beginning his college career, Rolla had chosen to study music and psychology, but after struggling in the music program, he began to look more into his other interests.
From a young age, Rolla was always a good negotiator, smart at getting people to be on his side. Lucero said one day he had a high school substitute teacher who wanted to put on a movie instead of sticking to the lesson, sparking a dispute between Rolla and the substitute.
“The principal called me in and she and the vice principal said, ‘You know your son makes a very good argument and someday he’ll make a great lawyer,” Lucero said.
With his interest in the legal field, Rolla graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies with a concentration in Legal Theory and Masculinity in 2012, and in 2015 began his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree at NYU.
During his time as an undergrad, Rolla was involved in several activities, some of which include: La Alianza Latina, the Cheer Team, The National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, and several more.
In 2009, Rolla also had the opportunity to study at the University of Barcelona in Spain and upon his return entered the Greek society.
Rolla pledged to the La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated (LUL) in Spring of 2010. The Latino-based non-profit brotherhood acted as a family to Rolla and continue to support him through his endeavors, today.
After graduating in 2012, he was given the advice to take time to gain real world experience in the industry before going to Law School. Rolla followed and worked at the Denver Scholarship Foundation as a Scholarship Program Coordinator until he began applying to law schools.
Rolla was accepted to several, including his dream school, Berkley. However, New York University offered him the AnBryce Scholarship that he couldn’t resist. With it, he was given many mentors and support systems that helped him succeed in Law School. Although, his “biggest supporters were his parents,” Rolla said.
Although they had been divorced since Rolla was 2-years-old, his parents made sure Rolla always felt loved, secure, encouraged, and confident. They always pushed him to try new things and talked to adults who would mentor him.
If he could give advice to those still in school, whether high school or college, Rolla said he would advise having mentors in every area to help act as a guide.
In high school, Rolla learned to take direction from people and to work in teams from the activities he was involved in such as, being Student Body President, a member of National Honor Society and the founder, along with three others, of Kids First.
Kids First helped to get a $78 million bond passed to build a new high school and community college in Adams County. It taught him how to never be afraid to try something new and to always have goals.
One of his goals was to receive his law degree by age 28 and he succeeded. Rolla graduated on May 17, 2018, 28 days before his 28th birthday.
“When he sets a goal, he doesn’t like to lose,” Lucero said. “He’s very competitive and determined.”
Currently, Rolla lives in Denver and is studying for his bar exam on July 24 – 25 in New York. Once he has passed the bar he will be working as a corporate associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City.