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William is a new associate at Dufford Waldeck and recent graduate from the University of Colorado Law School, where he focused on land, water, and indigenous issues.

He is excited to support the diverse body of work that Dufford Waldeck practices, and assist our clients with his ardent advocacy.


After earning a bachelor’s degree in architecture, William realized that the law was a better vehicle for building a more just and sustainable world. In law school he focused on human interest projects, serving on the Executive Board of the National Native American Law Student Association and hosting its annual national Moot Court competition, and as a Deputy Director of the Acequia Assistance Project - which provides legal assistance to ditch irrigators in the San Luis Valley. He also volunteered extensively with the Maya Land Rights Development Project - which is overseeing constitutional reform to protect the customary land rights of indigenous Maya in the country of Belize. While in school he clerked for the Native American Rights Fund, working on a wide range of projects including protection of religious freedom and opposition to development which infringed upon tribal sovereignty.


William has a passion for travel and exploration, spending his free time outdoors in the Western Colorado landscape, whether running, hiking, skiing, or rock climbing.

He has a penchant for international travel, having spent a few years backpacking around the globe, visiting thirty-eight countries and counting. He hopes to be able to use the skill-set he is developing as a practicing attorney to be able to give-back to many of the communities that he’s visited.

William T. Raley


Direct: 970-248-5854


William’s Areas of Practice

Conservation Easements

LLC's/ Corporations/ Partnerships

Natural Resources/ Environmental Law

Real Estate/ Land Use/ Zoning





Admitted to Bar
2022 Colorado


BA CU Undergrad Architecture 2012-2017

JD CU Law 2019-2022

Community and Professional Involvement


Responsive. Experienced. Focused.   

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