Bobby Colón

Chief Legal Officer

Bobby Colón is the chief legal officer for Rochester Institute of Technology. As chief legal officer, he is responsible for all legal matters involving and affecting RIT. Prior to accepting this position he was the assistant attorney general in charge of the Rochester regional office for then attorney general Eliot Spitzer. As assistant attorney general in charge, Bobby managed the activities of all assistant attorneys general in the Rochester area and assisted with the development and implementation of state wide enforcement policies. Prior to joining the attorney general's office, Bobby was manager of legal affairs for Paychex, Inc., a payroll processing company headquartered in Rochester, NY, where he managed the in-house legal department and advised senior managers and officers on state and federal compliance issues.

Bobby received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in political science and economics and his law degree from Harvard Law School. Upon graduation from law school, Bobby clerked for the Honorable David G. Larimer, United States district court judge for the eastern district of New York in Rochester. His private practice was concentrated in labor and employment law where he routinely advised clients on compliance issues, discrimination matters, and prevention efforts. Bobby was RIT's 2005 Minett professor. As Minett professor Bobby taught a course for criminal justice and political science majors entitled "Race, Religion and the Law" which sought to explore the relationship between religion and race as a justification for statutes imposing restrictions on minorities' access to equal protection, advancements, and personal liberties.