Karthik Venkatraj

Emerging Leaders Advisory Council

Karthik is the Attorney-Judicial Law Clerk at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

Previously, he was elected and served as the President of the Student Body President at the University of Colorado Law School, and was the immediate past Executive Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy Symposium Issue, the research assistant for Judge Tymkovich’s, and past President of the Military Law Society. He also was Managing Editor of the University of Colorado Law Review. He has interned for Justice Eid on the Colorado Supreme Court as well as Colorado Solicitor General Fred Yarger. Karthik taught constitutional law and coached a high school moot court team as part of the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. He is also a Travis Manion Foundation Character Does Matter Ambassador, where he teaches a character course highlighting fallen servicemembers to local high schools. Prior to law school, Karthik worked as Chief of Staff to State Senator Owen Hill and State Representative Janak Joshi. Karthik started his own public affairs consulting firm, consulting for both political and private sector clients.

Karthik is a Captain in the Colorado Army National Guard, having begun his military career as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Texas A&M University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in international studies. Karthik has served in both strategic and tactical assignments, including working in the Pentagon as a Military Research Intern to a Senior Advisor, training senior Jordanian Armed Forces officers on a training mission in Jordan, and a combat tour in Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. In Iraq, he was tasked by the Task Force to stand up targeting efforts for the entire Task Force in response to operations in Anbar province.

Karthik is involved in veteran advocacy, and has written extensively on the need for veteran specific courts as well as Department of Veterans Affairs’ personnel reform. He is currently a 2017 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellow, where he worked with the VFW Legislative Committee in DC to advocate on his legislative proposal centering on personnel reform within the VA. He presented his research to the Subcommittee on Health to the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC). Based on his research and testimony, an Executive Management Fellowship for the VA was added to H.R. 1367, which has cleared HVAC and the House of Representatives  (412-0) unanimously. The bill is currently up for a Senate vote. His writing on veterans’ issues has been featured several times in The Docket (Colorado/Denver Bar Association), was the winner of the National Law Review 2016 Law Student Writing Competition and the Gamm Justice Award, and was published in the University of Colorado Law Review.  Karthik is a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars – Post 1. As a result of his efforts both on veterans’ advocacy and military service, Karthik was named a 2016 Pat Tillman Foundation Scholar and was selected for Top 40 Under 40 Military Class of 2016.