The Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet May 7, 2012 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the office of District Judge for the Twentieth Judicial District (Boulder County). The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable James C. Klein on June 30, 2012.
Judge Klein is a fourth generation Colorado native and has served on the Twentieth Judicial District bench since August 2005. From 1988-1991, Judge Klein was in private practice in Denver. In July 1991, Judge Klein joined the Colorado Attorney General’s office as an Assistant Attorney General where his practice focused primarily on workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance related matters. In 1994, Judge Klein was hired by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Workers’ Compensation to serve as a Prehearing Administrative Law Judge in its Dispute Resolution Unit. In September 2002, Judge Klein was hired by the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration to serve as an Administrative Law Judge in its Workers’ Compensation Unit.
Eligible applicants for appointment to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of the Twentieth Judicial District and must be admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. Applications must be received by Friday, April 13. The appointed district court judge will serve an initial provisional term of two years before facing a retention election. Retained judges serve six-year terms.