Charles (Charley) Garcia has been named president-elect of the Colorado Bar Association for 2013-2014. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, and he worked in international tax as a CPA for Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse for ten years before practicing law. While working as an accountant, he graduated from the University of Denver College Of Law, and joined the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. He practiced as a criminal defense trial attorney for twenty five years, retiring in 2007 as the Office Head for the Denver Office of the Colorado State Public Defender.
In retirement, Charles took time out to teach constitutional and comparative law in the Ukraine with the Center for International Studies, and in 2009 worked with the Center for Education in Law and Democracy in the Dominican Republic. In 2011 he was appointed Manager of Safety for the City and County of Denver where he oversaw the police, sheriff and fire departments. Charles is currently Special Counsel to the Governor where he has served under both Governor Ritter and Governor Hickenlooper.
In his spare time, Charley is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University Of Denver Sturm College of Law and a teacher for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, while sitting on the Judicial Advisory Council of the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, the Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission, the Governor’s Community Corrections Advisory Council, the Colorado Juvenile Parole Board, the Chief Justice Commission on Professionalism and the Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission (CPCC). He is also the current treasurer of the Colorado Bar Association, and a CBA representative to the ABA House of Delegates.