December 18, 2017

Archives for July 28, 2017

Maria E. Berkenkotter to Retire from 20th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Maria E. Berkenkotter will retire from the Twentieth Judicial District Court in Boulder, effective October 31, 2017. Judge Berkenkotter was appointed to the Boulder District Court in July 2006. Prior to her appointment, she worked at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office for 16 years. She has also been in private practice, and she clerked for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Howard M. Kirshbaum after law school. She received her law degree from the University of Denver and her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Boulder County and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the 20th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica M. Márquez. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 24, 2017; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than August 17, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Finalists Selected for Upcoming Vacancy on La Plata County Court

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the 6th Judicial District Nominating Commission’s selection of three nominees for an upcoming vacancy on the La Plata County Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Martha Minot, effective August 29, 2017.

The three nominees are Dondi Osborne of Durango, Graham Smith of Durango, and Reid Stewart of Hesperus. Dondi Osborne is an Assistant United States Attorney at the Durango Branch Office of the Department of Justice. Graham Smith is a litigation attorney in private practice in Durango, where he focuses on civil litigation, insurance defense, commercial law, business law, and real estate. Reid Stewart is an attorney at the District Attorney’s Office in the 6th Judicial District.

Comments about any of the nominees may be submitted to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 7/27/2017

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and four unpublished opinions.

Payn v. Kelley

United States v. Olden

Coyle v. Jackson

United States v. Kieffer

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.