April 26, 2015

Kerri Lombardi Appointed to Denver County Court

On Monday, April 13, 2015, Mayor Hancock’s office announced the mayor’s appointment of Kerri Lombardi as Denver County Court judge, effective May 1, 2015. Lombardi will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. James Breese.

Lombardi is currently Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s office, where she has been a prosecutor for 15 years and is currently the co-chief of the Family Violence Unit. She has extensive trial experience and routinely teaches and trains in this specialized area of expertise. She is involved in numerous boards, committees, and community organizations related to her area of expertise. Ms. Lombardi is a 1993 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

11th Judicial District Nominating Commission Appointment Announced

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced his appointment of Jolene Lynn DeVries of Cotopaxi to the Eleventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Fremont County.

Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a judicial nominating commission that is responsible for interviewing and selecting candidates for judicial vacancies. Judicial nominating commissions are comprised of seven members, three attorneys and four non-attorneys, no more than four of whom can be from the same political party and with at least one representative from each county in the district. There is also a Supreme Court Nominating Commision that selects candidates for vacancies on the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission is comprised of two members from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts, one attorney and one non-attorney from each, plus one at-large member who is not an attorney.

For more information on Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment, click here. For more information on nominating commissions, click here.

Application Period Open for Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy in District of Colorado

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit seeks applicants for a bankruptcy judgeship in the District of Colorado. The position will be created effective January 4, 2016, and will be in Denver, Colorado.

Eligible applicants must be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, DC, or Puerto Rico, and must be in good standing in every other bar in which he or she is admitted. Applicants must be committed to equal justice under the law, have good character, possess and have demonstrated outstanding legal ability, exhibit judicial temperament, and be of sound mental and physical health. Applicants may not be related by blood or marriage to any other judge of the Tenth Circuit or District of Colorado or any member of the Judicial Council of the Tenth Circuit. Finally, applicants must have been admitted to practice law for at least five years.

Application forms are available from the Tenth Circuit website, and must be received no later than May 22, 2015. For more information about the vacancy, or to obtain an application form, click here.

Hon. J. Mark Hannen to Retire from 18th Judicial District Court

On Monday, April 6, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. J. Mark Hannen from the district court for the Eighteenth Judicial District, effective July 1, 2015.

Judge Hannen was appointed to the district court bench in 2002. Prior to his appointment, he had been the Douglas County Attorney since 1989. He has practiced law at many firms, emphasizing civil litigation, real estate, commercial transactions, and local government law. He received many awards for professionalism, competence, and pro bono work while in private practice. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court bench. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Eighteenth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and also from Justice Brian Boatright, the ex officio chair of the Eighteenth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 6, 2015, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 29, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, and for contact information for members of the judicial nominating commission, click here.

Hon. James Casebolt to Retire from Colorado Court of Appeals

On Thursday, April 3, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. James Casebolt of the Colorado Court of Appeals, effective July 1, 2015.

Judge Casebolt was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 1994, and has served as Deputy Chief Judge since 2005. He also serves on the Judicial Advisory Panel and the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Pattern Jury Instructions. Prior to his appointment, Judge Casebolt was a shareholder and partner at Younge & Hockensmith P.C. in Grand Junction, where he practiced civil litigation. Judge Casebolt received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Colorado College, and his law degree from the University of Colorado, where he received American Jurisprudence awards for excellence in corporations, creditor’s remedies, and estate planning.

Applications are now being accepted for the forthcoming vacancy on the Colorado Court of Appeals. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the State of Colorado and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications are available from the State Judicial website, and also from the ex officio chair of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, Chief Justice Nancy Rice. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015.

For more information on the forthcoming vacancy and for contact information for members of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, click here.

Application Period Open for New Judgeship on Twelfth Judicial District Court Bench

The governor signed HB 15-1034 on Friday, March 20, 2015, which increased the number of district court judges in the Twelfth Judicial District from three to four, effective July 1, 2015. The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced on Friday, March 27, 2015, that applications are now being accepted for the forthcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Twelfth Judicial District (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties) and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website, and from the ex officio chair of the Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Hood. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 4, 2015, and anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 27, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Finalists Announced for Denver County Court Vacancy

On March 27, 2015, the Denver County Court Judicial Nominating Commission transmitted the names of three contenders for the Denver County Court vacancy to Mayor Hancock. The Denver County Court vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. James Breese, effective April 30, 2015.

Mayor Hancock has until April 13, 2015, to select one of the nominees for appointment to the Denver County Court bench. The three nominees are Patrick McKinstry, Chelsea Reiss, and Kerri Lombardi. Comments about the nominees can be submitted to the mayor via email.

 

Hon. Charles M. Barton to Retire from 11th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Charles M. Barton, effective July 1, 2015. Judge Barton was appointed to the Eleventh Judicial District Court bench in January 2003, where he presides over a criminal, civil, domestic relations, and juvenile docket. Prior to his appointment, Barton served as a deputy district attorney in both the Tenth and Eleventh Judicial Districts. He received his law degree from Northern Kentucky University and his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Applications are now being accepted for the forthcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Eleventh Judicial District (Chaffee, Custer, Park, and Fremont counties) and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and also from the ex officio chair of the Eleventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Gregory Hobbs. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 27, 2015, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so lo later than 4 p.m. on April 20, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Minor Change to Colo. R. Crim. P. 44 Announced

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court announced Rule Change 2015(03), which amended Rule 44 of the Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure. The change affects subsection (a) of the rule, and the only change was to update a cross-reference from C.R.C.P. 226 to C.R.C.P. 205.7. For a redline of the rule change, click here.

Hon. Thomas B. McNamara Appointed to Bankruptcy Bench for U.S. District Court

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit appointed Thomas B. McNamara to the bankruptcy bench in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. McNamara was appointed to replace Hon. A. Bruce Campbell, who retired.

Prior to his appointment, McNamara was a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, where he litigated international cases and advised clients on regulatory matters and compliance with foreign law. He received his law degree from Yale Law School and his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.

Judge McNamara will take over all of Judge Campbell’s active cases. For more information about the appointment, click here.

 

Hon. Herbert L. Stern, III, to Retire from Second Judicial District Court

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Herbert L. Stern, III, from the Denver District Court, effective June 1, 2015. Judge Stern was appointed to the Denver District Court in June 1990, and primarily presides over civil cases involving money damages. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Stern was a public defender for over 10 years and maintained a private law practice. He received his law degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Applications are now being accepted for the forthcoming vacancy on the Denver District Court. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and also from the ex officio chair of the Second Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan Coats. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Second Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 21, 2015. Anyone wishing to nominate another for the vacancy must do so in writing no later than 4 p.m. on April 14, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs to Retire

Justice HobbsThe Colorado State Judicial Branch announced last week that Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs will retire, effective August 31, 2015.

Justice Hobbs was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court on May 1, 1996, by Governor Roy Romer. Prior to his appointment, Justice Hobbs was the senior partner at Hobbs, Trout & Raley, P.C., where he practiced in the areas of water law, environmental law, and land use; a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs; an assistant attorney general in the natural resources section for the State of Colorado; and an enforcement attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Justice Hobbs received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Justice Hobbs is a frequent speaker and author, and has written three water-themed books for CBA-CLE: The Public’s Water ResourceLiving the Four Corners, and Into the Grand.

Applications are now being accepted for the forthcoming vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court. Qualified applicants must be electors in the State of Colorado and must have been licensed to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the Colorado State Judicial Branch website and also from the ex officio chair of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, Chief Justice Nancy Rice. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 6, 2015. Anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 29, 2015.

More information about the judicial vacancy is available here.