April 24, 2014

Vacancy Announced on Sedgwick County Court in 13th Judicial District

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced on Monday, April 21, 2014, that there is a vacancy on the Sedgwick County Court to be created by the resignation of Hon. Tawna Holmstedt, who was appointed to that position in February 2014. Her resignation is effective April 30, 2014.

Eligible applicants for the vacancy must be qualified electors of Sedgwick County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent of a high school education. The position is a 20 percent position, and the annual salary is $25,499.

Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and from the ex officio chair of the Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Gregory Hobbs. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so by 4 p.m. on May 14, 2014. For more information on the nominating commission and the vacancy, click here.

Joshua Blake Lehman Appointed to Bench of Larimer County Court

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Joshua Blake Lehman to the county court bench in Larimer County. Lehman will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Robert Rand, effective immediately.

Prior to his appointment, Lehman was a Deputy District Attorney for the Eighth Judicial District, where his practice consisted entirely of criminal law with a focus on adult felony-level crimes. Prior to that, he was an associate at John P. DiFalco & Associates, where he practiced employment law. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming and his J.D. from the Wyoming College of Law.

Three Applicants for Judicial Vacancy on San Juan County Court

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that three people have applied for a vacancy on the San Juan County Court, created by the retirement of Hon. Lyndon K. Skinner. The Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission Rules of Procedure require disclosure of all applicants for judicial vacancies. The names of the three candidates are Anthony D. Edwards, William P. Gardner III and Melodee A. Horton, all of Silverton.

Public comments regarding any of the applicants are invited, and may be emailed to judicial.vacancies@judicial.state.co.us or directed to any member of the Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission. Contact information for members of the nominating commission is available here.

CJD 07-01 Amended Regarding State Judicial Electronic Usage Policy; CJD 98-08 Repealed

Chief Justice Directive 07-01, “Directive Concerning the Colorado Judicial Department Electronic Communications Usage Policy: Technical, Security, And System Management Concerns,” was amended last week, effective April 8, 2014. CJD 07-01 was amended and updated to reflect changes to technology and the need to maintain secure systems.  The changes to this CJD now include instructions regarding the use of software on state computers, which was previously addressed in CJD 98-08. These changes apply to all Judicial Department employees, who will be required to sign an acknowledgement form confirming receipt of the policy change by May 1, 2014.

CJD 98-08, “Directive Concerning Use of Software Products on State-Owned Computers,” was repealed when CJD 07-01 was amended, because the information previously contained in CJD 98-08 is now addressed in CJD 07-01.

For all of the Chief Justice Directives, click here.

Chief Judge William Sylvester to Retire from District Court of Eighteenth Judicial District

On Monday, April 7, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Chief Judge William Sylvester of the 18th Judicial District, effective July 1, 2014. Two additional vacancies on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court bench were created by HB 14-1050, effective July 1, 2014.

Chief Judge Sylvester was appointed to the 18th Judicial District bench in 2001, and has been Chief Judge since October 2006. Prior to his appointment, he was with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for 10 years, and was in private practice before joining the District Attorney’s Office. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1973 after a stint in the Army, and he received his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1976.

Applications are being accepted for all three vacancies. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the 18th Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from Justice Coats, the ex officio chair of the 18th Judicial District Nominating Commission, and are also available on the State Judicial website. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 7, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 30, 2014.

For more information on the vacancies and the application process, click here.

Ray Ann Brammer Appointed to Logan County Court

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper via Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia appointed Ray Ann Brammer to fill a vacancy on the Logan County Court occasioned by the retirement of Hon. Robert B. Smith. The appointment is effective April 30, 2014.

Ms. Brammer currently is a co-owner of Brammer Law Office, P.C., where she focuses on collections and forcible entry and detainer. She also practices environmental/natural resources law, including water rights and real estate law, as well as dependency and neglect, probate, and agency representation. Prior to starting the Brammer Law Office, she worked at the Law Offices of John Musick, Jr. and Vranesh & Associates, and clerked for Hon. Robert Behrman.

 

 

Finalists Selected for Larimer County Court Vacancy

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced on Monday, March 31, 2014, the selection of three finalists for the vacancy on the Larimer County Court bench. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. Robert A. Rand, effective March 31, 2014.

The governor has fifteen days from March 31 in which to select one of the finalists to fill the vacancy. The three finalists are David P. Ayraud of Fort Collins, Joshua B. Lehman of Fort Collins, and Matthew R. Zehe of Fort Collins. Contact information for the three nominees is available on the state judicial website.

Comments regarding any of the applicants can be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

Karen L. Brody Appointed to Denver District Court Bench

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Karen L. Brody as District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District. She will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Norman Haglund, effective April 18, 2014.

Ms. Brody is currently a member of Lowe, Fell & Skogg, LLC, where she practices commercial, real estate, and eminent domain litigation. Prior to this, she worked at Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P.C. as a litigation associate. She received her bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of Denver, where she was in the Order of St. Ives, and she received an M.A. in Economics from Tufts University.

Comment [14] Added to Colo. RPC 1.2 Regarding Advising Marijuana Businesses

The Colorado Supreme Court adopted Rule Change 2014(05) on Monday, March 24, 2014, effective immediately. The rule change amends the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct by adding Comment [14] to Rule 1.2 to read:

A lawyer may counsel a client regarding the validity, scope, and meaning of Colorado constitution article XVIII, secs. 14 & 16. and may assist a client in conduct that the lawyer reasonably believes is permitted by these constitutional provisions and the statutes, regulations, orders, and other state or local provisions implementing them. ln these circumstances, the lawyer shall also advise the client regarding related federal law and policy.

Justice Coats and Justice Eid would not adopt Comment [14].

Hon. Raymond Satter to Retire from Denver County Court

The Denver County Court announced Thursday that Hon. Raymond Satter will retire from the bench, effective June 30, 2014. Judge Satter was appointed to the Denver County Court in 1987. He currently presides over a general docket, and was named “Jolliest Judge” by the Denver Bar Association in 1994. He received the Judicial Excellence Award from the DBA in 1992 and 1995. He has presented at many judicial education programs and is an active member of the CBA Ethics Committee. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Denver and his J.D. from Catholic University of America.

Applications are being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must have been licensed to practice law in Colorado for at least five years and must be qualified electors of Denver County. Applications must be filed with the Denver County Court Presiding Judge no later than 5 p.m. on April 4, 2014. Application forms and additional information regarding the vacancy may be obtained from the presiding judge’s office or from the Denver County Court website.

Colorado Rules Governing Commissions on Judicial Performance Amended Along with CJD 85-22

The Colorado Supreme Court approved Rule Change 2014(04), amending the Colorado Rules Governing the Commissions on Judicial Performance. The changes were to Rule 10, “Trial Judge Evaluations”; Rule 11, “Appellate Judge and Justice Evaluations”; and Rule 13, “Narratives.” The changes were extensive, including changing language and updating procedures for judicial evaluation. To see a redline of the changes, click here.

Chief Justice Directive 85-22 was also amended by the Colorado Supreme Court. The directive was amended in order to list the current interest rate and to update the interest rate that appears in the CJD. The interest rate on judgments that are appealed is 3 percent for 2014.

Hon. Jack W. Berryhill to Retire from First Judicial District

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced Tuesday that Hon. Jack W. Berryhill of the First Judicial District will retire, effective July 1, 2014. Judge Berryhill was appointed to the bench in 2000, and he presides over a civil and family law docket. Prior to his appointment to the First Judicial District Court, Judge Berryhill was an attorney in private practice for 25 years, concentrating in civil and business litigation and family law. He received his J.D. from the University of Colorado, his M.A. from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and his B.A. from Colorado College.

Applications are being accepted for the forthcoming judicial vacancy. Eligible applicants must have been licensed to practice law in Colorado for five years and must be qualified electors of the First Judicial District. Application forms are available from the ex officio chair of the First Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Allison Eid, or from the State Judicial website. Completed applications must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. on April 21, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person for the vacancy must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 14, 2014.

Click here for more details about the application process and the vacancy.