May 25, 2015

Public Comments Being Accepted for Proposed New Rule to C.R.C.P. Chapter 38

The Colorado Supreme Court posted a proposed new rule to Chapter 38 of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, “Public Access to Records and Information.” The new rule addresses public access to administrative records of the judicial branch, and would be numbered as Rule 2 (current Rule 2 would become Rule 3).

The public comment period for the proposed new rule is now open. Written comments may be submitted to the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Christopher Ryan, no later than 5 p.m. on September 18, 2015. Additionally, a public hearing on the proposed new rule will take place on October 1, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. Persons wishing to participate in the public hearing should confirm their presence to Mr. Ryan no later than September 21, 2015.

For more information about the proposed rule, click here.

 

Finalists Selected for Judgeship on 18th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the governor’s office announced the selection of three nominees for a judicial vacancy on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. J. Mark Hannen, effective July 1, 2015. The three nominees are Phillip L. Douglass of Parker, Michael W. Melito of Littleton, and Peter F. Michaelson of Centennial.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has fifteen days in which to appoint one of the nominees to the judgeship. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

David Goldberg Appointed to Denver District Court

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of David Goldberg to the district court bench in the Second Judicial District, effective June 1, 2015. Goldberg will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Herbert L. Stern, III.

Currently, Goldberg is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he is a trial attorney with experience in complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He has also been an instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy since 1993, and has presented for CBA-CLE. He represents companies, financial institutions, owners, developers and ski resorts in business and commercial real estate disputes. He received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Finalists Selected for Vacancy on Colorado Court of Appeals

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission’s selection of three candidates for the forthcoming vacancy on the Colorado Court of Appeals. The vacancy will occur with the retirement of Hon. James S. Casebolt, effective July 1, 2015.

The three candidates for the vacancy are Robert T. Fishman, Elizabeth L. Harris and Ted C. Tow, III. Robert T. Fishman is Of Counsel with Ridley McGreevey & Winocur P.C. in Denver, where his practice focuses on appellate representation and litigation. Elizabeth L. Harris is a solo practitioner focusing on business litigation and appellate law. Ted C. Tow, III, is currently a district court judge in the Seventeenth Judicial District, where he presides over a predominantly domestic relations docket.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has 15 days from May 13 in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information, click here.

Nominees Selected for Vacancy on 11th Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the Eleventh Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Charles Barton, effective July 1, 2015.

The three nominees selected are Brian L. Green of Fairplay, Roger B. Larsen of Canon City and Lynette M. Wenner of Cotopaxi. Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has 15 days from May 12, 2015, in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. Comments regarding the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

For more information, click here.

Finalists Announced for Second Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees for a forthcoming vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created on June 1 by the retirement of Hon. Herbert L. Stern, III. The three nominees are David H. Goldberg, Jay S. Grant, and Christine A. Washburn.

David H. Goldberg is a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he represents companies, financial institutions, and others in business and commercial disputes. Jay S. Grant is a Deputy State Public Defender in Denver, where he handles all levels of felony criminal cases and all types of criminal charges. Christine A. Washburn is Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, where she practices criminal prosecution and is co-chief of the Family Violence Unit.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from May 5 in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. If he does not select a nominee in that time, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court may select a nominee. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

Second Judicial District Nominating Commission Appointment Announced

On Monday, May 4, 2015, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Louise Hurlbut to the judicial nominating commission for the Second Judicial District. Hurlbut is appointed to a term expiring December 31, 2020, to serve as a non-attorney and a Republican from Denver County.

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.