May 25, 2017

Shannon Gerhart Appointed to El Paso County Court

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Shannon Gerhart to the El Paso County Court. Gerhart will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Jonathan Walker, effective February 15, 2017.

Gerhart is currently the Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Fourth Judicial District. She has been at that office since 2001, and previously served as a Senior Deputy District Attorney and Deputy District Attorney. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Hon. Gilbert A. Martinez to Retire from Fourth Judicial District Court

On Friday, March 31, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Gilbert A. Martinez from the Fourth Judicial District Court, effective August 1, 2017.

Judge Martinez was appointed to the Fourth Judicial District Court bench in 1989. He was Chief Judge of the District Court from 1994 to 2007 and again from 2011 to 2016. He primarily handles a domestic relations docket. Judge Martinez is a frequent participant in community events such as Teen Court and Mock Trial. Prior to his appointment to the district court bench, he was a public defender in the Colorado Springs Public Defender’s Office from 1978 to 1989, and was director of that office for four years. He received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, and received his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School. He is a native of Colorado.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Fourth Judicial District 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 Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Allison Eid. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 22, 2017, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on May 15.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Nominees Selected for El Paso County Court Vacancy

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees for a vacancy on the El Paso County Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Jonathan L. Walker, effective February 15, 2017.

The nominees are Jessica Curtis of Colorado Springs, Samuel Evig of Colorado Springs, and Shannon Gerhart of Calhan. Jessica Curtis is a partner at Hoffecker & Curtis L.L.P. in Colorado Springs, where she practices in the areas of juvenile law, domestic relations, criminal law, probate, and trust & estate law. Samuel Evig is a Deputy District Attorney in the 18th Judicial District. Shannon Gerhart is a District Attorney in the 4th Judicial District.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days in which to appoint one of the nominees to the vacancy. 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.

Application Period Open for Vacancy on El Paso County Court

On Monday, February 13, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a vacancy on the El Paso County Court in the Fourth Judicial District. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Jonathan Walker, effective February 15, 2017.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of El Paso County and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website, or from the ex officio chair of the Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice William Hood, III. Applications must be received no later than February 27, 2017. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than February 21, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy and application process, click here.

Hon. Edward Colt to Retire from Fourth Judicial District Court

ColtOn Monday, July 11, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Edward Colt from the Fourth Judicial District Court, effective October 1, 2016. Judge Colt was appointed to the district court bench in August 1999. Judge Colt is active in his community, and frequently presides over Teen Court and Moot Court competitions. Prior to his appointment, Judge Colt was a municipal judge for the City of Colorado Springs and an attorney in private practice. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and his law degree from California Western School of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Fourth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan Coats. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 15, 2016, to be considered. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on August 8, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Supreme Court and Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments Announced

On Friday, December 4, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced the appointments of several people to judicial nominating commissions and the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, effective January 1, 2016, for six-year terms expiring December 31, 2021.

Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a judicial nominating commission comprised of seven members—four non-attorneys and three attorneys, of whom no more than four may be from the same political party. In districts with populations of less than 35,000, at least four of the nominating commission members must be non-attorneys. Judicial nominating commission members must live in the judicial district for which they will serve. Judicial nominating commissions are responsible for reviewing applicants for judicial vacancies in their district and selecting applicants for nomination to the bench. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission selects applicants for nomination to the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals. It is comprised of fifteen members—one non-attorney and one attorney from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts, plus one at-large member.

Governor Hickenlooper’s nominating commission appointments are as follows:

  • Supreme Court Nominating Commission: Jay Patel of Colorado Springs was appointed to serve as a non-attorney and a Republican from the Fifth Congressional District.
  • Second Judicial District Nominating Commission: Melody Mirbaba of Denver was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Denver County.
  • Third Judicial District Nominating Commission: Pamela Nelson of Trinidad was appointed to serve as a Republican and an attorney from Las Animas County and Mary Ray White of La Veta was appointed to serve as a Republican and an attorney from Huerfano County.
  • Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Mary Linden of Colorado Springs was appointed to serve as a Democrat and an attorney from El Paso County; Philip Mella of Woodland Park was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from Teller County; Juan Moreno of Colorado Springs was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from El Paso County; Daniel Nicholson of Woodland Park was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated non-attorney from Teller County.
  • Fifth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Heather Manolakas of Basalt was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Eagle County; Todd Rankin of Breckenridge was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from Summit County.
  • Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission: Richard Haggerty of Telluride was appointed to serve as a Democrat and an attorney from San Miguel County; William Masters of Telluride was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from San Miguel County; Eric McPhail of Gunnison was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from Gunnison County.
  • Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Tracy Ann Oldemeyer of Fort Collins was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Larimer County; Katherine Corey of Johnstown was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from Larimer County; Thomas Milligan of Fort Collins was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Larimer County.
  • Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Scott Grosscup of Glenwood Springs was appointed to serve as a Democrat and an attorney from Garfield County.
  • Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Gloria Gutierrez of Pueblo was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Pueblo County.
  • Fifteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Garth Nieschburg of Lamar was appointed to serve as a Republican and an attorney from Prowers County.
  • Sixteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission: H. Barton Mendenhall, II, of Rocky Ford was appointed to serve as a Republican and an attorney from Otero County; Anita “Betsy” Dillon of Ordway was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from Crowley County.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Christina Gomez of Commerce City was appointed to serve as a Democrat and an attorney from Adams County; Jennifer Chavez of Westminster was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from Adams County; Joann Dawe of Westminster was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated non-attorney from Adams County.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Adelita DeHerrera of Aurora was appointed to serve as a Democrat and an attorney from Arapahoe County.
  • Nineteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Thomas Fasano of Windsor was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Weld County; Virginia Rosales of Greeley was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Weld County.
  • Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Benita Duran of Boulder was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Boulder County; Mary Friedrichs of Boulder was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Boulder County.
  • Twenty-First Judicial District Nominating Commission: Martha Kent of Grand Junction was appointed to serve as a Democrat and an attorney from Mesa County; Lesley McWhirter of Grand Junction was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Mesa County.
  • Twenty-Second Judicial District Nominating Commission: Kinsey Ertel of Cortez was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated non-attorney from Montezuma County.

For more information about the appointments, click here. For more information about judicial nominating commissions, click here.

Application Period Open for Several Judicial Nominating Commission Vacancies

On Thursday, September 24, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced several upcoming vacancies on Judicial Nominating Commissions. The application period for these vacancies is now open. Applications must be submitted online at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/governor/boards-and-commissions-application, and will be accepted through October 31, 2015. The vacancies will open December 31, 2015.

Judicial nominating commissions are comprised of seven members from their respective judicial districts, of whom no more than four can be of the same political party. In voting districts with populations greater than 35,000, no more than three judicial nominating commission members can be attorneys. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission consists of one attorney and one non-attorney from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts, plus one at large member who is not an attorney. The nominating commissions vacancies are listed here.

  • Supreme Court Nominating Commission – One vacancy for a non-attorney in the Fifth Congressional District.
  • First Judicial District Nominating Commission – One vacancy for an attorney in Gilpin County.
  • Second Judicial District Nominating Commission – One vacancy for an attorney.
  • Third Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies for attorneys.
  • Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Four vacancies, one attorney and three non-attorneys. No more than two appointees may be registered as Democrat, no more than three may be registered as Republican, and one must reside in Teller County.
  • Fifth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies, one for an attorney and one for a non-attorney. No more than one of the appointees may be registered as Democrat.
  • Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission – Three vacancies, one for an attorney and two for non-attorneys. One appointee must be from San Miguel County and one must be from Gunnison County, and no more than two appointees may be registered as Republican.
  • Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Three vacancies, one for an attorney and two for non-attorneys. No more than two appointees may be registered as either Democrat or Republican.
  • Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission – One vacancy for an attorney.
  • Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – One vacancy for a non-attorney.
  • Fifteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – One vacancy for an attorney.
  • Sixteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies, one for an attorney and one for a non-attorney.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Three vacancies, one for an attorney and two for non-attorneys. No more than one appointee may be registered as Democrat.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies, one for an attorney and one for a non-attorney. No more than one appointee may be registered as Republican.
  • Nineteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies for non-attorneys.
  • Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies for non-attorneys.
  • Twenty-First Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies, one for an attorney and one for a non-attorney. No more than one appointee may be registered as Republican.
  • Twenty-Second Judicial District Nominating Commission – One vacancy for a non-attorney. The appointee may not be registered as Republican.

For more information about nominating commissions, click here. For more information about the vacancies, click here.

Teresa Kilgore Appointed to Teller County Court

On Friday, August 7, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Teresa Kilgore to the Teller County Court. Ms. Kilgore will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Hon. Linda Billings-Vela to the Fourth Judicial District Court, effective immediately.

Ms. Kilgore is currently the managing attorney for the Colorado Springs office of Colorado Legal Services, where her practice is varied and consists of family law, real estate law, landlord-tenant disputes, collections, and other consumer issues. She also was a staff attorney at Colorado Legal Services from 1997 to 2007. In addition to her work at CLS, Ms. Kilgore was a senior legal editor at McGraw-Hill Publishing and an associate at Cornish & Dell’Olio. She received her law degree from Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and her undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary.

Finalists Selected for Teller County Court Vacancy

On Friday, July 24, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the Teller County Court. The vacancy was created by the appointment of Hon. Linda Billings-Vela to the Fourth Judicial District Court, effective July 1, 2015.

The three nominees were selected by the Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission on July 23, 2015. Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has 15 days within which to appoint one of the nominees to the Teller County Court. The three nominees are William G. Edie, Jared J. Grabski and Theresa L. Kilgore, all of Woodland Park. Comments about any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

For more information about the selection and for contact information for the nominees, click here.

Application Period Open for Teller County Court Vacancy

On Thursday, June 4, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a vacancy on the Teller County Court. The vacancy will be created by the appointment of Hon. Linda Billings-Vela to the district court bench in the Fourth Judicial District, effective July 1, 2015.

The Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on July 23, 2015, to select nominees for the governor’s consideration. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Teller County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on July 8, 2015, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on July 1, 2015. Application forms are available from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Allison Eid, and are also available on the State Judicial website.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Linda Billings-Vela and Jill M. Brady Appointed to Fourth Judicial District Court

On Friday, May 29, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper announced the appointments of Linda Billings-Vela and Jill M. Brady to the district court in the Fourth Judicial District. They will fill vacancies created by the retirement of Hon. Thomas Kennedy and the resignation of Hon. Barney Iuppa, both effective July 1, 2015.

Billings-Vela is currently a judge on the Teller County Court, where she was appointed in September 2011. Prior to her appointment to the Teller County Court bench, Judge Billings-Vela was a magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District, where she served since 2009, presiding over juvenile cases such as dependency & neglect, family treatment, and drug court cases. She was a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial District from 1995 to 1997 and again from 2001 to 2009, where she worked in the juvenile, county court, district court, and economic crimes divisions. From 1997 to 2001, Billings-Vela was an associate with Anderson Dude & Lebel. She received her undergraduate degree from Colorado College and her law degree from University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Brady is currently a magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District, where she presides over a domestic relations docket, including dissolution of marriage, allocation of parental responsibilities, child support, and paternity. She was appointed as magistrate in 2013, and prior to that appointment she worked at Colorado Legal Services from 2007 to 2013. She was an associate at Littler Mendelson, P.C. from 2006 to 2007 and an associate at Eimer Stahl LLC from 2004 to 2006. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from University of Michigan Law School.

Application Period Open for Two Fourth Judicial District Court Openings

On Monday, February 23, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced two forthcoming vacancies on the bench of the Fourth Judicial District Court. Hon. Thomas Kennedy will retire and Hon. Barney Iuppa will resign, both effective July 1, 2015.

Judge Thomas Kennedy was appointed to the district court bench in 1999. He presides over a mixed docket, including domestic, civil, criminal, and juvenile matters. Prior to his appointment, he was an attorney in private practice, emphasizing civil and criminal litigation. He is on the board of directors for the El Paso County Bar Foundation and is the board chair for the Pikes Peak YMCA. He received both his undergraduate degree and law degree (with honors) from the University of Colorado.

Judge Barney Iuppa was appointed to the district court bench in 2008. Prior to that, he was an El Paso County Court judge since 1995. He has also worked as a public defender, an elected district attorney, and as an attorney in private practice. He is on the board of directors for the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado, and is a former president of that organization. He earned his law degree from the University of Denver.

Eligible applicants for the vacancies must be qualified electors of the Fourth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from Justice Allison Eid, the ex officio chair of the Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission, and also from the Colorado State Judicial Branch website. Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on April 22, 2015. Anyone wishing to nominate another person must submit the nomination no later than 4 p.m. on April 15, 2015.

For more information about the vacancies and for contact information for members of the Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission, click here.