September 24, 2017

Dondi Osborne Appointed as La Plata County Court Judge

On Monday, August 14, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Dondi Osborne to the La Plata County Court in the Sixth Judicial District. Osborne will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Martha Minot, effective August 29, 2017.

Osborne is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in Durango, where she has been since January 2008. She prosecutes cases involving murder, sexual assault, domestic violence, tax violations, and more. Prior to her work as an AUSA, Osborne was a Deputy District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney in the 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. She received her law degree from Creighton University and her undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College.

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.

Hon. Martha T. Minot to Retire from La Plata County Court

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Martha T. Minot from the La Plata County Court, effective August 29, 2017. Judge Minot was appointed to the La Plata County Court in March 1995. She presides over a case load that includes traffic offenses, misdemeanors, and civil cases. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Minot was in private practice in Durango, Colorado. She is active in her community; Judge Minot has been the president of the Southwest Colorado Bar Association, the president of the Colorado County Judges Association, is currently a member of the Judicial Discipline Committee and is involved in numerous civic activities in her jurisdiction, including being a hospice volunteer and training advocates for a crisis telephone service.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of La Plata County and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice William Hood, III. Application forms must be received no later than 4 p.m. on July 12, 2017. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on July 5, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Chief Judges Appointed in 6th and 8th Judicial District

On Thursday, September 15, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the appointment of Jeffrey R. Wilson as Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial District and Judge Stephen E. Howard as Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial District.

Judge Wilson will replace Chief Judge Gregory Lyman, who will retire from the bench on January 10, 2017. Judge Wilson was appointed to the Sixth Judicial District Court in 2002. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice as the founder of Wilson & Crawford, and also served as a district attorney in the Twenty-Second Judicial District.

Judge Howard will replace Chief Judge Stephen J. Schapanski, who will retire from the bench on January 10, 2017. Judge Howard was appointed to the district court bench in 2011. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was an attorney in private practice in Fort Collins from 1978 through 2011, where he had a general practice emphasizing business and real estate litigation.

Todd Norvell Appointed to Sixth Judicial District Court

On Friday, September 9, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Todd Norvell to the Sixth Judicial District Court. Norvell will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Gregory G. Lyman, effective January 10, 2017.

Norvell is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in Durango, where he practices in the criminal division and has served as the tribal liaison. Prior to becoming an AUSA, Norvell was a special agent in the FBI, a deputy district attorney in the Sixth Judicial District, an associate at two Texas law firms, an assistant district attorney in Texas’s Thirty-Fourth Judicial District, and an assistant district attorney in New Mexico’s Eleventh Judicial District. Norvell received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and his law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Justin Fay Appointed to Archuleta County Court in 6th Judicial District

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Justin Fay to the Archuleta County Court in the Sixth Judicial District. Fay will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Sam Cassidy, effective September 20, 2016.

Fay is currently a Deputy District Attorney in the Sixth Judicial District, where he prosecutes sex crimes and is a county court supervisor. He has been with the Sixth Judicial District Attorney’s Office for his entire law career. Fay received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Tulsa.

 

Hon. Sam Cassidy to Resign from Archuleta County Court

AR-140829505On Friday, July 22, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the resignation of Hon. Sam Cassidy from the Archuleta County Court, effective September 20, 2016. Judge Cassidy was appointed to the Archuleta County Court in August 2014. Prior to his appointment, he taught business law and ethics at the University of Denver and frequently handled pro bono cases. He has also served as Colorado’s lieutenant governor, the Senate minority leader, and a state senator from Senate District 6. He received his law degree from the University of Tulsa Law School in 1975.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Archuleta County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent degree. Applications are available from the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright. Applications must be received no later than noon on August 16, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than noon on August 9, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Hon. Gregory G. Lyman to Retire from Sixth Judicial District Court

lymanOn Thursday, July 14, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Gregory G. Lyman from the Sixth Judicial District Court, effective January 10, 2017. Judge Lyman was appointed to the district court in June 1996, where he primarily handles civil, criminal, probate, and domestic relations matters. He is the Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial District, and is also a Water Judge in Division 7. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was the District Attorney of the Sixth Judicial District and also worked at the District Attorney’s Office in the Seventh Judicial District. He was in private practice before his work as a District Attorney. Judge Lyman received his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy on the Sixth Judicial District Court bench. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Sixth Judicial District and must have been licensed 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 Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright. Completed applications must be received no later than noon on August 5, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 29, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Judicial Performance and Nominating Commission Appointments Announced

This week, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced the governor’s appointment of several members of judicial performance commissions throughout the state and one member of a judicial nominating commission. Armando Valdez of La Jara was appointed to the Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission, to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat from Conejos County. His term will expire December 31, 2020. Attorney Norman Ray Mueller of Denver was reappointed to the Second Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission. His term is effective December 1, 2015, and will expire November 30, 2019. Lindsey Parlin of Leadville was reappointed to the Fifth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission, to serve as an attorney for a term effective from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Michael Andrew Goldman of Durango was reappointed to the Sixth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission. He is an attorney who will serve a term from December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2019. Attorney Christopher Michael Turner of Pueblo was also reappointed to the Tenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission for a term effective December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Amanda C. Hopkins of Alamosa, an attorney, was reappointed to the Twelfth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission to serve from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Russell Allen Zane of La Junta was reappointed to the Sixteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission. He will serve from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Attorney Lance Phillip Timbreza of Grand Junction was reappointed to the Twenty-first Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission, also to serve from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. And finally, Peter Ortego of Lewis, who is an attorney, was reappointed to the Twenty-second Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission for a term effective December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019.

Judicial nominating commissions are responsible for reviewing applications and selecting nominees for appointment to judicial vacancies in their district. Judicial performance commissions were created to provide voters with fair, responsible, and constructive evaluations of judges in their judicial district who face retention elections. For more information about the commissions and the appointments, click here.

Samuel Cassidy Appointed to Archuleta County Court

On Thursday, August 28, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced his appointment of Samuel Cassidy to the Archuleta County Court bench. Cassidy will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. James E. Denvir, effective January 13, 2015.

Cassidy currently teaches business law and ethics at DU’s Daniels College of Business. He handles pro bono cases in many practice areas, including criminal, civil litigation, business contracts and formation, and real estate. Prior to teaching at DU, Cassidy was president and CEO of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Jefferson County Economic Development Association. He has also served as Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor, Senate Minority Leader, and a state senator from Senate District 6. Prior to that, he was an attorney in private practice.

 

Robert Campbell Duthie, III, Appointed to Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission

On Monday, July 21, 2014, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Robert Campbell Duthie, III, to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Sixth Judicial District, encompassing Archuleta, La Plata, and San Juan counties. Duthie is an attorney in private practice in Durango, handling criminal, civil, and business matters. He was appointed as an attorney and a Democrat from La Plata County for a term expiring December 31, 2019.

Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a judicial nominating commission, which reviews applicants for judicial vacancies and selects nominees for the governor’s consideration. Judicial district nominating commissions are comprised of seven members, no more than three of whom can be attorneys and no more than four of whom can be from the same political party. For more information on judicial nominating commissions, click here.

Hon. James Denvir to Retire from Archuleta County Court

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. James E. Denvir of the Archuleta County Court, effective January 13, 2015.

Judge Denvir was appointed to the Archuleta County Court bench in Pagosa Springs in 1995. He presides over a criminal and civil docket. He also provides arbitration and mediation services for civil disputes through a private practice. Prior to his appointment, Judge Denvir worked for California Rural Legal Assistance; as an administrative law judge in Sacramento, California; and in solo practice in Pagosa Springs. He received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in 1969 and his juris doctorate in 1973 from the University of Southern California Law Center.

Applications are being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent and must be qualified electors of Archuleta County. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and also from Justice Brian Boatright, the ex officio chair of the Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission. The original signed application must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on July 30, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so no later than 4 p.m. on July 23, 2014.

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