June 25, 2017

Jin Ho Pack Appointed to Delta County Court

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the governor appointed Jin Ho Pack to the Delta County Court in the 7th Judicial District. Pack will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Sandra Miller, effective August 4, 2017.

Pack is currently the county attorney for Delta County. She has been with the Delta County Attorney’s Office since 2014. Prior to her work for Delta County, Pack was an associate at Kaplan Law, L.L.C.; a child support enforcement attorney for Young Williams Child Support Services, and a deputy prosecuting attorney in Honolulu, Hawaii. Pack received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Application Period Open for Delta County Court Vacancy

On Monday, April 10, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced an upcoming vacancy on the Delta County Court in the Seventh Judicial District. The vacancy will occur on August 4, 2017, and is occasioned by the resignation of Hon. Sandra Miller.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Delta County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan Coats. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 15, 2017 to be considered, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than May 8, 2017.

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

Hon. Ben F. Eden to Retire from Gunnison County Court

On Wednesday, June 16, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Hon. Ben F. Eden will retire from the Gunnison County Court, effective January 10, 2017. Judge Eden was appointed to the Gunnison County Court in April 1997, where he manages a docket of civil, criminal (both misdemeanor and felony), and traffic cases. Prior to his appointment, Eden was a Deputy District Attorney in Gunnison at the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office from 1989 to 1997. He received his undergraduate degree from Western State College, and also received an MBA from Western State College. He received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Gunnison County and must have graduated from high school or attained the equivalent. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and from Justice Allison Eid, ex officio chair of the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 8, 2016; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on August 1, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Keri Yoder Appointed as District Court Judge in 7th Judicial District

On Friday, February 19, 2016, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Keri Yoder to the Seventh Judicial District Court bench. She will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Jeff B. Herron, effective March 1, 2016.

Currently, Yoder is an Assistant District Attorney in the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office, where she has been since 2002. Prior to her work at the DA’s Office, Yoder was in private practice, where she practiced civil and employment law. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Finalists Selected for Vacancy on Seventh Judicial District Court

On February 2, 2016, the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission announced its selection of three nominees for appointment to the Seventh Judicial District Court to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Jeff B. Herron, effective March 1, 2016. The three nominees are Donald Corwin (Cory) Jackson of Ouray, Bennet Morris of Montrose, and Keri Yoder of Telluride.

Donald Corwin (Cory) Jackson is currently an Ouray County Court judge. He was appointed to the bench in December 2014, and prior to his appointment he was a sole practitioner at The Cory Jackson Company, LLC and the founder of the Alpine Near-Miss Survey. Bennet Morris is a Montrose County Court judge. He was appointed in August 2012, and prior to his appointment he was the Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Montrose. Keri Yoder is the Assistant District Attorney for the Seventh Judicial District. She has been in the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s office for over ten years.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has fifteen days from February 3 in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. Comments about any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor’s office. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Hon. Jeff B. Herron to Resign from Seventh Judicial District Court

On Friday, December 18, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Hon. Jeff B. Herron will resign from the Seventh Judicial District Court, effective March 1, 2016. Judge Herron was appointed to the bench in February 2007, and practiced law in both the public and private sectors before his appointment.

Applications are being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Seventh Judicial District, 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 Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on January 18, 2016. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on January 11, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

UPDATE: The Colorado State Judicial Branch extended the application deadline to January 19, 2016, at 4 p.m.

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.

Susanne J. Ross Appointed to San Miguel County Court

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced his appointment of Susanne J. Ross to the San Miguel County Court bench. Ms. Ross will fill a vacancy created by the death of Hon. Scott Erickson. The appointment is effective immediately.

Ms. Ross is currently the acting municipal judge for Telluride, Nucla, Naturita, and Norwood, and she is also a founding partner of Sinclair & Ross, LLC in Telluride, where she practices criminal defense, DUI law, and immigration law. Before opening her own firm, Ms. Ross was a Deputy District Attorney in the Seventh Judicial District and worked in the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office in Michigan. Ms. Ross received her undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and her law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law.

Finalists Selected for San Miguel County Court Vacancy

On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the San Miguel County Court, effective immediately. The three nominees are Jennifer S. Fox, Sean K. Murphy, and Susanne J. Ross, all of Telluride. Jennifer Fox a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Jennifer Fox, where she practices in many areas including licensing, landlord/tenant, contracts, criminal defense, and litigation. Sean Murphy is the owner of Arroyo Gallery and Wine Bar in Telluride and formerly practiced tax law in New York. Susanne Ross is a solo practitioner in Telluride, where she practices in the areas of immigration, including permanent residency, waivers, visas, and citizenship; DUI law; and criminal defense.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from August 19 in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be submitted to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees and the vacancy, click here.

Appointments to Seventh and Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commissions Announced

On Friday, August 7, 2015, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointments to the Seventh and Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commissions, effective immediately. Leah Gates of Montrose was appointed to the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission to serve as a Republican attorney from Ouray County. Her term expires December 31, 2020. Richard Gast of Timnath was appointed to the Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission to serve as a Democratic attorney from Larimer County. His term also expires December 31, 2020. Judicial nominating commissions review applications for judicial vacancies in their district and select nominees for appointment by the governor. They consist of three attorneys and four non-attorneys, and no more than three members can be from the same political party. For more information about judicial nominating commissions, click here.

Memorial Service Held for Hon. Scott T. Erickson

On Monday, July 27, 2015, a memorial service was held for Hon. Scott T. Erickson at the top of the gondola in Telluride, followed by an open house at Alpine Chapel. Judge Erickson, a county court judge in San Miguel County, died last week at age 53 after a battle with cancer. He was well liked in the legal community and his greater Telluride community.

Judge Erickson was appointed to the San Miguel County Court in 2012 where his docket consisted of traffic, misdemeanor, civil cases under $15,000, small claims, and temporary restraining orders. Prior to his appointment, he had been in private practice in Telluride, where he concentrated on civil litigation, business law, and real estate transactions. He had also been a municipal judge in Ophir and Rico. He received his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from North Park University in Chicago.

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that applications are being accepted for the vacancy on the San Miguel County Court bench. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of San Miguel County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and from the ex officio chair of the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 10, 2015, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on August 3, 2015.