October 23, 2017

Zachary Martin Appointed to Ouray County Court

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s selection of Zachary Martin to fill a vacancy on the Ouray County Court, effective immediately. The vacancy was created by the appointment of Hon. Cory Jackson to the Seventh Judicial District Court.

Martin is currently a Senior Deputy Public Defender for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Montrose Office, where he defends adults and juveniles charged with misdemeanors and felonies. He has also worked at the Ouray, Gunnison, and Hinsdale county courts. He received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Goucher College.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Application Period Open for Ouray County Court Vacancy

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that the application period is open for a vacancy on the Ouray County Court. The vacancy was created by the appointment of Hon. Cory Jackson to the Seventh Judicial District Court, effective immediately.

Applications for appointment to the Ouray County Court are now being accepted. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Ouray County and must have graduated high school or attained an equivalent. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website, and are also available from the ex officio chair of the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard L. Gabriel. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on September 26, 2017; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than September 19, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Cory Jackson Appointed to Seventh Judicial District Court

On Friday, September 8, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Cory Jackson to the Seventh Judicial District Court. Jackson will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. David Westfall, effective immediately.

Currently, Jackson is a county court judge in Ouray County, where he oversees a docket including civil cases, felony complaints, misdemeanors, traffic infractions, civil protection orders and small claims matters. Judge Jackson has also served as a municipal court judge since 2015 for the City of Ouray, the Town of Ridgway, and the Town of Telluride. He was a solo practitioner prior to his appointment to the bench. Judge Jackson received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Candidates Selected for Seventh Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three candidates for nomination to an upcoming vacancy on the Seventh Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. David Westfall, effective August 31, 2017.

The three nominees are Cory Jackson of Ouray, Seth Ryan of Montrose, and Scott Burrill of Grand Junction. Cory Jackson is an Ouray County Court judge; he was appointed to that court in 2014. Seth Ryan is an attorney with the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Scott Burrill is a Deputy State Public Defender with the Colorado Public Defender’s Office.

Comments regarding the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Hon. David Westfall to Retire from Seventh Judicial District Court

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. David Westfall from the Seventh Judicial District Court, effective August 31, 2017. Judge Westfall was appointed to the Ouray County Court in November 1999, and was appointed to the district court in 2015. Judge Westfall handles a varied docket, including criminal, juvenile delinquency, civil cases over $15,000, probate, juvenile, mental health, and domestic relations cases. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Seventh Judicial District at the time of investiture, and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. 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, 2017; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so by August 3, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

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.