June 21, 2018

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.

Hon. Stephen J. Schapanski and Hon. Daniel J. Kaup to Retire from 8th Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirements of Hon. Stephen J. Schapanski and Hon. Daniel J. Kaup from the Eighth Judicial District Court, both effective January 10, 2017.

Judge Schapanski2Judge Schapanski was appointed to the district court in June 2007, and was named Chief Judge in August 2009. His docket includes civil, criminal, probate, juvenile, domestic relations, and appeals from magistrate orders. Prior to his appointment to the district court, he was a district court magistrate in the Eighth Judicial District from 1993 to 2007. He was in private practice in Fort Collins from 1974 to 1993. He received his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Kaup (Formatted)Judge Kaup was appointed to the district court in October 2001, where his docket consists of civil and criminal actions and domestic relations cases. He was also appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court to serve as a water judge in the North Platte, Yampa, and White River basins from 2002 to 2008. He is also the presiding judge for the Adult Drug Court. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice for 23 years in the North Park area, Jackson County, and the City of Walden, where he had a general practice. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Denver.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancies. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Eighth 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 Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard Gabriel. Completed applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 4, 2016. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on July 28, 2016.

For more information about the vacancies, 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.

Adoption Day Events Scheduled in Colorado Courts Throughout November

November is National Adoption Month, and to celebrate, Colorado’s courts are holding Adoption Day events throughout the month. This month, Colorado judges will finalize adoptions for 159 foster children. National Adoption Day is a national effort to raise awareness of more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent and loving families. It occurs on the Since its inception, nearly 54,500 children have been adopted as part of National Adoption Day. This year’s National Adoption Day will be November 21, 2015. The following events are occurring in Colorado’s courts throughout the month of November to celebrate National Adoption Day:

  • First Judicial District: 22 children will be adopted on Saturday, November 21, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Second Judicial District: 50 children will be adopted on Friday, November 13, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Eighth Judicial District: 20 children will be adopted on Friday, November 20, throughout the day.
  • Tenth Judicial District: 10 children will be adopted on Friday, November 20, throughout the morning.
  • Eleventh Judicial District: 8 children will be adopted as part of the National Adoption Day celebration.
  • Twelfth Judicial District: All families who finalized an adoption in November are invited to a reception on Wednesday, November 18.
  • Sixteenth Judicial District: A celebration for the families of all 12 children adopted in 2015 will be held on Tuesday, November 17.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District: 13 children will be adopted on Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District: 7 children will be adopted in Arapahoe County on Thursday, November 19, and in Douglas County, 4 adoptions were held on November 6 and 3 more will be held on November 20.
  • Nineteenth Judicial District: 13 children will be adopted throughout the day on Friday, November 20.
  • Twentieth Judicial District: 3 children will be adopted on Friday, November 20, throughout the morning. A public celebration of Adoption Day will be held following the hearings.
  • Twenty-First Judicial District: 6 children will be adopted on Friday, November 20, from 1 to 2 p.m.

To find out more about National Adoption Day and Colorado’s court participation, and for information about whether media coverage is permitted at the various events, 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.

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.

Joshua Blake Lehman Appointed to Bench of Larimer County Court

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Joshua Blake Lehman to the county court bench in Larimer County. Lehman will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Robert Rand, effective immediately.

Prior to his appointment, Lehman was a Deputy District Attorney for the Eighth Judicial District, where his practice consisted entirely of criminal law with a focus on adult felony-level crimes. Prior to that, he was an associate at John P. DiFalco & Associates, where he practiced employment law. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming and his J.D. from the Wyoming College of Law.

Finalists Selected for Larimer County Court Vacancy

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced on Monday, March 31, 2014, the selection of three finalists for the vacancy on the Larimer County Court bench. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. Robert A. Rand, effective March 31, 2014.

The governor has fifteen days from March 31 in which to select one of the finalists to fill the vacancy. The three finalists are David P. Ayraud of Fort Collins, Joshua B. Lehman of Fort Collins, and Matthew R. Zehe of Fort Collins. Contact information for the three nominees is available on the state judicial website.

Comments regarding any of the applicants can be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

Finalists Selected for Judgeships on Denver District Court, Larimer County Court; Vacancy on Sedgwick County Court

Finalists have been selected for a vacancy on the Denver District Court bench. The vacancy is occasioned by the appointment of Hon. William Hood, III, to the Colorado Supreme Court. The nominees are Jay Grant of Denver, Andrew McCallin of Denver, and Colin Walker of Denver. Governor Hickenlooper must appoint one of the nominees within fifteen days after December 17, 2013.

Three finalists were selected for a vacancy on the Larimer County Court as well. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Hon. Christine Carney, effective December 31, 2013. The three finalists are David P. Ayraud of Fort Collins, Kraig Ecton of Fort Collins, and Matthew R. Zehe of Fort Collins. The governor has fifteen days from December 9, 2013, in which to appoint one of the nominees.

Comments regarding any of the finalists for judicial vacancies may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

The Thirteenth Judicial District announced a vacancy on the Sedgwick County Court bench, effective February 7, 2014. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. James M. Wittler. Eligible applicants for the vacancy must be qualified electors of Sedgwick County and must have graduated high school or a high school equivalency program. Applications are available from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Allison Eid. Applications must be filed with Justice Eid no later than 4 p.m. on January 6, 2014. For more information about this vacancy and the application process, click here.

District Court Judges Appointed in Eighth and Nineteenth Judicial Districts

On Monday, November 25, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced the governor’s appointment of judges to fill vacancies in the Eighth and Nineteenth judicial districts.

Michelle Brinegar was appointed to the Eighth Judicial District bench. She will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Dave Williams, effective December 19, 2013. W. Troy Hause was appointed to the bench in the Nineteenth Judicial District. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Dinsmore Tuttle, effective November 30, 2013.

Ms. Brinegar is currently a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Eighth Judicial District, where she supervises the juvenile division and the crimes against children/sex assault units. She received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University.

Mr. Hause currently is a solo practitioner in private practice. He has owned his own practice since graduating from Lewis & Clark Law School, and he specializes in family law, Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, and mediation. He also has expertise in mental health certifications, juvenile law, and probate.

Hon. Christine Carney to Resign from Larimer County Court; Nominating Commission Seeking Applications

On Friday, October 25, 2013, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced an opening on the Larimer County Court bench, effective December 31, 2013. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. Christine A. Carney.

Judge Carney was appointed to the Larimer County Court in 1998, after approximately 17 years of practicing law. She received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her J.D. from the University of Colorado. She is currently the Presiding Judge for the Larimer County Court. She hears civil cases with a jurisdictional limit of $15,000 and criminal cases involving traffic matters and misdemeanors.

Applicants for the vacancy must be qualified electors of Larimer County and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms may be obtained from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Gregory Hobbs, or may be downloaded from the State Judicial website. The original signed application and an identical PDF must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on November 18. Anyone wishing to nominate another person for the vacancy must submit the nomination no later than 4 p.m. on November 12. The nominating commission will meet on December 6, 2013, to select nominees.

Contact information for members of the nominating commission may be found on the State Judicial website.

Eighth Judicial District Phone Numbers Will Change August 9, 2013

The Eighth Judicial District, which includes Jackson County and Larimer County, announced that all of its phone numbers will be changing on August 9, 2013. The phone numbers to change include the district court, county court, Loveland County Court, clerk of court, court administration, and all probation department locations.

The changes will be effective at 12:00 a.m. on Friday, August 9, 2013. The new numbers are listed below.

  • Clerk of Court main number Larimer County Justice Center – 970-494-3500.
  • Jury Commissioner – 970-494-3555.
  • Probation Larimer County Justice Center – 970-494-3900.
  • Probation Midpoint Office – 970-494-3960.
  • Loveland County Court main number – 970-622-2100.
  • Probation Loveland Police and Courts – 970-622-2150.
  • Probation Loveland 6th Street – 970-622-2180.

For more information, visit the webpage of the Eighth Judicial District or click here.