June 28, 2017

Chief Justice John Roberts Names New Judicial Conference Executive Committee Members

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts named two new members to the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. U.S. District Court Judge Paul J. Barbadoro of New Hampshire was named the Executive Committee Chair, and U.S. District Judge Robert James Conrad, Jr. of the Western District of North Carolina was appointed to the committee, effective the same day.

The other members of the Executive Committee are Judge Robert James Conrad of the Western District of North Carolina, Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Federico A. Moreno of the Southern District of Florida, Chief Judge William Jay Riley of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Martha Vazquez of the District of New Mexico, and James C. Duff, the AO Director.

For more information about the Judicial Conference or the appointments, click here.

Frances Koncilja Appointed to Public Utilities Commission

On Tuesday, January 5, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Frances Koncilja to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), effective January 12, 2016, and expiring in 2020. The PUC provides regulatory oversight of Colorado’s public utilities, including electricity, natural gas, heating utilities, drinking water, transportation, and telecommunications. The PUC consists of three commissioners who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

Ms. Koncilja is currently the principal of Koncilja Law Firm, P.C., where she represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation. She also represents parties in class action disputes. She began her career as a public defender in 1972 and later served as an Assistant United States Attorney. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Colorado and her law degree from the University of Colorado.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Governor Hickenlooper Announces Board and Commission Appointments

On Thursday, February 14, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper announced appointments to several state boards and commissions, including the Child Support Commission, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and the State Commission on Judicial Performance.

The Colorado Child Support Commission is required by C.R.S. § 14-10-115(16). It is charged with reviewing the child support guidelines at least every four years. The Commission reports to the governor and the General Assembly, and also reports on the implementation of any suggested changes. Governor Hickenlooper appointed Paulette St. James of Denver, to serve as Director in the Colorado Division of Child Support Enforcement and the Colorado Department of Human Services.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) represents each major water basin, Denver, and other state agencies in an effort to use water wisely and protect water for future generations. Some of the CWCB’s responsibilities include protecting Colorado’s streams and lakes, water conservation, flood mitigation, watershed protection, stream restoration, drought planning, water supply planning, and water project financing. Appointments to the CWCB must be confirmed by the Colorado Senate. Governor Hickenlooper’s appointments, expiring February 12, 2016, are:

  • James R.L. “Jay” Gallagher of Steamboat Springs, to serve as a representative from the Yampa-White drainage basin and as a Democrat.
  • Patricia Wells of Denver, to serve as a representative from the City and County of Denver and as a Democrat.
  • Russ George of Grand Junction, to serve as a representative from the main Colorado drainage basin and as a Republican, reappointed.

The State Commission on Judicial Performance is tasked with developing evaluation techniques for district and county judges, justices of the Supreme Court, and judges of the court of appeals.

The member appointed for a term effective immediately and expiring Nov. 30, 2015 is Joe D. Martinez of Alamosa, to serve as a non-attorney.

Governor Hickenlooper Announces Appointments to Several Judicial Nominating Commissions

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper announced appointments to the judicial nominating commissions for the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth, Eighteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-Second judicial districts.

Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a nominating commission that selects nominees for appointment to judicial vacancies. The nominating commissions are comprised of  seven citizens residing in that judicial district. No more than four members can be from the same political party, and there must be at least one voting member from each county in the district. The members serve six-year terms.

For a complete list of the appointed members and information regarding their residence, affiliation, and the duration of their terms, click here or visit the governor’s website. Information about the judicial nominating commissions and an application for consideration for appointment may be found here.

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints New Member to Supreme Court Nominating Commission

On Wednesday, September 5, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced several Boards and Commissions appointments, including one to the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission recommends candidates to serve as judges for the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. The chief justice of the Supreme Court chairs the commission and is a non-voting member. This commission includes one citizen admitted to practice law in Colorado and one citizen not admitted to practice law residing in each of the state’s seven congressional districts, and one additional citizen not admitted to practice law in Colorado.

Kim Brian Childs of Hotchkiss was appointed to serve as an attorney and as an Unaffiliated member from the Third Congressional District, with a term to expire December 31, 2017.

Brett Barkey Appointed as New District Attorney in Fourteenth Judicial District

On Monday, August 13, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Brett Barkey as district attorney in the Fourteenth Judicial District, which covers Moffat, Routt, and Grand counties.

Barkey is now the assistant district attorney in the Fourteenth Judicial District. He will replace Elizabeth Oldham, who resigned earlier this month to take a job as senior deputy district attorney in Arapahoe County.

Barkey had a distinguished career in the U.S. Marines and served as legal counsel to senior U.S. commanders during three tours of duty in Iraq. He joined the District Attorney’s Office in the Fourteenth Judicial District in August 2011 after an earlier stint as the chief deputy district attorney in Craig. He is a fourth-generation Coloradan and now lives in Hayden.

Barkey earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and his law degree from Georgetown University.

Vacancy for Attorney on the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission

On Tuesday, July 10, 2012, the Colorado Judicial Branch announced the opening of the application period for a vacancy on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

Applications for the volunteer position, which must be filled by an attorney residing in the Third Congressional District, will be accepted until August 3. There is no political party affiliation requirement for this vacancy.

Each judicial district in Colorado has a nominating commission that selects nominees for appointment by the Governor to county and district judgeships. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission selects nominees for seats on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission must comprise eight non-attorneys appointed by the Governor and seven attorneys selected by joint action of the Governor, Attorney General, and Chief Justice. No more than eight members may be of the same political party, each congressional district must be represented by one attorney and one non-attorney, and there is one at-large position. All commissioners are appointed to six-year terms.

Click here for more information about the vacancy and application instructions.

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints New Members to Two More Judicial Nominating Commissions

On Tuesday, July 3, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced several Board and Commission appointments, including appointments to the Thirteenth and Seventeenth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commissions.

Colorado’s twenty-two judicial districts have judicial district nominating commissions that select nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. Each district nominating commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission.

Commission members serve six-year terms. Non-lawyers, who are the majority of every nominating commission, are appointed by the governor. Lawyer members are appointed by joint action of the governor, attorney general, and chief justice.

The member appointed to the Thirteenth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for a term expiring December 31, 2017, is:

  • Jerold A. Brandt of Holyoke, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Phillips County.

The member appointed to the Seventeenth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for a term expiring December 31, 2015, is:

  • Angelo C. Chavez of Broomfield, to serve as a non attorney and as a Republican from Broomfield County.

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints New Members to Two Judicial Nominating Commissions

On Thursday, June 21, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced several Board and Commission appointments, including appointments to the Fourteenth and Nineteenth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commissions.

Colorado’s twenty-two judicial districts have judicial district nominating commissions that select nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. Each district nominating commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission.

Commission members serve six-year terms. Non-lawyers, who are the majority of every nominating commission, are appointed by the governor. Lawyer members are appointed by joint action of the governor, attorney general, and chief justice.

The member appointed to the Fourteenth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for a term expiring December 31, 2017, is:

  • David M. Jones of Kremmling, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Democrat from Grand County.

The members appointed to the Nineteenth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for terms expiring December 31, 2017, are:

  • Douglas P. Erler of Greeley, to serve as a non-attorney and as an Unaffiliated from Weld County.
  • Joseph J. Tennessen of Greeley, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Weld County.

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints More to Judicial Nominating Commissions

On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced several Board and Commission appointments. The appointments were to the Second, Fifth, Sixth, Twelfth, and Twenty-First Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commissions.

Colorado’s twenty-two judicial districts have judicial district nominating commissions that select nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. Each district nominating commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission.

Commission members serve six-year terms. Non-lawyers, who are the majority of every nominating commission, are appointed by the governor. Lawyer members are appointed by joint action of the governor, attorney general, and chief justice.

The members appointed to the Second Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for terms expiring December 31, 2017, are:

  • Larry Allen Nelsen of Denver, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Denver County.
  • Andrew Dean Schneider of Denver, to serve as a non-attorney and as an Unaffiliated from Denver County.

The members appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for terms expiring December 31, 2017, are:

  • Gregory V. Johnson of Edwards, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Eagle County.
  • Heather N. Scanlon of Leadville, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Democrat from Lake County.

The member appointed to the Sixth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for a term expiring December 31, 2017, is:

  • Stephen C. Fearn of Silverton, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Democrat from San Juan County.

The member appointed to the Twelfth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for a term expiring December 31, 2017, is:

  • Marvin K. “Zeke” Ward of Creede, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Mineral County.

The members appointed to the Twenty-First Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for terms expiring December 31, 2017, are:

  • Ivan Daniel Geer of Grand Junction, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Mesa County.
  • Beverly Jean Sewell of Grand Junction, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Mesa County.

Governor Hickenlooper Announces Another Judicial Nominating Commission Appointment

On Friday, April 27, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced several Board and Commission appointments, including one more appointment to a Judicial Nominating Commission:

The Eleventh Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission selects nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. The commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission and consists of seven citizens residing in that judicial district. The member appointed for a term expiring December 31, 2017 is:

  • Mark Willis Pedigo of Westcliffe, to serve as a non-attorney and as an Unaffiliated from Custer County.

Governor Hickenlooper Announces More Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments

On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced several Board and Commission appointments, including a few more appointments to Judicial Nominating Commissions around the state:

The Third Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission selects nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. The commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission and consists of seven citizens residing in that judicial district. The members appointed for terms expiring December 31, 2017:

  • James S. Colt of Trinidad, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican member from Las Animas County.
  • Raymond M. McMillan of Trinidad, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Democrat member from Las Animas County.
  • Sisto J. Mazza of Trinidad, to serve as an attorney and as a Democrat member from Las Animas County.

The Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission recommends candidates to serve as judges for the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. The chief justice of the Supreme Court chairs the commission and is a non-voting member. The member appointed for a term expiring December 31, 2017:

  • Scott C. Johnson of Greeley, to serve as an attorney and as an Unaffiliated member from the Fourth Congressional District.