September 23, 2017

Nominees Selected for 18th Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill an upcoming vacancy on the 18th Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. F. Stephen Collins, effective August 1, 2017.

The three nominees are Cori Alcock-Christofferson of Centennial, Richard Ferro of Centennial, and Andrew Baum of Highlands Ranch. Cori Alcock-Christofferson is at the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Richard Ferro is in the Medicaid Fraud Unit of the Office of the Colorado Attorney General. Andrew Baum is a magistrate in Arapahoe County.

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

Finalists Selected for Arapahoe County Court Vacancy

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three finalists to fill a vacancy on the Arapahoe County Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Hon. Robert C. Tobias, effective May 31, 2017.

The three finalists are Cori Alcock-Christofferson of Centennial, John Scipione of Highlands Ranch, and Don Toussaint of Aurora. Cori Alcock-Christofferson is at the District Attorney’s Office in the 18th Judicial District. John Scipione is a District Court Magistrate in the 18th Judicial District. Don Toussaint is at the Aurora City Attorney’s Office.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days in which to appoint one of the nominees to the Arapahoe County Court. Comments regarding 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. Robert C. Tobias to Retire from Arapahoe County Court

On Friday, January 13, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Robert C. Tobias from the Arapahoe County Court, effective May 31, 2017.

Judge Tobias was appointed to the Arapahoe County Court in 1995. His assignments as a judge include the felony division for arraignments and preliminary hearings and a general jurisdiction county court assignment. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Tobias was in private practice, where he practiced criminal law, domestic relations, and landlord-tenant law. He is active in the community, frequently participating in “Our Courts” events and mock trials.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Arapahoe County and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard Gabriel. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on February 16, 2017, to be considered. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than February 9, 2017.

For more information on the vacancy, click here.

18th Judicial District’s Senior Law Day and Safety Summit is October 14, 2016

2016 cover sample_Layout 1The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will host its annual Senior Law Day and Safety Summit on Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Charles Schwab & Co. Events Center in Lone Tree (9899 Schwab Way #100, Lone Tree, CO 80124). This year’s event will focus on topics pertaining to legal, safety, and fraud awareness issues in later life. Seniors, family members, professionals in the field of aging; and individuals contemplating retirement are particularly encouraged to attend.

Registration for the event is $10, and includes a copy of the 2016 Senior Law Handbook, a boxed lunch, snacks, and an opportunity to sign up for a free consultation with an attorney on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration information is available here.

For more information, contact Barbara Martin-Worley at (720) 874-8487 or bmw@da18.state.co.us.

J. Jay Williford and Colleen Clark Appointed to Arapahoe County Court

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of J. Jay Williford and Colleen Clark to the Arapahoe County Court in the Eighteenth Judicial District. Williford and Clark will fill vacancies created by the retirement of Hon. Addison Adams and Hon. Alex R. Bencze. Clark’s appointment is effective September 30, 2016, and Williford’s appointment is effective January 1, 2017.

Clark is currently a Municipal Judge for the City of Aurora, a Magistrate in the Eighteenth Judicial District in the truancy division, and a hearing officer for Aurora Public Schools. She previously has worked in the Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the Seventeenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and her law degree from from Boston University.

Williford is currently a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Eighteenth Judicial District. Williford joined the District Attorney’s Office in 2007, where he has worked in the special victims unit. He worked in the Adams County District Attorney’s Office from 2003 through 2007. He received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and his law degree from the University of Denver.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Hon. Alex R. Bencze to Retire from Arapahoe County Court

Bencze2On Thursday, July 28, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Alex R. Bencze from the Arapahoe County Court, effective January 1, 2017. Judge Bencze was appointed to the Arapahoe County Court bench in August 1998. Prior to that, he was an attorney in private practice. He also was a staff attorney at the Colorado Public Defender’s Office until 1982. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University Northwest and his doctorate in law degree from the University of Denver.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Arapahoe County and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications are available from the State Judicial website and from the ex officio chair of the Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice William Hood, III. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 4, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Kelly LaFave and Michael Roche Appointed to Arapahoe County Court

On Friday, June 3, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Kelly LaFave and Michael Roche to the Arapahoe County Court. LaFave and Roche will fill vacancies created by the retirement of Hon. Dana E. Murray and Hon. Christine Cauche, effective July 1, 2016.

Kelly LaFave is currently a Senior Deputy District Attorney in the Eighteenth Judicial District, where focuses on misdemeanor and felony prosecutions. LaFave was also a district attorney in Texas, a county attorney in Pima County, Arizona, and a special agent for the FBI in San Francisco. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Arizona State University.

Michael Roche is a founding partner of Lathrop & Gage, LLP, where he litigates complex business and commercial disputes. Prior to joining Lathrop & Gage, he was an attorney at Baker Hostetler and also clerked for Judge Howard D. McKibben of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Ben Leutwyler and Robert Lung Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court

On Friday, April 29, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Ben Leutwyler and Robert Lung to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. Leutwyler and Lung will fill vacancies created by the retirement of Hon. Richard Caschette and Hon. Marilyn Antrim, effective July 1, 2016.

Ben Leutwyler is currently a district court magistrate in the Eighteenth Judicial District, where he presides over a domestic relations docket. Prior to his work as magistrate, Leutwyler was a partner at Mike Hulen, PC, where he practiced criminal defense, personal injury, family law, and trust and estate law. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from Georgia State University College of Law.

Robert Lung is also currently a district court magistrate in the Eighteenth Judicial District, where he presides over dependency and neglect and probate cases. Lung has also been an assistant magistrate for the City of Lone Tree, Assistant City & County Attorney for Broomfield, and a Deputy District Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District. He received his undergraduate degree from Regis University and his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Six Finalists Selected for Two Vacancies on 18th Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of six nominees to fill two vacancies on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. The vacancies will be occasioned by the retirements of Hon. Richard Caschette and Hon. Marilyn Antrim, effective July 1, 2016. The nominees are Andrew C. Baum of Highlands Ranch, Richard H. Ferro of Centennial, Ben L. Leutwyler, III, of Highlands Ranch, Robert Lung of Parker, Michael W. Melito of Littleton, and Eric B. White of Centennial.

Andrew C. Baum is a prosecutor at the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Richard H. Ferro is an attorney in the state Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Ben L. Leutwyler, III, is a partner at Mike Hulen, P.C., where he practices personal injury, criminal defense, family law, and estate planning. Robert Lung is an Arapahoe County Magistrate. Michael W. Melito is a Senior Assistant Attorney General. Eric B. White is also an Arapahoe County Magistrate.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from April 13, 2016, in which to appoint two of the nominees to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Hon. Marilyn Antrim and Hon. Richard Caschette to Retire from 18th Judicial District Court

On Friday, February 12, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirements of Hon. Marilyn L. Antrim and Hon. Richard Caschette, effective July 1, 2016.

Hon. Marilyn L. Antrim was appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court in 2003. She hears a docket of criminal, civil, and domestic cases. Prior to her appointment, she had been a magistrate in Jefferson County Court since 1996, and prior to that was in private practice with the firm of Kissinger & Fellman, PC. She is on the board of the First Judicial District Bar Association and has held several offices, including president, in the District Judges Association.

Hon. Richard Caschette was appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court in 2008, where he hears a docket of domestic relations and civil cases. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice, where he handled complex business litigation, securities and health care fraud, professional malpractice, products liability, employment, and white collar criminal defense. Judge Caschette is a member of the CBA Litigation Section and frequently speaks at domestic relations and civil law conferences.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancies on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Eighteenth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the Colorado State Judicial Branch or the ex officio chair of the Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Allison Eid. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on March 16, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on March 9, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Gary Kramer and Patricia Herron Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the governor’s office announced his appointment of Gary Kramer and Patricia Herron to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. Kramer will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Gerald Rafferty, effective January 23, 2016, and Herron will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Christopher Cross, effective February 8, 2016.

Kramer is currently the chair of the litigation department at Berenbaum Weinshienk, P.C., where he focuses on complex probate and domestic litigation for high-asset clients throughout Colorado. He received both his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Colorado, where he was in the Order of the Coif in law school and was articles editor for the law review. He is a contributing author to CLE’s Colorado Estate Planning Handbook. 

Herron is currently a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the litigation division, where she focuses on civil cases involving torts, civil rights, antitrust violations, personal injuries, and medical injuries. She also currently works at the Aurora Municipal Court, where she is a relief judge. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and her law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Shay Whitaker and Peter Michaelson Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court Bench

On Monday, November 30, 2015, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Shay Whitaker and Peter Michaelson to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court bench. They will fill vacancies created by the retirements of Hon. Angela Arkin and Hon. Timothy Fasing, effective January 1, 2016. There are two additional vacancies forthcoming on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court bench: Hon. Gerald Rafferty will retire effective January 23, 2016, and Hon. Christopher Cross will retire effective February 8, 2016. Applications are still being accepted for the vacancy created by Judge Cross’s retirement.

Shay Whitaker is currently a criminal defense attorney at Whitaker & Associates in Aurora. She received both her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, and her law degree from The Ohio State University. In 1997, she moved to Denver, and has been in private practice at various firms since then. She also serves as appointed counsel for Truancy Court.

Peter Michaelson is an attorney at Hamre, Rodriguez, Ostrander & Dingess, P.C. in Denver. He is also a judge on the Custer County Court. Since 1997, he has also operated his own practice in Westcliffe, Colorado, where he emphasizes civil litigation, mechanics’ liens and construction defects, business law, real property law, and probate matters. Mr. Michaelson is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Minnesota, the U.S. District of Colorado, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He became a Deputy District Attorney in 1984 and was elected District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District in 1988, where was reelected twice.

For more information about the appointments, click here.