August 18, 2017

Maria E. Berkenkotter to Retire from 20th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Maria E. Berkenkotter will retire from the Twentieth Judicial District Court in Boulder, effective October 31, 2017. Judge Berkenkotter was appointed to the Boulder District Court in July 2006. Prior to her appointment, she worked at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office for 16 years. She has also been in private practice, and she clerked for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Howard M. Kirshbaum after law school. She received her law degree from the University of Denver and her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Boulder 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 20th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica M. Márquez. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 24, 2017; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than August 17, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Hon. John F. Stavely to Retire from Boulder County Court

StavelyOn Monday, July 18, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. John F. Stavely from the Boulder County Court, effective January 10, 2017. Judge Stavely was appointed to the Boulder County Court in August 2001, where he handles a docket of traffic, misdemeanor criminal, felony criminal, civil, and small claims cases. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a partner at Chrisman, Bynum & Johnson in Boulder for 19 years. He also served as a Louisville Municipal Court judge. He received his law degree from the University of North Dakota Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Boulder 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 Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica Marquez. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 12, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than August 5, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Elizabeth House Moulton Brodsky Appointed to Boulder County Court

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Elizabeth House Moulton Brodsky to the Boulder County Court. The appointment, effective immediately, was occasioned by the appointment of Hon. Norma Sierra to the Twentieth Judicial District Court on August 1, 2015.

Prior to her appointment to the Boulder County Court, Judge Brodsky was a magistrate in the Twentieth Judicial District, where she oversaw a domestic relations docket. Previously, she had been managing attorney of Boulder County Legal Services and a staff attorney in the family and children’s unit of Colorado Legal Services. She had also been in private practice, where she concentrated her practice in domestic relations law. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado.

Finalists Selected for Boulder County Court Vacancy

On Monday, August 31, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three candidates to fill a vacancy on the Boulder County Court, effective August 1, 2015. The vacancy was created by the appointment of Hon. Norma Sierra to the bench of the Twentieth Judicial District Court. The three nominees, selected on August 28 by the Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission, are Elizabeth H.M. Brodsky of Nederland, Jonathon P. Martin of Boulder, and Robert S. Shapiro of Louisville.

Elizabeth Brodsky has been a magistrate in the Boulder District Court since 2011, where she manages a domestic relations docket. Jonathon P. Martin is currently a Deputy District Attorney in the Twentieth Judicial District, and he previously handled commercial litigation, product liability litigation, and aviation disputes. Robert Shapiro is currently the First Assistant Attorney General for Special Prosecutions in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has fifteen days from August 31 in which to appoint one of the nominees to the Boulder County Court bench. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Applications Being Accepted for Vacancy on Boulder County Court

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a vacancy on the Boulder County Court due to the appointment of Hon. Norma Sierra to the Twentieth Judicial District Court, effective August 1, 2015.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Boulder County and must be admitted to practice law in Colorado. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and are also available from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Gregory Hobbs. Application forms are due no later than 4 p.m. on August 13, 2015. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on August 6, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Norma A. Sierra Appointed to 20th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, July 16, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Norma A. Sierra to the bench of the Twentieth Judicial District Court. Sierra will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. D.D. Mallard, effective August 1, 2015.

Judge Sierra is currently a county court judge in Boulder County, where she has served since 2011. Prior to her appointment to the Boulder County Court, Judge Sierra was a magistrate in the Twentieth Judicial District from 2002 to 2011. Before moving to Boulder, she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and at the U.S. Department of Justice. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Texas El Paso and her law degree from the University of Texas.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Finalists Selected for Vacancy on 20th Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the bench of the Twentieth Judicial District Court, effective August 1, 2015. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. D.D. Mallard.

The three nominees are Elizabeth H. M. Brodsky of Nederland, Robert R. Gunning of Louisville, and Norma A. Sierra of Boulder. Elizabeth Brodsky is currently a Domestic Relations Magistrate in the Twentieth Judicial District. Robert Gunning is a Civil Division Magistrate in the Twentieth Judicial District. Norma Sierra is a judge on the Boulder County Court.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has 15 days in which to select one of the nominees for appointment to the bench. Comments about the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. More information about the nominees is available here.

Appointments to Several Judicial Nominating Commissions and Supreme Court Nominating Commission Announced

On Wednesday, December 31, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced appointments of several people to judicial nominating commissions throughout the state, and to the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

The judicial nominating commissions are responsible for evaluating and recommending candidates for judicial vacancies in their respective judicial districts. They are comprised of seven members and one non-voting supreme court justice (the ex officio chair), of which no more than four members can be of the same political party and no more than three can be admitted to practice law in Colorado. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission evaluates and recommends candidates for vacancies on the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission is comprised of two people from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts, one of whom may be admitted to practice law in Colorado and one of whom may not.

The following individuals were appointed to the judicial and Supreme Court nominating commissions:

Supreme Court Nominating Commission: 

  • Shannon Stevenson of Louisville, to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from the Second Congressional District.

Eleventh Judicial District Nominating Commission:

  • Larry McGee of Canon City, to serve as a non-attorney Democrat from Fremont County.
  • Herbert Phillips of Alma, to serve as a Republican attorney from Park County.
  • Margaret Walker of Nathrop, to serve as a Democratic attorney from Chaffee County.

Fourteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission:

  • James Stimson of Steamboat Springs, to serve as a non-attorney Democrat from Routt County.

Fifteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission:

  • Chris Rundell of Lamar, to serve as an unaffiliated non-attorney from Prowers County.

Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission:

  • Josh Marks of Louisville, to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Boulder County.
  • Jodi Martin of Louisville, to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Boulder County.

Twenty-Second Judicial District Nominating Commission:

  • Sharon Ann Lyons Hanson of Cortez, to serve as a Democratic attorney from Montezuma County.
  • Daniel Porter of Cortez, to serve as a Democratic non-attorney from Montezuma County.

All of the appointments are effective January 1, 2015, to serve six-year terms expiring December 31, 2020. For more information about the appointments, click here, and for more information about judicial nominating commissions, click here.

New District Court Judges Appointed in Weld and Boulder Counties

On Monday, September 16, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointments to the district court benches in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Judicial Districts, encompassing Boulder and Weld counties.

Shannon Douglas Lyons was appointed to the Nineteenth Judicial District Court bench in Weld County, effective October 11, 2013. Mr. Lyons is currently senior litigation counsel for Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC. He has focused on trial work throughout his career, specializing in complex constitutional, statutory, and commercial issues. Mr. Lyons is a regular presenter for the Weld County Bar Association, and was presented with that organization’s Professionalism in the Law Award in 2007.

Bruce Langer was appointed to the Twentieth Judicial District Court bench in Boulder County, effective immediately. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. M. Gwyneth Whalen. Mr. Langer currently works at the Boulder County District Attorney’s office, where he oversees general felony prosecutions and the felony intake unit. Previously, Mr. Langer was an associate at Franco Domenico and Associates.

For more information about the appointments and other judicial vacancies, click here.

Appointments to Lake County Court Bench and Twentieth Judicial District Court Bench Announced

On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia appointed Jonathan Shamis to the bench of the Lake County Court. He will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Hon. Dewey Wayne Patton to the district court bench of the Fifth Judicial District. The appointment is effective August 29, 2013.

Currently, Mr. Shamis is the Executive Director of Alpine Legal Services, where he practices in several areas of the law, including collections, real estate, family law, protection orders, and criminal. Prior to his work at Alpine Legal Services, Mr. Shamis was a partner at Fahrenholtz, Kleinschmidt, Stephens and Shamis. He also worked in the Cook County public defender’s office in Chicago, Illinois.

Additionally, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Andrew Hartman to fill a vacancy on the Twentieth Judicial District Court bench in Boulder County. The vacancy will be created with the retirement of Hon. Roxanne Bailin, effective August 31, 2013.

Mr. Hartman is currently an adjunct professor of law and the Director of Experiential Education at the University of Colorado Law School. He is also a partner at Gross Hartman LLC, where he practices in the areas of intellectual property law, advertising licensing, and litigation counseling. Prior to his work at CU and Gross Hartman, Mr. Hartman was general counsel for Keen Inc. and was a partner at Cooley LLP and Reed Smith.

Hon. Roxanne Bailin, Chief Judge of Twentieth Judicial District, to Retire in August

BailinRoxanneThe Colorado State Judicial Branch announced last week that Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin of the Twentieth Judicial District will retire, effective August 31, 2013. Judge Bailin was appointed to the Twentieth Judicial District Bench in 1986 after four years as a Boulder County Judge. She has been chief judge since 1998. As a chief judge, Judge Bailin oversees the administration of the courts and probation, in addition to performing her duties as District Court Judge. She is a frequent presenter at CLE programs.

The Twentieth Judicial District nominating commission will meet on July 8, 2013, to interview applicants and select nominees for the judgeship. Applicants must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years, and must be qualified electors of the Twentieth Judicial District. Application forms are available on State Judicial’s website or from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Brian Boatright.

Applications must be submitted electronically to Justice Boatright no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate for the vacancy must submit a letter to the nominating commission, with a copy to Justice Boatright, no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. Contact information for the members of the nominating commission may be found on State Judicial’s website. For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Finalists Selected to Fill Judgeship on Twentieth Judicial District Court

The Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of the Honorable James C. Klein, effective June 30, 2012.

The nominees for the bench are David Cheval of Boulder, Judy LaBuda of Niwot, and Bruce Langer of Superior. All candidates were selected by the commission on May 7.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has until May 23 to appoint one of the nominees to the position of District Court Judge for the Twentieth Judicial District (Boulder County).