December 18, 2017

Christopher Baumann Appointed to Denver District Court

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Christopher Baumann to fill a district court vacancy in the Second Judicial District. Baumann will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Sheila Rappaport, effective December 31, 2017.

Currently, Baumann is at the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where he is the Office Head and a Deputy State Public Defender. He has worked with the Public Defender’s Office since 2002, and he specializes in death penalty cases. He also worked as an Assistant Attorney General from 2004-2005, was a staff attorney at the Supreme Court of Louisiana from 2000-2001, was in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1994-2002, and was in the Ready Reserve in Boulder from 1994-1997. He is also a representative of Colorado Public Defenders on the CBA Board of Governors. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and his law degree from Tulane University.

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Six Nominees Selected for Two Vacancies on Denver County Court

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, the Denver County Court Judicial Nominating Commission announced the selection of six nominees to fill two vacancies on the Denver County Court. The vacancies will be created by the retirement of Judges John Marcucci and Doris Burd.

The six nominees are Arnie Beckman, Frances Simonet, Andrew Luxen, Judith Smith, Isabel Pallares, and James Zobel. Arnie Beckman is a Colorado State Public Defender. Frances Simonet is a magistrate in the 17th Judicial District. Andrew Luxen is a Senior Deputy District Attorney at the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Judith Smith is the Special Prosecutions Section Chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Isabel Pallares is a Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s Office. James Zobel is a magistrate in the Denver County Court.

Hon. Sheila A. Rappaport to Retire from Second Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Sheila A. Rappaport from the Second Judicial District Court, effective December 31, 2017.

Judge Rappaport was appointed to the Denver District Court in July 2000, where she has presided over civil, criminal, and domestic relations matters. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Rappaport was a Denver District Attorney for 20 years, and she was the first woman Chief Deputy in charge of the Felony Intake Division and Juvenile Division. She is also a certified instructor at Denver Police Department Academy, including subjects of investigative techniques, administrative of justice , domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Denver and her law degree from the University of Denver.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Denver 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 Second Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Allison Eid. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on September 11, 2017 to be considered. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than September 4, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Jay Grant and Jennifer Torrington Appointed to Denver District Court

On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced his appointment of Jay Grant and Jennifer Torrington to the Second Judicial District Court. Grant and Torrington will fill vacancies created by the retirement of Hon. R. Michael Mullins and the resignation of Hon. Ann B. Frick, effective July 1, 2016.

Jay Grant is currently a lead attorney in the Denver office of the Colorado State Public Defender. He previously was an attorney at Stiner, Beck, Jonson & Nolan, where he practiced criminal defense and family law, and was an attorney at Cudd & Associates, where he practiced securities law. He received his undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University in 1989, a Master’s Degree in History from New Mexico State University in 1992, and his J.D. from Oklahoma City University in 1997.

Jennifer Torrington is currently a magistrate in the Denver District Court where she oversees post-decree domestic relations cases. Prior to her work on the Denver District Court, Torrington was a magistrate for the Denver Juvenile Court from 2004 to 2015. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of law in 1999.

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Andrea Eddy and Chelsea Malone Appointed as Denver County Court Judges

On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced his appointments of Andrea Eddy and Chelsea Malone to the bench of the Denver County Court. Eddy and Malone will fill vacancies created by the retirements of Hon. Alfred Harrell and Hon. Kerry Hada, and the appointments will be effective the first week of July 2016.

Eddy is currently a Denver County Court magistrate. Prior to her work on the Denver County Court, Eddy was a Senior Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s Office. She is a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and the Colorado GLBT Bar Association.

Malone is currently a solo practitioner at the Law Offices of Chelsea Malone and Of Counsel to the Law Offices of Fred Andrew Dunsing. Previously, Malone served as a Deputy State Public Defender. She is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Nominees Selected for Vacancies on Second Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, the Second Judicial District Nominating Commission announced its selection of six nominees to fill two upcoming vacancies on the Second Judicial District Court. The nominees are Christopher J. Baumann, Jay S. Grant, Frances E. Simonet, Jay B. Simonson, Jennifer B. Torrington, and Christine A. Washburn.

Christopher J. Baumann is the head of the Denver office of the Colorado State Public Defender. Jay S. Grant is lead attorney at the same office. Frances Simonet is a magistrate in the Seventeenth Judicial District. Jay B. Simonson is a First Assistant Attorney General. Jennifer B. Torrington is a magistrate in the Second Judicial District. Christine A. Washburn is the Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from March 29 in which to appoint two of the nominees to the vacancies. 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.

Hon. R. Michael Mullins to Retire and Hon. Ann Frick to Resign from Second Judicial District Court

On Monday, January 25, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Hon. R. Michael Mullins will retire from the Second Judicial District Court, effective July 1, 2016, and Hon. Ann Frick will resign from that court, effective July 1, 2016.

Judge Mullins was appointed to the district court bench in 1990. Prior to his appointment, he practiced in the litigation section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and was a trial attorney in the Denver Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. He was also an attorney in private practice, specializing in criminal, administrative, and workers’ compensation law. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

Judge Frick was appointed to the district court bench in June 2010. Prior to her appointment, she spent several years at the boutique firm, Kelly, Haglund, Garnsey & Kahn, and also worked at Holme Roberts Owen (now Bryan Cave) and the Denver District Attorney’s Office. She also was a founder and name partner of the Jacobs Chase firm, where she practiced complex business and real estate litigation.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancies. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Second Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and are also available from the ex officio chair of the Second Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica Marquez. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on March 8, 2016. Anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so in writing no later than 4 p.m. on March 1, 2016.

For more information about the vacancies, click here.

David Goldberg Appointed to Denver District Court

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of David Goldberg to the district court bench in the Second Judicial District, effective June 1, 2015. Goldberg will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Herbert L. Stern, III.

Currently, Goldberg is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he is a trial attorney with experience in complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He has also been an instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy since 1993, and has presented for CBA-CLE. He represents companies, financial institutions, owners, developers and ski resorts in business and commercial real estate disputes. He received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Finalists Announced for Second Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees for a forthcoming vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created on June 1 by the retirement of Hon. Herbert L. Stern, III. The three nominees are David H. Goldberg, Jay S. Grant, and Christine A. Washburn.

David H. Goldberg is a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he represents companies, financial institutions, and others in business and commercial disputes. Jay S. Grant is a Deputy State Public Defender in Denver, where he handles all levels of felony criminal cases and all types of criminal charges. Christine A. Washburn is Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, where she practices criminal prosecution and is co-chief of the Family Violence Unit.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from May 5 in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. If he does not select a nominee in that time, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court may select a nominee. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

Second Judicial District Nominating Commission Appointment Announced

On Monday, May 4, 2015, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Louise Hurlbut to the judicial nominating commission for the Second Judicial District. Hurlbut is appointed to a term expiring December 31, 2020, to serve as a non-attorney and a Republican from Denver County.

Kerri Lombardi Appointed to Denver County Court

On Monday, April 13, 2015, Mayor Hancock’s office announced the mayor’s appointment of Kerri Lombardi as Denver County Court judge, effective May 1, 2015. Lombardi will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. James Breese.

Lombardi is currently Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s office, where she has been a prosecutor for 15 years and is currently the co-chief of the Family Violence Unit. She has extensive trial experience and routinely teaches and trains in this specialized area of expertise. She is involved in numerous boards, committees, and community organizations related to her area of expertise. Ms. Lombardi is a 1993 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Finalists Announced for Denver County Court Vacancy

On March 27, 2015, the Denver County Court Judicial Nominating Commission transmitted the names of three contenders for the Denver County Court vacancy to Mayor Hancock. The Denver County Court vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. James Breese, effective April 30, 2015.

Mayor Hancock has until April 13, 2015, to select one of the nominees for appointment to the Denver County Court bench. The three nominees are Patrick McKinstry, Chelsea Reiss, and Kerri Lombardi. Comments about the nominees can be submitted to the mayor via email.