November 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.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Nominees Selected for Vacancy on Second Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the Second Judicial District Nominating Commission’s selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Sheila Rappaport, effective December 31, 2017. The three nominees are Michael Beaver, Christopher Baumann, and Christine Washburn.

Michael Beaver is currently a partner at Holland & Hart, where he practices employment law. Christopher Baumann works at the State of Colorado Public Defender’s Office. Christine Washburn is a Chief Deputy District Attorney at the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days in which to appoint one of the nominees to the bench. Comments about the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Colorado Court of Appeals: Denver District Court Never Acquired Jurisdiction Over Juvenile Defendant

The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in People v. Sandoval on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Juvenile—Direct Filing—Subject Matter Jurisdiction—Crime of Violence.

Defendant was 16 years old when, at a party, he brought the victim a drink mixed with a crushed pill, which she drank. Afterward, the victim appeared to be dizzy, stumbled, and had difficulty talking. Then defendant, along with two other male teenagers, sexually assaulted the victim. The prosecution directly filed two charges against defendant: (1) sexual assault by causing submission of the victim through the application of physical force and (2) sexual assault of the victim while he knew she was incapable of appraising the nature of her conduct. The prosecution later dismissed the first charge, and a jury found defendant guilty of the second charge. The district court sentenced defendant to eight years of sex offender specific intensive probation and 90 days in jail.

On appeal, defendant contended that the district court lacked subject matter jurisdiction to sentence him because neither offense charged in the complaint was a crime of violence under C.R.S. § 18-1.3-406 and thus did not qualify for direct filing in the district court. Because neither count was a crime of violence under C.R.S. § 18-1.3-406, the charges were not eligible for direct filing in the district court. The court of appeals held that (1) the juvenile court had exclusive jurisdiction over the charge on which defendant was tried, convicted, and sentenced in the district court; (2) the district court lacked subject matter jurisdiction; and (3) therefore, the judgment was a nullity and required dismissal.

The judgment and sentence were vacated and the case was remanded to the district court for dismissal.

Summary provided courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

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.

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.

Hon. Herbert L. Stern, III, to Retire from Second Judicial District Court

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Herbert L. Stern, III, from the Denver District Court, effective June 1, 2015. Judge Stern was appointed to the Denver District Court in June 1990, and primarily presides over civil cases involving money damages. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Stern was a public defender for over 10 years and maintained a private law practice. He received his law degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Applications are now being accepted for the forthcoming vacancy on the Denver District Court. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and also from the ex officio chair of the Second Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan Coats. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Second Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 21, 2015. Anyone wishing to nominate another for the vacancy must do so in writing no later than 4 p.m. on April 14, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Karen L. Brody Appointed to Denver District Court Bench

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Karen L. Brody as District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District. She will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Norman Haglund, effective April 18, 2014.

Ms. Brody is currently a member of Lowe, Fell & Skogg, LLC, where she practices commercial, real estate, and eminent domain litigation. Prior to this, she worked at Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P.C. as a litigation associate. She received her bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of Denver, where she was in the Order of St. Ives, and she received an M.A. in Economics from Tufts University.

Nominees Selected for Judgeship in Second Judicial District

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the bench of the Second Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Norman Haglund, effective April 18, 2014.

The three nominees are Karen L. Brody of Denver, David H. Goldberg of Denver, and Jay S. Grant of Denver. Contact information for the nominees is available on the State Judicial website.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from March 11 in which to appoint one of the nominees to the judgeship. If he does not do so within that time, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court will select a nominee. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

Denver Bar Association Releases Survey Regarding Second Judicial District Nominees

A Second Judicial District vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable Norman D. Haglund on April 18. The Colorado Judicial Department has released the names of the three finalists for that vacancy on the bench. The finalists are Karen L. Brody, David H. Goldberg, and Jay S. Grant. See below for brief biographies on each candidate.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey regarding the nominees. The Denver Bar Association, through its President, Daniel R. McCune, will provide the information from the survey to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s legal team.

The survey will be compiled by The Denver Bar Association and all survey responses are confidential. Each time a judicial vacancy occurs in the Denver District Court, the Denver Bar surveys its members on the nominees to provide feedback to the governor’s office.

The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 14. You can begin the survey here. We apologize for the short turnaround time but the names were just released. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

The three nominees are:

Karen L. Brody
Brody is currently an attorney with Lowe, Fell & Skogg in Denver where she practices Commercial, Real Estate, and Eminent Domain Litigation. Ms. Brody received her undergraduate degree from the University of Denver in 1982, her M.A. from Tufts University in 1983, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver in 1996.

David H. Goldberg
Goldberg is currently a trial attorney at Greenberg Traurig practicing commercial litigation and arbitration. In addition, he was formerly the managing partner of an international law firm’s Moscow office, where his practice focused on international transactions, financing, licensing and distribution agreements. Mr. Goldberg received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1980 and his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology in 1983.

Jay S. Grant
Grant is currently a Deputy State Public Defender in Denver. Mr. Grant 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. Mr. Grant received his undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University in 1992 and his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University in 1997.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alexa Drago at adrago@cobar.org or (303) 824-5313.