June 26, 2017

Hon. Martha T. Minot to Retire from La Plata County Court

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Martha T. Minot from the La Plata County Court, effective August 29, 2017. Judge Minot was appointed to the La Plata County Court in March 1995. She presides over a case load that includes traffic offenses, misdemeanors, and civil cases. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Minot was in private practice in Durango, Colorado. She is active in her community; Judge Minot has been the president of the Southwest Colorado Bar Association, the president of the Colorado County Judges Association, is currently a member of the Judicial Discipline Committee and is involved in numerous civic activities in her jurisdiction, including being a hospice volunteer and training advocates for a crisis telephone service.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of La Plata County and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice William Hood, III. Application forms must be received no later than 4 p.m. on July 12, 2017. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on July 5, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Jin Ho Pack Appointed to Delta County Court

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the governor appointed Jin Ho Pack to the Delta County Court in the 7th Judicial District. Pack will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Sandra Miller, effective August 4, 2017.

Pack is currently the county attorney for Delta County. She has been with the Delta County Attorney’s Office since 2014. Prior to her work for Delta County, Pack was an associate at Kaplan Law, L.L.C.; a child support enforcement attorney for Young Williams Child Support Services, and a deputy prosecuting attorney in Honolulu, Hawaii. Pack received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

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District Court Judge William Bain Appointed Chief Judge of 4th Judicial District

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that District Court Judge William Bain will become the Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial District upon the retirement of the current chief judge, Judge Gilbert Martinez, who will retire effective August 1, 2017.

Judge Bain was appointed to the Fourth Judicial District Court bench in 2010. Prior to his appointment, he was at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley in Denver, served as a Fourth Judicial District deputy district attorney, and was a civil litigator for the City of Colorado Springs for three years. He received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and his law degree from Cornell University.

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James Craig Dolezal Appointed to Sedgwick County Court

On Monday, May 8, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of James Craig Dolezal to the Sedgwick County Court. Dolezal will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Tera Neugebauer, effective May 1, 2017.

Dolezal is currently an enumerator with the National Agriculture Statistic Service and the State of Colorado Division of the National Association of States Department of Agriculture. He has also been a financial advisor for JCD Wealth Management Services and UBS Financial Services, staff executive for George S. May Co., operations manager for Larson Motors, and has held various other positions in banking and business ownership. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University.

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Magistrate Priscilla Loew Appointed to District Court Bench in 17th Judicial District

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Priscilla Jeffrey Loew to the 17th Judicial District Court. Loew will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. John Popovich, effective May 31, 2017.

Loew is currently a magistrate in the 17th Judicial District, where she has been since 2016. Prior to her work as a magistrate, Loew was a Senior Deputy District Attorney in the 2nd Judicial District from 2008 to 2016, and a Deputy District Attorney in Weld County from 2006 to 2007. She also clerked for Hon. Larry Naves in the Denver District Court. Loew received her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Nominees Selected for Sedgwick County Court Vacancy

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of two nominees to fill a vacancy on the Sedgwick County Court. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. Tera N. Neugebauer, effective May 1, 2017.

The two nominees are James Dolezal of Julesburg and Belinda Obermier of Julesburg. James Dolezal is an Investment Advisor Representative at JCD Wealth Management. Belinda Obermier is at Cabela’s in Sydney, Nebraska.

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

Nominees Selected for 17th Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Monday, April 17, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees for an upcoming vacancy on the 17th Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. John Popovich, effective May 31, 2017. The three nominees are Sean Finn of Broomfield, Priscilla Loew of Broomfield, and Kyle Seedorf of Broomfield.

Sean Finn is a Chief Deputy District Attorney in Boulder County. Priscilla Loew is a Magistrate in Broomfield County. Kyle Seedorf is a partner at Taylor Anderson LLP, where he practices business, insurance, tort, and premises liability litigation.

The governor has 15 days from April 17 in which to appoint one of the nominees to the bench. 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.

Application Period Open for Delta County Court Vacancy

On Monday, April 10, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced an upcoming vacancy on the Delta County Court in the Seventh Judicial District. The vacancy will occur on August 4, 2017, and is occasioned by the resignation of Hon. Sandra Miller.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Delta County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan Coats. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 15, 2017 to be considered, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than May 8, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy and application process, click here.

Shannon Gerhart Appointed to El Paso County Court

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Shannon Gerhart to the El Paso County Court. Gerhart will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Jonathan Walker, effective February 15, 2017.

Gerhart is currently the Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Fourth Judicial District. She has been at that office since 2001, and previously served as a Senior Deputy District Attorney and Deputy District Attorney. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Hon. Gilbert A. Martinez to Retire from Fourth Judicial District Court

On Friday, March 31, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Gilbert A. Martinez from the Fourth Judicial District Court, effective August 1, 2017.

Judge Martinez was appointed to the Fourth Judicial District Court bench in 1989. He was Chief Judge of the District Court from 1994 to 2007 and again from 2011 to 2016. He primarily handles a domestic relations docket. Judge Martinez is a frequent participant in community events such as Teen Court and Mock Trial. Prior to his appointment to the district court bench, he was a public defender in the Colorado Springs Public Defender’s Office from 1978 to 1989, and was director of that office for four years. He received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, and received his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School. He is a native of Colorado.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Fourth Judicial District 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 Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Allison Eid. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 22, 2017, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on May 15.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

John Scipione Appointed to Arapahoe County Court

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, the governor appointed John Scipione to the Arapahoe County Court in the 18th Judicial District. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Robert C. Tobias, effective May 31, 2017.

Scipione is currently a magistrate in the 18th Judicial District, where he presides over first appearances, felony advisements, bond hearings, and preliminary hearings for all felony cases. Prior to his work as a magistrate, Scipione worked for Taussig, Scipione & Taussig, LLC from 2011 to 2012; Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis, P.C. from 2008 to 2011; Herrold & Herrold, P.C. from 2007 to 2008; Law Cash/Esquire Capital from 2006 to 2007; and Caplis, Scipione & Deasy, LLC from 2003 to 2007. He received his law degree from the University of Colorado and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Harold Sargent Appointed to Jefferson County Court; Richard Medina Appointed to Crowley County Court

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Harold Sargent to the Jefferson County Court in the First Judicial District and Richard Medina to the Crowley County Court in the 16th Judicial District. Sargent will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Tammy Greene, effective April 1, 2017. Medina will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Suzanne A. Grant, effective February 23, 2017.

Sargent is currently a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the First Judicial District. In addition to practicing law, Sargent supervises lawyers in the Juvenile Mental Health Court, Veterans Treatment Court, and Adult Mental Health Court. Before being named Chief Deputy District Attorney in 1999, Sargent was a Deputy District Attorney in the First Judicial District from 1983 to 1999. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of Denver.

Medina is currently a Crowley County land use administrator and building inspector, and a Kiowa County GED instructor. Medina has also worked as a park ranger for the National Park Service and a case manager for the Colorado Department of Corrections. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

For more information about the appointments, click here.