July 22, 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.

Chief Judges Appointed in 6th and 8th Judicial District

On Thursday, September 15, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the appointment of Jeffrey R. Wilson as Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial District and Judge Stephen E. Howard as Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial District.

Judge Wilson will replace Chief Judge Gregory Lyman, who will retire from the bench on January 10, 2017. Judge Wilson was appointed to the Sixth Judicial District Court in 2002. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice as the founder of Wilson & Crawford, and also served as a district attorney in the Twenty-Second Judicial District.

Judge Howard will replace Chief Judge Stephen J. Schapanski, who will retire from the bench on January 10, 2017. Judge Howard was appointed to the district court bench in 2011. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was an attorney in private practice in Fort Collins from 1978 through 2011, where he had a general practice emphasizing business and real estate litigation.

Todd Norvell Appointed to Sixth Judicial District Court

On Friday, September 9, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Todd Norvell to the Sixth Judicial District Court. Norvell will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Gregory G. Lyman, effective January 10, 2017.

Norvell is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in Durango, where he practices in the criminal division and has served as the tribal liaison. Prior to becoming an AUSA, Norvell was a special agent in the FBI, a deputy district attorney in the Sixth Judicial District, an associate at two Texas law firms, an assistant district attorney in Texas’s Thirty-Fourth Judicial District, and an assistant district attorney in New Mexico’s Eleventh Judicial District. Norvell received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and his law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Hon. Gregory G. Lyman to Retire from Sixth Judicial District Court

lymanOn Thursday, July 14, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Gregory G. Lyman from the Sixth Judicial District Court, effective January 10, 2017. Judge Lyman was appointed to the district court in June 1996, where he primarily handles civil, criminal, probate, and domestic relations matters. He is the Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial District, and is also a Water Judge in Division 7. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was the District Attorney of the Sixth Judicial District and also worked at the District Attorney’s Office in the Seventh Judicial District. He was in private practice before his work as a District Attorney. Judge Lyman received his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy on the Sixth Judicial District Court bench. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Sixth Judicial District and must have been licensed to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright. Completed applications must be received no later than noon on August 5, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 29, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Robert Campbell Duthie, III, Appointed to Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission

On Monday, July 21, 2014, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Robert Campbell Duthie, III, to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Sixth Judicial District, encompassing Archuleta, La Plata, and San Juan counties. Duthie is an attorney in private practice in Durango, handling criminal, civil, and business matters. He was appointed as an attorney and a Democrat from La Plata County for a term expiring December 31, 2019.

Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a judicial nominating commission, which reviews applicants for judicial vacancies and selects nominees for the governor’s consideration. Judicial district nominating commissions are comprised of seven members, no more than three of whom can be attorneys and no more than four of whom can be from the same political party. For more information on judicial nominating commissions, click here.

William Herringer Appointed to Sixth Judicial District Court Bench

On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed William Herringer to the bench of the Sixth Judicial District Court, effective March 11, 2013. He will replace Hon. David L. Dickinson, whose retirement was effective February 28, 2013.

Prior to his appointment, Herringer was an attorney in private practice at Greenberg & Herringer, LLC, in Durango. He primarily focused on criminal defense, but also handled personal injury cases and protection order hearings. He earned his law degree from University of Colorado Law School, and his undergraduate degree from Colorado College.

Judge Herringer’s appointment will be effective for two years, at which time he will face a retention election. If retained, he will remain on the bench for an additional six years.

Judge David L. Dickinson to Retire from Sixth Judicial District Court Bench

The Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 to interview and select nominees for appointment to the bench of the Sixth Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the February 28, 2013 retirement of the Honorable David L. Dickinson.

Judge Dickinson was appointed to the district court for the Sixth Judicial District in December 1998. His docket includes civil, criminal, domestic relations, juvenile, and probate cases. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was in private practice as a solo practitioner specializing in real estate, business and commercial litigation, and local government.

Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Sixth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Alison Eid, and from the office of the district administrator. They are also available on the State Judicial website.

Applications must be submitted to the ex officio chair electronically in PDF format no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6. Any person wishing to suggest a nominee must do so by letter submitted to any member of the nominating commission and a copy to the ex officio  chair no later than 4 p.m. on January 30, 2013.