July 20, 2017

Nominees Selected for 18th Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill an upcoming vacancy on the 18th Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. F. Stephen Collins, effective August 1, 2017.

The three nominees are Cori Alcock-Christofferson of Centennial, Richard Ferro of Centennial, and Andrew Baum of Highlands Ranch. Cori Alcock-Christofferson is at the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Richard Ferro is in the Medicaid Fraud Unit of the Office of the Colorado Attorney General. Andrew Baum is a magistrate in Arapahoe County.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days in which to select one of the nominees for appointment to the bench. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be submitted to the governor via email at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

18th Judicial District’s Senior Law Day and Safety Summit is October 14, 2016

2016 cover sample_Layout 1The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will host its annual Senior Law Day and Safety Summit on Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Charles Schwab & Co. Events Center in Lone Tree (9899 Schwab Way #100, Lone Tree, CO 80124). This year’s event will focus on topics pertaining to legal, safety, and fraud awareness issues in later life. Seniors, family members, professionals in the field of aging; and individuals contemplating retirement are particularly encouraged to attend.

Registration for the event is $10, and includes a copy of the 2016 Senior Law Handbook, a boxed lunch, snacks, and an opportunity to sign up for a free consultation with an attorney on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration information is available here.

For more information, contact Barbara Martin-Worley at (720) 874-8487 or bmw@da18.state.co.us.

Ben Leutwyler and Robert Lung Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court

On Friday, April 29, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Ben Leutwyler and Robert Lung to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. Leutwyler and Lung will fill vacancies created by the retirement of Hon. Richard Caschette and Hon. Marilyn Antrim, effective July 1, 2016.

Ben Leutwyler is currently a district court magistrate in the Eighteenth Judicial District, where he presides over a domestic relations docket. Prior to his work as magistrate, Leutwyler was a partner at Mike Hulen, PC, where he practiced criminal defense, personal injury, family law, and trust and estate law. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from Georgia State University College of Law.

Robert Lung is also currently a district court magistrate in the Eighteenth Judicial District, where he presides over dependency and neglect and probate cases. Lung has also been an assistant magistrate for the City of Lone Tree, Assistant City & County Attorney for Broomfield, and a Deputy District Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District. He received his undergraduate degree from Regis University and his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Six Finalists Selected for Two Vacancies on 18th Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of six nominees to fill two vacancies on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. The vacancies will be occasioned by the retirements of Hon. Richard Caschette and Hon. Marilyn Antrim, effective July 1, 2016. The nominees are Andrew C. Baum of Highlands Ranch, Richard H. Ferro of Centennial, Ben L. Leutwyler, III, of Highlands Ranch, Robert Lung of Parker, Michael W. Melito of Littleton, and Eric B. White of Centennial.

Andrew C. Baum is a prosecutor at the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Richard H. Ferro is an attorney in the state Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Ben L. Leutwyler, III, is a partner at Mike Hulen, P.C., where he practices personal injury, criminal defense, family law, and estate planning. Robert Lung is an Arapahoe County Magistrate. Michael W. Melito is a Senior Assistant Attorney General. Eric B. White is also an Arapahoe County Magistrate.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from April 13, 2016, in which to appoint two of the nominees to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. 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.

Hon. Marilyn Antrim and Hon. Richard Caschette to Retire from 18th Judicial District Court

On Friday, February 12, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirements of Hon. Marilyn L. Antrim and Hon. Richard Caschette, effective July 1, 2016.

Hon. Marilyn L. Antrim was appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court in 2003. She hears a docket of criminal, civil, and domestic cases. Prior to her appointment, she had been a magistrate in Jefferson County Court since 1996, and prior to that was in private practice with the firm of Kissinger & Fellman, PC. She is on the board of the First Judicial District Bar Association and has held several offices, including president, in the District Judges Association.

Hon. Richard Caschette was appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court in 2008, where he hears a docket of domestic relations and civil cases. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice, where he handled complex business litigation, securities and health care fraud, professional malpractice, products liability, employment, and white collar criminal defense. Judge Caschette is a member of the CBA Litigation Section and frequently speaks at domestic relations and civil law conferences.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancies on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Eighteenth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the Colorado State Judicial Branch or the ex officio chair of the Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Allison Eid. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on March 16, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on March 9, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Gary Kramer and Patricia Herron Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the governor’s office announced his appointment of Gary Kramer and Patricia Herron to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. Kramer will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Gerald Rafferty, effective January 23, 2016, and Herron will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Christopher Cross, effective February 8, 2016.

Kramer is currently the chair of the litigation department at Berenbaum Weinshienk, P.C., where he focuses on complex probate and domestic litigation for high-asset clients throughout Colorado. He received both his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Colorado, where he was in the Order of the Coif in law school and was articles editor for the law review. He is a contributing author to CLE’s Colorado Estate Planning Handbook. 

Herron is currently a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the litigation division, where she focuses on civil cases involving torts, civil rights, antitrust violations, personal injuries, and medical injuries. She also currently works at the Aurora Municipal Court, where she is a relief judge. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and her law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Shay Whitaker and Peter Michaelson Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court Bench

On Monday, November 30, 2015, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Shay Whitaker and Peter Michaelson to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court bench. They will fill vacancies created by the retirements of Hon. Angela Arkin and Hon. Timothy Fasing, effective January 1, 2016. There are two additional vacancies forthcoming on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court bench: Hon. Gerald Rafferty will retire effective January 23, 2016, and Hon. Christopher Cross will retire effective February 8, 2016. Applications are still being accepted for the vacancy created by Judge Cross’s retirement.

Shay Whitaker is currently a criminal defense attorney at Whitaker & Associates in Aurora. She received both her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, and her law degree from The Ohio State University. In 1997, she moved to Denver, and has been in private practice at various firms since then. She also serves as appointed counsel for Truancy Court.

Peter Michaelson is an attorney at Hamre, Rodriguez, Ostrander & Dingess, P.C. in Denver. He is also a judge on the Custer County Court. Since 1997, he has also operated his own practice in Westcliffe, Colorado, where he emphasizes civil litigation, mechanics’ liens and construction defects, business law, real property law, and probate matters. Mr. Michaelson is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Minnesota, the U.S. District of Colorado, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He became a Deputy District Attorney in 1984 and was elected District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District in 1988, where was reelected twice.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Hon. Christopher Cross to Retire from 18th Judicial District Court

On Friday, November 20, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced an upcoming vacancy on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court occasioned by the retirement of Hon. Christopher Cross, effective February 8, 2016. Hon. Christopher Cross was appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court bench in January 2009, where he oversees a civil and criminal docket. Prior to his appointment, he had been a county court judge in Arapahoe County. He was a Deputy District Attorney in Denver for six years, followed by 13 years in private practice. He received his law degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from Denison University in Ohio.

Applications are already being accepted for another vacancy in the Eighteenth Judicial District, and all applications received by December 1 will be considered for this vacancy as well. Those who previously submitted applications for the vacancies created by the retirement of Hon. Angela Arkin and Hon. Gerald Rafferty may apply for the new vacancy with the same previously submitted materials. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard Gabriel. Application forms must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on December 1, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Finalists Selected for Vacancies on 18th Judicial District Court Bench

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of six nominees to fill two vacancies on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court Bench. The vacancies will be created January 1, 2016, by the retirement of Hon. Angela Arkin and Hon. Timothy L. Fasing. The six nominees are Gary M. Kramer of Greenwood Village; Ben L. Leutwyler, III, of Highlands Ranch; Michael W. Melito of Littleton; Peter F. Michaelson of Centennial; Teresa W. Seymour of Castle Rock; and Shay K. Whitaker of Aurora.

Gary Kramer is currently the Chair of the Litigation Practice Group at Berenbaum Weinshienk P.C. in Greenwood Village, where he focus on complex probate and domestic relations litigation. Ben L. Leutwyler, III, is a partner at Mike Hulen, PC in Littleton. He has experience as a criminal prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, civil litigator, and in wills and estate planning. Michael W. Melito is a Senior Assistant Attorney General at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where he has been since 2005. Prior to that, he was a J.A.G. attorney in the U.S. Army. Peter F. Michaelson is an attorney at Hamre, Rodriguez, Ostrander & Dingess, P.C. in Denver. Since 1997, he has also operated his own practice in Westcliffe, Colorado, where he emphasizes civil litigation, mechanics’ liens and construction defects, business law, real property law, and probate matters. Teresa W. Seymour is a solo practitioner at Teresa W. Seymour LLC, where she practices criminal defense law. Shay K. Whitaker is an attorney at Whitaker & Associates in Aurora. She primarily practices criminal defense law.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days in which to select two of the nominees for appointment to the district court bench. Comments regarding the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the vacancies, click here.

Hon. Gerald Rafferty to Retire from 18th Judicial District Court

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a change in the meeting schedule of the Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission. On November 10, 2015, the nominating commission will meet to review and select applicants for nomination to the district court bench to fill vacancies created by the retirement of Hon. Timothy Fasing and Hon. Angela Arkin, both effective January 1, 2016. Applications previously submitted for the vacancy created by Judge Rafferty’s retirement will now be considered for the vacancy created by Judge Fasing’s retirement. Judge Rafferty will retire on January 23, 2016, and the nominating commission will meet on December 18, 2015, to review and select applicants for nomination.

Applications are still being accepted for the vacancy created by Judge Rafferty’s retirement. The deadline to submit applications is 4 p.m. on December 1, 2015. Eligible applicants must be attorneys admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years and must be qualified electors of the Eighteenth Judicial District. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard Gabriel.

Click here for more information on the vacancies and for contact information for the members of the nominating commission.

Honorable Angela Arkin and Honorable Gerald Rafferty to Retire from Eighteenth Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Hon. Angela Arkin will retire from the Eighteenth Judicial District Court, effective January 1, 2016, and Hon. Gerald Rafferty will retire from the same court, effective Jan. 23, 2016. The application period is now open for both vacancies.

Hon. Angela Arkin was appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court in 2002, where she oversees a domestic relations docket. Prior to her appointment, she was a district court magistrate in Arapahoe County with a domestic relations and juvenile docket. She is a frequent lecturer and author for CLE in Colorado, speaking on topics related to family law, DNA evidence, and jurisdiction, and she writes for the Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Domestic Relations Law. She received her law degree from Emory Law School and is licensed in Colorado, Georgia, and the District of Columbia.

Hon. Gerald Rafferty was appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court in 1999. Prior to his appointment, he was a Deputy District Attorney in the Denver DA’s office from 1995-1999 and was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1989-1995 and 1978-1988. He was Of Counsel at a law firm from 1988-1989. Judge Rafferty served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1967-1972 and was an FBI special agent from 1973-1977. He earned his law degree, with honors, from John Marshall Law School in 1978.

Applications are now being accepted for the judicial vacancies. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and also from the ex officio chair of the Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Allison Eid. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on October 14, 2015, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on October 7, 2015.

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

Phillip Douglass Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court Bench

On Friday, June 5, 2015, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Phillip Douglass to the district court bench in the Eighteenth Judicial District. Douglass will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. J. Mark Hannen, effective July 1, 2015.

Currently, Douglass is Of Counsel at Rowe Law, LLC in Denver, where he focuses his practice on general commercial litigation, labor and employment law, arbitration, and internal corporate investigations. Prior to his work at Rowe Law, Douglass was in-house counsel at Qwest, MediaOne, and US WEST, and he was also an associate at Baker & Botts in Texas. Douglass earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and his law degree from Cornell Law School.