August 18, 2017

Hon. David Westfall to Retire from Seventh Judicial District Court

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. David Westfall from the Seventh Judicial District Court, effective August 31, 2017. Judge Westfall was appointed to the Ouray County Court in November 1999, and was appointed to the district court in 2015. Judge Westfall handles a varied docket, including criminal, juvenile delinquency, civil cases over $15,000, probate, juvenile, mental health, and domestic relations cases. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Seventh Judicial District at the time of investiture, and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and from the ex officio chair of the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 10, 2017; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so by August 3, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Keri Yoder Appointed as District Court Judge in 7th Judicial District

On Friday, February 19, 2016, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Keri Yoder to the Seventh Judicial District Court bench. She will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Jeff B. Herron, effective March 1, 2016.

Currently, Yoder is an Assistant District Attorney in the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office, where she has been since 2002. Prior to her work at the DA’s Office, Yoder was in private practice, where she practiced civil and employment law. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Finalists Selected for Vacancy on Seventh Judicial District Court

On February 2, 2016, the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission announced its selection of three nominees for appointment to the Seventh Judicial District Court to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Jeff B. Herron, effective March 1, 2016. The three nominees are Donald Corwin (Cory) Jackson of Ouray, Bennet Morris of Montrose, and Keri Yoder of Telluride.

Donald Corwin (Cory) Jackson is currently an Ouray County Court judge. He was appointed to the bench in December 2014, and prior to his appointment he was a sole practitioner at The Cory Jackson Company, LLC and the founder of the Alpine Near-Miss Survey. Bennet Morris is a Montrose County Court judge. He was appointed in August 2012, and prior to his appointment he was the Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Montrose. Keri Yoder is the Assistant District Attorney for the Seventh Judicial District. She has been in the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s office for over ten years.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has fifteen days from February 3 in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. Comments about any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor’s office. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Hon. Jeff B. Herron to Resign from Seventh Judicial District Court

On Friday, December 18, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Hon. Jeff B. Herron will resign from the Seventh Judicial District Court, effective March 1, 2016. Judge Herron was appointed to the bench in February 2007, and practiced law in both the public and private sectors before his appointment.

Applications are being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Seventh Judicial District, and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and from the ex officio chair of the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on January 18, 2016. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on January 11, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

UPDATE: The Colorado State Judicial Branch extended the application deadline to January 19, 2016, at 4 p.m.

Steven Schultz and David Westfall Appointed to Seventh Judicial District Court

On Friday, September 5, 2014, the governor’s office announced Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia’s appointment of two judges to the district court bench in the Seventh Judicial District, encompassing Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, San Miguel, and Ouray counties. Steven Schultz and David Westfall were appointed to fill vacancies occasioned by the retirements of Hon. James W. Schum and Hon. Charles R. Greenacre. The appointments are effective January 13, 2015.

Steven Schultz is currently a member of McCarthy & Schultz in Hotchkiss, Colorado. He practices family law, criminal law, civil litigation, business law, water law, and probate. Prior to joining McCarthy & Schultz, he practiced law for eleven years with the Wall Street firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where he litigated a wide range of civil litigation matters for corporate clients. He received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in 1988 and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1993.

David Westfall is currently the Ouray County Court judge, where he handles traffic matters, misdemeanors, criminal cases, civil cases under $15,000, small claims, and temporary restraining orders. He also serves as the municipal court judge for Ouray, Ridgway, and Telluride. Prior to his appointment to the Ouray County Court bench in 2000, he was an owner and attorney for Attorneys Title Agency, Inc.; owner and attorney for KURA radio; an attorney at the Westfall Law Office; and owner of Westfall Construction. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma City School of Law.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Hon. Charles Greenacre and Hon. James Schum to Retire from Seventh Judicial District Court

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of two judges on the district court bench for the Seventh Judicial District, Hon. Charles Greenacre and Hon. James Schum. Both vacancies will occur on January 13, 2015.

Judge Greenacre was appointed to the Seventh Judicial District Court in May 2000. Prior to his appointment, he was a Montrose County Judge from December 1994 through May 2000. His docket includes criminal, civil, probate, mental health, juvenile, and domestic relations cases. He was also the first presiding judge of the drug court in the Seventh Judicial District.

Judge Schum was appointed to the district court bench in the Seventh Judicial District in July 2005. Prior to his appointment, he was a combined court magistrate since 1996, handling all types of cases for both county and district court. He also had a private practice in Delta County.

Eligible applicants for the vacancies must be qualified electors of the Seventh 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 Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Allison Eid, and are also available on State Judicial’s website. The original signed application and an identical electronic PDF copy must be filed with Justice Eid no later than 4 p.m. on July 31, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so no later than 4 p.m. on July 24, 2014.

More information about the vacancy and contact information for members of the nominating commission may be found here.

Bennet Morris Appointed as New Judge in Montrose County

On Friday, August 10, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Bennet Morris to serve as a Montrose County Court judge. Morris will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Jerry Montgomery. His appointment is effective immediately.

Morris is currently the Senior Assistant City Attorney for the city of Montrose, a position he has held since 2003. In this role, he provides a range of legal advice to the City Council, senior staff, the Planning Commission, and other city boards. He previously worked as an indemnity and claims evaluator at the Land Title Guarantee Company.

Morris earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and his law degree from the University of Idaho.

Finalists Selected to Fill Judgeship on Montrose County Court Bench

The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a Montrose County court judgeship created by the resignation of the Honorable Jerry Montgomery on July 3, 2012.

The nominees for the bench are Bennet Morris, Seth Ryan, and Jason Wilson. All nominees are from Montrose and were selected by the commission on July 24.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has until August 9 to appoint one of the nominees as County Court Judge for Montrose County.

Judge Jerry Montgomery Resigning from Montrose County Court Bench

The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet July 24, 2012 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the office of County Judge for Montrose County. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of the Honorable Jerry Montgomery. The vacancy is effective immediately.

Judge Montgomery was appointed by then-Governor Bill Ritter in January 2011. He handled traffic and misdemeanor criminal trials, civil cases under $15,000, restraining orders, felony preliminary hearings, and some felony sentencings.

Eligible applicants for appointment to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of Montrose County and must be admitted to the practice of law in Colorado. Applications must be received by Monday, July 16. The appointed county court judge will serve an initial provisional term of two years before facing a retention election. If retained in the general election, judges serve four-year terms.

Further information about applying for the vacancy is available here from the Colorado Judicial Branch.

Julie Huffman Appointed as Associate County Court Judge in Montrose County

On Friday, June 15, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Julie Huffman to serve as Associate County Court Judge in Montrose County. Huffman will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Diana Barber on April 30. Huffman’s appointment is effective immediately.

Huffman currently works in private practice and has experience in domestic relations, guardianship, and juvenile law. Huffman earlier worked as an uncompensated Deputy District Attorney for the SeventhJudicial District in 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her law degree from Salmon P. Chase Law School at Northern Kentucky University.

Finalist Selected to Fill Montrose County Associate Court Judgeship

The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated one candidate for a Montrose County Associate Court judgeship created by the retirement of the Honorable Diana Barber, effective April 30, 2012.

Nominee Julie Huffman of Montrose was selected on Wednesday, May 23.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has until June 8 to appoint the nominee to the position of county court judge for the Montrose County Associate Court.