October 20, 2017

Zachary Martin Appointed to Ouray County Court

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s selection of Zachary Martin to fill a vacancy on the Ouray County Court, effective immediately. The vacancy was created by the appointment of Hon. Cory Jackson to the Seventh Judicial District Court.

Martin is currently a Senior Deputy Public Defender for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Montrose Office, where he defends adults and juveniles charged with misdemeanors and felonies. He has also worked at the Ouray, Gunnison, and Hinsdale county courts. He received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Goucher College.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Cory Jackson Appointed to Seventh Judicial District Court

On Friday, September 8, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Cory Jackson to the Seventh Judicial District Court. Jackson will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. David Westfall, effective immediately.

Currently, Jackson is a county court judge in Ouray County, where he oversees a docket including civil cases, felony complaints, misdemeanors, traffic infractions, civil protection orders and small claims matters. Judge Jackson has also served as a municipal court judge since 2015 for the City of Ouray, the Town of Ridgway, and the Town of Telluride. He was a solo practitioner prior to his appointment to the bench. Judge Jackson received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Candidates Selected for Seventh Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three candidates for nomination to an upcoming vacancy on the Seventh Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. David Westfall, effective August 31, 2017.

The three nominees are Cory Jackson of Ouray, Seth Ryan of Montrose, and Scott Burrill of Grand Junction. Cory Jackson is an Ouray County Court judge; he was appointed to that court in 2014. Seth Ryan is an attorney with the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Scott Burrill is a Deputy State Public Defender with the Colorado Public Defender’s Office.

Comments regarding the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

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.

Appointments to Seventh and Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commissions Announced

On Friday, August 7, 2015, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointments to the Seventh and Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commissions, effective immediately. Leah Gates of Montrose was appointed to the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission to serve as a Republican attorney from Ouray County. Her term expires December 31, 2020. Richard Gast of Timnath was appointed to the Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission to serve as a Democratic attorney from Larimer County. His term also expires December 31, 2020. Judicial nominating commissions review applications for judicial vacancies in their district and select nominees for appointment by the governor. They consist of three attorneys and four non-attorneys, and no more than three members can be from the same political party. For more information about judicial nominating commissions, click here.

Donald Corwin (Cory) Jackson Appointed to Ouray County Court

On Thursday, December 4, 2014, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Donald Corwin (Cory) Jackson to a vacancy on the Ouray County Court. The vacancy was created by the appointment of Hon. David Westfall to the Seventh Judicial District Court, effective January 13, 2015.

Jackson is currently a sole practitioner at the Cory Jackson Company, LLC, where he practices corporate law with an emphasis on nonprofits, as well as family law, trust and estate law, and real estate law, including land use, homeowner associations and common interest communities, and residential real estate transactions. Jackson is also the co-founder, executive director, and chair of The Alpine Near-Miss Survey, an independent nonprofit that collects, analyzes, distributes, and shares information about accidents and near-misses in the alpine environment in order to improve safety in the mountains. He earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado College in 2002 and his J.D. from the University of Colorado in 2005.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Nominees Selected for Judgeships on 17th Judicial District Court and Ouray County Court

The Colorado State Judicial Branch released the names of nominees for judicial vacancies on the Seventeenth Judicial District Court bench and the Ouray County Court bench. The vacancy on the bench of the Seventeenth Judicial District Court will be created by the retirement of Hon. Chris Melonakis, effective January 12, 2015, and the vacancy on the Ouray County Court bench will be created on January 13, 2015, due to the appointment of Hon. David Westfall to the district court.

Nominees for the vacancy on the Seventeenth Judicial District bench are Tomee Crespin of Thornton, Sharon D. Holbrook of Broomfield, and Donald S. Quick of Westminster. Pursuant to the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from November 24, 2014, in which to select one of the nominees for appointment.

Nominees for the vacancy on the Ouray County Court bench are Leslie M. German of Ridgway and Donald (Cory) Jackson of Ouray. The governor has 15 days from November 18, 2014, in which to select one of the nominees for appointment.

Comments regarding any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the Seventeenth Judicial District Court nominees, click here. For more information about the Ouray County Court nominees, click here.

Application Period Open for Ouray County Court Vacancy

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced an upcoming vacancy on the Ouray County Court occasioned by the appointment of Hon. David S. Westfall to the Seventh Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created on January 13, 2015.

Applications are available on the State Judicial website or from the nominating commission’s ex officio chair, Justice Brian Boatright. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Ouray County and must have graduated high school or achieved the equivalent. The original, signed application must be delivered to Justice Boatright no later than 4 p.m. on October 29, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on October 22.

For more information about the vacancy and contact information for members of the nominating commission, click here.

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.