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.

Susanne J. Ross Appointed to San Miguel County Court

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced his appointment of Susanne J. Ross to the San Miguel County Court bench. Ms. Ross will fill a vacancy created by the death of Hon. Scott Erickson. The appointment is effective immediately.

Ms. Ross is currently the acting municipal judge for Telluride, Nucla, Naturita, and Norwood, and she is also a founding partner of Sinclair & Ross, LLC in Telluride, where she practices criminal defense, DUI law, and immigration law. Before opening her own firm, Ms. Ross was a Deputy District Attorney in the Seventh Judicial District and worked in the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office in Michigan. Ms. Ross received her undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and her law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law.

Finalists Selected for San Miguel County Court Vacancy

On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the San Miguel County Court, effective immediately. The three nominees are Jennifer S. Fox, Sean K. Murphy, and Susanne J. Ross, all of Telluride. Jennifer Fox a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Jennifer Fox, where she practices in many areas including licensing, landlord/tenant, contracts, criminal defense, and litigation. Sean Murphy is the owner of Arroyo Gallery and Wine Bar in Telluride and formerly practiced tax law in New York. Susanne Ross is a solo practitioner in Telluride, where she practices in the areas of immigration, including permanent residency, waivers, visas, and citizenship; DUI law; and criminal defense.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from August 19 in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be submitted to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees and the vacancy, click here.

Memorial Service Held for Hon. Scott T. Erickson

On Monday, July 27, 2015, a memorial service was held for Hon. Scott T. Erickson at the top of the gondola in Telluride, followed by an open house at Alpine Chapel. Judge Erickson, a county court judge in San Miguel County, died last week at age 53 after a battle with cancer. He was well liked in the legal community and his greater Telluride community.

Judge Erickson was appointed to the San Miguel County Court in 2012 where his docket consisted of traffic, misdemeanor, civil cases under $15,000, small claims, and temporary restraining orders. Prior to his appointment, he had been in private practice in Telluride, where he concentrated on civil litigation, business law, and real estate transactions. He had also been a municipal judge in Ophir and Rico. He received his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from North Park University in Chicago.

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that applications are being accepted for the vacancy on the San Miguel County Court bench. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of San Miguel County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent. 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, 2015, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on August 3, 2015.

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.

Scott Erickson Appointed as San Miguel County Court Judge

On Friday, June 22, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Scott Erickson to serve as the new County Court Judge in San Miguel County. Erickson will fill a vacancy created by the death of the Honorable Sharon Shuteran. Erickson’s appointment is effective immediately.

Erickson is currently in private practice and focuses on civil litigation matters, real estate, and business transactions. Additionally, he serves as Municipal Judge for the towns of Ophir and Rico, a position he has held since 1999 and 2001, respectively. He also serves as the Deputy Municipal Judge of Telluride, a position he has held since 1999.

Erickson earned his bachelor’s degree from North Park University and a his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Finalists Selected to Fill Judgeship on San Miguel County Court

The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a San Miguel County court judgeship created by the May 5, 2012, passing of the Honorable Sharon E. Shuteran.

The nominees for the bench are Scott Erickson and Jennifer Fox, both of Telluride, and Susanne Ross of Ophir. All candidates were selected by the commission on June 4.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has until June 19 to appoint one of the nominees as County Court Judge for San Miguel County.

Vacancy on San Miguel County Court Following the Passing of Judge Sharon Shuteran

The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet June 4, 2012 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the office of County Judge for San Miguel County.  The vacancy is created by the May 5 passing of the Honorable Sharon E. Shuteran.

Judge Shuteran was a fourth generation Coloradoan and resident of Telluride. She graduated from the University of Denver Law School in 1978 and was appointed to the San Miguel County Court in 1984. Prior to her appointment, Judge Shuteran worked as a VISTA attorney for Legal Services in Denver and then as a Deputy District Attorney specializing in criminal law. She was also a trained mediator and conflict coach. Judge Shuteran helped establish and preside over the San Miguel Alternative Court, a program for defendants with alcohol or drug problems.

Eligible applicants for appointment to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of San Miguel County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent of a high school education as indicated by the Department of Education. Applications must be received by Tuesday, May 29. The appointed county court judge will serve an initial provisional term of two years before facing a retention election. Retained judges serve four-year terms.

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