June 25, 2019

Legal Update: Second District Seeks Nominees to Replace Chief Judge Naves

The Second Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet in early April to interview Colorado attorneys applying for the vacancy that Chief Judge Larry J. Naves will leave upon his upcoming retirement from the bench. The meeting will be held at the Colorado Judicial Building, 2 E. 14th Avenue in downtown Denver, on Tuesday, April 6. Following the interviews, the Comission will recommend finalists for Governor Bill Ritter to consider for appointment.

The Second Judicial District Court hears civil, criminal, and domestic relations cases for the 500,000-plus residents of City and County of Denver. District court judges receive a provisional, two-year appointment by the governor, after which they are retained by voter approval every six years.  All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado for at least five years and who are registered electors in the Second Judicial District are eligible to apply for the judgeship. Detailed information about the Second Judicial District and the application are available online. Application packages (consisting of one orginial application plus seven copies) must be received by the office of Commission ex officio chair, Justice Alex J. Martinez, 2 E. 14th Avenue, no later than Thursday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m.

Judge Naves was appointed to the Second Judicial District Court bench in January 1987 by then Governor Dick Lamm, and became chief judge in July 2006. During his 23-year tenure, he presided over a number of high-profile and sometimes controversial cases, including ethnic studies lecturer Ward Churchill‘s wrongful termination suit against the University of Colorado.

Upon his retirement next month, Judge Naves will join Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc. (JAG), a Denver-based arbitration firm comprised of over 20 former trial and appellate judges. JAG’s roster includes former Colorado Supreme Court justices Howard M. Kirshbaum, Luis D. Rovira, and Anthony F. Vollack; former Colorado Court of Appeals judges Steve C. Briggs, Karen S. Metzger, and Leonard P. Plank; and former Colorado District Court judges Joseph Bellipanni, Steven T. Pelican, and Cheryl L. Post.

Judge Naves and his wife, local news anchor Bertha Lynn, live in Denver and have three children.

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  1. […] The Second Judicial District Nomination Commission yesterday recommended to Governor Ritter three candidates to fill a vacancy on the Denver District Court bench created by the April 1 retirement of former Chief Judge Larry J. Naves. […]

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