July 18, 2019

Update: Judge Sean Connelly to Leave Court of Appeals Bench

The Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Sean Connelly has opted not to seek retention in the upcoming November election and will retire from the bench effective January 11, 2011, State Judicial announced. Judge Connelly has elected to step down from the court of appeals at the end of his two-year provisional term.

The 14-member Supreme Court Nominating Commission will meet in August, on a date yet to be announced, to review applications and submit the names of suitable candidates to Gov. Ritter. The governor will then name his appointee within 15 days.

The annual salary is $134,128. Judge Connelly’s successor will begin his or her term in January 2011.

All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado for at least five years and who are registered electors in the State of Colorado are eligible to apply for the judgeship. Detailed information about the Colorado Court of Appeals and the application are available online. Application packages (consisting of one original application plus 15 copies) must be received by the office of Commission ex officio chair, Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Eighth Floor, no later than Monday, July 26 at 5:00 p.m.

The Commission is also charged with recommending nominees to succeed Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, who last month announced her November 30 retirement from the high court bench. Individuals interested in being considered for both the supreme court and court of appeals positions are required to submit just one application package for both judgeships. The application package should include a cover letter stating the applicant’s intention to be considered for both the supreme court and court of appeals vacancy, as well as a similar notation on the application itself.

Prior to his 2008 appointment to the court of appeals, Judge Connelly was in private practice and served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice in D.C. and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver.

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