July 15, 2019

Hon. Stephen J. Schapanski and Hon. Daniel J. Kaup to Retire from 8th Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirements of Hon. Stephen J. Schapanski and Hon. Daniel J. Kaup from the Eighth Judicial District Court, both effective January 10, 2017.

Judge Schapanski2Judge Schapanski was appointed to the district court in June 2007, and was named Chief Judge in August 2009. His docket includes civil, criminal, probate, juvenile, domestic relations, and appeals from magistrate orders. Prior to his appointment to the district court, he was a district court magistrate in the Eighth Judicial District from 1993 to 2007. He was in private practice in Fort Collins from 1974 to 1993. He received his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Kaup (Formatted)Judge Kaup was appointed to the district court in October 2001, where his docket consists of civil and criminal actions and domestic relations cases. He was also appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court to serve as a water judge in the North Platte, Yampa, and White River basins from 2002 to 2008. He is also the presiding judge for the Adult Drug Court. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice for 23 years in the North Park area, Jackson County, and the City of Walden, where he had a general practice. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Denver.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancies. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Eighth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard Gabriel. Completed applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 4, 2016. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on July 28, 2016.

For more information about the vacancies, click here.

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  1. Cary Alburn says:

    Because I retired from the active practice of law more than 1 1/2 years ago, I can speak freely without fear that someone will accuse me of trying to curry the favor of either of these Judges. I appeared before each of them several times, Judge Schapanski more than Judge Kaup. Their styles are different, but both have been fair, impartial, and “judicial”, although admittedly both held my feet to the fire on occasion.

    Judge Schapanski in particular deserves kudos for the work he did as a Magistrate and continued as a District Judge toward the eventual overhaul of Colorado’s domestic relations procedures, which effectively sped up the process, minimizing delays that adversely affected the dissolution process.

    Throughout the time I practiced in Fort Collins, from early 1996 until retirement in late 2014, I have told clients and others that we have been blessed with excellent Judges, both district and county as well as Magistrates. While I have no doubt that the other Judges and Magistrates, as well as those who will be appointed in the future, will continue serving the judicial needs of the community with distinction, I think I can say without fear of contradiction that these two men have been among the best.

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