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Archives for December 15, 2016

Finalists Selected for Colorado Court of Appeals Vacancy

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three finalists for an upcoming vacancy on the Colorado Court of Appeals. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Gale T. Miller, effective January 16, 2017. The three finalists are Michael Beaver, Esq., of Greenwood Village, Hon. Ted Tow, III, of Brighton, and Hon. Craig Welling, of Brighton.

Michael Beaver is a partner at Holland & Hart, where he represents employers, insurers, and employee benefit plans in litigation, and also works with ski, resort, and recreation business operators, defending litigation and providing preventive counseling. Mr. Beaver has authored employee benefit chapters in the ERISA Survey Of Federal Circuits (ABA 2007) and Insurance Coverage Litigation (West 2000). He has written a number of articles in publications such as For The Defense, the Tort & Insurance Law Journal, and the Labor Law Journal. He has also has spoken at national and state programs sponsored by the ABA, DRI, Western Pension & Benefits Conference, National Ski Areas Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and numerous others. Prior to practicing with Holland & Hart, Mr. Beaver served as Human Resources Manager and Vice President for Finance and Administration for a Denver-based manufacturing company, assisting with the sale of the business to a Fortune 100 corporation. He received his law degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado.

Hon. Ted Tow, III, is a district court judge in the Seventeenth Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties), where he has overseen a domestic relations docket and is now assigned to a civil docket. He was appointed to the bench in September 2010. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Tow served as Executive Director of the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council. He also practiced law for several years in Chicago and Denver in labor and employment, then served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Seventeenth Judicial District for seven years. Judge Tow received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School.

Hon. Craig Welling is also a district court judge in the Seventeenth Judicial District. He was appointed to the bench in 2010. He has presided over domestic relations, juvenile, civil and appellate (municipal court and county court appeal) cases. Judge Welling was chief legal counsel to Governor Bill Ritter immediately prior to his appointment to the bench. He also was an attorney in private practice. Judge Welling received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University, his master’s degree from Penn State University, and his law degree from the University of Colorado.

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

Colorado Court of Appeals: Announcement Sheet, 12/15/2016

On Thursday, December 15, 2016, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued five published opinions and 31 unpublished opinions.

People v. Lopez

People v. Oliver

City of Northglenn v. Board of County Commissioners

Bruce v. Roberts

People in Interest of G.E.S.

Summaries of these cases are forthcoming.

Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is available here.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 12/14/2016

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and seven unpublished opinions.

Fontana v. State of Colorado

Rojem v. Royal

Glapion v. Jewell

Ewing v. Doubletree DTWC, LLC

United States v. Chaidez-Guerrero

Quintana v. Adair

Thames v. Evanston Insurance Co.

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.