December 18, 2018

Ryan L. Kamada Appointed to 19th Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Ryan L. Kamada to the 19th Judicial District Court. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Elizabeth Strobel, effective January 8, 2019.

Kamada is currently a district court magistrate in the 19th Judicial District, where he oversees a docket consisting of domestic relations, dependency and neglect, paternity, and contempt matters. Prior to his work as a magistrate, he was a contract attorney with the Office of the Child’s Representative from 2011 to 2015. He has also been a partner at Grant, Hoffman & Kamada, PC and an associate at Grant-Dickson, LLC. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado School of Mines and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Dennis Lee Brandenburg Appointed to Morgan County Court

On Friday, September 7, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Dennis Lee Brandenburg to the Morgan County Court in the 13th Judicial District. Brandenburg will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Michael J. Schingle, effective January 8, 2019.

Brandenburg is currently a solo practitioner at Brandenburg Law Offices, PC, where he represents local governments in contract, real estate, and financing matters, and private clients in probate, land-lord tenant, and business matters. He also works as a municipal judge for the Town of Otis and the cities of Brush, Fort Morgan, and Sterling. He has previously been at Brandenburg & McGuire, Brandenburg Law Offices, and Brandenburg & Schultz. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

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Zachary I. Malkinson and Kristy A. Martinez Appointed to Boulder County Court

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Zachary I. Malkinson and Kristy A. Martinez to the Boulder County Court in the 20th Judicial District. They will fill vacancies created by the retirements of Hon. Noel E. Blum and Hon. Karolyn Moore, effective January 8, 2019.

Malkinson is currently a solo practitioner at Law Office of Zachary Malkinson, where he primarily practices criminal defense, including traffic, misdemeanor, and felony cases. He has previously been a partner at Malkinson Salomone, LLP and Malkinson Wheeler Law, LLP from 2010 to 2017. Prior to that, he was a public defender at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office from 2001 to 2008 and a solo practitioner in Boulder from 2009 to 2010. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law.

Martinez is currently the Director of the Korey Wise Innocence Project at the University of Colorado Law School, a position she has held since 2015. She supervises law students and volunteer attorneys who investigate and represent indigent clients in post-conviction cases involving claims of actual innocence. Prior to her work at the law school, she was in private practice at The Law Firm of Kristy A. Martinez, Esq. LLC from 2008 to 2015, and at Martinez Law LLC from 2006 to 2008. She was also a deputy district attorney at the Adams County District Attorney’s Office in 2001. She received her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Denver.

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Lino Lipinsky de Orlov Appointed to Colorado Court of Appeals

On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Lino Lipinsky de Orlov to the Colorado Court of Appeals. Lipinsky will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Nancy J. Lichtenstein, effective Jan. 8, 2019.

Lipinsky is currently a litigation partner at Dentons US, LLP. His practice emphasizes representation of clients in real estate, trade secrets, professional liability, creditor’s rights, employment, and contract cases. He is also a prolific author and speaker for CBA-CLE. He writes a chapter in the CBA-CLE Publication Discovery in Colorado, and has spoken at several CLE programs on topics related to discovery, e-discovery, ethics, and technology.

Lipinsky is a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors, and the Board of the Colorado Judicial Institute. In addition, he served on the Rule 502 Subcommittee of the Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence and the E-Discovery Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. He formerly served as President of the Faculty of Federal Advocates. He received his law degree from New York University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Brown University.

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Kurt Beckenhauer Appointed to Montrose County Court

On Friday, August 31, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the appointment of Kurt Beckenhauer to the Montrose County Court in the Seventh Judicial District. Beckenhauer will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. Julie J. Huffman, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Beckenhauer is currently a Deputy District Attorney in the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, where he has been since 2009, and where he prosecutes felony criminal cases in county and district court. He has also had experience prosecuting traffic and misdemeanor cases. Prior to working for the District Attorney’s Office, he was a contract attorney for Graves, Bartle, Marcus, and Barrett, LLC. He received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Chief Justice Directive 85-25 Amended to Update Procedures for Filing Oaths of Office

The Colorado State Judicial Branch released an updated version of CJD 85-25, “Oaths of Office for Judges and Magistrates,” dated August 2018. The CJD was amended to reflect changes adopted in HB 18-1138, “Concerning Standardizing Public Official Oaths of Office, and, in Connection Therewith, Providing a Uniform Oath Text and Establishing Requirements for Taking, Subscribing, Administering, and Filing Public Oaths of Office.”

The amendments to the CJD indicate that county court judges must file their oaths of office with the county clerk and recorder of their respective counties, as required by the Colorado Constitution, as well as with the Secretary of State.

For the full text of CJD 85-25, click here. For all of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Directives, click here.

Updated Colorado Rules of Probate Procedure Adopted by Colorado Supreme Court

On Friday, August 31, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch released Rule Change 2018(11), adopted June 28, 2018, and effective September 1, 2018. The rule change adopts the proposed revisions to the Colorado Rules of Probate Procedure. The changes to the Probate Rules were proposed by a task force that included many members of the CBA Trust & Estate Section. The task force reworked, renumbered, and revised the Rules.

The new Probate Rules are available here. In addition to the adoption of the new Probate Rules, the court also adopted changes to several of the probate JDF forms. These changes are also available here. The special mental health forms were not adopted.

For a redline and clean version of Rule Change 2018(11), click here. For all of the Colorado Supreme Court’s adopted and proposed rule changes, click here.

Caryn Datz Appointed to 17th Judicial District Court; Chantel Contiguglia Appointed to Arapahoe County Court

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Caryn Datz to the district court in the 17th Judicial District and Chantel Contiguglia to the Arapahoe County Court in the 18th Judicial District. Datz will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Thomas R. Ensor, effective September 28, 2018, and Contiguglia will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Hon. Darren Vahle to the district court, effective immediately.

Datz is currently a Chief Trial Deputy for the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecutes sexual assault cases, supervises four Deputy District Attorneys, and serves as a victim advocate assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to her work in the 20th Judicial District, Datz was a deputy district attorney in the 17th Judicial District from 2006 to 2013. She also worked as a public defender in Florida from 2001 to 2004. She received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Contiguglia is currently a Senior Deputy Public Defender at the Office of the State Public Defender in Golden, where she has been since 2007. She represents clients facing felony charges in cases that are often complex. She has previously also handled traffic, misdemeanor, and juvenile cases, including juvenile delinquency matters and direct filings. She received her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her undergraduate degree from Mesa State College.

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Meredith Cord and Denise Peacock Appointed to El Paso County Court

On Friday, August 24, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Meredith Cord and D. Denise Peacock to the El Paso County Court in the 4th Judicial District. They will fill vacancies created by the retirements of Hon. Stephen J. Sletta and Hon. Regina Walter, effective January 7, 2019.

Hon. Meredith Cord is a District Court Magistrate in the 4th Judicial District, where she oversees a docket of domestic relations, juvenile, and quasi-criminal contempt actions. She was appointed as magistrate in 2013. She was in private practice from 2004 to 2013, practicing domestic relations, probate, estate planning, and family law with various firms. She was also a deputy district attorney from 2003 to 2004. She received her law degree from Case Western Reserve University and her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University.

Hon. Denise Peacock is a District Court Magistrate in the 4th Judicial District, where she presides over juvenile and family law matters. She was appointed as magistrate in 2002. Prior to her appointment, she in private practice from 1997 to 2001, where she practiced family, juvenile, and criminal law. She was a member of the United States Air Force from 1991 to 1997, where she served as as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate and as Area Defense Counsel. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Columbia College.

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Hon. Frederick Gannett and Hon. Wayne Patton to Retire from Fifth Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Frederick Gannett and Hon. Wayne Patton from the Fifth Judicial District Court. Hon. Frederick Gannett will retire effective January 1, 2019, and Hon. Wayne Patton will retire effective February 1, 2019.

Hon. Frederick Gannett was appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Court in 2006. He had been an Eagle County Court judge from 1990 to 1994, and again from 2002 to 2006. From 1994 to 2002, he was in private practice, mostly focusing on criminal law. He received his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University and his law degree from Willamette University.

Hon. Wayne Patton was appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Court in 2013. Prior to his appointment to the district court bench, he was a county court magistrate for Eagle and Summit counties from 2007 to 2013. He was also appointed as a Lake County Court Judge in 2001. He served in the U.S. Army and received his undergraduate degree from Denison University in 1980, and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1983.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancies. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website, or from the ex officio chair of the Fifth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice William Hood III. Eligible applicants must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years and must be qualified electors of the Fifth Judicial District. Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on September 17, 2018; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on September 10, 2018.

For more information about the vacancies, click here.

Public Trustees Appointed in Boulder and Jefferson Counties

On Wednesday, August 16, 2018, the governor appointed public trustees in Boulder County and Jefferson County. The public trustees facilitate foreclosures and public transactions on real property, and oversee the administration of deeds of trust.

The appointments of the new public trustees were occasioned by the resignation of Jim Martin of Boulder. The new public trustee for Boulder County is Sheryl Anne Del Rosario of Erie, and the new public trustee for Jefferson County is Catherine A. Bortles of Golden.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Finalists Selected for Judicial Vacancies on El Paso County Court

On Thursday, August 9, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission’s selection of five finalists for two upcoming vacancies on the El Paso County Court. Those vacancies will be effective January 9, 2019, and are occasioned by the retirement of Hon. Regina Walter and Hon. Stephen Sletta.

The five nominees are Meredith Cord, Samuel Evig, Marcus Henson, Chad Miller, and Dulce Denise Peacock. Hon. Meredith Cord is a magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District in Colorado Springs. Samuel Evig is a criminal defense attorney at Dahl Fisher Wilks in Colorado springs. Hon. Marcus Henson is a magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District in Colorado Springs. Chad Miller is a public defender at the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office in Colorado Springs. Hon. Denise Peacock is a magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District in Colorado Springs.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from August 9 in which to appoint two of the nominees to the bench. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.