May 24, 2019

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.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Kristei Jones Appointed to Yuma County Court

On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the appointment of Kristei Jones to the Yuma County Court in the 13th Judicial District. His appointment is occasioned by the resignation of Hon. Sara Marie Wagers-Johnson, effective immediately.

Jones is a rancher in Wray. He is also a location manager at the Aurora Cooperative. He has been a volunteer fireman in Wauneta and Wray since 1995. He served as mayor of Wray from 2008 to 2012, and was a member of the Wray City Council from 2004 to 2008. He received his high school diploma from Yuma High School.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Several Judicial Vacancies Announced This Week

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced several forthcoming vacancies on district and county courts throughout Colorado, due to the retirements of several judges. See below for details.

  • In the 13th Judicial District, Judge Michael J. Schingle will retire from the Morgan County Court, effective January 8, 2019. Judge Schingle was appointed to the Morgan County Court in 2000. Prior to his appointment, he was a private attorney in general practice with emphasis on criminal litigation. He has served as the president of the Morgan County local bar association and the Thirteenth Judicial District Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico and his law degree from the University of Tennessee Law School. Applications for this position are due no later than 4 p.m. on July 23, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on July 16.
  • In the 8th Judicial District, Judge Devin R. Odell will retire from the district court bench, effective October 6, 2018. Judge Odell was appointed to the bench in 2009. Prior to his appointment, he had a private general practice, worked for the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office, and clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from the University of California Davis School of Law. Applications for this vacancy are due no later than 4 p.m. on July 19, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 12.
  • In the 11th Judicial District, Judge Norman C. Cooling will retire from the Fremont County Court, effective January 8, 2019. Judge Cooling was appointed to the Fremont County Court in 2007. Prior to his appointment, he was a Deputy District Attorney in the 11th Judicial District for 21 years. He also worked in private practice and was a clerk for the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals’ presiding judge. He received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College and his law degree from Tulsa College of Law. Applications for this position are due no later than 4 p.m. on July 19; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 12.
  • In the 20th Judicial District, Judge Noel C. Blum will retire from the Boulder County Court, effective January 8, 2019. Judge Blum was appointed to the Boulder County Court in 2003. Prior to his appointment, Judge Blum was a Deputy District Attorney in Jefferson and Gilpin counties for 19 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. Applications for this position are due no later than 4 p.m. on July 20, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so by July 13.
  • In the 20th Judicial District, Judge Karolyn Moore will retire from the Boulder County Court, effective January 8, 2019. Judge Moore was appointed to the Boulder County Court in 2011. Prior to her appointment, she was a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado’s First, Ninth, and Twentieth Judicial Districts. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado. Applications for this position are due no later than 4 p.m. on July 20; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so by July 13.

For all of these positions, eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the counties or judicial districts in which the vacancies will occur. For the vacancies in the 8th, 11th, and 20th Judicial Districts, applicants must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. For the Morgan County Court vacancy, applicants must have graduated from high school or obtained the equivalent. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the district nominating commissions.

For more information about the individual vacancies, click on the links above. For information about all of the vacancies, click here.

James Craig Dolezal Appointed to Sedgwick County Court

On Monday, May 8, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of James Craig Dolezal to the Sedgwick County Court. Dolezal will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Tera Neugebauer, effective May 1, 2017.

Dolezal is currently an enumerator with the National Agriculture Statistic Service and the State of Colorado Division of the National Association of States Department of Agriculture. He has also been a financial advisor for JCD Wealth Management Services and UBS Financial Services, staff executive for George S. May Co., operations manager for Larson Motors, and has held various other positions in banking and business ownership. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Nominees Selected for Sedgwick County Court Vacancy

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of two nominees to fill a vacancy on the Sedgwick County Court. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. Tera N. Neugebauer, effective May 1, 2017.

The two nominees are James Dolezal of Julesburg and Belinda Obermier of Julesburg. James Dolezal is an Investment Advisor Representative at JCD Wealth Management. Belinda Obermier is at Cabela’s in Sydney, Nebraska.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days in which to appoint one of the nominees to the vacancy. Comments regarding either of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the candidates, click here.

Application Period Open for Sedgwick County Court Vacancy

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced an upcoming vacancy on the Sedgwick County Court in the 13th Judicial District. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. Tera N. Neugebauer, effective May 1, 2017.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Sedgwick County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the 13th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica Marquez. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 4, 2017, to be considered. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than March 28, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Kelly S. Hansen Appointed to Washington County Court

On Thursday, August 11, 2016, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Kelly S. Hansen to the Washington County Court, effective July 1, 2016. Hansen will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Hon. Carl S. McGuire, III, to the Thirteenth Judicial District Court.

Hansen is currently a solo practitioner at Hansen Law, LLC, where she concentrates her practice on real estate, estate planning, and probate. She is also municipal court judge for the Town of Akron. Previously, she had been a city attorney for the City of Yuma and an associate at W.B. Paynter, P.C. She also served as a staff attorney for Mountain States Legal Foundation. She received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Application Period Open for Washington County Court Vacancy

On Friday, May 27, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a vacancy on the Washington County Court, created by the appointment of Hon. Carl S. McGuire, III, to the district court bench. The vacancy will occur on July 1, 2016.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Washington County at the time of investiture and must have graduated from high school or attained the equivalent. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website or from Justice Gabriel, the ex officio chair of the Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission. Application forms must be received no later than 4 p.m. on July 6, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on June 29, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Carl S. McGuire, III, Appointed to 13th Judicial District Court

McGuire (Formatted)On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Carl S. McGuire, III, to the Thirteenth Judicial District Court. McGuire will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Douglas R. Vannoy, effective July 1, 2016.

McGuire is currently a magistrate judge in the Thirteenth Judicial District, where he mostly hears domestic relations cases. He is also a judge on the Washington County Court bench. He was appointed to the Washington County Court in November 2004, where he presides over a docket of traffic misdemeanor, traffic infraction, criminal misdemeanor, and civil cases. Prior to his appointments to the bench, McGuire was a member of the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. He also has been a municipal court judge, an attorney in private practice for the towns of Wiggins, Hillrose, Akron, Iliff, Log Lane Village, and Fleming, and worked at Brandenburg & McGuire, P.C. and the Law Office of Carl S. McGuire III. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from University of Wyoming College of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Hon. Douglas Vannoy to Retire from 13th Judicial District Court

vannoyOn Wednesday, March 9, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Hon. Douglas R. Vannoy will retire from the Thirteenth Judicial District Court, effective July 1, 2016.

Judge Vannoy was appointed to the Thirteenth Judicial District Court in 1988, where he hears a full range of cases, including civil, domestic relations, juvenile, and felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. Prior to his appointment, he was an attorney in a private practice, where he was a general practitioner. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Thirteenth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard Gabriel. Completed applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 18, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 11, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy and the application process, click here.

Judicial Performance Commission Appointments Announced

On Friday, October 9, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper announced appointments to several Commissions on Judicial Performance. These appointments are effective December 1, 2015, for terms expiring November 30, 2019. The Commissions on Judicial Performance were created by the General Assembly in 1988 in order to provide voters with fair, responsible, and constructive evaluations of judges seeking retention. Each of Colorado’s judicial districts has a Commission and there is one for the state appellate judges. Commissions consist of ten volunteer commissioners — four attorneys and six non-attorneys. Governor Hickenlooper’s appointments are as follows:

  • State Commission on Judicial Performance – Suzanne Jalbert of Fraser was appointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • Third Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Nancy Lake of Weston was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Eleventh Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Jenna Mazzucca of Salida was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Thirteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Amy Schmidt of Laird was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Fifteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Joshua Vogel of Lamar was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Heidi Miller of Commerce City was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Valerie Garcia of Centennial was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Nineteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Martin Beier of Frederick was appointed to serve as an attorney.

For more information about the commissions on judicial performance, click here. For more information about the appointments, click here.

Garen Drew Gervey of Sterling Appointed to 13th Judicial District Nominating Commission

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Garen Drew Gervey of Sterling to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Thirteenth Judicial District. Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a nominating commission that evaluates candidates for judicial vacancies and recommends nominees for the governor to appoint.

Members of the nominating commission are appointed for six year terms. Nominating commissions for most judicial districts comprise four non-attorneys and three attorneys, no more than four of which can have the same political affiliation. Gervey was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated attorney. For more information about the appointment, click here.