December 13, 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.

Hon. Elizabeth Strobel to Retire from 19th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Elizabeth Strobel from the 19th Judicial District, effective January 8, 2019.

Judge Strobel was appointed to the bench in 2009, and she is the Presiding Family Court Judge and the Lead D&N Judge in the 19th Judicial District, handling a domestic relations and dependency and neglect docket in Greeley. Prior to her appointment, she was a district court magistrate in the 19th Judicial District. She was in private practice in Greeley prior to her appointments to the bench. She received her undergraduate degree from Montana State University and her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. She has presented at several CBA-CLE family law seminars, and she was a prior author of the grandparent rights chapter in the Colorado Senior Law Handbook.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the 19th 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 19th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice William Hood, III. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on July 16, 2018; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 9, 2018.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Supreme Court and Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments Announced

On Friday, December 4, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced the appointments of several people to judicial nominating commissions and the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, effective January 1, 2016, for six-year terms expiring December 31, 2021.

Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a judicial nominating commission comprised of seven members—four non-attorneys and three attorneys, of whom no more than four may be from the same political party. In districts with populations of less than 35,000, at least four of the nominating commission members must be non-attorneys. Judicial nominating commission members must live in the judicial district for which they will serve. Judicial nominating commissions are responsible for reviewing applicants for judicial vacancies in their district and selecting applicants for nomination to the bench. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission selects applicants for nomination to the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals. It is comprised of fifteen members—one non-attorney and one attorney from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts, plus one at-large member.

Governor Hickenlooper’s nominating commission appointments are as follows:

  • Supreme Court Nominating Commission: Jay Patel of Colorado Springs was appointed to serve as a non-attorney and a Republican from the Fifth Congressional District.
  • Second Judicial District Nominating Commission: Melody Mirbaba of Denver was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Denver County.
  • Third Judicial District Nominating Commission: Pamela Nelson of Trinidad was appointed to serve as a Republican and an attorney from Las Animas County and Mary Ray White of La Veta was appointed to serve as a Republican and an attorney from Huerfano County.
  • Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Mary Linden of Colorado Springs was appointed to serve as a Democrat and an attorney from El Paso County; Philip Mella of Woodland Park was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from Teller County; Juan Moreno of Colorado Springs was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from El Paso County; Daniel Nicholson of Woodland Park was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated non-attorney from Teller County.
  • Fifth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Heather Manolakas of Basalt was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Eagle County; Todd Rankin of Breckenridge was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from Summit County.
  • Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission: Richard Haggerty of Telluride was appointed to serve as a Democrat and an attorney from San Miguel County; William Masters of Telluride was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from San Miguel County; Eric McPhail of Gunnison was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from Gunnison County.
  • Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Tracy Ann Oldemeyer of Fort Collins was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Larimer County; Katherine Corey of Johnstown was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from Larimer County; Thomas Milligan of Fort Collins was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Larimer County.
  • Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Scott Grosscup of Glenwood Springs was appointed to serve as a Democrat and an attorney from Garfield County.
  • Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Gloria Gutierrez of Pueblo was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Pueblo County.
  • Fifteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Garth Nieschburg of Lamar was appointed to serve as a Republican and an attorney from Prowers County.
  • Sixteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission: H. Barton Mendenhall, II, of Rocky Ford was appointed to serve as a Republican and an attorney from Otero County; Anita “Betsy” Dillon of Ordway was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from Crowley County.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Christina Gomez of Commerce City was appointed to serve as a Democrat and an attorney from Adams County; Jennifer Chavez of Westminster was appointed to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from Adams County; Joann Dawe of Westminster was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated non-attorney from Adams County.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Adelita DeHerrera of Aurora was appointed to serve as a Democrat and an attorney from Arapahoe County.
  • Nineteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Thomas Fasano of Windsor was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Weld County; Virginia Rosales of Greeley was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Weld County.
  • Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission: Benita Duran of Boulder was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Boulder County; Mary Friedrichs of Boulder was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Boulder County.
  • Twenty-First Judicial District Nominating Commission: Martha Kent of Grand Junction was appointed to serve as a Democrat and an attorney from Mesa County; Lesley McWhirter of Grand Junction was appointed to serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from Mesa County.
  • Twenty-Second Judicial District Nominating Commission: Kinsey Ertel of Cortez was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated non-attorney from Montezuma County.

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

Adoption Day Events Scheduled in Colorado Courts Throughout November

November is National Adoption Month, and to celebrate, Colorado’s courts are holding Adoption Day events throughout the month. This month, Colorado judges will finalize adoptions for 159 foster children. National Adoption Day is a national effort to raise awareness of more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent and loving families. It occurs on the Since its inception, nearly 54,500 children have been adopted as part of National Adoption Day. This year’s National Adoption Day will be November 21, 2015. The following events are occurring in Colorado’s courts throughout the month of November to celebrate National Adoption Day:

  • First Judicial District: 22 children will be adopted on Saturday, November 21, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Second Judicial District: 50 children will be adopted on Friday, November 13, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Eighth Judicial District: 20 children will be adopted on Friday, November 20, throughout the day.
  • Tenth Judicial District: 10 children will be adopted on Friday, November 20, throughout the morning.
  • Eleventh Judicial District: 8 children will be adopted as part of the National Adoption Day celebration.
  • Twelfth Judicial District: All families who finalized an adoption in November are invited to a reception on Wednesday, November 18.
  • Sixteenth Judicial District: A celebration for the families of all 12 children adopted in 2015 will be held on Tuesday, November 17.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District: 13 children will be adopted on Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District: 7 children will be adopted in Arapahoe County on Thursday, November 19, and in Douglas County, 4 adoptions were held on November 6 and 3 more will be held on November 20.
  • Nineteenth Judicial District: 13 children will be adopted throughout the day on Friday, November 20.
  • Twentieth Judicial District: 3 children will be adopted on Friday, November 20, throughout the morning. A public celebration of Adoption Day will be held following the hearings.
  • Twenty-First Judicial District: 6 children will be adopted on Friday, November 20, from 1 to 2 p.m.

To find out more about National Adoption Day and Colorado’s court participation, and for information about whether media coverage is permitted at the various events, 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.

Application Period Open for Several Judicial Nominating Commission Vacancies

On Thursday, September 24, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced several upcoming vacancies on Judicial Nominating Commissions. The application period for these vacancies is now open. Applications must be submitted online at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/governor/boards-and-commissions-application, and will be accepted through October 31, 2015. The vacancies will open December 31, 2015.

Judicial nominating commissions are comprised of seven members from their respective judicial districts, of whom no more than four can be of the same political party. In voting districts with populations greater than 35,000, no more than three judicial nominating commission members can be attorneys. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission consists of one attorney and one non-attorney from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts, plus one at large member who is not an attorney. The nominating commissions vacancies are listed here.

  • Supreme Court Nominating Commission – One vacancy for a non-attorney in the Fifth Congressional District.
  • First Judicial District Nominating Commission – One vacancy for an attorney in Gilpin County.
  • Second Judicial District Nominating Commission – One vacancy for an attorney.
  • Third Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies for attorneys.
  • Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Four vacancies, one attorney and three non-attorneys. No more than two appointees may be registered as Democrat, no more than three may be registered as Republican, and one must reside in Teller County.
  • Fifth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies, one for an attorney and one for a non-attorney. No more than one of the appointees may be registered as Democrat.
  • Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission – Three vacancies, one for an attorney and two for non-attorneys. One appointee must be from San Miguel County and one must be from Gunnison County, and no more than two appointees may be registered as Republican.
  • Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Three vacancies, one for an attorney and two for non-attorneys. No more than two appointees may be registered as either Democrat or Republican.
  • Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission – One vacancy for an attorney.
  • Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – One vacancy for a non-attorney.
  • Fifteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – One vacancy for an attorney.
  • Sixteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies, one for an attorney and one for a non-attorney.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Three vacancies, one for an attorney and two for non-attorneys. No more than one appointee may be registered as Democrat.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies, one for an attorney and one for a non-attorney. No more than one appointee may be registered as Republican.
  • Nineteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies for non-attorneys.
  • Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies for non-attorneys.
  • Twenty-First Judicial District Nominating Commission – Two vacancies, one for an attorney and one for a non-attorney. No more than one appointee may be registered as Republican.
  • Twenty-Second Judicial District Nominating Commission – One vacancy for a non-attorney. The appointee may not be registered as Republican.

For more information about nominating commissions, click here. For more information about the vacancies, click here.

Matthew Allan Crowther Appointed to Nineteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission

On Monday, July 13, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Matthew Allan Crowther to the Nineteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission. Crowther will serve a six-year term expiring December 31, 2020, as an unaffiliated attorney from Erie, Colorado. The Nineteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission reviews applicants and selects nominees for vacancies in the Nineteenth Judicial District, comprising Weld County. Crowther will fill a vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Lynn Karowsky of Greeley.

Michael James Rourke Appointed District Attorney of 19th Judicial District

On Thursday, December 18, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced his appointment of Michael James Rourke as the District Attorney for the Nineteenth Judicial District. Rourke will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Kenneth R. Buck, effective January 2, 2015. Buck was elected to the 4th Congressional District and will be sworn in to Congress in January.

Rourke has been at the Nineteenth Judicial District Attorney’s office since November 2007. In 2010, he received the Robert R. Gallagher, Jr. Prosecutor of the Year Award. Currently, he is the assistant district attorney in the Nineteenth Judicial District, where he manages operations and the budget of the office. Previously, he served as Chief Deputy District Attorney, and has also been an interim district attorney. Prior to his work at the Weld County District Attorney’s office, Rourke was a deputy district attorney in the Eighteenth Judicial District.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments Announced

On Friday, December 27, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper announced appointments to 14 of Colorado’s judicial nominating commissions, including the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

The judicial nominating commissions are responsible for interviewing applicants for judicial vacancies and selecting three of the applicants for appointment to the judiciary. The governor then has 15 days in which to appoint one of the three nominees to the bench. If the governor fails to appoint a nominee within this time, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court may select a nominee.

Each judicial district has a nominating commission comprised of seven citizen members who must reside in the judicial district. No more than four members may have the same political party affiliation, and at least four members must not be admitted to practice law in Colorado. Additionally, there is a Supreme Court Nominating Commission, responsible for nominating appointees for the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission comprises one attorney and one non-attorney member from each of Colorado’s seven judicial congressional districts, with one additional non-attorney member.

The appointments are as follows:

  • First Judicial District Nominating Commission – Thomas Overton of Golden to serve as a attorney and a Democrat from Jefferson County.
  • Second Judicial District Nominating Commission – Christina Habas of Denver to serve as an attorney and a Democrat from Denver County.
  • Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Larry Gaddis of Colorado Springs to serve as an attorney and a Democrat from El Paso County.
  • Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Andrea Bryan of Carbondale to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Garfield County.
  • Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – James Whitmire of Pueblo to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Pueblo County.
  • Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Paul Motz of Alamosa to serve as an attorney and a Democrat from Alamosa County.
  • Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Edward Zorn of Ft. Morgan to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Morgan County.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Daniel Carr of Westminster to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Adams County; Patricia Jarzobski of Westminster to serve as an attorney and a Democrat from Adams County.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Candace Figa of Aurora to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Arapahoe County.
  • Nineteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – William Crossier of Greeley to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Weld County.
  • Twenty-First Judicial District Nominating Commission – Scott Burrill of Grand Junction to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Mesa County; Amy Hand of Grand Junction to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Mesa County.
  • Twenty-Second Judicial District Nominating Commission – Sean Murray of Mancos to serve as an attorney and a Democrat from Montezuma County.
  • Supreme Court Nominating Commission – Kathleen Lord of Denver to serve as an attorney from the First Congressional District; Michael Burg of Greenwood Village to serve as an attorney and a Democrat from the Sixth Congressional District.

District Court Judges Appointed in Eighth and Nineteenth Judicial Districts

On Monday, November 25, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced the governor’s appointment of judges to fill vacancies in the Eighth and Nineteenth judicial districts.

Michelle Brinegar was appointed to the Eighth Judicial District bench. She will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Dave Williams, effective December 19, 2013. W. Troy Hause was appointed to the bench in the Nineteenth Judicial District. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Dinsmore Tuttle, effective November 30, 2013.

Ms. Brinegar is currently a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Eighth Judicial District, where she supervises the juvenile division and the crimes against children/sex assault units. She received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University.

Mr. Hause currently is a solo practitioner in private practice. He has owned his own practice since graduating from Lewis & Clark Law School, and he specializes in family law, Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, and mediation. He also has expertise in mental health certifications, juvenile law, and probate.

Finalists Selected for Judgeship on Nineteenth Judicial District Bench

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, State Judicial announced the selection of finalists for the Nineteenth Judicial District Court bench. The vacancy on the district court bench was created by the retirement of Hon. Dinsmore Tuttle, and will be effective November 30, 2013.

The appointees for the vacancy are Katharina Booth of Erie, Patrick Groom of Greeley, and W. Troy Hause of Windsor. Contact information for the nominees is available on the State Judicial website.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has fifteen days after the selection of finalists to appoint a nominee to the judgeship. If the governor does not appoint any nominee, the Chief Justice will appoint one.

Appointees to Nineteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission Announced

On Friday, October 25, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper announced appointments to several boards and commissions, including two appointees to the nominating commission for the Nineteenth Judicial District.

Each judicial district nominating commission consists of seven members, no more than four of whom can be from the same political party. In judicial districts with a population greater than 35,000 people, three of the members of the nominating commission must be admitted to practice law in Colorado.

Sylvia Martinez of Greeley was appointed to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat. She will replace Joe Tennessen of Greeley, who resigned. Alberto Dominguez of Windsor was appointed as an attorney and a Republican. He will replace Henry Frey of Greeley.

For the full list of Governor Hickenlooper’s appointments, click here. For more information on judicial nominating commissions, click here.