July 22, 2018

Harold Sargent Appointed to Jefferson County Court; Richard Medina Appointed to Crowley County Court

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Harold Sargent to the Jefferson County Court in the First Judicial District and Richard Medina to the Crowley County Court in the 16th Judicial District. Sargent will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Tammy Greene, effective April 1, 2017. Medina will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Suzanne A. Grant, effective February 23, 2017.

Sargent is currently a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the First Judicial District. In addition to practicing law, Sargent supervises lawyers in the Juvenile Mental Health Court, Veterans Treatment Court, and Adult Mental Health Court. Before being named Chief Deputy District Attorney in 1999, Sargent was a Deputy District Attorney in the First Judicial District from 1983 to 1999. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of Denver.

Medina is currently a Crowley County land use administrator and building inspector, and a Kiowa County GED instructor. Medina has also worked as a park ranger for the National Park Service and a case manager for the Colorado Department of Corrections. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Finalists Selected for Jefferson County Court Vacancy

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the Jefferson County Court. The vacancy will be occasioned by the resignation of Hon. Tammy Greene, effective April 1, 2017.

The three nominees are Jennifer Melton of Golden, Harold Sargent of Lakewood, and AnnMarie Megill Spain of Arvada. Jennifer Melton is a solo practitioner in Golden, where she primarily practices criminal defense. Harold Sargent is an attorney with the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office. AnnMarie Megill Spain is a solo practitioner at The Spain Law Firm in Arvada, where she practices criminal defense and family law.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from February 28 in which to appoint one of the nominees to the vacancy. 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.

Application Period Open for Vacancy on Jefferson County Court

On Friday, January 6, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced an upcoming vacancy on the Jefferson County Court in the First Judicial District. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. Tammy Greene, effective April 1, 2017.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Jefferson County 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 First Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan B. Coats. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on February 6, 2017, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than January 30, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Colorado Courts Celebrate National Adoption Day Throughout November

Each November, National Adoption Day is celebrated to recognize and raise awareness of the over 100,000 children in foster care awaiting permanent families. Since its inception, National Adoption Day has made the dreams of thousands of children come true through the cooperative work of courts, judges, attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies and advocates to finalize adoptions and find permanent, loving homes for children in foster care. In Colorado, the adoptions of 132 children will be finalized this month. Currently, 283 Colorado children await permanent families.

In 2006, for the first time, National Adoption Day was celebrated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This year, events will be held throughout the country to finalize the adoptions of more than 4,500 children in foster care, and to celebrate all families who adopt. Since 2000, more than 50,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day.

Throughout the state, courts will be celebrating Adoption Day this month. Some of the events are listed here:

  • First Judicial District (Jefferson and Gilpin counties): On Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 1 to 5 pm at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Magistrates Andrew Fitzgerald and Margaret Tims will preside over adoptions for 15 families. On Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 8:30 am to noon, Judges Margie Enquist, Gail Meinster and Tamara Russell, and Magistrate Jamin Alabiso will preside over 24 adoptions for 18 families. Cameras are welcome; contact Mallory Hyatt at (303) 271-4389 for more information.
  • Second Judicial District (Denver County): On Thursday, November 10, 2016, the Denver County Court held its National Adoption Day celebration. Forty-six children were united with 31 families. Contact Barbara Bosley, Family Court Facilitator, Denver Juvenile Court, (720) 337-0584 or (303) 638-5098 for more information.
  • Third Judicial District (Huerfano and Las Animas counties): On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 2 pm, Judge Leslie J. Gerbracht will preside over the adoptions of three children into two families. All families who have adopted children in the Third Judicial District are invited to attend, and cameras are welcome with the families’ permission. Contact Joanne A. Montero at (719) 497-8208 for more information.
  • Tenth Judicial District (Pueblo County): On Friday, November 18, 2016, District Court Judge David W. Crockenberg will preside over six adoptions. Expanded media coverage has been granted; contact Amanda Ledbetter at (719) 583-4716 for more information.
  • Twelfth Judicial District (Alamosa, Conejos, Castillo, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties): On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the Twelfth Judicial District held a reception to honor the 27 children who were adopted into 18 families last year. Members of the public, the courts, Departments of Human Services, county attorneys, and county commissioners were in attendance. Chief Judge Pattie Swift addressed the group and discussed the important role of adoptive families in the justice system and thanked DHS staff and attorneys for the work that they do.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties): On Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 9 am to noon, nine children will be united with eight families. District Court Judges John Popovich and Jill-Ellyn Straus, as well as Magistrate Fran Simonet, will preside over the adoptions. Cameras will be allowed in the courtroom with the permission of the families. For more information, contact Simone Jones, Court Programs Coordinator, at (303) 654-3230.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln counties): On Friday, November 18, 2016, Adoption Day hearings will be held at both the Arapahoe County Courthouse and the Douglas County Courthouse. Judge Theresa Slade will preside over the adoptions of 13 children in Arapahoe County from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Magistrate Rebecca Moss will preside over eight adoptions in Douglas County from 2 to 4 pm. Cameras will be permitted in both courts with written permission of the families. For more information, contact Shaun Clark, Deputy District Administrator, at (303) 649-6382.
  • Twentieth Judicial District (Boulder County): On Friday, November 18, 2016, from 10:30 am to noon, Boulder County will host a celebration for all children adopted in Boulder County this past year. County Court Judge Elizabeth Brodsky and District Court Magistrate Monica Haenselman will be in attendance to celebrate with the families. There will be a reception, a short presentation, and crafts and games for the children. The celebration is open to the public; contact Erika Skufca at erika.skufca@judicial.state.co.us or (303) 441-4921 or Raina Lesser at raina.lesser@judicial.state.co.us or (303) 441-3744 for more information.
  • Twenty-first Judicial District (Mesa County): On Friday, November 18, 2016, from 9 am to 1 pm, District Court Judge Valerie Robison will preside over eight adoptions. An additional celebration will be held in the jury assembly room at 3 p.m. for all adopted on November 18 and in the past. Cameras will be allowed in the courtroom with permission of the families. For more information, contact Angeline Roles, Mesa County Department of Human Services, at (970) 248-2453 or angeline.roles@mesacounty.us.

For more information about Adoption Day events, click here.

Diego Hunt Appointed to 1st Judicial District Court

Hunt_DiegoOn Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Diego Hunt to the First Judicial District Court. Hunt will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Christopher Munch, effective June 1, 2016.

Hunt is currently Of Counsel at Holland & Hart, where he focuses his litigation practice on complex domestic and international products liability and torts disputes. He also represents clients involved in governmental compliance audits and investigations and government contract disputes, including litigation and state and federal bid protests. Hunt is a member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Advisory Committee on Language Access for the Office of the Colorado State Court Administrator, and is a board member for the Faculty of Federal Advocates. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Nominees Selected for First Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the First Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Christopher Munch, effective June 1, 2016. The nominees selected by the First Judicial District Nominating Commission are Diego G. Hunt of Golden, Miller M. Leonard of Arvada, and Harold D. Sargent of Lakewood.

Diego G. Hunt is Of Counsel at Holland & Hart, where he represents parties in complex domestic and international products liability and torts litigation. Miller Leonard operates his own criminal defense firm in Golden, where he represents clients in federal, state, and municipal court. Harold D. Sargent is an attorney with the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from April 12, 2016, in which to appoint one of the nominees to the First Judicial District Court. 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.

Hon. Christopher Munch to Retire from First Judicial District Court

MunchOn Thursday, February 25, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Christopher Munch of the First Judicial District Court, effective June 1, 2016. Judge Munch was appointed to the district court bench in 1986, and he handles a mix of civil, domestic relations, and criminal cases. Prior to his appointment, Judge Munch was in private practice. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree from the Stanford University School of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years and must be qualified electors of the First Judicial District. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and also from the ex officio chair of the First Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan Coats. Application forms must be received no later than 4 p.m. on March 25, 2016; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on March 18, 2016.

For more information on the vacancy, 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.

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.

Laura Tighe Appointed to First Judicial District Court Bench

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Laura Tighe as district court judge in the First Judicial District, effective November 17, 2014. Tighe will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Stephen Munsinger.

Tighe currently is a shareholder at Bayer & Carey, P.C., where she practices civil litigation and insurance defense, particularly catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, personal injury, ski law, property damage, fire losses, HOA disputes, construction defects, and more. She also serves as a mediator. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, First Judicial District Bar Association, the Catholic Lawyers Guild, and the Defense Research Institute. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 and her J.D. from the Creighton University School of Law in 1987.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Judge Philip James McNulty Named Chief Judge of First Judicial District

On Tuesday, October 21, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice appointed Judge Philip James McNulty Chief Judge in the First Judicial District Court. McNulty’s appointment will be effective November 17, upon the retirement of current Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger.

Judge McNulty was appointed to the district court bench in the First Judicial District in 2008. Prior to his appointment, he was a municipal court judge for the City of Lakewood. McNulty was also a deputy district attorney for the First Judicial District from 1988 to 1996 and a deputy city attorney for the City of Lakewood from 1985 to 1988. He received his undergraduate degrees from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Denver.

Three nominees were announced this week for the impending vacancy on the First Judicial District Court bench due to Judge Munsinger’s retirement. The nominees are Todd E. Kastetter of Littleton, K.J. Moore of Littleton, and Laura A. Tighe of Golden. The governor has 15 days from October 20 in which to appoint one of the three nominees.

Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent to gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

David Cooper Taylor Appointed to Gilpin County Court

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, the governor’s office announced the appointment of David Cooper Taylor to the Gilpin County Court in the First Judicial District, effective January 13, 2015, and conditioned on Taylor becoming a qualified elector of Gilpin County. Taylor will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. David R. Gloss.

Currently, Taylor is a staff attorney for the Fifth Judicial District, and also is Of Counsel to the Law Office of Edward Schindel. His practice includes civil, criminal, business, domestic relations, estate planning, and property law. Prior to his work as a staff attorney, Taylor was a law clerk in to Hon. Russell Granger in the Fifth Judicial District. Taylor received his undergraduate degree from Mary Washington College in 2002 and his law degree from Wake Forest University in 2005.