June 19, 2019

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.

Judicial Performance and Nominating Commission Appointments Announced

This week, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced the governor’s appointment of several members of judicial performance commissions throughout the state and one member of a judicial nominating commission. Armando Valdez of La Jara was appointed to the Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission, to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat from Conejos County. His term will expire December 31, 2020. Attorney Norman Ray Mueller of Denver was reappointed to the Second Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission. His term is effective December 1, 2015, and will expire November 30, 2019. Lindsey Parlin of Leadville was reappointed to the Fifth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission, to serve as an attorney for a term effective from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Michael Andrew Goldman of Durango was reappointed to the Sixth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission. He is an attorney who will serve a term from December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2019. Attorney Christopher Michael Turner of Pueblo was also reappointed to the Tenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission for a term effective December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Amanda C. Hopkins of Alamosa, an attorney, was reappointed to the Twelfth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission to serve from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Russell Allen Zane of La Junta was reappointed to the Sixteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission. He will serve from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Attorney Lance Phillip Timbreza of Grand Junction was reappointed to the Twenty-first Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission, also to serve from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. And finally, Peter Ortego of Lewis, who is an attorney, was reappointed to the Twenty-second Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission for a term effective December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019.

Judicial nominating commissions are responsible for reviewing applications and selecting nominees for appointment to judicial vacancies in their district. Judicial performance commissions were created to provide voters with fair, responsible, and constructive evaluations of judges in their judicial district who face retention elections. For more information about the commissions and the appointments, click here.

David Goldberg Appointed to Denver District Court

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of David Goldberg to the district court bench in the Second Judicial District, effective June 1, 2015. Goldberg will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Herbert L. Stern, III.

Currently, Goldberg is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he is a trial attorney with experience in complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He has also been an instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy since 1993, and has presented for CBA-CLE. He represents companies, financial institutions, owners, developers and ski resorts in business and commercial real estate disputes. He received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Finalists Announced for Second Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees for a forthcoming vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created on June 1 by the retirement of Hon. Herbert L. Stern, III. The three nominees are David H. Goldberg, Jay S. Grant, and Christine A. Washburn.

David H. Goldberg is a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he represents companies, financial institutions, and others in business and commercial disputes. Jay S. Grant is a Deputy State Public Defender in Denver, where he handles all levels of felony criminal cases and all types of criminal charges. Christine A. Washburn is Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, where she practices criminal prosecution and is co-chief of the Family Violence Unit.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from May 5 in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. If he does not select a nominee in that time, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court may select a nominee. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

Second Judicial District Nominating Commission Appointment Announced

On Monday, May 4, 2015, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Louise Hurlbut to the judicial nominating commission for the Second Judicial District. Hurlbut is appointed to a term expiring December 31, 2020, to serve as a non-attorney and a Republican from Denver County.

Hon. Herbert L. Stern, III, to Retire from Second Judicial District Court

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Herbert L. Stern, III, from the Denver District Court, effective June 1, 2015. Judge Stern was appointed to the Denver District Court in June 1990, and primarily presides over civil cases involving money damages. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Stern was a public defender for over 10 years and maintained a private law practice. He received his law degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Applications are now being accepted for the forthcoming vacancy on the Denver District Court. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and also from the ex officio chair of the Second Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan Coats. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Second Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 21, 2015. Anyone wishing to nominate another for the vacancy must do so in writing no later than 4 p.m. on April 14, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Three Judges to Retire from Denver County Court

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the Denver County Court announced the retirement of three judges – Judge Claudia Jordan, Judge Mary Celeste, and Judge Larry Bohning. Judge Jordan will retire effective September 30, 2014, and Judges Celeste and Bohning plan to retire in January 2015.

Judge Claudia Jordan was appointed to the Denver County Court bench in 1994. She was a deputy state public defender prior to her appointment, and was in private practice prior to that. Judge Jordan received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Judge Mary Celeste was appointed to the Denver County Court bench in 2000. Judge Celeste also serves as an adjunct professor at DU’s Sturm College of Law. Prior to her appointment to the Denver County Court, she was in private practice from 1985 to 2000. Judge Celeste has been published in a variety of journals, including The Colorado LawyerCourt ReviewPreventive Law Journal, and California Western International Law Journal. She is a frequent speaker at programs in Colorado and throughout the United States. She received her law degree from California Western School of Law in 1983.

Judge Larry Bohning was appointed to the bench in 1980. Prior to his appointment, Judge Bohning worked as a staff attorney for the Colorado General Assembly and as an assistant county attorney for the CIty & County of Denver. Judge Bohning received his undergraduate degree from Dakota Wesleyan University and his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law. He is involved in several community activities, including the CBA Board of Governors, the Community College of Denver Foundation, and many CBA and DBA committees. He also participates as a volunteer judge for moot court competitions across the state.

Applications for these vacancies are available on the Denver County Court website. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Denver County and must have been licensed to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on August 11, 2014. More information is available from the Presiding Judge’s Office, 1437 Bannock, Room 108 or (720) 865-7870.

Karen L. Brody Appointed to Denver District Court Bench

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Karen L. Brody as District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District. She will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Norman Haglund, effective April 18, 2014.

Ms. Brody is currently a member of Lowe, Fell & Skogg, LLC, where she practices commercial, real estate, and eminent domain litigation. Prior to this, she worked at Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P.C. as a litigation associate. She received her bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of Denver, where she was in the Order of St. Ives, and she received an M.A. in Economics from Tufts University.

Hon. Raymond Satter to Retire from Denver County Court

The Denver County Court announced Thursday that Hon. Raymond Satter will retire from the bench, effective June 30, 2014. Judge Satter was appointed to the Denver County Court in 1987. He currently presides over a general docket, and was named “Jolliest Judge” by the Denver Bar Association in 1994. He received the Judicial Excellence Award from the DBA in 1992 and 1995. He has presented at many judicial education programs and is an active member of the CBA Ethics Committee. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Denver and his J.D. from Catholic University of America.

Applications are being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must have been licensed to practice law in Colorado for at least five years and must be qualified electors of Denver County. Applications must be filed with the Denver County Court Presiding Judge no later than 5 p.m. on April 4, 2014. Application forms and additional information regarding the vacancy may be obtained from the presiding judge’s office or from the Denver County Court website.

Nominees Selected for Judgeship in Second Judicial District

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the bench of the Second Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Norman Haglund, effective April 18, 2014.

The three nominees are Karen L. Brody of Denver, David H. Goldberg of Denver, and Jay S. Grant of Denver. Contact information for the nominees is available on the State Judicial website.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from March 11 in which to appoint one of the nominees to the judgeship. If he does not do so within that time, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court will select a nominee. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

Denver Bar Association Releases Survey Regarding Second Judicial District Nominees

A Second Judicial District vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable Norman D. Haglund on April 18. The Colorado Judicial Department has released the names of the three finalists for that vacancy on the bench. The finalists are Karen L. Brody, David H. Goldberg, and Jay S. Grant. See below for brief biographies on each candidate.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey regarding the nominees. The Denver Bar Association, through its President, Daniel R. McCune, will provide the information from the survey to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s legal team.

The survey will be compiled by The Denver Bar Association and all survey responses are confidential. Each time a judicial vacancy occurs in the Denver District Court, the Denver Bar surveys its members on the nominees to provide feedback to the governor’s office.

The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 14. You can begin the survey here. We apologize for the short turnaround time but the names were just released. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

The three nominees are:

Karen L. Brody
Brody is currently an attorney with Lowe, Fell & Skogg in Denver where she practices Commercial, Real Estate, and Eminent Domain Litigation. Ms. Brody received her undergraduate degree from the University of Denver in 1982, her M.A. from Tufts University in 1983, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver in 1996.

David H. Goldberg
Goldberg is currently a trial attorney at Greenberg Traurig practicing commercial litigation and arbitration. In addition, he was formerly the managing partner of an international law firm’s Moscow office, where his practice focused on international transactions, financing, licensing and distribution agreements. Mr. Goldberg received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1980 and his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology in 1983.

Jay S. Grant
Grant is currently a Deputy State Public Defender in Denver. Mr. Grant previously was an attorney at Stiner, Beck, Jonson & Nolan, where he practiced criminal defense and family law, and was an attorney at Cudd & Associates, where he practiced securities law. Mr. Grant received his undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University in 1992 and his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University in 1997.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alexa Drago at adrago@cobar.org or (303) 824-5313.