June 18, 2019

Tomee Crespin Appointed to 17th Judicial District Court

On Friday, December 30, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the appointment of Tomee Crespin to the Seventeenth Judicial District Court. Crespin will fill a vacancy created by the non-retention of Hon. Jill-Ellyn Straus, effective January 10, 2017.

Crespin is currently a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Tomee Crespin, LLC, where she practices family law and criminal litigation. She is also an associate judge in Commerce City Municipal Court, Brighton Municipal Court, and Lakewood Municipal Court. She received her undergraduate degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Nominees Selected for Vacancy on Seventeenth Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission’s selection of three nominees for appointment to the bench in the Seventeenth Judicial District. The three nominees are Gregory Beacom of Westminster, Tomee Crespin of Thornton, and Roberto Ramirez of Thornton.

Gregory Beacom is currently a magistrate in the Seventeenth Judicial District, where he has served since October 2006. Tomee Crespin is a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Tomee Crespin, where she practices criminal and family law litigation and participates in truancy court matters. Roberto Ramirez is the City of Arvada’s litigation counsel, and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

The judicial vacancy was created by the non-retention of Hon. Jill-Ellyn Straus, effective January 10, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy or the nominees, click here.

Sharon Holbrook Appointed to 17th Judicial District Court Bench

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Sharon Holbrook to the district court bench in the Seventeenth Judicial District. Holbrook will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Francis C. Wasserman, effective October 17, 2016.

Currently, Holbrook is a district court magistrate in the Seventeenth Judicial District, where she oversees domestic relations cases. She has also completed rotations in the criminal and civil divisions. Prior to her appointment as magistrate, Holbrook served for ten years in the Adams County District Attorney’s Office, with the last four years in the position of Senior Trial Deputy for the Child Victim Unit. She teaches extensively on child physical and sexual abuse and abusive infant head trauma. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and her law degree from Willamette University College of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Hon. Francis C. Wasserman to Retire from 17th Judicial District Court

Wasserman (Formatted)On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Francis C. Wasserman from the Seventeenth Judicial District Court, effective October 17, 2016. Judge Wasserman was appointed to the district court bench in July 2005, where he presides over a mixed docket of civil, criminal, juvenile, and domestic relations cases. Prior to his appointment, he was a Chief Trial Deputy District Attorney in the Seventeenth Judicial District and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver. He also served as a Merchant Marine and in the Navy, and had Top Secret security clearance. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville and his law degree from the University of Florida Law School.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Seventeenth Judicial District 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 Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan Coats. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on September 1, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on August 25, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Cindy Hoang-Ha Thi Dang and Martin “M.J.” Flaum Appointed to Adams County Court

On Thursday, June 9, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Cindy Hoang-Ha Thi Dang and Martin “M.J.” Flaum to the Adams County Court bench. Ha Dang and Flaum will fill vacancies created by the retirement of Hon. Robert S. Doyle and Hon. Jeffrey L. Romeo. Ha Dang’s appointment is effective July 1, 2016, and Flaum’s appointment is effective January 10, 2017.

Ha Dang is currently a magistrate judge in the Seventeenth Judicial District, where she mainly hears domestic relations cases. She was appointed as magistrate in 2013. Prior to her appointment, she served as a guardian ad litem and child and family investigator as well as deputy DA in Colorado Springs. She was also in private practice, where she represented clients in domestic, criminal, juvenile, and immigration matters. Ha Dang received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Irvine and her law degree from the Western School of Law in San Diego.

Flaum is currently a Senior Lead Deputy District Attorney in the Seventeenth Judicial District. He prosecutes felonies such as homicide, sexual assault, assault, vehicular homicide, drug cases, theft, and domestic violence. Flaum received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska in 2003 and his law degree from Creighton University in 2009.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Jaclyn Casey Brown Appointed to 17th Judicial District Court

JaclynCaseyBrownOn Thursday, May 19, 2016, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Jaclyn Casey Brown to the District Court Bench in and for the Seventeenth Judicial District. Brown will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. C. Scott Crabtree, effective July 1, 2016.

Brown is currently a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie in Denver, where she practices in the real estate and business litigation groups with an emphasis on commercial and complex civil litigation involving business entities ‎of various size. Brown is a member of the Colorado, Denver, American, and Colorado Women’s bar associations; a member of the Faculty of Federal Advocates; a Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow; and is active on many boards and committees. Brown received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, summa cum laude, and her law degree from Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law, where she was in the Order of the Coif.

For more information on the appointment, click here.

Finalists Selected for 17th Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, the Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission announced its May 2 selection of three finalists to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Seventeenth Judicial District Court, occasioned by the retirement of Hon. C. Scott Crabtree on July 1, 2016. The three nominees are  Jaclyn Casey Brown of Westminster, Tomee Crespin of Thornton, and Sharon Holbrook of Broomfield.

Jaclyn Casey Brown is currently a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie in Denver, where she practices commercial and complex civil litigation involving business entities ‎of various sizes in the real estate and business practice groups. Tomee Crespin is a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Tomee Crespin, where she practices criminal and family law litigation and participates in truancy court matters. Sharon Holbrook is a magistrate in the Seventeenth Judicial District, where she is  is assigned to the juvenile division, and has also completed rotations in the domestic, criminal, and civil divisions.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from May 3, 2016, in which to appoint one of the nominees to the 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. C. Scott Crabtree, Hon. Robert S. Doyle, and Hon. Jeffrey L. Romeo to Retire

On Monday, March 21, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. C. Scott Crabtree, district court judge in the Seventeenth Judicial District, effective June 1, 2016. Two additional vacancies on the Adams County Court in the Seventeenth Judicial District will be created by the retirements of Hon. Robert S. Doyle, effective July 1, 2016, and Hon. Jeffrey L. Romeo, effective January 1, 2017.

Judge Crabtree was appointed to the Seventh Judicial District Court in 2001, where he presides over a docket of domestic relations, probate, criminal, and civil cases. Prior to his appointment, he was a general practitioner with an emphasis on civil litigation. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his law degree from the University of Nebraska.

Judge Doyle was appointed to the Adams County Court in 2004. Prior to his appointment, he was a magistrate in the Seventeenth Judicial District and Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Adams County District Attorney’s Office. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Judge Romeo was appointed to the Adams County Court in 1990, where he presides over a docket of felony criminal, misdemeanor, and traffic cases. He was a Deputy District Attorney in Adams County prior to his appointment, and was also in private practice. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancies. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and also from the ex officio chair of the Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright. Eligible applicants for the district court vacancy must be qualified electors of the Seventeenth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Eligible applicants for the Adams County Court vacancies must be qualified electors of Adams County and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications for the district court vacancy must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 14, 2016. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 7, 2016. Applications for the county court vacancies must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 2, 2016. Anyone wishing to nominate another for the county court vacancies must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 25, 2016.

For more information about the district court vacancy, click here. For more information about the county court vacancies, click here.

Don Quick Appointed to Bench of 17th Judicial District

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Don Quick to the district court bench in the Seventeenth Judicial District. Quick will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Chris Melonakis, effective January 12, 2015.

Quick is currently senior counsel at Beatty & Wozniak, P.C., where he is a litigator for cases involving federal lands and environmental law. Prior to joining Beatty & Wozniak in January 2014, Quick had spent his career in public service. From 1988 to 1998, he worked in the DA’s office in the Seventeenth Judicial District. He worked in the Colorado attorney general’s office under Ken Salazar, and in 2004, Quick was appointed as District Attorney for the Seventeenth Judicial District.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Nominees Selected for Judgeships on 17th Judicial District Court and Ouray County Court

The Colorado State Judicial Branch released the names of nominees for judicial vacancies on the Seventeenth Judicial District Court bench and the Ouray County Court bench. The vacancy on the bench of the Seventeenth Judicial District Court will be created by the retirement of Hon. Chris Melonakis, effective January 12, 2015, and the vacancy on the Ouray County Court bench will be created on January 13, 2015, due to the appointment of Hon. David Westfall to the district court.

Nominees for the vacancy on the Seventeenth Judicial District bench are Tomee Crespin of Thornton, Sharon D. Holbrook of Broomfield, and Donald S. Quick of Westminster. Pursuant to the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from November 24, 2014, in which to select one of the nominees for appointment.

Nominees for the vacancy on the Ouray County Court bench are Leslie M. German of Ridgway and Donald (Cory) Jackson of Ouray. The governor has 15 days from November 18, 2014, in which to select one of the nominees for appointment.

Comments regarding any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the Seventeenth Judicial District Court nominees, click here. For more information about the Ouray County Court nominees, click here.

Hon. Chris Melonakis to Retire from 17th Judicial District Bench

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Chris Melonakis of the Seventeenth Judicial District Court, effective January 12, 2014.

Judge Melonakis graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1974, summa cum laude. He went to law school at University of the Pacific in San Francisco, California, graduating in 1977. After law school, Melonakis was an attorney in private practice, focusing in the areas of civil, criminal, probate, and domestic relations law. He was appointed to the bench in 1998, and presides over a mostly criminal docket. Judge Melonakis is a member of the American, Colorado, and Adams/Broomfield bar associations; former lead judge for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; a member of several Colorado Supreme Court committees; and serves on several boards and commissions.

Applications are now being accepted for the forthcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Seventeenth Judicial District and must have been licensed to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from Justice Gregory Hobbs, the ex officio chair of the judicial nominating commission, and are also available on the State Judicial website. The original, signed application, as well as an identical PDF copy, must be submitted to Justice Hobbs no later than 4 p.m. on November 3, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another may do so no later than 4 p.m. October 27, 2014.

Michael H. Berger of Husch Blackwell, LLP, Appointed to Colorado Court of Appeals

6113On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced the appointment of Michael H. Berger to the Colorado Court of Appeals. Judge Berger will replace Judge Russell Carparelli, who retired on December 15, 2013.

Michael Berger currently is a partner at Husch Blackwell, LLP, where his practice consists of civil litigation, legal ethics advice to lawyers, and representation of lawyers in attorney discipline proceedings. He is very active in the legal community, especially regarding legal ethics, and he is a member and past chair of the CBA Ethics Committee. He is also a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Appellate Rules Committee and Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He frequently presents for CBA-CLE on legal ethics topics, and presented at the Ethics 7.0 seminar in November 2013.

Governor Hickenlooper’s office also announced on December 18 the appointment of Emily Anderson as district court judge on the Seventeenth Judicial District bench. Emily Anderson currently serves as a Magistrate for the 17th Judicial District, where she presides over civil, domestic relations, juvenile and criminal matters. Previously, Anderson was a part-time Magistrate for the Denver County Court, president of her own law firm with a focus on family law, civil litigation and mediation, and a senior associate at Bell & Pollock, P.C.