April 22, 2019

Chief Judges Appointed in 6th and 8th Judicial District

On Thursday, September 15, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the appointment of Jeffrey R. Wilson as Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial District and Judge Stephen E. Howard as Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial District.

Judge Wilson will replace Chief Judge Gregory Lyman, who will retire from the bench on January 10, 2017. Judge Wilson was appointed to the Sixth Judicial District Court in 2002. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice as the founder of Wilson & Crawford, and also served as a district attorney in the Twenty-Second Judicial District.

Judge Howard will replace Chief Judge Stephen J. Schapanski, who will retire from the bench on January 10, 2017. Judge Howard was appointed to the district court bench in 2011. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was an attorney in private practice in Fort Collins from 1978 through 2011, where he had a general practice emphasizing business and real estate litigation.

Todd Norvell Appointed to Sixth Judicial District Court

On Friday, September 9, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Todd Norvell to the Sixth Judicial District Court. Norvell will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Gregory G. Lyman, effective January 10, 2017.

Norvell is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in Durango, where he practices in the criminal division and has served as the tribal liaison. Prior to becoming an AUSA, Norvell was a special agent in the FBI, a deputy district attorney in the Sixth Judicial District, an associate at two Texas law firms, an assistant district attorney in Texas’s Thirty-Fourth Judicial District, and an assistant district attorney in New Mexico’s Eleventh Judicial District. Norvell received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and his law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Justin Fay Appointed to Archuleta County Court in 6th Judicial District

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Justin Fay to the Archuleta County Court in the Sixth Judicial District. Fay will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Sam Cassidy, effective September 20, 2016.

Fay is currently a Deputy District Attorney in the Sixth Judicial District, where he prosecutes sex crimes and is a county court supervisor. He has been with the Sixth Judicial District Attorney’s Office for his entire law career. Fay received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Tulsa.

 

Hon. Sam Cassidy to Resign from Archuleta County Court

AR-140829505On Friday, July 22, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the resignation of Hon. Sam Cassidy from the Archuleta County Court, effective September 20, 2016. Judge Cassidy was appointed to the Archuleta County Court in August 2014. Prior to his appointment, he taught business law and ethics at the University of Denver and frequently handled pro bono cases. He has also served as Colorado’s lieutenant governor, the Senate minority leader, and a state senator from Senate District 6. He received his law degree from the University of Tulsa Law School in 1975.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Archuleta County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent degree. Applications are available from the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright. Applications must be received no later than noon on August 16, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than noon on August 9, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Hon. Gregory G. Lyman to Retire from Sixth Judicial District Court

lymanOn Thursday, July 14, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Gregory G. Lyman from the Sixth Judicial District Court, effective January 10, 2017. Judge Lyman was appointed to the district court in June 1996, where he primarily handles civil, criminal, probate, and domestic relations matters. He is the Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial District, and is also a Water Judge in Division 7. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was the District Attorney of the Sixth Judicial District and also worked at the District Attorney’s Office in the Seventh Judicial District. He was in private practice before his work as a District Attorney. Judge Lyman received his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy on the Sixth Judicial District Court bench. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Sixth Judicial District and must have been licensed 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 Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright. Completed applications must be received no later than noon on August 5, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 29, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Samuel Cassidy Appointed to Archuleta County Court

On Thursday, August 28, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced his appointment of Samuel Cassidy to the Archuleta County Court bench. Cassidy will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. James E. Denvir, effective January 13, 2015.

Cassidy currently teaches business law and ethics at DU’s Daniels College of Business. He handles pro bono cases in many practice areas, including criminal, civil litigation, business contracts and formation, and real estate. Prior to teaching at DU, Cassidy was president and CEO of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Jefferson County Economic Development Association. He has also served as Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor, Senate Minority Leader, and a state senator from Senate District 6. Prior to that, he was an attorney in private practice.

 

Hon. James Denvir to Retire from Archuleta County Court

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. James E. Denvir of the Archuleta County Court, effective January 13, 2015.

Judge Denvir was appointed to the Archuleta County Court bench in Pagosa Springs in 1995. He presides over a criminal and civil docket. He also provides arbitration and mediation services for civil disputes through a private practice. Prior to his appointment, Judge Denvir worked for California Rural Legal Assistance; as an administrative law judge in Sacramento, California; and in solo practice in Pagosa Springs. He received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in 1969 and his juris doctorate in 1973 from the University of Southern California Law Center.

Applications are being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent and must be qualified electors of Archuleta County. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and also from Justice Brian Boatright, the ex officio chair of the Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission. The original signed application must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on July 30, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so no later than 4 p.m. on July 23, 2014.

For more information about the vacancy and for contact information for members of the nominating commission, click here.

William Herringer Appointed to Sixth Judicial District Court Bench

On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed William Herringer to the bench of the Sixth Judicial District Court, effective March 11, 2013. He will replace Hon. David L. Dickinson, whose retirement was effective February 28, 2013.

Prior to his appointment, Herringer was an attorney in private practice at Greenberg & Herringer, LLC, in Durango. He primarily focused on criminal defense, but also handled personal injury cases and protection order hearings. He earned his law degree from University of Colorado Law School, and his undergraduate degree from Colorado College.

Judge Herringer’s appointment will be effective for two years, at which time he will face a retention election. If retained, he will remain on the bench for an additional six years.

Judge David L. Dickinson to Retire from Sixth Judicial District Court Bench

The Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 to interview and select nominees for appointment to the bench of the Sixth Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the February 28, 2013 retirement of the Honorable David L. Dickinson.

Judge Dickinson was appointed to the district court for the Sixth Judicial District in December 1998. His docket includes civil, criminal, domestic relations, juvenile, and probate cases. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was in private practice as a solo practitioner specializing in real estate, business and commercial litigation, and local government.

Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Sixth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Alison Eid, and from the office of the district administrator. They are also available on the State Judicial website.

Applications must be submitted to the ex officio chair electronically in PDF format no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6. Any person wishing to suggest a nominee must do so by letter submitted to any member of the nominating commission and a copy to the ex officio  chair no later than 4 p.m. on January 30, 2013.