May 21, 2019

Zachary I. Malkinson and Kristy A. Martinez Appointed to Boulder County Court

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Zachary I. Malkinson and Kristy A. Martinez to the Boulder County Court in the 20th Judicial District. They will fill vacancies created by the retirements of Hon. Noel E. Blum and Hon. Karolyn Moore, effective January 8, 2019.

Malkinson is currently a solo practitioner at Law Office of Zachary Malkinson, where he primarily practices criminal defense, including traffic, misdemeanor, and felony cases. He has previously been a partner at Malkinson Salomone, LLP and Malkinson Wheeler Law, LLP from 2010 to 2017. Prior to that, he was a public defender at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office from 2001 to 2008 and a solo practitioner in Boulder from 2009 to 2010. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law.

Martinez is currently the Director of the Korey Wise Innocence Project at the University of Colorado Law School, a position she has held since 2015. She supervises law students and volunteer attorneys who investigate and represent indigent clients in post-conviction cases involving claims of actual innocence. Prior to her work at the law school, she was in private practice at The Law Firm of Kristy A. Martinez, Esq. LLC from 2008 to 2015, and at Martinez Law LLC from 2006 to 2008. She was also a deputy district attorney at the Adams County District Attorney’s Office in 2001. She received her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Denver.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Public Trustees Appointed in Boulder and Jefferson Counties

On Wednesday, August 16, 2018, the governor appointed public trustees in Boulder County and Jefferson County. The public trustees facilitate foreclosures and public transactions on real property, and oversee the administration of deeds of trust.

The appointments of the new public trustees were occasioned by the resignation of Jim Martin of Boulder. The new public trustee for Boulder County is Sheryl Anne Del Rosario of Erie, and the new public trustee for Jefferson County is Catherine A. Bortles of Golden.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Several Judicial Vacancies Announced This Week

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced several forthcoming vacancies on district and county courts throughout Colorado, due to the retirements of several judges. See below for details.

  • In the 13th Judicial District, Judge Michael J. Schingle will retire from the Morgan County Court, effective January 8, 2019. Judge Schingle was appointed to the Morgan County Court in 2000. Prior to his appointment, he was a private attorney in general practice with emphasis on criminal litigation. He has served as the president of the Morgan County local bar association and the Thirteenth Judicial District Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico and his law degree from the University of Tennessee Law School. Applications for this position are due no later than 4 p.m. on July 23, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on July 16.
  • In the 8th Judicial District, Judge Devin R. Odell will retire from the district court bench, effective October 6, 2018. Judge Odell was appointed to the bench in 2009. Prior to his appointment, he had a private general practice, worked for the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office, and clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from the University of California Davis School of Law. Applications for this vacancy are due no later than 4 p.m. on July 19, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 12.
  • In the 11th Judicial District, Judge Norman C. Cooling will retire from the Fremont County Court, effective January 8, 2019. Judge Cooling was appointed to the Fremont County Court in 2007. Prior to his appointment, he was a Deputy District Attorney in the 11th Judicial District for 21 years. He also worked in private practice and was a clerk for the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals’ presiding judge. He received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College and his law degree from Tulsa College of Law. Applications for this position are due no later than 4 p.m. on July 19; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 12.
  • In the 20th Judicial District, Judge Noel C. Blum will retire from the Boulder County Court, effective January 8, 2019. Judge Blum was appointed to the Boulder County Court in 2003. Prior to his appointment, Judge Blum was a Deputy District Attorney in Jefferson and Gilpin counties for 19 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. Applications for this position are due no later than 4 p.m. on July 20, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so by July 13.
  • In the 20th Judicial District, Judge Karolyn Moore will retire from the Boulder County Court, effective January 8, 2019. Judge Moore was appointed to the Boulder County Court in 2011. Prior to her appointment, she was a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado’s First, Ninth, and Twentieth Judicial Districts. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado. Applications for this position are due no later than 4 p.m. on July 20; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so by July 13.

For all of these positions, eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the counties or judicial districts in which the vacancies will occur. For the vacancies in the 8th, 11th, and 20th Judicial Districts, applicants must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. For the Morgan County Court vacancy, applicants must have graduated from high school or obtained the equivalent. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the district nominating commissions.

For more information about the individual vacancies, click on the links above. For information about all of the vacancies, click here.

Finalists Selected for Upcoming Colorado Supreme Court Vacancy

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three finalists to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court. The vacancy will occur upon the retirement of Chief Justice Nancy Rice, effective July 1, 2018.

The three finalists are Maria Berkenkotter, former Chief Judge of the 20th Judicial District Court; Karen Brody, District Court Judge in the 2nd Judicial District; and Carlos A. Samour, Jr., Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial District Court. Judge Berkenkotter has been with the Judicial Arbiter Group (JAG) since January 2018, following her 2017 retirement from the 20th Judicial District Court. She was appointed to the 20th Judicial District Court in 2006 and became Chief Judge in 2013. Judge Brody was appointed to the 2nd Judicial District Court in March 2014. Prior to her appointment, she was a member and owner at Lowe, Fell & Skogg, LLC, where she practiced general commercial litigation with a subspecialty in the areas of real estate and eminent domain law. Judge Samour was appointed to the 18th Judicial District Court in January 2007 and became Chief Judge in 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was with Holland & Hart and also worked at the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Under the Colorado constitution, the governor has 15 days within which to appoint one of the nominees to the Colorado Supreme Court. Comments about any of the nominees may be submitted to the governor via email at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Nancy Salomone Appointed to 20th Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the appointment of Nancy Salomone to the 20th Judicial District Court. Salomone will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Maria Berkenkotter, effective October 31, 2017.

Salomone is currently a partner at Malkinson Salomone, LLC, and also has a solo practice, The Law Offices of Nancy W. Salomone, PC. Previously, she was Of Counsel at Lazlo & Associates, and also worked at the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office in Denver. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and her law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Ingrid Bakke Appointed Chief Judge of 20th Judicial District

On Friday, September 15, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that District Judge Ingrid Bakke was appointed Chief Judge of the 20th Judicial District. Judge Bakke will replace Hon. Maria Berkenkotter as Chief Judge, effective upon Judge Berkenkotter’s October 31 retirement.

Judge Bakke was appointed to the 20th Judicial District Court in January 2011. Prior to her appointment, she was in private practice, where she focused on criminal defense and child abuse matters. She was also a prosecutor in Boulder County for six years and in Jefferson County for 11 years.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Maria E. Berkenkotter to Retire from 20th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Maria E. Berkenkotter will retire from the Twentieth Judicial District Court in Boulder, effective October 31, 2017. Judge Berkenkotter was appointed to the Boulder District Court in July 2006. Prior to her appointment, she worked at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office for 16 years. She has also been in private practice, and she clerked for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Howard M. Kirshbaum after law school. She received her law degree from the University of Denver and her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Boulder County 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 20th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica M. Márquez. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 24, 2017; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than August 17, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Hon. John F. Stavely to Retire from Boulder County Court

StavelyOn Monday, July 18, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. John F. Stavely from the Boulder County Court, effective January 10, 2017. Judge Stavely was appointed to the Boulder County Court in August 2001, where he handles a docket of traffic, misdemeanor criminal, felony criminal, civil, and small claims cases. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a partner at Chrisman, Bynum & Johnson in Boulder for 19 years. He also served as a Louisville Municipal Court judge. He received his law degree from the University of North Dakota Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Boulder County 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 Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica Marquez. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 12, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than August 5, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Elizabeth House Moulton Brodsky Appointed to Boulder County Court

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Elizabeth House Moulton Brodsky to the Boulder County Court. The appointment, effective immediately, was occasioned by the appointment of Hon. Norma Sierra to the Twentieth Judicial District Court on August 1, 2015.

Prior to her appointment to the Boulder County Court, Judge Brodsky was a magistrate in the Twentieth Judicial District, where she oversaw a domestic relations docket. Previously, she had been managing attorney of Boulder County Legal Services and a staff attorney in the family and children’s unit of Colorado Legal Services. She had also been in private practice, where she concentrated her practice in domestic relations law. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado.

Finalists Selected for Boulder County Court Vacancy

On Monday, August 31, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three candidates to fill a vacancy on the Boulder County Court, effective August 1, 2015. The vacancy was created by the appointment of Hon. Norma Sierra to the bench of the Twentieth Judicial District Court. The three nominees, selected on August 28 by the Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission, are Elizabeth H.M. Brodsky of Nederland, Jonathon P. Martin of Boulder, and Robert S. Shapiro of Louisville.

Elizabeth Brodsky has been a magistrate in the Boulder District Court since 2011, where she manages a domestic relations docket. Jonathon P. Martin is currently a Deputy District Attorney in the Twentieth Judicial District, and he previously handled commercial litigation, product liability litigation, and aviation disputes. Robert Shapiro is currently the First Assistant Attorney General for Special Prosecutions in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has fifteen days from August 31 in which to appoint one of the nominees to the Boulder County Court bench. 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.

Applications Being Accepted for Vacancy on Boulder County Court

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a vacancy on the Boulder County Court due to the appointment of Hon. Norma Sierra to the Twentieth Judicial District Court, effective August 1, 2015.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Boulder County and must be admitted to practice law in Colorado. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and are also available from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Gregory Hobbs. Application forms are due no later than 4 p.m. on August 13, 2015. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on August 6, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Norma A. Sierra Appointed to 20th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, July 16, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Norma A. Sierra to the bench of the Twentieth Judicial District Court. Sierra will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. D.D. Mallard, effective August 1, 2015.

Judge Sierra is currently a county court judge in Boulder County, where she has served since 2011. Prior to her appointment to the Boulder County Court, Judge Sierra was a magistrate in the Twentieth Judicial District from 2002 to 2011. Before moving to Boulder, she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and at the U.S. Department of Justice. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Texas El Paso and her law degree from the University of Texas.

For more information about the appointment, click here.