November 14, 2018

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints Judges to Second and Fifth Judicial District Courts

On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of judges to the district courts in the Second and Fifth Judicial Districts.

Darryl Fitzgerald Shockley was appointed to the Second Judicial District Court. He will fill a vacancy occasioned by the retirement of Hon. William Robbins, effective December 31, 2018. Shockley is currently a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Denver DA’s Office, where he serves in the Economic Crimes, Family Violence, and Gang Units. He has been a prosecutor for 14 years and spent many years focusing on white collar crimes, including computer crimes, embezzlement, identity theft, securities fraud, and organized crime. Before becoming a DA, Shockley was a civil defense litigator with White and Steele, where his practice included construction defect litigation and medical malpractice. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri and his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law.

Catherine Jane Cheroutes was appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Court. She will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Wayne Patton, effective February 1, 2019. Cheroutes is currently the managing partner of Cheroutes Zweig PC, where she primarily practices domestic relations law. She also represents clients in criminal defense, and accepts court appointments in dependency and neglect, juvenile delinquency, and divorce cases. She received her undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College and her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Reed Wilson Owens was also appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Court. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Frederick Gannett, effective January 1, 2019. Owens is currently the Lead Deputy Public Defender in the Dillon Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. His practice consists of criminal defense, including juvenile delinquency, misdemeanor, and felony matters. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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Hon. Frederick Gannett and Hon. Wayne Patton to Retire from Fifth Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Frederick Gannett and Hon. Wayne Patton from the Fifth Judicial District Court. Hon. Frederick Gannett will retire effective January 1, 2019, and Hon. Wayne Patton will retire effective February 1, 2019.

Hon. Frederick Gannett was appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Court in 2006. He had been an Eagle County Court judge from 1990 to 1994, and again from 2002 to 2006. From 1994 to 2002, he was in private practice, mostly focusing on criminal law. He received his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University and his law degree from Willamette University.

Hon. Wayne Patton was appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Court in 2013. Prior to his appointment to the district court bench, he was a county court magistrate for Eagle and Summit counties from 2007 to 2013. He was also appointed as a Lake County Court Judge in 2001. He served in the U.S. Army and received his undergraduate degree from Denison University in 1980, and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1983.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancies. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website, or from the ex officio chair of the Fifth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice William Hood III. Eligible applicants must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years and must be qualified electors of the Fifth Judicial District. Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on September 17, 2018; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on September 10, 2018.

For more information about the vacancies, click here.

Cynthia J. Jones Appointed to Clear Creek County Court

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Cynthia J. Jones to the Clear Creek County Court in the Fifth Judicial District. Jones will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Hon. Rachel Olguin-Fresquez to the Eagle County Court, effective February 1, 2018.

Jones is currently a sole practitioner at the Law Office of Cynthia J. Jones, LLC, where she practices criminal law. She is also the primary Alternate Defense Counsel for Eagle County, but has taken cases in Summit, Lake, and Garfield Counties as well. Prior to opening her own firm, Jones was a Colorado State Public Defender for 12 years. She has also worked as an associate at Bailey & Peterson, P.C., where she practiced civil litigation. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, her law degree from the University of Montana, and a Masters of Art History degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Application Period Open for Clear Creek County Vacancy

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a vacancy on the Clear Creek County Court, occasioned by the appointment of Hon. Rachel Olguin-Fresquez to the Eagle County Court, effective February 1, 2018. Applications are now being accepted for the Clear Creek County Court vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Clear Creek County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officioclick here chair of the Fifth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica Marquez. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on February 8, 2018. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than February 1, 2018. For more information about the vacancy, .

Rachel Olguin-Fresquez Appointed to Eagle County Court

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Rachel Olguin-Fresquez to the Eagle County Court in the Fifth Judicial District. Olguin-Fresquez will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Kathleen Sullivan, effective immediately.

Olguin-Fresquez is currently a county court judge in Clear Creek County, where she handles civil and criminal matters. She was appointed to the Clear Creek County Court in 2006. Prior to her appointment, she was the Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Fifth Judicial District. She also was a K-2 elementary school teacher for three years prior to attending law school. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her law degree from the Tulane University School of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.