July 16, 2019

Colorado Judicial Institute Seeks Nominations for 2016 Judicial Excellence Awards

CJIOn Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the Colorado Judicial Institute announced that it is seeking nominations for its 2016 Judicial Excellence Awards. The awards acknowledge the efforts of Colorado’s outstanding jurists in three categories: district court judge, county court judge, and magistrate. Nominations may be submitted by justices, judges, magistrates, attorneys, clerks, court staff, and others closely involved with Colorado’s judicial system. The nomination form is available online at the Colorado Judicial Institute website.

The Colorado Judicial Institute set forth criteria for evaluating nominees in each category. The district court judge nominees should have five years’ experience on the district court bench; be creative and innovative in dealing with courtroom processes; exemplify high standards of judicial excellence through a distinguished career; display extraordinary courage, tenacity, and energy in dealing with high-profile, controversial, or difficult cases; objectively, expeditiously, and efficiently manage cases and dockets; and be recognized by members of the bar, courtroom staff, and others as respectful and even-handed but in firm control of the courtroom. County court judge nominees should have five years of experience as a judicial officer in the state court system and currently work full- or part-time; efficiently, expeditiously, and objectively manage cases and dockets; be recognized by members of the bar, courtroom staff, and others as respectful and even-handed but in firm control of the courtroom; and be respected by and have the confidence of other judges, attorneys, court staff, and others. Nominees for the magistrate award should have three years of full- or part-time experience on the bench; explain the law in terms understood by everyone who appears in the courtroom; possess a demeanor and attitude of court accessibility to all; display a high level of open communication; efficiently, objectively, and expeditiously manage cases and dockets; and be respected by and have the confidence of judges, lawyers, court staff, and others.

For more information about the Judicial Excellence Awards and to fill out the nomination form, click here.

Colorado Judicial Institute to Honor Judges Kuenhold, Stewart, and Carney, and Magistrate Rubinstein at Excellence Dinner; CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin to be Keynote Speaker

The Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) has announced that the 2011 Judicial Excellence Awards will be presented to the following outstanding judges and magistrates at the Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner on November 1, 2011:

  • District Court Chief Judge O. John Kuenhold (12th Judicial District)
  • District Court Presiding Judge C. Jean Stewart (Denver Probate Court)
  • County Court Judge Christine Carney (Larimer County)
  • Magistrate Stephanie Rubinstein (Mesa County).

Judicial Excellence Award honorees all display innovation, efficiency, and dedication to the law and are highly respected members of the Colorado Bar.

Jeffrey Toobin, one of the country’s leading experts on the intersection of politics, media, and the law, will be the keynote speaker for the ninth annual dinner event. Toobin is CNN’s senior legal analyst as well as a staff writer for The New Yorker. He is perhaps best known for his comprehensive analysis of some of the nation’s highest profile cases in recent years, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial, Kenneth Starr’s investigation and the impeachment of President Clinton, Florida’s recount of the 2000 presidential election, and Martha Stewart’s insider trading trial. In 2000, Toobin received an Emmy for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga. Toobin is also an accomplished author; his most recent book is The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.

The Judicial Excellence Dinner generates significant funding for the Judicial Education Fund held at the Denver Foundation. The Fund provides grants to justices, judges, magistrates and full time judicial department personnel to attend educational courses.

The event will be held at the Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street, in Denver, Colorado. A cocktail reception starts at 6:00 pm with the dinner event beginning at 7:00 pm.

For more information about the event, purchasing tickets, or becoming a sponsor, click here.