May 21, 2019

Kimberly D. Cortez-Rodriguez and Anna N.H. Ulrich Appointed to County Courts in 12th Judicial District

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Kimberly D. Cortez-Rodriguez to the Conejos County Court and Ann N. Ulrich to the Saguache County Court, both in the Twelfth Judicial District. Cortez-Rodriguez will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Susan I. Broyles, effective January 10, 2017. Ulrich will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Amanda K. Pearson, effective November 1, 2016.

Cortez-Rodriguez is currently the Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator for the Twelfth Judicial District. Prior to her work for the court, Cortez-Rodriguez was an associate at the Alamosa firm of Lester Sigmond Rooney & Schwiesow. She has also worked as a staff attorney and paralegal for Colorado Legal Services. She received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and her law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

Ulrich is a solo practitioner at Anna N.H. Ulrich, Attorney at Law, where she has worked since 2006. In addition to her solo practice, Ulrich is an assistant county attorney for Chaffee County. She has also been a research attorney for the Twelfth Judicial District, and an associate at law firms in Boulder and Durango. She received her undergraduate degree from Trinity University and her law degree from University of Colorado Law School.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Hon. Amanda K. Pearson and Hon. Susan I. Broyles to Retire

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of two county court judges in the Twelfth Judicial District. Hon. Amanda K. Pearson of the Saguache County Court will retire, effective November 1, 2016, and Hon. Susan I. Broyles of the Conejos County Court will retire, effective January 10, 2017.

Judge Pearson was appointed to the Saguache County Court in March 1998. She is the Senior County Court Judge, and is also an Alamosa Municipal Court judge. Prior to her appointment, Pearson was in private practice, and also spent three years at the Twelfth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. She received her undergraduate degree from Adams State College and her law degree from the University of Colorado.

Judge Broyles was appointed to the Conejos County Court in October 2013. Prior to her appointment, she helped pro bono clients with with various matters, including collections, torts, business matters, traffic infractions, and more. Prior to that, she taught reading and writing to disadvantaged children at an inner city school for ten years. She also worked as a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Department of Corrections, and was a non-attorney county court judge in Conejos County before receiving her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for both vacancies. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the counties in which the vacancies occur, and must have graduated from high school or attained the equivalent. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from Justice Brian Boatright, the ex officio chair of the Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on July 20, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so in writing no later than 4 p.m. on July 13, 2016.

For more information about the vacancies, click here.

Patrick H. Hayes Appointed to 12th Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Patrick H. Hayes to the district court bench in the Twelfth Judicial District. Hayes will fill a vacancy created by HB 15-1034, effective July 1, 2015.

Currently, Hayes is a county court judge in Rio Grande County, where he was appointed in 2011. He is also a Division 3 Water Referee. Prior to his appointment to the Rio Grande County Court, Hayes was in private practice at Hayes Law, P.C., where he practiced criminal defense. Hayes also served as Chief Deputy District Attorney in the San Luis Valley and was the juvenile court magistrate in Rio Grande County. He received his law degree, summa cum laude, from Oklahoma City University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Cameron University.

Nominees Announced for 12th Judicial District Court Judgeship

On Monday, June 1, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees for appointment to the bench of the Twelfth Judicial District. The selected nominee will fill a vacancy created by House Bill 15-1034, effective July 1, 2015. The three nominees are Patrick H. Hayes Jr of South Fork, Jason T. Kelly of Alamosa and Amanda K. Pearson of Crestone.

Patrick H. Hayes, Jr. is currently a county court judge in Rio Grande County, presiding over a mixed docket. Jason T. Kelly is a county attorney in Alamosa. Amanda K. Pearson is a county court judge in Saguache County.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has 15 days from June 1 in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be submitted to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Application Period Open for New Judgeship on Twelfth Judicial District Court Bench

The governor signed HB 15-1034 on Friday, March 20, 2015, which increased the number of district court judges in the Twelfth Judicial District from three to four, effective July 1, 2015. The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced on Friday, March 27, 2015, that applications are now being accepted for the forthcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Twelfth Judicial District (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties) and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website, and from the ex officio chair of the Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Hood. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 4, 2015, and anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 27, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

HB 15-1034: Adding a District Court Judge in the Twelfth Judicial District

On January 7, 2015, Rep. Edward Vigil and Sen. Larry Crowder introduced HB 15-1034 — Concerning an Increase in the Number of District Court Judges in the Twelfth Judicial District. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Effective July 1, 2015, the bill increases the number of district court judges in the twelfth judicial district from 3 to 4.

The bill was assigned to the House Judiciary and Appropriations Committees. The bill has passed out of the Judiciary Committee unamended and was referred to Appropriations.

Judges Appointed for Fifth Judicial District Court and Conejos County Court Benches

On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper announced appointments to the benches of the Conejos County Court and the Fifth Judicial District Court.

Susan Broyles was appointed as county court judge in Conejos County, effective immediately. She will replace Hon. Mary Garcia, who resigned earlier this year. Ms. Broyles currently assists pro bono clients with various matters, including collections, torts, business matters, traffic infractions, and more. Prior to that, she taught reading and writing to disadvantaged children at an inner city school for ten years. She also worked as a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Department of Corrections, and was a non-attorney county court judge in Conejos County before receiving her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Paul Dunkelman was appointed as district court judge for the Fifth Judicial District, effective November 30, 2013. His appointment is occasioned by the retirement of Hon. R. Thomas Moorhead. Mr. Dunkelman is currently a partner at Carlson, Carlson & Dunkelman, LLC, where he practices family, criminal, civil, and business law. He is also an adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College and a prosecuting attorney for the Town of Leadville. Previously, he clerked in the Second Judicial District for Hon. Lynne Hufnagel and Hon. Paul Markson, Jr. He received his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.