August 14, 2018

Finalists Selected for Judicial Vacancies on El Paso County Court

On Thursday, August 9, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission’s selection of five finalists for two upcoming vacancies on the El Paso County Court. Those vacancies will be effective January 9, 2019, and are occasioned by the retirement of Hon. Regina Walter and Hon. Stephen Sletta.

The five nominees are Meredith Cord, Samuel Evig, Marcus Henson, Chad Miller, and Dulce Denise Peacock. Hon. Meredith Cord is a magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District in Colorado Springs. Samuel Evig is a criminal defense attorney at Dahl Fisher Wilks in Colorado springs. Hon. Marcus Henson is a magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District in Colorado Springs. Chad Miller is a public defender at the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office in Colorado Springs. Hon. Denise Peacock is a magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District in Colorado Springs.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from August 9 in which to appoint two of the nominees to the 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.

Kristei Jones Appointed to Yuma County Court

On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the appointment of Kristei Jones to the Yuma County Court in the 13th Judicial District. His appointment is occasioned by the resignation of Hon. Sara Marie Wagers-Johnson, effective immediately.

Jones is a rancher in Wray. He is also a location manager at the Aurora Cooperative. He has been a volunteer fireman in Wauneta and Wray since 1995. He served as mayor of Wray from 2008 to 2012, and was a member of the Wray City Council from 2004 to 2008. He received his high school diploma from Yuma High School.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Application Period Open for Pueblo County Court Vacancy

On Friday, July 20, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced an upcoming vacancy on the Pueblo County Court in the 10th Judicial District. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. Valerie Haynes, effective August 17, 2018.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Pueblo County at the time of investiture and must have been admitted 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 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica Márquez. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on August 13, 2018; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on August 6.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Application Period Open for Vacancy on Arapahoe County Court in 18th Judicial District

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a vacancy on the Arapahoe County Court, occasioned by the appointment of Hon. Darren Vahle to the 18th Judicial District Court. The vacancy was effective July 16, 2018.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Arapahoe County and must have been admitted 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 18th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard Gabriel. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 3, 2018; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on July 27.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Darren Vahle Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court

On Monday, July 16, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Darren Vahle to the 18th Judicial District Court. He will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Hon. Carlos A. Samour, Jr., to the Colorado Supreme Court, effective July 1, 2018.

Judge Vahle is currently an Arapahoe County Court judge and the presiding judge of the Arapahoe County Court. He oversees a primarily criminal docket with some civil cases. Prior to his appointment, he was a Senior Deputy District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District. He has also served as a judge at mock trial competitions. He received his undergraduate degree from Westmont College and his law degree from the University of Denver.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Hon. Michelle Amico Appointed as Chief Judge of 18th Judicial District

On Tuesday, July 3, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that District Court Judge Michelle Amico will be appointed as Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial District. She replaces Hon. Carlos A. Samour, Jr., as Chief Judge, following his appointment to the Colorado Court of Appeals, effective July 2, 2018.

Judge Amico was appointed to the 18th Judicial District Court in 2012. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Chief Deputy District Attorney in Denver, where she directed the Family Violence Unit, County Court Division; District Court, Juvenile Division; and Gang Unit and Intake Division; in addition to prosecuting cases. She substitute teaches criminal law and procedure at the University of Denver, and has spoken at several CBA-CLE seminars. She also has previously served on the board of directors for the Denver Center for Crime Victims, and is a past-president of the board. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

For more information about the appointment, 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.

Judge Nancy Lichtenstein to Retire from Colorado Court of Appeals

On Monday, June 25, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the upcoming retirement of Hon. Nancy Lichtenstein from the Colorado Court of Appeals, effective January 8, 2019.

Judge Lichtenstein was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2008. Prior to her appointment, she was a Deputy State Public Defender in both the appellate and trial divisions. Before her service as a public defender, she was in private practice. Judge Lichtenstein was also a guest lecturer at both the University of Colorado and University of Denver law schools, where she lectured on appellate advocacy. She volunteers for East High School’s “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition, and is an author for West’s Colorado Criminal Practice and Procedure series. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the State of Colorado 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 Supreme Court Nominating Commission, Chief Justice-delegate Nathan B. Coats. Application forms must be received no later than 4 p.m. on July 20, 2018; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 13, 2018.

For more information on the vacancy and application process, click here.

Hon. Elizabeth Strobel to Retire from 19th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Elizabeth Strobel from the 19th Judicial District, effective January 8, 2019.

Judge Strobel was appointed to the bench in 2009, and she is the Presiding Family Court Judge and the Lead D&N Judge in the 19th Judicial District, handling a domestic relations and dependency and neglect docket in Greeley. Prior to her appointment, she was a district court magistrate in the 19th Judicial District. She was in private practice in Greeley prior to her appointments to the bench. She received her undergraduate degree from Montana State University and her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. She has presented at several CBA-CLE family law seminars, and she was a prior author of the grandparent rights chapter in the Colorado Senior Law Handbook.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the 19th Judicial District 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 19th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice William Hood, III. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on July 16, 2018; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 9, 2018.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Hon. Thomas R. Ensor to Retire from 17th Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Thomas R. Ensor from the 17th Judicial District Court, effective September 28, 2018. Judge Ensor was appointed to the Adams County Court in the 17th Judicial District in 1978, and was appointed to the district court in 1984. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Ensor was a Deputy District Attorney in the 17th Judicial District. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his law degree from Indiana University School of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the 17th Judicial District and must have been licensed 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 17th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica Marquez. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on July 17, 2018, in order to be considered; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 10, 2018.

For more information on the vacancy, click here.

Hon. Stephen J. Sletta and Hon. Regina Walter to Retire from El Paso County Court

On Thursday, June 15, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Stephen J. Sletta and Hon. Regina Walter. Both judges sit on the El Paso County Court, and their retirements will be effective on January 7, 2019.

Judge Sletta was appointed to the El Paso County Court in 1991. He mostly presides over a docket of civil cases, including traffic violations and misdemeanor charges. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was in private practice for 15 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Judge Walter was appointed to the El Paso County Court in August 2008. Prior to her appointment, she was an El Paso County Court magistrate for 21 years, working in the juvenile court. She was also a deputy public defender prior to her appointment as a magistrate. She received her undergraduate degree from Colorado College and her law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for both upcoming vacancies. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of El Paso 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 Justice Carlos A. Samour, Jr., the ex officio chair of the Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on July 23, 2018; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 16, 2018.

For more information about the vacancies, click here.

Application Period Open for 18th Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Monday, June 4, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that the application period is open for a vacancy on the 18th Judicial District Court. This vacancy was created by the appointment of Hon. Carlos A. Samour, Jr., to the Colorado Supreme Court, effective July 1, 2018.

Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the 18th Judicial District and must have been licensed 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 18th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard Gabriel. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018 in order to be considered; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on June 11, 2018.

For more information about the application process, click here.