June 26, 2019

Ramsey Lama Appointed to District Court Bench in 11th Judicial District

On Tuesday, December 29, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced the appointment of Ramsey Lama to the Eleventh Judicial District Court Bench, effective January 12, 2016. Lama will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. David Thorson.

Lama currently is a solo practitioner in Salida at the Law Offices of Ramsey Lama, where he practices criminal defense. Prior to opening his solo practice, Lama worked at the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office in Grand Junction and Salida. He also worked for the Cleveland Public Defender’s Office in Ohio. He received his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from Aquinas College in Michigan.

 

Finalists Announced for Vacancy on 11th Judicial District Court

On Monday, December 14, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three finalists to fill a vacancy on the Eleventh Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. David M. Thorson, effective January 12, 2016. The three nominees are Molly K. Chilson of Salida, Ramsey Lama of Salida, and Donald “Chip” Cutler of Howard.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has fifteen days in which to select one of the nominees for appointment to the bench. Comments regarding the nominees may be emailed to the governor. For more information, click here.

Application Period Open for Vacancy on Custer County Court Bench

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a forthcoming vacancy on the Custer County Court, created by the appointment of Hon. Peter F. Michaelson to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court, effective January 1, 2016.

Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Custer County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent degree. Application forms are available on the Colorado State Judicial Branch website and are also available from the ex officio chair of the Eleventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice William Hood, III. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on December 16, 2015. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on December 9, 2015.

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

Hon. David M. Thorson to Retire from Eleventh Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. David M. Thorson from the Eleventh Judicial District Court, effective January 12, 2016. Judge Thorson was appointed as a district court judge in 2005. Prior to his appointment, he was a Deputy District Attorney in the Eleventh Judicial District for 16 years. He also has been in private practice, and he served as town attorney for the towns of Alma and Fairplay. He received his undergraduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University and his law degree from the University of Puget Sound Law School. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Fremont-Custer Bar Association, and Heart of the Rockies Bar Association. He has volunteered as a mountain search and rescue person for decades and was a recipient of the J. Hunter Holloway Spirit Award for commitment to the professional advancement of Colorado’s search and rescue community.

Applications are now being accepted for the forthcoming district court vacancy. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Eleventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan B. Coats. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Eleventh Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on November 18, 2015, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on November 11, 2015.

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

Lynnette Wenner Appointed to 11th Judicial District Court Bench

On Thursday, May 28, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Lynnette Wenner to the district court bench in the Eleventh Judicial District. Ms. Wenner will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Charles Barton, effective July 1, 2015.

Ms. Wenner is currently a partner at Gillick & Wenner, P.C., where she practices family law, including custody disputes, child support, maintenance determinations, and grandparent visitation rights. She received her undergraduate degree from Dowling College and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Florida and Colorado.

Nominees Selected for Vacancy on 11th Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the Eleventh Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Charles Barton, effective July 1, 2015.

The three nominees selected are Brian L. Green of Fairplay, Roger B. Larsen of Canon City and Lynette M. Wenner of Cotopaxi. Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has 15 days from May 12, 2015, in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. Comments regarding the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

For more information, click here.

11th Judicial District Nominating Commission Appointment Announced

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced his appointment of Jolene Lynn DeVries of Cotopaxi to the Eleventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Fremont County.

Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a judicial nominating commission that is responsible for interviewing and selecting candidates for judicial vacancies. Judicial nominating commissions are comprised of seven members, three attorneys and four non-attorneys, no more than four of whom can be from the same political party and with at least one representative from each county in the district. There is also a Supreme Court Nominating Commision that selects candidates for vacancies on the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission is comprised of two members from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts, one attorney and one non-attorney from each, plus one at-large member who is not an attorney.

For more information on Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment, click here. For more information on nominating commissions, click here.

Hon. Charles M. Barton to Retire from 11th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Charles M. Barton, effective July 1, 2015. Judge Barton was appointed to the Eleventh Judicial District Court bench in January 2003, where he presides over a criminal, civil, domestic relations, and juvenile docket. Prior to his appointment, Barton served as a deputy district attorney in both the Tenth and Eleventh Judicial Districts. He received his law degree from Northern Kentucky University and his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Applications are now being accepted for the forthcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Eleventh Judicial District (Chaffee, Custer, Park, and Fremont counties) and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and also from the ex officio chair of the Eleventh Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Gregory Hobbs. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 27, 2015, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so lo later than 4 p.m. on April 20, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.