June 26, 2019

Finalists Announced for Second Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees for a forthcoming vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created on June 1 by the retirement of Hon. Herbert L. Stern, III. The three nominees are David H. Goldberg, Jay S. Grant, and Christine A. Washburn.

David H. Goldberg is a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he represents companies, financial institutions, and others in business and commercial disputes. Jay S. Grant is a Deputy State Public Defender in Denver, where he handles all levels of felony criminal cases and all types of criminal charges. Christine A. Washburn is Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, where she practices criminal prosecution and is co-chief of the Family Violence Unit.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from May 5 in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. If he does not select a nominee in that time, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court may select a nominee. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

Second Judicial District Nominating Commission Appointment Announced

On Monday, May 4, 2015, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Louise Hurlbut to the judicial nominating commission for the Second Judicial District. Hurlbut is appointed to a term expiring December 31, 2020, to serve as a non-attorney and a Republican from Denver County.

Kerri Lombardi Appointed to Denver County Court

On Monday, April 13, 2015, Mayor Hancock’s office announced the mayor’s appointment of Kerri Lombardi as Denver County Court judge, effective May 1, 2015. Lombardi will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. James Breese.

Lombardi is currently Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s office, where she has been a prosecutor for 15 years and is currently the co-chief of the Family Violence Unit. She has extensive trial experience and routinely teaches and trains in this specialized area of expertise. She is involved in numerous boards, committees, and community organizations related to her area of expertise. Ms. Lombardi is a 1993 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Finalists Announced for Denver County Court Vacancy

On March 27, 2015, the Denver County Court Judicial Nominating Commission transmitted the names of three contenders for the Denver County Court vacancy to Mayor Hancock. The Denver County Court vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. James Breese, effective April 30, 2015.

Mayor Hancock has until April 13, 2015, to select one of the nominees for appointment to the Denver County Court bench. The three nominees are Patrick McKinstry, Chelsea Reiss, and Kerri Lombardi. Comments about the nominees can be submitted to the mayor via email.

 

Hon. Herbert L. Stern, III, to Retire from Second Judicial District Court

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Herbert L. Stern, III, from the Denver District Court, effective June 1, 2015. Judge Stern was appointed to the Denver District Court in June 1990, and primarily presides over civil cases involving money damages. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Stern was a public defender for over 10 years and maintained a private law practice. He received his law degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Applications are now being accepted for the forthcoming vacancy on the Denver District Court. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and also from the ex officio chair of the Second Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan Coats. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Second 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 April 21, 2015. Anyone wishing to nominate another for the vacancy must do so in writing no later than 4 p.m. on April 14, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Three Judges to Retire from Denver County Court

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the Denver County Court announced the retirement of three judges – Judge Claudia Jordan, Judge Mary Celeste, and Judge Larry Bohning. Judge Jordan will retire effective September 30, 2014, and Judges Celeste and Bohning plan to retire in January 2015.

Judge Claudia Jordan was appointed to the Denver County Court bench in 1994. She was a deputy state public defender prior to her appointment, and was in private practice prior to that. Judge Jordan received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Judge Mary Celeste was appointed to the Denver County Court bench in 2000. Judge Celeste also serves as an adjunct professor at DU’s Sturm College of Law. Prior to her appointment to the Denver County Court, she was in private practice from 1985 to 2000. Judge Celeste has been published in a variety of journals, including The Colorado LawyerCourt ReviewPreventive Law Journal, and California Western International Law Journal. She is a frequent speaker at programs in Colorado and throughout the United States. She received her law degree from California Western School of Law in 1983.

Judge Larry Bohning was appointed to the bench in 1980. Prior to his appointment, Judge Bohning worked as a staff attorney for the Colorado General Assembly and as an assistant county attorney for the CIty & County of Denver. Judge Bohning received his undergraduate degree from Dakota Wesleyan University and his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law. He is involved in several community activities, including the CBA Board of Governors, the Community College of Denver Foundation, and many CBA and DBA committees. He also participates as a volunteer judge for moot court competitions across the state.

Applications for these vacancies are available on the Denver County Court website. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Denver County and must have been licensed to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on August 11, 2014. More information is available from the Presiding Judge’s Office, 1437 Bannock, Room 108 or (720) 865-7870.

Nominees Selected for District Court Vacancies in Second and Eighth Judicial Districts

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees for the vacancy on the Eighth Judicial District Court. Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from November 12 in which to appoint a nominee. The vacancy will be created by the December 19, 2013, retirement of Hon. Dave Williams.

The three nominees are C. Michelle Brinegar, John A. Jostad, and Randall C. Lococo. All three nominees are from Fort Collins. Contact information for the nominees is available on the State Judicial website.

State Judicial announced three nominees for the vacancy on the Denver Juvenile Court on Thursday, November 14, 2013. The vacancy became effective November 4, upon the appointment of Hon. Karen Ashby to the Colorado Court of Appeals.

The three nominees for the Denver Juvenile Court are Laura A. Clark, Andrea L. Eddy, and Susan L. Street, all of Denver. Contact information for these nominees is also available on the State Judicial website. Governor Hickenlooper has 15 days from November 15, 2013, in which to appoint a nominee to the Denver Juvenile Court bench.

Denver Probate Court No Longer Accepting Faxes as of September 2012

As of September 1, 2012, faxes will no longer be accepted in the Denver Probate Court without permission of the Judge.

Pro se litigants without an attorney may file in paper format with the court. Attorneys in probate cases should use LexisNexis File and Serve to submit filings to the Court. Attorneys in mental health cases should submit filings via email at DenverProbateMH@judicial.state.co.us.

Further details about this change are contained in Presiding Judge Order 12-02: Order Regarding Fax Filings in the Denver Probate Court.

Elizabeth Starrs Appointed as Second Judicial District Court Judge

On Tuesday, July 3, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Elizabeth Ann Starrs to serve as a district court judge in the Second Judicial District, which covers Denver County. Starrs will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Christina Habas. Her appointment is effective July 13.

Elizabeth Starrs is currently a partner at Starrs Mihm LLP, a position she has held since 2003. Her present law practice focuses on extensive commercial and complex civil litigation including business torts, legal malpractice, employment, medical malpractice, and insurance bad faith. Before starting her own firm, Starrs worked for a number of private law firms, including Cooper & Kelly P.C. and Kennedy & Christopher P.C. She served as president of the Colorado Bar Association from 2006-2007.

Starrs earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

Finalists Selected to Fill Judgeship on Second Judicial District Court

The Second Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the resignation of the Honorable Christina M. Habas on July 13, 2012.

The nominees for the bench are Daniel Christopher, Kandace Gerdes, and Elizabeth Starrs. All nominees are from Denver and were selected by the commission on June 15.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has until July 3 to appoint one of the nominees as District Court Judge for the Second Judicial District, which serves Denver County.

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints More to Judicial Nominating Commissions

On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced several Board and Commission appointments. The appointments were to the Second, Fifth, Sixth, Twelfth, and Twenty-First Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commissions.

Colorado’s twenty-two judicial districts have judicial district nominating commissions that select nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. Each district nominating commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission.

Commission members serve six-year terms. Non-lawyers, who are the majority of every nominating commission, are appointed by the governor. Lawyer members are appointed by joint action of the governor, attorney general, and chief justice.

The members appointed to the Second Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for terms expiring December 31, 2017, are:

  • Larry Allen Nelsen of Denver, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Denver County.
  • Andrew Dean Schneider of Denver, to serve as a non-attorney and as an Unaffiliated from Denver County.

The members appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for terms expiring December 31, 2017, are:

  • Gregory V. Johnson of Edwards, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Eagle County.
  • Heather N. Scanlon of Leadville, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Democrat from Lake County.

The member appointed to the Sixth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for a term expiring December 31, 2017, is:

  • Stephen C. Fearn of Silverton, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Democrat from San Juan County.

The member appointed to the Twelfth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for a term expiring December 31, 2017, is:

  • Marvin K. “Zeke” Ward of Creede, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Mineral County.

The members appointed to the Twenty-First Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for terms expiring December 31, 2017, are:

  • Ivan Daniel Geer of Grand Junction, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Mesa County.
  • Beverly Jean Sewell of Grand Junction, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Mesa County.

Vacancy on Second Judicial District Court Bench Following Resignation of Judge Christina Habas

The Second Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet June 15, 2012 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the office of District Judge for the Second Judicial District, which serves Denver County. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of the Honorable Christina M. Habas on July 13.

Eligible applicants for appointment to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of the Second Judicial District and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. Applications must be received by Friday, June 1. The appointed district court judge will serve an initial provisional term of two years before facing a retention election. If retained in the general election, judges serve six-year terms.

Further information about applying for the vacancy is available here from the Colorado Judicial Branch.