August 20, 2018

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.

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.

Carlos A. Samour, Jr., Appointed to Colorado Supreme Court

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Hon. Carlos A. Samour, Jr., to the Colorado Supreme Court. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Nancy Rice, effective July 2, 2018.

Samour is currently the Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial District. He has been recognized frequently for presiding over the Aurora movie theater shooting trial. He was appointed to the 18th Judicial District Court in 2006 and became Chief Judge in 2014. Prior to his work on the 18th Judicial District Court, Samour was a deputy district attorney in Denver for 10 years. He was also at Holland & Hart in private practice for five years. He has also clerked for Judge Robert McWilliams of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his law degree from the University of Denver with honors, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. He is a Colorado native and avid Broncos fan.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Cynthia Dianne Mares Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Cynthia Dianne Mares to the 18th Judicial District Court. Mares will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Paul A. King, effective July 2, 2018.

Mares is currently an associate judge on the Aurora Municipal Court, where her docket includes criminal matters, traffic infractions, and violations of municipal ordinances. Prior to her work on the Aurora Municipal Court, she was the Arapahoe County Public Trustee. She was Assistant Regulation Counsel at the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel from 2005 to 2012, and a Deputy State Public Defender with the Colorado Public Defender’s Office from 1990 to 2005.

Mares is also active in the legal community. She is a past-president of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. She also is a member of the Colorado Womens Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She also is a board member for the Colorado Mexican Cultural Center and a member of the Colorado Gaming Commission.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Nominees Selected for 18th Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill an upcoming vacancy on the 18th Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. F. Stephen Collins, effective August 1, 2017.

The three nominees are Cori Alcock-Christofferson of Centennial, Richard Ferro of Centennial, and Andrew Baum of Highlands Ranch. Cori Alcock-Christofferson is at the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Richard Ferro is in the Medicaid Fraud Unit of the Office of the Colorado Attorney General. Andrew Baum is a magistrate in Arapahoe County.

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

18th Judicial District’s Senior Law Day and Safety Summit is October 14, 2016

2016 cover sample_Layout 1The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will host its annual Senior Law Day and Safety Summit on Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Charles Schwab & Co. Events Center in Lone Tree (9899 Schwab Way #100, Lone Tree, CO 80124). This year’s event will focus on topics pertaining to legal, safety, and fraud awareness issues in later life. Seniors, family members, professionals in the field of aging; and individuals contemplating retirement are particularly encouraged to attend.

Registration for the event is $10, and includes a copy of the 2016 Senior Law Handbook, a boxed lunch, snacks, and an opportunity to sign up for a free consultation with an attorney on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration information is available here.

For more information, contact Barbara Martin-Worley at (720) 874-8487 or bmw@da18.state.co.us.

Ben Leutwyler and Robert Lung Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court

On Friday, April 29, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Ben Leutwyler and Robert Lung to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. Leutwyler and Lung will fill vacancies created by the retirement of Hon. Richard Caschette and Hon. Marilyn Antrim, effective July 1, 2016.

Ben Leutwyler is currently a district court magistrate in the Eighteenth Judicial District, where he presides over a domestic relations docket. Prior to his work as magistrate, Leutwyler was a partner at Mike Hulen, PC, where he practiced criminal defense, personal injury, family law, and trust and estate law. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from Georgia State University College of Law.

Robert Lung is also currently a district court magistrate in the Eighteenth Judicial District, where he presides over dependency and neglect and probate cases. Lung has also been an assistant magistrate for the City of Lone Tree, Assistant City & County Attorney for Broomfield, and a Deputy District Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District. He received his undergraduate degree from Regis University and his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Six Finalists Selected for Two Vacancies on 18th Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of six nominees to fill two vacancies on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. The vacancies will be occasioned by the retirements of Hon. Richard Caschette and Hon. Marilyn Antrim, effective July 1, 2016. The nominees are Andrew C. Baum of Highlands Ranch, Richard H. Ferro of Centennial, Ben L. Leutwyler, III, of Highlands Ranch, Robert Lung of Parker, Michael W. Melito of Littleton, and Eric B. White of Centennial.

Andrew C. Baum is a prosecutor at the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Richard H. Ferro is an attorney in the state Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Ben L. Leutwyler, III, is a partner at Mike Hulen, P.C., where he practices personal injury, criminal defense, family law, and estate planning. Robert Lung is an Arapahoe County Magistrate. Michael W. Melito is a Senior Assistant Attorney General. Eric B. White is also an Arapahoe County Magistrate.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from April 13, 2016, in which to appoint two of the nominees to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Hon. Marilyn Antrim and Hon. Richard Caschette to Retire from 18th Judicial District Court

On Friday, February 12, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirements of Hon. Marilyn L. Antrim and Hon. Richard Caschette, effective July 1, 2016.

Hon. Marilyn L. Antrim was appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court in 2003. She hears a docket of criminal, civil, and domestic cases. Prior to her appointment, she had been a magistrate in Jefferson County Court since 1996, and prior to that was in private practice with the firm of Kissinger & Fellman, PC. She is on the board of the First Judicial District Bar Association and has held several offices, including president, in the District Judges Association.

Hon. Richard Caschette was appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court in 2008, where he hears a docket of domestic relations and civil cases. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice, where he handled complex business litigation, securities and health care fraud, professional malpractice, products liability, employment, and white collar criminal defense. Judge Caschette is a member of the CBA Litigation Section and frequently speaks at domestic relations and civil law conferences.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancies on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Eighteenth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the Colorado State Judicial Branch or the ex officio chair of the Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Allison Eid. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on March 16, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on March 9, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Gary Kramer and Patricia Herron Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the governor’s office announced his appointment of Gary Kramer and Patricia Herron to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. Kramer will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Gerald Rafferty, effective January 23, 2016, and Herron will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Christopher Cross, effective February 8, 2016.

Kramer is currently the chair of the litigation department at Berenbaum Weinshienk, P.C., where he focuses on complex probate and domestic litigation for high-asset clients throughout Colorado. He received both his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Colorado, where he was in the Order of the Coif in law school and was articles editor for the law review. He is a contributing author to CLE’s Colorado Estate Planning Handbook. 

Herron is currently a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the litigation division, where she focuses on civil cases involving torts, civil rights, antitrust violations, personal injuries, and medical injuries. She also currently works at the Aurora Municipal Court, where she is a relief judge. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and her law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Shay Whitaker and Peter Michaelson Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court Bench

On Monday, November 30, 2015, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Shay Whitaker and Peter Michaelson to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court bench. They will fill vacancies created by the retirements of Hon. Angela Arkin and Hon. Timothy Fasing, effective January 1, 2016. There are two additional vacancies forthcoming on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court bench: Hon. Gerald Rafferty will retire effective January 23, 2016, and Hon. Christopher Cross will retire effective February 8, 2016. Applications are still being accepted for the vacancy created by Judge Cross’s retirement.

Shay Whitaker is currently a criminal defense attorney at Whitaker & Associates in Aurora. She received both her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, and her law degree from The Ohio State University. In 1997, she moved to Denver, and has been in private practice at various firms since then. She also serves as appointed counsel for Truancy Court.

Peter Michaelson is an attorney at Hamre, Rodriguez, Ostrander & Dingess, P.C. in Denver. He is also a judge on the Custer County Court. Since 1997, he has also operated his own practice in Westcliffe, Colorado, where he emphasizes civil litigation, mechanics’ liens and construction defects, business law, real property law, and probate matters. Mr. Michaelson is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Minnesota, the U.S. District of Colorado, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He became a Deputy District Attorney in 1984 and was elected District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District in 1988, where was reelected twice.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Hon. Christopher Cross to Retire from 18th Judicial District Court

On Friday, November 20, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced an upcoming vacancy on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court occasioned by the retirement of Hon. Christopher Cross, effective February 8, 2016. Hon. Christopher Cross was appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court bench in January 2009, where he oversees a civil and criminal docket. Prior to his appointment, he had been a county court judge in Arapahoe County. He was a Deputy District Attorney in Denver for six years, followed by 13 years in private practice. He received his law degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from Denison University in Ohio.

Applications are already being accepted for another vacancy in the Eighteenth Judicial District, and all applications received by December 1 will be considered for this vacancy as well. Those who previously submitted applications for the vacancies created by the retirement of Hon. Angela Arkin and Hon. Gerald Rafferty may apply for the new vacancy with the same previously submitted materials. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard Gabriel. Application forms must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on December 1, 2015.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.