April 18, 2019

Nicholas Catanzarite Appointed to Grand County Court

nickOn Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia announced the appointment of Nicholas Catanzarite to the Grand County Court bench in the Fourteenth Judicial District. Catanzarite will fill a vacancy created by the non-retention of Hon. Ben McClelland in the 2014 mid-term election. The appointment is effective January 13, 2015

Catanzarite is currently an attorney at Peters Mair Wilcox in Winter Park, where he primarily practices criminal defense with an emphasis on alcohol and drug offenses. He has worked at Peters Mair Wilcox since being admitted to the Colorado bar in 2012. Prior to law school, Catanzarite was a member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team for eight years. He is a three-time paralympian, and was awarded the Willy Schaeffler Scholarship for a disabled scholar-athlete to attend DU from 2007-2011. During law school, Catanzarite worked at DU’s renowned civil rights legal clinic as a student attorney.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Application Period Open for Grand County Court Vacancy

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a vacancy on the Grand County Court bench, effective January 13, 2015. The vacancy was created because Judge Ben McClelland was not retained by a majority of voters in the 2014 general election.

Eligible applicants for the vacancy must be qualified electors of Grand County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent of a high school education. Application forms are available from Justice Monica Marquez, the ex officio chair of the Fourteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, and are also available from State Judicial’s website. Applications must be received by the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on December 5, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person for the judgeship must do so no later than 4 p.m. on November 28, 2014.

For more information about the judicial vacancy, click here.

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints New Members to Two Judicial Nominating Commissions

On Thursday, June 21, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced several Board and Commission appointments, including appointments to the Fourteenth and Nineteenth 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 member appointed to the Fourteenth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for a term expiring December 31, 2017, is:

  • David M. Jones of Kremmling, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Democrat from Grand County.

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

  • Douglas P. Erler of Greeley, to serve as a non-attorney and as an Unaffiliated from Weld County.
  • Joseph J. Tennessen of Greeley, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican from Weld County.