January 18, 2019

Hon. Karen Ashby to Retire from Colorado Court of Appeals

On Friday, January 11, 2019, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Karen Ashby of the Colorado Court of Appeals, effective May 31, 2019. Additionally, Judge Laurie A. Booras will resign from the Colorado Court of Appeals, effective February 1, 2019.

Judge Ashby was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2013. Prior to her appointment, Judge Ashby was the presiding judge of the Denver Juvenile Court. She was in private practice before serving on the Denver Juvenile Court, and was also a municipal judge on the Aurora Municipal Court. She received her law degree from the University of Denver and her undergraduate degree from Williams College.

Judge Laurie Booras was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2009. Prior to her appointment, Judge Booras was at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. She was also an Assistant District Attorney in Texas for several years. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Cameron University.

Applications are now being accepted for these vacancies. 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 Nathan B. Coats. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on February 4, 2019; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on January 28, 2019.

For more information on the vacancies, click here.

Samuel A. Evig Appointed to El Paso County Court

On Monday, December 31, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Samuel A. Evig to the El Paso County Court in the Fourth Judicial District. Evig will fill a vacancy created by the voters’ decision not to retain Hon. Christopher Acker, effective January 8, 2019.

Evig is currently a partner with Dahl, Fischer & Wilks, LLC, where he has been since 2017, and where he primarily practices criminal defense. Prior to working at Dahl, Fischer & Wilks, LLC, he was a Senior Deputy District Attorney and Deputy District Attorney in the 18th Judicial District from 2007 to 2017. He also has worked as an associate at Sherman & Howard. Evig received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Adams State College.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Ryan J. Stuart Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court

On Monday, December 17, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Ryan J. Stuart to the 18th Judicial District Court. Stuart will fill a vacancy created by the voters’ decision not to retain Hon. Phillip L. Douglass. Stuart’s appointment is effective January 8, 2019.

Stuart is currently a county court judge in Jefferson County, where he presides over a docket of mostly misdemeanor criminal cases. He is also an acting district court judge in the 1st Judicial District, presiding over civil, juvenile, and felony criminal matters. Prior to his appointment to the Jefferson County Court, Stuart was a District Court Magistrate in the 1st Judicial District, and a Deputy District Attorney in the 1st Judicial District. He was in private practice prior to his service at the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, his B.A. from Stanford University, and an M.Ed. from Harvard University.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Matthew D. Grove Appointed to Colorado Court of Appeals

On Thursday, November 29, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Matthew D. Grove to the Colorado Court of Appeals. Grove will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Alan M. Loeb, effective December 28, 2018.

Currently, Grove is a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Public Officials Unit of the State Services Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. He is also an Assistant Solicitor General for the Public Officials Unit, where he has served since 2009. Prior to his work at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Grove was an attorney with Bjork Lindley Little PC from 2007 to 2009, an Assistant Attorney General with the Appellate Division of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office from 2003 to 2007, and a law clerk to Hon. Nathan B. Coats of the Colorado Supreme Court. Grove received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Duke University.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Dawn Mann Appointed to Huerfano County Court in 3rd Judicial District

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Dawn Mann to the Huerfano County Court in the 3rd Judicial District. Mann will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Hon. John C. McKisson, III, to the district court bench, effective January 8, 2019.

Mann is currently a solo practitioner at The Mann Law Firm in Pueblo, where she has a general practice. She is also a contract attorney with the Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative and the Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution. She received her law degree from Nova Southeastern University and her undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Nominees Selected for Huerfano County Court Vacancy

On Wednesday, November 13, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of two nominees to fill a vacancy on the Huerfano County Court. The vacancy will be created by the appointment of Hon. John McKisson, III, to the district court bench, effective January 8, 2019.

The two nominees are Pierce Fowler of Trinidad and Dawn Mann of Pueblo. Pierce Fowler is a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Pierce Fowler, where he practices family law. Dawn Mann is a solo practitioner at The Mann Law Firm, where she has a general practice.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from November 14, 2018, in which to appoint one 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.

Don J. Toussaint Appointed to Arapahoe County Court

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Don J. Toussaint to the Arapahoe County Court in the 18th Judicial District. Toussaint will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Hon. John E. Scipione to the 18th Judicial District Court, effective immediately.

Currently, Toussaint is a district court magistrate in the 18th Judicial District, where he has been since June 2017. Prior to his work as magistrate, he was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Aurora. He was also previously an associate at White & Steele, P.C. Toussaint received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Denver and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Finalists Selected for Colorado Court of Appeals Vacancy

On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the Supreme Court Nominating Commission’s selection of three finalists to fill a vacancy on the Colorado Court of Appeals. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Chief Judge Alan Loeb, effective December 28, 2018.

The three nominees are Michael Beaver, Kendra Beckwith, and Matthew Grove. Michael Beaver is a partner at Holland & Hart, where his practice focuses on ski and recreation law, employment and employee benefits law, and insurance litigation. Kendra Beckwith is a partner in the Messner Reeves LLP litigation group, where she focuses on appellate and complex litigation. Matthew Grove is a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Colorado.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from November 14 in which to appoint one of the three nominees to the Colorado Court of Appeals. Comments regarding the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints Judges to Second and Fifth Judicial District Courts

On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of judges to the district courts in the Second and Fifth Judicial Districts.

Darryl Fitzgerald Shockley was appointed to the Second Judicial District Court. He will fill a vacancy occasioned by the retirement of Hon. William Robbins, effective December 31, 2018. Shockley is currently a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Denver DA’s Office, where he serves in the Economic Crimes, Family Violence, and Gang Units. He has been a prosecutor for 14 years and spent many years focusing on white collar crimes, including computer crimes, embezzlement, identity theft, securities fraud, and organized crime. Before becoming a DA, Shockley was a civil defense litigator with White and Steele, where his practice included construction defect litigation and medical malpractice. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri and his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law.

Catherine Jane Cheroutes was appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Court. She will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Wayne Patton, effective February 1, 2019. Cheroutes is currently the managing partner of Cheroutes Zweig PC, where she primarily practices domestic relations law. She also represents clients in criminal defense, and accepts court appointments in dependency and neglect, juvenile delinquency, and divorce cases. She received her undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College and her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Reed Wilson Owens was also appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Court. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Frederick Gannett, effective January 1, 2019. Owens is currently the Lead Deputy Public Defender in the Dillon Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. His practice consists of criminal defense, including juvenile delinquency, misdemeanor, and felony matters. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Chad C. Miller Appointed to 4th Judicial District Court; John E. Scipione Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Chad C. Miller to the 4th Judicial District Court and John E. Scipione to the 18th Judicial District Court. Miller will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Theresa M. Cisneros, effective January 8, 2019, and Scipione will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Kurt Horton, effective September 29, 2018.

Miller is currently at the Office of the State Public Defender in Colorado Springs, where he represents clients facing felony charges, including murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, child abuse, robbery, and other crimes of violence, and where he supervises other public defenders. Prior to his work at the public defender’s office, he worked at Sherman and Howard LLC and Hoffman, Reilly, Pozner, and Williamson LLP (now Reilly Pozner LLP). He received his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Scipione is currently an Arapahoe County Court judge, where he oversees a docket of misdemeanor and traffic matters. Previously, he was a District Court Magistrate in the 18th Judicial District, and prior to his work as magistrate he was managing partner of the Denver office of Taussig, Scipione & Taussig, P.C. He has practiced in the areas of family law, dependency and neglect, criminal defense, commercial litigation, medical negligence, catastrophic injury and wrongful death, products liability, and employment/Title VII matters in both state and federal courts. He has also spoken at family law and litigation programs for CBA-CLE. He received his undergraduate degree from State University of New York at Binghamton and his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

For more information about these appointments, click here.

Judges Appointed to 3rd Judicial District Court, Las Animas County Court, and Pueblo County Court

On Friday, September 14, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed judges to the 3rd Judicial District Court, Las Animas County Court, and Pueblo County Court.

John C. McKisson III was appointed to the 3rd Judicial District Court. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Claude Appel, effective January 8, 2019. McKisson is currently a Huerfano County Court judge, where he oversees traffic, criminal, and civil cases, and to which position he was appointed in 2017. Prior to his appointment, McKisson was a probation officer for the 3rd Judicial District from 2013 to 2016. He also worked as an Assistant District Attorney and the Huerfano County Office Head for the District Attorney’s Office in the 3rd Judicial District from 2010 to 2013. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University and his law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School.

John D. Mochel was appointed to the Las Animas County Court in the 3rd Judicial District, where he will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Bruce Billings, effective January 8, 2019. Mochel is currently Assistant General Counsel at DaVita Inc., where he has been since 2017. Prior to that, he was Associate General Counsel at Orthofix Inc., Legal Compliance Officer at Aetna, a U.S. Marine Corps Judge Advocate, and a pro bono attorney at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. Mochel earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, his J.D. from West Virginia University Law School, his LL.M. from George Washington University Law School, and his M.B.A. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Roberto A. Silva was appointed to the Pueblo County Court in the 10th Judicial District. He will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Valerie Haynes, effective immediately. Silva is currently Managing Attorney of the Colorado Legal Services Pueblo Office, where he has been since 1999. He represents clients in protection order, divorce, child custody, consumer collections, and housing cases. Prior to his work at the Pueblo CLS office, Silva worked at Pikes Peak Arkansas River Legal Aid, as a Deputy District Attorney with the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and as a Staff Attorney with Pueblo County Legal Services. Silva received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas El Paso and his law degree from Cornell University.

For more information about these appointments, click here.

Juan G. Villaseñor Appointed to 8th Judicial District Court; Alexandra O. Robak Appointed to Fremont County Court

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointments of Juan G. Villaseñor to the 8th Judicial District Court and Alexandra O. Robak to the Fremont County Court. Villaseñor will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Devin Odell, effective October 6, 2018. Robak will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Norman Cooling, effective January 8, 2019.

Villaseñor is currently Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he has been since 2008. He represents federal agencies and employees in criminal and civil cases in his role as AUSA. Villaseñor has also worked with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Pardon Attorney, an Assistant Attorney General with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, a First Amendment Fellowship Attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, and a Law Clerk to the Honorable William J. Haynes in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Villaseñor received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s College and his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Robak is currently a Deputy State Public Defender in the Salida Regional Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. She has been with the Public Defender’s Office since 2013. She represents indigent clients accused of misdemeanor and felony crimes. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

For more information about these appointments, click here.