September 25, 2018

Appointment to Supreme Court Nominating Commission Announced

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Tracee Marie Bentley of Severance to the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, to serve as a Republican and a non-attorney from the Fourth Congressional District. Bentley’s term will expire December 31, 2020.

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission reviews applicants and selects nominees for vacancies on the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission comprises one attorney and one non-attorney from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts, plus one additional non-attorney and the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court as committee chair and ex officio member.

Application Period Open for Judicial Nominating Commission Vacancies

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced on Monday, September 8, 2014, that several of the state’s judicial district nominating commissions, as well as the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, will have vacancies as of December 31, 2014. Applications are available on the State of Colorado Boards and Commissions application page, and may only be submitted online on that page. Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2014.

The following nominating commissions will have vacancies:

  • Supreme Court Nominating Commission – one vacancy for an attorney in the Second Congressional District.
  • Eleventh Judicial District Nominating Commission – three vacancies, two for attorneys and one for a non-attorney. No more than two appointees may be registered Democrats.
  • Fourteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – one non-attorney vacancy.
  • Fifteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – one non-attorney vacancy.
  • Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission – two attorney vacancies. No more than one appointee may be a registered Republican.
  • Twenty-Second Judicial District Nominating Commission – one non-attorney vacancy. The appointee may not be a registered Republican.

For more information about the judicial nominating commissions, click here. For the application page, click here.

Non-Attorney Appointments to Judicial Nominating Commissions Announced

On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced the governor’s appointments to several of the state’s judicial nominating commissions.

The judicial nominating commissions are responsible for interviewing applicants for judicial vacancies and selecting three of the applicants as nominees for appointment to the judiciary. The governor then has 15 days in which to appoint one of the three nominees to the bench. If the governor fails to appoint a nominee within this time, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court may select a nominee.

Each judicial district has a nominating commission comprised of seven citizen members who must reside in the judicial district. No more than four members may have the same political party affiliation, and at least four members must not be admitted to practice law in Colorado. Additionally, there is a Supreme Court Nominating Commission, responsible for nominating appointees for the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission comprises one attorney and one non-attorney member from each of Colorado’s seven judicial congressional districts, with one additional non-attorney member.

Tuesday’s appointments are as follows:

  • First Judicial District Nominating Commission – Marie Belew Wheatley of Lakewood to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat from Jefferson County.
  • Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Kim Martin of Hesperus to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat from La Plata County.
  • Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission – David Fiore of Basalt to serve as a non-attorney and a Republican from Pitkin County.
  • Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Sharon Swerdfeger of Pueblo West to serve as a non-attorney and a Republican from Pueblo County.
  • Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Carla Gomez of Center to serve as a non-attorney and a Republican from Saguache County.
  • Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Brigitte Shafer of Akron to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat from Washington County.
  • Fifteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Marlin Miller of Eads to serve as a non-attorney and a Republican from Kiowa County.
  • Sixteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Robert Stwalley of Las Animas to serve as an unaffiliated non-attorney from Bent County; Dwight Gardner of Ordway to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat from Crowley County.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Linda Rodriguez of Broomfield to serve as a n0n-attorney and a Democrat from Broomfield County.
  • Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Karla Rikansrud of Boulder to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat from Boulder County.
  • Twenty-First Judicial District Nominating Commission – Eric Sandstrom of Grand Junction to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat from Mesa County.
  • Supreme Court Nominating Commission – Robert Scott of Pagosa Springs to serve as a non-attorney and a Republican from the Third Congressional District; James Carpenter of Englewood to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat from the Sixth Congressional District; and Connie McArthur of Denver to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat at-large member.

Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments Announced

On Friday, December 27, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper announced appointments to 14 of Colorado’s judicial nominating commissions, including the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

The judicial nominating commissions are responsible for interviewing applicants for judicial vacancies and selecting three of the applicants for appointment to the judiciary. The governor then has 15 days in which to appoint one of the three nominees to the bench. If the governor fails to appoint a nominee within this time, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court may select a nominee.

Each judicial district has a nominating commission comprised of seven citizen members who must reside in the judicial district. No more than four members may have the same political party affiliation, and at least four members must not be admitted to practice law in Colorado. Additionally, there is a Supreme Court Nominating Commission, responsible for nominating appointees for the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission comprises one attorney and one non-attorney member from each of Colorado’s seven judicial congressional districts, with one additional non-attorney member.

The appointments are as follows:

  • First Judicial District Nominating Commission – Thomas Overton of Golden to serve as a attorney and a Democrat from Jefferson County.
  • Second Judicial District Nominating Commission – Christina Habas of Denver to serve as an attorney and a Democrat from Denver County.
  • Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Larry Gaddis of Colorado Springs to serve as an attorney and a Democrat from El Paso County.
  • Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Andrea Bryan of Carbondale to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Garfield County.
  • Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – James Whitmire of Pueblo to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Pueblo County.
  • Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Paul Motz of Alamosa to serve as an attorney and a Democrat from Alamosa County.
  • Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Edward Zorn of Ft. Morgan to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Morgan County.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Daniel Carr of Westminster to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Adams County; Patricia Jarzobski of Westminster to serve as an attorney and a Democrat from Adams County.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Candace Figa of Aurora to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Arapahoe County.
  • Nineteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – William Crossier of Greeley to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Weld County.
  • Twenty-First Judicial District Nominating Commission – Scott Burrill of Grand Junction to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Mesa County; Amy Hand of Grand Junction to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Mesa County.
  • Twenty-Second Judicial District Nominating Commission – Sean Murray of Mancos to serve as an attorney and a Democrat from Montezuma County.
  • Supreme Court Nominating Commission – Kathleen Lord of Denver to serve as an attorney from the First Congressional District; Michael Burg of Greenwood Village to serve as an attorney and a Democrat from the Sixth Congressional District.

Application Period Open for Vacancy on Denver District Court Bench

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court (Denver District Court) bench. This vacancy is occasioned by the appointment of Hon. William Hood, III, to the Colorado Supreme Court, and will occur on January 10, 2014.

The Second Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on December 16, 2013, to interview and select nominees for appointment. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Second Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years.

Application forms and additional requirements are available on the State Judicial website. Applications must be submitted to the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Monica Marquez, no later than 4 p.m. on November 26, 2013. Anyone wishing to nominate another person for the vacancy may do so by submitting a letter to any member of the nominating commission with a copy to the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on November 19, 2013.

For more information, click here.

Appointees to Nineteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission Announced

On Friday, October 25, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper announced appointments to several boards and commissions, including two appointees to the nominating commission for the Nineteenth Judicial District.

Each judicial district nominating commission consists of seven members, no more than four of whom can be from the same political party. In judicial districts with a population greater than 35,000 people, three of the members of the nominating commission must be admitted to practice law in Colorado.

Sylvia Martinez of Greeley was appointed to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat. She will replace Joe Tennessen of Greeley, who resigned. Alberto Dominguez of Windsor was appointed as an attorney and a Republican. He will replace Henry Frey of Greeley.

For the full list of Governor Hickenlooper’s appointments, click here. For more information on judicial nominating commissions, click here.

Judge Russell Carparelli to Retire from Colorado Court of Appeals

On Friday, October 25, 2013, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Judge Russell E. Carparelli of the Colorado Court of Appeals, effective December 15, 2013.

Judge Carparelli has been on the Colorado Court of Appeals bench since 2003. He is committed to promoting professionalism in the practice of law, and is a frequent presenter at CLE programs on topics of professionalism and civility. Most recently, he spoke at CLE’s “Ethics of Rhetoric” program on October 24, 2013. He has received many awards, including the DBA Judicial Excellence Award, the ABA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s Civility and Law Award, and the University of Virginia School of Law’s Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr., Award.

Eligible applicants for the vacancy on the court of appeals must be qualified electors in the State of Colorado and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the ex officio chair of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, Chief Justice Michael Bender, and on the State Judicial website. A PDF of the application form must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on November 12, 2013.

For more information about application criteria, and for contact information for members of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, click here.

Application Period Open for Vacancies on Supreme Court Nominating Commission and Various Judicial District Nominating Commissions

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced vacancies on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission and the nominating commissions for 16 of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts. Twenty-nine vacancies were announced, and applications for these vacancies are due by 5 p.m. on October 11, 2013. Application forms for attorneys are available on the State Judicial website; applications for non-attorneys are available on the Governor’s Office website. All members of nominating commissions serve as volunteers.

Each judicial district nominating commission is comprised of three attorneys and four non-attorneys, no more than half of which plus one can share political party affiliation. Additionally, at least one member of each commission must reside in each county in the judicial district. Applicants must reside in the judicial district for whose nominating commission they seek appointment.

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission is comprised of seven attorneys and seven non-attorneys, plus one non-attorney at-large member. Each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts is represented by one attorney and one non-attorney.

The nominating commissions with vacancies are listed here. Specifications as to residency, party affiliation, or whether the vacancy is for an attorney or non-attorney are listed as applicable.

  • First Judicial District – one attorney and one non-attorney
  • Second Judicial District – one attorney
  • Fourth Judicial District – one attorney; must not be a registered Republican
  • Sixth Judicial District – one non-attorney
  • Ninth Judicial District – one attorney and one non-attorney
  • Tenth Judicial District – one attorney and one non-attorney
  • Twelfth Judicial District – one attorney; must reside in Alamosa County
  • Thirteenth Judicial District – one attorney and one non-attorney; one must reside in Washington County and one must reside in Morgan County
  • Fifteenth Judicial District – one non-attorney
  • Sixteenth Judicial District – two non-attorneys; one must reside in Crowley County
  • Seventeenth Judicial District – two attorneys
  • Eighteenth Judicial District – one attorney
  • Nineteenth Judicial District – one attorney
  • Twentieth Judicial District  – one non-attorney
  • Twenty-First Judicial District – two attorneys and one non-attorney
  • Twenty-Second Judicial District – one attorney; must not be a registered Republican
  • Supreme Court Nominating Commission – two attorneys and three non-attorneys; one attorney must be from the First Congressional District and the other must be from the Sixth Congressional District; one non-attorney must be from the Third Congressional District, one must be from the Sixth Congressional District, and the third is the at-large position.

For more information on the vacancies, click here. For information about nominating commissions, click here.

Finalists Selected for Fifth and Ninth Judicial District Court Bench

Finalists have been selected by the nominating commissions for the Fifth and Ninth Judicial Districts to fill district court judgeships created by HB 13-1035, effective July 1, 2013. Nominees for the Ninth Judicial District Court were selected on May 17, 2013, and nominees for the Fifth Judicial District Court were selected on May 20, 2013. Governor Hickenlooper has 15 days after receiving the nominations to select one of the candidates; if he fails to do so within that time, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court will select a nominee.

The nominees for the Ninth Judicial District Court are John Neiley of Glenwood Springs, Scott Turner of Glenwood Springs, and Colleen Scissors of Basalt. Contact information for the nominees may be found on the State Judicial website. The Ninth Judicial District comprises Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco counties.

The nominees for the Fifth Judical District Court are Paul Dunkelman of Silverthorne, Courtney Holm of Edwards, and Dewey (Wayne) Patton of Leadville. Contact information for these nominees is also available on the State Judicial website. Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, and Summit counties make up the Fifth Judicial District.

Anyone wishing to submit comments regarding the nominees may send them to the governor via email.

Governor Hickenlooper Announces Appointments to Several Judicial Nominating Commissions

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper announced appointments to the judicial nominating commissions for the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth, Eighteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-Second judicial districts.

Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a nominating commission that selects nominees for appointment to judicial vacancies. The nominating commissions are comprised of  seven citizens residing in that judicial district. No more than four members can be from the same political party, and there must be at least one voting member from each county in the district. The members serve six-year terms.

For a complete list of the appointed members and information regarding their residence, affiliation, and the duration of their terms, click here or visit the governor’s website. Information about the judicial nominating commissions and an application for consideration for appointment may be found here.

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints Beth Lieberman to Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission

On Monday, November 26, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Beth Lieberman of Colorado Springs to the Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission. She will serve as a Democrat and a non-attorney from El Paso County.

Each judicial district has a nominating commission comprised of three attorneys and four non-attorneys. No more than half of the members plus one may have the same political affiliation, and applicants must reside in the judicial district for which they seek appointment. Those who serve on the nominating commission do so as volunteers.

Ms. Lieberman’s appointment was occasioned by the retirement of Kenneth Valdez of Colorado Springs, and her term will expire December 31, 2017.