April 20, 2019

Anne Norrdin Appointed to Ninth Judicial District Court

norrdinOn Tuesday, October 4, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Anne Norrdin to the Ninth Judicial District Court. Norrdin will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Daniel Petre, effective October 1, 2016.

Prior to the appointment, Norrdin has been a Deputy District Attorney in the Ninth Judicial District since 2008. She also worked in the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office from 2006 to 2008 and was a law clerk in for the Twentieth Judicial District Court in Boulder. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.

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Hon. Daniel B. Petre to Retire from Ninth Judicial District Court

Petre (Formatted)On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Daniel Petre from the Ninth Judicial District Court, effective October 1, 2016. Judge Petre was appointed to the bench in 2002. Prior to his appointment, he was a District Court Magistrate in the Ninth Judicial District and a Division 5 Water Referee. He was in private practice for 24 years before working as a magistrate and water referee. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Southern Methodist University Law School.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Ninth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Allison Eid. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on August 31, 2016; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than August 24, 2016.

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Christopher Seldin Appointed to Ninth Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the appointment of Christopher Seldin to the Ninth Judicial District Court. Seldin will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Gail H. Nichols, effective November 1, 2o15.

Seldin is currently an assistant Pitkin County Attorney, where he is lead county attorney handling cases involving litigation, real estate and land use, child welfare and adult protection, contract law, property tax, and eminent domain. Prior to moving to Pitkin County in 2002, Seldin worked at Heller Ehrman in San Francisco, where he had a large civil litigation practice handling Fortune 500 clients. Seldin clerked for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs after receiving his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Finalists Selected for Vacancy on Ninth Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of two finalists to fill a vacancy on the Ninth Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Gail Nichols, effective November 1, 2015.

The two nominees are Jefferson J. Cheney of New Castle and Christopher G. Seldin of Basalt. Jefferson Cheney is an associate at Kerst & Strautman, P.C., where he practices in the areas of probate and estate planning, trust and trust administration, protective proceedings, real property law, land use, oil and gas law, and litigation. Christopher Selden is an assistant Pitkin County Attorney, where he focuses on civil litigation, including land use, real estate law, eminent domain, property tax law, contract law, and child and adult protection.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from September 1, 2015, in which to select one of the nominees for appointment to the bench. Comments regarding either of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Hon. Gail Nichols to Retire from Ninth Judicial District Court

On Friday, July 10, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of district court judge Hon. Gail H. Nichols, effective October 31, 2015. Judge Nichols was appointed to the district court bench in 2008. Prior to her appointment, she was Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Ninth Judicial District, and she also served as chief of the criminal division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark, New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and her law degree from Vermont Law School.

Applications are being accepted for the vacancy on the Ninth Judicial District Court bench. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Garfield, Pitkin, or Rio Blanco County, and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice William Hood. Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on August 12, 2015, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on August 5, 2015.

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