April 21, 2019

Curtis “Lane” Porter Appointed to Prowers County Court

On Thursday, June 9, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Curtis “Lane” Porter to the Prowers County Court. Porter will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Larry E. Stutler, effective July 1, 2016.

Porter is currently a Deputy District Attorney in the Fifteenth Judicial District, where he has worked since 2009. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 2005 and his law degree from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 2008.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Hon. Larry E. Stutler to Retire from Prowers County Court

Stutler (Formatted)On Monday, April 4, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Larry E. Stutler from the Prowers County Court, effective July 1, 2016.

Judge Stutler was appointed to the Prowers County Court in 1995, where he hears cases including civil, traffic, and misdemeanor offenses. He is also the municipal judge in Lamar. Prior to his appointment to the Prowers County Court, he was in general practice in Lamar, focusing on civil and criminal litigation with some background in real estate and probate. Judge Stutler received his undergraduate degree from the University of Denver and his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy on the Prowers County Court. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Prowers County and must have graduated from high school or attained the equivalent. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and from the ex officio chair of the Fifteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica Marquez. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 4, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 27, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Hon. P. Douglas Tallman to Retire from Fifteenth Judicial District Court

On Monday, August 3, 2015, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Hon. P. Douglas Tallman will retire from the Fifteenth Judicial District Court, effective October 2, 2015. Judge Tallman was appointed to the district court in 2003. Prior to his appointment, he served as Cheyenne County Court judge from 1987 to 2002. He is active in his local community, and he participates yearly in the annual Lamar Hospice Golf Tournament.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Fifteenth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and also from Justice Monica Marquez, ex officio chair of the Fifteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on August 24, 2015. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on August 17, 2015. For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Appointments to Several Judicial Nominating Commissions and Supreme Court Nominating Commission Announced

On Wednesday, December 31, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced appointments of several people to judicial nominating commissions throughout the state, and to the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

The judicial nominating commissions are responsible for evaluating and recommending candidates for judicial vacancies in their respective judicial districts. They are comprised of seven members and one non-voting supreme court justice (the ex officio chair), of which no more than four members can be of the same political party and no more than three can be admitted to practice law in Colorado. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission evaluates and recommends candidates for vacancies on the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission is comprised of two people from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts, one of whom may be admitted to practice law in Colorado and one of whom may not.

The following individuals were appointed to the judicial and Supreme Court nominating commissions:

Supreme Court Nominating Commission: 

  • Shannon Stevenson of Louisville, to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from the Second Congressional District.

Eleventh Judicial District Nominating Commission:

  • Larry McGee of Canon City, to serve as a non-attorney Democrat from Fremont County.
  • Herbert Phillips of Alma, to serve as a Republican attorney from Park County.
  • Margaret Walker of Nathrop, to serve as a Democratic attorney from Chaffee County.

Fourteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission:

  • James Stimson of Steamboat Springs, to serve as a non-attorney Democrat from Routt County.

Fifteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission:

  • Chris Rundell of Lamar, to serve as an unaffiliated non-attorney from Prowers County.

Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission:

  • Josh Marks of Louisville, to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Boulder County.
  • Jodi Martin of Louisville, to serve as an unaffiliated attorney from Boulder County.

Twenty-Second Judicial District Nominating Commission:

  • Sharon Ann Lyons Hanson of Cortez, to serve as a Democratic attorney from Montezuma County.
  • Daniel Porter of Cortez, to serve as a Democratic non-attorney from Montezuma County.

All of the appointments are effective January 1, 2015, to serve six-year terms expiring December 31, 2020. For more information about the appointments, click here, and for more information about judicial nominating commissions, click here.

Governor Announces Appointment to 15th Judicial District Nominating Commission

On Friday, June 6, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Joshua Lee Vogel to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fifteenth Judicial District. Vogel will serve as an attorney from Prowers County for a term expiring December 31, 2019.

Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a nominating commission comprised of seven members, no more than four of which may be from the same political party and no more than three of which may be admitted to practice law in Colorado. Each judicial district nominating commission also has a non-voting Colorado Supreme Court justice as its chair. Judicial nominating commissions review applicants for vacancies on the county and district court benches in their judicial districts and submit nominees for appointment to the governor. For more information about judicial nominating commissions, click here.