December 10, 2018

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.

Application Period Open for Pueblo County Court Vacancy

On Friday, July 20, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced an upcoming vacancy on the Pueblo County Court in the 10th Judicial District. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. Valerie Haynes, effective August 17, 2018.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Pueblo County at the time of investiture 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 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica Márquez. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on August 13, 2018; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on August 6.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Allison Ernst Appointed to 10th Judicial District

allison_ernst_attorneyOn Monday, November 14, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Allison Ernst to the Tenth Judicial District Court. Ernst will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. David Crockenberg, effective December 7, 2016.

Ernst is currently a partner at Becker & Ernst in Pueblo, where she represents clients in the areas of criminal law, domestic relations, restraining order cases, and landlord-tenant disputes. Prior to her work at Becker & Ernst, she spent six years at the Colorado Public Defender’s Office. She is also certified as a guardian ad litem by the Colorado Office of the Child Representative for dependency and neglect actions and as a Child Legal Representative in divorce and custody matters. She received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.

For more information regarding this appointment, click here.

Finalists Selected for Judgeship on 10th Judicial District Court

On Monday, October 31, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three finalists for a vacancy on the Tenth Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. David W. Crockenberg, effective Dec. 17, 2016. The three finalists are Allison Ernst of Pueblo, Gregory Styduhar of Pueblo, and Steven Fieldman of Pueblo West.

Allison Ernst is a partner at Becker & Ernst in Pueblo, a firm that practices personal injury, DUI defense, criminal defense, and family law. Gregory Styduhar is the Pueblo County Attorney. Steven Fieldman is a Pueblo County Court Judge, where he was appointed in 2007.

Comments regarding the finalists can be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from October 31 in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Honorable David W. Crockenberg to Retire from Tenth Judicial District Court

Crockenberg (Formatted)On Friday, August 26, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. David W. Crockenberg from the Tenth Judicial District Court. Judge Crockenberg was appointed to the district court bench in December 2002. Prior to his appointment, he was an attorney in private practice in Pueblo, specializing in insurance defense, personal injury, employment law, and civil rights. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Tenth Judicial District at the time of investiture, 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 the ex officio chair of the Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard Gabriel. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on October 3, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than September 28, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Kimberly Karn Appointed to Tenth Judicial District

On Thursday, August 28, 2014, the governor’s office announced his appointment of Kimberly Karn to the district court bench of the Tenth Judicial District in Pueblo. Karn will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Victor Reyes, effective December 31, 2014.

Karn is currently a Deputy Colorado State Public Defender in Pueblo, where she headed the regional office from 2007 through 2012. In addition to her service in Pueblo, Karn has worked at public defender offices in Colorado Springs, Denver, Arapahoe County, and Greeley. She was an attorney in private practice before becoming a public defender, focusing on family law and dependency and neglect. She was also a guardian ad litem. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Iowa.

Hon. Victor Reyes to Retire from Tenth Judicial District Court Bench

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Victor Reyes of the Tenth Judicial District Court in Pueblo County, effective December 31, 2014.

Judge Reyes was appointed to the district court in 1998, where his docket includes domestic, juvenile, criminal, civil, and probate matters. Prior to his appointment, he was a public defender for 14 years. He also is on the faculty of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his J.D. from Georgetown University.

Applications are being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Tenth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website, and are also available from the ex officio chair of the nominating, Justice William Hood. An original signed application and an identical PDF must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on July 29, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so no later than 4 p.m. on July 22.

For more information on the vacancy, and for contact information for the nominating commission members, click here.

William Alexander Appointed to Tenth Judicial District Court Bench

On Friday, May 11, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of William Alexander to serve as a district court judge in the Tenth Judicial District, effective June 1. Alexander will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable C. Dennis Maes.

Alexander, of Pueblo, currently serves as the Presiding Municipal Court Judge for the City of Pueblo. Alexander has served as a Magistrate in the Tenth Judicial District Court since 1994. Prior to becoming a Magistrate Judge, he was a Deputy Public Defender. Alexander served as a security supervisor for the University of Denver before becoming an attorney.

Alexander earned his bachelor’s degree at Columbia College of Aurora and a his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Judge Eyler Named Chief Judge in Tenth Judicial District; Judge Schwartz Named as New Water Court Judge

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Bender appointed the Honorable Deborah Eyler as the new chief judge and the Honorable Larry Schwartz as the new water court judge in the Tenth Judicial District (Pueblo County). Chief Justice Bender made the appointments to fill positions currently held by Chief Judge C. Dennis Maes, who will retire from the bench on May 31.

The appointment of Judge Eyler to chief judge is effective June 1, upon Chief Judge Maes’ retirement.  The appointment of Judge Schwartz to water judge is effective immediately. Chief Judge Maes will continue to serve as a water judge until his retirement.

Judge Eyler was appointed by Governor Ritter to the district court bench in August of 2008 and took the bench on December 1, 2008.  Before being appointed to the bench she was in private practice.  As a district court judge, Judge Eyler presides over a domestic relations, dependency and neglect and truancy docket.

Judge Schwartz was appointed to the bench by Governor Ritter in March of 2008, and began serving July 1, 2008. He began his law career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Pueblo County District Attorney’s Office in November of 1982. From 1985 until his appointment to the bench, Judge Schwartz was in private practice.

Colorado is divided into twenty-two judicial districts, each with a chief judge who serves as the administrative head. Chief judges’ responsibilities include appointing the district administrator, chief probation officer, and clerks of the court, assisting in the personnel, financial and case-management duties of the district, seeing that the business of the courts is conducted efficiently and effectively, and making judicial assignments within the district.

Water judges are district judges appointed by the Supreme Court and have jurisdiction in the determination of water rights, the use and administration of water, and all other water matters within the jurisdiction of the water divisions.

Finalists Selected to Fill Judgeship on Tenth Judicial District Court

The Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated two candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of Chief Judge C. Dennis Maes, effective June 1, 2012.

The nominees for the bench are William D. Alexander and Kimberly Jo Karn. Both candidates are from Pueblo and were selected by the commission on April 3.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has until April 19 to appoint one of the nominees to the position of District Court Judge for the Tenth Judicial District (Pueblo County).

Chief Judge C. Dennis Maes to Retire from Tenth Judicial District Bench

The Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet April 3, 2012 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the office of District Judge for the Tenth Judicial District, which covers Pueblo County.  The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable C. Dennis Maes on June 1, 2012.

Judge Maes has been a Pueblo District Court Judge since 1988 and became Chief Judge in 1995. Before being appointed to he bench, Judge Maes spent time in private practice and was also a public defender in the Pueblo Public Defender’s Office and a past director of Pueblo County Legal Services.

Eligible applicants for appointment to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of the Tenth Judicial District and must be admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. Applications must be received by Tuesday, March 13. The appointed district court judge will serve an initial provisional term of two years before facing a retention election. Retained judges serve six-year terms.

Further information about applying for the vacancy is available here from the Colorado Judicial Branch.

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints David Lobato to Pueblo County Court Bench

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012,  Governor John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of David Lobato to serve as a county court judge in the Tenth Judicial District. His appointment is effective immediately.

Lobato will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Ernest Ruybalid.

Lobato, of Pueblo, currently serves as the Deputy State Public Defender in the Pueblo Regional Office. He works exclusively in the area of criminal defense, handling misdemeanor, traffic, and felony cases.

Before attending law school, Lobato was an associate pastor at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest after completing course studies in Rome. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Santa Fe and his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.