June 26, 2019

Chief Judges Appointed in 6th and 8th Judicial District

On Thursday, September 15, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the appointment of Jeffrey R. Wilson as Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial District and Judge Stephen E. Howard as Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial District.

Judge Wilson will replace Chief Judge Gregory Lyman, who will retire from the bench on January 10, 2017. Judge Wilson was appointed to the Sixth Judicial District Court in 2002. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice as the founder of Wilson & Crawford, and also served as a district attorney in the Twenty-Second Judicial District.

Judge Howard will replace Chief Judge Stephen J. Schapanski, who will retire from the bench on January 10, 2017. Judge Howard was appointed to the district court bench in 2011. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was an attorney in private practice in Fort Collins from 1978 through 2011, where he had a general practice emphasizing business and real estate litigation.

Todd Norvell Appointed to Sixth Judicial District Court

On Friday, September 9, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Todd Norvell to the Sixth Judicial District Court. Norvell will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Gregory G. Lyman, effective January 10, 2017.

Norvell is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in Durango, where he practices in the criminal division and has served as the tribal liaison. Prior to becoming an AUSA, Norvell was a special agent in the FBI, a deputy district attorney in the Sixth Judicial District, an associate at two Texas law firms, an assistant district attorney in Texas’s Thirty-Fourth Judicial District, and an assistant district attorney in New Mexico’s Eleventh Judicial District. Norvell received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and his law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Hon. Gregory G. Lyman to Retire from Sixth Judicial District Court

lymanOn Thursday, July 14, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Gregory G. Lyman from the Sixth Judicial District Court, effective January 10, 2017. Judge Lyman was appointed to the district court in June 1996, where he primarily handles civil, criminal, probate, and domestic relations matters. He is the Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial District, and is also a Water Judge in Division 7. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was the District Attorney of the Sixth Judicial District and also worked at the District Attorney’s Office in the Seventh Judicial District. He was in private practice before his work as a District Attorney. Judge Lyman received his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy on the Sixth Judicial District Court bench. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Sixth Judicial District and must have been licensed 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 Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright. Completed applications must be received no later than noon on August 5, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than July 29, 2016.

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Anthony Edwards Appointed to San Juan County Court

On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, the governor announced his appointment of Anthony Edwards to the San Juan County Court in the Sixth Judicial District. The appointment is effective July 1, 2014, upon the retirement of Hon. Lyndon K. Skinner.

Edwards is currently the principal of the San Juan Law Office, LLC, where he operates a general practice, including business law and transactional issues, civil litigation, real estate, trust and estate law, and criminal matters. He is also the CEO and founder of Crowdfunding Offerings, LLC, an online business that provides crowdfunding assistance. Additionally, he is the Silverton Trustee. He received an online undergraduate degree from Capella University in 2003, a master’s degree in Water Resources in 2007 from the University of New Mexico, and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico in 2009.

Finalists Selected for Judgeship on San Juan County Court Bench

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of two finalists for a vacancy on the San Juan County Court bench. The vacancy, effective July 1, 2014, will be created by the retirement of Hon. Lyndon Skinner.

The two nominees are Anthony D. Edwards of Silverton and Melodee A. Horton, also of Silverton. Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days in which to select one of the nominees for appointment. Comments about the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

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Three Applicants for Judicial Vacancy on San Juan County Court

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that three people have applied for a vacancy on the San Juan County Court, created by the retirement of Hon. Lyndon K. Skinner. The Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission Rules of Procedure require disclosure of all applicants for judicial vacancies. The names of the three candidates are Anthony D. Edwards, William P. Gardner III and Melodee A. Horton, all of Silverton.

Public comments regarding any of the applicants are invited, and may be emailed to judicial.vacancies@judicial.state.co.us or directed to any member of the Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission. Contact information for members of the nominating commission is available here.

Hon. Lyndon K. Skinner of Sixth Judicial District to Retire

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Lyndon K. Skinner of the Sixth Judicial District. Judge Skinner attended the University of Colorado from 1960 to 1965, joined the Army in 1965 and served until 1971, and then served on the Colorado State Patrol until 1997. In 1997, he was appointed as a municipal judge in Silverton, Colorado, and was appointed to the San Juan County Court in 2006. He is one of the few non-attorney judges serving in Colorado. His retirement will be effective July 1, 2014.

Applications are being accepted for the vacancy on the San Juan County Court bench. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of San Juan County and must have graduated high school or achieved the equivalent. Application forms are available from the ex officio chair of the Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright, and are also available on the State Judicial website. Applications must be filed no later than 4 p.m. on April 14, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate a candidate must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 7, 2014.

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William Herringer Appointed to Sixth Judicial District Court Bench

On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed William Herringer to the bench of the Sixth Judicial District Court, effective March 11, 2013. He will replace Hon. David L. Dickinson, whose retirement was effective February 28, 2013.

Prior to his appointment, Herringer was an attorney in private practice at Greenberg & Herringer, LLC, in Durango. He primarily focused on criminal defense, but also handled personal injury cases and protection order hearings. He earned his law degree from University of Colorado Law School, and his undergraduate degree from Colorado College.

Judge Herringer’s appointment will be effective for two years, at which time he will face a retention election. If retained, he will remain on the bench for an additional six years.

Judge David L. Dickinson to Retire from Sixth Judicial District Court Bench

The Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 to interview and select nominees for appointment to the bench of the Sixth Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the February 28, 2013 retirement of the Honorable David L. Dickinson.

Judge Dickinson was appointed to the district court for the Sixth Judicial District in December 1998. His docket includes civil, criminal, domestic relations, juvenile, and probate cases. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was in private practice as a solo practitioner specializing in real estate, business and commercial litigation, and local government.

Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Sixth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Alison Eid, and from the office of the district administrator. They are also available on the State Judicial website.

Applications must be submitted to the ex officio chair electronically in PDF format no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6. Any person wishing to suggest a nominee must do so by letter submitted to any member of the nominating commission and a copy to the ex officio  chair no later than 4 p.m. on January 30, 2013.