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Colorado’s recent fervor in election reporting was somewhat sidelined this week, except where it intersected with allegation of misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Colorado became part of the Kavanaugh story after Sen. Cory Gardner received an anonymous complaint claiming that Kavanaugh assaulted someone at a bar in 1998. We’ll take a look at much of the coverage of the Colorado connection to the hearings.
And while Colorado voters will soon decide the future of transportation funding in November, our state will receive a total of $15.9 million in federal grant money to upgrade buses and maintenance facilities primarily in the rural parts of the state. We’ll take a look at this grant and the transportation funding choices facing voters in less than 20 days.
While the Colorado legislature maybe in recess, the following are several of the topics that made news this week includes:
Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Chad C. Miller as a district court judge to serve in the 4th Judicial District Court. Miller fills a vacancy occasioned by the retirement of the Honorable Theresa M. Cisneros.
Miller currently serves as a state public defender at the Office of the State Public Defender in Colorado Springs, a position he has held since 2003. Miller represents clients facing felony charges, including murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, child abuse, robbery, and other crimes of violence. He also supervises other public defenders. He previously worked at Sherman and Howard LLC and Hoffman, Reilly, Pozner, and Williamson LLP (now Reilly Pozner LLP). Miller earned his B.A. from Lehigh University in 1998 and his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2002.
Miller’s appointment is effective Jan. 8, 2019.
Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Lino Lipinsky de Orlov as a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Lipinsky de Orlov is a Partner at Dentons US LLP, a position he has held since 1997. His practice involves commercial litigation, including employment, real estate, intellectual property, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy, and technology matters. He represents clients in trials, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Previously, he served as Of Counsel at McKenna & Cuneo, LLP (1997-1999), a Partner at VanderWerf & Lipinsky (1992-1997), an Associate with Hawley & VanderWerf, PC (1990-1991), an Associate with Holme Roberts & Owen (1983-1990), and an Associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York (1982-1993). Lipinsky de Orlov earned his A.B. from Brown University in 1979 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1982.
Lipinksy de Orlov was endorsed by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado LGBT Bar Association, Sam Cary Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.
Lipinsky de Orlov’s appointment is effective Jan. 8, 2019.
Governor to appoint new district court judge
The Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of the Hon. Theresa M. Cisneros, effective Jan. 8, 2019. Nominees Frances R. Johnson, Chad C. Miller, and Jami L. Vigil, all of Colorado Springs, were selected by the commission on Sept. 5, 2018.
Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from Sept. 5, 2018, within which to appoint one of the nominees as district court judge for the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties).
Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at
Editor’s Note: Contact information for the three nominees
DENVER — Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Meredith Ann Patrick Cord and Dulce Denise Peacock to the El Paso County Court in the 4th Judicial District. They fill vacancies created by the resignations of the Honorable Regina Walter and the Honorable Stephen Sletta.
Cord currently serves as a District Court Magistrate Judge in the 4th Judicial District, a position she has held since 2013. Her docket is primarily comprised of domestic relations, juvenile, and quasi-criminal contempt actions. She previously practiced domestic relations law with the law firm of Johnson & Cord, P.C. (2006-2013), probate, estate planning, and family law with the law firm of Kane, Donley & Johnson, P.C. (2005-2006), and family law with the law firm of M. Patricia Marrison, P.C. (2004-2005). She also served as a Deputy District Attorney in the 4th Judicial District District Attorney’s Office (2003-2004). Cord earned her B.A. from The Ohio State University in 1996 and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 2001.
Her appointment is effective Jan. 7, 2019.
Peacock currently serves as a District Court Magistrate Judge in the 4th Judicial District, a position she has held since 2002. She presides over juvenile delinquency and family law matters. She previously was in private practice with Dulce Denise Peacock, P.C., representing clients in family, juvenile, and criminal matters (1999-2001), and with Warren, Mundt & Martin, P.C., representing clients in civil, family, juvenile, and criminal matters (1997-1999). From 1991 to 1997, she was a member of the United States Air Force, serving as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate and as Area Defense Counsel. Peacock earned her B.A. from Columbia College in 1985 and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1990.
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The PSC Attorney Criteria and Referral Guide contains information specific to the 4th Judicial District Criminal Problem Solving Court (PSC) programs. This document is intended to serve as a guide for attorneys to distinguish between minimum Criminal PSC program criteria and provide an overview as to the referral processes for each program. This document was originally distributed in August of 2017.
The Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Sept. 5, 2018, at the El Paso County Courthouse to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties). The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Hon. Theresa M. Cisneros. The vacancy will occur on Jan. 8, 2019.
To be eligible, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the Fourth Judicial District at the time of investiture and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The current annual salary for this position is $168,202. The initial term of office of a district judge is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent district judge, if approved by the voters, has a term of six years.
Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Richard L. Gabriel, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the district administrator, Scott Sosebee, 270 S. Tejon St., PO Box 2980, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Applications also are available on the court’s home page at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Careers/Judge.cfm
The original, signed application and an identical copy stored as a PDF must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. Aug. 20, 2018. Late applications will not be considered. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate to fill the vacancy may do so by letter to be submitted to any member of the nominating commission, with a copy to the ex officio chair, no later than 4 p.m. Aug. 13, 2018.
The members of the nominating commission for the Fourth Judicial District are: Larry Gaddis, Beth Lieberman, Juan Moreno, Mary Linden, Jennifer George and Joshua Brooks, all of Colorado Springs; and Daniel Nicholson and Philip Mella of Woodland Park.
Editor’s Note: Contact information for the nominating commission members.
· Jennifer George, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
· Larry Gaddis, 15 W. Cimarron St., Ste. 300, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
· Joshua Brooks, 21950 Sweet Road, Peyton, CO 80831
· Mary Linden, 111 S. Tejon St., Suite 202., Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2246
· Philip Mella, 2018 Valley View Dr., Woodland Park, CO 80863
· Juan Moreno, 250 Vandenburg St., Peterson AFB, CO 80914
· Daniel Nicholson, 226 Illini Dr., Woodland Park, CO 80863
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Monday, May 14, 2018
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Seventeen participants in the Recovery Court Program of Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties) are expected to graduate from the program during a ceremony at the El Paso County courthouse on May 15, 2018.
The graduation ceremony is part of this year’s celebration of National Drug Court Month. In 2018, more than 150,000 individuals nationwide who entered the justice system due to addiction will be enrolled into drug court programs, which offer an alternative to incarceration while providing offenders substance use disorder treatment, intensive court supervision and the chance to repair their lives, reconnect with their families and find long-term recovery.
Individuals set to graduate from the Recovery Court Program have completed at least two years in one of two tracks: Adult Criminal Drug Court (ACDC) or the Healthy Engaged and Living Sober (HEALS) Court. The Recovery Court Program requires participants to work, complete community service, pay court costs and restitution, and complete at least two years of addiction treatment.
“The graduation celebrates the successes of a group of very dedicated participants who have reached a milestone not only in their recovery, but also in their lives,” said Fourth Judicial District Magistrate Daphne Burlingame, who presides over the Recovery Court Program. “This graduation reaffirms our community’s commitment to working together to help individuals successfully leave drugs and crime behind and become contributing members of society. We are so proud of the hard work our graduates have endured to make it to this day.”
In 2017, 69 people entered the Recovery Court Program and 49 graduated by completing community-based treatment and probation requirements including community service, regular court appearances, and payment of fines and costs. Generally, 77 percent of Recovery Court Program participants graduate. Among people who graduated from the program from 2010 to 2016, 75 percent of ACDC participants and 88 percent of HEALS Court participants did not receive new criminal charges in Colorado.
Nearly 80 problem-solving courts are in operation around Colorado including adult and juvenile drug courts, family/dependency and neglect drug courts, DUI courts, adult and juvenile mental health courts, veteran trauma courts, and truancy courts.
Monday, May 7, 2018
DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court announced today it has approved the selection of Sarah Myers as the new executive director of the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP), effective July 1, 2018.
Myers will replace Barbara Ezyk, who started the program in January 2012 and is retiring from the position, effective June 30, 2018.
COLAP is a wellness-based, confidential program for Colorado judges, lawyers and law students. The program is able to assist in any issues affecting a judge, lawyer or law student’s ability to be an effective member of the Colorado legal community.
“We are so grateful to have such an outstanding professional to take Barbara’s place,” said David W. Stark, chair of the Supreme Court’s Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee. “While Sarah will have big shoes to fill, we are confident that the best Lawyer Assistance Program in the country will be in good hands and will rise to even greater heights in its service to lawyers, judges, law students, and the community.”
Myers was hired as COLAP’s clinical case manager in March 2013 and later that year was appointed as clinical director.
Myers received her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond in Virginia, her master’s degree from Naropa University in Boulder, and her J.D. from the University of Denver. She is licensed in Colorado as an attorney, a marriage and family therapist, and an addiction counselor.
Myers also is licensed post-graduate level secondary teacher, certified trauma and abuse psychotherapist and LGBTQ therapist. She is a member of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, and was a lead author of the 2017 report “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.”
“I am honored to serve as COLAP’s next Executive Director,” Myers said. “Our program has experienced tremendous growth due to the support we have received from the legal community. I look forward to building on this strong foundation and continuing to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive assistance to our legal community.”