Judicial & Legislative News
The City of Woodland Park is accepting applications for a part-time Municipal Court Judge. The part-time Municipal Court Judge will be expected to fill in for the presiding Municipal Court Judge when the presiding judge is absent, disqualified or otherwise unable to act in any matter or case. Prior municipal court experience is highly desirable.
Qualified applicants must possess a license to practice law in the State of Colorado and be a qualified elector of the State of Colorado. A valid driver’s license and a background check will be required. Salary will be determined based on the qualifications of the person appointed by city council. This is a non-benefited position.
Application review to begin November 26, 2018. The position will remain open until filled. Applications for Employment are available on the City’s website www.city-woodlandpark.org and at City Hall, 220 West South Avenue, (719) 687-9246, 8am to 5pm. Please submit a letter of interest, resume and City Application for Employment to Personnel, City of Woodland Park, P.O. Box 9007, Woodland Park, CO 80866. EEO/AAE
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Seventeen participants in the Recovery Court program in the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties) are expected to graduate from the intensive treatment and supervision program during a ceremony on Oct. 9, 2018.
The graduates who will be celebrated in the ceremony from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Room W113 at the El Paso County Combined Courts, 270 S. Tejon in Colorado Springs, will have completed at least two years in one of two tracks of Recovery Court: Adult Criminal Drug Court (ACDC) or the Healthy Engaged and Living Sober (HEALS) Court. Recovery Court requires each participant to work, complete community service, pay court costs and restitution and complete at least two years of addiction treatment.
Treatment courts like Recovery Court have been shown in studies by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals to be an effective strategy in reducing drug use and recidivism among substance addicted, nonviolent offenders with criminal histories. As an alternative to incarceration, the NADCP says such programs also have proved to produce significant cost savings.
“We are thrilled to celebrate 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 Court Magistrate Daphne Burlingame. “This graduation reaffirms our community’s commitment to working together to help individuals successfully leave drugs and crime behind and become contributing members to society. We are so proud of the hard work our graduates have endured to make it to this day.”
Historically, 77 percent of Recovery Court participants have graduated from the program. In a recent recidivism study of the period from January 2010 to June 2016, 75 percent of ACDC graduates did not receive new charges in Colorado, and 88 percent of HEALS graduates did not receive new charges in Colorado. In 2017, the Recovery Court served 210 participants. It is one of nearly 80 problem-solving courts operating in Colorado.
News media representatives are invited to attend the ceremony. Use of cameras must be approved in advance, and no person may be photographed or recorded on video without their consent. Please contact Robert Burrs at 719-452-5209 for more information
Monthly Salary Range: $11,993.00 - $11,993.00
General Statement of Duties: Performs a variety of judicial duties in the Colorado Judicial System including deciding the merits of cases, hearing and evaluating evidence and witness credibility, analyzing laws and rules, making findings of fact and conclusions of law and issuing oral or written decisions and orders to resolve cases. Provides administrative direction for the operation of a judicial division including supervisory accountability for division staff, volunteers or interns.
Position Start Date: Jan. 8, 2019
CBA Legislative Summary
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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