The El Paso County Bar Association

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Bar Lunch: A Conversation with Magistrate Judge Tafoya: Federal Court in Colorado Springs

  • 12 Feb 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Antlers Hotel, 4 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903


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A Conversation with Magistrate Judge Tafoya: Federal Court in Colorado Springs

One General CLE (expected)

Magistrate Judge Tafoya will discuss her new full-time position here in Colorado Springs, how cases from southern Colorado get to her court, “consent” for magistrate determination of cases, her background, issues regarding the current federal courtroom in Colorado Springs. 

The dialogue will be entirely based on the questions you submit to her honor in advance. Please submit your questions by February 6th to: with subject line “Federal Judge Questions”.

Biography: Honorable Kathleen Tafoya began working at the Clerk's Office of the U.S. District Court in 1978 as a deputy Clerk. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Colorado in 1984 with a degree in political science and graduated from C.U. law school in 1987. She practiced for a major law firm in Denver in the commercial litigation section until she was hired by the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Colorado in 1990. In her career as a federal prosecutor Magistrate Judge Tafoya has prosecuted hundreds of defendants in the federal court system and specialized in highly complex gang and drug investigations spanning multiple jurisdictions and often involving sophisticated investigative techniques such as wiretapping. She also served as the office's Health Care Fraud Coordinator and worked with her civil counterparts in investigating and prosecuting billing related matters involving Medicaid, Medicare, and other medical care providers. Magistrate Judge Tafoya has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations including the F.B.I. Director's Award, two Health and Human Services Integrity Awards as well as variously titled commendations from most of the federal law enforcement agencies and several local police departments. Magistrate Judge Tafoya was sworn in as a federal Magistrate Judge on January 4, 2008. 

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