Gardner Announces Evaluation Committee to Fill Colorado Judgeship

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced a Judicial Evaluation Committee that will begin vetting applicants for an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court of Colorado.  In April 2016, Judge Robert Blackburn will take senior status, creating a vacancy on the seven-judge bench. 

The number of judgeships on the court has remained the same for over 30 years, despite the state’s population growing by 65 percent and judicial workload steadily increasing. Now the court is one of the busiest in the country, with over 600 weighted cases per judgeship. Filling this vacancy quickly would keep the District Court fully staffed and at least maintain the status quo.

Gardner’s committee will aid in that endeavor by identifying and recommending outstanding legal professionals who are qualified to fill the role. Convening this committee now ensures there is adequate time to complete a thorough review of qualified candidates before the vacancy occurs. The members of the Committee are leading experts in their field and represent critical segments of the Colorado bar. They will use a transparent, deliberative process to review applications, interview candidates, and recommend outstanding individuals in order to find the best person for the job as quickly as possible.

“I take my responsibility to recommend Colorado judicial nominees to the President seriously and there is particular urgency in filling this vacancy,” said Gardner. “I am confident that the members of the Committee, who are some of Colorado’s finest legal experts, will thoroughly review all applications and make careful recommendations based on each applicant’s merits and qualifications. I encourage Coloradans interested in serving on the District Court to submit an application, and I look forward to seeing the Committee’s recommendations.”

Those interested in applying for the vacancy must submit an application, which is available online here. Completed applications must be received by September 12, 2015 and can be submitted by email to ColoradoVacancy@gmail.com or by mail at the following address:

Office of Senator Cory Gardner

Attn: Judicial Evaluation Committee

999 18th Street

Suite 1525

Denver, CO 80202

The Judicial Evaluation Committee consists of the following individuals:

Jon Anderson, (Chair) Holland and Hart

Michael O'Donnell, Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell

Raymond M. Deeny, Sherman and Howard

Robert Miller, Perkins Coie

Judge Gary M. Jackson, Denver County Court

Troy Eid, Greenberg Traurig

Christine Mastin, Mastin Bergstrom 

Jason Dunn, Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck

Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa, Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa LLC

Rob Witwer, Southwest Generation

Katherine Yarger, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher