Judge Profile: Michael Martinez

A long with the prestige of serving as the presiding judge of the 2nd Judicial District Court in Denver, Michael Martinez has earned the honorary title of “Sensei of Sensible Shoes.”In his office, there is a plaque hanging on the wall with a pair of bronzed shoes with an inscription that reads: “In Recognition of Your Many Years of Hard Work, Your Unprecedented Dedication and Your Unnerving Shoe Fetish – You, District Court Judge Michael A. Martinez, Are Hereby Conveyed the Honorary Title of Sensei of Reasonable Shoes.”

The plaque was a farewell gift from a group of young prosecutors and criminal defenders that regularly appeared before him when he was in 17th Judicial District, given to him as he left to take a spot on the 2nd Judicial District bench in 2000.

The 17th district is a court full of young lawyers learning new skills, and Martinez said he was struck by what seemed like an unnecessarily adversarial relationship between the public defenders and district attorneys.

To read this story and other complete articles featured in the May 8, 2017 print edition of Law Week Colorado, copies are available for purchase online.