LAW WEEK COLORADO
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman added new names to her senior leadership team, including a handful of deputies and an investigator, the office announced Monday.
Melody Mirbaba, a former administrative law judge, was named deputy for the office’s state services section. She now oversees the legal representation for Gov. John Hickenlooper and other elected state officials, the administrative parts of the judicial branch, Colorado State Board of Education, more than 20 Colorado-supported universities and colleges and a litany of state departments. Mirbaba served as administrative law judge for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for two years until this past March. Prior to that, Mirbaba spent 11 years as an assistant attorney general in the human services and public officials units of state services. Mirbaba’s volunteer commitments earned her the Governor Ralph L. Carr Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2010 from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Scott Turner will be joining the department on April 20 as deputy attorney general for the criminal justice section after 25 years of practicing law. He has been a Colorado prosecutor for nearly a decade, spending seven years as the assistant district attorney in the state’s 5th and 9th judicial districts as well as a line prosecutor in the 4th Judicial District. Turner has prosecuted more than 100 cases in federal, state and municipal courts and also has experience working with the General Assembly and several criminal justice task forces across the state. Turner also serves on several boards, including Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance and Statewide Victim Information and Notification Everyday. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City for both his undergraduate work and law school, receiving his juris doctor in 1989.
Cory Amend joins the office as the director of the peace officer standards and training after serving 23 years with the Broomfield Police Department. He has undertaken a range of assignments during his career and currently serves as commander of the patrol division with responsibility for 55 sworn and non-sworn staff. Amend also served for nine years as commander of the SWAT team and is on the legislative committee for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a University of Colorado-Denver graduate and holds a master’s degree in criminal justice and executive leadership.
Larry Adkisson was promoted to the newly-created position of chief investigator. Adkisson joined the Colorado Department of Law in 2010 and has been an investigator with the special prosecution unit and the violent crimes assistance team and participated in the Justice Review Project. He brings more than 35 years of experience in criminal investigation and has worked with the Lakewood Police Department, Arapahoe District Attorney’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the family violence unit of the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Adkisson has taught and provided training on a variety of topics including crime scene investigation, homicide investigation, interviewing and testifying.
Russell Klein will assume the duties of deputy for business and licensing on May 1. He joined the office’s financial unit in 2005 representing the Colorado Division of Securities/Securities Commissioner. In 2010, he became first assistant attorney general for the financial and health services unit, which includes the securities division and a number of boards and programs under the division of professions and occupations. He served on a number of committees in the office over the years, including the appellate and pro bono committees, and co-manages the ongoing trial and deposition skills training program. Klein became licensed in Colorado in 2000 after graduating from the University of Buffalo School of Law. Before joining the office, he worked in civil litigation handling matters related to real estate, personal injury, construction defects, contracts and alleged regulatory violations.