LAW WEEK COLORADO
Teller County Judge Linda Billings-Vela and Magistrate Jill Brady were selected to fill two district court judgeships effective July 1, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced May 29.
The vacancies in the 4th Judicial District, which includes Teller and El Paso counties, opened after the resignation of Judge Barney Iuppa and the retirement of Judge Thomas Kennedy.
Prior to her appointment as a county court judge in 2011, Billings-Vela served as a district court magistrate for the 4th Judicial District in the juvenile division. Before that, she was a senior deputy district attorney from 2005 to 2009 and a deputy district attorney from 1995 to 1997 and then from 2001 to 2005 for the 4th Judicial District.
Billings-Vela was also employed as an associate at Anderson Dude & Lebel from 1998 to 2000. She was also a law clerk for the 4th Judicial District Judge Jane Looney. She earned her undergraduate degree from Colorado College in 1987 and her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1994.
As a district court magistrate for the 4th Judicial District, Brady presides over a domestic relations docket, which includes dissolution of marriage, allocation of parental responsibilities, child support and paternity matters. Before her appointment in 2013, she worked as a staff attorney for Colorado Legal Services from 2007 to 2013, an associate at Littler Mendelson from 2006 to 2007 and an associate at Eimer Stahl from 2004 to 2006.
Brady was a law clerk for Judge Marianne Battani of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1999 and her law from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002.