LAW WEEK COLORADO
With the appointment of Judge Norma Sierra to the district court bench, the 20th Judicial District Nominating Commission nominated three candidates for the vacant Boulder County court judgeship during a meeting at the courthouse Aug. 28.
The finalists included Magistrate Elizabeth Brodsky of Nederland, deputy district attorney Jonathon Martin of Boulder and and assistant attorney general Robert Shapiro of Louisville.
Before Brodsky was appointed to the Boulder District Court as a domestic relations magistrate in 2011, she worked at Colorado Legal Services, first as an attorney in the family and children’s unit and then as the managing attorney of Boulder County Legal Services. After leaving Boulder County Legal Services, Brodsky went into private practice working primarily with respondent parents and children in dependency and neglect matters. She is a 1994 graduate of the University of Colorado and earned her juris doctor from CU’s law school in 1997.
Martin is currently a deputy district attorney in the 20th Judicial District. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, he worked as a commercial litigator at Snell & Wilmer and Holland & Hart with experience handling multiple cases involving patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and trade dress rights. He is a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and spent nine years as an officer and pilot, earning two Aerial Achievement Medals and an Air Force Achievement Medal for the tactical planning and flying of Operation Desert Strike. He earned his juris doctor from the University of Colorado Law School in 2007.
Shapiro is currently the first assistant attorney general for special prosecutions. He started his career at the Attorney General’s Office in November 2007 after working for more than 11 years as a prosecutor in Boulder and Grand Junction. He served four years on active duty as a U.S. Army intelligence officer with assignments in the Republic of Panama, Europe and throughout the United States. Shapiro is a 1989 graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder and a 1995 graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has 15 days from Aug. 31 to appoint one of the three finalists, according to the Colorado Constitution. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent to [email protected].