LAW WEEK COLORADO
Now that Justice Richard Gabriel officially started his tenure on the Colorado Supreme Court Sept. 1, the search to find his replacement on the appeals court bench now heads to the governor’s desk.
During a two-day meeting Sept. 1-2 in Denver, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission selected their top three candidates: deputy state public defender Rebecca Freyre, district Judge Craig Welling and private appellate attorney David Yun.
Freyre has spent her entire career with the state public defender’s office, signing on as a trial deputy in Arapahoe County in 1991 before moving the appellate division in 2005. She’s worked exclusively on criminal appeals since then. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Massachusetts before earning her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1990.
Welling was appointed as a district judge in the 17th Judicial District in 2010 by then-Gov. Bill Ritter. Prior to that, Welling worked in private practice before signing on as chief legal counsel for Ritter in 2007. Welling received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in 1995, his master’s degree from Penn State University in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 2001.
Yun is currently a partner with Jaudon & Avery in Capitol Hill and runs the firms appellate practice. His practice also includes litigation in medical and legal malpractice and health care, and he frequently writes and lectures on civil rights and First Amendment issues. Yun graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science in 1989 and a law degree in 1993 from the University of Colorado.
Gov. John Hickenlooper will appoint one of the three finalists within 15 days. Comments may be sent to [email protected].