LAW WEEK COLORADO
The 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission nominated two candidates, civil litigator Jefferson Cheney and assistant Pitkin County attorney Christopher Seldin, for a vacant district court judgeship at an Aug. 31 meeting at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs.
The spot on the bench opened after Judge Gail Nichols announced her retirement Oct. 31. Nichols was first appointed to the district court in 2008 by then-Gov. Bill Ritter and was retained by voters for a six-year term in 2010.
Cheney, currently an attorney with Glenwood Springs-based law firm Kerst & Strautman, focuses his practice on civil litigation, estate planning, real estate and oil and gas, among other areas. He earned his law degree from the University of Arkansas in 1997 and a Master of Laws in agricultural law in 1998. In the past, he’s served as a prosecutor and currently as a Judge Advocate General Officer with the Colorado Army National Guard.
Seldin is currently an assistant county attorney in Pitkin County, where he’s served since 2002. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1999 and earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth in 1993. After law school, he clerked for former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs and went on to work as an associate for Heller Erhman, an international civil litigation firm.
The 9th Judicial District includes Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties. Gov. John Hickenlooper has 15 days from Sept. 1 to appoint one of the two nominees under the state constitution. Comments can be sent to the governor at [email protected].