Hickenlooper Appoints Judges in 2nd, 5th Districts

Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Darryl Fitzgerald Shockley as a district court judge in the 2nd Judicial District. Shockley fills a vacancy occasioned by the retirement of Judge William Robbins.

Shockley currently serves as chief deputy district attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s Office, a position he has held since 2015. He serves in the economic crime, family violence and gang units. Previously, he was senior deputy district attorney with the Denver District Attorney’s Office and an attorney at White and Steele. Shockley earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1998 and his law degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2002.

Shockley’s appointment is effective Dec. 31.

Also today, Gov. Hickenlooper appointed Catherine Jane Cheroutes and Reed Wilson Owens as district court judges in the 5th Judicial District. Cheroutes fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Wayne Patton, and Owens fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Frederick Gannett.

Cheroutes is currently the managing partner of Cheroutes Zweig, a position she has held since 2015. Her practice consists primarily of domestic relations cases, as well as criminal defense and court appointments in dependency and neglect, juvenile delinquency and divorce cases. She previously was of counsel at the Rietz Law Firm; owner of The Cheroutes Law Firm; associate at DeJong & Associates; associate at Carlson Carlson & Dunkelman; and Deputy District Attorney in the 5th Judicial District. Cheroutes earned her bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and her law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

Cheroutes’ appointment is effective Feb. 1.

Owens is currently the lead deputy public defender in the Dillon Regional Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, a position he has held since 2008. His practice consists of criminal defense, including juvenile, misdemeanor and felony matters. Owens earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Owens’ appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2019.