10th Circuit Judge Takes Senior Status

Judge Mary Beck Briscoe will take senior status, creating a vacancy on the federal appellate court

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals announced that Judge Mary Beck Briscoe will take senior status effective March 15. Briscoe received her commission on May 26, 1995, and served as chief circuit judge from 2010 to 2015.

She resides in Lawrence, Kansas, and is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. 

Prior to joining the federal bench, she served on the Kansas Court of Appeals as the chief judge of that court. She also served 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas prior to becoming a judge.

Briscoe will continue hearing cases as a senior judge.

JUDICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of Judge Robert Lowrey. The vacancy will occur on April 1. Nominees Yolanda Fennick and Laura Findorff, both of Colorado Springs; and Brian Fields of Black Forest were selected by the commission on Feb. 23.

The governor has 15 days from Feb. 24 to appoint one of the nominees as 4th District judge.

Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at [email protected]

On Feb. 22, Gov. Jared Polis announced appointments to judicial nominating commissions and judicial district performance commissions.

There is a judicial district nominating commission for each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts that selects nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. Each district nominating commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission.

In the 18th Judicial District Nominating Commission, for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2026, Louis Martin of Rush, was appointed to serve as a non-attorney, an unaffiliated, and a member from Lincoln County, appointed.

For the 2nd Judicial District Nominating Commission, for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2026, L. Roger Hutson of Denver, was appointed to serve as a non-attorney, as an unaffiliated, and as a member from Denver County, appointed.

The State Commission on Judicial Performance developed evaluation techniques for district and county judges, justices of the Supreme Court and judges of the Court of Appeals.

For the 17th District Judicial Performance Commission, for a term expiring Nov. 30, 2021, Avilene Rodriguez of Commerce City, Colorado, was appointed to serve as a non-attorney and occasioned by the resignation of Sheryn Caldwell of Thornton.

GOOD FOR YOU

Coan Payton & Payne announced Wednesday that attorney Amanda Huston of Coan. Payton & Payne has been appointed to the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority Board. 

The Authority’s mission is to build public-private investment partnerships that foster economic, cultural and social growth in the central business district. 

Huston’s law practice is focused primarily on business law and real estate matters. •  The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of Judge Robert Lowrey. The vacancy will occur on April 1. Nominees Yolanda Fennick and Laura Findorff, both of Colorado Springs; and Brian Fields of Black Forest were selected by the commission on Feb. 23.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from Feb. 24 to appoint one of the nominees as district court judge for the 4th Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties).

Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at [email protected]ate.co.us

On Feb. 22, Gov. Jared Polis announced appointments to judicial nominating commissions and judicial district performance commissions.

There is a judicial district nominating commission for each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts that selects nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. Each district nominating commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission.

In the 18th Judicial District Nominating Commission, for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2026, Louis Martin of Rush, was appointed to serve as a non-attorney, an unaffiliated, and a member from Lincoln County, appointed.

For the 2nd Judicial District Nominating Commission, for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2026, L. Roger Hutson of Denver, was appointed to serve as a non-attorney, as an Unaffiliated, and as a member from Denver County, appointed.

The State Commission on Judicial Performance developed evaluation techniques for district and county judges, justices of the Supreme Court and judges of the Court of Appeals. According to statute, those criteria include the following: integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, administrative performance, and service to the legal profession and the public.

For the 17th District Judicial Performance Commission, for a term expiring Nov. 30, 2021, Avilene Rodriguez of Commerce City, Colorado, was appointed to serve as a non-attorney and occasioned by the resignation of Sheryn Caldwell of Thornton.

GOOD FOR YOU

Coan Payton & Payne announced Wednesday that attorney Amanda Huston of Coan. Payton & Payne has been appointed to the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority Board. 

The Authority’s mission is to build public-private investment partnerships that foster economic, cultural and social growth in the central business district. The authority uses tax increment financing to stimulate redevelopment in the central business district and focuses on projects that have benefit for the entire community. 

Huston’s law practice is focused primarily on business law and real estate matters.

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