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CJI Welcomes New Board Chair Peter Koclanes

Sherman & Howard attorney Peter G. Koclanes was elected as Chair of the Colorado Judicial Institute on May 9 and will begin his tenure effective immediately. A member of the CJI board of directors since 2012, Peter will succeed Barbara B. Randell of Future Image Group as the CJI chair for a two-year term.

“I accept this position with incredible humility and a profound sense of responsibility to the Colorado judicial system, CJI, and my fellow members,” said Koclanes. “CJI holds an important place in the history of the Colorado judicial system, and the opportunity to help shape CJI’s future as Chair is one of the highest honors of my professional career.”

As Chair, Peter will work with Joshua Anderson and lead the 40 member board of directors, the Emeritus Directors and the Young Professionals Committee to expand CJI’s reach/awareness. He will also help coordinate the efforts of the eight different committees and spearhead the tenets of this membership organization – providing public education around the Colorado judiciary, supporting judicial education through scholarships to judges, and safeguarding the merit-based selection and retention system in Colorado.

“We are very honored to have an individual with Peter’s experience, involvement in and dedication to the legal and civic communities lead our community-run organization,” said Joshua Anderson, CJI Executive Director. “Peter has a passion for supporting the judicial system in our state and we are privileged to have him at the helm. And, I personally look forward to partnering with him on a variety of projects to streamline our processes, grow our membership, and further educate the community about the Colorado Judicial System.”





Save the Date!

CJI Annual Judicial Excellence Awards for Colorado

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver, CO  80203

The event recognizes the 2019 Judicial Excellence Awards Honorees for their outstanding service on the bench.  This year’s honorees are:
District Court Judge Timothy J. Schutz, 4th Judicial District, El Paso County
County Court Judge Olympia Z. Fay, 2nd Judicial District, Denver County
Magistrate Matthew R. Zehe, 8th Judicial District, Larimer County

In addition, CJI will honor the late United States District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel and United States District Judge Marcia S. Krieger with Judicial Leadership Awards.

For more information about sponsorship, click here or contact Joshua Anderson at  To purchase individual reservations, click here.

2019 Judicial Excellence Nominees

Congratulations to this year’s nominees for the Judicial Excellence Awards.  And a big thank you to all our nominators who took the time to point our awards committee towards these amazing, hardworking judges and magistrates.  This year’s honorees will be announced at the end of June.

Hon. Ingrid Bakke, 20th Judicial District

Hon. Jill Brady, 4th Judicial District

Hon. Paul Dunkelman, 5th Judicial District

Hon. Olympia Fay, 2nd Judicial District

Hon. Frances Johnson, 4th Judicial District

Hon. Elizabeth Leith, 2nd Judicial District

Hon. Ben Leutwyler, 18th Judicial District

Hon. Thomas Quammen, 19th Judicial District

Hon. Bruce Raaum, 21st Judicial District

Hon. Timothy Schutz, 4th Judicial District

Hon. Larry Schwartz, 10th Judicial District

Hon. Matthew Zehe, 8th Judicial District

Hon. James Zobel, 2nd Judicial District

Interested in Becoming More Involved in the Colorado Judicial Institute?

Join one of our committees!  Contact our Executive Director, Joshua Anderson, at for additional information.

50 Years of Merit Selection: Gov. Hickenlooper’s Proclamation
Get the Facts! Judicial Merit Selection in Colorado
Law Week: Celebrating 50 Years of Merit Selection in Colorado
Want to know how Colorado selects and evaluates judges?
Family Law Committee Report: Parent Perceptions

Parents' Voices: The Other Side of the Bench was released in July 2011. The report, conducted over a two year period, uses surveys and interviews of parents who were involved in dependency and neglect proceedings in Colorado courts. The report is available for download below.