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2018 Straight Talk with Judges:

An Interactive CLE with Judges and Attorneys

Hosted by the Colorado Judicial Institute and Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

The Colorado Judicial Institute is pleased to once again present this popular CLE program designed to promote education and interaction with some of Colorado's top jurists and attorneys. Participants will be separated into small groups and will rotate through their choice of topics from which they can make inquiries and gain insight from established judges and attorneys.  Click here for more information and to register.

CJI Young Professionals Networking Event

So much of what we do as lawyers depends on the effective, efficient, and fair operation of the Colorado Courts. But, preserving and enhancing the integrity of our Courts takes work. That is why we are inviting you - the lawyers who will lead the Colorado bar into the future - to come learn more about an organization dedicated to protecting and improving our Courts: the Colorado Judicial Institute.

Please join CJI and the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at a free reception hosted by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on Thursday, Feb. 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Several members of Colorado’s judiciary will be in attendance and Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Robert Hawthorne and 2nd Judicial District Judge Ross Buchanan will speak briefly about the importance of CJI’s work and how attorneys can get involved. Come mingle and learn how to become more involved in the Colorado legal community!

To attend, please register here.

CJI Sponsors Colorado’s Legal Resource Day

The Colorado Judicial Institute was pleased to sponsor Colorado’s Legal Resource Day for the fourth consecutive year in 15 of Colorado’s judicial districts. The event is part of a broader federal program to celebrate the nation's commitment to the rule of law.

With nearly 1,000 people in attendance, the highest percentage of participants was seen in Jefferson County. Domestic is always at the top of the issues, primarily in the areas of divorce, child custody, and a growing number of grandparent rights.  Continue this article here...

CJI Announces 2017 Judicial Excellence Awards Honorees

Selecting only three honorees from among this year’s outstanding nominees was difficult for the CJI Awards Committee.  Each nominee is an example of the best of Colorado’s judiciary.  After careful deliberation, the committee selected the following 2017 Judicial Excellence Awards Honorees:

District Court Judge John Popovich, 17th Judicial District (retired)
County Court Judge Gary Jackson, 2nd Judicial District
Magistrate Frances Johnson, 4th Judicial District

In addition, CJI presented a Judicial Leadership Award in 2017:

Judge Gale Miller, Colorado Court of Appeals (retired)

All four were recognized at the Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner on October 18, 2017.

Interested in Becoming More Involved in the Colorado Judicial Institute?

Join one of our committees!  Contact our Executive Director, Amy Ostheimer, at for additional information.

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2017 CJI Committee List

Interested in becoming more involved in CJI?  Click here for our list of committees.

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.