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Straight Talk with Judges:  An Interactive CLE with Judges and Attorneys

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

On February 28th the Colorado Judicial Institute will present this popular CLE program designed to promote education and interaction with some of Colorado's top jurists and attorneys. Participants will have one ethics track and six general CLE tracks from which they can make inquiries and gain insight from established judges and attorneys.

For more information and to register, click here.

Lawyers and Judges of Color Balance the Scales

Monday, February 25, 2019
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Reception to follow
University of Colorado Law School
Wittemyer Courtroom + Boettcher Hall
2450 Kittredge Loop Road, Boulder

In honor of Black History Month, the University of Colorado Law School is hosting a panel discussion with distinguished law school alumni including Justice Monica Márquez, Colorado Supreme Court; Judge Gary Jackson, Denver County Court; Sonny Flowers, attorney at Hurth, Sisk & Blakemore, LLP; and Siddartha H. Rathod, partner at Rathod | Mohamedbhai.  The event will be moderated by CU Law Professor Anna Spain Bradley. 

Please join the Young Professionals Committee of The Colorado Judicial Institute, The University Club of Denver and Opera Colorado for an evening of

Art, Life & Law

February 27, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The University Club
1673 Sherman Street, Denver

Hosted by the Colorado Judicial Institute, Dentons US LLP, Polsinelli PC, and Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP

Click here for more information.

Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner Celebrates
Bringing Courts Closer to the People

While prominent Americans – including U. S. Chief Justice John Roberts – have  decried the growing politicization of our federal court system, 570 leading Coloradans gathered at the Denver Hilton City Center October 18th  to celebrate 52 years of fair and impartial state courts at the Colorado Judicial Institute’s 16th annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado awards dinner.

This year, CJI honored Denver District Judge Morris B. Hoffman, Jefferson County Court Judge Thomas E. Vance and Denver Juvenile Court Magistrate Lisa Gomez for outstanding performance and leadership on the bench.  CJI also honored Colorado Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alan M. Loeb and retired Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice.  

The honorees and their peers spoke of the challenges and rewards of their jobs. 

Click here to read more.

Welcome CJI's New Executive Director: Joshua Anderson

The Colorado Judicial Institute is please to introduce Joshua Anderson as the Denver-based nonprofit's new executive director.

“We are very excited to welcome Joshua Anderson to CJI,” said board chair Barbara Randell.  “With a passion for social justice and more than two decades of experience in all aspects of nonprofit fundraising and management, Joshua brings a host of fresh ideas and energy to CJI’s core mission of preserving and enhancing the excellence of our state’s merit-based judicial system.”

In his role as E.D. Anderson will oversee the CJI’s day-to-day operations.  In addition to pursuing the organization’s core mission, these include a range of public policy efforts, such as public education, research projects, and judicial education.  Anderson will also collaborate with other key players within and outside the legal/judicial system in order to promote the importance of the judiciary in our society.

In his professional career as fundraising professional, Anderson has managed large-scale galas, walks, runs, and bicycle tours including many for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Colorado Health Network (AIDS Walk), and the National MS Society (Bike MS).  He also has general development experience, including managing staff and board committees, grants management and corporate/foundation relations plus brings an extensive marketing and CRM systems background while also working for The Blue Bench, Metro State University of Denver’s Alumni Association and Disability Law Colorado.  

Anderson also has extensive volunteer experience, initially as board chair for Team Colorado, a nonprofit membership organization he founded in 1994 for LGBTQ athletes and artists participating in the quadrennial Gay Games.  He also chaired a masters swim team board in Denver, SQUID, and is an active fundraiser for AIDS Lifecycle, a cycling event for AIDS.  Anderson is a graduate of the Lundy Leadership Initiative and a certified foster parent.  A native of Ohio, Anderson received a B.A. in International Studies from Miami University of Ohio.

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.

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CJI Committee List

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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.