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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

To benefit the CJI Judicial Education Fund and the Colorado Judicial Institute

For more information about sponsorship, please contact Joshua Anderson at  More details will follow and advanced ticket sales will open in June.

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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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.