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CJI Board Officers, Board Members and Staff

Colorado Judicial Institute Board of Directors

Board Officers and Board Members of the Colorado Judicial Institute are all volunteers.  The board plays an active role in determining the direction, priorities, and projects for the organization.  Board members who chair various committees, along with CJI staff, are responsible for seeing projects through to fruition. 

Board Members are recruited through the efforts of the board development committee.  New board members are sought throughout the community, both legal and non-legal.  Requirements for new board members are a dedication to judicial independence and the desire to work for the best possible judicial system for the citizens of Colorado.  Board members are required to be members in good standing of the organization and to participate on at least one active committee.  The CJI bylaws mandate that at least 50% of board members not be in the full-time practice of law.  The board development committee recommends nominees to the membership and there is a vote to fill board positions at the annual meeting.  The annual meeting is traditionally held in May.

Board Officers are elected each year at the annual meeting by existing board members.  Current  board officer positions include the board chair, board chair-elect, secretary, treasurer and past chair.  The board officers, also known as the executive committee, are charged with the oversight of the organization's activities, staff and daily operations.

For more information about the CJI board, please contact us via email or at 303-766-7501.

2018-2019 Board of Directors

True Apodaca

Hon. Michael L. Bender
Perkins Coie LLP
Colorado Supreme Court - Retired

Marilyn S. Chappell
Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC

Mark T. Clouatre - Past Chair
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Hon. C. Scott Crabtree
17th Judicial District - Retired

Faye Diamond
RBI Strategies & Research

Selena L. Dunham
Classique, LLC

Jennifer Erixon
Alliant Capital LLC

Nickolas D. Fogel
Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.

Michelle Friends
Fairfield and Woods P.C.

Edward A. Gleason
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Jon Goldberg
LIV Sotheby's International Realty

John B. Grow, Inc.

David A. Hall
Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, LLC

Hon. Melissa Hart
Colorado Supreme Court

Hon. Robert D. Hawthorne
Colorado Court of Appeals

Ronne L. Hines
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies

Hon. Gary M. Jackson
Denver County Court

Peter Karpinski
Sage Hospitality / Sage Restaurant Group

James D. Kilroy
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Peter G. Koclanes - Chair Elect
Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

Kimberley S. Koy
Employers Council

Andrew R. Laing
Agency 33

Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov
Dentons US LLP

Connie G. McArthur
Klinge/McArthur LLC

Patrick T. O'Rourke
University of Colorado, Board of Regents

Mark W. Pedigo - Treasurer
RGL Forensics

Diana L. Powell
Griffiths Law, PC

Barbara B. Randell - Chair
Future Image Group, Inc.

Kathryn A. Reilly
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP

Steven A. Rubin
COPIC Companies

Donald L. Samuels
Polsinelli PC

John Sosville

Shannon W. Stevenson
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Melinda Taylor
Denver Juvenile Court

Hon. Gwyneth Whalen
Caplan and Earnest LLC

Rodney Yokooji - Secretary
Relish Catering & Events

Emeritus Directors

Hon. Steve C. Briggs
Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.
Colorado Court of Appeals – Retired

J. Daniel Brinker
J. Daniel Brinker & Co.

Stephen J. Burg
Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.

E. Michael Canges
Senn Visciano Canges P.C.

Hon. Russell E. Carparelli
Conflict Resolution Services, Inc.

Laurence W. DeMuth, Jr.
US West – Retired

George D. Dikeou
COPIC Companies

Robert Ewegen
The Ewegen Law Firm, PLLC
Denver Post - Retired

Mark A. Fogg
COPIC Companies

Hon. Robert P. Fullerton
Denver District Court – Retired

Hon. Richard L. Gabriel
Colorado Supreme Court

Michael J. Gallagher
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Lawrence P. Gelfond
Gelfond & Associates, P.C.

Elinor M. Greenberg, EdD.
EMG and Associates

K.C. Groves
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC

Sheila M. Gutterman
Griffiths Law, PC

Hon. Robert J. Kapelke
Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.
Colorado Court of Appeals – Retired

Hon. Lynn J. Karowsky
Weld County Court - Retired

Gary Lozow
Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP

Laurie A. McKager
18th Judicial District - Retired

Hon. Gale T. Miller
Colorado Court of Appeals - Retired

Robert N. Miller
Perkins Coie LLP - Retired

James E. Nelson
The Law Office of James E. Nelson

Michael L. O’Donnell
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP

Barbara A. Thompson
Employers Council - Retired

Ralph G. Torres
The Law Office of Ralph G. Torres

Peter D. Willis
Kutak Rock LLP

Yvonne E. Zuber
Lutz Zuber + Associates, LLC

CJI Staff

Joshua Anderson
Executive Director

Cynthia Ophaug-Johansen
Director of Marketing and Administration

Laura Rothenberg
Executive Assistant

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