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Welcome Back CJI's Straight Talk with a Judge in January  

Improve your written and oral advocacy. Join CJI online on January 19th for Tips from the Bench: Strategies for Effective Oral and Written Advocacy with District Court Judges Juan Villaseñor and Laurie DeanAs always, our interactive CLEs are an opportunity for you to ask the questions the judges are answering. 

Find more information and register here!


CJI is Looking for a new Executive Director

Are you passionate about ensuring our Colorado judicial system provides citizens their day in court with dignity and respect? Are you committed to protecting and defending the ability of the judiciary to decide cases fairly and free from partisan politics?

CJI Is looking for an executive director with:

  • Eight to ten years of non-profit management
  • Organizational leadership experience, including working with executives
  • Fundraising and grant writing expertise

Is this you? Download the full job description here.

Celebrating Colorado's Judiciary

CJI celebrated this year's Judicial Excellence Award honorees at The Hyatt Regency Colorado Convention Center on Thursday, October 7th, with our guests and our generous sponsors: 

Dietrich Partners
Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Polsinelli PC
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
DISH Network L.L.C.
Moye White LLP
Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

American Arbitration Association
Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.
Caplan and Earnest LLC
Colorado & Denver Bar Associations 
and Colorado Bar Association CLE
Colorado Bar Association,
Family Law Section
COPIC Companies
Dowd Bennett LLP
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC
Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.
MDC Richmond American Homes Foundation

Arapahoe County and Douglas-Elbert
County Bar Associations
Baker Tilly US, LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Childs McCune LLC
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
Employers Council
Faegre Drinker
Fortis Law Partners LLC
Gebhardt Emerson Moodie Bonanno, LLC
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
Griffiths Law PC
Quaero Group
Recht Kornfeld PC
Waltz | Reeves
Wells Family Law | PC

Did you miss us on October 7th?  Watch the awards portion of our event here.





CJI Works for Diversity on the Colorado Bench

In October 2019, CJI and the Colorado Bar Association launched a collaborative initiative, the CBA/CJI Diversity on the Bench Coalition.  The CBA/CJI Coalition leads a community-wide effort to ensure Colorado’s state court bench reflects the diversity of Colorado’s population.

Developed out of a long-standing need, CJI Board Member Judge Gary Jackson, Denver County Court, and Patricia M. Jarzobski, former CBA president and Colorado Women’s Bar Association president, have drawn on their leadership experience to gather a robust team of legal leaders to address this issue creatively.

Click here to learn more about CJI's diversity initiatives.



Interested in Becoming More Involved in the Colorado Judicial Institute?

Join one of our committees!  Contact Cynthia Ophaug-Johansen at for additional information.

Why Should You Vote in Colorado Judicial Retention Elections?

Are you one of those voters who skips the judges on your ballot?  Or just votes for the names you like?  You're not alone...but you can do better for Colorado!  Click here for more information on why and how to support our judicial system by voting.

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.