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Judicial Excellence Dinners

2017 Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California Street, Denver

6:00 pm Cocktail Hour
7:00 pm Dinner and Program

2017 Keynote Speaker 

CJI is honored to welcome former South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal as the keynote speaker for the Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner.  Chief Justice Toal served 27 years as the state's first female justice and female chief justice.  For more than four decades, Toal has been a game-changer in South Carolina, pulling off the high-wire act of being a successful revolutionary in civil and women’s rights while working within the hidebound and sometimes rarified world of South Carolina’s political and legal system.  Chief Justice Toal modernized the South Carolina court system, bringing greater transparency to the state’s judiciary.

2017 Judicial Excellence Awards

District Court Judge John Popovich, 17th Judicial District, Adams County (Retired)
County Court Judge Gary Jackson, 2nd Judicial District, Denver County
Magistrate Frances Johnson, 4th Judicial District, El Paso County

Judicial Leadership Award

Judge Gale Miller, Colorado Court of Appeals (Retired)

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

For more information on dinner sponsorships, click here or contact Cynthia Ophaug-Johansen at 303-766-7501 or [email protected]

Reserving Individual Seats

Advanced seat reservations are now closed.  A limited number of seats will be available the night of the dinner.  Please call Cynthia Ophaug-Johansen at 303-766-7501 with questions.


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2018 Judicial Excellence Awards Nominations Now Open!

The nomination period for the 2018 CJI Judicial Excellence Awards is open!  Click here to submit a nomination

If you would like to read more about the awards, please visit the Judicial Excellence Awards page.

If you cannot use our online form, download a PDF of the form below.