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Judicial Excellence Awards

2015 Judicial Award Recipients— Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr.; Colorado Court of Appeals Judge James S. Casebolt; District Judge Angela R. Arkin; County Judge Clarisse Gonzales Mangnall; and Magistrate Kristina B. Hansson

Five judicial offers were honored at the 2015 Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner.  Judge Angela R. Arkin of the 18th Judicial District; Judge Clarisse Gonzales Mangnall of Denver County in the 2nd Judicial District; and Magistrate Kristina B. Hansson of Boulder County in the 20th Judicial District will receive Judicial Excellence Awards.  Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court and Judge James S. Casebolt of the Colorado Court of Appeals will receive Distinguished Judicial Leadership Awards.

District Court Judge Angela R. Arkin

Angela R. Arkin has been a District Court Judge in the 18th Judicial District since 2002.  She began her judicial career in August 2000 by serving two years as a District Court Magistrate in Arapahoe County with a domestic and juvenile docket. She is currently handling a 100% domestic docket in Douglas County. Prior to her current assignment, Judge Arkin served as a District Judge in all four counties in the District, with mixed dockets including criminal, civil, probate, mental health, juvenile and domestic cases. She is a frequent lecturer and author in the areas of family law, DNA evidence and jurisdiction.  Judge Arkin is a 1983 graduate of Emory Law School.

County Court Judge Clarisse Gonzales Mangnall

Judge Gonzales Mangnall was appointed to the Denver County Court bench in 2007. Before becoming a judge, she worked as a prosecutor, as a court-appointed and private criminal defense lawyer, and as a guardian ad litem in dependency and neglect cases. She also served as a district court magistrate in the Eighteenth Judicial District from 2005-2007. Judge Gonzales Mangnall previously presided in the municipal criminal division and currently presides over a traffic courtroom.  Judge Gonzales Mangnall earned her J.D. from the Howard University School of Law in 1992.

Magistrate Kristina Hansson

Magistrate Kristina Hansson was appointed to the Boulder County and District Court in 1995. Prior to her appointment, she was an associate with the law firm of Gorsuch Kirgis, LLC, and a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Lakewood, specializing in criminal law, liquor licensing, police legal advisor and public housing. Magistrate Hansson is a 1980 graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law. Magistrate Hansson’s dockets consist of county court traffic and misdemeanor arraignments, protection orders, adoptions, sealing of criminal records, and weekend jail coverage.

In addition to honoring the recipients of the Judicial Excellence Awards, CJI will present two Distinguished Judicial Leadership Awards.

Judge James S. Casebolt, Colorado Court of Appeals

Judge James S. Casebolt, a Colorado Court of Appeals judge for 21 years, was appointed by Governor Romer in 1994 after nearly 20 years as a shareholder-partner with Younge & Hockensmith PC in Grand Junction where he practiced civil litigation. He was the Deputy Chief Judge for the appeals court since 2005.  Judge Casebolt is considered an expert on jury selection. He authored "Civil Jury Selection and Pattern Voir Dire" recommended for use in all Colorado trial courts.  He is a former chairman of Colorado's Public Employees' Retirement Association. He holds a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., Colorado Supreme Court

Justice Gregory Hobbs, Jr. was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court by Governor Romer in 1996.  Justice Hobbs communicates his expertise not only on the state's highest court, but also through his publications, presentations, and community service.  Prior to his appointment, he practiced law for over two decades with an emphasis on water, environment, land use, and transportation.  In addition to practicing law, Justice Hobbs has written poetry, collected in the 2005 book "Colorado, Mother of Rivers: Water Poems." He taught environmental law at the University of Denver and was a sixth-grade teacher in New York City.  He also served with the Peace Corps in South America.  Justice Hobbs earned his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law in 1971.

CJI’s Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner was October 20, 2015, at the Marriott City Center.


2019 Judicial Excellence Awards Nominations Now Open!

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

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