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CJI Announces 2018 Judicial Excellence Awards Honorees

District Court Judge Morris B. Hoffman, County Court Judge Thomas E. Vance, and Magistrate Lisa M. Gomez are the honorees for the Colorado Judicial Institute’s 2018 Judicial Excellence Awards.  The annual awards honor innovation and effectiveness in Colorado’s state courts.  

The CJI Awards Committee Chair Justice Michael Bender (retired) thanks the many nominators who took the time to submit a nominee.  “CJI wouldn’t hear about the dedicated, talented judges across our state without their participation in the awards process,” said Bender.  

A graduate of the University of Colorado, District Court Judge Morris B. Hoffman, has served in the 2nd judicial district since 1990.  County Court Judge Thomas E. Vance graduated from the University of Denver and served as a Jefferson County magistrate for ten years before becoming a Jefferson County judge in 2004.  Magistrate Lisa M. Gomez was a guardian ad litem in the Denver courts before taking the bench in the Denver Juvenile Court three years ago.

In addition to the Judicial Excellence Awards, CJI will recognize outgoing judicial officers Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice and Colorado Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alan M. Loeb with Judicial Leadership Awards. All five of this year’s honorees will be recognized at the Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner on October 18, 2018, at the Hilton Denver City Center Hotel, 1701 California Street.  Information on sponsoring a table at the event is on the CJI website at Individual seats for this event can be purchased at

CJI welcomes the submission of guest articles directly related to our mission and activities.  Upon careful review by CJI officers and staff, submissions may be published in the newsletter.  Questions about submitting articles for the CJI newsletter should be directed to the CJI office via email or phone at 303-766-7501.

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