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CJI and the CBA Join Forces
to Improve Judicial Diversity

By Hon. Gary Jackson, CJI Board Member
       The CBA/CJI Diversity on the Bench Coalition was formally approved in October 2019 because Colorado was facing an embarrassing moment in the state’s judicial history with zero African-American District Court judges in the state after the resignation of Hon. Bill Robbins in Denver District Court.  The ultimate goal of this project is to have the state court bench in Colorado reflect the diversity of the population in Colorado.  The Coalition will help lead a community-wide effort to comprehensively address a lack of diversity among Colorado state court judges, especially among African American and Hispanic American judges.

    The Coordinating Committee of the CBA/CJI are led by Co-Chairs, Patricia Jarzobski and Judge Gary Jackson. The other committee members are:  Hon. Kathleen Croshal, Petr Koclanes, Joshua Anderson, John Baker, Jessica Brown, Miko Brown, Dean James Anaya, Christine Hernandez, Liz Krupa, Amy Larson, Ryann Peyton, Dave Powell, John Rodman, Hon. Jonathan Shamis, Hon. Karen Judge, Phyllis Wan and Sumi Lee.  

    Our current work focuses on designing an action plan around five priority areas in five designated counties:  Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, El Paso and Pueblo.  These are the five counties in which there is the highest African American and Hispanic American population.
1)     Candidates:
a.    Notice
b.    Pipeline
c.    Development (coaching and mentoring)
2)    Nominating Commissions:
a.    Composition
b.    Training and procedures
c.    Mandates
d.    Tracking
3)    Deciding Officials
4)    Accountability & Tracking
5)    Messaging and Promoting

    The Coalition is doing deep dives into these five priority areas to create a roadmap to follow moving forward.  The Coordinating Committee met on December 16, January 27, March 9 and May 4th.  We have identified approximately 20 Coalition Partners from specialty bars, trial association and other entities that are interested in judicial equity and inclusion. The Coalition Partners will identify a delegate who will serve as a conduit of communication between the coalition and the interested organization and potentially be active in one or more of our working groups.
 
    If you have any questions, please send to Gary.Jackson@denvercountycourt.org or Emy Lopez, who is the CBA staff liaison for the CBA/CJI Judicial Diversity Coalition. (elopez@cobar.org and 303-704-8151).  I am grateful that CJI responded to my call to action and your participation and commitment to increasing judicial diversity in Colorado.


Meet CJI Board Member Peter Karpinski

By Joshua Anderson, CJI Executive Director
    Peter Karpinski, thought leader and innovator, has spent the last two decades in the modern hospitality industry.  As a co-founder of ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants, Peter develops, owns and manages these branded investments across the country. He also serves as a partner with Denver-based Sage Hospitality Group. Keeping community at the core, he builds dynamic teams and gives back to the community living the vision of Enriching Lives One Experience at a Time.

    He committed to the hospitality industry while studying hospitality administration at Cornell University.  Thereafter, he climbed the ladder in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas with companies as far reaching as the Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts, Caesars Entertainment and relocated to Philadelphia to lead corporate operations with a multi-concept restaurant group, Starr Restaurant Organization.  In 2005, he expanded his expertise, co-founding Sage Restaurant Group, which evolved into leading led the overall brand development and lifestyle-focused ownership arm of the entire operation.  “We build for the people who live and work in these cities, bringing opportunity and innovation to the neighborhoods we’re in,” he says. 

    In 2011, Karpinski recognized another opportunity and created a new innovative hospitality platform, developing a team and co-founding ARRIVE Hotels and Restaurants. Starting in Palm Springs, CA their current footprint spans over five different states. 

    More recently, Peter has stepped away from day-to-day operations in 2019 to complete his Master of Public Administration at Syracuse University.  Throughout his career, he has gained numerous awards and national recognition for his groundbreaking work, including but not limited to: Food & Wine’s “40 Big Thinkers, 40 and Under”, 5280 magazine’s “Rising Stars” as well as “The Most Powerful People in Denver”, and the Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Top Business Professionals”.  He has also been featured in media outlets Forbes, Market Watch, CNN Money and has appeared as a host on Food Network’s “Chef Wanted”.

    As a civic leader in Denver, Peter has played an integral role in his community by dedicating his time to several organizations including Denver Active 20-30, Children’s Foundation (chair), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, MSUD Foundation, Denver Kids Inc., Daniels Fund, plus CJI.  Additionally, through his work in Colorado, he was instrumental in assisting the Governor’s office getting Bravo’s Top Chef filmed here, spearheaded joint efforts for the creation of Sage Hospitality and Metro State University of Denver’s Hospitality Center, coordinated master redevelopment efforts behind Denver’s Union Station, and was instrumental in the creation of the Dairy Block.


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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