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Please Join us in Celebrating Colorado’s Judiciary!

On Wednesday, October 7, CJI along with law firms, companies, and  organizations from across our state will join in celebrating Colorado's judiciary virtually! The Colorado Judicial Institute's 18th Annual Judicial Excellence Awards will recognize five judicial officers for their outstanding service on the bench and raise critical money for CJI's Judicial Education Fund. This event is free thanks to our generous sponsors.

Please join us to honor Colorado’s judiciary on
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

5:00 p.m.

Via Zoom at

Or link to the event
from our homepage at

Attendance is free thanks to our generous sponsors. 
 Pre-registration is not required.

Contact Cynthia at 303-766-7501 or with questions.


This event honors the excellence that is found every day
in our state’s judiciary. This year, CJI congratulates:
District Court Judge Larry Schwartz,
10th Judicial District

County Court Presiding Judge Theresa Spahn,
Denver County

Magistrate Jami Vigil,
4th Judicial District

Chief Justice Nathan Coats,
Colorado Supreme Court

Judge Robert Hawthorne (retired),
Colorado Court of Appeals

CJI will also recognize the extraordinary efforts of Colorado’s court system during the COVID crisis with a special award to the Chief Judges Council which has been leading the response.


Supporting CJI
We have had many past attendees who have purchased tickets or groups of tickets in previous years ask how they can support CJI financially this year. Again, attendance at the virtual Judicial Excellence Awards is free. We are excited to have as many guests as possible join us to celebrate our judiciary and our court system's efforts during the pandemic. However, contributions may be made and will be happily accepted on our contribution web page at

Thank You to our Sponsors!
The Judicial Excellence Awards always exist due to the generous support of our sponsors.  However, this year as CJI faces the pandemic's painful economy, we are particularly grateful to our sponsors, both old and new.  This year they are...

DISH Network L.L.C.
Nelson Mullins Riley
& Scarborough LLP
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP

American Arbitration Association
Broxterman Alicks McFarlane PC
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
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
Dentons US LLP
Dowd Bennett LLP
Faegre Drinker Biddle
& Reath LLP
Ireland Stapleton Pryor
& Pascoe, PC
MDC Richmond American
Homes Foundation
Polsinelli PC
Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

Arapahoe County Bar Association
& Douglas-Elbert County Bar Association
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
Employers Council
Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.
Martinez Law Group, P.C.
Moye White LLP

Alvarez & Marsal Disputes
and Investigations, LLC
ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants
Childs McCune LLC
COPIC Companies
Gebhardt Emerson
Moodie Bonanno, LLC
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
Griffiths Law PC
Johnson Kush, P.C.
KEOS Marketing LLC/
New Thinkers/
KEOS Marketing Consultancy
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Messner Reeves LLP
Wells Family Law | PC
Wheeler Law, P.C.
White and Steele, P.C.

Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.
Hamre, Rodriguez, Ostrander
& Dingess, P.C.
I.P. Resolution Co., LLC /
Whitehair ADR
Lass Moses Ramp & Cooper LLC
LIV Sotheby's International Realty
Merrill Lynch
Miller & Steiert, P.C.
Britton Nohe-Braun
Nussbaum Speir Gleason PLLC
Richard J. Wedgle
and the Spahn Supporters