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Upcoming CJI Event on August 23, 2022:
From Kabul to Colorado: Why the Rule of Law Matters

Join us Tuesday, August 23, 2022, for a "fireside chat" discussion with Hon. Nadera Akbari, an Afghan judge who fled Afghanistan with her family in Summer 2021 in the wake of Taliban takeover. Hon. Colleen Clark of the Arapahoe County Court will interview Judge Akbari. So if you missed this same event with the Colorado Women's Bar Association in June, this is your second chance! Click here for further information.


Congratulations 2022 Judicial Excellence Awards Honorees!

Please join the Colorado Judicial Institute in congratulating:

District Court Chief Judge Michelle Amico, 18th Judicial District
County Court Judge David Archuleta, 20th Judicial District
Magistrate Kevin Kennedy, 21st Judicial District
Magistrate William McNulty, 21st Judicial District

We invite you to join us in celebrating our honorees—and our entire Colorado judiciary—at the 20th Annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner on November 1st.  Click here to learn more about the dinner and dinner sponsorships now on sale!

Learn More About Our Courts Colorado


July 18, 2022 — Read Justice Richard Gabriel's latest article about the Our Courts Colorado program, "A Model for Adult Civics Education," published in the Spring 2022 issue of Judicature (volume 106, number 1). Justice Gabriel recounts the genesis of the program, its educational offerings, and its impact. (See the article posted on this page's right sidebar.)

To read other articles about civics education published in this same issue of Judicature, click here.


CJI Information Table at City Park Jazz on July 10

July 11, 2022 — CJI's Young Professionals Committee led the way Sunday, July 10, providing information about CJI to the general public attending City Park Jazz, a popular series presenting free summer concerts on Sundays at the City Park Pavilion in Denver. CJI volunteers staffed an information table and helped with the City Park Jazz "Bucket Brigade."


CJI Holds Successful Annual Member Breakfast

June 7, 2022 — The Colorado Judicial Institute and Polsinelli PC hosted over 70 members and prospective members at CJI's June 7th annual Member Breakfast. Dr. Joshua Wilson, Chair of the University of Denver Political Science Department, addressed today's headlines, speaking on "From Russia to Colorado: Why an Independent Judiciary Is Important to the Survival of Democracy." Dr. Wilson discussed how recent events illustrate that citizens are most likely to respect the rule of law when they believe it's legitimate, such as Colorado's merit selection of judges. Did you miss it? You can still join our community by becoming a member.


CJI Responds to Proposed Judicial Discipline Legislation

May 26, 2022 — CJI recently participated in the legislative process for a new law that affects the system for disciplining Colorado's state court judges. The new law was signed by Governor Jared Polis on May 20, and CJI will have opportunity for additional input with the law's implementation. Read more...

Updated April 28, 2022 — The Senate passed an amended version of SB22-201, and the bill has now moved to the House for consideration. CJI has submitted a second statement, this time to the House Judiciary Committee. CJI will continue to monitor the bill's progress.

April 13, 2022 — The CJI Board discussed proposed legislation on a new judicial discipline commission at their March meeting. CJI board members Marilyn Chappell, Peter Koclanes, Barbara Randell, Shannon Stevenson, and Heidi Williams volunteered to review Senate Bill 22-201. As a result of that review, Marilyn Chappell led the team in writing a statement, approved by the CJI Executive Committee, for submission to the Senate Judiciary Committee in advance of the Thursday, April 14th, hearing on the judicial discipline commission bill. Marilyn Chappell testified at the committee hearing based on CJI’s statement. CJI will be watching to see if the bill moves forward.


Welcome CJI's New Executive Director, Jeff Rupp!


April 11, 2022 — Jeff Rupp has joined CJI as its new Executive Director, effective April 11, 2022. Jeff has worked in nonprofit leadership and management his entire career, most recently at the Association of Fundraising Professionals international headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. He earned his BA in history and political science at St. Olaf College and MA in American Studies at the University of Maryland. He lives in Denver and enjoys skiing, coaching youth rugby, reading, and playing guitar. Jeff has an adult daughter who lives in New York City.




CJI Works for Diversity on the Colorado Bench

In October 2019, CJI and the Colorado Bar Association launched a collaborative initiative, the CBA/CJI Diversity on the Bench Coalition.  The CBA/CJI Coalition leads a community-wide effort to ensure Colorado’s state court bench reflects the diversity of Colorado’s population.

Developed out of a long-standing need, CJI Board Member Judge Gary Jackson, Denver County Court, and Patricia M. Jarzobski, former CBA president and Colorado Women’s Bar Association president, have drawn on their leadership experience to gather a robust team of legal leaders to address this issue creatively.

Click here to learn more about CJI's diversity initiatives.


Interested in Becoming More Involved With the Colorado Judicial Institute?

Contact Jeff Rupp, CJI's Executive Director, at to learn more.

A Model for Adult Civics Education

Article by Justice Richard Gabriel published in the Spring 2022 issue of Judicature.

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Why Should You Vote in Colorado Judicial Retention Elections?

Are you one of those voters who skips the judges on your ballot?  Or just votes for the names you like?  You're not alone...but you can do better for Colorado!  Click here for more information on why and how to support our judicial system by voting.