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Promoting Judicial Excellence in Colorado Since 1979

Upcoming CJI Event on September 27, 2022:
Straight Talk With the Justices CLE

CJI's popular Straight Talk With the Justices CLE is a chance for Colorado attorneys to discuss today’s issues with Colorado justices. Every track is taught by a justice, and small class sizes encourage discussion and detailed questions. 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 Gala Dinner on November 1st.  Click here to learn more about the event and 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 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.




Interested in Becoming More Involved With the Colorado Judicial Institute?

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



Thanks to Our Generous Year-Round Corporate Members!

These companies generously provide year-round support to CJI and its programs. We sincerely thank them!

Patron's Circle Corporate Members & Sponsors

  • Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
  • Polsinelli PC

Supporter's Circle Corporate Members & Sponsors

  • BAM Family Law
  • Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC
  • Fortis Law Partners LLC
  • GEM Family Law
  • Holland & Hart LLP
  • Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC
  • Messner Reeves LLP
  • Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, PC

Contributor's Circle Corporate Members & Sponsors

  • Baker Tilly US, LLP
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Employers Council
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Griffiths Law PC
  • Parker Lipman LLP
  • Perkins Coie LLP


Click here to learn how your organization can become a CJI corporate member and sponsor.

*List last updated September 26, 2022.


A Model for Adult Civics Education

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

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