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Judicial Excellence Awards

2016 Judicial Award Recipients— District Chief Judge Michael (Mick) O’Hara III, County Court Presiding Judge John M. Marcucci, and Magistrate Carolyn McLean

Chief Judge Michael (Mick) O’Hara III: In August, 2002, Governor Bill Owens appointed Mick O’Hara to serve as a district court chief judge for the 14th Judicial District, covering Moffat, Routt and Grand Counties. He is also the water judge for division 6.

Born in Southern California, O’Hara received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and his undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s Seminary in Perryville, MO. After attending law school, O’Hara joined Grimes & Warwick, a small litigation firm, where he practiced for seven years. In 1991, O’Hara moved his family to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, joining Oliphant, Hammond, O’Hara & Atwell, for eleven years and ultimately serving as managing partner. His litigation practice emphasized family law, personal injury and criminal defense. In August 2002, he was appointed to serve as the district court chief judge for the 14th Judicial District by Governor Bill Owens.     

Chief Judge O’Hara continues to reside in Steamboat Springs and enjoys Nordic skiing, mountain biking and has an appreciation for the outdoors. He has also served as a little league coach, a member of the board of directors of Hospice of Steamboat, and was a volunteer attorney for the Northwest Colorado Legal Aid for several years. Currently, he volunteers with several organizations, including serving as a regional ski jumping judge. He was awarded the Northwest Colorado Bar Association Professionalism Award in 1999.

Denver County Court Presiding Judge John M. Marcucci: John Marcucci was appointed to the Denver County Court bench in 1990 by Mayor Federico Pena and in 2011 he was appointed to Presiding Judge by Mayor John Hickenlooper. Prior to his judicial appointment, he was a partner in a law firm specializing in criminal, bankruptcy, and civil law.  Over his 26 years on the bench, Judge Marcucci has been assigned to all the major divisions of the court, including felony preliminary hearings and advisements, traffic, state criminal, civil, and general session matters.  As Presiding Judge, Marcucci is responsible for coordinating activities and assignments of the other Denver County Court judges and magistrates, working with the court administrator planning for the court, and conducting preliminary hearings in homicide cases in the City and County of Denver. The Office of the Presiding Judge functions as a central information point for both internal and external customers of the court’s administrative services.

The Presiding Judge also serves as an ex-officio member of the Denver County Court Judicial Performance Commission and the Denver County Court Judicial Nomination Commission.       

Judge Marcucci received his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. His undergraduate degree is from Regis College.

Magistrate Carolyn McLean: Magistrate McLean was appointed to the Boulder District Court in June 2003. Her dockets consist of Dependency and Neglect cases, Family Integrated Treatment Court, Child Support and Truancy cases.

Prior to her appointment, Magistrate McLean was a Family Court Facilitator in Arapahoe County from February, 1999 through October, 2000. She then served as a Facilitator in Boulder until her appointment as a Magistrate.  Magistrate McLean is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Law and a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara.  

Judicial Excellence Awards Nominations Now Open!

Nominations for the CJI Judicial Excellence Awards are open!  Click here to submit a nomination.

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