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CJI Welcomes New Board Members

May 17, 2022 At its Annual General Meeting held May 17, CJI welcomed the 12 new members elected to its Board of Directors. The incoming members, who took office immediately, are a diverse mix of legal professionals, business leaders, and a university professor who reflect CJI's diversity as a community organization. They are:

Nick DeWeese
Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

Kelley Duke
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC

Lori Halverson
The Halverson Group & Vistage

Hon. Sueanna Johnson
Colorado Court of Appeals

Thor Nelson
Holland & Hart

Alexander Sediva
Employers Council

Michael Siebecker
Sturm College of Law, University of Denver

Eliza Steinberg
Griffiths Law, PC

Azra Taslimi
Rathod | Mohamedbhai

Ryan Urbach
American Pacific Mortgage

Valorie Waldon
Employers Council

Thomas Werge
Werge Law Group


Meet CJI Executive Director Jeff Rupp

April 11, 2022 CJI is thrilled to welcome our new Executive Director, Jeff Rupp.  Jeff joined CJI on April 11. He 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 an 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.


Colorado Judicial Institute Board of Directors

Board Officers and Board Members of the Colorado Judicial Institute are all volunteers.  The board plays an active role in determining the direction, priorities, and projects for the organization.  Board members who chair various committees, along with CJI staff, are responsible for seeing projects through to fruition. 

Board Members are recruited through the efforts of the nominating committee.  New board members are sought throughout the community, both legal and non-legal.  Requirements for new board members are a dedication to judicial independence and the desire to work for the best possible judicial system for the citizens of Colorado.  Board members are required to be members in good standing of the organization and to participate on at least one active committee.  The CJI bylaws mandate that at least 50% of board members not be in the full-time practice of law.  The nominating committee recommends nominees to the membership and there is a vote to fill board positions at the annual meeting.  The annual meeting is traditionally held in May.

Board Officers are elected each year at the annual meeting by existing board members.  Current  board officer positions include the board chair, board chair-elect, secretary, treasurer and past chair.  The board officers, also known as the executive committee, are charged with the oversight of the organization's activities, staff and daily operations.

For more information about the CJI board, please contact us via email or at 303-766-7501.

2022-2023 CJI Board of Directors

Michael Dabbs
Gill Foundation

Nicholas M. DeWeese
Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

Faye Diamond
RBI Strategies & Research

Celia Dietrich
Dietrich Partners

Kelley B. Duke
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC

Selena L. Dunham
Classique, LLC

Nickolas D. Fogel
Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.

Keo Frazier - Secretary
KEOS Marketing LLC/New Thinkers/KEOS Marketing Consultancy
Denver Housing Authority

Jeffrey B. George - Treasurer
Baker Tilly US, LLP

Jonathan Goldberg - Chair Elect
LIV Sotheby's International Realty

Lori Halverson
Vistage Chair | The Halverson Group

Hon. Robert D. Hawthorne
Colorado Court of Appeals

Eric L. Hilty
Tuff Shed, Inc.

Hon. Gary M. Jackson
Denver County Court - Retired

Hon. Sueanna P. Johnson
Colorado Court of Appeals

Hon. Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov
Colorado Court of Appeals

Bob Manzi
Clarity Media Group, Inc.

Hon. Cynthia D. Mares
18th Judicial District

Thorvald Nelson
Holland & Hart LLP

Britton Nohe-Braun
One Earth Future Foundation

Chris Oltyan

Patrick T. O'Rourke
University of Colorado

Christopher R. Reeves
Waltz | Reeves

Kathryn A. Reilly
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP

Donald L. Samuels - Chair
Polsinelli PC

V. William Scarpato
U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado

Alexander Sediva
Employers Council

Michael R. Siebecker
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Eliza R. Steinberg
Griffiths Law PC

Shannon W. Stevenson
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Azra Taslimi
Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC

Ryan Urbach
American Pacific Mortgage Corp.

Valorie Waldon
Employers Council

Hon. Elizabeth A. Weishaupl
18th Judicial District

Thomas Werge
Werge Law Group

Gwyneth Whalen
Caplan and Earnest LLC

Heidi Williams
Colorado Attorney General's Office

Emeritus Directors

Stephen J. Burg
Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.

E. Michael Canges
Senn Visciano Canges P.C.

Hon. Russell E. Carparelli
Conflict Resolution Services, Inc.
Colorado Court of Appeals - Retired

Marilyn S. Chappell
Sweetbaum Sands Ramming PC

Mark T. Clouatre
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Laurence W. DeMuth Jr.
US West – Retired

George D. Dikeou
COPIC Companies - Retired

Robert Ewegen
The Ewegen Law Firm, PLLC
Denver Post - Retired

Mark A. Fogg
Childs McCune LLC

Hon. Richard L. Gabriel
Colorado Supreme Court

Michael J. Gallagher
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

K.C. Groves
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC

John B. Grow, Inc.

Sheila M. Gutterman
Griffiths Law, PC

David A. Hall
Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, LLC

Hon. Melissa Hart
Colorado Supreme Court

Hon. Robert J. Kapelke
Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.
Colorado Court of Appeals – Retired

Hon. Lynn J. Karowsky
Weld County Court - Retired

Peter G. Koclanes
Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

Gary Lozow
Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP

Hon. Gale T. Miller
Colorado Court of Appeals - Retired

Robert N. Miller
Perkins Coie LLP - Retired

James E. Nelson
The Law Office of James E. Nelson

Michael L. O’Donnell
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP

Mark W. Pedigo
Baker Tilly US, LLP

Barbara B. Randell
Future Image Group, Inc.

John E. Sosville
Platform Brokerage

Ralph G. Torres
The Law Office of Ralph G. Torres

Yvonne E. Zuber
Zuber & Domaille LLC

CJI Staff

Jeff Rupp
Executive Director

Cynthia Ophaug-Johansen
Director of Marketing and Administration

Laura Rothenberg
Executive Assistant

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