Colorado Supreme Court Education: Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.; 

University of Denver. State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 10-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Justice Boatright was sworn in as a Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court in November 2011. He spent nine years as a Deputy District Attorney in Jefferson and Gilpin counties and served 12 years as a District Court Judge in the First Judicial District. Boatright has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Juvenile Services Planning Committee, Children Youth Leadership Commission, Plain English Jury Instruction Committee, Judicial Training Committee, and Court Improvement Committee, and he has taken a special interest in community outreach. Of surveyed attorneys, 66 percent recommended he be retained while 97% percent of judges recommended retention. Boatright brings a strong work ethic as well as a practical perspective to decision-making. He makes a positive and valued contribution toward improving the collegiality and collaborative spirit of the Court.

Colorado Supreme Court Education: Stanford University; Yale Law School. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 10-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Justice Márquez was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 2010. She was in private law practice until 2002, then worked in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where she served as Assistant Solicitor General and Assistant Attorney General in the Public Officials Unit and Criminal Appellate Section and Deputy Attorney General in charge of the State Services Section. Márquez also served on the boards of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Colorado GLBT Bar Association and the Latina Initiative. Of surveyed attorneys, 83 percent recommended she be retained while 93 percent of judges recommended retention. Márquez is well prepared and articulate in oral argument, and courteous and respectful to attorneys appearing before the Court. Overall, Márquez is an asset to the Colorado Supreme Court, and commends her continuous activity in the community.

Court of Appeals Education: Stanford University; University of Michigan. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 10-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Loeb was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2003 and has served as Chief Judge of the Court since October 1, 2013. As Chief Judge, his administrative duties include court policies, budget issues, facilities, division assignments, judge workloads, and staff supervision. He also serves on numerous committees of the Colorado Supreme Court. Before his appointment to the Court, Loeb was in private practice, concentrating on complex civil litigation and appeals. He has participated in many public outreach activities, including the Courts in the Community Program and the Denver and Colorado Attorney Mentoring Programs. Of surveyed attorneys, 85 percent recommended he be retained while 95% percent of judges recommended retention. Numerous attorneys said Loeb is thoughtful, fair, and well-prepared for oral argument. The Commission believes Loeb is an exemplary judge.

Court of Appeals Education: Colorado School of Mines; South Texas College of Law in Houston. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 10-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Fox was sworn in as a Judge on the Court of Appeals in January, 2011. She has been in private practice, worked in the Office of the Colorado Attorney General, and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Colorado, where she was on the U.S. Attorney’s Advisory Council and the Diversity Committee. Fox now serves as a District Director for the National Association of Women Judges and works with the Colorado Supreme Court’s Board of Law Examiners. Of surveyed attorneys, 68 percent recommended she be retained while 88 percent of judges recommended retention. The Commission found that while some of Fox’s opinions lacked in-depth analysis, others were thoughtful and well-reasoned. Survey responses from trial and appellate judges commend her involvement in community activities and her work ethic.

Fourth Judicial District District Judge Education: Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt.; Cornell University. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 7-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Bain was appointed to the District Court bench on January 1, 2011. Before taking the bench as a District Judge, Bain worked as a Deputy District Attorney in the Fourth Judicial District and then as an Assistant Colorado Springs City Attorney. Bain has been on the Board of Court Care, which provides free day care in the El Paso County Courthouse. Bain’s evaluation scores as graded by both attorneys and non-attorneys are above average for all district judges up for retention. Of surveyed attorneys, 89 percent recommended he be retained while 92 percent of non-attorneys recommended retention. He received particularly high marks in case management, communications and judicial demeanor. Although Bain’s evaluation scores for neutrality in criminal cases were above-average, there was some concern expressed regarding a perceived prosecution bias.

Fourth Judicial District District Judge Education: University of Colorado; California Western School. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 7-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Colt was appointed to the District Court in the Fourth Judicial District in August 1999. He currently presides and is chambered in Teller County. Prior to his appointment, Colt was a part-time judge for the City of Colorado Springs and in private practice. He has been active in many community service activities, and since his appointment he has shown commitment to the community services by volunteering as a judge for Moot Court and Teen Court. Of surveyed attorneys, 84 percent recommended he be retained while 90 percent of judges recommended retention. Among the attorneys who completed the surveys, Colt was rated above average overall. His application and knowledge of the law and his communication skills were rated above average, while his overall case management skills were rated below average.

Fourth Judicial District District Judge Education: Colorado College; University of Colorado School of Law. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 8-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge DuBois joined the District Attorney’s Office in 1987 where she worked as a Deputy D.A., Senior Deputy, and Chief Deputy for the Child Support Enforcement Unit. In 1996 she was appointed as Magistrate. She was appointed as a District Court Judge in 2005, where she presides over both civil and domestic relations and previously presided over a criminal docket. DuBois engages in extensive community service, including Co-Chair of the Parenting through Divorce Committee and Chair of the Lohman Award—Excellence on Behalf of Children Selection Committee. Surveyed attorneys were in favor of DuBois’ retention, with 90 percent recommending retention, while 75 percent of non-attorneys did so. The Commission noted her strengths of professionalism, fairness and respect to all parties, compassion, enthusiasm and love of learning despite 18 years on the bench.

Fourth Judicial District District Judge Education: Indiana University of Pennsylvania; University of Colorado School of Law. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 9-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Hughes was appointed to the District Court in May 2010. Prior to her appointment, Judge Hughes was a Magistrate handling the probate docket, where she received high marks from attorneys. Hughes has been active in many community service activities, including Judicially Speaking and Teen Court. She received higher-than-average marks in the attorney survey in regards to overall demeanor and respect. Of surveyed attorneys, 77 percent recommended she be retained while 72 percent of non-attorneys recommended retention. The Commission feels she needs to be more interactive with the bar and allow for more oral arguments. Hughes received below-average marks in a variety of areas in non-attorney surveys, most notably compassion, communication, and fairness. Despite these scores, the Commission believes Judge Hughes has an enormous capacity to work hard and learn from the results.

Fourth Judicial District District Judge Education: University of Colorado; University of Colorado School of Law. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 8-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Kane was appointed to the District Court bench in September 1994. Prior to his appointment, Kane was a partner in a Colorado Springs law firm that focused on insurance defense litigation. He has been active in many community service activities, and since his appointment he has demonstrated his commitment to community service, participating on legal education panels for lawyers and high school students and hosting leadership groups. Among surveyed attorneys, 90 percent recommended Kane be retained while 94 percent of non-attorneys recommended he be retained. Kane consistently had above average scores in all areas, including demeanor, communication skills, and diligence. Kane has presided over civil cases and criminal cases since 2008. He received an overall combined average rating, which exceeded the average combined rating of all district judges standing for retention.

Fourth Judicial District District Judge Education: University of Colorado; University of Colorado School of Law. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 6-1 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Kennedy was appointed to the District Court in May 1999. Prior to his appointment, Kennedy was an attorney in private practice primarily in the areas of criminal and civil litigation. From 1983 to 1984, Kennedy was a deputy district attorney in the Fourth Judicial District. He is an active member of the Board of the El Paso County Bar Foundation and has presided over domestic, civil and criminal matters as a District Court judge. Of surveyed attorneys, 79 percent recommended he be retained while 96 percent of non-attorneys recommended retention. He also presides over juvenile court and served for 3½ years as the District Court judge in Teller County. While he is considered “strict” in his courtroom, he receives above average scores in the management of his cases and his courtroom docket.

Fourth Judicial District District Judge Education: University of Colorado; University of Colorado School of Law. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 8-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge McHenry was appointed to the District Court bench in May 2011. Prior to his appointment, McHenry was a Senior Attorney at the Public Defender’s Office. McHenry has been very active in community service, including Interfaith Hospitality Network, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and is a member of the High-Conflict Parenting Resource Group. McHenry received higher-than-average marks in every category of the attorney survey, with exceptional marks in overall demeanor and giving proceedings and participants the dignity and respect. Of surveyed attorneys, 85 percent recommended he be retained while 78 percent of non-attorneys did so. McHenry received below-average marks in every area in the non-attorney survey, most notably in making sure participants understand proceedings and neutrality towards parties in civil proceedings. Despite these scores, the Commission believes McHenry will continue to improve as a judge.

Fourth Judicial District District Judge Education: Utah State University; University of Utah; University of Utah School of Law. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 8-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Prince served on the University Law School Law Review and received Order of the Coif Honors. Prince was appointed to the bench April 1, 2006. He co-founded founded Judicially Speaking, which teaches the role of the courts to Colorado Springs high school students. Prince is currently the Deputy Chief Judge for the Fourth Judicial District. He was recommended for retention by 81 percent of attorneys and 92 percent of non-attorneys surveyed. Prince was rated well above average for all district court judges during this rating period by attorneys and non-attorneys alike. He was also rated well above average in the criteria of case management, application and knowledge of the law, communications, demeanor and diligence. Of equal importance he was also seen as a neutral judge with regard to bias and sentencing.

Fourth Judicial District District Judge Education: University of Colorado; University of Colorado School of Law. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 8-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Werner was appointed to the District Court in August 2006. Prior to his appointment, Werner was in private practice, primarily in the area of civil litigation, emphasizing insurance defense issues. He is active in the community with state high school mock trial competitions and with Judicially Speaking, a program to inform students about the legal process. Of all attorneys surveyed, 76 percent recommended retaining Werner, while 87 percent of non-attorneys recommended retention. Werner has presided over civil and criminal cases during his term of office. He is consistently rated above average by non-attorneys in all areas of his job performance, while attorneys rate him somewhat below the state average. Attorneys expressed a view that Werner is a stern judge, but also rated him as above the statewide average in neutrality.

El Paso County Judge Education: University of Northern Colorado; University of Santa Clara School of Law. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 5-3 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Acker was appointed to the bench in March 2003. Prior to becoming a judge, he worked as an associate attorney for the law firm of Hecox, Tolley, Keene and Beltz P.C. He also was in private practice where he focused on real estate and juvenile law. Of note, Acker was a founding member of the Personal Recognizance Bond Committee for the 4th Judicial District. Acker was recommended for retention by 64 percent of the attorneys surveyed and 80 percent of non-attorneys. He rated below average for all judges during the 4-year rating period. He was also rated below average in case management, application and knowledge of the law, communications, demeanor and diligence. He was also seen as a judge with a bias for the prosecution.

El Paso County Judge Education: St. Cloud State in Minnesota; University of Minnesota; 

William Mitchell College State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 8-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Martin was appointed in 1990 as Magistrate for Division X and in 1996 he was appointed to the County Bench. In addition to his regular County Court judge duties, he has twice served as the Presiding County Court Judge for El Paso County. Martin has presided over civil, traffic, and misdemeanor cases. Martin’s community involvement includes coaching the Coronado High School Mock Trial team for nine years. Martin was recommended for retention by 87 percent of the attorneys surveyed and 92 percent of non-attorneys. Martin was mentioned by both groups as being strongly neutral, favoring neither the defense nor the prosecution. His strengths were respect for all parties, diligent efforts to effectively communicate his rulings, affable demeanor, and knowledge of the law. Martin identified effective oral communications as an area for growth.

El Paso County Judge Education: University of Arizona; University of Colorado School of Law. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 8-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Miles was appointed to the El Paso County Court on September 13, 2010. He previously served as a prosecutor for 23 years with the Fourth Judicial District Attorneys’ Office. Judge Miles was the Chief Deputy District Attorney for more than 15 years and managed the County Court Division, the Special Victims’ Unit, Economic Crime Unit and Juvenile Division. Miles was recommended for retention by 83 percent of the attorneys surveyed and 94 percent of non-attorneys. On the survey, the judge’s overall average grade by attorneys was above average for all county court judges standing for retention and his scores were above average in all five areas surveyed, although 41 percent of attorneys stated that he was very biased or somewhat biased in favor of the prosecution.

El Paso County Judge Education: Miami (Ohio) University; University of Denver. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 8-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Rotolo was appointed to the County Court bench in 2008. She served as a Deputy County Attorney in El Paso County between 1994 and 1998. From 1998 to 2001 she was in private practice until she was appointed a Magistrate for the Forth Judicial District. Rotolo sits on the Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, the State Personnel Rules Committee and the Disciplinary Review Board. She participates in the Judicially Speaking, Our Courts and Teen Court programs. Of surveyed attorneys, 70 percent recommended she be retained while 85 percent of non-attorneys did so. Rotolo had personal and family issues during this retention process, but she feels she has weathered these with dignity and represented the judiciary well. Attorneys and non-attorneys commented on her pleasant, caring, kind and compassionate demeanor.

El Paso County Judge Education: Colorado College; University of Colorado School of Law. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 9-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Sletta, who was raised in Colorado Springs, was appointed to the El Paso County Court in 1991 and hears mostly misdemeanor criminal, civil, and traffic cases. He served as the Presiding County Court Judge from 1993 to 1998. He was in private practice for fifteen years before his appointment to the bench. Of surveyed attorneys, 77 percent recommended he be retained while 87 percent of non-attorneys did so. Sletta’s strengths and high marks came in the areas of promptly issuing a decision on the case after trial, remaining completely neutral, treating participants with respect and speaking clearly so everyone in the courtroom can hear what’s being said. The commission feels he is a good mentor for incoming judges and his colleagues should utilize his experience.

El Paso County Judge Education: University of Michigan; Wayne State University School of Law School. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 7-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Walker was appointed to the El Paso County Court in May 2007. Prior to his appointment, Walker was a public defender. He has been very active in many community service activities including, United Way, The Urban League, Teen Court, The Arc, Mock Trial, Tessa, and Cheyenne Village. Walker handles all matters within the jurisdiction of County Court, and he volunteers to handle District Court matters. Of surveyed attorneys, 80 percent recommended he be retained while 89 percent of non-attorneys dida so. Walker received very high marks in the attorney survey in the areas of demeanor, giving the parties respect and the dignity of the proceedings. The Commission feels he needs to be more measured in trial. Walker received very high marks in the non-attorney survey in the areas of compassion, communication, and overall fairness.

El Paso County Judge Education: Colorado College; University of Tulsa College of Law. 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 8-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Walter was appointed to the El Paso County Court in August 2008. Prior to her appointment, she was a Juvenile Magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District for 21 years, and previous to that was a deputy public defender for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. She has organized Educating Children of Color summits, which provide scholarships and educates parents, teachers, students and juvenile justice professionals. Walter has received community service awards from the El Paso County Bar Association and the NAACP. Of surveyed attorneys, 63 percent recommended she be retained while 86 percent of non-attorneys did so. On the survey, the judge’s overall average grade by attorneys was below the average of all county judges standing for retention, and her scores were lower than average in all five areas surveyed.

Teller County Judge Education: Colorado College: University of Denver Sturm College of Law 

State Judicial Performance Evaluation Recommendation: 6-0 to retain.

Summary of the Colorado on Judicial Performance Evaluation: Judge Billings-Vela was appointed to the Teller County Court in October, 2011. Prior to her appointment, she served as 4th Judicial District Court Magistrate and twice worked in the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. She also worked in private practice for five years. She voluntarily presides over the DUI problem-solving court which has a higher success rate for probation completion rate than for those who aren’t using the problem-solving court. Of surveyed attorneys, 89 percent recommended she be retained while 88 percent of non-attorneys did so. On the survey, the judge’s overall average grade by attorneys was below the average of all county judges standing for retention, and her scores were higher than average for county judges. Both attorneys and non-attorneys describe her as calm, patient, fair and knowledgeable of the law.