28 March 2008

New Judicial Appointments

As I noted previously in a comment to another post, Governor Ritter has made new judicial appointments. He issued a press release announcing three new judicial appointments yesterday:

In his first appointment to the Court of Appeals, Gov. Ritter has named Nancy Jean Lichtenstein of Denver to replace retiring Judge Jose D.L. Marquez. Lichtenstein has served since 2001 as an appellate division attorney for the Colorado State Public Defenders Office. Prior to that, she was in private practice.

She is an author and an adjunct professor in the University of Colorado School of Law’s Appellate Advisory Clinic. She earned her B.A. degree from Northwestern University in 1984 and her law degree from the University of Denver School of Law in 1988.

Also today, Gov. Ritter named Thomas Bradford Flesher and Larry C. Schwartz, both of Pueblo, to the District Court bench in the 10th Judicial District. Flesher is replacing the retiring Judge David A. Cole, and Schwartz is filling a new judgeship created by House Bill 07-1054.

Flesher is currently a solo practitioner in private practice. From 1988 to 2007, he served as a deputy state public defender. He received his B.A. degree in political science from Oregon State University in 1982 and his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1985.

Schwartz has been a partner at Drummond, Dougherty & Schwartz P.C. since 1985. He received his B.S. from the University of Southern Colorado in 1979 and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1982. Schwartz will take the bench on July 1, 2008, when funding for the new position takes effect.

Congratulations to all three.

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