Sen. Michael Bennet announced the formation of a bipartisan advisory committee that will implement an open process to recommend highly qualified applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court in Colorado created by Judge Robert Blackburn taking senior status on April 12, 2016.
Given the overwhelming dockets the court currently faces and the need to provide access to timely and efficient justice, Sen. Bennet is moving forward with a bipartisan committee in advance of Judge Blackburn taking senior status. This bipartisan process reflects Sen. Bennet's interest in a nonpartisan, merit selection system that is consistent with the University of Denver’s Institute for the Advancement of the American Judicial System’s recommendations.
“We look forward to the expert advice and counsel of this advisory panel in evaluating potential nominees for this vital appointment. I am confident we will identify outstanding candidates to submit to the president for consideration,” Bennet said.
Candy Figa - Burns, Figa, and Will
Hal Haddon - Haddon, Morgan, and Freeman
Carolynne C. White - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
R. Stanton Dodge - DISH Network Corporation
April Jones - Jones Law Firm
Frances Koncilja - The Koncilja Law Firm
Cynthia Mares - Arapahoe County Public Trustee
Gordon “Skip” Netzorg - Sherman and Howard
Ken Spann - Spann Ranches
Shannon Stevenson - Davis Graham & Stubbs
Michael Theis - Hogan Lovells US LLP