November 16, 2006 - Colorado Judicial Institute Honors Excellence
What: Fourth Annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner
Where: Marriott City Center
When: November 16, 2006
Time: 6 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $95 Judges and state employees, $125 individual ticket
Beneficiary: Colorado Judicial Institute
Host(s): Gale T. Miller - Board Chair - Colorado Judicial Institute
Presenting Sponsor(s): Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP
Co-Chair(s): Patty Cordova & Gordon Butz
Executive Director: Becky Miller Updike
Committee Members: M. Gordon Butz, Patty Cordova, Elinor M. Greenberg, Sheila M. Gutterman, Hon. Robert J. Kapelke, Gale T. Miller, Dana M. Nelson, Constance C. Talmage, Ralph G. Torres
Staff: Dana Nelson
Welcome: Gale T. Miller - Board Chair, CJI
Speaker: Honorable Thomas R. Phillips
Libations: Gallo Wine
Catering: Marriott City Center
Sponsors: Platinum: Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP Gold: Arnold & Porter LLP, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Faegre & Benson LLP, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Holland & Hart LLP, Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, Patten, MacPhee & Associates, Inc., Thomson West
Quote of the evening: “Colorado values its judicial independence,” stated Becky Miller Updike, Executive Director of CJI.
Special Thanks: Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Gallo Family Vineyards, IKON Office Solutions, Thomson West
Board of Directors: visit www.coloradojudicialinstitute.org
Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Harris
Judge Thomas R. Phillips - Keynote speaker, left, with Gale T. Miller - CJI Board Chair and Laurence De Muth Jr. - CJI Board member
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Outstanding Justices receive impressive honors
The significance of the number 40 was a central theme at the Colorado Judicial Institute’s Fourth Annual Judicial Excellence for
There were 40 senior and current judges in presence, as a result of
The event was held at the
The Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) is an independent and nonpartisan citizen’s group devoted to the excellence and independence of
The evening honored three outstanding judges for the Judicial Excellence in 2006.
District Court Judge, the Honorable C. Dennis Maes of the 10th District was noted for his innovative and positive changes to the district. He created a position for a family court facilitator/case manager to shepherd cases of juvenile delinquency, dependency, neglect, and domestic relations to a timely conclusion, resulting in a delay reduction of 30%.
Magistrate, the Honorable Louis A. Gresh of the 18th Judicial District was noted for being active in the community. He was described as always being “efficient, expedious, and objective” in managing domestic cases that were ever rife with high drama and conflict.
County Court Judge, the Honorable Lynn J. Karowsky of Weld County is remarkably well respected by his peers, court personnel, members of the bar and litigants. Also committed to the community, he taught law at the
The 2006 Judicial Independence Award went to Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis. Judge Kourlis' impressive resume includes head of the new Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System based at the
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, who received a standing ovation, expressed the importantance of the educational aspects of CJI.
The Honorable Thomas R. Phillips, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and current partner of Baker Botts LLP, closed the evening with his keynote speech focusing on the importance of a good and safeguarded system of justice.
For more information on CJI visit www.coloradojudicialinstitute.org.