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Week Of Special Interest 09/30/20
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By La Voz Staff

Colorado Supreme Court Chief retires

The Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission will meet via videoconference on Nov. 5 and 6 to review applications and to interview candidates and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the Colorado Supreme Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats, effective Jan. 22, 2021.

To be eligible for appointment to fill the vacancy, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the State of Colorado and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The current annual salary for this position is $188,151. The initial term of office of a Supreme Court justice is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent justice, if retained by the voters, has a term of 10 years.

Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats, or from Supreme Court Clerk Cheryl Stevens, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203. Applications also are available on the court’s home page at:

The completed application must be e-mailed to the address listed in the instructions below no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 19, 2020. Late applications will not be considered. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate to fill the vacancy may do so by letter to be submitted to any member of the nominating commission, with a copy to the ex officio chair, no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 12, 2020.

The members of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission are: Katina Banks, Daniel Ramos, and Regina Rodriguez, all of Denver; Shannon Stevenson of Louisville; Kimberly Jordan of Fort Collins; Linda Garcia of Pueblo; J. Martelle Daniels of Grand Junction; Deborah Suniga of Greeley; Stanton Dodge of Castle Rock; Jay Patel and David McDivitt, both of Colorado Springs; C. Omar Montgomery of Aurora; Carolyn Fairless of Lakewood; and Heather Lipp and Danielle Radovich Piper, both of Golden.

CCP expands COVID-19 assistance

The Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling and Training Program (CCP) enters the next phase of COVID-19 relief services, September 28, with the help of 16 mental health and community service providers across the state. The CCP is moving from an immediate service program to a regular service program, which will extend the free services through June 27, 2021. Visit for more info

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump announced his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Judge Barrett has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 2017. Before becoming a judge, she was the Diane and M.O. Miller, II Research Chair in Law and Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, where her scholarship focused on constitutional and statutory interpretation and the Federal courts.

Colorado Governor

Governor Jared Polis today signed an Executive Order memorializing a verbal disaster declaration from August 28, 2020, for the East Fork Fire in Las Animas County. The Executive Order enables State agencies to coordinate and makes resources available for fire suppression, response, consequence management, and recovery efforts.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock accepted the Cities United ‘City’ Award for Denver’s longstanding work to confront youth violence and increase opportunities in under-resourced neighborhoods, including its ongoing work in approaching youth violence as a public health crisis on the Youth Violence Prevention Action Table (YVPAT). The award was presented virtually today at the organizations 7th annual convening.





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