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ANNUAL JUDICIAL RECEPTION

Each year, the CWBA is proud to honor all members of the Colorado judiciary at our Annual Judicial Reception, and honor specific judicial official(s) for their meaningful work.
 
Judicial Reception Honorees:

2014  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Karen Ashby

2013  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Diana Terry

2012 C. Jean Stewart, Former Denver Probate Judge

2011 Denver County Judge Claudia J. Jordan

2010 Denver District Court Judge Christina M. Habas

2009 18th Judicial District Court Judge Angela R. Arkin

2008 Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Sandra I. Rothenberg

2007 Denver Juvenile Court Judge Orrelle Rodgers Weeks

2006 Pueblo County Court Judge Adele K. Anderson and Denver County Court Judge Mary Celeste

2005 U S District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Coan and Denver District Court Judge John Coughlin
2004 Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice and Boulder County Court Magistrate Kristina Hansson
2003 18th Judicial District Court Judge Cheryl Post

2002 First (Jefferson County) Judicial District Court Judge Ruthanne Polidori

2001 Boulder District Court Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin and Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Aurel Kelly (in memoriam)

2000 Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey and Denver County Court Judge Alfred C.  Harrell, Jr.

1999 Magistrate Judge Pamela A. Gagel and Denver District Court Judge Shelley I. Gilman

1998 Colorado Court of Appeals Judge JoAnn Vogt and U. S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk

1997 District Court Judge Patti O’Rourke

1995 Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis

1994 U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and 10th Circuit of Appeals Chief Judge Stephanie K. Seymour

1993 U. S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Patricia Clark and U. S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk

1992
Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Quinn (retired)

1991
District Court Judge Joyce Steinhardt

1990 Aleene Ortiz-White

1988 Janice B. Fischbach

1987 Jean E. Dubofsky and Mary J. Mullarkey


Each year, the CWBA is proud to honor all members of the Colorado judiciary at our Annual Judicial Reception, and honor specific judicial official(s) for their meaningful work.
 
Judicial Reception Honorees:

2014  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Karen Ashby

2013  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Diana Terry

2012 C. Jean Stewart, Former Denver Probate Judge

2011 Denver County Judge Claudia J. Jordan

2010 Denver District Court Judge Christina M. Habas

2009 18th Judicial District Court Judge Angela R. Arkin

2008 Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Sandra I. Rothenberg

2007 Denver Juvenile Court Judge Orrelle Rodgers Weeks

2006 Pueblo County Court Judge Adele K. Anderson and Denver County Court Judge Mary Celeste

2005 U S District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Coan and Denver District Court Judge John Coughlin
2004 Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice and Boulder County Court Magistrate Kristina Hansson
2003 18th Judicial District Court Judge Cheryl Post

2002 First (Jefferson County) Judicial District Court Judge Ruthanne Polidori

2001 Boulder District Court Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin and Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Aurel Kelly (in memoriam)

2000 Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey and Denver County Court Judge Alfred C.  Harrell, Jr.

1999 Magistrate Judge Pamela A. Gagel and Denver District Court Judge Shelley I. Gilman

1998 Colorado Court of Appeals Judge JoAnn Vogt and U. S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk

1997 District Court Judge Patti O’Rourke

1995 Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis

1994 U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and 10th Circuit of Appeals Chief Judge Stephanie K. Seymour

1993 U. S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Patricia Clark and U. S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk

1992
Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Quinn (retired)

1991
District Court Judge Joyce Steinhardt

1990 Aleene Ortiz-White

1988 Janice B. Fischbach

1987 Jean E. Dubofsky and Mary J. Mullarkey



Each year, the CWBA is proud to honor all members of the Colorado judiciary at our Annual Judicial Reception, and honor specific judicial official(s) for their meaningful work.
 
Judicial Reception Honorees:

2014  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Karen Ashby

2013  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Diana Terry

2012 C. Jean Stewart, Former Denver Probate Judge

2011 Denver County Judge Claudia J. Jordan

2010 Denver District Court Judge Christina M. Habas

2009 18th Judicial District Court Judge Angela R. Arkin

2008 Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Sandra I. Rothenberg

2007 Denver Juvenile Court Judge Orrelle Rodgers Weeks

2006 Pueblo County Court Judge Adele K. Anderson and Denver County Court Judge Mary Celeste

2005 U S District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Coan and Denver District Court Judge John Coughlin
2004 Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice and Boulder County Court Magistrate Kristina Hansson
2003 18th Judicial District Court Judge Cheryl Post

2002 First (Jefferson County) Judicial District Court Judge Ruthanne Polidori

2001 Boulder District Court Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin and Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Aurel Kelly (in memoriam)

2000 Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey and Denver County Court Judge Alfred C.  Harrell, Jr.

1999 Magistrate Judge Pamela A. Gagel and Denver District Court Judge Shelley I. Gilman

1998 Colorado Court of Appeals Judge JoAnn Vogt and U. S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk

1997 District Court Judge Patti O’Rourke

1995 Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis

1994 U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and 10th Circuit of Appeals Chief Judge Stephanie K. Seymour

1993 U. S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Patricia Clark and U. S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk

1992
Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Quinn (retired)

1991
District Court Judge Joyce Steinhardt

1990 Aleene Ortiz-White

1988 Janice B. Fischbach

1987 Jean E. Dubofsky and Mary J. Mullarkey




Each year, the CWBA is proud to honor all members of the Colorado judiciary at our Annual Judicial Reception, and honor specific judicial official(s) for their meaningful work.
 
Judicial Reception Honorees:

2014  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Karen Ashby

2013  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Diana Terry

2012 C. Jean Stewart, Former Denver Probate Judge

2011 Denver County Judge Claudia J. Jordan

2010 Denver District Court Judge Christina M. Habas

2009 18th Judicial District Court Judge Angela R. Arkin

2008 Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Sandra I. Rothenberg

2007 Denver Juvenile Court Judge Orrelle Rodgers Weeks

2006 Pueblo County Court Judge Adele K. Anderson and Denver County Court Judge Mary Celeste

2005 U S District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Coan and Denver District Court Judge John Coughlin
2004 Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice and Boulder County Court Magistrate Kristina Hansson
2003 18th Judicial District Court Judge Cheryl Post

2002 First (Jefferson County) Judicial District Court Judge Ruthanne Polidori

2001 Boulder District Court Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin and Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Aurel Kelly (in memoriam)

2000 Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey and Denver County Court Judge Alfred C.  Harrell, Jr.

1999 Magistrate Judge Pamela A. Gagel and Denver District Court Judge Shelley I. Gilman

1998 Colorado Court of Appeals Judge JoAnn Vogt and U. S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk

1997 District Court Judge Patti O’Rourke

1995 Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis

1994 U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and 10th Circuit of Appeals Chief Judge Stephanie K. Seymour

1993 U. S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Patricia Clark and U. S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk

1992
Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Quinn (retired)

1991
District Court Judge Joyce Steinhardt

1990 Aleene Ortiz-White

1988 Janice B. Fischbach

1987 Jean E. Dubofsky and Mary J. Mullarkey





Each year, the CWBA is proud to honor all members of the Colorado judiciary at our Annual Judicial Reception, and honor specific judicial official(s) for their meaningful work with our Judicial Excellence Award.

The 2018 Judicial Reception was held March 8, 2018 at Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP.

This year's Judicial Excellence honoree is Judge Theresa A. Spahn, Presiding Judge, Denver County Court

Meet Our 2018 Judicial Excellence Honoree


Judge Theresa A. Spahn
Presiding Judge, Denver County Court
CWBA Past President 2007 - 2008

Theresa Spahn, Presiding Judge of the Denver County Court, is this year's Judicial Reception honoree. The first in her family to graduate from college, let alone law school, Judge Spahn has always been passionate about advocacy, contributing to the community, and promoting women in the law. She has also been a long-time member and supporter of the CWBA, having served as CWBA President from 2007-2008.

Judge Spahn began her legal career in private practice before moving into public service as a Deputy District Attorney with the Adams County District Attorney's Office and the Mesa County District Attorney's Office. Encouraged by friends, family and colleagues, Judge Spahn pursued a magistrate judge opportunity with the 17th Judicial District in 1994, where she presided over juvenile, domestic and criminal cases for seven years. In 2001, Judge Spahn was asked to serve as the Executive Director for the Colorado Office of the Child Representative, where she focused on improving the consistency and quality of child representation until she took on the role of Director for the O'Connor Judicial Selection Initiative with the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System in 2009. She briefly moved back into private practice before seeking the role of Denver County Court Judge in 2014. Mayor Hancock appointed Judge Spahn as the Presiding Judge in 2017. "Busy" and "exciting" are two words Judge Spahn uses to describe a day in the life of a County Court Judge.

Read more about Judge Spahn in The Advocate.

Past Judicial Reception Honorees:

  • 2017  19th Judicial District Court (Weld County) Judge Julie C. Hoskins
  • 2016  U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix
  • 2015  Denver County Court Judge Doris E. Burd
  • 2014  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Karen Ashby
  • 2013  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Diana Terry
  • 2012  C. Jean Stewart, Former Denver Probate Judge
  • 2011  Denver County Judge Claudia J. Jordan
  • 2010  Denver District Court Judge Christina M. Habas
  • 2009  18th Judicial District Court Judge Angela R. Arkin
  • 2008  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Sandra I. Rothenberg
  • 2007  Denver Juvenile Court Judge Orrelle Rodgers Weeks
  • 2006  Pueblo County Court Judge Adele K. Anderson and Denver County Court Judge Mary Celeste
  • 2005  U S District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Coan and Denver District Court Judge John Coughlin 
  • 2004  Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice and Boulder County Court Magistrate Kristina Hansson 
  • 2003  18th Judicial District Court Judge Cheryl Post
  • 2002  First (Jefferson County) Judicial District Court Judge Ruthanne Polidori 
  • 2001  Boulder District Court Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin and Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Aurel Kelly (in memoriam) 
  • 2000  Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey and Denver County Court Judge Alfred C.  Harrell, Jr. 
  • 1999  Magistrate Judge Pamela A. Gagel and Denver District Court Judge Shelley I. Gilman
  • 1998  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge JoAnn Vogt and U. S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk 
  • 1997  District Court Judge Patti O’Rourke 
  • 1995  Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis
  • 1994  U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and 10th Circuit of Appeals Chief Judge Stephanie K. Seymour
  • 1993  U. S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Patricia Clark and U. S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk 
  • 1992  Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Quinn (retired) 
  • 1991  District Court Judge Joyce Steinhardt
  • 1990  Aleene Ortiz-White
  • 1988  Janice B. Fischbach
  • 1987  Jean E. Dubofsky and Mary J. Mullarkey



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