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  • December 31, 2014 9:00 AM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    Gov. John Hickenlooper, along with the Chief Justice and the Attorney General, have appointed Shannon Stevenson of Louisville to the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. 

    Stevenson will serve as an attorney and as an Unaffiliated from the Second Congressional District. Her appointment is effective January 1, 2015, for a term expiring December 31, 2020. 

    The Supreme Court Nominating Commission recommends candidates to serve as judges for the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. The chief justice of the Supreme Court chairs the commission and is a non-voting member. This commission includes one citizen admitted to practice law in Colorado and one citizen not admitted to practice law residing in each of the state’s seven congressional districts, and one additional citizen not admitted to practice law in Colorado. Commission members serve six year terms. Non-attorneys are appointed by the Governor. Attorneys are appointed by the joint action of the Governor, Attorney General and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.


  • November 07, 2014 7:38 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    The Defense Research Institute (DRI) has elected Amy L. Miletich of MiletichCohen PC a Denver employment, insurance, and civil litigation law firm, National Director.  DRI is the largest international membership organization comprised of more than 23,000 attorneys focused on defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation.

    “It’s a tremendous honor and opportunity to be asked to serve with the DRI leadership team and leading defense attorneys from across the nation,” said Miletich.  “As a DRI member I’ve benefited from the tremendous resources the organization offers and I’m looking forward to continuing to work to enhance the education, effectiveness and role of defense attorneys representing corporations, as well as to preserve and provide balance to the civil justice system.”

    Miletich’s practice focuses on assisting employers in the defense of employment law claims and in implementing preventative measures to avoid such actions.  With more than 25 years of experience, Miletich is AV Preeminent-rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyer since 2007 and a Top 50 Women Colorado Super Lawyer.   She has also been included in theThe Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Labor and Employment and Litigation.

    MiletichCohen PC is a certified women-owned enterprise, a member of the National Association of Minority & Women-Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), and a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses.  More information is available at http://www.mcpclaw.com.

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  • November 06, 2014 7:43 PM | Kim Sporrer, APR (Administrator)

    Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Deputy Chief of Staff Stephanie Donner will become chief legal counsel on Nov. 15. She will replace Jack Finlaw who has served in the role since August 2011. 

    Prior to assuming the position of deputy chief of staff, Donner was the senior deputy legal counsel and executive director and general counsel for the flood recovery where she advised on a variety of legal issues and led the coordinated response to recover from the largest natural disaster in the state’s history.  Donner pursued and advocated for millions of dollars to assist Coloradans recovering from fires and floods.  

    “We are delighted to announce Stephanie Donner as our chief legal counsel,” Hickenlooper said. “Stephanie’s impressive legal background, coupled with her notable experience in strategically and successfully leading many of the most important initiatives for Colorado, makes her the ideal choice. She brings an invaluable perspective and set of talents to an already stellar team that will help move the state forward in the second term.”

    Before joining the State, Donner worked at Morrison & Foerster where she represented public companies, and their directors and officers, in securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and special investigations.  Donner also routinely defended clients in breach of contract and employment disputes. Her experience also includes clerking at the Federal District Court for the District of Colorado, and spending time as an associate at Brownstein, Hyatt, and Farber.   

    “I am grateful to Governor Hickenlooper and honored to continue to work with him and be part of this outstanding group of leaders,” said Donner. “It’s a privilege to be able to follow in the footsteps of Jack Finlaw and Ken Lund in guiding and counseling this administration and be part of building the bright future of Colorado.”

    Donner serves as a board member for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and a member on the Corporate Committee for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Donner graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston Law Center, Order of the Coif and Order of the Barons.   

    Finlaw is leaving the Office of the Governor to become President and CEO of the University of Colorado Foundation.  The CU Foundation supports the University of Colorado’s advancement efforts and oversees managing and investing the Foundation’s $1.5 billion in assets.  

    “Jack Finlaw has been an outstanding contributor to our leadership team, always providing unwavering guidance and counsel,” said Hickenlooper. “We have had productive adventures together over the last eleven years including building an opera house, massively expanding the concert season at Red Rocks and more recently, in implementing a constitutional mandate to legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana. We are so happy for Jack, and are thrilled he will now be devoting his talents and energies to advancing the mission of the University of Colorado, one of our state's most important public institutions.”

    “It has been an awesome experience to work with Governor Hickenlooper, both throughout his time as mayor of Denver and during his first term as governor of Colorado,” said Finlaw. “I will be forever grateful for the many opportunities he has given me to do creative and challenging work for the public good.  I look forward now to working with the University of Colorado Foundation's directors, trustees and staff, and to partnering with the University's leadership team, in support of the University's philanthropic endeavors.”

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    Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Deputy Chief of Staff Stephanie Donner will become chief legal counsel on Nov. 15. She will replace Jack Finlaw who has served in the role since August 2011. 

    Prior to assuming the position of deputy chief of staff, Donner was the senior deputy legal counsel and executive director and general counsel for the flood recovery where she advised on a variety of legal issues and led the coordinated response to recover from the largest natural disaster in the state’s history.  Donner pursued and advocated for millions of dollars to assist Coloradans recovering from fires and floods.  

    “We are delighted to announce Stephanie Donner as our chief legal counsel,” Hickenlooper said. “Stephanie’s impressive legal background, coupled with her notable experience in strategically and successfully leading many of the most important initiatives for Colorado, makes her the ideal choice. She brings an invaluable perspective and set of talents to an already stellar team that will help move the state forward in the second term.”

    Before joining the State, Donner worked at Morrison & Foerster where she represented public companies, and their directors and officers, in securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and special investigations.  Donner also routinely defended clients in breach of contract and employment disputes. Her experience also includes clerking at the Federal District Court for the District of Colorado, and spending time as an associate at Brownstein, Hyatt, and Farber.   

    “I am grateful to Governor Hickenlooper and honored to continue to work with him and be part of this outstanding group of leaders,” said Donner. “It’s a privilege to be able to follow in the footsteps of Jack Finlaw and Ken Lund in guiding and counseling this administration and be part of building the bright future of Colorado.”

    Donner serves as a board member for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and a member on the Corporate Committee for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Donner graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston Law Center, Order of the Coif and Order of the Barons.   

    Finlaw is leaving the Office of the Governor to become President and CEO of the University of Colorado Foundation.  The CU Foundation supports the University of Colorado’s advancement efforts and oversees managing and investing the Foundation’s $1.5 billion in assets.  

    “Jack Finlaw has been an outstanding contributor to our leadership team, always providing unwavering guidance and counsel,” said Hickenlooper. “We have had productive adventures together over the last eleven years including building an opera house, massively expanding the concert season at Red Rocks and more recently, in implementing a constitutional mandate to legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana. We are so happy for Jack, and are thrilled he will now be devoting his talents and energies to advancing the mission of the University of Colorado, one of our state's most important public institutions.”

    “It has been an awesome experience to work with Governor Hickenlooper, both throughout his time as mayor of Denver and during his first term as governor of Colorado,” said Finlaw. “I will be forever grateful for the many opportunities he has given me to do creative and challenging work for the public good.  I look forward now to working with the University of Colorado Foundation's directors, trustees and staff, and to partnering with the University's leadership team, in support of the University's philanthropic endeavors.”

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    Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Deputy Chief of Staff Stephanie Donner will become chief legal counsel on Nov. 15. She will replace Jack Finlaw who has served in the role since August 2011. 

    Prior to assuming the position of deputy chief of staff, Donner was the senior deputy legal counsel and executive director and general counsel for the flood recovery where she advised on a variety of legal issues and led the coordinated response to recover from the largest natural disaster in the state’s history.  Donner pursued and advocated for millions of dollars to assist Coloradans recovering from fires and floods.  

    “We are delighted to announce Stephanie Donner as our chief legal counsel,” Hickenlooper said. “Stephanie’s impressive legal background, coupled with her notable experience in strategically and successfully leading many of the most important initiatives for Colorado, makes her the ideal choice. She brings an invaluable perspective and set of talents to an already stellar team that will help move the state forward in the second term.”

    Before joining the State, Donner worked at Morrison & Foerster where she represented public companies, and their directors and officers, in securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and special investigations.  Donner also routinely defended clients in breach of contract and employment disputes. Her experience also includes clerking at the Federal District Court for the District of Colorado, and spending time as an associate at Brownstein, Hyatt, and Farber.   

    “I am grateful to Governor Hickenlooper and honored to continue to work with him and be part of this outstanding group of leaders,” said Donner. “It’s a privilege to be able to follow in the footsteps of Jack Finlaw and Ken Lund in guiding and counseling this administration and be part of building the bright future of Colorado.”

    Donner serves as a board member for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and a member on the Corporate Committee for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Donner graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston Law Center, Order of the Coif and Order of the Barons.   

    Finlaw is leaving the Office of the Governor to become President and CEO of the University of Colorado Foundation.  The CU Foundation supports the University of Colorado’s advancement efforts and oversees managing and investing the Foundation’s $1.5 billion in assets.  

    “Jack Finlaw has been an outstanding contributor to our leadership team, always providing unwavering guidance and counsel,” said Hickenlooper. “We have had productive adventures together over the last eleven years including building an opera house, massively expanding the concert season at Red Rocks and more recently, in implementing a constitutional mandate to legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana. We are so happy for Jack, and are thrilled he will now be devoting his talents and energies to advancing the mission of the University of Colorado, one of our state's most important public institutions.”

    “It has been an awesome experience to work with Governor Hickenlooper, both throughout his time as mayor of Denver and during his first term as governor of Colorado,” said Finlaw. “I will be forever grateful for the many opportunities he has given me to do creative and challenging work for the public good.  I look forward now to working with the University of Colorado Foundation's directors, trustees and staff, and to partnering with the University's leadership team, in support of the University's philanthropic endeavors.”

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