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Coalition calls for renomination of Denver attorney to Colorado’s federal district court

Monica Mendoza (Denver Business Journal)- It’s been one year since the nomination of Denver attorney Regina Rodriguez to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. District Court in Colorado.

She never received a confirmation hearing despite the backing of both Colorado Senators Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Republican. The senators nominated Rodriguez, who is a trial lawyer and partner at Hogan Lovells Denver office, after they each convened their own screening and nomination panels.

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Courts Matter Urges Reconsideration of Regina Rodriguez’ Nomination

Tony Flesor (Law Week Colorado)- Courts Matter Colorado marked the one-year anniversary of Regina Rodriguez’s nomination for the vacant judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado by urging Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner to reaffirm their support of Rodriguez.

Bennet and Gardner both recommended Rodriguez to the White House in January 2016 after parallel screening processes and the senators sent a joint letter to the Judiciary Committee in July asking for confirmation hearings and votes “as soon as possible” on her nomination. Rodriguez was never scheduled for a hearing or vote and her nomination expired at the end of 2016.

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Trump names Colorado’s Neil Gorsuch as his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court

Monica Mendoza (Denver Business Journal)- Neil McGill Gorsuch, a Colorado native and Denver-based federal appeals court judge, has been nominated by President Donald Trump for the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a prime-time announcement Tuesday night at the White House, Trump announced his pick to fill the seat vacated a year ago by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Trump taps conservative Colorado judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court

Corey Hutchins (Colorado Independent)- About a month ago, Judge Neil Gorsuch was leading a federal panel that was hearing an appeal by the City of Denver related to a $1.8 million civil rights verdict in a case of mistaken identity. City police in 2009 had kicked in the door of a family watching TV— the wrong family, it turned out— and roughed them up and took them to jail.

Lawyers for the city saw the high-dollar award as too large, and they appealed.

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Donald Trump nominates Colorado’s Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Mark Matthews (Denver Post)- WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, a selection that gives the fourth-generation Coloradan a chance to become the state’s first high-court justice since Byron White retired in 1993.

Trump made the announcement during a prime-time address at the White House with the Colorado judge present. Gorsuch, a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, beat out a slate of 20 other nominees Trump has floated in recent months. On hand was Maureen Scalia, widow of Justice Antonin Scalia, whom Gorsuch would replace.

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President Donald Trump Picks Neil Gorsuch To Fill Supreme Court Seat

CBS Denver- President Donald Trump has tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat left empty Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.

“This may be the most transparent judicial selection process in history,” Trump said Tuesday night.

“Millions of voters said this was the single most important issue to them when they voted for me for president. I am a man of my word, I will do as I say — something that the American people have been asking for from Washington for a very, very long time,” he added.

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Denver Judge Remains President Trump’s Lead Candidate For Supreme Court

Rick Sallinger (CBS Denver)- CBS News reported Saturday that Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is the leading candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy.

Gorsuch is known as a conservative who would fit in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Colorado Supreme Court
Closing the Door on Judicial Review

Hannah Garcia (Law Week Colorado)- split Colorado Supreme Court exercised a somewhat rarely used power to end a dispute between a watchdog group and the state’s Independent Ethics Commission in an April 25 opinion.

One of the main questions the case posits deals with the definition of a “final action.” In essence, once the IEC dismisses a case as frivolous, there is no avenue for appeal after the state’s highest court settled the matter through the “extraordinary remedy” of Colorado Appellate Rule 21. Those petitioners for review can bypass the Colorado Court of Appeals and typically have no oral argument.

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Perl: Can new judicial emergency in Colorado spur action on stalled nomination process?

Peg Perl (Colorado Statesman)- Last week, after just a single day of court operations with six active judges and an empty judgeship, Colorado’s federal trial court caseload rose to a staggering 631 cases per judgeship. This prompted the nonpartisan Administrative Office of the United States Courts to declare the vacant seat on the U.S. District Court for Colorado a “judicial emergency” — one of only 34 in the nation. A technical re-calculation of the formula by the office dropped Colorado and five other federal judicial vacancies off the list this week, but the reprieve is temporary, at best. Caseload per judge will continue to rise and the calculations are done weekly.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. Colorado has been limping along with only seven judges since 1984, despite a population explosion and increased federal government offices moving to Colorado as a regional hub for activity. Chief District Court Judge Marcia Krieger warned us two years ago that “the storm clouds are on the horizon” with regard to large caseloads creating delays for Colorado citizens and businesses seeking to resolve disputes in federal court.

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Colorado’s case backlog elevates it to ‘judicial emergency’

Monica Mendoza (Denver Business Journal)- Colorado has been added to the states where “judicial emergencies” exist because of bench vacancies, according to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. The new status comes one day after U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn took senior status, which carries a reduced caseload. There now are 34 judicial emergencies across the country.

Judicial emergencies are declared for District Court when the vacancy results in weighted filings that are in excess of 600 per judge. According to the U.S. Courts’ website, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado now has weighted filings of 631 per judge.

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