JUDICIAL DUE DILIGENCE & ENDORSEMENT POLICIES
The CWBA actively engages in the decisions to appoint Colorado judges. We are the only bar association in the state that conducts due diligence and provides the Governor with a confidential memorandum of each of the short-listed candidates for all vacancies in district courts, Court of Appeals, and Colorado Supreme Court.
The CWBA accepts endorsement requests from any nominee for a Colorado District Court, Court of Appeals, or Supreme Court vacancy. As of September 22, 2021, we also now accept endorsement requests from any nominee for a federal judicial appointment.
All requests for endorsement should be submitted in writing via email to the current CWBA President (Kathryn Starnella) and the current Judicial Committee Co-Chairs (Laura Cramer-Babycz, Andrea Bronson, and Mikayla Shearer). Requests for endorsement should be sent within 72 hours of when the relevant shortlist is announced unless the nominees have been advised by the CWBA of a specific date by which to submit endorsement requests. The CWBA will only consider endorsing a nominee if that nominee has asked for the CWBA's endorsement.