Biography: Judge Schutz graduated, with honors, from Moorhead State University in 1984, with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Political Science. He attended law school at the University of North Dakota, receiving his Juris Doctorate, with distinction, in 1987. While in law school, he served as Editor in Chief of the North Dakota Law Review, and was selected to membership in the Order of the Coif.
Judge Schutz served as the President of the El Paso County Bar Association in 2004. He also served as the President of the El Paso County Bar Foundation in 2006 and 2007. Judge Schutz was a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation from 2007 through 2010. He was appointed to the Judicial Performance Commission in January of 2008, and served as member of the Commission until his appointment to the District Court in 2010. Judge Schutz is currently serving as the President of the Ben Wendelkin Inn of Court, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Schutz enjoyed a distinguished career as a lawyer, specializing in the areas of civil litigation, intellectual property, land use disputes, and the representation of special districts.
Judge Schutz was appointed to the El Paso County District Court effective November 1, 2010. Judge Schutz considers it a privilege and honor to serve the residents of the State of Colorado. It is his goal to bring equal measures of humanity, diligence and scholarship to his judicial calling.