Prior to law school Michael McHenry obtained his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering in 1983 from the University of Colorado. He worked as a design engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation from 1984 to 1987 designing computer disk drives. He graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1991. While in law school he represented CU at the National Trial Competition and won recognition as a Regional Champion in trial advocacy by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association. In 1991 he became a Deputy Colorado State Public Defender where he represented indigent citizens accused of crime. Over the course of his career in criminal law he litigated numerous serious criminal matters including sex assault, murder, and death penalty cases. He was appointed to the District Court bench as a trial judge by Governor Ritter in 2010. He is married and has three grown children. He has served on the board of directors for Interfaith Hospitality Network which is an interdenominational nonprofit devoted to providing shelter to homeless families with children. He has also served as a big brother for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Colorado.
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