Date of Judicial Appointment: February 12, 1994
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1972, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Member, Blue Key Fraternity; Academic Honor Council. Varsity Football & Baseball. Dean’s List 1968-72. Juris Doctor, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado, 1975, Outstanding Orator, Practice Court. American Jurisprudence Awards For Excellence in Corporations, Creditor's Remedies, Estate Planning. Legal Aid and Defender Program.
EMPLOYMENT, PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, AND ORGANIZATIONS: Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals, 1994 - Present. Member, Judicial Advisory Council; Supreme Court Committee on Civil Pattern Jury Instructions. Shareholder-Partner, Younge & Hockensmith, P.C., Grand Junction, Colorado 1975-1994, practicing in Civil Litigation. Admitted to Bar, 1975, Colorado Supreme Court and United States District Court for the District of Colorado; 1982 - Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals; 1991 United States Claims Court. Member, Denver & Colorado Bar Association: Litigation Council (Governing Board of Litigation Section) 1982-85; Member, Board of Governors, 1983-85, 1993-94. Member, Mesa County Bar Association: President, 1992-93, Secretary-Treasurer 1979-82. Vice President, Judge William E. Doyle Inn of Court. Trustee and Chairman of the Board, Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association. Member, Ethics Committee, Donor Alliance, a non-profit organ donation program.
PUBLICATIONS: "Civil Jury Selection and Pattern Voir Dire", a series of voir dire questions for potential jurors and procedures for trial courts, recommended for use in all Colorado trial courts. "Procedures and Policies of the Colorado Court of Appeals," 24 Colo. Lawyer 2105 (1995).