Robert D. Hawthorne

Date of Judicial Appointment: August 12, 2004

Judge Hawthorne was sworn in as a judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals on January 28, 2005. Since becoming a judge, he has represented the Court of Appeals as a member of the Colorado Judicial Coordinating Council and as the court’s representative to the Deans’ Diversity Council/Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence. Judge Hawthorne is a Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow, a Colorado and Denver Bar Association member, and an Executive Committee member and past president of the Minoru Yasui Inn of Court. He participates in the Colorado Access to Justice program, CU and DU Schools of Law Intern Diversity programs, Denver Regional and State High School Mock Trial tournaments, and the Colorado Close Up and We the People middle school programs. Judge Hawthorne has served as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado-Denver, a speaker for the CBA/CJI’s Our Courts program and chair of its Partners Committee, presenter at the annual Colorado Judicial Conference and the Denver Bar Association’s brown bag lunch program, and has spoken to elementary, high school and college classes about Colorado’s court system.

Judge Hawthorne received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1973 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Law from Louisiana State University at Monroe in 1970. He is admitted to practice in Missouri (1973), Illinois (1974), and Colorado (1977); the U. S. District Court, Western District of Missouri (1973); the U. S. District Court, District of Colorado (1977); the U. S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit (1986); and the U. S. Supreme Court (1989). Prior to his appointment as a Judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals, he practiced law for over 30 years as in-house counsel for a labor union, a deputy district attorney, a civil and criminal defense trial attorney and transactional counselor to private and  municipal clients. Judge Hawthorne also served in the United States Army Reserves (1970-1976) and as District 11 Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Transportation (2003-2004).




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