Date of Judicial Appointment: December 16, 2005
Prior Judicial Experience: Magistrate, Denver District Court, 2003-2005; Magistrate, Denver Juvenile Court, 1999-2003.
Career: Private Practice, 1995-2000; Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, 1990-1994 (Deputy Public Defender, Appellate Division); Adjunct Professor, Colorado Christian University, 2004-2009; Adjunct Professor, Lecturer, Denver University Graduate School of Social Work, 1995-2005.
Professional: Licensed to practice law in Colorado; admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; and in the United States Supreme Court; faculty member, Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education, University of Memphis, 2005-2006; editor, Juvenile Law Column, Colorado Lawyer, 2002-2005 (proposed this specialized column in 2002, the first of its kind in the country); Executive Committee, Juvenile Law Section, Colorado Bar Association, 2002-2004; proposed the creation of the Office of the Child’s Representative (OCR) for the training and oversight of attorneys representing children in abuse and neglect and family law cases, 2000.
Civic: Executive Commitee, Colorado Court Improvement ProgramColorado Children’s Trust Fund Board, Standing Committee on Family Issues; 1998-2005, Chair, 2000-2005; Lieutenant Governor’s Committee to Promote Adoption, 2003-2004; Deer Creek Church Board, 1996-2004; Arapahoe/ Douglas Mental Health Network Board, 1993-2001, President, 1997-1999, Board Member of the Year, Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, 2000; Legal Representation of Children Workgroup, 1999-2000; State Task Force on Child Welfare, 1999-2000, awarded Governor’s Citation; Public Interest Clerkship Selection and Steering Committee, Denver University College of Law, 1989-1993.
Education: B.A., psychology and Christian education, dual major, Wheaton College, 1982; M.S.W., Denver University Graduate School of Social Work, 1989; J.D., Denver University College of Law, 1989; Jonathan L. Olam Trial Advocacy Scholarship, Denver University College of Law.
Publications: Judicial Benchbook on Colorado Child Welfare Law (4th ed. 2005) (co-authored); A Handbook for Families in Dependency & Neglect Cases (2005) (co-authored); What Happens to Me Now? A Handbook for Colorado Children Who are Not Living at Home (2003) (co-authored); Dependency & Neglect Benchcards (2003) (co-authored); Updated Delinquency Benchcards (2003) (co-authored); “Guidance for attorneys when children’s mental health concerns are implicated,” (co-authored) The Colorado Lawyer, 31, 33 (October 2002) (included in a theme issue on Children and the Law that was awarded the Luminary Award for Excellence in Special Publications by the National Association of Bar Executives); “The updated role of the guardian ad litem in juvenile delinquency cases,” (co-authored) The Colorado Lawyer, 31, 79-83 (May 2002); The Judicial Benchbook on Colorado Child Welfare Law (3rd ed. 2002) (co-authored); Law in Social Work Practice (2nd ed.) (1999) (co-authored) (Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing).
Personal: Married to Liz Cowen Furman in Denver, Colorado (1991); David and Liz are the proud parents of three sons: Martin, Matthew and Micah. Basketball coach, Conifer Basketball Association, Conifer High School (2003-2013).