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Clerkships at the Colorado Court of Appeals are either a one year appointment beginning in September of each year or are longer-term appointments, at the discretion of the hiring judge. Service with the same appellate judge for more than one year will provide additional paid benefits and the opportunity for future annual salary increases.

Each judge hires his or her own law clerks. Please see the information provided below for the details on applying for a clerkship in each Judge's chambers.

Applicants must have completed at least four semesters of law school prior to submitting application materials.

Please address inquiries and applications to the individual Judges at:
Colorado Court of Appeals, 2 East 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203

Chief Judge Alan M. Loeb: 720-625-5305

Chief Judge Loeb generally starts reviewing applications during the summer and may accept applications up until about October 15.  Interviews usually begin sometime in August and may extend into October, depending on how many people are chosen for interviews in any particular year.  The Judge’s goal is to hire a clerk no later than the end of October, who will then start work in August of the next year.  Applications should include a cover letter; resume; undergraduate and law school transcripts; writing sample; and three letters of recommendation (preferably at least one from someone who is not a law professor).  Chief Judge Loeb has hired his law clerks for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 law clerk years.

Judge Daniel M. Taubman:  720-625-5200

Judge Taubman usually begins interviewing in January for the following August or September. Interested law students may submit applications by the end of December. The application should be accompanied by a writing sample, and the applicant should submit three letters of recommendation. Judge values writing experience, either on a law review or otherwise, and looks for individuals with public service or public interest experience.  Judge Taubman has hired for the 2013-2014 year.

Judge James S. Casebolt:  720-625-5330

Judge Casebolt will consider all applications received by Labor Day each year. He will not review or respond to applications received after Labor Day. Each application should contain a: 1) cover letter; 2) resume; 3) short writing sample; 4) undergraduate transcript; 5) law school transcript; and 6) 2-3 general or personal recommendation letters. Transcripts do not need to be official. Applications should have no paperclips or binder clips. All transcripts and recommendation letters should be taken out of envelopes prior to mailing. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION UNTIL IT IS 100% COMPLETE & in one package. Due to the volume of applications, incomplete applications will not be considered and will not receive a response. The judge will interview the applications in early September, typically 10-15 candidates, and generally makes an offer by October. Provided you have submitted a complete application, you will be notified by e-mail regarding the status of your application. The judge will consider both in state and out of state applicants equally. If you are out of state and planning a trip to Colorado the Judge is typically willing to meet with you during the months of July and August.  Judge Casebolt has hired his law clerk for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 years.

Judge John Daniel Dailey:  720-625-5340

Judge Dailey starts interviewing in November and December, and tries to hire by New Year’s.  Judge Dailey has hired his law clerks through the 2014-2015 law clerk year.

Judge John R. Webb:  720-625-5345

Judge Webb will interview applicants of unusual qualifications (national law school, significant non-legal writing experience, or top class rank) at any time. Otherwise, applications before September 1 are preferred, but applications received through September 30 may be considered. An interview is required.  Out of state applicants are discouraged unless they will be available for a face-to-face interview in August or September, when interviews typically occur, with a decision by October 1, if not earlier.  Following interviews, applicants may be requested to do a writing exercise.  The application should include a resume, a writing sample (preferably not a law review article or case note), a law school transcript showing class rank, and not more than three recommendation letters (preferable from at least one person who is not a law professor). Judge Webb gives primary consideration to class rank and writing experience. Applications by email are encouraged, and should be sent to Judge Webb’s senior law clerk: Tiffany.Mortier@judicial.state.co.us.  Judge Webb has hired his law clerk for both the 2014-2015 and the 2015-2016 clerk years.

Judge Dennis A. Graham:  720-625-5205

Judge Graham interviews September through October and will hire no later than Thanksgiving. The application should include a resume, writing sample, a law school transcript showing class rank and three recommendation letters, preferably from persons who have known the applicant outside the law school setting. Judge gives primary consideration to class rank and writing experience.  Judge Graham has hired his law clerks for the 2015-2016 law clerk year.

Judge Robert D. Hawthorne:  720-625-5350

Applications should be submitted by November 1 and should include a writing sample and three letters of recommendation. Interviews will be conducted after the first of the year with an anticipated hiring decision by no later than March 1.  Judge Hawthorne has hired his law clerks for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 law clerk years.

Judge Gilbert M. Román:  720-625-5325

Judge Román has hired his law clerks for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 law clerk years.

Judge David M. Furman:  720-625-5310

Judge Furman will accept applications until the position is filled, with the goal of hiring during the fall for the following year. He gives primary consideration to class rank and writing experience.  Applications should contain: (1) a resume; (2) undergraduate and law school transcripts; (3) three letters of recommendation, at least one not from a law professor; and (4) writing sample of unpublished material, preferably unedited by anyone else.  Judge Furman has hired his law clerks for the 2013-2014 and the 2014-2015 law clerk years.

Judge Steven Bernard:  720-625-5240

Judge Bernard prefers applications to be submitted by Labor Day.  Interviews will be conducted in late September through October, with the goal of making a hiring decision by Thanksgiving.  The application should include (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript; (4) a writing sample (law review articles are not accepted as writing samples) of up to ten double-spaced pages (which may be a portion of a larger document), preferably not edited by someone else; and (5) three letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a practicing attorney or judge who has supervised the applicant in a work environment. Judge Bernard has hired for the 2014-2015 year.

Judge Diana L. Terry:  720-625-5320

Judge Terry hires her law clerks for staggered two-year terms to begin in September. Applicants should submit a resume, law school transcript, a writing sample of no more than 8 pages that is certified to be entirely the applicant’s own work, and no more than 3 letters of recommendation.  The Judge reserves the right to ask the applicant to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by the Judge.  Judge Terry has hired her law clerk for the 2014-2016 term.

Judge Jerry N. Jones:  720-625-5335

Judge Jones hires law clerks for staggered, two-year terms. He prefers to receive applications by mid-August, and interviews in early to mid-September. Please send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (preferably one not edited by someone else), and letters of reference. Judge Jones has hired his clerks for the 2013-15, 2014-16 and 2015-17 terms.  

Judge Nancy J. Lichtenstein:  720-625-5220

Judge Lichtenstein will consider applications through Labor Day for the following law clerk year. Judge Lichtenstein requires a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, writing sample (preferably one not edited by someone else), and up to three letters of reference.  Judge Lichtenstein has hired her law clerks for the 2015-2016 law clerk year.

Judge Richard L. Gabriel:  720-625-5227

Judge Gabriel begins reviewing resumes in the late summer, with the hope of completing interviews and hiring his law clerks in September.  Judge Gabriel would like to receive a resume, a law school transcript, a writing sample of no more than 10 double-spaced pages (a portion of a document is fine) but no law review articles or comments, a list of references, and no more than three letters of recommendation, with at least one coming from a prior employer in the legal field other than a law professor, if possible.  Judge Gabriel puts a premium on superior analytical and writing abilities, particularly as demonstrated by real world experience, and good organizational skills.  Judge Gabriel has hired his law clerks for the 2015-2016 law clerk year.

Judge David J. Richman:  720-625-5315

Judge Richman has hired his law clerks for the 2014-2015 year.

Judge Gale T. Miller:  720-625-5210

Judge Miller prefers applications to be submitted by Labor Day, and interviews in August and September.  The application should include (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript; (4) a writing sample of up to ten double-spaced pages (which may be a portion of a larger document), preferably not edited by someone else; and (5) three letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a practicing attorney or judge for whom the applicant has been employed or interned. Judge Gale Miller has hired for the 2015-2016 year.

Judge Laurie A. Booras:  720-625-5215

Judge Booras interviews beginning in late July or August with a goal of hiring no later than Thanksgiving. The application should include a resume, a writing sample of unpublished material (preferably one not edited by someone else), an unofficial transcript, and up to three letters of recommendation. The judge may also ask the applicant to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by the judge. Judge Booras has hired her law clerks for the 2015-2016 law clerk year.

Judge Terry Fox: 720-625-5245

Judge Fox has hired for the 2014-2016 term. She will begin applications for the 2015-2017 term in the spring of 2014, and will stop accepting applications on August 1, 2014. The 2015-2017 clerk would begin his or her duties in August or early September of 2015. The application should include a resume, a writing sample of unpublished material (preferably one not edited by someone else), transcripts (undergraduate and law school), and no more than three letters of recommendation (only one of the three can be a professor, and preferably one that has worked closely with the applicant). Out-of-state applicants must be available in Denver (at their own expense) for a face-to-face interview in August. The judge may also ask the applicant to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by the judge. Judge Fox’s only vacancy is for one law clerk who would commit to a 2015-2017 term.

Judge Stephanie Dunn: 720-625-5235

Judge Dunn has one term law clerk and one permanent law clerk. She typically hires term law clerks for a period of two years. Judge Dunn has hired her law clerk for the 2015 term. Future applications should be submitted by mail and should include a cover letter, resume, official or unofficial law school transcript showing class rank, a short writing sample, and not more than three letters of recommendation.

Judge Anthony Navarro: 720-625-5250

Judge Navarro will consider hiring for either a one or two-year term.   He would like to receive clerkship applications in paper, and he expects to begin reviewing applications in the latter part of the summer (July/August).  He would therefore prefer applications be in before Labor Day.  The application should include (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript; (4) a writing sample of up to fifteen double-spaced pages (which may be a portion of a larger document), preferably not edited by someone else; and (5) two or three letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a practicing attorney or judge for whom the applicant has been employed or interned.  He may also ask the applicant to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by him.  The judge will interview the finalists.  Judge Navarro has hired for the 2015-2016 year.

Judge Karen M. Ashby: 720-625-5300

Judge Ashby has hired her law clerks for both the 2013-2014 and the 2014-2015 clerk years.
 

Judge Michael H. Berger: 720-625-5230

Judge Berger prefers applications to be submitted by Labor Day. Interviews will be conducted in late September through October, with the goal of making a hiring decision by Thanksgiving for a clerkship beginning in August of the following year. The application should include (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript; (4) a writing sample of up to ten double-spaced pages (which may be a portion of a larger document), preferably not edited by someone else; and (5) three letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a practicing attorney or judge who has supervised the applicant in a work environment. Judge Berger has hired for the 2014-2015 year.

 

The Colorado Judicial Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Concerns or
questions regarding Equal Employment Opportunities in the Colorado Judicial
Department should be sent to:

Gerald A. Marroney
State Court Administrator
1300 Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80203

 

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