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Karl L. Schock - Judge

Date of Judicial Appointment: September 15, 2022

Date of Swearing In: November 7, 2022


Before his appointment to the court, Judge Karl Schock served for seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Appellate Division of the District of Colorado, where he handled criminal and civil appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  Before that, Judge Schock was a shareholder and associate attorney at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he practiced commercial litigation.  Judge Schock began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael R. Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


  • University of Colorado School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif (2006)
  • Northern Arizona University, B.S., Public Relations, summa cum laude (2003)

Community Involvement

Judge Schock has served in various capacities with multiple organizations that provide support and resettlement services to newly arrived refugees, including as a board member of Colorado African Organization (2017-2020) and as a volunteer with African Community Center and Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountain Refugee and Asylee Programs.  He also served as a board member for Food Bank of the Rockies (2014-2015) and Growing Home (2011-2014).  He is a longtime coach of his children’s baseball and soccer teams.

Professional Activities

Judge Schock is a member of the Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee. 

Before his appointment to the court, Judge Schock served as a board member of the Faculty of Federal Advocates from 2019 to 2022.  He has been a frequent presenter on legal writing and appellate practice.


Judge Schock is a marathon runner and triathlete, and he enjoys spending as much time as possible in the mountains with his family, snowboarding in the winter and hiking and camping in the summer.

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