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Robert D. Hawthorne

Date of Judicial Appointment: August 12, 2004

Robert D. Hawthorne

Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals

Judge Hawthorne was sworn in as a judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals on January 28, 2005. He currently serves as Chairman of the Professionalism Working Group for the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professional Development, and is an active member of the CBA/DBA Professionalism Coordinating Council. Judge Hawthorne also serves on the Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee, Information Technology Services Standing Committee, and Judicial Conference Planning Committee. He is the Court of Appeals’ representative to Colorado’s 12th Judicial District. He has also 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 serves on the Colorado Judicial Institute’s Board of Directors, is a Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow, a Colorado and Denver Bar Association member, a CBA Judicial Liaison Section member, and a Minoru Yasui Inn of Court member and past president.  He has participated for many years in the CBA Regional and State High School Mock Trial tournaments, Colorado’s Access to Justice Program, CU and DU Schools of Law Intern Diversity programs, and the Colorado Close Up and We the People middle school programs. Judge Hawthorne is a graduate of the Judicial Branch’s Colorado Institute for Faculty Excellence and 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 other CLE programs, and has spoken to elementary, high school and college classes about Colorado’s judicial 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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