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David Furman

Date of Judicial Appointment: December 16, 2005

Judicial Experience

Judge Furman was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2005.  Prior to his appointment, he served as a Magistrate in the Denver District Court, presiding over the adult drug court and handling post-decree domestic relations and foreclosure cases (2003-2005).  He also served as a Magistrate in the Denver Juvenile Court, handling child protection, adoption, delinquency, truancy, and paternity and support cases (1999-2005).

Other Experience

Before taking the bench, Judge Furman practiced trial and appellate litigation with his own criminal defense and family law firm, representing children in dependency and neglect and domestic relations child custody cases (1995-2000).  He served as a Deputy Public Defender in the Appellate Division of the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office (1990-1995).  While an adjunct professor at Colorado Christian University, he taught courses on non-profit organizations, sociology, and laws impacting professional counselors (2004-2008).  At Denver University’s Graduate School of Social Work, he taught courses on laws impacting social work practice and government policies affecting children and families (1995-2005).

He is licensed to practice law in Colorado and admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. 

Judicial Activities

Supreme Court Standing Committee on Family Issues (member, 2011-present); Court Improvement Program (Executive Committee, 2011-present; member, 2002-2005, 2011-present); Indian Child Welfare Act Best Practices Committee (member, 2015-present); Editorial Advisory Board, Judicial Benchbook on Colorado Child Welfare Law, 5th ed. (Senior Editor and Chair, 2015-present); Post-Termination of Parental Rights Rule Revision Committee (member, 2015-present); Colorado Judicial Education Leadership Council (Co-Chair, 2015-present); Colorado Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education (CO-IFE) (faculty member and mentor, 2010, 2015-present); Court of Appeals ad hoc Committee to Improve Respondent Parent Counsel, which recommended formation of the Respondent Parent Counsel Work Group (2011-2014). 

Trainer for the New Judge Orientation, Dependency and Neglect Judicial Institute, the Bench Basics-Dependency and Neglect video series, and the upcoming Bench Basics-Criminal video series.  Presenter at the annual Colorado Judicial Conference and at the First, Fourth, Ninth, Thirteenth and Seventeenth Judicial Districts.  Faculty trainer and participant for the Courts in the Community outreach program for high school teachers and students.  Thirteenth Judicial District liaison for the Court of Appeals’ district outreach program.

Civic Activities

Metro State University School of Social Work Advisory Committee (member, 2015-present); Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education, University of Memphis (2006, 2010); Colorado Children’s Trust Fund Board, Governor appointment to this board was confirmed by the state senate (Chair of the Board, 2000-2005; member, 1998-2005); Juvenile Law Section, Colorado Bar Association (Executive Committee member, 2002-2003); Lieutenant Governor’s Committee to Promote Adoption (member, 2003-2004); Deer Creek Church Board (member, 1996-2004); State Task Force on Child Welfare, awarded a Governor’s Citation (member, 1999-2000); Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network Board, awarded Board Member of the Year by the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (President of the Board,1997-1999; Vice-President of the Board, 1995-1997; member 1993-2001); Legal Representation of Children Workgroup (member, 1999-2000); Public Interest Clerkship Selection and Steering Committee, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (1989-1993).

Invited speaker for the Dean’s Leadership Lunch, University of Colorado Law School.  Presenter at the Colorado County Attorney Association annual conference; Denver Bar Association; Colorado Bar Association Appellate Section; Barrister’s Club, Colorado Christian University; University of Colorado Juvenile Law Program; and for the Metro State University School of Social Work child protection cases video series.  Organized and presented appellate litigation training for The Office of the Child’s Representative and Respondent Parents’ Counsel Conference. 

Moot court judge for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Advocacy Practicum, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; University of Colorado Law School regional appellate advocacy competition; and Liberty University School of Law.  Mock trial judge at Colorado’s high school mock trial competition.  Mentor for law student interns and externs, including interns involved in the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s diversity internship program. 

Improvement in the Law

Successfully proposed the creation of the Office of the Child’s Representative (OCR), see C.R.S. § 13-91-101 et seq. (H.B. 00-1371); and the formation of the Respondent Parents’ Counsel Work Group, which recommended the structure of the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel, see C.R.S. § 13-92-101 et seq. (H.B. 15-1149).  Successfully proposed laws addressing the definition of child abuse (H.B. 05-1141), background checks in adoption cases (H.B. 04-1149), procedural modifications to Colorado’s Safe Haven statute (H.B. 03-1095), the reauthorization of the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund (H.B. 02-1063), and mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect (S.B. 01-47).  Successfully proposed the Juvenile Law Column of the The Colorado Lawyer (the first of its kind in the country) (first editor, co-editor, 2002-2005).


The Judicial Benchbook on Colorado Child Welfare Law, 5th ed. (Senior Editor, Co-Author, 2015-present); Respondent Parents’ Counsel Work Group: Final Report to the State Court Administrator (September 20, 2014) (Co-Editor); Judicial Benchbook on Colorado Child Welfare Law (4th ed. 2005) (Senior Editor, Co-Author); A Handbook for Families in Dependency & Neglect Cases (2005) (Co-Author); What Happens to Me Now?  A Handbook for Colorado Children Who are Not Living at Home (2003) (Co-Author); Dependency & Neglect Benchcards (2003) (Co-Author); Updated Delinquency Benchcards (2003) (Co-Author); “Guidance for Attorneys When Children’s Mental Health Concerns are Implicated,” The Colorado Lawyer, 31, 33 (October 2002) (Co-Author) (included in a theme issue on “Children and the Law” that was the recipient of 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,” The Colorado Lawyer, 31, 79-83 (May 2002) (Co-Author); The Judicial Benchbook on Colorado Child Welfare Law (3rd ed. 2002) (Co-Author); Law in Social Work Practice (2nd ed.) (1999) (Belmont, California:  Wadsworth Publishing).


Judge Furman holds a B.A. in Psychology and Christian Education from Wheaton College (1982), an M.S.W. from the Denver University Graduate School of Social Work (1989), and a J.D. from Denver University College of Law (1989).  His graduate research evaluated the impact of mandatory arrest policies on victims of domestic violence.  He was awarded the Dorothy Spellman Award from the Graduate School of Social Work (1986) and the Jonathan L. Olom Trial Advocacy Scholarship from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (1988).  In 2012, Judge Furman was named Master’s Scholar by the Graduate School of Social Work and, in 2011, was recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Graduates from that school.


David Furman is married to Liz Cowen Furman.  David and Liz are the proud parents of three sons: Martin, Matthew, and Micah.  

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