Date of Judicial Appointment: December 16, 2005
Prior Judicial Experience
Magistrate, Denver District Court, 2003-2005; Magistrate, Denver Juvenile Court, 1999-2003.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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