Mayor John Hickenlooper today announced his appointment of Dianne L. Briscoe as Denver County Court Judge. The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Herbert Galchinski, who leaves the bench in January 2011.
As an Assistant City Attorney in the Denver City Attorney’s Office since 1996, Briscoe’s longest assignment has been in Human Services. She has litigated cases in various Denver courtrooms including Denver County Court, Denver Juvenile Court and Denver District Court. She worked as counsel in the Colorado Governor’s Job Training Office from 1988 to 1996 and owned her own law practice from 1986 to 1988. While raising three children, she earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver in 1983 and was admitted to the bar in 1986. She also earned a master’s degree in business from East Texas State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Lincoln University. She is a graduate of East High School in Denver.
“It is an honor to be selected to preside over a courtroom in service to our community as a Denver County Court Judge,” Briscoe said. “The courts are our finest institution. In our judicial system, wealth, race and gender should not impact the outcome. It is a privilege and responsibility to treat all people fairly and help resolve their legal problems.”
Briscoe was recommended by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, The Colorado GLBT Bar Association, the Sam Cary Bar Association, the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, Office of the Child’s Representative, The Links Incorporated and multiple distinguished legal professionals.
Briscoe has received numerous community awards. She has served on the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors and currently serves on the Sam Cary Bar Association Board. She is an active member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. She has also been active in various community service organizations.
She was nominated by the Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC), which is established by Charter and composed of three attorneys and four non-attorneys, appointed by the Mayor. The presiding judge of County Court serves in an ex-officio advisory capacity. When a judicial vacancy is created, the JNC announces the vacancy and the timeline in which to apply for nomination.