Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced his appointments of Nicole A. Rodarte and Gary M. Jackson as Denver County Court Judges. The appointments will fill the vacancies created by the retirements of Judge Andrew Armatas and Judge Aileen Ortiz-White, who leave the bench in January 2013.
“Nicole and Gary are proven exceptional legal minds, and both have displayed a strong, unwavering commitment to our community and to public service,” Mayor Hancock said. “The Denver County Court is one of this city’s finest institutions, and I have the utmost confidence that Nicole and Gary will uphold the trust our residents place in our judicial system. This city will be well served with both of them on the bench.”
Nicole Rodarte is currently a partner in the law firm of Casper & Rodarte LLC, where she focuses on criminal defense. Before entering private practice, she served for several years in the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. She is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Rodarte has been practicing law in Denver for 14 years. She is also active in her community, serving on the PTA of Swigert International School in Stapleton and has helped guide the policy direction of both the Colorado Hispanic Bar and Colorado Women’s Bar. A Denver native and graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado-Denver and Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado.
Gary Jackson is a currently partner in the law firm of DiManna & Jackson LLP, where he focuses on attorney regulation, judicial discipline, attorney reinstatement and readmission, Board of Law Examiner cases and judicial performance issues. A former member of the Denver District Attorney’s Office and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado, Jackson previously served as vice president of both the Denver Bar Association and Colorado Bar Association. He is an active member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, American College of Trial Lawyers, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.
Jackson has been practicing law in Denver for 42 years. He is a founder and past President of the Sam Cary Bar Association and active in the Denver community, serving on the board of Lowry Redevelopment Authority, Delta Eta Boule Foundation and is a past-Chair of Northeast Denver Youth Services. A Denver native and graduate of George Washington High School, he received both his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado.
Rodarte and Jackson were nominated by the Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC), which is established by Denver City Charter and composed of three attorneys and four non-attorneys appointed by the Mayor. The Presiding Judge of the Denver County Court John Marcucci 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.
Photo: From left to right – Manager of Safety Alex Martinez, Presiding Judge of the Denver County Court John Marcucci, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Judicial Nominee Nicole Rodarte and Judicial Nominee Gary Jackson.