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Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday appointed the two new judges for the 8th Judicial District, which covers Larimer and Jackson counties.
Laurie K. Dean and Daniel M. McDonald will become district court judges in January, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
Dean’s position was created by the Colorado legislature, and McDonald will fill the seat vacated by retiring judge Thomas R. French.
About Laurie K. Dean
Dean has been associate legal counsel at Colorado State University since March. Her practice focuses on higher education, employment, and general litigation matters.
Before that, she was:
- Deputy district attorney in the 8th Judicial District, (2013-2019)
- Special assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office (2012-2013)
- Law clerk to the Judge Lucy Koh in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (2011-2012)
- Associate attorney with O’Melveny & Myers (2008-2010)
- Law clerk to the Judge Richard Clifton in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (2007-2008).
Dean has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University (2003) and a law degree from Stanford University (2007).
Dean’s appointment is effective Jan. 1.
About Daniel M. McDonald
McDonald is the chief deputy district attorney for the 8th Judicial District Attorney Office. He has worked in the office since 2005. His practice is focused on criminal cases.
McDonald has a bachelor’s degree. from Louisiana State University (2001) and a law degree from University of Colorado Law School (2005).
McDonald’s appointment is effective Jan. 18.
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