When You Can Vote for Your Boss

Every election cycle, a large number of individuals receive a new boss. While the majority of those people seeing a fresh face in the corner (or oval) office are legislative staff members or aides, many attorneys will also have an opportunity to chime in on who should be their bosses. If you are employed or interested in being employed as a judicial clerk or in your local district attorney’s office, your vote could have an impact on your future boss.

In Colorado, voters have opportunities to vote on whether to retain judges two years after an initial appointment. County judges then stand for retention again every four years, district judges every six years, Court of Appeals judges every eight years and Supreme Court justices every 10 years. More than 50 judges are up for retention elections across the state this year. The Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation, an independent body, reviews the judges across the state and issues recommendations (this election, the office recommends voting not to retain two judges). You can check out their recommendations by clicking here.

Likewise, district attorneys across the state are up for reelection. In Denver, Beth McCann (D) or Helen Morgan (I) will be the new boss for many attorneys. There is no incumbent in the race.

Political leanings aside, it’s important to vote by next Tuesday to have a say on who will hold these significant and high-profile positions. After you have cast your ballot, join the Student Bar Association in the law school forum between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. for food, drinks, and to watch the results of the election start to come in. For some students, they might be learning who their new boss might be.

By Patrick Sweet
Patrick Sweet Treasurer