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s" Judicial District
(designate vacancy for which application is being made)
I. The information you provide in questions 1 - 34 is public information and will be released upon request if the applicant's name is forwarded to the Governor for consideration of appointment.
A. PERSONAL INFORMATION
1. Full Name:
Julie Kunce Field
2. Birth year:
3. Are you a United States citizen? Yes
4. Attorney Registration Number: 31410
5. Work Address: 123 N. College Ave., Suite 200, Fort Collins, CO g0524
6. Telephone (w): 970-237-3220 x. 103
7. List your place of residence for the past five years.
West Monona High Onawa, fA 811974 - 5/1977 nla
i Sacred Heart High Falls City, NE 811977 - 511978 HS Diploma
I University of Nebraska- Lincoln, NE 811978 - 511982 RA ~ Political
Lincoln Science and B. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
8. List the names and locations of schools attended, beginning with high school.
9. List scholarships, awards, honors, and citations you received during college and law school.
College - Magna Cum Laude; Regents' Scholar, 1978-1982
Law School- D' Angelo Scholarship, 1982-1985; Semifinalist, Hinton Moot Court Competition, 1984; President, Chicago Law Foundation, 1983-85; Representative, Law Students' Association, 1982-84; Mandel Legal Aid Clinic Student Officer, 1984-1985.
C. PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
10. List all courts in which you have been admitted to practice, with dates of admission. Give the same information for administrative bodies which require special admission to practice.
District of Kansas Federal Court Kansas State Courts
Western District of Michigan Federal Court United States Supreme Court
Michigan State Courts
6th Circuit Court of Appeals
Eastern District of Michigan Federal Court Massachusetts State Courts
Distict of Massachusetts Federal Court Illinois State Courts
1996 (inactive) 1992
1990 (inactive) 1990
1987 (inactive) 1987
I 986 ( inactive)
11. Indicate your present employment (list professional partners or associates, if any, and include dates). If you currently practice law, describe the nature of your present law practice, listing the major types of law you practice and the percentage each constitutes of your total practice.
Present employment: My current law practice is a unique combination of mediation, arbitration, appeals, and training/consulting work. The mediation and arbitration practice focuses on domestic relations cases and civil cases (including construction. real estate, collections" personal injury, homeowners' association disputes. and probate disputes). The mediation/arbitration practice constitutes approximately half of my work; the appeals and training/consulting work makes up the other half of my work. In that part of my practice, I focus on statutory and ethical issues particularly related to privacy and confidentiality, and custody/family law issues, and training on trial practice, evidence, case management, and mediation.
12. If you have a subspecialty in any major types of law listed in number 11, what is your
Subspecialty: Domestic relations cases, particularly complex and high conflict cases involving property, maintenance (alimony), and issues related to children, including parenting time, decision-making, child support, and dependency and neglect cases. I also specialize in ethics and confidentiality/privacy laws.
13. List other areas of law in which you have practiced.
Other areas of practice: General trial practice. including civil litigation (such as employment/labor, civil rights, construction disputes, personal injury). Post-conviction criminal. Juvenile/truancy. Special education. Appellate practice in family law and post-conviction criminal. For a list of significant cases/litigation, see Exhibit A
14. Have you practiced in the appellate courts of Colorado within the past five years? If so, please state the number and the types of matters handled.
Appeals in Colorado: Because of my history as a law professor, I am often called upon to consult with attorneys around the country on appeals, particularly in family law cases or cases related to ethics/confidentiality. I have handled two cases in Colorado courts in the last five years, one is a family law case (currently pending) which raises the question of the proper role of a child's legal representative in a custody case, and the other a statutory interpretation issue related to confidentiality/privilege laws in the context of discovery in a criminal case. (People v, Turner, Colorado Supreme Court, 2005).
15. Have you practiced in the trial courts of Colorado within the past five years? If so, please state what percentage of your total practice your trial practice constituted and the types of matters handled.
Trial Practice: I have served as a mediator/arbitrator for the Eighth Judicial District since 2002. When I took on that role, I decided not to take on individual clients as a trial attorney, so as to have clear lines and avoid potential conflicts of interest. My mediation and arbitration practice is related to the trial court practice, but does not put me in court as a representative of a litigant. In mediation, I serve as a prob1ern solver on cases to help the party reach settlements. In arbitration cases, I serve as what is essentially a privately selectedjudge and decide disputes that the parties have. In that capacity, I apply the rules of evidence, hear testimony and consider other evidence, and make findings and issue decisions. In those roles, I oversee a case management system tor mediations in which approximately 800 cases per year are referred by the magistrates and judges in our district. As a mediator/arbitrator; I take an impartial perspective on the cases before me.
16. List five litigated cases in which you participated as a judge or lawyer in the past five years, the names of the judges presiding, and the names of counsel. Please list current telephone (including area code) for each person identified.
Cases: I conduct mediations in approximately 400 cases per year. and arbitrations in approximately 5 cases per year. Mediation and family law arbitration are subject to strict confidentiality provisions, and the majority of the cases that I work on in the 8th Judicial District are sensitive family law cases for individuals. Because of confidentiality requirements, I am prevented from listing cases here. I have obtained permission from two attorneys who are willing to discuss a recent case that I arbitrated for their clients and have listed it here.
1. Case Name/Number: confidential
Presiding Judge: Julie Kunce Field! Arbitrator
Phone: 970-237-3220 x 103
List name(s) and telephone number(s) for opposing counsel:
Diane Lathrop, 970-484-5858
Michael D. Liggett, 970-482-9770.
List name(s) and telephone number(s) for co-counsel:
Briefly describe the case and your involvement:
Family law case regarding therapist choice and school choice for minor children and allocation of costs. Parties selected me to arbitrate their issues. I was the arbitrator, and heard evidence under the rules of evidence, and issued a binding decision for the parties.
17. Summarize your experience in adversary proceedings before administrative boards or commissions.
Administrative Law Experience: I have participated as at attorney for employee/litigants before the Michigan Human Rights Commission, before administrative law judges in Illinois, Michigan, and Massachusetts on school issues related to special education (on behalf of students, parents, and schools in a number of cases) and as an attorney for family law litigants before the Friend ofthe Court, which is an administrative hearing officer in Michigan family law matters.
18. List any law related lectures, speeches, or other presentations you have given and any such books or articles you have authored.
Lectures/SpeecheslPresentations: I present law related lectures, speeches, and other presentations on a regular basis. Representative audiences include judges; law enforcement; prosecutors; state, county, and federal agency representatives; child protection services workers; mediators; probation officers; attorneys; and non-attorneys who work in conjunction with the court and legal system. Topics include mediation practice, trial practice, evidence, statutory interpretation, ethics and confidentiality, appellate practice, high conflict family law case management, and interacting with media in a legal case. A representative list of presentations is attached as EXhibit B.
Books/Articles: I have written books, book chapters, and articles related to a number of legal issues, and I am a member of the Editorial Board of Court Review, the Journal of the American Judges' Association. Currently, I am writing a book directed to parties about how to navigate the court process in divorce cases. A list of my publications is attached as Exhibit C.
19. List your prior professional or business employment since completion of your formal education (include dates).
Special Consultant To International Monetary Fund And World Bank. January 2007- December 2009
Adjunct Faculty And Guest Lecturer, University Of Colorado-Denver, Masters' Program In Public Policy, 2003 - 2010
Clinical Program Director, Student Law Office, University or Denver College Of Law. May 2001 - Jan. 2003.
Setting the direction of the Student Law Office, the clinical program of the University of Denver College of Law, and the Domestic Violence Civil Justice Clinic within the Student Law Office.
Associate Professor And Clinic Director, Washburn University Law School, Topeka, KS. January, 1996--June 1999. Administer clinical program for third year law students. Responsible for four attorneys and seven staff members in general practice and mediation clinic. Supervise law students on cases involving high conflict family law issues, mediation, juvenile court, and other issues. Teach classes in evidence, trial practice, pretrial discovery, appellate practice, and case management skills.
Clinic Director And Assistant Clinical Professor, University Of Michigan Clinical Law Program, And Co-Director, Women And The Law Clinic, Ann Arbor, MI. September, 1989.December, 1995.
Supervise second and third year law students on cases for indigent clients, in areas such as high conflict family law, housing law, prisoners' rights, criminal law, employment discrimination, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act cases, and other general civil and misdemeanor criminal litigation. Teach legal theory, family law, civil rights law, evidence, pretrial discovery, civil procedure, appellate practice, and trial practice skills. Advise first year writing program students.
Litigation Associate, Nutter, McClennen & Fish, Boston, MA. July 1987~JuJy 1989. Primary areas of practice: employment and labor law, general civil litigation, white collar criminal representation, public corruption cases, domestic relations in high asset cases, and postconviction death penalty litigation. First and second chair of jury and non-jury trials. Primary responsibility for all aspects of civil litigation practice.
Law Clerk, The Honorable John W. Oliver, Senior District Judge, Western District Of Missouri, Kansas City, MO. August 1985-June 1987.
Student Practitioner And Officer, Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, University Of Chicago Law School, January 1984-August 1985.
Drafted U.S. Supreme Court brief and cross-petition for writ of certiorari in Education for Handicapped Act case. Conducted trial and appellate level administrative hearings. Responsible for major federal class action. Administered student programs.
Summer Associate, Ross & Hardies, Chicago, IL, And Johnson & Swanson, Dallas, TX. Summer, 1984.
Law Clerk, Kaszak & Schleifer, P.C., Chicago, fL. Summer 1983.
20. If you have not been employed continuously since completion of your formal education, describe generally what you were doing (include dates),
D. PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE
21. List activities in professional associations. including offices held, committees, awards, honors, and citations (include dates),
Member, Colorado Bar Association (1999-present); Member Larimer County Bar Association (l999-present); Member, Larimer County Women's Bar Association (2009 - present); Court Review Board of Editors (199B-present); Kansas Attorney General's Task Force on Visitation and Exchange Centers (1997 -1998); Ford Foundation Community Partnerships Advisory Committee (1994-2000); ABA/DOl Task Force on Domestic Violence in the Law School Curriculum (1994-2000); Topeka Inns of Court (1996-1998); Michigan Women's Bar Association Board of Directors (1993-1996); Delegate, American Bar Association (1988),
Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board Special Achievement Award, 1995, For work related to personal protection orders in the state of Michigan, including innovative creation of pro se forms for respondents.
Washtenaw County Bar Association Special Achievement Award, 1995. For work in the county and the state on behalf of men, women, and children who are survivors of domestic assault.
Mary Foster Award, Washtenaw Region, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, 1994. For work advancing the interests of women lawyers and women generally.
22. List your activities in civic and charitable organizations, including offices held, awards, honors, and citations (include dates).
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University of Chicago Law School Class of 1985 Class Correspondent (2004- present); University of Chicago Law School Reunion Committee (2009-2010); Crossroads Safehouse Board of Directors (2002-2007 and 2009-present; Board President, 2005-2007); Poudre School District Volunteer (1999-present); Arsenal Soccer Club Social Events Chair (2007-present); Executive Advisory Committee. University of Colorado-Denver's Masters of Public Administration Program (I 998~present).
Children's soccer coach (2000-2004); Odyssey of the Mind coach (1999-2006); Mothers and More Chapter Co-Leader and Advocacy Director (1999-200 I); Relay for Life Team Organizer/Member (1999-2004); Fort Collins Public Library, Friends of the Library Volunteer (1998-2003); Seven Oaks Academy Parent Review Committee (2002).
Crossroads Safehouse Creative Vision for Women Award, 2007
Fort Collins, Colorado Soroptimist Club, "Making a Difference for Women" Award, 2006
Domestic Violence Project Special Achievement Award, 1996. For work on behalf of men, women and children who are victimized in their homes.
Betty Anne Duff Award, 1993. For ensuring rights for teens in juvenile court cases.
23. List all public offices to which you were appointed or elected (include dates served). Have you had any military or other public service? If so, please give details.
E. REQUIREMENT TO COMPLY WITH JUDICIAL CODE OF CONDUCT
If appointed to the bench, you will be required to comply with the canons contained in the Colorado Code of Judicial Conduct.
24. Are you familiar with the Commission on Judicial Discipline and its function?
25. Do you understand a judge is required to file reports of compensation for quasi-judicial and extra-judicial activities in conformance with the Code of Judicial Conduct?
26. Do you understand that a judge must comply with the Public Official Disclosure Law (Section 24-6-202, CRS,)?
27. If you are now active in partisan politics, would you cease such activity if you are appointed
to judicial office? .
28. Are you now an officer or director of any business organization or otherwise engaged in the management of any business enterprise? If so, please give details.
Business Identity: Julie Kunce Field, LLC, which is my business identity for my legal, mediation, arbitration, and training/consulting work.
29. Colorado judges are expected to use computer technology for a wide variety of functions including word processing, legal research, case management, e-filing and e-mail. Do you personally use a computer for any of the purposes listed above or for similar purposes? If yes, describe the functions you perform and state how frequently you perform each function. If no, state whether you will participate in training to develop and maintain your personal skills in using computer technology.
Computer use: I use computers daily for word processing, creation of spreadsheets, website development and maintenance, email, legal research, internet work, and case management I am able to work with Macintosh or windows based operating systems.
30. Have you ever been cited for contempt of Court? If so, please give detail No.
31. Describe how you spend your leisure time (including special interests, hobbies, reading preferences, vacation activities).
Leisure Activities: I spend time with my family doing activities with my children, and supporting their interests in soccer, hockey, and music. For myself, I hike and read, mostly fiction/mysteries. I am a serious cook, and a not-so-serious gardener. Every couple of years, I find something that I have never done before and I dive in, as a new challenge to myself. For example, in the past 6 years I have taken piano lessons, learned to downhill and crosscountry ski, and played on an adult soccer league. My next foray will likely be into longdistance bike riding, as I have been challenged by a high school classmate to participate in the RAGBRAIJannual ride across Iowa.
32. List the names of no more than five individuals from whom you are requesting a letter of reference.
Michael D. Liggett Diane Lathrop Rebecca Henry Debora Wagner
33. Please attach a statement not to exceed one page in length, double-spaced, discussing: (a) your knowledge of and experience with the court served by the judgeship for which you are applying; and (b) the reasons why you wish to be appointed to this vacancy and the qualities you would bring to the bench if appointed.
See Exhibit D.
34. If you are applying for an appellate judgeship, you MUST submit a sample of your legal writing of not more than twenty (20) pages with this application.
See Exhibit E.
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