Senior and Supervising Judges
Senior Judge Edwin L. Felter, Jr. has been with the Office since 1980. He attended the University of Texas in Austin, and received his law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After graduation from law school, he was appointed as the Law Clerk to New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Merle E. Noble. He has served as a Colorado Assistant Attorney General, handling civil trials in state and federal courts, as Disciplinary Prosecutor for the Supreme Court Grievance Committee, and as a Deputy State Public Defender. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2006.
He was Chief Judge of the Office of Administrative Courts (1983-1998) before being appointed Senior Judge. Senior Judge Felter is Past Chair of the American Bar Ass'n (ABA)) National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary (NCALJ) (2000/2001). He is Secretary of the ABA's Government and Public Sector Lawyers (GPSLD). He is an ABA advisor to the Uniform State Laws Commission, Drafting Committee for the Model State Administrative Procedures Act Revision. In 2005, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the new Tribal Courts Council of the Judicial Division, ABA. He is in the Administrative and Regulatory Practice Section. He was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2003, a distinction conferred on 1/3 of 1% of all lawyers. He serves on the Colorado Bar Association Inter-professional Committee and Workers' Compensation Section, and is President of the Rhone Brackett American Inns of Court, Denver. He is an ABA-certified mediator. He is on the faculty of the National Judicial College, and he developed the Model Code of Judicial Conduct for State ALJs, which was endorsed by the ABA Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary in 1995, and guided in the ABA's endorsement of the Model Act Creating a State Central Hearing Agency in 1997 through passage by the ABA House of Delegates. He won the 1994 National Association of Administrative Law Judges Fellowship for his paper, "Adjudication Quality: The Only Way to Reduce Costs and Delays," in the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges. His article, "Special Problems of State Administrative Law Judges", 53 Admin. L. Rev. 403 (2001) surveys ethical provisions for State ALJs. His more recent article, "Accountability in the Administrative Law Judiciary," 86 Denv. U. L. Rev. 157 (2008), deals with the right and the wrong forms of judicial accountability. He has spoken widely and written numerous articles on administrative law, ethics, medical/legal issues and other subjects.
Senior Judge Felter directs the Office's law clerk program and coordinates judicial training.
Supervising Judge Michael E. Harr has been with the Office of Administrative Courts since 1999. Judge Harr received his B.A. from St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland and his J.D. from the University of Denver, College of Law. Judge Harr was appointed as a prehearing administrative law judge with the Division of Workers' Compensation in 1991, and was promoted to chief prehearing judge in 1994. He clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Smith, Jr., Colorado Court of Appeals, before entering in private practice emphasizing workers' compensation.
Judge Barbara Henk was appointed to the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts in 1994. She earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in 1985, and her J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1988. Previously she practiced in the areas of worker's compensation and general civil litigation. She has been a speaker at various continuing legal education seminars in Colorado on the topic of worker's compensation. Judge Henk received mediation certification from the National Association of Administrative Law Judges and the American Bar Association in 1998 and has conducted mediation conferences in numerous areas of administrative law.
Judge Michelle A. Norcross received a B.S. degree in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Northern Colorado in 1985 and her JD from the University of Nebraska in 1989. Previously, she served in the Attorney General's office as First Assistant Attorney General representing the Office of Consumer Counsel. Prior to that, she worked as staff counsel for the Social Security Administration, Office of Hearings and Appeals, and in private practice representing injured persons in worker's compensation cases and for an insurance defense firm.
Judge Martin D. Stuber joined the Office in 1988. He graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and received his law degree from Stanford Law School. Before coming to the Office, he worked for the Colorado Attorney General's Office as the Administrator of the Colorado Uniform Consumer Credit Code. In 1985, he was the president of the American Conference of Uniform Consumer Credit Code States. As a Colorado assistant attorney general, he represented the Real Estate Commission, the Securities Division, the Board of Architects, and other state regulatory agencies. Judge Stuber won the 1995 Judicial Excellence Award from the Office. He has been a frequent speaker and writer on workers' compensation topics.