DENVER — Tuesday, Oct., 4, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today the appointment of Ann Gail Meinster to serve as a district judge in the 1st Judicial District. Meinster will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable R. Brooke Jackson.
Meinster, of Jefferson County, is a 1st Judicial District Court Magistrate, with a primary focus on Juvenile and Domestic Relations cases. She also serves as presiding judicial officer for Family Integrated Treatment Court.
Before her appointment in January 2009, Meinster served as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in the Jefferson County Family Drug Court. From 2002 to 2009, she acted as GAL on behalf of the Office of the Child Representative in Boulder, Jefferson, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Summit and Lake counties. From 1999 to 2002, Meinster served as Assistant Park County Attorney representing the Park County Department of Human Services. Meinster worked in private practice in Maryland from 1978-1985 and in Colorado from 1986-2009, with an emphasis on children’s rights. From 1983 to 2005, she also worked as a divorce mediator.
Meinster earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Meinster’s appointment was effective Oct. 3.