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Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new district court judge in Arapahoe County

DENVER — Thursday, April 12, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today the appointment of Michelle Amico to serve as a district court judge in the 18th Judicial District. Amico will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Robert H. Russell.


Amico, of Littleton, currently serves as the Chief Deputy District Attorney with the Denver District Attorney’s office. In her career with the District Attorney’s Office, she has acted as a prosecutor and directed the Family Violence Unit, County Court Division, District Court, Juvenile Division, Gang Unit and Intake Division.


Amico also serves as a legal advisor to the Denver Police Department and instructs at the Denver Police Academy. Previously, Amico clerked for White & Steele, P.C., and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Amico has volunteered in the community throughout her legal career and served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Denver Center for Crime Victims.


Amico earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona and a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.


Amico’s judicial appointment is effective May 31, 2012.