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Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new district court judge in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties

DENVER — Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed Theresa Slade to serve as a district court judge in the 18th Judicial District, which includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. Slade will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Valeria Spencer.


Slade currently serves as a magistrate with the 18th Judicial District, a position she has held since May 2011. In this role, she has a domestic relations docket with additional duties including preliminary hearings in felony criminal matters, juvenile court trials and mental health hearings. Prior to being a magistrate she ran a private practice, Slade & Associates, from 2000 to 2011. Previously, she was an associate municipal judge for the City of Lone Tree and an associate municipal/teen court judge for the Town of Castle Rock. In these capacities, Slade dealt with all municipal cases including theft, drug and alcohol violations and traffic.


Slade earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.


The appointment is effective immediately.