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Lt. Gov. Garcia appoints new county court judge

DENVER — Wednesday, July 31, 2013 — Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today appointed Jonathan Shamis to serve as a county court judge in Lake County, which is in the 5th Judicial District. The vacancy is a result of the appointment of the Hon. Dewey Wayne Patton to the district court.


Shamis is currently Executive Director of Alpine Legal Services, where he practices family law, real estate law, collections, protection orders and criminal law. He served as an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Mountain College. Previously, Shamis was a Partner at Fahrenholtz, Kleinschmidt, Stephens and Shamis, where he practiced in the 5th and 9th District Courts. He was a Senior Attorney and Assistant Public Defender in the Office of the Cook County (Ill.) Public Defender. Prior to graduation from law school, Shamis directed the Illinois Ethnic Consultation.


Shamis earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law.


The appointment is effective Aug. 29, 2013, and is conditioned upon Shamis becoming an elector of Lake County.




About the judicial selection process

Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a judicial district nominating commission. The nominating commission selects three nominees for the district and county judicial vacancies of which the final appointment is selected.