DENVER — Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Samuel Cassidy as County Court Judge for Archuleta County.  The vacancy is due to the retirement of the Honorable James E. Denvir.

Cassidy is currently a professor at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, where he has taught business law and ethics since 2000.  He handles cases on a pro bono basis in the areas of criminal law, civil litigation, business contracts, business formation, and real estate.  

Before becoming a professor, Cassidy was President and CEO of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, President and CEO of the Jefferson County Economic Development Association, and Chairman of the Economic Development Council of Colorado.  Additionally, Cassidy served as Lieutenant Governor of Colorado (1994-1995), Minority Leader of the Colorado State Senate (1992-1994), and a State Senator for Senate District 6 (1991-1994).  He previously was in private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Cassidy earned his undergraduate degree from University of Oklahoma in 1972 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa in 1975.

The appointment is effective January 13, 2015.