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Feldman, Ethan 2010 Evaluation


Eighteenth Judicial District - Arapahoe County Court Judge 

Honorable Ethan D. Feldman

Retention Year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain


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The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Ethan D. Feldman BE RETAINED.

Judge Feldman received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1970 and his law degree from the University of Denver in 1974. He spent many years on the executive council of the Colorado Bar Association Criminal Law Section, including a term as Chairman. He has recently concluded terms as President of the Colorado County Judges Association and the Colorado Trial Judges Council. Judge Feldman has served on several Colorado Supreme Court committees, one of which was the Judicial Advisory Council upon which he served two terms. Judge Feldman is especially proud to be a current trustee of the Supreme Court’s Attorney Fund for Client Protection. He has co-authored an article on Victim Rights which was published in The Colorado Lawyer, and selected for Westlaw citation.

He was appointed to the Arapahoe County Court on December 31, 1991. Prior to this appointment to the bench, Judge Feldman was a Deputy District Attorney in Arapahoe County and then entered private practice, specializing in criminal, domestic and general civil litigation. Judge Feldman presently has a 100% criminal docket, including felony advisement and handles the Preliminary Hearing Division.

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Feldman from attorneys and non-attorneys, as well as a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Feldman. A personal interview of Judge Feldman was conducted by the Commission, and members of the Commission observed him in the courtroom. Judge Feldman exceeded all county court judges in the attorneys’ survey of his abilities and from the non-attorneys’ survey he
received excellent reviews for his demeanor, fairness, communication, diligence and application of the law. In part, Judge Feldman believes that the rule of law is the bedrock of equal treatment and has dedicated himself to this concept throughout his legal career. He believes respect for the law is an empty concept unless it is accompanied by respect for people as individuals, regardless of ethnicity, religion or gender. The Commission finds that Judge Feldman is an outstanding judge, who has served and is serving honorably and diligently, and is a credit to the legal profession.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 97% recommended to retain, 2% not to retain, and 0% expressed no opinion. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 81% recommended to retain, 9% not to retain, and 11% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 91% recommended to retain and 10% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)