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Hoffman, Morris 2006 Evaluation


Second Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable Morris B. Hoffman

Retention Year: 2006
Recommendation: Retain


2006 Retention Survey Report 


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The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Morris B. Hoffman BE RETAINED.

Judge Hoffman was appointed to the Denver District Court bench in December 1990. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Hoffman was in private practice in Denver, specializing in commercial litigation, real estate and bankruptcy law. Judge Hoffman graduated from the University of Colorado and received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1977. Over the past two years, Judge Hoffman has presided over both criminal and civil cases. He has also presided over the Denver Grand Jury for ten of the fifteen years he has been on the bench.

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Hoffman from attorneys and non-attorneys, including written verbatim comments attached to the evaluation questionnaires. The Commission also considered a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Hoffman and conducted a personal interview with Judge Hoffman.

Judge Hoffman’s judicial philosophy centers on efficiency, legal analysis, humility and judicial restraint. He is careful not to involve himself in community or bar activities if such involvement would possibly compromise his ethical role as a judge. Judge Hoffman is a legal scholar who has published many law review articles and several guest editorials in national newspapers.

Judge Hoffman received high ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys in virtually every category, particularly in the areas of: overall diligence, overall fairness, treating without bias, prompt rulings, and overall application and knowledge of law. Among the non-attorneys surveyed, 97% strongly recommend that Judge Hoffman be retained. Among the attorneys surveyed, 95% recommend that Judge Hoffman be retained.