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Loeb, Alan 2006 Evaluation


Colorado Court of Appeals 

Honorable Alan M. Loeb 

Retention Year: 2006
Recommendation: Retain

The State Commission on Judicial Performance recommends by a vote of 10 to 0 that Judge Alan M. Loeb BE RETAINED.

Background: Judge Loeb was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2003. He graduated from East High School in Denver, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan Law School.

For 32 years before his appointment to the Court, Judge Loeb tried cases and litigated disputes. His law practice concentrated on complex civil litigation and appeals, especially of securities and corporate law issues. His community interests include service as District Governor for the more than 50 Rotary Clubs in Colorado.

Strengths: Attorneys who responded to survey questions rated Judge Loeb above the survey average for making decisions without regard to possible criticism and not engaging in ex parte communications. Attorneys rated Judge Loeb as at the survey average for (1) making reasoned decisions based upon the law and facts, (2) issuing opinions in a timely manner, (3) writing opinions that are clear, and (4) treating parties equally regardless of race, sex, or economic status.

The Commission reviewed several opinions that Judge Loeb wrote and agreed that his opinions are generally very good. Judge Loeb is working to learn more about criminal sentencing and workers' compensation.

Weaknesses: Attorneys rated Judge Loeb slightly below the survey average for: (1) being fair and impartial toward both sides of the case, (2) writing opinions that adequately explain the basis of the Court's decision, (3) allowing parties to present their arguments and answer questions, (4) refraining from reaching issues that need not be decided, (5) being courteous to attorneys, and (6) being prepared for oral argument.
Recommendation: 64% of attorneys surveyed and 89% of judges surveyed strongly recommended that Judge Loeb be retained in office. Overall, 92% of attorneys and 99% of judges supported his retention.

The Commission unanimously recommends that Judge Loeb be retained.