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Manzanares, Lawrence 2002 Evaluation


Second Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable Lawrence A. Manzanares 

Retention Year: 2002
Recommendation: Retain

The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Lawrence A. Manzanares BE RETAINED.

Judge Manzanares was appointed to the Denver District Court bench in September 1998. Prior to that appointment, Judge Manzanares served on the Denver County Court bench, having been appointed in February 1992. Before serving as a Denver County Court judge, Judge Manzanares was in private practice in Denver, specializing in civil litigation. Judge Manzanares received his undergraduate degree from the University of Denver in 1979 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1982. Judge Manzanares currently hears civil cases, and has also heard criminal cases during the past two years.
Judge Manzanares is married and has two children. His hobbies include biking, playing the guitar and woodworking. He serves on the Boards of Directors of four non-profit organizations, including Project Pave and Mi Casa Women’s Resource Center.

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Manzanares from attorneys and non-attorneys, including written comments. The Commission also considered a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Manzanares and conducted a personal interview with him.

Judge Manzanares received average ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys in virtually every category. Of the attorneys responding to the survey, 81% recommended that Judge Manzanares be retained, 6% recommended that he not be retained and 13% had no opinion. Of the non-attorneys responding to the survey, 87% recommended retention, 3% recommended non-retention and 10% had no opinion.