Twentieth Judicial District - Boulder County Court Judge
Honorable Elizabeth House Moulton Brodsky
Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The 20th Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously agrees by a vote of 10-0 that Judge Elizabeth House Moulton Brodsky MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. The Colorado statutory judicial performance standards are integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, administrative performance, and service to the legal profession and the public.
Judge Brodsky presides over civil, criminal, misdemeanor, small claims, and traffic matters in Boulder County, Colorado. Judge Brodsky is described as a “model judge” who treats all court participants with kindness, dignity, respect, and empathy. Judge Brodsky excels at efficiently managing a robust docket while making sure each voice is heard and connecting with all who appear before her. As the County Court Presiding Judge at the outset of the pandemic, Judge Brodsky led the development of new policies and procedures to promote access to justice to all litigants and criminal defendants during challenging times. She continues to look for “new ways to do better.” Judge Brodsky is very knowledgeable on the law and prepares thoroughly and thoughtfully for the cases over which she presides. Her written rulings are clear, well-reasoned and easily accessible.
The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Brodsky, reviewed opinions she wrote, observed her performance in court, and reviewed judicial performance survey responses from attorneys and non-attorneys who participated in Judge Brodsky’s court proceedings. The Commission also received comments on Judge Brodsky’s performance from the district attorney and representatives of the defense bar and hosted a public hearing, at which citizens provided additional input regarding her performance as a judge.
In response to a survey question about whether Judge Brodsky “meets judicial performance standards,” 100 percent of the attorneys answered yes. Of the non-attorneys responding to the survey, 88 percent answered yes; 6 percent had no opinion and 6 percent answered no.
Judge Brodsky was appointed to the County Court in 2015. She previously served as a magistrate on the Boulder District Court bench from 2011 to 2015. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado. Before joining the bench, Judge Brodsky was the managing attorney for Boulder County Legal Services. Before that she served as a court-appointed legal representative for abused and neglected children. Judge Brodsky continues to engage in many volunteer activities to promote social justice including serving on professional committees, providing educational and training materials and programs for the legal community and general public. She also volunteers her time and energy to nonprofit organizations outside of the legal community, such as the Nederland Food Pantry.