Colorado Court of Appeals
Honorable Jaclyn Casey Brown
Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The State Commission on Judicial Performance finds that Judge Jaclyn Casey Brown MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS, by a vote of 11 – 0. 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 Brown has been on the Colorado Court of Appeals since June, 2019 and this is her first retention as a Court of Appeals judge. The Commission finds that her opinions are timely, clear and well-reasoned. At oral arguments, she is well-prepared, succinct in her questions and respectful. The Commission commends Judge Brown for her collegiality and collaboration among her colleagues. The Commission applauds her work as co-chair of the court’s Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity & Anti-Racism Committee, her focus on judicial training and well-being, and her active participation in several laudable projects in the bar associations. The Commission also recognizes her clear enthusiasm for her work on the bench. One survey question asked whether Judge Brown met judicial performance standards. 85% of attorneys and 90% of judges responded “yes” to that question. She received an overall score of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The Commission finds that Judge Brown is a valuable addition to the Court of Appeals.
To conduct our evaluation, the Commission interviewed Judge Brown, reviewed her self-evaluation, observed oral arguments, and considered survey responses from attorneys and judges. The Commission is concerned about Judge Brown overextending herself with too many professional commitments and encourages her to employ strategies to trim down such commitments. Judge Brown recognized the need to do this in her self-evaluation and interview. Judge Brown also recognized the need to improve her administrative skills especially in the areas of hiring, delegation and managing employees. The Commission encourages Judge Brown to learn from fellow judges and other professional resources to improve these skills. Judge Brown also expressed her plan to continue increasing her knowledge of criminal law.
Judge Brown joined the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2019. From 2016 to 2019, she served as a District Court Judge in the 17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield Counties) where she presided over domestic relations and civil matters. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She earned her law degree from Washington University School of Law, graduating in the top 10% of her class. Judge Brown was a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, where she litigated complex civil matters in several states. Judge Brown is a member of the National Association of Women Judges and the Colorado Women’s, Colorado LGBT, Denver, Adams, Broomfield, Heart of the Rockies, and Fremont Custer Bar Associations. She is a graduate of the Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program and a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation. Judge Brown has been involved in several community organizations, including the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Curious Theatre Company.