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Weishaupl, Elizabeth 2010 Evaluation


Eighteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge 

Honorable Elizabeth A. Weishaupl

Retention Year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain

The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Elizabeth A. Weishaupl BE RETAINED.

Judge Weishaupl attended Denver University for undergraduate school, graduating in 1984 and graduating from the University of Denver College of Law in 1989. Upon graduation she clerked for Justice Kirshbaum for a year followed by five years at a private law firm and five and a half years at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

Judge Weishaupl was appointed District Court Judge in July of 2008. Judge Weishaupl left her position as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado after serving seven years.

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Weishaupl from attorneys and non-attorneys, a written self-evaluation, and a sampling of written opinions issued by Judge Weishaupl. A personal interview of Judge Weishaupl was conducted by the Commission, and members of the Commission observed Judge Weishaupl in the courtroom during several proceedings. The Commission is impressed with Judge Weishaupl’s efforts to increase her knowledge and further her learning. She attended the Judicial College in August 2009 and has signed up for additional coursework at the college. In addition she makes it a regular practice to read orders issued by her colleagues and has taken an on-line class on writing effective orders. The Commission is further impressed by her high attorney survey scores for communication and diligence and her perceived neutrality as determined by attorneys appearing before her.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 92% recommended to retain, 0% not to retain, and 8% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 100% recommended to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 91% recommended to retain, 9% not to retain.