Craven wins judicial excellence award |

Craven wins judicial excellence award

Surrounded by his colleagues and most of the seven members of the Colorado Supreme Court, Ninth District Judge T. Peter Craven accepted the Colorado Judicial Excellence Award Tuesday.

The awards banquet was held as part of the Garfield Legal Services 20th Anniversary celebration in Hotel Colorado on Monday evening.

“I don’t know how it happened,” Craven said as he stood on the podium with his award in hand.

He explained that he was nominated by the Ninth Judicial District’s Chief District Judge Thomas Ossola after Ossola wrote the nominating committee a letter.

“I have no idea what he put in that letter, but I suspect it would not pass Rule 11,” Craven joked.

He also said it’s easier to do a good job because he’s surrounded by dedicated professionals. People’s experiences in court are shaped by all they encounter in the court system.

“They are satisfied or dissatisfied based on how they are treated,” he said.

Craven also joked about having members of the Supreme Court in attendance for his big award.

“In respect for Justice Mullarkey, I wore a coat and a tie,” he said. “In respect for Justice Bender, I wore a loud tie.”

Craven won the award based on his outstanding docket management, respect for litigants and attorneys, handling of difficult cases, commitment to community, creativity and excellence throughout his career.

Also at the banquet – which included a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Garfield Legal Services – other awards were handed out.

Attorney Bill Kaufman, of Glenwood Springs, won the award for pro bono attorney of the year.

Garfield County Court Judge Vic Zerbi won the award for professionalism. It was given to him for his work on the bench and for his efforts with the state champion Glenwood Springs mock trial team.

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