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Anderson, Emily

District Court Judge Emily E. Anderson joined JAG in 2021.
Emily Anderson

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Emily E. Anderson is the first woman to preside as the Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial District, serving Adams and Broomfield Counties. She has served as a district court judge since 2013, having previously been a magistrate in the 17th JD and Denver County Court. Prior to her judicial appointment in 2005, Judge Anderson ran her own law firm for eleven years. Her private trial practice focused on family law, civil litigation and mediation. As an attorney, she fought tirelessly for the rights of LGBTQ persons. In 2006, The Center on Colfax honored her at their annual Jokers Jewels & Justice event for her past service on the Board of Directors, as Chair of the Legal Services Committee, as a volunteer for the Colorado Legal Initiatives Project and for her many years of service to the LGBTQ community. 

Judge Anderson is active in the legal community having served in numerous leadership positions in the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association and the LGBTQ Bar Association. She served on the CWBA board for 13 years and the CWBA Foundation Board for 8 years. Judge Anderson co-chaired the CWBA Convention Committee four times! She recently completed her terms as the District Director for the National Association of Women Judges, the Juvenile Services Planning Committee and the Access to Justice Committee in the 17th JD. She currently serves on the Chief Judges Council, Executive Committee for the 17th JD, the Executive Council for the new Judicial Peer-to-Peer Coaching program and the Colorado Supreme Court Disciplinary Review Board. Judge Anderson is committed to promoting judge and lawyer well-being. She has been a volunteer for the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP) since its inception and served on the board of Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyers (CLHL) for 8 years. Judge Anderson was the recipient of the Colorado Judicial Institute’s Judicial Excellence Award in 2013. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from the Colorado College, Cum Laude, in 1986 and her J.D. degree from The University of Denver College of Law in 1989. She and her wife, Patricia M. Jarzobski, just celebrated their 31st anniversary and live in Westminster with their golden retriever, Brandi.

Judicial Service

17th Judicial District Court Chief Judge 2019-present

17th Judicial District Court Judge 2014 – 2019

17th Judicial District Court Magistrate, 2005 – 2013

Denver County Court Part-Time Magistrate, 2001 – 2005


University of Denver College of Law, JD 1989

The Colorado College, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude, 1986


Phone: 303-572-1919
  • 17th Judicial District Executive Committee, 2018-present
  • Chief Judge Council, 2019-present
  • Supreme Court of Colorado Disciplinary Review Board, 2018-present
  • Adams County Community Corrections Board, 2019-present
  • Executive Leadership Development (ELD) for the Colorado Judicial Branch, 2018 graduate
  • Chair, SCAO Judicial Education distance learning training project for judicial officers and court staff on Working with Self-Represented Litigants, a five-part video series, 2018
  • Colorado Supreme Court Judge and Lawyer Well-being Task Force, 2018 – present
  • Peer to Peer Judge Coaching program (Colorado Judicial Education), executive council, 2018 – present; Peer to Peer Judge Coaching training, 2019 graduate
  • Judicial Education Liaison to the Colorado Judicial Education Committee for the 17th JD, 2015 – 2019
  • Annual Judicial Conference Planning Committee, 2014 – 2017
  • Access to Justice Committee for the 17th JD, 2016 – 2019
  • Adams County Bench Bar Committee, 2015 – 2019
  • Juvenile Services Planning Committee 17th Judicial District, Chair 2008 – 2012; 17th JD representative 2008 – 2018
  • National Association of Women Judge’s Association, Board member & District 12 Director (5 states), 2016 – 2019
  • Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyer Board Member, Co-Founder of Women’s Support Group, Crisis hotline, 2010 – 2017 • Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA), Board of Directors for thirteen years
  • President-Elect 2006
  • Vice-President 2005
  • Treasurer 2003 
  • Convention Chair 2006 – 2009, 2012
  • LGBT Bar Association Representative 1999 – 2002
  • CWBA nominating committee 2015, 2016
  • CWBA Foundation, Board of Directors for eight years
  • Vice-President 2009 – 2013
  • Secretary 2005-07, Treasurer 2003
  • LGBT Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1999 – 2002
  • The GLBT Center, Board of Directors, 2001 – 2005
  • Chair of Legal Services Committee 2001 – 2005
  • The GLBT Center, Colorado Legal Initiatives Project (CLIP), Legal Panel Member and Volunteer Attorney, 1996 – 2005
Community and Professional Activities
  • Presenter, Colorado Women’s Bar Association “Storming the Bench,” on the judicial nomination process, 2020 
  • Presenter, “Dealing with Difficult Opposing Counsel,” a professionalism program for young lawyers, November 2019
  • Presenter, Colorado Supreme Court “You Be the Judge,” a program to assist historically under-represented candidates apply for judicial openings, April 2019
  • Author, “A View from the Bench: Effective De-Escalation Techniques,” Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Colorado (AFCC), Spring 2019 
  • Presenter, Colorado Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission Training video, 2017
  • Presenter, COLAP Judicial Roundtable on Wellbeing, 2017-present
  • Presenter, “Nuts & Bolts” videos for judicial education training on family law and case management, 2016, 2018
  • Presenter, Colorado New Judge Orientation, 2017-present on working with self-represented litigants
  • Presenter and organizer for “Prevention & Recognizing Compassion Fatigue,” at the 2015 Colorado Judicial Conference to judicial officers and their spouses.
  • Presenter, 2015 Annual Family Law Institute, on “Best Interests of Children.”
  • Presenter, 2015 Domestic Relations Best Practices Court Institute for Judges, Magistrates, Family Court Facilitators and Sherlock’s
  • Co-Author, “The Modern Family Court Judge-More than Just Pots and Pans,” The Colorado Lawyer, August 2015.
  • Presenter, CBA/CLE Evidence Practicum for Family Lawyers 2014, 2015
  • CWBA & Project Safeguard Permanent Protection Order Training Program, 2014, 2016
  • Presenter, CBA/CLE Family Law Basic Skills CLE, judge panel 2015, 2018, 2019
  • Presenter, ABA YLD 4-Corners CLE, “Tips from the Bench: How Young Lawyers Can Survive & Thrive in the Courtroom,” 2015
  • Presenter, Larimer County Bar Association “Getting Benched” and Colorado Women’s Bar Association “Storming the Bench,” on the judicial nomination process, 2014
  • 2020 Colorado Women’s Bar Association Judicial Excellence Award Recipient
  • Outstanding Service Award, Colorado Bar Association, 2012
  • Outstanding Public Service Award, Juvenile Services Planning Committee for the 17th JD, 2012
  • Distinguished Community Service Award, The GLBT Center, 9th Joker’s Jewels & Justice, 2006
  • Barrister of the Year Nominee, Colorado Legal Initiatives Project (CLIP) 1999, 2005
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