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Bellipanni, Joseph

Former 20th Judicial District Court Judge Joseph Bellipanni joined the professional staff of JAG arbiters in 2002.

Judge Bellipanni was first appointed to the Boulder County Court in 1983, then appointed to the District Court bench a year later. He served twelve of his fifteen years on the District Court bench as Chief Judge. The Colorado Judicial Department recognized Judge Bellipanni as its Judicial Officer of the Year in 1995. While a judge, he served on a number of committees including the Multi-Disciplinary Committee on Family Law, the Colorado Chief Judges Council, the Judicial Educational Planning Committee and the Supreme Court Criminal Rules Committee, and was a presenter at a number of programs and seminars concerning civil, commercial and domestic issues.

After leaving the bench, Judge Bellipanni served as Chief of Party and Senior Judicial Advisor for the USAID-funded Administration of Justice Support Project in Cairo, Egypt. In those roles, he worked with Ministry of Justice officials, judges and staff to improve case management and judicial education. He continues to consult part-time on judicial improvement projects in Egypt and Jordan.

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Judicial Service

District Court Judge, 20th Judicial District, Colorado 1984-98 (Chief Judge 1986-98)
County Court Judge, 20th Judicial District, Boulder, Colorado, 1983-84


J.D. – University of Colorado School of Law
B.A. – Loyola University, Chicago


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Career Highlights
  • Joined JAG as an arbiter in 2002
  • Chief of Party and Senior Judicial Advisor, AMIDEAST, USAID-Funded Administration of Justice Support Project, Cairo, Egypt
  • Judicial Officer of the Year (1995)
  • Attorney, Davis, Graham & Stubbs, Denver, CO
  • Law Clerk, Chief Justice Edward Pringle, Colorado Supreme Court
Community and Professional Activities
  • Chair, Criminal Justice Management Board, a cooperative association of all the criminal justice agencies in the 20th Judicial District (1989-1998)
  • Member, Juvenile Justice Management Board (1993-1998)
  • Member, Multi-Disciplinary Committee on Family Law (1995-1998)
  • Member, Chief Judges Council, State of Colorado (1993-1998)
  • Member, Supreme Court Criminal Rules Committee (1983-1990)
  • Member, Judicial Educational Conference Planning Committee (1990-1992)
  • Member, Probation Advisory Committee (1992)
  • Participant, Center for Global Education Program in Central America (1991)
Fun Facts
  • Following college, worked as a Vice-Principal and Teacher at St. Mary’s School in Walsenburg, CO through the VIDA volunteer program
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