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Neighbors, Bill

Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Bill Neighbors joined the staff of arbiters at JAG in 1986.

After serving as the Chief Trial Deputy for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office for two years, he was appointed to the Boulder County District Court in 1973, serving primarily in a civil division until 1983, when he was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court. In 1985, Neighbors was elected Deputy Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. Neighbors has long been an advocate of judicial education and legal professionalism as demonstrated by his long-standing relationship with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy as a teaching team leader and member. He has taught trial advocacy at Harvard, the University of Denver, the University of Colorado and New Mexico law schools. Neighbors and Justice William H. Erickson have written two books on constitutional criminal law and procedure.

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Judicial Service

Colorado Supreme Court Justice, 1983-1986 (Deputy Chief Justice, 1985-86)
District Court Judge, 20th Judicial District, Colorado, 1973-1983


J.D. – University of Colorado School of Law
M.S., Economics – Colorado State University
B.S. – Colorado State University


Phone: 303-572-1919

Career Highlights
  • Lawyer of Year 2017: Mediation
  • 5280 Magazine Top Lawyers 2015
  • Colorado Super Lawyers 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Joined JAG as an arbiter in 1986
  • Chief Trial Deputy for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office
  • Private Practice 1965-1971
Community and Professional Activities
  • Former Chair, State Commission on Judicial Performance
  • Former Chair, City of Denver Ethics Code Review Committee
  • Former Chair, City of Denver Civil Service Review Committee
  • Past member, Judicial Discipline Committee
  • American Law Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
Fun Facts
  • Member of Colorado State University’s Livestock Judging Team
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