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Pelican, Steve

Prior to joining the Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc. in 2009, Steve Pelican served twenty-three years on Colorado’s 4th Judicial District Court in Colorado Springs.
Steve Pelican is no longer accepting arbitrations.

Since his appointment to the bench he was highly ranked in every Bar Association Poll and Colorado Judicial Performance Review in that district. In 2002 Pelican successfully completed the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction in Mediation and Negotiation, I and II. He also is a graduate of both the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. Pelican has been active his entire life in professional, civic and family matters. Professionally he has served on numerous bar association and judicial committees including the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors and the Bar’s Committee on Professionalism. He also served on the University of Colorado Law School Alumni Board from 1992 until 1995. Pelican and his wife have spent a lifetime together working to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis and helped found the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Judicial Service

District Court Judge, 4th Judicial District, Colorado, 1986-2009


J.D. – University of Colorado School of Law
B.A. – University of California, Santa Barbara


Phone: 719-473-8282
Career Highlights
  • Joined JAG as an arbiter in 2009
  • Distinguished Alumni Judiciary Achievement Award, University of Colorado Law School (2008)
  • Special Merit Award, Bar Press Committee (1984)
  • Partner, Kirkman, Henley and Pelican, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Private Practice, criminal, civil and commercial litigation, 1975-78
  • Deputy District Attorney, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Robert B. Lee, Colorado Supreme Court
  • United States Army Reserve, 1969-75
Community and Professional Activities
  • Co-Founded Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Pikes Peak Chapter (President 1993-2009)
  • National “Breath of Life” Family Volunteer Award, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2010)
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International (2006)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Award for Family Service (2005)
  • Alumni Board, University of Colorado Law School (1992-95)
  • Ben S. Wendelken Inn of Court (Co-Founder and President, 1994)
  • Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors (1991-93)
  • Committee on Professionalism, CBA (Chair 1993-94)
  • Journalism Committee, CBA (Chair, 1988-89)
  • Bench/Bar Conciliation Committee (1985-89)
  • Trustee, El Paso County Bar Association (1985-87)
  • Municipal Court Selection Committee (1982-85)
  • Bar Press Committee (Chair 1982-84)
  • Judicial Procedure Committee (1982-85)
  • Faculty, El Paso County Trial Advocacy School (1982-88)
  • Human Subjects Committee, United States Olympic Committee (1984-88)
  • Colorado Springs Trails Task Force (1980-81)
  • Leadership 80’s, now Pikes Peak Leadership (Co-Chaired Inaugural Year 1979-80)
Fun Facts
  • Arrested in Manitou Springs, CO as a college freshman for inciting a riot
  • Built a wooden kayak
  • Speaks fluent Pig Latin
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