During his nineteen years on the bench, Judge Richtel presided over a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation. While on the Boulder District Court bench he, Judge Dana and Judge Neighbors established that court’s highly successful settlement conference system. As a JAG arbiter, Judge Richtel’s practice focuses on commercial disputes and professional malpractice cases.
Judge Richtel became a professor at the University of Colorado School of Law in 1971, where he taught evidence, contracts, and trial practice as a tenured member of the law faculty. Following his appointment to the District Court bench, he continued to be involved in teaching a broad range of topics ranging from historic trials to negotiations at both the law school and in continuing legal education programs. He also was involved in judicial education for new judges for 15 years. Judge Richtel, who holds dual American and Israeli citizenships, continues to teach on an annual basis at the Hebrew University Law School in Jerusalem as an adjunct professor. He has also taught courses for Israeli judges, both civil and military, and in the Israeli Ministry of Justice. Since 2007, Judge Richtel has taught a seminar to Israeli students from Hebrew University and Palestinian students from Al-Quds University, who study together in Jerusalem.
District Court Judge, 20th Judicial District, Colorado, 1977-1996
- Joined JAG as an arbiter in 1996
- Adjunct Professor, Hebrew University Law School, Jerusalem (1998-Present)
- Professor, University of Colorado School of Law
- Private Practice, Beverly Hills, CA (1965-71)
Community and Professional Activities
- Past President, Boulder County Bar Association
- Past President, Boulder County Legal Services
- Past Member, Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors
- Past Chair, American Bar Association National Conference of Lawyers and Representatives of the Media
- Winner, American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award
- Edited the Emmy Award winning television series “You Be the Judge”