Colorado Court of Appeals
2012 Retention Survey Report
2011 Interim Survey Report
2009 Interim Survey Report
Honorable Daniel Marc TaubmanRetention year: 2012
The State Commission on Judicial Performance recommends by a vote of 10-0 that Judge Daniel Marc Taubman BE RETAINED.
Judge Taubman was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 1992. He graduated from Cornell University in 1969. Before starting law school, he served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps, spending two years in rural Peru. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1974, then served as a law clerk to a federal district court judge. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Judge Taubman practiced law at legal services programs in Colorado Springs, New York, and Denver. He serves as chair of the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee and is a member of the Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Subcommittee, which developed the Association’s appellate pro bono program. Judge Taubman has been actively involved in access to justice activities, both as a member of the Colorado Access to Justice Commission and the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession. He also participates in programs designed to educate citizens regarding our legal system, including a program to educate elementary, middle, and high school students called We the People, the Citizen and the Constitution. Judge Taubman has been chosen for the 2012 Denver Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Award.
Attorneys who responded to survey questions indicate that Judge Taubman’s performance is comparable to the other Court of Appeals judges standing for retention. Many attorneys described Judge Taubman as intelligent and fair. Others commented favorably on the depth of his experience as a judge. The responses of district court and other appellate judges indicate that the performance of Judge Taubman is comparable to the other judges standing for retention. The comments of some judges reflect, and the Commission agrees, that Judge Taubman is dedicated and conscientious. The Commission reviewed a number of opinions written by Judge Taubman and found them in general to be detailed in addressing the issues presented, though on occasion somewhat unclear in explaining the basis of the court’s decision. The Commission observed that Judge Taubman was polite and engaged during oral argument.
Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 80% recommended to retain, 11% not to retain, and 9% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 88% recommended to retain and 12% not to retain. Of all judges surveyed, 87% recommended to retain, 4% not to retain, and 9% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation. Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 96% recommended to retain and 5% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)