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Nineteenth Judicial District - District Judge


Reports:
2012 Retention Survey Report
2011 Interim Survey Report

Honorable Elizabeth Beckers Strobel

Retention year: 2012
Recommendation: Retain

The Nineteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Elizabeth Beckers Strobel BE RETAINED. Nine commissioners voted in favor of retention. One commissioner was recused.

Judge Strobel received her undergraduate degree from Montana State University in 1974, and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1977. Judge Strobel was with the Weld County District Attorney’s Office for five years and began private practice in 1983. Judge Strobel was appointed as a magistrate handling a domestic relations and dependency and neglect docket on January 24, 2005. Judge Strobel was appointed to the Nineteenth Judicial District Court on June 30, 2009. Her current docket includes domestic relations, civil matters, and municipal and county court appeals.

Judge Strobel feels passionately that all parties (whether represented by legal counsel or not) should have ready access to the court system. Judge Strobel’s volunteer efforts serve both the judicial branch and the broader community. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weld County Bar Association and Weld County Legal Services. In addition, she serves as a commissioner for the Colorado State Access To Justice Commission, and has been a volunteer for more than 18 years at the Guadalupe Homeless Shelter. While a magistrate, Judge Strobel was instrumental in seeking mediators to assist the court in helping to settle small claims actions. Through Weld County Legal Services, and with the help of the court facilitators, she has helped to establish a pro se post-decree mediation program to enable litigants to quickly and inexpensively resolve simple problems, such as child support modification or scheduling changes in parenting time arrangements. The Commission considered the survey data and comments, the interview of Judge Strobel, courtroom observations, case management data, and the judge’s self-evaluation. The Commission identified several concerns based on Judge Strobel’s survey data and comments. One hundred and twenty-one (121) attorneys completed and returned a questionnaire. Survey results for Judge Strobel were mixed. Some respondents described her as courteous, respectful, and hardworking with a pleasant and friendly demeanor. Other respondents indicated that Judge Strobel can be abrupt and rude, and lacking neutrality with regard to the parties. The Commission believes that Judge Strobel understands the concerns voiced by some of the respondents and has taken the necessary steps to address these concerns.

Of all the attorneys surveyed about retention, 79% recommended to retain, 14% not to retain, and 7% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation. Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 85% recommended to retain and 16% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 57% recommended to retain, 36% not to retain, and 6% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation. Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 62% recommended to retain and 39% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)