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Vol. 47, No. 2 [Page 96]

The Colorado Lawyer

February, 2018

Hon. Adam J. Espinosa

Judge Espinosa is a member of the Colorado Lawyer advisory board. His appointment began on July 1, 2017.


Hometown: Everywhere and nowhere. As a son of a military officer, I was born overseas, learned to speak a foreign language, and moved every three years. I often call Tucson, Arizona my home because it is where my parents were raised, but I have never lived there. Now I call Denver home, the place I have lived the longest.

Law School: University of Denver School of Law (visiting student) via Washburn University School of Law

Lives in: Denver, Colorado

Works at: Denver County Court

Practice Area(s): Criminal, Civil, Ethics, Litigation

CBA Member Since: 2002

Describe yourself in five words.

Public servant, fair, thoughtful, diligent.

Why did you become a lawyer?

My parents ingrained in me a high regard for education and public service. As a young person, I witnessed several family members and people in my community affected by our criminal justice system. Often, they did not understand the process and had no one to help them navigate it. I became a lawyer to understand our laws and to make a difference in my community.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

“It is a small legal community” and “do not self-select yourself out of opportunities.”

What is one of the most positive experiences you’ve had as a lawyer?

Earning the selection of Mayor Michael B. Hancock and getting sworn in as the youngest Latino on the Denver County Court bench. Additionally, my frst oral argument before the Colorado Supreme Court, my first homicide trial, and my work developing a drug court have been the most rewarding and challenging opportunities in my career.

What do you like the most about your practice area?

I enjoy working with the people in my community and helping them understand our legal and...

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