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Local gets judge nomination

Josh Nichols

Craig resident Sandra H. Gardner, who holds law offices in Steamboat Springs and Craig, has been nominated to replace retiring 14th Judicial District Judge Richard Doucette.

Gardner has had her own practice since 1996.

“To be one of those selected was a surprise,” she said. “It’s a great honor.”

In addition to Gardner, other nominees include Gary Scott Engle and Michael Andrew O’Hara III, both of Steamboat Springs.

The 14th Judicial District Nominating Commission made the nominations.

The 14th Judicial District covers Moffat, Routt and Grand counties.

Gardner serves as private and court-appointed counsel in both criminal and civil matters.

Her specific areas of practice include criminal defense, dependency and neglect actions, family law, juvenile law and probate.

Gardner, a Steamboat Springs native, earned a Bachelor of Arts in German Literature from Colorado College in Colorado Springs in 1985.

She earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Ga. in 1991.

In addition to her legal practice, Gardner has also served as a part-time faculty member in the paralegal program at Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig.

She taught Constitutional Law in the fall semester of 1997 and Criminal Law in the fall semester of 1998.

Doucette will retire Dec. 31, but Gov. Bill Owen’s announcement of who will replace him will happen soon, Gardner said.

“It’s happening very quickly,” she said. “We are scheduled to meet with a four-member panel from the governor’s office Tuesday (today).”

The panel will make a recommendation by the end of the week, at which time Owens will likely announce his decision, she said.

Nominee Scott Engle has worked in the law office of Weiss and Van Scoyk in Steamboat Springs since 1996.

O’Hara has worked in the law office of Oliphant, Hammond, O’Hara and Atwell LLC in Steamboat Springs since 1991.

Gardner said all nominees would be good selections as 14th Judicial District Judge.

“It’s my opinion that of the three candidates whoever is selected the 14th Judicial District will be well served,” she said.

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