Legislators win CCJL's Common Sense in the Courtroom Awards

Monday, September 19, 2016

DENVER — Colorado Civil Justice League has announced winners of its Common Sense in the Courtroom Awards, given to state legislators who have demonstrated a commitment to curtailing lawsuit abuse.

Awards will be presented at CCJL’s Legislative Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Denver Four Seasons. Tickets are available at www.CCJL.org.

CCJL is the only organization in Colorado exclusively dedicated to stopping lawsuit abuse while preserving a system of civil justice that fairly compensates legitimate victims.

“Common Sense in the Courtroom requires justice for those who have been wronged, balanced by fairness for those who may be wrongfully accused,” said CCJL executive director Mark Hillman.

While this year’s legislature didn’t advance significant tort reform, a bi-partisan coalition of legislators derailed several bills that would create more litigation, such as enshrining a new right for homeless people to sue for privacy, assigning arbitrarily liability for earthquakes to oil and gas operations, and subjecting employers to costly lawsuits simply for asking typical interview questions.

"At CCJL, we are grateful for the bipartisan support of legislators who understand the importance of an efficient and balanced court system to our state's economy," said Jeff Weist, CCJL legislative director.

Common Sense in the Courtroom Award recipients include:

  • Representatives Jeni Arndt (Fort Collins), Jon Becker (Fort Morgan), J. Paul Brown (Ignacio), Perry Buck (Greeley), Terri Carver (Colorado Springs), Kathleen Conti (Littleton), Don Coram (Montrose), Brian DelGrosso (Loveland), Tim Dore (Elizabeth), Justin Everett (Littleton), Steve Humphrey (Severance), Janak Joshi (Colorado Springs), Tracy Kraft-Tharp (Arvada), Lois Landgraf (Fountain), Polly Lawrence (Douglas County), Tim Leonard (Evergreen), Paul Lundeen (Monument), Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff (Pueblo West), Patrick Neville (Franktown), Dan Nordberg (Colorado Springs), Dan Pabon (Denver), Kevin Priola (Brighton), Bob Rankin (Carbondale), Kim Ransom (Douglas County), Paul Rosenthal (Denver), Kit Roupe (Colorado Springs), Lori Saine (Firestone), Dan Thurlow (Grand Junction), Kevin Van Winkle (Highlands Ranch), Ed Vigil (Fort Garland), Yeulin Willett (Grand Junction), Angela Williams (Denver), Jim Wilson (Salida), Joann Windholz (Commerce City) and Cole Wist (Centennial).
  • Senators Randy Baumgardner (Hot Sulphur Springs), Bill Cadman (Colorado Springs), John Cooke (Greeley), Larry Crowder (Alamosa), Kerri Donovan (Vail), Leroy Garcia (Pueblo), Kevin Grantham (Canon City), Owen Hill (Colorado Springs), Mary Hodge (Brighton), Chris Holbert (Parker), Cheri Jahn (Wheat Ridge), Kent Lambert (Colorado Springs), Kevin Lundberg (Berthoud), Vicki Marble (Fort Collins), Beth Martinez Humenik (Thornton), Tim Neville (Littleton), Ellen Roberts (Durango), Mark Scheffel (Parker), Ray Scott (Grand Junction), Jerry Sonnenberg (Sterling), Jack Tate (Centennial) and Laura Woods (Arvada).