Senior judge and mediator W. Terry Ruckriegle will start his one-year term as president of the Colorado Bar Association on July 1, representing the association’s 18,515 members.
The former 5th Judicial District chief judge will focus his term on issues relating to young lawyers: the financial burden they assume, examining options to pay down or forgive their loan debt and ensuring those new to the profession have the skills necessary to enter the workplace prepared.
In addition, Ruckriegle will continue to support CBA programs that concentrate on mentoring, service to veterans and professionalism in the legal community, particularly among attorneys and judges.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to receive the leadership baton from Mark Fogg and continuing with a number of the valuable programs in the Colorado Bar Association,” Ruckriegle said.
Ruckriegle spent 26 years on the bench after he was appointed in 1984 by Gov. Dick Lamm. He handled a variety of high-profile cases, most notably the sexual assault case against L.A. Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant in 2003-04. Ruckriegle served as the 5th Judicial District’s chief judge from 1994 until his retirement in 2010. Prior to his appointment to the bench he worked as a prosecutor in the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and in private practice.
Currently, Ruckriegle serves as a senior judge, hearing cases all around the state, and as a mediator, arbitrator and special master. He and his wife Debbie live in Breckenridge. They have three daughters: Stephanie, 29; Heidi, 26; and Sarah, 24.