About The Bar

The First JD Bar Association is an organization of licensed attorneys with ties to Gilpin and Jefferson counties, located just west of Denver, Colorado. We have approximately eight hundred lawyers and judges who are members.

Jefferson county includes a mix of suburban communities, foothills towns, and open spaces of every description and terrain. Gilpin county rises high to the northwest of Jefferson county. Traveling up into this county, the population centers around Denver are left behind, and the natural beauty that drew early pioneers remains largely intact.

Settling rugged terrain required rugged individualists. That pioneer spirit continues to run deep in our heritage. Other necessary attributes to take on “Rocky” mountains were cooperation, and a sense of community. These qualities also remain as a point of pride in our members, and in our court system. Enjoy your visit to our website. We offer our hospitality, and our members offer their service.

Governance

2022-2023 OFFICERS

President – Preston Branaugh
President-Elect – Jennifer Kilpatrick
Sedretary Treasurer – Alan Hendrix

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Ali Brady
Nicholas Campbell
Matthew Durkin
Adam Hepp
Judge Russell Klein
Joseph Maher
Andrew McLetchie
Kelci Sundahl
Judge David Taylor
Rebecca Taylor
Catherine Tieman
Judge Lindsay VanGilder

BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Andrew Hart
Samantha Lillehoff
Kim Sparks
Judge Christopher Zenisek

Committees

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Awards –  Magistrate Marianne Tims & Chris Radeff
Banquet – Kim Sparks
Bench/Bar –  Judge Lily Oeffler
CLE / Luncheon – Steve Cook
Community Relations – George Bailey
Golf – Jon Bradley
Law Day – Magistrate Marianne Tims
Membership – Joe Lusk
Mock Trial – Jennifer Melton
Nominating – Preston Branaugh
Professionalism – Barry Meinster
Website – Ryan Hutton
Executive Director – Vicki Malara


The 1st JD Bar Association welcomes you to our website. We invite you to browse the website for information concerning upcoming events, member benefits, and member lists. Our purposes are to enhance the practice of law within Jefferson County and Gilpin County, to promote professionalism and the administration of justice, to encourage legal education, to uphold the honor and dignity of the bar, to cultivate cordial relations among the legal community of Jefferson County and Gilpin County, to perpetuate the history of the profession and the memory of its members, to facilitate and improve the provision of legal services to the community, and to administer the budget for professional, social and community-oriented purposes. If you are a lawyer or legal professional and are not a member, please consider joining. If you are a member and would like to get more involved in the 1st JD, please reach out to me or one of our board or committee members for information.

President - Samantha Lillehoff

Upcoming Events

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