League of Women Voters to sponsor event on court system

The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County will sponsor a presentation by the Colorado Bar on the Colorado Criminal Court System. The meeting will be held Nov. 10, at 9 am at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Dolores. The public is invited and a discussion will follow the presentation.

The speaker for the program is JenniLynn Everett Lawrence.

Lawrence graduated from University of Wisconsin Law School in 1997 and enjoyed the private practice of law for 13 years before being appointed to serve as Montezuma County Court Judge. She is admitted to practice in Colorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Florida. As a practicing attorney she earned the esteemed AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. Judge Lawrence is a native of Montezuma County. She was raised on a cattle ranch outside of Mancos and is a graduate of Mancos High School and Fort Lewis College. Judge Lawrence’s family members were some of the first pioneers to settle in the area. Prior to becoming an attorney, Judge Lawrence taught English at the Cortez Middle School and Montezuma-Cortez High School.

Judge Lawrence was appointed to the Montezuma County Court in November 2010 where she currently hears traffic, misdemeanor and civil cases up to $15,000. Judge Lawrence also hears felony preliminary hearings and serves as a District Court Magistrate.