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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Colorado|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||3/6/2002 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Zita Weinshienk|
|Past post:||Colorado Sixteenth Judicial District|
|Past term:||1988 - 2002|
|Undergraduate:||Western State College, B.A., 1972|
|Law School:||U. of Colorado Law, J.D., 1974|
Early life and education
A native of Colorado, Blackburn graduated from Western State College with his bachelor's degree in 1972. He graduated from the University of Colorado Law School with his Juris Doctorate in 1974.
Blackburn started his legal career in 1975 as a law clerk in a Colorado private practice firm. Later that same year, Blackburn became a full-time private practice attorney with the same firm. In 1980, Blackburn became a part-time Deputy District Attorney for Colorado's 16th Judicial District (serving in this position until 1986) and a County Attorney for Bent County (serving in this position until 1988). In 1985, Blackburn became a part-time municipal judge for the town of Kim, Colorado. In 1988, Blackburn was appointed a Circuit Court Judge in the Sixteenth Judicial District of Colorado.
He served as a Circuit Court Judge until his nomination to the federal bench in 2001.
District of Colorado
Blackburn was nominated by President George W. Bush on September 10, 2001 to a seat vacated by Zita Weinshienk As Weinshienk went on senior status. Blackburn was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 26, 2002 on an unopposed 98-0-2 Senate vote and received commission on March 6, 2002.
Awards and associations
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of Colorado
|Magistrate judges||David West • Kathleen Tafoya • Kristen Mix • Michael Hegarty • Craig Shaffer • Boyd Boland • Michael Watanabe • Gordon Gallagher •|
|Former Article III judges||
Moses Hallett • William E. Doyle • Edward Nottingham • Zita Weinshienk • John Porfilio • Robert E. Lewis • John Foster Symes • Olin Chilson • Alfred Arraj • Jean Breitenstein • James Carrigan • Phillip Figa • Sherman Finesilver • Daniel Sparr • Fred Winner • William Knous •
|Former Chief judges|