Colorado Judicial Institute Elects New Board Members

On June 25, the Colorado Judicial Institute announced it recently elected new board members Jim Carpenter, Joe Kennedy, Judge Andrew Luxen and Shawna Seldon McGregor. 

“In an era of polarization and misinformation, it is crucial that we work to ensure the public’s confidence in the impartiality and integrity of our courts,” said Jeff Rupp, executive director of CJI, in a press release. “Our new class of board members will provide fresh perspective in sectors that may not be familiar with CJI and will be invaluable in promoting our work to educate the public about Colorado’s judicial system and foster trust in the courts.” 

Jim Carpenter is the co-founder of Freestone Strategies, a strategic public affairs and communications firm. He has worked in high-level roles for Colorado politicians and in public affairs for National Jewish Health. Carpenter is currently a citizen member of the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline. He previously served on the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission and the 18th Judicial District Nominating Commission.

Joe Kennedy brings more than 30 years of business development and executive experience within the legal technology vertical, including his current role as senior account executive at Stenograph. He also volunteers with several nonprofit organizations, including Her Justice, Metro Caring and Project Angel Heart. 

Judge Andrew Luxen is a district court judge in the 2nd Judicial District. Previously, he served in various district attorney roles in Denver. 

Shawna Seldon McGregor is a public relations executive and founder of Maverick Public Relations. She participates in industry organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America, where she serves on the Colorado chapter’s DEI committee, the Publicity Club of New York and the Crisis Ready Institute. McGregor has also served on nonprofit boards, including Climate Ride and Colorado-based dog rescue organization Saving Dobermankind.

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