Angela Arkin


Advanced Family Law

Adjunct Professor

B.A., University of Maryland
J.D., Emory University School of Law

The Honorable Angela R. Arkin served as a District Court Judge in the 18th Judicial District from 2002 through 2015. She began her judicial career in August 2000 by serving two years as a District Court Magistrate in Arapahoe County. Judge Arkin served as a District Judge in all four counties, with mixed dockets of criminal, civil, probate, mental health, juvenile and domestic cases, with a 100% DR docket for her final 7 years. In 2015, Judge Arkin was chosen as the District Court Judge Honoree for the Colorado Judicial Institute Judicial Excellence Award, and received many other awards and recognition for her service to the Colorado bench, bar and Colorado families. Judge Arkin is now retired from the District Court bench, and is an Arbiter at the Judicial Arbiter Group (JAG) providing mediation, arbitration, ENA/ENE, special master and appointed judge services.

 Judge Arkin is a 1983 graduate of Emory Law School, and is licensed in Colorado, Georgia and the District of Columbia. She is a frequent lecturer and author in the areas of family law, unbundled legal services, and jurisdiction. In 1984, as a practicing attorney, she successfully argued the first Georgia Supreme Court case interpreting the Georgia Domes­tic Relations Long-Arm Statute, and in 1989, won the first Georgia jury trial involving the introduction of DNA evidence. After becoming a member of the Colorado bar in 1994, she participated in the committee that drafted and helped enact Colorado’s Parental Responsibility statute, and was actively involved in the legislative effort to pass the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. 

 Judge Arkin is the Secretary of the CBA Judicial Liaison Section, is a Co-Editor, Author and Reviser of the CBA Bench Bar Book on Domestic Relations, serves on the Colorado Child Support Commission, is on the Douglas County Domestic Relations Best Practices Team, volunteers as a mediator at the Douglas County District Court, and serves on the Attorney General’s Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Convening, among many other professional activities.  Additionally, Judge Arkin is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University Of Denver College Of Law, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

 For 16 months following her retirement from the bench, Judge Arkin formed and was the Director of The Self-Represented Resource Center™ (SRRC) at The Harris Law Firm. The SRRC was created by Judge Arkin and Rich Harris to provide affordable unbundled legal services to individuals who were handling their domestic relations matters without attorney representation. Judge Arkin was recognized as “Barrister’s Best: Family Law Lawyer,” by Law Week Colorado in September 2016 and as a “Super Lawyer 2017,” for this innovation.

Significant Publications

1. A.R. Arkin, The UCAPA: Preventing Child Abduction, Chapter 30 in THE PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE TO COLORADO DOMESTIC RELATIONS LAW (2008), Update (2009), Update (2010), Update (2012), Update (2013).

2. A.R. Arkin and B. Elliott-Dumler, A View from the Bench, Chapter C3 in THE ROLE OF THE CHILD AND FAMILY INVESTIGATOR AND CHILD’S LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE IN COLORADO (2007), Update (2008), Update (2009), Update (2011).


4. A.R. Arkin, Interstate Issues, Chapter 39 in THE PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE TO COLORADO DOMESTIC RELATIONS LAW (2005); Update (2007), Update (2008), Update (2009), Update (2010), Update (2012), Update (2013).

5. A.R. Arkin, Colorado’s Uniform Interstate Family Support Act: 2004 Changes and Clarifications, VOL. 33, NO. 11, THE COLORADO LAWYER 77 (2004).

6. A.R. Arkin, Interstate Family Law Jurisdiction: Simplifying Complex Questions, VOL. 31, NO. 9, THE COLORADO LAWYER 77 (2002).

7. E. Henson, J. McWilliams, B. Quade, and A. Arkin, Domestic Relations Law and Orders (Third Edition), A PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO BAR ASSOCIATION, FAMILY LAW SECTION (2002).

8. A.R. Arkin, The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (Part II) , VOL. 29, NO. 10, THE COLORADO LAWYER 81 (2000).

9. A.R. Arkin, The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (Part I) , VOL. 29, NO. 9, THE COLORADO LAWYER 73 (2000).

10. A.R. Arkin, and R.T. Hinds, III, Modification of Parenting Time And Decision Making (Custody) , VOL. 28, NO. 6, THE COLORADO LAWYER 75 (1999).

11. A.R. Arkin and R. Litvak, Property Division, Chapter 3 in THE COLORADO FAMILY LAW PRACTICE GUIDE, (1998).

12. A.R. Arkin, Trial of Marital Property Issues, Chapter 32 in FAMILY LAW LITIGATION GUIDE (1996).

13. A.R. Arkin, A Guide to Community Property, Chapter 38A in FAMILY LAW AND PRACTICE (1996).

14. A.R. Arkin, Establishing Paternity Under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act: A Step Toward Simplicity, Chapter 7 in, SHATKIN, DISPUTED PATERNITY PROCEEDINGS (1996).

15. A.R. Arkin, Paternity Proceedings, Chapter 2 in SHATKIN, DISPUTED PATERNITY PROCEEDINGS (1994).

16. A. Arkin Byne, Evidentiary and Related Issues in Disputed Paternity Proceedings, CH. 3 in SHATKIN, DISPUTED PATERNITY PROCEEDINGS (1993).

17. A. Arkin Byne, Using DNA Evidence to Prove Paternity: What the Attorney Needs to Know, 19 FAM. L. REP. 3001 (1992).

18. A.R. Arkin, J.A. Irvine, Chapter 4, Domestic Relations, How Domestic Violence Affects Dissolution Actions, Pp. 120 – 138, COLORADO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BENCH BOOK (2011).

19. A.R. Arkin, Judges’ Corner, The Other Side of the Bench: Reflections on Ten Years in Family Court, VOL. 39, NO. 7, THE COLORADO LAWYER 93 (2010).

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