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Judge Ed Felter

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EDWIN L. FELTER, JR. is Senior Administrative Law Judge, Colorado Office of Administrative Courts (OAC), which is an independent central panel of ALJs. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2006 ——-. He was director and chief judge of the OAC from 1983 – 1998. He has been a government lawyer for almost all of his professional life. He was Chair of the National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary (NCALJ), American Bar Association (ABA), 2000/2001. He has served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair-Elect of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division (GPSLD), and has been on its Council since 2002. He is now Chair of the GPSLD. He also served as Chair of the GPSLD Ethics Committee, 2007-2011. The GPSLD is the 12th largest entity in the ABA, with a membership over 7,300.

Judge Felter is a consultant in administrative law for the STAR Viet Nam Project, and spent the months of December 2003 and March 2006 in Viet Nam, assisting the Drafting Committee of the Government Inspectorate (GI) in revising the Law of Complaints and Denunciations (Vietnam’s version of an Administrative Procedure Act). The project involved a proposal for the creation of a Central Administrative Tribunal of Viet Nam. He has consulted with the States of Hawaii, Alaska and Pennsylvania on the establishment of central panels; with the Republic of Panama on judicial administration; and, with the workers’ compensation judges in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Judge Felter was the Disciplinary Prosecutor for the Supreme Court Grievance Committee, 1975 – 1978; Assistant Attorney General, Colorado, 1975 – 1980; and, Deputy Colorado State Public Defender, Fort Collins, 1971 – 1975. His article entitled “Special Problems of State Administrative Law Judges,” 53 Admin. L. Rev. 403 (2001) [re-published in 8-10 Law and Justice: Journal of the United Lawyers Association 41 (2001-2003), New Delhi, India], surveys ethical structures for state ALJs in the United States. His recent article, “Accountability in the Administrative Law Judiciary: The Right and the Wrong Kind,” 86 Denv. U.L.Rev.157 (2008) [reprinted in 30 J.NAALJ 19 (2010)] explores the reasons why political accountability is not appropriate. In 2003, Judge Felter was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor conferred on 1/3rd of 1% of all lawyers. He is now a Life Fellow. From 2006-2009, he served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

Judge Felter was President of the Rhone Brackett Inn (Denver), American Inns of Court, 2008 – 2010.