Court Communications and Media Relations 200960 (online)
Statistics and Research Design for the Legal Administrator 200960 (classroom)
Statistics and Research Design for the Legal Administrator 200960 (online)

Peter Koelling

Adjunct Professor

B.A.,1978, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
J.D., 1984, St. Mary’s School of Law, with distinction. San Antonio, Texas

Peter M. Koelling has considerable curriculum development and teaching experience at the graduate level in the fields of public administration, public policy and law, political science, statistics and research design at both Northern Illinois University and serving on the faculty for several years at Colorado State University. In addition, for two years he worked at the Colorado State Court Administrators Office and developed training and curriculum for the Colorado Court Improvement Program. He facilitated the creation of cooperatives in various judicial districts in Colorado and completed assessments of the Colorado Model Courts Program and the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children.

Mr. Koelling has been a licensed attorney for more than twenty-four years. He is licensed in Texas, Colorado and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was graduated from Trinity University and subsequently from St. Mary’s University School of Law with distinction. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Koelling was a law clerk for Justice Ted Z. Robertson on the Texas Supreme Court. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Northern Illinois University in the fields of Public Administration and Public Policy with graduation expected in 2010. In private practice he was active in state and local bar associations serving on various boards and committees and as President of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. In 1989 he was honored as the pro bono attorney of the year for the state of Texas with the Texas Bar’s Scurlock Award.

Mr. Koelling served as the Bexar County Civil District Court Administrator in San Antonio, Texas. In that capacity he handled the administrative duties of fifteen District Courts with civil and juvenile jurisdiction. He designed, developed and administrated the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program, a school for all expelled children in the county. He received a Certificate of Excellence from the Bexar County Employee Excellence Award Program in 1998. As administrator he was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the executive committee of the Court Improvement Program Task Force on Foster Care and as a team member to the National Conference on Self Represented Litigants in 1999. He is the Executive Director of Public Measures, a Colorado non-profit corporation established to provide analysis, program evaluation, assessment and support regarding the efficacies and deficiencies present in complex systems of court administration and federal and state programs.

An Assessment of Colorado Courts in the Interstate Placement of Children. The Specialized Practice of Juvenile and Family Law. Anne Kellogg (Ed.) (Denver: National Association of Counsel for Children, 2008) Chapter 20, pp. 163-170


  • A Theory of Judicial Independence, Paper at Law and Society International Conference, Berlin, Germany July 25, 2007
  • Cross Training, the System Fundamentals, Paper at the Colorado Family Issues/Child Welfare Conference June 6, 2007.
  • The Changing Role of Special Masters, Paper at the national conference of the American Society for Public Administration April 5, 2005.
  • Your Legal Concerns, Your Stepfamily Magazine, March/April 2003 with the Hon. John J. Specia, Jr.
  • Countdown to Permanency, The Bexar County Model (San Antonio: Bexar County, 2000) with John J. Specia, Jr. and Peter Sakai
  • Castleberry v. Branscum: A Divided Texas Supreme Court Increases Shareholder Liability for Corporate Contractual Obligations, 19 St. Mary’s L. J. 245, 1987, with M. Shearn