University of Denver

Carlos Samour, Jr.

Chief Judge, 18th Judicial District Court of Colorado

Chief Judge Carlos Samour, Jr., was appointed to the district court bench in the 18th Judicial District effective January 2, 2007. Since taking the bench, he has presided over criminal, civil, domestic relations, and juvenile cases in Arapahoe County. Chief Judge Samour was appointed Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial District by Chief Justice Rice on July 1, 2014.

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Chief Judge Samour worked at the Denver District Attorney’s Office for approximately ten years. Before becoming a prosecutor, he worked in civil practice for almost five years at Holland & Hart. His first job out of law school was a one-year clerkship for the Honorable Robert McWilliams in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Judge Samour graduated with honors from the University of Colorado and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.