Biography: William R. Lucero was born in Pueblo, Colorado and received his J.D. in 1972 from the University of Denver. He served in the Denver District Attorney’s Office from 1972 to 1990 and the United States Attorney’s Office from 1990 to 2001, where he supervised the Complex Prosecution and the Appellate Units. He then returned to the Denver District Attorney’s Office and served as Chief Trial Deputy until 2004, when the Colorado Supreme Court appointed him Presiding Disciplinary Judge. In 2002, Judge Lucero was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a past member of numerous committees focusing on professional responsibility matters, including the Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee, the Attorney Regulation Committee, and the Federal Committee on Conduct. He received the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s award for Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer of the Year in 1995.
Community Education and Outreach: Many attorneys and the public are unfamiliar with the rules governing the attorney regulation system and the PDJ’s role in that system. As such, community outreach meets a vital need by teaching Colorado lawyers and citizens about the disciplinary system. To educate lawyers and citizens, Judge Lucero is frequently found presenting continuing legal education courses related to ethics and professionalism throughout the state. He has given talks to many of Colorado’s specialty bar associations, including the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and the GLBT Bar Association. Additionally, Judge Lucero has presented numerous continuing legal education courses to various bar associations throughout Colorado, including the Colorado Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and associations serving Adams County, Jefferson County, Larimer County, and Pueblo County. Judge Lucero has also trained lawyers affiliated with the National Organization of Bar Counsel through a program sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Throughout his tenure as the PDJ, Judge Lucero has been called upon to speak with various student groups. He continues to help educate law students by making presentations to legal ethics classes at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver law schools by participating in For This We Stand, a program designed to educate law students about professionalism. To help educate the non-legal community and to expand his outreach efforts, Judge Lucero has spoken with citizens and students at the Zebulon Pike Detention Center in Colorado Springs as part of the Judicially Speaking program and he has presented a motivational program to students at Risley Middle School in Pueblo.
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