John R. Lowenbach

19th Judicial District
Honorable J. Robert Lowenbach (ret.), is a Child Trauma Fellow, a Senior Judge for the State of Colorado, and a consultant dedicated to improving court and agency practice for dependent children and their families.  Prior to his retirement in January 2009, he was a District Court Judge in Greeley, Colorado.  During most of his 27 years as a judicial officer he presided over family matters and served on local and statewide committees to improve the administration of justice for families and children. At the time of his retirement he was the Lead Judge of the Weld County Model Court through the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Victims Act Model Court project. Judge Lowenbach remains as a member of the Court Improvement Program for the State of Colorado and was a member of the National Training Team of the National Center on State Courts initiative to help courts address implicit bias in state courts. Judge Lowenbach has served as an educator for legal and multi-disciplinary professionals locally and nationally on many occasions.  He has written practice commentary for the Judicial Benchbook on Colorado Child Welfare Law, and authored an article entitled “A Recent History of Colorado's Dependency and Neglect Court System: A View From the Bench” that appeared in the October 2007 issue of The Colorado Lawyer.  He has authored multidisciplinary child welfare curricula entitled Roles and Responsibilities in the Child Welfare System, Procedures and Practices in the Child Welfare System, and Collaborative Process for the Child Welfare System.  Recently he co-authored Kinship Care: A Guide for Judges, Attorneys and Court Participants with Dr. Barbara Wirth.