QuikFacts (short law-related notes) now appear on the Publications page.

Nathan Dunlap death sentence reprieve executive order

New (February 2013), and critical, evaluation of Coloraodo DOC's Sex Offencer Treatment Program (SOTP).

Video clip of Phil Cherner's comments on Holmes case for KDVR-TV, July 24, 2012.

Phil Cherner is mentioned in this July 21, 2012 Denver Post article.

Phil Cherner is mentioned in this June 16, 2012 Denver Post article.

Phil Cherner is mentioned in this May 9, 2012 Denver Post article.

DOC has released a new report on solitary confinement. DOC uses "ad seg" at nearly 7 times the national average, but to its credit has cut the population by nearly 300 over the last few months.

There's a new report from the SOMB evaluating the effictiveness of standards-based sex offender treatment. The report concludes the data does not support the conclusion that the treatment reduces recidivism. "The policies prescribed by the Adult Standards and Guidelines for the management and treatment of adult sex offenders appear to limit sexual recidivism post–release from supervision for adult sex offenders who successfully completed either probation or parole. Notwithstanding the literature, the data alone does not provide sufficient independent evidence to support this claim and is therefore less conclusive." See the report at: http://dcj.state.co.us/odvsom/sex_offender/SO_Pdfs/2011%20Adult%20Standards%20and%20Guidelines%20Outcome%20Evaluation.pdf

Phil Cherner published an article in the February 2010 The Colorado Lawyer, which described in detail why felons sentenced in Colorado serve, on average, 70% of their sentence.

A copy of the article is available here.

In November Phil Cherner completed hosting "CSI Colorado in 2011" for CLE, Inc. Over 100 lawyers attended.

Over the years, Phil has spoken on numerous aspects of criminal defense, the law, and society. He has spoken before many of the area's leading legal groups.

The Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, and Colorado Women's Bar Association are among the groups that Phil Cherner has spoken before. Additional groups include the Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado State Public Defenders, and National Lawyer's Guild, among others.

In addition to being a highly-respected attorney in Denver, Phil Cherner is an avid photographer.

Photos by Phil Cherner have appeared in a variety of publications.

Some of Phil's photos were recently displayed at the Festimatge 2012 exhibition in Calella, Spain, in April.

Petra, Jordan

The ancient city of Petra, Jordan.

Visit the photography section of the site to see many examples of Phil's photography.

Professional Resume for Phil Cherner


PHILIP A. CHERNER

1244 Grant St.
Denver, Colorado, 80203
Phone: 303-860-4501
Fax: 303-860-4505

Education

  • Cass Technical High School, Detroit, Michigan, 1968.
  • B.G.S., University of Michigan, 1972.
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1975.

Legal Experience

Associate, Vicente Sederberg, 2014 - present.

Litigation practice emphasizing state and federal felony criminal defense (trial and appeals), attorney grievance matters and bar admissions.

Sole Practitioner, 1996 - 2014.

Litigation practice emphasizing state and federal felony criminal defense (trial and appeals), attorney grievance matters and bar admissions.

Partner, Cherner & Blackman, 1990-1995.

Litigation in state and federal courts, emphasizing criminal defense.

Associate, Stayton and Brennan, 1988-1990.

Litigation in state and federal courts, emphasizing criminal defense.

Deputy State Public Defender, 1980-1988.

Defense of full range of felonies, with the emphasis on the more serious cases. Four first degree murder trials and about 80 felony trials altogether plus one or two appeals each year. Office Head, Littleton Public Defender Office, 1981-82. Trained and supervised the new attorneys in the Denver Trial Office in 1986-87.

Associate, Feuer, Flossic and Rich, 1976-1980;
Solo Practitioner, 1975-1976.

Most all aspects of civil and criminal litigation in such areas as criminal (felony, and misdemeanor), personal injury, bankruptcy, collections, divorce, administrative hearings, and commercial litigation. Appeals in the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Civil and criminal cases in both state and federal courts. Approximately 25 jury trials.

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer in Law, University of Denver Law School, 1988-91.
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Law School, 1991- present.
    Courses taught: Trial Practice and Professional Responsibility.
  • Supervising Attorney, The Parole Project, a clinical program, in conjunction with the University of Denver Law School and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 2002-2004.

Awards

  • Warrior for Justice Award, awarded by the Sam Carey Bar Association, 2013.
  • Jonathan Olom Award, awarded by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 2006
  • Abolitionist of the Year, awarded by Coloradans Against the Death Penalty, 2005.

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Lectures (through December, 2011)

  • "Everyday Ethics", First Judicial District Bar Association, September 30, 2011.
  • Ethics Panel Discussion, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, December 10, 2010.
  • “Fees and Files”, Criminal Justice Act Panel, December 9, 2010.
  • “How Much Time is Served?” CLE Annual Criminal Law Update, November, 2010.
  • “Ethics and Medical Marijuana", Continuing Legal Education, CLE, Inc., June 18, 2010.
  • Criminal Law Update, Colorado Bar Association, November 5, 2009.
  • "Time Computation", Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, September, 2008.
  • Sentencing Presentation to the Governor's Crime Commission, May, 2008.
  • 2008 Legislative Update, Colorado Bar Association, March 2008 Criminal Law Seminar.
  • October 2007 Core Skills Development for Criminal Defense Investigators, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and the Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel.
  • "Unauthorized Practice of Law" August, 2007, for CLE of Colorado (with James Coyle).
  • "One Lawyer's Perspective", January and July, 2007, Colorado Probation Officer Training Session.
  • "Felony Sentencing - The Law" February, 2006, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.
  • Sex Offender Sentencing, panel discussion for the Colorado Supreme Court "Law for Journalists" seminar, February, 2006.
  • "Confidentiality", December, 2005, Colorado Bar Association Criminal Law Ethics Seminar.
  • Motions in Third Degree Assault/DV Cases, October, 2005, for the Colorado State Public Defender.
  • Sex Offenders on Probation, Parole and in DOC", August, 2005, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (with Peggy Heil).
  • "Drugs, Alcohol, Sex and Your License to Practice Law", June 2005.
  • University of Denver Law School Third Annual Legal Ethics Symposium.
  • "Confidentiality", November 2004, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado Springs Chapter.
  • "Confidentiality", November 2003, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.
  • "Post-Sentencing Issues", September 2003, Colorado State Public Defender annual conference.
  • "Ethics in Juvenile Matters", March, 2003, Colorado Bar Association. • "2002 Sentencing Update", March 2002, sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association.
  • "State and Federal Sentencing" (with Rick Kornfeld), sponsored by NBI, Inc, April, 2001.
  • "Sentencing Dilemmas", sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association, March, 2000.
  • "Use of Experts in Crim. P. 35(c) Litigation," sponsored by the Alternate Defense Counsel, February, 1999.
  • "Ethics and the Internet" (with Natalie Hanlon-Leh), sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association, December 1998.
  • "Criminal Ethics in Family Law Cases," sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association, April, 1996.
  • "Parole Issues in Sexual Assault on Children Cases", sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, December, 1989.
  • Annual Lecture on recent legislation, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 1986-1989.
  • "Felony Sentencing in State Court", Denver, Colorado, 1987, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.
  • "Recent Developments in Criminal Legislation", June, 1989, Denver Colorado, sponsored by the Denver Bar Association.
  • "Felony Sentencing", Denver Colorado, 1988, sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association.
  • "Defending Alibi Cases", Breckenridge, Colorado, October 1987, Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference.
  • "Dealing With the Mentally Ill Client", Copper Mountain, Colorado, October 1986, Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference.
  • "Self Defense", Copper Mountain, Colorado, October, 1984, Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference.
  • "Defense of the Alleged Child Molester: Salem Revisited", September 15, 1984, Denver, Colorado, sponsored by the Metropolitan State College Department of Conferences and Seminars and the Colorado Division of Mental Health.
  • "Sentencing in State Courts", Denver, Colorado, 1983, sponsored by the Denver Bar Association.
  • "Client Interviewing" Denver, Colorado, October 15, 1983, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.
  • "Collateral Attack in Criminal Cases", Boulder, Colorado, June, 1982, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.
  • "Jury Selection in Police Abuse Cases", Estes Park, Colorado, sponsored by the National Lawyer's Guild.
  • "Defending the Driving Under Suspension Case", February 9, 1980, seminar on Motor Vehicle Law, National Lawyer's Guild and Colorado Women's Bar Association.

Professional Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates

Additional Professional Activities

  • Denver Marijuana Policy Review Panel, 2007-present.
  • Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission, 2005-present.
  • Denver Mayor's Task Force for a New Criminal Justice Center, 2004-05.
  • Founder of The Parole Project, 2002.
  • Colorado Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Evidence, 2001-present.
  • 2nd Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission, 2000-2005.
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Board of Directors, 1998-2002, 2004-2008.
  • Colorado Supreme Court's Committee on Criminal Rules, 1985-99.
  • Denver Mental Health Corporation, Board of Directors, 1991 to 1994.
  • Mental Health Advisory Committee, which advises the Department of Institutions regarding regulations governing involuntary commitments, January, 1993-March, 1994.
  • Colorado Criminal Justice Commission's Subcommittee on Sentencing, 1992-1994.
  • Arapahoe County Community Corrections Board, 1981-82.
  • Citizens for Correctional Reform, Board of Directors, early 1990's.