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Carrigan, James Richard
B: 24 Aug 1929
M: Beverly Haplin

FN: Michael Leo Carrigan
MN: Mildred Ione Jaycox

Jim Carrigan retired as a federal Judge and entered private practice working in the field of alternative dispute resolution.

Children of James Richard Carrigan and Beverly Haplin:

1. Sheila Carrigan - the Municipal Judge in Boulder, CO

2. Maura Carrigan

3. Patrick Carrigan - a partner in a prominent Denver, CO law firm

4. Cathleen Carrigan

5. Andrew Carrigan

6. Michael Carrigan - a lawyer

The Denver Post, October 18, 2001 Thursday

Columbine kin get settlement

By Jim Kirksey, Denver Post Staff Writer

About $ 2.855 million has been distributed to families of Columbine shooting victims in a settlement with the parents of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and some of those involved in supplying the two with guns.

About 30 families received money in the settlement, Jim Cederberg, attorney for wounded student Richard Castaldo, said Wednesday.

The settlement was initially agreed to in May after negotiations led by attorney Stephen Wahlberg and finalized within the past week. The funds are being distributed according to a formula devised by former Colorado Supreme Court justice and federal Judge Jim Carrigan, who acted as an arbitrator.

The exact amount awarded to each family is confidential, and each family knows only what it received, Cederberg said.

The families of wounded students Sean Graves, Lance Kirklin and Mark Taylor and the Castaldos filed motions Wednesday to dismiss their suits against the parents of Eric Harris. Other dismissal motions are expected as a result of the settlement, Cederberg said.

The parents of six slain students declined to participate in the settlement, and their lawsuits against the Harris and Klebold families are pending.

Harris and Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded more than two dozen others before killing themselves on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School.

Cederberg said Carrigan met with the families, then estimated what a jury would award each one. He added the estimated awards together, and calculated each family's percentage. He applied that percentage to the actual amount available, Cederberg said.

'These folks have gotten pennies on the dollar based on what their damages are,' Cederberg said. 'We're talking about people who are maimed or lost kids.'

The attorney said the total amount of the settlement was basically the amount of insurance available from the defendants' homeowner's insurance policies:

$ 1.3 million from the Klebolds.

$ 300,000 from the Harrises.

$ 720,000 from Mark Manes and $ 250,000 from Philip Duran, who pleaded guilty to charges of providing a semiautomatic handgun to the gunmen.

$ 300,000 from Robyn Anderson, who legally bought two shotguns and a rifle for the killers. Lawsuits are pending against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, school district, the Tanner Gun Show, and two sellers at the show.

Wyoming Tribune-Eagle April 27, 2002 Saturday


Thomas, Ditsch earn top honors

THUMBS UP To Scott Thomas and Jim Ditsch for recently being honored for their hard work, dedication and loyalty to their jobs.

Mr. Thomas was recently honored as Dispatcher of the Year by his fellow workers at the Cheyenne-Laramie County 911 Emergency Center. This was the first year the award was given. Mr. Thomas is one of 10 dispatchers for the center, which is located in the basement of the Cheyenne Police Department.

The 911 center handles emergencies calls for eight fire districts and the Cheyenne Police Department and dispatches medical calls throughout Laramie County. It also monitors and transfers 911 calls to the Cheyenne Police Department and Laramie County Sheriff's Department.

Mr. Thomas was honored for his ability to stay calm under stressful situations and the ability to deal with hysterical callers. Being a dispatcher is no easy task, and while Mr. Thomas is considered the best, the other nine dispatchers should be commended for their hard work as well.

Mr. Ditsch was recently named one of 10 National Employees of the Year by CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine.

What makes Mr. Ditsch special is that he is a bridge detailer for the Wyoming Department of Transportation and is paralyzed from the shoulders down.

It is truly amazing what Mr. Ditsch can do. As a bridge detailer, he uses a head-mounted infrared pointing device and voice-activated software to help generate computer-aided drawings of structures that include steel and concrete bridges, overhead signs, culverts and retaining walls.

Mr. Ditsch takes an engineer's design and turns it into a blueprints that can be used to build the bridge.

Mr. Thomas and Mr. Ditsch are fine examples of the kind of employees we have here in Laramie County.

Congratulations to both.


Carrigan a good choice for mediator


THUMBS UP To the appointment of James R. Carrigan as mediator between the state of Wyoming and the Northern Arapaho Indian Tribe.

The two sides are at odds over what forms of gambling should be allowed on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson, who has presided over the dispute, appointed Mr. Carrigan to the position last week. He served as a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court and then was appointed justice to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado by then-president Jimmy Carter in 1979. He served in that role for 16 years before retiring in 1995.

His experience as the presiding judge in the legal battle that forced the U.S. Army and Shell Oil to pay cleanup costs for toxic waste at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal will prove to be valuable.

The two sides were unable to reach an agreement during a 60-day period to reach a compromise that was ordered by Judge Johnson.

Members of the Wind River Indian Reservation have been trying to get Gov. Jim Geringer to work out some kind of gambling pact since 1995, but have failed. The Northern Arapaho tribe believes that expanded gaming on the reservation will help reduce unemployment and increase revenues.

Mr. Carrigan is the right choice to make sure a deal is worked out that benefits both sides.