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Papers and Paintings and Sculptures (Oh My!)

I recently had the occasion to meet a fascinating figure in Denver history: Judge H. Ted Rubin.

Judge Rubin invited me to his home in Boulder to look at the materials he has kept from his judicial and political career in Denver. A Colorado Representative from 1961-1964 and a Colorado Juvenile Court Judge from 1965-1970, his collection includes an interesting mix of correspondence, photographs and legislation.

Judge Rubin focused on juvenile court issues throughout his career, playing a major role in conceptualizing and drafting many new juvenile court provisions, such as "defining the minimum age of juvenile delinquency as ten years of age, prohibiting commitment to a state institution for children under twelve years of age, requiring the presence of a parent during police questioning of a youthful subject, requiring proof beyond a reasonable doubt in cases of youth charged with crimes, and creation of a new non-delinquent status for children charged with acts such as truancy and being beyond parental control" (see below). Judge Rubin is a respected authority on juvenile court issues and has authored several books on the subject.

I'm excited that we are adding Judge Rubin's papers to the WHG Archives, but the biggest treat was getting to sit down with Judge Rubin himself to learn about his life and career. I even got a tour of his unique mountain home, including his collection of original paintings by his wife, Bunny, and sculptures by his son, Jefferson.

For more information about Judge Rubin visit http://100.juvenilelaw.net/Judges/Rubin.htm.



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