Former lawyer, Judge, Boulder County District Court Chief Judge and Cantabile soprano Roxanne Bailin is enjoying an active retirement. She just completed a term as Cantabile’s Board President and continues to serve on the Board of Mental Health Partners while also acting as Chair of Congregation Har HaShem’s Social Justice Committee. Roxanne also works as a consultant for the National Center for State Courts.
Service to her community is a family tradition. Her Ukrainian grandfather, who came to the U.S. in 1911 on the Lusitania, owned a general store in Lenox, South Dakota. During the Great Depression he bought and then made payments on all the farm mortgages in Minnehaha County, South Dakota so the farmers could stay on their land and not lose their farms. He paid their mortgages for six years until the economy turned around. Hundreds of old farmers came to his funeral in 1985.
During her time on the bench, Roxanne created special treatment courts for defendants, juveniles, and families with addiction and mental health problems as well as a safe exchange program for parents to exchange their children for visitation during and after the divorce process, without hostility or violence.
Roxanne’s favorite choral piece is Sure on this Shining Night by Morten Lauridsen. In her spare time, she maintains 2,000 square feet in flower and shrub gardens and a 1,500 square foot vegetable garden, and she enjoys reading, yoga and swimming.