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Judge Robert L. "Beau" Patterson Papers

Identifier: ARL261

Scope and Contents

One OVBox with Judge Patterson's personal belongings (robes, gavel, nameplate). Includes correspondence, awards, event programs and articles.


  • 1986-2008


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

After earning his law degree in 1974 from the University of Colorado College Of Law, Judge Patterson worked as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society. He later served as a Colorado United States Public Defender and as an Assistant Colorado Attorney General. Denver Mayor Federico Pena appointed Patters as a judge for the Denver County Court in 1985. In 1998, Mayor Wellington E. Webb appointed him as the first African American presiding judge. In this role, he was challenged to improve his oratorical skills. He joined Toastmasters and was honored as Toastmaster of the Year, 2002-2003, by the Downtown Speakeasy Toastmaster Club.

Under Patterson's direction, the Central Denver Community Court was established in Five Points for traffic infraction final hearings. Small claims trails, and juvenile curfew cases. he also established four additional satellite courts in other quadrants of the city.

Being raised in Five Points, Patterson said he wants to be remembered as "the home grown kid that didn't turn his back." Judge Patterson retired from the bench in December 2004.

-Source "Judge Robert L. "Beau" Patterson: Five Points to High Points," Linda Y. Brown, Denver Urban Spectrum


1 oversize box(es)

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Custodial History

Collection includes former ARLM4, Robert (Beau) Patterson Papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Judge Robert L. Patterson, 2008. Gift, Unknown donor, no date.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Repository

2401 Welton St.
Denver Colorado 80205