Kristen L. Mix was appointed to the federal bench in 2007. Magistrate Judge Mix’s expertise prior to her appointment was in labor and employment law. In 2006 and 2007, Judge Mix was recognized as a top employment lawyer by Chambers U.S.A. and named one of the top twenty-five women lawyers in Colorado by 5280 Magazine. She serves on the Judicial Conference of the United States’ Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judge System and on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado’s Local Rules Committee. She is the current Chair of the Colorado Judicial Coordinating Council and the Secretary of the Federal Magistrate Judges’ Association. Judge Mix is the judicial co-founder of the Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. She is a frequent writer and speaker on the law.