University of Colorado Law School
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Boulder, CO 80309
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Bill Nagel graduated from Swarthmore College in 1972. He worked from 1972 until 1977 in Philadelphia, Pa., supervising adults on probation or parole, first for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and then for the Philadelphia Probation Department.
Bill graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1980 and was recognized as a Storke Scholar and with the Order of the Coif. He was a finalist in the Rothgerber Moot Court Competition and was awarded the Austin W. Scott, Jr. Award for Best Oralist.
Bill first worked as a lawyer in the county attorney's office in Boulder County, Colorado, for six years. He handled a wide range of general civil legal matters in the governmental context, such as land use regulation, including enactment and enforcement of zoning and subdivision regulations; contracts; personnel; property assessment; finance; local elections; public records requests; and questions about the authority of county officials.
Bill then worked for the Boulder firm of Dietze, Davis, and Porter, P.C. from 1987 until 1991. He started as an associate and was made a shareholder. He handled general civil matters with a primary focus on title insurance and related property issues.
Bill worked for the District Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial District in Boulder, in 1983 and from 1991-2009. He was Assistant District Attorney from 2001 until 2009, Chief Appellate Deputy from 1992 until 2001, Appellate Deputy from 1991 until 1992, and Trial Deputy from March until November 1983. He often handled post-conviction motions and appeals, and sometimes handled pre-trial motions. He provided training and assistance to the trial deputies in Boulder and statewide. He also provided case law updates on interrogation and search and seizure to local police departments and provided training on post-conviction motions to deputy district attorneys state-wide. He served on the Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Criminal Rules from 1998 until 2009. That committee considers issues under the Rules of Criminal Procedure and makes proposals to the Court, including drafting new rules or amendments to rules. He was also on the Legislation Committee of the Colorado District Attorneys' Council. That committee reviews issues under the criminal statutes, makes legislative proposals, drafts new statutes or amendments to statutes, and assists the organization in preparing positions on legislation. In 2003 the Colorado District Attorneys' Council awarded Bill the Seventh Annual Robert R. Gallagher, Jr. Award for Prosecution Excellence (the "Prosecutor of the Year Award"). The Boulder County Sheriff recognized him with the department's Citizen Recognition Award in 1994 for the training he provided that department.
Bill wrote "The Differences Between the U.S. Supreme Court and the Colorado Supreme Court on the Test for the Determination of Custody for Purposes of Miranda," 71 DENV. U. L. REV. 427 (1994). He taught Criminal Procedure - The Investigative Process as an adjunct professor at this law school in the spring 1996 and again in the summer 1998.
Bill now volunteers as a long term care ombudsman with the Boulder County Aging Services Division. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Golden West Communities, Inc., Senior Living in Boulder, Colorado.