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Colorado Supreme Court Justice Fills Vacancy on Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Rudy Verner and Yasmina Shaush

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On November 2, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Eid fills the vacancy created by Justice Neil Gorsuch’s departure.

Eid’s nomination was confirmed by a 56-41 vote of the Senate. Both Colorado Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) voted in favor of Eid’s confirmation. Three other Democratic senators voted in favor of the confirmation: Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Judge Eid was previously named by President Trump as a short-list candidate to the U.S. Supreme Court following Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. The position, ultimately, went to Justice Gorsuch. 

Eid served on the Colorado Supreme Court from March 2006 to November 2017. She also served as the Solicitor General of Colorado. Following law school, she clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge Jerry Edwin Smith of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tenth Circuit Chief Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich welcomed the new judge to the Denver-based court, which hears federal appeals from Colorado, Kansas, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Oklahoma. Judge Eid’s primary chambers will be Denver.