December 14, 2017
Today, Governor Hickenlooper nominated University of Colorado Law Professor Melissa Hart to the Colorado Supreme Court. Hickenlooper has now nominated 4 out of the seven justices sitting on the court. Professor Hart will serve a two-year term before going before voters for retention and an additional 10 years on the bench.
Professor Hart received her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard and clerked for Justice Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. Before becoming an educator, Professor Hart was a trial attorney at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. Professor Hart teaches legal ethics at the University of Colorado Law School and is the director of the Byron R White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law.
Professor Hart is a known advocate for her commitment to access to justice. In her application for the Supreme Court seat, she stated: “Through my work in legal ethics, I have increasingly focused my work on addressing the significant lack of legal services for poor and moderate-income people…The reality of our legal market today is that more than 70 percent of individuals could not afford to hire an attorney to address important legal needs. This affordability of lawyers for most people is a crisis.”
Professor Hart replaces Justice Allison Eid who was recently nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the US Senate to serve on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.