From Classroom to Courtroom

Melissa Hart chosen to fill vacancy on Colorado Supreme Court

Melissa Hart will take her seat on Chief Justice Nancy Rice’s far left side as the Colorado Supreme Court’s newest justice. Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the news Dec. 14 during a ceremony at the Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver.

“I’m very honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to serve Colorado in this capacity,” Hart said. “I will be devoted to the rule of law and to treating all parties fairly, in every case. I will do my best to make sure our court system is efficient and fair, and that the work it does is clear and transparent.” She added the Supreme Court’s responsibility for overseeing lawyers throughout Colorado also has drawn her to becoming a judge.

She fills the vacancy left by now-Judge Allison Eid in November following Eid’s confirmation to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Hart was previously nominated for a Supreme Court seat in 2015.

She is a law professor at the University of Colorado Law School and directs the school’s Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law.

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