Finalists Named for Colorado Supreme Court Vacancy

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates, all women, for a vacancy on the state’s highest court. Marcy Glenn of Denver, Melissa Hart of Denver and Judge Pattie Swift of Alamosa were selected in a meeting the commission held Monday and Tuesday at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver.

The Colorado Supreme Court vacancy was created by the resignation of Allison Eid on Nov. 3, as she has been confirmed to take Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s former seat on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Glenn, who practices appellate law at Denver-based law firm Holland & Hart, chairs the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on Rules of Professional Conduct and is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on Colorado Appellate Rules. Earlier this year Glenn was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the Governor’s Board of Ethics.

Hart 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. She, along with now-Justice Richard Gabriel and Judge David Prince, was also a nominee for the previous Colorado Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Gregory Hobbs in 2015.

Swift is the chief judge of Colorado’s 12th Judicial District, which serves Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties. She is also water judge on Water Division 3 and has chaired the Colorado Judicial Ethics Advisory Board from 2004 to 2012.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from Nov. 29 within which to appoint one of the nominees as a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at