Hart Picked to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

Melissa Hart will soon join Colorado’s Supreme Court.

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today at the Capitol that Hart, a professor at the University of Colorado Law School, will fill the vacancy left when Allison Eid resigned to take a seat on the bench of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated by now-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

“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.”

Hart was previously nominated for a Supreme Court seat in 2015. She is a law professor at CU Law and directs the school’s Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law.

She will continue to teach at CU Law, according to a press release from the university.

Other nominees picked by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission included Holland & Hart partner Marcy Glenn and 12th District Chief Judge Pattie Swift.

A 1995 graduate of Harvard Law School, Hart clerked for 2nd Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. She practiced law for several years in Washington, D.C., including as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Hart also runs the Colorado Law chapter of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, a national program that sends law school students into high schools to teach constitutional law. She remains active in the legal community, serving on the Colorado Access to Justice Commission and the Colorado Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.

She has authored several amicus briefs in employment discrimination cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and in other matters before several courts of appeals.

Hart is a past president of the American Association of Law Schools sections on Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination. She is on the editorial board of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal and is the co-chair of the Labor Law Group.