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Gov. Hickenlooper receives names of finalists for Colorado Supreme Court justice

DENVER ­— Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today received the names of three finalists to choose from to fill the vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission selected the candidates for a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Alex J. Martinez.


The nominees are Brian D. Boatright of Arvada, Frederick T. Martinez of Castle Pines and Patrick T. O’Rourke of Highlands Ranch.


Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor now has 15 days (until Oct. 28) to appoint one of the nominees as a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. The governor will interview each candidate on Friday, Oct. 21, and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will interview each candidate on Monday, Oct. 24.


In the weeks leading up to receiving the nominees today, Hickenlooper has met with each sitting Supreme Court Justice to discuss qualifications to look for in a new justice. Hickenlooper also met with representatives from the following business groups: Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry; Colorado Civil Justice League; Colorado Concern; Colorado Medical Society; COPIC; Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; and the National Federation of Independent Business.


Additionally, he met with representatives from the Colorado Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Bar Association; Colorado Sam Cary Bar Association; Colorado Indian Bar Association; Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado; Colorado Women’s Bar Association; Colorado Hispanic Bar Association; and the Center for Legal Inclusiveness.


Comments, recommendations and referrals regarding any of the nominees are being accepted and may be sent via e-mail to the governor at judicial.appointments@state.co.us.


Note to media: This corrected release includes the correct names of groups the governor met with.