DENVER — Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper this week received the names of three nominees to fill the vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court created by the retirement of the Hon. Michael L. Bender, Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, effective Jan. 7, 2014.
Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor must fill a vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court from a list of three nominees certified to him by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission. The commission consists of 15 members and includes one attorney and one non-attorney from each of the state’s seven congressional districts plus one additional non-attorney.
The Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court chairs the commission and is a non-voting member. While the governor may choose from any of the three nominees that the commission submits, he does not have the authority to select a person who was not on the list from the nominating commission.
By law, the governor must appoint a Supreme Court Justice within 15 days after receiving the list. For the current vacancy, the governor will make his appointment no later than Oct. 25, 2013.
The governor invites the public to comment on these nominees by email at email@example.com.
The three nominees are John Dailey, William Hood III and David Prince:
John Dailey currently serves as a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals, a position that he has held since 2000. He has taught as an adjunct law professor at University of Colorado and University of Denver schools of law. Dailey worked for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office in multiple capacities: an Assistant Solicitor General in 1999, a Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Section in 1999; a Deputy Attorney General in the Appellate and Criminal Enforcement Sections from 1991-1999; and an Assistant Attorney General in the Appellate Section from 1978-1999. Daily also served as a law clerk for the Hon. David W. Enoch of the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Dailey earned a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.
William Hood, III:
William Hood is currently a District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District (City and County of Denver), a position he has held since 2007. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Prior to becoming a judge, Hood was in private practice at Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C., where he was a shareholder from 2005-2007 and of counsel in the litigation department from 2003-2005. Prior to private practice, Hood worked for the Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln counties) from 1998-2003 and 1992-1997. There, he served in multiple roles including Appellate Deputy (2001-2003), Chief Deputy in felony prosecution (2000-2001), and Violent Crimes Unit Deputy (1998-2000). He also practiced as an associate at McKenna & Cuneo (1997-1998) and Holme Roberts & Owen (1990-1992) in commercial litigation.
Hood earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law.
David Prince is currently a Deputy Chief District Court Judge in the 4th Judicial District for El Paso and Teller counties. He was appointed as a District Court Judge in 2006. Before taking that position, Prince was an associate and then a partner at Holland and Hart from 1992-2006 with a focus on complex civil litigation. In that position, he developed specialties in corporate law, real estate, land use, construction, finance, development, and intellectual property, among other areas. During his tenure, Prince also served on the firm’s management committee, which governed the administration and business of the firm across offices in six states. Prior to going into private practice, he was a law clerk to the Hon. Aldon J. Anderson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.
Prince earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Utah and a J.D. from University of Utah College of Law.