|Current Court Information:|
|Colorado Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Bill Ritter|
|Preceded by:||Mary Mullarkey|
|Past post:||Deputy Attorney General|
|Undergraduate:||Stanford University, 1991|
|Law School:||Yale Law School, 1997|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2014:|
Monica Marquez is an associate justice on the seven-member Colorado Supreme Court. She was first appointed to the court in the state's Commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection on September 8, 2010, by Governor Bill Ritter to replace retiring Judge Mary Mullarkey. Her current term expires in January of 2015. She is running for retention in the 2014 election.
- See also: Colorado judicial elections, 2014
|Marquez is running for retention to the Supreme Court. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.|
Judicial performance evaluation
The Colorado Commissions on Judicial Performance recommended that Justice Marquez be Retained. The full report is available here.
Following her admission to the bar, Marquez served as a clerk for Judge Michael Ponsor of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Judge David Ebel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She then entered private practice at the firm Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP. Following that, Marquez entered public service as an Assistant Solicitor General and Assistant Attorney General. She was promoted to Deputy Attorney General for Colorado in 2002, where she served until 2010. She was nominated to the Colorado Supreme Court in 2010, a position in which she still serves.
Awards and associations
- 2010: Latina Chamber Inspiración Award
- 2009: Outstanding GLBT Attorney Award, GLBT Bar Association
- 2009: Richard Marden Davis Award
- Former Member, Jesuit Volunteer Corps
- Former Editor, Yale Law Journal
- Former Articles Editor, Yale Law & Policy Review
- Former Co-Coordinator, Latino Law Students Association.
- Member, Colorado Bar Association
- Member, Denver Bar Association
- Member, GLBT Bar Association
- Member, Colorado GLBT Bar Association
- Member, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
- Member, Latina Initiative
- Member, Minoru Yasui Inn of Court
- Former Board Member, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
- Board Member, Colorado GLBT Bar Association
- Board Member, Latina Initiative
- Chair, Denver Mayor’s GLBT Commission
Judge Monica Marquez is currently listed as "nonpartisan." Because judges in Colorado are selected on merit by the governor, she has no campaign contributions.
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Marquez received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -1.3, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.29 that justices received in Colorado. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- The Denver Post, "Ritter picks Monica Marquez for Colorado Supreme Court," September 9, 2010
- Fox News Latino "First Latina, Openly Gay Colorado Supreme Court Justice," December 12, 2010
- Office of the Governor, "Press Release: Appoints Monica Marquez to CO Supreme Court," September 8, 2010
- The Colorado Statesman, "Momentous moment for Marquez," December 17, 2010
- Colorado Supreme Court, "Judge Marquez Bio," accessed September 4, 2014
- Colorado Secretary of State, "2014 General Election Unofficial Candidate List," accessed September 4, 2014
- Fox News Latino, "First Latina, Openly Gay Colorado Supreme Court Justice," December 12, 2010
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012