|Current Court Information:|
|Colorado Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Roy Romer|
|Past post:||Judge, Colorado Second District Court|
|Past post 2:||Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado|
|Past term 2:||1977-1987|
|Undergraduate:||Tufts University, 1972|
|Law School:||University of Utah College of Law, 1975|
Nancy E. Rice is the chief justice on the seven member Colorado Supreme Court. She was first appointed to the court in August of 1998 by Governor Roy Romer. Justice Rice was successfully retained in 2000 and 2010. Her current term expires in January of 2021. She was named chief justice in 2013.
- 1998-2021: Justice, Colorado Supreme Court
- 1987-1998: Judge, Colorado Second District Court
- 1978-Present: Faculty member, University of Colorado School of Law
- 1977-1987: Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado
- 1976-1977: Deputy State Public Defender, Appellate Division
- 1975-1976: Law clerk, Justice Fred Winner of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Awards and associations
- 1998: Award for Judicial Merit, Phi Alpha Delta
- 1996-1997: Best Litigation Article Award, Colorado Bar Association
- 1993: Judicial Excellence Award, Denver Bar Association
- Member, Denver Bar Association
- Member, Colorado Bar Association
- Member, Women's Bar Association
- Member, Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, 1998
- Master, Rhone-Brackett Inn of Court, 1993-1997
- Member, Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on the Revision of the Colorado Civil Rules, 1994
- Member, Colorado Bar Association, Executive Council 1991-1992
- Co-chair, Women Judges Association, National Conference in Denver, 1990
- Former Member, Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors
- Editor-in Chief, University of Utah Journal of Contemporary Law
| Colorado Supreme Court, Associate Justice|
2010 General election results
- Click here for 2010 General Election Results from the Colorado Secretary of State.
- Main article: Colorado judicial elections, 2010
There was a movement headed by judicial reform organization Clear the Bench Colorado not to retain Justice Bender, along with the other three justices up for a 2010 retention vote. Critics of the court say "the majority of the justices' rulings on property taxes, eminent domain and congressional redistricting have violated the state's constitution or are clearly partisan".
The Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation voted unanimously to recommend Rice for retention. The COJPE reviews the answers of attorneys and District Judges and asked a variety of questions to determine the Judge's performance. The score is rated on a 4 point scale similar to school grades. Since 1990, which was the first election year after the statutory creation of judicial performance commissions and the use of performance evaluations, all Colorado Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges standing for retention have received "do retain" recommendations. Until 2010 no additional information on judicial performance has been made available to the public.
|Question classification||Attorney score||District Judge score||Combined average|
|Adequate explanation of opinion||3.54||3.39||3.47|
|Response without criticism||3.59||3.58||3.59|
|Response based on law||3.57||3.26||3.42|
|Not ruling on extra issues||3.4||3.24||3.32|
|Respect towards all parties||3.81||3.71||3.76|
|No ex parte communications||3.81||3.78||3.8|
- Read another Evaluation of Judicial Performance for Justice Rice here.
Judge Nancy Rice 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. Rice received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.27, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is less 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.
- Colorado Supreme Court
- Rice bio from University of Colorado
- Colorado State Judicial Branch, Nancy E. Rice
- Law Week Colorado, "Colorado Supreme Court Tosses Amendment 54," February 22, 2010
- Denver Post, "Colorado Supreme Court gives go-ahead to school funding trial," October 20, 2009
- Colorado Supreme Court website, Justice Rice Bio
- Law Week Colorado, "Justice Rice Named Chief Justice-Designate," June 6, 2013
- Clear the Bench Colorado website
- Denver Post "Four Supreme Court justices face a tough vote in elections," February 15, 2010
- Email correspondence with Jane B. Howell, Executive Director of the CCJPE, Aug 27, 2010
- Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation, Review of Justice Rice
- Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012