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Rebecca Kourlis

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Rebecca Kourlis
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Current Court Information:
Colorado Supreme Court
Title:   Former Justice
Appointed by:   July 17, 1995
Active:   1995-2006
Past post:   Chief Justice, Fourteenth Judicial District Circuit Court
Past term:   1991-1994
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Stanford University, 1973
Law School:   Stanford University School of Law, 1976

Rebecca Love Kourlis is a retired justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. She was appointed on July 17, 1995 and served the court until January 2006, when she retired to form the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.[1][2]

She is the co-author of the book "Rebuilding Justice: Civil Courts in Jeopardy and Why You Should Care," published in 2011.[3]


Justice Kourlis received her Bachelor of Arts with distinction from Stanford University in 1973 and earned her Juris Doctor from Stanford University School of Law in 1976.[1]

Professional career

Justice Kourlis joined the law firm Davis, Graham and Stubbs from 1976 to 1978 shortly after passing the bar. She then worked part time for the firm Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher from 1981 to 1986. She also began a private practice in Craig, CO from 1978 to 1987. In 1987 Kourlis was appointed to the Colorado Fourteenth Judicial District Circuit Court, a position she served until 1994. She became Chief Justice of that court from 1991 to 1994. She also served as a Water Judge for Division 6 in Colorado from 1988 until 1994. She worked as an Arbiter for the Judicial Arbiter Group Inc. from 1994 until her appointment to the Supreme Court in July of 1995. She held her position as a Supreme Court Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court from July 1995 until January 2009 when she resigned to found the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.[1][2]

Awards and associations


  • John Marshall Award, 2012 News Story
  • Regis University’s Civis Princeps Award, 2008
  • Colorado Judicial Institute’s Judicial Independence Award, 2006
  • Mile High Girls Scouts Woman of Distinction, 2006
  • Williams Award, Arthritis Foundation 2006
  • Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Judicial Excellence Award, 2002
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association, Mary Lathrop Award, 2001
  • American Association of University Women Trailblazer Award, 1998
  • Northwest Colorado Bar Association President's Award for Community Service: Moffat County Teen Court, 1993
  • Northwest Colorado Daily Press Woman of the Year, 1993
  • Honorary LL.D., University of Denver School of Law, 1997[1]


  • Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation and American Bar Foundation
  • President, District Court Judges Association, 1993-1994
  • Senior Vice President, Colorado Bar Association, 1987-1988
  • Board of Directors of the Mineral Law Section, Colorado Bar Association, 1985
  • Board of Governors, Colorado Bar Association, 1983-1985
  • Committee on Professionalism, Colorado Bar Association 1989-1990
  • Judicial Performance Task Force, Colorado Bar Association, 1992
  • Board of Trustees, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 1990-1992
  • Member, Moffat County Teen Court Board, 1992-1994
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Judicial Institute, 1995
  • Board Member, Graland School, 2004-2008
  • Board of Visitors, University of Denver College of Law, 1997- 2002
  • Board Member, Kent Denver School, 1996- 2002
  • President, St. John's Greek Orthodox Church, 1993-1994
  • Board of Visitors, Stanford University Law School, 1989-1994
  • Colorado State Advisory Board on Education for the Gifted and Talented, 1992-1993
  • Long Range Planning Committee, Moffat County School District, 1990
  • Learning Resource Center Board, 1987
  • Governor's Rural Economic Development Committee, 1986
  • Advisory Board, Northwest Colorado Community College, 1986-1988
  • Colorado Commission on Higher Education, 1980-1981[1]


  • Chair, Committee on Family Issues Colorado Supreme Court, 2002-2006
  • Chair, Committee on Jury Reform Colorado Supreme Court, 1996-2005
  • Chair, Judicial Advisory Council Colorado Supreme Court, 1997- 2002
  • Chair, Colorado Attorney Regulation System Planning Committee Colorado Supreme Court, 1997- 2002
  • Member, Civil Jury Instructions Committee Colorado Supreme Court, 1990-1995
  • Member, Committee on Gender and Justice Colorado Supreme Court, 1994-1998
  • Member, Administrative Restructure Committee Colorado Supreme Court, 1992
  • Member, Selection Committee State Court Administration, 1992
  • Member, Public Land Law Review Editorial Board State Court Administration, 1990-1994
  • Member, Judicial Institute Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee State Court Administration, 1994
  • Member and Advisory Board, Division of Youth Services State Court Administration, 1988-1991[1]

External links

See also


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