Gov. Bill Owens nominated state Solicitor General Allison Eid to replace retiring Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis on the Colorado Supreme Court Wednesday, calling her "a premier legal scholar with superb real world experience."
"She will interpret the law as it is written, stand firm on legal principles and carry out her duties in a professional and collegial manner," Owens said.
Eid, a conservative who was a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, serves as chief legal officer for state Attorney General John Suthers and is on leave from her teaching post at the University of Colorado School of Law.
Owens, an opponent of "activist judges," said Eid's lack of a judicial track record was not a problem. He said he was looking for a justice who would not try to write the law, and her numerous legal publications on tort law and federalism convinced him of her conservative credentials.
"I adhere to the viewpoint that it is the job of the legislature to make the laws and the job of the judicial branch to interpret the laws," Owens said. "I believe Allison shares that philosophy and will strive to fairly and accurately interpret Colorado's laws."
Kourlis said she also was pleased with the nomination.
As chief legal officer for the attorney general, Eid is responsible for providing legal advice and representing the state in court cases.
She was one of three finalists recommended by a nominating commission. The others were both judges on the state Court of Appeals: Russell Carparelli of Highlands Ranch and John Dailey of Arvada.
Eid's husband, Troy, is former counsel to the governor and recently withdrew as a candidate for U.S. attorney in Colorado.
Eid will serve a provisional term of two years and then must stand for retention to serve an additional 10 years. The annual salary is $119,739.
Her appointment is effective immediately. Eid becomes the 95th person to serve as a Supreme Court Justice for Colorado.
She earned high honors as an undergraduate at Stanford University and as a law student at the University of Chicago Law School.
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