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Law Week’s ‘Justice Tracker’ Considers Possible High Court Applicants


DENVER — Lawyers have until July 26 to apply to replace retiring Colorado Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey. Who is applying? Who should apply? Law Week Colorado today unveils its “Justice Tracker” to keep you updated.

With the exception of the three finalists the Supreme Court Nominating Commission must pick by Sept. 1, all judicial applications will remain secret. But we can always surmise. We’ve asked some of the lawyers who closely watch the Supreme Court if they’ve heard of someone who has applied, or if they can suggest someone who has what it takes to be a justice. No one’s gone on record identifying an applicant, but we got some recommendations.

We’ve reached out to all of the recommended lawyers and compiled the following list, breaking down who said “yes, I’m applying,” “no, I’m not” and “I don’t know… yet.” Not all have responded to our inquiries, but we’ll update the list as we hear back.

Law Week got the ball rolling Tuesday, coming up with a half-dozen suggested names. Some, but not all, have gotten back to us since then.

“I’m flattered that my colleagues (or at least one of them) have thought about me for such an important position, but I won’t be applying for the opening on the Court,” said Paul Chan, general counsel at the University of Denver and president-elect of the Colorado Bar Association.

Terry Ruckriegle, chief judge in the 5th Judicial District and finalist for the high court in 2000, said he won’t be applying this go ‘round.

Blain Myhre, partner at Isaacson Rosenbaum and past finalist for the Colorado Court of Appeals, said he won’t apply for this vacancy, but “maybe at some point down the road.”

But we heard from a few who have yet to make up their minds.

“Honestly, I have not made a decision about whether to apply,” said R. Brooke Jackson, chief judge in the 1st Judicial District. Jackson is a finalist for the open spot on Colorado’s federal trial bench.

Adams County District Attorney Don Quick said “it’s nice when people think highly of you. I haven’t thought about it, but I’ll definitely give it some thought.”

He also noted, tongue in cheek, that if appointed to the Supreme Court, he could go by his first initial and middle name, rendering him “Justice D. Spence Quick.”

Do you know of someone who is applying to become a justice? Got any names you’d like us to investigate? Drop us a line with “Justice Tracker” in the subject line at