Court, Appeals Court Name New Chiefs
June announcement is intended to allow the incoming leaders to work alongside
the retiring chiefs during the transition.
The state’s top two courts have named replacements for their
outgoing chiefs months before their retirement in an effort to ease the
Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy E. Rice will serve as
Chief Justice-designate alongside Chief Justice Michael L. Bender until he retires
in January. Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Alan Loeb was appointed Chief
Judge-designate to serve alongside Chief Judge Janice B. Davidson until she
retires in October.
“These transitional periods will help the new chiefs learn
the ins and outs of the many and varied administrative duties of the
positions,” Bender said in June when the announcements were made.
Before being appointed to the high court in 1998, Rice
served as a district court judge in the Second Judicial District. Prior to
taking the bench, she worked as an assistant U.S. attorney and briefly as a
deputy state public defender. Rice earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts
University in 1972 and her law degree from the University of Utah in 1975.
She was selected by the other six members of the Colorado
Supreme Court to replace Bender who will retire on his 72nd birthday
in January, as required by the state’s constitution. Bender was appointed to
the Supreme Court in 1997 and in 1999 was instrumental in implementing a new
attorney discipline system that is more efficient for complainants and more
educational for attorneys. Colorado’s system has become the model for numerous
states since that time. He also was at the center of efforts to construct the
new Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center in downtown Denver.
Loeb joined the appeal’s court in 2003 after 32 years at
firm Davis Graham & Stubbs. He earned his undergraduate degree from
Stanford University in 1968 and his law degree from the University of Michigan
He was appointed by Bender to take over for Davidson who
will retire Oct. 1. Davidson was appointed to the appeals court in 1988. She
was an integral member of the team that pushed for the new judicial center and
helped conceptualize the interactive learning center on the courthouse’s ground