Monica M. Márquez was sworn in as Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court on December 10, 2010. She was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. Before joining the Court, Justice Márquez served as Deputy Attorney General at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where she led the State Services section in representing many Colorado Executive Branch agencies and Colorado’s statewide elected public officials, including the Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, and Attorney General. Before being appointed Deputy Attorney General, Justice Márquez also served as Assistant Solicitor General and as Assistant Attorney General in both the Public Officials Unit and the Criminal Appellate Section.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Justice Márquez practiced general commercial litigation and employment law at Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP. She clerked for Judge David M. Ebel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colo., and for Judge Michael A. Ponsor of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Springfield, Mass.
Justice Márquez was born in Austin, Texas. She grew up in Grand Junction, Colo., where she graduated from Grand Junction High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, then served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a volunteer inner-city school teacher and community organizer in Camden, N.J., and Philadelphia, Pa. She graduated from Yale Law School, where she served as Editor of the Yale Law Journal, Articles Editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review, and co-coordinator of the Latino Law Students Association.
Justice Márquez has been a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and the Minoru Yasui Inn of Court. Prior to joining the Court, Justice Márquez served on the boards of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Colorado GLBT Bar Association, and the Latina Initiative, and as Chair of the Denver Mayor’s GLBT Commission.
Justice Márquez has received honors and awards including the Colorado GLBT Bar Association’s 2009 Outstanding GLBT Attorney Award, the 2009 Richard Marden Davis Award (given to a Denver attorney who combines excellence as a lawyer with creative civic cultural, educational and charitable leadership), and the 2010 Latina Chamber Inspiración Award.