Date of Judicial Appointment: April 18, 1996
Appointed by Governor Roy Romer to the Colorado Supreme Court April 18, 1996. Retained by Colorado voters after a two-year provisional term for ten-year terms commencing January 1999 and January 2009. Practiced law for 23 years, with emphasis on water, environment, land use, and transportation. Former senior partner, Hobbs, Trout & Raley P.C.; Partner, Davis, Graham & Stubbs; First Assistant Attorney General, Natural Resources Section, State of Colorado; Enforcement Attorney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Law Clerk for Judge William E. Doyle, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Taught sixth grade in New York City and served with the Peace Corps in South America.
Member, American, Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, American Bar Foundation, Colorado Bar Foundation. Admitted to practice in Colorado and California (inactive). Former Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, Master's Program in Environmental Policy and Management, University of Denver.
Vice-President, Colorado Foundation for Water Education; Co-Convenor, Dividing the Waters (Western Water Judges Project). Former Vice Chair, Colorado Air Quality Commission. Former Member, Regional Air Quality Council, Metropolitan Transportation Development Commission, Governor's Water Roundtable, Governor's Transportation Roundtable, and Wilderness Air Quality Related Values Task Force. Member, Colorado Authors League. Author of In Praise of Fair Colorado, The Practice of Poetry, History and Judging (Bradford Publishing Co. 2004); Colorado Mother of Rivers, Water Poems (Colorado Foundation for Water Education 2005); The Public’s Water Resource, Articles on Water Law, History, and Culture (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado Inc. 2007), Living the Four Corners, Colorado Centennial State at the Headwaters (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado Inc., 2010) and Into The Grand (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado Inc., 2012).
Born December 15, 1944, in Gainesville, Florida. Received B.A. in History, Magna Cum Laude, from University of Notre Dame, 1966. J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), 1971, Order of the Coif, Supreme Court Editor, California Law Review. Spouse Bobbie served as Director of the Children's Garden Montessori School for 31 years in Denver before her retirement. Children: Dan and Emily. Grandchildren Joni, K.J., Shannon, Ella, Quinn and Grace.