Justice Hood was sworn in as a member of the Colorado Supreme Court on January 13, 2014, following seven years as a judge on the Denver District Court, where he completed rotations in criminal, civil and domestic relations. In 2014, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers gave him its Distinguished Jurist Award. In 2011, he received the Denver Bar Association’s (DBA’s) Judicial Excellence Award.
Before moving to the bench, Justice Hood was a litigation partner at Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C. in Denver and served as a prosecutor for ten years in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District (encompassing Arapahoe, Douglas, Lincoln and Elbert Counties). At different times, he was a chief trial deputy and the chief appellate deputy.
In 1990, Justice Hood graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. In 1985, he received his B.A. magna cum laude with honors in International Relations from Syracuse University and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
His legal writing on trial work and criminal procedure has been published by The Colorado Lawyer and the Virginia Law Review. Justice Hood is also a certified instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and has served as a member of the Executive Council of the Colorado Bar Association and the Board of Trustees for the DBA. He has taught criminal procedure and trial practice as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
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