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Nancy E. Rice

Date of Judicial Appointment: August 5, 1998
Became Chief Justice: January 8, 2014


Appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court on August 5, 1998. Denver District Court Judge, 1987 to 1998. Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado, 1977 to 1987. Deputy Chief of Civil Division of U.S. Attorney's Office from 1985 to 1987. Deputy State Public Defender, Appellate Division, From 1976 to 1977. Law clerk for Judge Fred Winner, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1975 to 1976. Adjunct Professor of Law, trial advocacy, University of Colorado School of Law, 1987 to present.


Member, Denver, Colorado, and Women's Bar Associations. Elected member of CBA Board of Governors, 1990-1992. Appointed member of CBA Executive Council, 1991-1992. Master, Rhone-Brackett Inn of Court, 1993 to 1997. Co-chair, Women Judges Association, National Conference, Denver, 1990. Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on the Revision of the Colorado Civil Rules, 1994. Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, 1998.


"Awarding Costs in Civil Cases" Colorado Lawyer, 1996. "Volley, Set, and Match: The Art of Not Losing at Trial" ABA Litigation Magazine, Spring, 1996. Colorado Practice: Civil Rules Annotated, "Rule 16, C.R.C.P." "Dealing with Difficult Witnesses," The Docket, July, 1996. "Be Thou Concise and Candid: Effective Legal Writing" The Docket, January, 1994. "Jury Selection" The Docket, January, 1995. "How to Choose and Qualify Expert Witnesses" The Docket, January, 1995. "The Business Record Exception to the Hearsay Rule" and "Impeaching and Refreshing Witnesses" The Docket, 1992. "How to Object Without Being Objectionable" The Docket, 1991.


Phi Alpha Delta award for Judicial Merit, 1998; Colorado Bar Association Award for best litigation article, 1996-1997; Denver Bar Association Judicial Excellence Award, 1993.


Born June 2, 1950 in Boulder, Colorado. Grew up in Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Received Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, in 1972. Received J.D. from University of Utah College of Law in 1975. Editor-in Chief, University of Utah Journal of Contemporary Law. She has one grown daughter.

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