Allison H. Eid

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Allison H. Eid
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Assumed office
November 3, 2017
Appointed by Donald Trump
Preceded by Neil Gorsuch
Associate Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court
In office
March 13, 2006 – November 3, 2017
Appointed by Bill Owens
Preceded by Rebecca Kourlis
Succeeded by Melissa Hart
Solicitor General of Colorado
In office
2005–2006
Attorney General John Suthers
Preceded by Alan J. Gilbert
Succeeded by Daniel D. Domenico
Personal details
Born Allison Lynn Hartwell
January 1965 (age 53)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Spouse(s) Troy Eid
Education Stanford University (BA)
University of Chicago (JD)

Allison Hartwell Eid (born January 1965) is a United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit who previously served as the 95th Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Seattle and raised in Spokane, Washington[2] by a single mother,[3] Eid earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies with distinction in 1987 from Stanford University, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After graduating, she served as a Special Assistant and Speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Education, William Bennett.[4] She left the Department of Education to attend the University of Chicago Law School, where she was articles editor of the law review and was elected to the Order of the Coif before earning her Juris Doctor with high honors in 1991.[1][5]

Legal career[edit]

After graduating from law school, Eid served as a law clerk for Judge Jerry Edwin Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States.[4] After completing her clerkships, she went on to become a commercial and appellate litigator at the law firm of Arnold & Porter.[4] In 1998, she left Arnold & Porter to serve as an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School, where she taught courses on constitutional law, torts, and federalism.[1][5]

Colorado Solicitor General and Supreme Court of Colorado service[edit]

In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Eid to serve on the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise, which writes the history of the U.S. Supreme Court and sponsors the Oliver Wendell Holmes Lecture.[1][5][6] In 2005, Republican Attorney General John Suthers appointed Eid to serve as Solicitor General of Colorado.[7] A year later, Colorado Governor Bill Owens appointed Eid to serve as the 95th Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court on February 15, 2006.[1] She took office on March 13, 2006. In 2008, 75% of Colorado voters voted to retain Eid on the Supreme Court.[8][9] In May 2016, she was included on President Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court justices.[10]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On June 7, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Eid to serve as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, to the seat vacated by Judge Neil Gorsuch, who was elevated to the United States Supreme Court.[11][12][13] On September 20, 2017, a hearing on her nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[14] On October 26, 2017 her nomination was reported out of committee by a 11–9 roll call vote.[15] The United States Senate confirmed her by a 56–41 vote on November 2, 2017. She received her judicial commission the next day.

Personal life[edit]

Eid met her husband, Troy, when he was standing in line at a Stanford University dorm cafeteria while she was working as a student food service worker and he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Stanford Daily; she later said: "It was love at first sight in the meal card line."[16] In 2006, a few months after Allison Eid was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court, President George W. Bush appointed Troy Eid as the 41st United States Attorney for the District of Colorado and the first Egyptian-American U.S. Attorney in the country's history.[1][17][18] The Eids reside in Morrison, Colorado, with their son Alex and daughter Emily.[19]

Electoral history[edit]

2008
Colorado Supreme Court – Retain Allison H. Eid, November 4, 2008[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Yes 1,338,571 74.58%
Nonpartisan No 456,337 25.42%
Majority 882,234 49.16%
Total votes 1,794,908 100.00%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Allison H. Eid". Colorado Supreme Court. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ Kyle Henley (February 16, 2006). "Conservative picked for bench". Colorado Springs Gazette. 
  3. ^ "Gorsuch-like Nominee Eid 'Inspiration' as Working Mother". www.bna.com. 
  4. ^ a b c "Nominee Report" (PDF). Alliance for Justice. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c "Allison Hartwell Eid – Adjunct Faculty". University of Colorado Law School. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "President Bush Appoints CU-Boulder Law Professor To Oliver Wendell Holmes Committee". University of Colorado Law School. May 23, 2002. Archived from the original on November 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Allison Eid is new Colorado Solicitor General". University of Colorado Law School. July 30, 2005. 
  8. ^ "Colorado Supreme Court 2008 Election Results". Denver Post. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Official Publication of the Abstract of Votes Cast" (PDF). Colorado Secretary of State. p. 119. Retrieved April 6, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ COLVIN, JILL. "TRUMP UNVEILS LIST OF HIS TOP SUPREME COURT PICKS". Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 19, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2016. 
  11. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Candidate Nominations". 
  12. ^ "Twelve Nominations Sent to the Senate Today". 
  13. ^ "Presidential Nomination 585, 115th United States Congress". United States Congress. June 7, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Nominations – United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary". www.judiciary.senate.gov. 
  15. ^ "Results of Executive Business Meeting – October 26, 2017, Senate Judiciary Committee" (PDF). 
  16. ^ Sara Burnett (September 28, 2006). "U.S. attorney craves tasks". Rocky Mountain News. p. 20A. 
  17. ^ Associated Press (June 10, 2006). "Bush nominates Troy Eid as U.S. attorney for Colorado". Casper Star Tribune. 
  18. ^ "Faculty Profile – Troy A. Eid". University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Justice Allison H. Eid (CO)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 6, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Official Publication of the Abstract of Votes Cast for the 2008 Primary, 2008 General" (PDF). Office of the Secretary of State of Colorado. June 29, 2009. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Alan J. Gilbert
Solicitor General of Colorado
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Daniel D. Domenico
Preceded by
Rebecca Kourlis
Associate Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court
2006–2017
Succeeded by
Melissa Hart
Preceded by
Neil Gorsuch
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
2017–present
Incumbent