Monica Márquez

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Monica Márquez
96th Associate Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court
Assumed office
December 10, 2010
Appointed by Bill Ritter
Preceded by Mary Mullarkey
Personal details
Born 1969 (age 47–48)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Domestic partner Sheila Barthel
Alma mater Stanford University
Yale University

Monica Marie Márquez (born 1969) is an associate justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. Previously a Deputy Colorado Attorney General, she was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to the Supreme Court in 2010 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey.[1] She was sworn in on December 10, 2010.[2]


A native of Austin, Texas, Márquez grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado and graduated as valedictorian from Grand Junction High School in 1987.[3][4] She earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1991 before spending two years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working with at-risk children in Camden, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.[5] She then attended Yale Law School, earning a J.D. in 1997 and serving as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.[1] She went on to clerk for two federal judges: Michael Ponsor of the District of Massachusetts and David M. Ebel of the Tenth Circuit.[6] She then worked as an associate at Holme Roberts & Owen before joining the Colorado Attorney General's office in 2002.[6]

Márquez is a past president of the Colorado GLBT Bar Association and a board member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.[7] She also served as chairwoman of the Denver Mayor’s GLBT Commission.[7] Her father, Jose D.L. Márquez, was the first Latino judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals.[6]

Judicial appointment[edit]

On August 24, 2010, the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission selected Márquez as one of three candidates to replace Mary Mullarkey on the Colorado Supreme Court.[8] On September 8, 2010, Democratic Governor Bill Ritter announced Márquez as his choice to replace Mullarkey.[5] The appointment won praise from her former boss, Republican Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.[5]

Márquez is the first Latina and first openly gay person to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court.[1] Her long-term partner is Sheila Barthel.[2] She is one of nine openly LGBT state supreme court justices currently serving in the United States.