Nancy E. Rice
|Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court|
January 8, 2014 – June 30, 2018
|Preceded by||Michael L. Bender|
|Succeeded by||Nathan B. Coats|
|Born||June 2, 1950|
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
|Education||Tufts University (BA)|
University of Utah (JD)
Life and education
Rice was born on June 2, 1950 in Boulder, Colorado, and grew up in Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming. She received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Tufts University in 1972 and her J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1975. She has one daughter.
After graduating from law school, Rice served as a law clerk for Judge Fred Winner of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado from 1975 to 1976. She then worked as an appellate state public defender from 1976 to 1977 before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado, where she served as the Deputy Chief of the Civil Division from 1985 to 1987. Rice became a judge on the Denver District Court in 1987, the same year she began teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law.
Service on Colorado Supreme Court
Rice was originally appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court on August 5, 1998, by Governor Roy Romer and was subsequently elevated to Chief Justice on January 8, 2014. She retired from active service on June 30, 2018.
| Associate Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court
Michael L. Bender
| Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court
Nathan B. Coats
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