Rebecca Love Kourlis

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Rebecca Love Kourlis
Rebecca Love Kourlis 2016.jpg
Justice Kourlis on the campus of the University of Denver in 2016
Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court
In office
May 1995 – January 10, 2006
Appointed by Roy Romer

Rebecca Love Kourlis (born November 11, 1952) is a former justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.

Early life and education[edit]

She was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is the daughter of former Governor John Arthur Love.[1] According to school records, she received her primary school education at Graland Country Day School in Denver, class of 1967. In 1973, she graduated with distinction from Stanford University, and in 1976, earned a law degree from Stanford Law School.


Kourlis started her career at the Denver law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs and later set up a private practice in Craig, Colorado.[2]

Kourlis was appointed to the state Supreme Court in May 1995 by Democratic Governor Roy Romer. She previously served as a district court judge and worked in private practice in Colorado. She was mentioned as a potential nominee of George W. Bush to the U.S. Supreme Court by Senator Ken Salazar.[1] On December 5, 2005, she announced her retirement from the Colorado Supreme Court effective January 10, 2006 [1].[1] In January 2006, she became Executive Director of University of Denver Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.[3]


  • American Bar Association (ABA) Justice Center's John Marshall Award, 2012[4]
  • Citizens of the West, 2010 (Awarded with Tom Kourlis)[2]
  • ABA Yegge Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Judicial Administration, 2009[4]
  • Regis University Civis Princeps Award, 2008[4]
  • Colorado Judicial Institute’s Judicial Independence Award, 2006[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kourlis is married to Thomas A. Kourlis, a rancher and former commissioner of agriculture for the state of Colorado. They have three children.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Associated Press, . (5 December 2005). "Colorado Supreme Court justice resigns". The Gazette. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Martin, Claire (2010-01-04). "Citizens of the West: Tom and Rebecca Kourlis". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Rebecca Love Kourlis". The Atlantic. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Rebecca Love Kourlis". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 

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