governor. On Friday, Jared Polis chose Maria Encarnación Birkenkotter as his first appointee to the Colorado Supreme Court.
“Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a great ability to make sound and wise decisions on a wide range of issues,” Police said in a written statement. It has deftly presided over high-level, complex and often emotional cases, and implemented beneficial operational changes within the judicial branch. She has decades of experience in her field and is internationally respected among Colorado Bar. I have no doubt that it will be an asset to the state and add enormous value to the Supreme Court. “
Birkenkotter, a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm Law School, is the former chief justice of the 20th district district in Boulder County. She is currently working in the Judicial Referee Group.
Berkenkotter was nominated for a position on the Colorado Supreme Court in 2018 during the then-government era. John Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper chose Carlos A. Samour instead.
Birkenkotter was among three finalists this year for the Colorado Supreme Court seat left open after the retirement of Nathan B.
Andrea Wang, Assistant Attorney General, and Timothy MacDonald, partner with law firm Arnold and Porter Kay Schuller, were other finalists.
“I am honored to be selected by Governor Police for this important position,” Birkenkotter said in a written statement. “It is imperative that the foundations of our democracy, including our courts, remain strong during these unprecedented times.”
Berkenkotter presided over the 2016 high-profile trial of Dynel Lane, who was sentenced to 100 years in prison for cutting off the fetus of another woman in Longmont. Before becoming a judge in Boulder County, Birkenkotter worked as an attorney in a private clinic and in the Colorado District Attorney’s office.
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