Thursday, November 11, 2010

Michael Bender named Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court

Justice Michael L. Bender was named as Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday. Justice Bender’s fellow justices named him to head the court, effective Dec. 1, 2010.

Michael Bender will be replacing Mary J. Mullarkey, who is retiring after 23 years on the bench.

“I am pleased and honored to be selected by my colleagues to serve in this capacity,” said Justice Bender. “I look forward to continuing the important initiatives Chief Justice Mullarkey undertook in her remarkable career and working with the other branches of state government to ensure our courts are prepared to face the challenges of the future.”As chief justice, Bender will be the executive head of Colorado's judicial system.

Bender was appointed by Gov. Roy Romer to Colorado’s top court in 1997. Before that, he was in private practice from 1979 to 1997. He also served in public defender offices in Denver, Jefferson County and for the State of Colorado.

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