Allison Eid

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Allison Eid
Court Information:
Colorado Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $145,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Bill Owens
Active:   2006-2019
Preceded by:   Rebecca Kourlis
Past post:   Solicitor General, Colorado
Past term:   2005-2006
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Stanford University, 1987
Law School:   University of Chicago Law School, 1991

Allison H. Eid is an associate justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. She was first appointed to the court on March 13, 2006, by Governor Bill Owens to replace retiring Judge Rebecca Kourlis. She was successfully retained in November 2008. Her current term expires in January 2019.[1]


Eid earned her undergraduate degree with distinction in American studies from Stanford University in 1987. She then earned her J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1991.[1]


Following her admission to the bar Eid worked as a special assistant and speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett. She then entered private practice with the firm Arnold & Porter. She was also an associate professor for the Colorado School of Law. Prior to her appointment to the Colorado Supreme Court in 2006, she served as the solicitor general for Colorado.[1]

Awards and associations


  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Articles Editor, University of Chicago Law Review
  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Member, Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Temple Bar Scholar, American Inns of Courts



Colorado Supreme Court, Associate Justice
2008 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Allison Eid Green check mark transparent.png 1,338,571 74.6%
Against retention 456,337 25.4%

Performance Evaluations

The Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation voted unanimously to recommend Eid for retention. The COJPE reviews the answers of attorneys and District Judges and asked a variety of questions to determine the Judge's performance. The score is rated on a 4 point scale similar to school grades. Since 1990, which was the first election year after the statutory creation of judicial performance commissions and the use of performance evaluations, all Colorado Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges standing for retention have received do retain recommendations.[2] Until 2010 no additional information on judicial performance has been made available to the public.

Question classification Attorney score District Judge score Combined average
Impartiality 3.6 3.7 3.65
Clear opinions 3.6 3.7 3.65
Adequate explanation of opinion 3.7 3.6 3.65
Timely response 3.3 3.6 3.45
Response without criticism 3.7 3.8 3.75
Response based on law 3.5 3.6 3.55
Not ruling on extra issues 3.7 3.6 3.65
Respect towards all parties 3.9 3.9 3.9
No ex parte communications 3.9 3.9 3.9
Overall 3.56 3.71 3.64

Political affiliation

Judge Eid is currently listed as nonpartisan. Because judges in Colorado are selected on merit by the governor, she has no campaign contributions.

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Eid received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.1, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.29 that justices received in Colorado. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[4]

See also

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