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Gregory Hobbs
Court Information:
Colorado Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $145,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Roy Romer
Active:   1996-8/31/2015
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Personal History
Born:   12/15/1944
Undergraduate:   University of Notre Dame, 1966
Law School:   University of California at Berkeley, 1971

Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. is an associate justice of the seven member Colorado Supreme Court. He was first appointed to the court in the state's assisted appointment method of judicial selection by Governor Roy Romer on April 18, 1996. Justice Hobbs was successfully retained in 2000 and in 2008. He plans to retire from the court on August 31, 2015.[1]


Hobbs earned his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Notre Dame in 1966. In 1971, he received his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.[2]


Hobbs practiced law since 1986 in a variety of positions. Hobbs worked for multiple private firms, and was a partner at Davis, Graham & Stubbs and senior partner at Hobbs, Trout & Raley P.C. during his time in private practice. Hobbs has also served as the first assistant attorney in the Natural Resources Section for the State of Colorado and as an enforcement attorney for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He also taught sixth grade in New York City and served in the Peace Corps.[2]

Awards and associations


  • Editor, California Law Review, Supreme Court Law
  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Denver Bar Associations
  • Member, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Member, Colorado Authors League
  • Vice-president, Colorado Foundation for Water Education
  • Co-convenor, Dividing the Waters
  • Former adjunct professor, University of Denver, Environmental Law, Master's Program in Environmental Policy and Management
  • Former vice chair, Colorado Air Quality Commission
  • Former member, Regional Air Quality Council
  • Former member, Metropolitan Transportation Development Commission
  • Former member, Governor's Water Roundtable
  • Former member, Governor's Transportation Roundtable
  • Former member, Wilderness Air Quality Related Values Task Force[2]



Colorado Supreme Court, Associate Justice
2008 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Gregory Hobbs Green check mark transparent.png 1,282,348 72.4%
Against retention 489,429 27.6%

Performance Evaluations

The Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation voted unanimously to recommend Hobbs 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.[3] 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 3.7 3.7 3.7
Clear opinions 3.4 3.5 3.45
Adequate explanation of opinion 3.5 3.6 3.55
Timely response 3.5 3.6 3.55
Response without criticism 3.8 3.8 3.8
Response based on law 3.6 3.6 3.6
Not ruling on extra issues 3.6 3.7 3.65
Respect towards all parties 3.8 3.9 3.85
No ex parte communications 3.9 3.9 3.9
Overall 3.64 3.7 3.67

Political Affiliations

Judge Gregory Hobbs is currently listed as "nonpartisan" because Colorado holds retention elections; no campaign reports have been filed for 2008.[5]

Notable cases

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. Hobbs received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.8, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal 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.[6]

See also

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