Monica Marquez

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Monica Marquez
Court Information:
Colorado Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $145,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Bill Ritter
Active:   2010-2025
Preceded by:   Mary Mullarkey
Past post:   Deputy attorney general
Past term:   2002-2010
Personal History
Hometown:   Austin, TX
Undergraduate:   Stanford University, 1991
Law School:   Yale Law School, 1997
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
Position:  Retention
State:  Colorado
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  67.8%ApprovedA

Monica Marquez is an associate justice on the seven-member Colorado Supreme Court. She was appointed to the court by Governor Bill Ritter on September 8, 2010, to replace retiring Judge Mary Mullarkey.[1][2][3] She was later retained by voters in 2014, winning a ten-year term that expires on January 13, 2025.[4]

Marquez is the first Latina to serve on the court and her father, Jose Marquez, was the first Latino to serve on the Colorado Court of Appeals.[5]



See also: Colorado judicial elections, 2014
Marquez was retained to the Supreme Court with 67.8 percent of the vote on November 4, 2014.[6]

Judicial performance evaluation

The Colorado Commissions on Judicial Performance recommended that Justice Marquez be Retained. The full report is available here.


Marquez earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1991 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997.[3]


Following her admission to the bar, Marquez served as a clerk for Judge Michael Ponsor of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Judge David Ebel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She then entered private practice at the firm Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP. Following that, Marquez entered public service as an assistant solicitor general and assistant attorney general. She was promoted to deputy attorney general for Colorado in 2002, where she served until 2010. She was nominated to the Colorado Supreme Court in 2010.[3]

Awards and associations


  • 2010: Latina Chamber Inspiración Award
  • 2009: Outstanding GLBT Attorney Award, GLBT Bar Association
  • 2009: Richard Marden Davis Award


  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Denver Bar Association
  • Member, GLBT Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado GLBT Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member, Latina Initiative
  • Member, Minoru Yasui Inn of Court
  • Board member, Colorado GLBT Bar Association
  • Board member, Latina Initiative
  • Chair, Denver Mayor’s GLBT Commission
  • Former member, Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • Former board member, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
  • Former editor, Yale Law Journal
  • Former articles editor, Yale Law & Policy Review
  • Former co-coordinator, Latino Law Students Association[3]

Political Affiliations

Judge Monica Marquez 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. Marquez received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -1.3, 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.[7]

See also

External links


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