On Thursday, June 6, 2013, the Colorado Supreme Court announced that Justice Nancy Rice will become the next Chief Justice when current Chief Justice Michael Bender retires on January 7, 2014. Chief Justice Bender will be required to retire on January 7, 2014, because it is his 72nd birthday, and under the Colorado Constitution, all state judges and justices must retire by age 72.
Justice Rice was selected by the other members of the Colorado Supreme Court, and will work side-by-side with Chief Justice Bender for the next several months in order to ensure an efficient transition. Justice Rice was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1998, and prior to that was a judge on the Denver District Court bench. She has also served as a U.S. Attorney and a Public Defender.
The Colorado Supreme Court announced on Friday, June 7, 2013, that Judge Alan Loeb has been designated the next Chief Judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals. In May, current Chief Judge Janice Davidson announced her retirement, effective October 1, 2013, and the two judges will work together for the next several months in order to facilitate a smooth transition in leadership in the Court of Appeals.
Judge Loeb has served on the Court of Appeals since 2003. Prior to that, he had practiced with Davis, Graham & Stubbs, LLP since 1971. He is a Colorado native, and he graduated from East High School in 1964. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.