On Friday, October 25, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of William Hood, III, to the Colorado Supreme Court. His appointment will be effective in January 2014, upon the retirement of Chief Justice Michael Bender.
Judge Hood has been a Denver District Court judge since 2007. He was the 2011 recipient of the Denver Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Award and currently serves as the presiding judge for Denver’s domestic relations courts. Before moving to the bench, Judge Hood was a shareholder at Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C., where he did both civil and criminal trial work. He also worked as a prosecutor for ten years in Arapahoe County, serving as a chief trial deputy and, separately, as the chief appellate deputy.
Judge Hood has written for The Colorado Lawyer and the Virginia Law Review, and teaches trial practice at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He is a frequent presenter at CLE programs also, including CLE’s 2013 Annual Family Law Institute.
He will serve a provisional two-year term and will face retention. If retained, Justice Hood will then serve a ten year term.