July 19, 2019

Justice Michael L. Bender Named Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court

Justice Michael L. Bender today became the 44th member of the Colorado Supreme Court to be named Chief Justice since Colorado’s statehood in 1876. The decision, which was made by his fellow justices, is effective December 1, 2010, and follows the news of Chief Justice Mullarkey’s retirement earlier this year.

“I am pleased and honored to be selected by my colleagues to serve in this capacity,” said Justice Bender. “I look forward to continuing the important initiatives Chief Justice Mullarkey undertook in her remarkable career and working with the other branches of state government to ensure our courts are prepared to face the challenges of the future.”

Justice Bender joined the court in January 1997. He was in private practice from 1979 to 1997. He also served in public defender offices in Denver, Jefferson County and for the State of Colorado and also worked for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1964 and his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1967. Justice Bender is married to Helen H. Hand, Ph.D., and they have five children and five grandchildren.

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