Bender to lead Colo. Supreme Court

DENVER — Michael Bender will be the new chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, replacing Mary J. Mullarkey, who is retiring after 23 years on the bench.

Bender has been an associate justice on the Supreme Court since 1997 and was picked by his colleagues today to succeed Mullarkey starting Dec. 1.

As chief justice, Bender will be the executive head of Colorado’s judicial system.

Before being appointed to the court by Gov. Roy Romer, Bender served in private practice and also worked as a public defender and in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In September, Gov. Bill Ritter appointed Colorado Deputy Attorney General Monica Marie Marquez to fill the vacancy created by Mullarkey’s retirement.

Mullarkey’s last day is Nov. 30.


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