There is certainly a good deal of hometown pride in seeing Monica Marie Marquez appointed to a seat on the Colorado Supreme Court by Gov. Bill Ritter. Marquez is a 1987 graduate of Grand Junction High School — the valedictorian of that class, no less.
She went on to obtain an undergraduate degree from Stanford and her law degree from Yale.
Furthermore, she has a solid legal pedigree. Her father, Jose Marquez, was a local attorney, then a district judge in Mesa County before being appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals.
But Monica Marquez was not appointed to the state’s high court because of her father’s accomplishments or her academic achievements. She has a stellar legal resum&233; of her own.
Ritter, an attorney and former prosecutor, said it was “the sophistication of her analytical ability that is quite remarkable.” And that set Marquez apart from the other two finalists to replace retiring Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, the Democratic governor said.
Of course, since he is the one making the appointment, one would expect Ritter to offer accolades for Marquez.
But she also drew high praise from Republican Attorney General John Suthters, for whom she worked until her court appointment. She was recently promoted to deputy attorney general.
In a letter written this summer in support of Marquez’s application to become a Supreme Court justice, Suthers said: “Monica is truly a legal scholar. She operates on a very high intellectual plane and has a reverence for the law that makes her highly objective in evaluating the many issues we deal with at the Attorney General’s Office.”
Suthers also said, “I rate Monica Marquez as one of the very best lawyers who’ve worked for me.”
So it is with more than just hometown pride that we applaud the appointment of Monica Marie Marquez to the Colorado Supreme Court. She is eminently qualified and we expect she will serve the people of Colorado and their judicial system very well.