Hickenlooper Appoints State Supreme Court Judge

gabrielGovernor John Hickenlooper appointed Richard Lance Gabriel to the Colorado Supreme Court yesterday at the Colorado State Capitol. Gabriel will replace Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., who is retiring on September 1st. Gabriel was one of three finalists that also included Melissa Hart and David S. Prince. They were chosen by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission earlier this month. Gabriel was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2008. Before that he worked in a private practice and focused on commercial, intellectual property, probate and products liability law, according to the Colorado Judicial Branch. He is from Brooklyn, New York and attended Yale University as an undergraduate student and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, according to the Governor’s Office. Hobbs, who Gabriel will replace, was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1996. He specialized in environmental law and made recommendations to achieve water efficiency in Colorado. He is the Vice-President of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.  Pictured:  Richard Lance Gabriel

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