Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs Steps Down

After almost two decades on the bench, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs officially retired on August 31st. When Governor Romer appointed Hobbs to the state’s highest court in 1996, it was the realization of a career-long goal for the attorney. But Greg jokes a little about the day he learned he would be Romer’s pick. When asked why he should appoint Hobbs to the Court, Greg replied that he holds the institutional knowledge of the various panels that work on natural resources issues, he’s drafted bills for the Legislature, and he has worked collaboratively with citizens’ boards and commissions. That’s what Romer wanted—someone who knew how to get along with what was then a fractious group. Upon appointing him, however, Romer said “Get a tie—a real tie.” Twenty years later Greg is still known for wearing his characteristic bolo ties. “Like Sam did!” says Greg. While counsel for the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District for 17 years, Greg worked closely with Frank “Sam” Maynes on many pieces of state and federal water legislation affecting the state.

During his time on the court, Greg wrote 283 majority opinions, including 31 water opinions, about a fourth of the water cases that came before the court. “It’s a tradition on the court that every Justice must author opinions in every branch of the law. You’ve got to work especially hard when you’re assigned a case in a subject matter area you haven’t practiced.” Greg continues to serve as Vice-President of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and Chair of its Publications Committee. He was recently appointed Distinguished Jurist in Residence at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he also plans to teach water law and Colorado legal history. On behalf of the people of Colorado, we thank Greg for his years of dedication, knowledge, and service. Our best wishes for a happy and fulfilling retirement from the court, Greg!