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Nominees selected for upcoming Colorado Supreme Court vacancy

Author: Erin Prater - May 16, 2018 - Updated: May 16, 2018

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The Colorado Supreme Court Building. (AP via Cliff Grassmic/Boulder Daily Camera)

Three nominees have been selected for a Colorado Supreme Court vacancy that will occur when Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice retires July 1.

The nominees, announced Wednesday by the Colorado Judicial Department, are Maria Berkenkotter of Boulder, Karen L. Brody of Denver and Carlos A. Samour Jr. of Lone Tree.

The trio was selected during meetings this week in Denver. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has 15 days from May 16 to appoint one of the nominees to the court, according to a Wednesday press release from the department.

Berkenkotter (Photo courtesy Ballotpedia)

Berkenkotter served as chief judge of Colorado’s 20th Judicial District from 2013-2017 and a district court judge for the same district from 2006-2017, according to the website of Judicial Arbiter Group Inc., which she joined in January.





Brody (Courtesy photo)

Brody is a judge on Colorado’s Second District Court, according to Ballotpedia. Hickenlooper appointed her to the position in 2014, and she won retention in 2016’s general election.





Samour (Courtesy photo)

Samour Jr. is a judge on Colorado’s 18th District Court, a position he was appointed to in 2006, according to Ballotpedia. He has won retention twice since. In 2014, Rice named Samour the district’s chief judge.

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post,, and wire services.