Eid previously had landed on the president’s list of prospects for an opening on the U.S. Supreme Court. That job ultimately went to the 10th Circuit’s Neil Gorsuch, of Colorado, earlier this year — creating the vacancy Eid now has been tabbed to fill.
“… are well known in the conservative legal movement and have shown commitment to principled and even-handed application of the law throughout their careers. … For the many Americans whose top concern in November was electing a president who would put committed constitutionalists to the courts, this is another major victory.”
Eid, a former law professor at the University of Colorado, is of course well-known in Colorado’s legal community. She is married to Troy Eid, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado who had been appointed by President George W. Bush. Here’s more background on Allison Eid courtesy of Wikipedia:
Eid (born 1965) is the 95th Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, having been appointed to the post in 2006 by Republican Governor Bill Owens. …
Born in Spokane, Washington, Eid earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies with distinction in 1987 from Stanford University, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After graduating, she served as a Special Assistant and Speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan‘s Secretary of Education, William Bennett. She left the Department of Education to attend the University of Chicago Law School, where she was articles editor of the law review and was elected to the Order of the Coif before earning her Juris Doctor with high honors in 1991. …
After graduating from law school, Eid served as a law clerk for U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Edwin Smith and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Colorado Republican junior U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner issued a statement praising the selection:
“Justice Allison Eid is an excellent choice to serve on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. I have known Allison since my days as a student at the University of Colorado Law School and have been extremely impressed with her service on Colorado’s Supreme Court. Whether she was clerking for Justice Clarence Thomas, teaching at CU Law, arguing cases as Colorado’s Solicitor General, or writing opinions as a member of the state’s Supreme Court, she has always been an ardent defender of the Constitution and committed to upholding the rule of law. I look forward to supporting Allison throughout her confirmation process.”
Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio says the stakes are profound but it’s also personal whether Judge Neil Gorsuch winds up on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Palacio, the first openly gay man to chair a major party in Colorado, says he’s only able to marry his partner — they’re engaged right now — because of the vote of a single justice on the high court and warns that the “ultraconservative” Gorsuch could tip the scales back.
Governor John Hickenlooper is developing a strategy for Colorado to capitalize on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that would allow the state to collect tax from online sales.
The Supreme Court upheld Colorado's "Amazon tax," which could allow the state to collect taxes on out-of-state internet sales.
It requires online retailers to report their sales information to the Colorado Department of Revenue.
Some businesses opposed the reporting requirement and the tax as a burden on interstate commerce that they say is forbidden by the Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution. The Clause prohibits state action that creates an “undue burden” on interstate commerce.
The case of an autistic Colorado boy whose parents seek better special education for him could result in a national standard for educating disabled children when his lawsuit goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, according to educators and their attorneys.
Some school districts complain the case could force them to shift more of their scarce financial resources to special education.
Advocates for the nation’s roughly six million disabled schoolchildren say the quality of special education varies between states, leaving students in some states with few hopes of using education to ascend beyond their disabilities.