The newest member of the Colorado Supreme Court is being sworn into office this afternoon. William W. Hood III is scheduled to take his oath Monday afternoon at the state judicial center in downtown Denver.

Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed the 50-year-old Denver judge to replace retiring Chief Justice Michael Bender in October. It’s the governor’s second appointment to the state’s highest court.

The following bio was provided by the Colorado Supreme Court office at the time of his nomination:

Mr. Hood is currently a District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District (City and County of Denver), a position he has held since 2007. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Prior to becoming a judge, Mr. Hood was in private practice at Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C., where he was a shareholder from 2005-2007 and of counsel in the litigation department from 2003-2005. Before going into private practice, Mr. Hood worked for the Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln Counties) from 1998-2003 and 1992-1997. There, he served in multiple roles including Appellate Deputy (2001-2003), Chief Deputy in felony prosecution (2000-2001), and Violent Crimes Unit Deputy (1998-2000). He also practiced as an associate at McKenna & Cuneo (1997-1998) and Holme Roberts & Owen (1990-1992) in commercial litigation. Mr. Hood earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in 1985 and his Juris Doctor from University of Virginia School of Law in 1990.

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