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Marquez, Jose 1998 Evaluation


Colorado Court of Appeals

Honorable Jose D. L. Marquez 

Retention Year: 1998
Recommendation: Retain


The State Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Jose D. L. Marquez BE RETAINED.

Judge Marquez was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 1988. Previous to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, he was a District Court Judge in the 21st Judicial District, he was in private practice in Grand Junction, 1978-1984, a Regional Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado, 1975-1977, and an attorney for the Colorado Rural Legal Services, 1972-1975.

Judge Marquez is an active member of the Colorado, Denver, and Hispanic Bar Associations, the American Judicature Society, the Colorado Bar Fellows and the Minoru Yasui Inn of Court. He is on the Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education, the Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Judicial Conference Planning Committee.

Judge Marquez' commitment to community service is evidenced by his continuing interest in Colorado Rural Legal Services. The State Commission believes that this experience is of great value. He is currently serving on a committee that is studying effective changes to the Colorado Legal Services and the Legal Services agencies. In addition, Judge Marquez is quite insightful about the need for and use of language interpreters in the courts.

Attorney questionnaires received by the State Commission rate Judge Marquez highly overall. He received especially high marks for patience at oral argument, and treating parties equally regardless of gender, race and social/economic status. Of the attorney responses received, 81.8% voted to retain Judge Marquez and 18.2% voted not to retain him.