March 9, 2018: Nancy E. Rice announced on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, that she plans to retire as the Colorado State Supreme Court Chief Justice on June 30, 2018. Rice has been the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice for the past four years; he has been on the Colorado Supreme Court for twenty years; and she has worked as a Judge for thirty-one years. Rice, 67, was first appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1998. Seven Judges are on the Colorado State Supreme Court, and they are in office for ten-year terms. The Chief Justice is selected from the membership by a majority of the Judges. Rice worked as a District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District in Denver from 1987 to 1998. Before taking the bench, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1977 to 1987 and the Deputy Chief of the Appellate Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado from 1985 to 1987. She also worked as a Deputy State Public Defender at the Appellate Division in 1975 and 1976. Rice received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University in 1972 and her law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1975. She has worked as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Colorado Law School and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.