State Supreme Court Appointment

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Acquaintances say Colorado's new Supreme Court justice probably won't change the nature of the state's highest court.

Governor Bill Owens today appointed Allison Eid in the second Supreme Court appointment of his tenure.

She's a former clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a professor at the University of Colorado law school and the state's solicitor general.

Owens says she'll interpret the law rather than try to write new laws.

Her former boss at the law firm of Arnold and Porter -- where she worked from 1994 to 1998 -- predicts Eid will soon gain a reputation as a judicial conservative with views similar to those of Rebecca Love Kourlis, who resigned last month after ten years on the bench.

He says Eid is prominent in Republican politics, but he believes she'll decide issued based on the law rather than partisan interests.

Observers say essentially, she's a conservative replacing a conservative on a court dominated by justices appointed in the 1990s by Democratic Governor Roy Romer.

Owens made his first appointment -- Nathan Coats -- in 2000.

Eid will serve a provisional term of two years and then must stand for retention to serve an additional 10 years.

The annual salary for her position is $119,739.

She was one of three finalists recommended by a nominating commission.

The others were both judges on the state Court of Appeals: Russell Carparelli of Highlands Ranch and John Dailey of Arvada.