Published: Feb. 1, 2017


Only one Coloradan has served on the U.S. Supreme Court, CU Boulder alumnus Byron White (Econ'38). One of his proteges may now get the chance: Visiting Colorado Law professor Neil Gorsuch.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday night nominated Gorsuch for the seat that became vacant when Justice Antonin Scalia died last February.

Currently a judge on the Denver-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, Gorsuch, 49, lives in unincorporated Boulder County. Both of his parents attended Colorado Law and he has been a visiting professor there since 2008, typically teaching one course per semester, usually ethics or antitrust law. Gorsuch is a graduate of Columbia, Harvard and Oxford Universities.

He served as a clerk for Justice White after White stepped down from the Supreme Court in 1993. White died in 2002.

CU alumnus Wiley B. Rutledge (Law'22) also served on the U.S. Supreme Court, from 1943-49.

For more about Gorsuch, see:

CU Boulder statement;

Denver Post overview;

New York Times profile;

Daily Camera piece, which includes a handy bio-box.


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