Justice Hood became a member of the Colorado Supreme Court in January 2014, following seven years as a Denver trial judge. In 2011, he received the the Denver Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Award. In 2014, the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers selected him as jurist of the year.
Before moving to the bench, Justice Hood was a shareholder at Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C., where he did both civil and criminal trial work. He also worked as a prosecutor for ten years in Arapahoe County, serving as a chief trial deputy and, separately, as the chief appellate deputy. In 1990, Justice Hood graduated from the University of Virginia, School of Law where he was a member of the law review. His legal writing on trial work and criminal procedure has been published by the Colorado Lawyer and the Virginia Law Review. Justice Hood teaches trial practice at the University of Denver School of Law and is a certified instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He is a past member of the Denver Bar Association’s Board of Trustees and the Executive Council for the Colorado Bar Association.
Justice Hood tries to cultivate an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support. Students learn both by doing and watching their peers, without being unnecessarily competitive or combative. Students who are not necessarily interested in becoming trial lawyers are welcome. Individual growth over the semester is at least as important as comparison to other students in the class.