gregory hobbs

Gregory J. Hobbs Jr.

Distinguished Jurist in Residence

Co-Director, Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program

Professional Biography

CAREER: Justice, Colorado Supreme Court May 1, 1996-August 31, 2015. Senior Water Judge, Colorado Courts January 1, 2016 to Present.

J.D. University of California, Berkeley 1971, Order of the Coif, Supreme Court Editor California Law Review; Co-Editor and Author, Anthem, Boalt Hall Literary Magazine. B.A. University of Notre Dame 1966, Magna Cum Laude, History Major. Attended St. Joseph's College, 1963-1964 (Minor Seminary for Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco). Practiced law with an emphasis on water, environment, land use, and transportation. Partner Hobbs, Trout & Raley P.C. 1992-1996; Partner, Davis, Graham & Stubbs 1979-1992; Assistant Attorney General, State of Colorado, Natural Resources Section 1975-1979; Enforcement Attorney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1973-1975; Associate, Cooper, White and Cooper (San Francisco) 1972-1973.

Law Clerk to Judge William E. Doyle, United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals 1971-1972.

Taught sixth grade at St.Paul's Catholic School in New York City 1967 and served in the Peace Corps with wife Bobbie in Colombia 1967-1968.

PROFESSIONAL: Admitted to practice in Colorado and California (inactive). Member, American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Fellow American Bar Foundation, Fellow, Colorado Bar Association. Former Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, Master's Program in Environmental Policy and Management, University of Denver. Frequent teacher water history, culture, paleo-hydrology, and law.

CURRENT CIVIC: Vice-President, Water Education Colorado and Chair of Publications Committee. Co-Convener, Dividing the Waters Educational Project, National Judicial College. Member, Water Court Committee, Colorado Supreme Court. Member Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Commission.

PAST CIVIC: Chair, Judicial Advisory Council, Colorado Supreme Court. Liaison Justice to Civil Rules Committee, Colorado Supreme Court. Member, Access to Justice Commission. Vice-Chair, Colorado Air Quality Commission. Vice-Chair, Denver Metropolitan Regional Air Quality Council. Member, Metropolitan Transportation Development Commission. Member, Governor's Water Roundtable. Member, Governor's Transportation Roundtable. Member, Colorado Wilderness Air Quality Related Values Task Force. Eagle Scout. Philmont Scout Ranch Staff, seven years.

BOOKS AUTHORED: Member, Colorado Authors League. Author of In Praise of Fair Colorado, The Practice of Poetry, History and Judging (Bradford Publishing Co. 2004). Colorado Mother of Rivers, Water Poems (Colorado Foundation for Water Education 2005). The Public's Water Resource, Articles on Water Law, History, and Culture (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. 2007). Living the Four Corners, Colorado Centennial State at the Headwaters (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. 2010). Into The Grand (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. 2012).

For detailed personal and professional background and article authorships, see Guide to the Papers of Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., Water Resources Archives, Morgan Library, Colorado State University

PERSONAL: Born Dec. 15, 1944, in Gainesville, Florida. Married to Barbara Hay Hobbs since June 17, 1967. Two children, six grandchildren.


  • JD, University of California, Berkeley, 1971
  • BA, University of Notre Dame, 1966

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Admission to Bar