Elizabeth A. Starrs

September 16, 2011

Chief Justice Michael Bender Ex Officio Chair of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission 101 West Colfax Avenue, Suite 800 Denver, Colorado 80202


Application of Patrick T O'Rourke for Judgeship on the Colorado Supreme Court

Dear Chief Justice Bender: This letter is to support Patrick T. O'Rourke for the vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court created by Justice Martinez's retirement. I have known Pat O'Rourke for several years. We met in the capacity as co-defense counsel in defending medical malpractice and employment cases. Later, when he became Associate University Counsel with the University of Colorado, I dealt with him on the fe\\' matters I was handling for CU at the time. Pat was a member of the 2008 Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) class and, as part of that year's Steering Committee for COBALT, I interacted with him regularly. Pat has always appeared to have both an interest in the law and a special ability to apply it to the issue at hand. He certainly has proven himself a formidable advocate on the appellate level but dealing with him privately I recognize that he understands the nuances of the law's impact on a case and the reasonableness of contrary interpretations. He has also demonstrated the ability to make tough calls when necessary. This combination - to see both legitimate sides to an argument but able to make a decision - is an important asset in an appellate court judge. It seems that Pat has taken every opportunity to contribute to the literature in a practical and effective way, from physicians' professional magazines to insurance journals. He writes in a manner which distills the essence of a point of law and its relevance to a particular situation. I find this highly admirable.

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Chief Justice Michael Bender September 16, 2011 Page 2

Pat O'Rourke has the qualities necessary to become a distinguished member of the judiciary. I highly recommend that he be given an opportunity to do this. Please feel free to contact me if I can assist you, or any member of the Commission, in any way. Very truly yours, STARRS MIHM LLP