Michael Carrigan Regent

555 Seventeenth Street. Suite 3200 80202

(303) 295-8314 Office
(303) 601-7667 Cell (303) 975-5489 FAX

September 16, 2011

Via Email and Fax to (303) 866-2003
Hon. John Hickenlooper. Governor State of Colorado 136 State Capitol Denver, CO 80203 Dear Governor Hickenlooper: I am writing to offer my sincere support of Patrick O'Rourke for the Colorado Supreme Court. As a Regent of the University of Colorado, I have had the opportunity to observe Pat's legal abilities over the past several years while he served as the lead litigator for the University of Colorado. I worked closely with Pat when he represented the Board of Regents in the Ward Churchill lawsuit. He did an exemplary job representing the University in a thoughtful and respectful way. On many occasions I have turned to Pat for advice on complex legal questions and I am often amazed at his encyclopedic knowledge of Colorado law. Frequently, without opening a book or a brief, he could name the specific case and statute relevant to my question. I truly believe that he has one of the best legal minds in Colorado of my generation. From my personal observations, I believe he possesses the skills, work ethic, and professionalism necessary to succeed as a Supreme Court Justice. As much as I would hate to lose him as CU's chieflitigator, I am proud to support his application to the bench. I hope you give him full consideration. Respectfull ,

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