Allison Eid is a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court who is known for her strong support of the Second Amendment as well as her wish to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling on abortions. She was appointed to the court by Republican Governor Bill Owens in February of 2006 to succeed Justice Kourlis who had retired. She was retained by voters in 2008 and Eid’s current term expires in January of 2019.
Eid received her bachelor’s degree in American studies with distinction from Stanford University in 1987 and went on to receive her J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1991. After graduating from Stanford, Eid worked as a special assistant and speechwriter to the Secretary of Education William Bennett. She served as a law clerk after law school for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge Jerry Smith of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She entered private practice afterwards and was also an associate professor for the University of Colorado Law School. She also served as the solicitor general in 2006 before being appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court.
When Eid was listed as one of the possible nominees for the US Supreme Court, Colorado Peak Politics praised Eid saying she “has consistently stood up for school choice reform, small government and tax payers against fellow justices who are known for their political activism. That kind of experience builds character and a strong backbone – qualities that Scalia had an abundance of and would be great to see in his replacement.”
Eid is considered more conservative than average in the state of Colorado while some of her writings suggest that she takes a more moderate approach than her former boss Justice Thomas. Eid has largely embraced a conservative vision of states’ rights but she hints that she would not go as far as Thomas referring to the theory of Thomas’ regarding the constitutional language of child labor laws. Even if Eid did not repeat “mistakes of the past”, her record includes no shortage of evidence that she would make conservatives very happy.