Justice Hobbs is a friend of Coyote Gulch. Over the years I’ve published a small portion of his poems including photo poems that he’s written in the recent past. On the occasions where I’ve had an opportunity to talk with him at some length I’ve learned the depth of his life experience — he has travelled, written, and learned about the world around him due to his curious nature and love of knowledge. His love of family also shows up in conversations.
One of my favorite Hobbs’ poems :
To each of us
The land, the air, the water,
Mountain, canyon, mesa, plain,
Lightning bolts, clear days with no rain,
At the source of all thirst,
At the source of all thirst-quenching hope,
At the root and core of time and no-time,
The Great Divide Community
Stands astride the backbone of the continent,
Gathering, draining, reflecting, sending forth
A flow so powerful it seeps rhythmically
Alive to each of us,
To drink, to swim, to grow corn ears
To listen to our children float the streams
Of their own magnificence,
Out of their seeping dreams,
Out of their useful silliness,
Out of their source-mouths
High and pure,
The Great Divide,
You and I, all that lives
And floats and flies and passes through
All we know of why.
Reprinted, with permission, from Colorado Mother of Rivers, Water Poems by Justice Greg Hobbs
Another poem that Greg sent in the wee hours of the morning after we all learned of Ed Quillen’s passing:
Hurrah for Quillen!
Curmudgeon Wit gloried in the
great First Amendment.
Reprinted, with permission.
Here’s an article about his retirement from Mark Harden writing for the Denver Business Journal:
Gregory J. Hobbs Jr., a Colorado Supreme Court justice known as an expert on water and environmental law, will retire Aug. 31 after more than 19 years on the high court, the court announced Thursday.
Greg Hobbs was appointed to the court in April 1996 by Gov. Roy Romer and has twice been retained for 10-year terms by the state’s voters.
He previously practiced law for 23 years, focusing on water, environment, land use and transportation.
In 2007, Hobbs was named by then-Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey to lead a committee to review the state’s water-court system.
In 1997, Hobbs wrote a key Supreme Court ruling in a case over the way in which Denver Water figured its rates, brought by suburban water districts. The decision said Denver Water has the authority to set rates however it likes, but warned that the utility can’t “abuse its authority” to “reap monopoly profits.”
Hobbs is a former senior partner with Hobbs, Trout & Raley PC, and partner with Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. He also previously served as first assistant Colorado attorney general with the Natural Resources Section and as an enforcement attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Hobbs — a native of Gainesville, Florida — also has written poetry, collected in the 2005 book “Colorado, Mother of Rivers: Water Poems”; formerly taught environmental law at the University of Denver; and once was a sixth-grade teacher in New York City.
Thanks for your friendship Greg and good luck to you in retirement.