She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of M.J. Menendez, who returned to the U.S. attorney’s office in Denver after two years on the bench.
Phillips worked as a civil lawyer for a private law firm for four years out of law school but since then has been in government.
“I’m really excited (about becoming a judge),” Phillips said. “I’m a law geek. I think it’s just fascinating. I tell my friends, and they can’t believe the things that happen in a courtroom.
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