Mary Mullarkey, Colorado’s pioneering chief justice for 12 years, died March 31 at age 77. The Wisconsin native was a public lawyer and judge throughout her career. Respected by her colleagues for her powerful intellect and unwavering integrity, Mullarkey was also revered as the “chief” by legions of admiring law clerks, lawyers and judges.
Before her appointment to the state Supreme Court as the state’s second female justice in 1987, Mullarkey had served as counsel to Gov. Richard Lamm, in the attorney general’s office and as a staff lawyer for the Equal Employment Opportunity Co