As Dean of the College of Law, Mary Ricketson led the faculty and staff in the creation of a dynamic learning environment. After graduating from the College of Law in 1978, Mary maintained strong ties with the law school. Throughout her professional career as Deputy District Attorney, Deputy Attorney General, and a private practice attorney specializing in employment dispute mediation, Mary continued to dedicate her time to matters of public interest. As Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, she supported numerous groundbreaking, high-impact case initiatives that will improve the health care and education opportunities of Colorado children for years to come. She has served on many national foundations and commissions, and served as the President of the Colorado women’s Bar Association (CWBA). In 2002, she was appointed co-chair of Mayor Wellington Webb’s 2025 Commission and in 2003, the CWBA honored her with the Mary Lathrop Award for her dedication to women’s issues, legal education, and public service and in 2003 she was awarded the Outstanding Community Service Award by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.