Justice Mullarkey shattered one of Colorado's toughest ceilings when she became the first woman to serve as a Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court in 1988. She retired in 2010 after serving on the Supreme Court for 23 years, included seven years as Chief Justice, which makes her the longest-serving chief justice in our state's history. Prior to her time on the State's highest court, she became Colorado's first female Solicitor General in 1975 and also served as chief legal advisor to Governor Dick Lamm from 1982 to 1985.
Justice Mullarkey devoted her career to improving and modernizing our judicial system and advocating for diversity and equality within our profession.
Her dedication to fixing issues with Colorado's overcrowded and outdated justice center led her to work tirelessly to gain bipartisan support and funding for the creation of today's state-of-the-art Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver.