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Judge Mary A. Celeste (Ret.) Denver, Colorado


Consultant & Speaker

National Expert on Marijuana, Drugs, Alcohol and Impaired Driving


Expert Witness

Marijuana & Driving Designated as an expert witness with 2 companies: Expert Consulting Services, Inc.( ECS) and the Expert Institute. Also designated as an expert witness on marijuana and driving in a Court of Law.


Adjunct Law Professor

California Western School of Law, Marijuana and The Law, Spring 2019


Faculty, National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) A Professional Services Division of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) February, 2015-Present


Adjunct Faculty National Judicial College 2011-Present


Judge Denver County Court Denver, Colorado 2000-Retired 2015-Presiding Judge, 2008-2010


Judicial Outreach Liaison National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Consultant NHTSA/ABA 2010-2014


Adjunct Professor University of Denver Sturm College of Law 2000-2006


Senior Attorney Law Office of Mary A. Celeste Denver 1994-2000


Managing Law Partner Kavanaugh & Celeste Kavanaugh, Celeste & DeStigter Kavanaugh, Sanford & Celeste Denver, Colorado 1986-1994


Associate/Law Clerk Tinkler & Carwin Denver, Colorado 1983-1986

Professional Activities

Foundation for the Advancement of Alcohol Responsibility, Judicial Advisory Board Member September, 2016 to Present


American Bar Association, Chair National Committee on Specialized Court Judges (NCSCJ), 2016-17; Chair Startegic Planning Committee 2015-17; Communications Committee, Editor JD Record Co-Chair, 2016; JD Council Member, 2016;

SOC Member, 2016


Colorado Department of Transportation, Chair Criminal Justice Systems Group, Interagency Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving 2013-2015


Colorado Supreme Court, Colorado Judicial Conference Committee 2012-2015


National Judicial College, Curriculum Development Committee, 2014


American Judge’s Association


  • Executive Committee member 2018-Present

  • Education Co-Chair 2018-Present

  • President 2010 -2011 Supervisor $350,000 Federal BJA Grant

  • Host AJA/Colorado Judicial Conference 2010

  • President-elect 2009-10

  • Vice President 2009

  • Secretary 2007-9

  • Executive Committee 2005-Present

  • Board of Governors 2004-Present

  • Chair Education Committee 2004-2007

  • Drafter Access to Justice Resolution-Adopted 2005

  • Presenter Education Seminar- Mid-Year Conference 2005

  • Co-Chair Access to Justice Committee 2004-2005

  • Court of Appeals 2002-2004

  • Membership Committee 2004

  • Education Committee 2001-2004

  • Moderator Education Panels Annual Conferences 2002 and 2006


Colorado State Supreme Court, Appointee State Diversity in the Law Committee 2004; Appointee State Education Committee 2003


Colorado Women’s Bar Association / Foundation

  • Foundation President 2009-2011

  • Foundation Vice President 2007-8

  • Foundation Dinner Committee Chair 2006-2011

  • Foundation Board of Directors 2004-Present

  • Association Board of Directors 2000-2004

  • Association Historian 2002-2004

  • Executive Producer Film Raising the Bar Association Convention Committee Chair 2000-2001


Colorado Bar Association/Denver Bar Association Board of Governors 2004-2005 Public Policy Committee 1995-1997 Board of Governors 1994-1996


American Inns of Court, Mentor 1996-2000


Denver Bar Association, DBA Conciliation Panel 1995-1996


Denver County Court


  • ICESS Committee (Court web-based program development) 2010-2012

  • Co-Founder Denver County Court Sobriety Court 2010

  • Co-Chair Court Security Committee 2009-2010

  • Denver Operations Committee 2009-2010

  • Denver County Court Advisory Council, Chair & Founder 2008-2010

  • Crime Prevention and Control Commission, Commissioner 2008-2010

  • Interstate Compact Council, Member 2008-2011

  • Denver Justice Center Committee, Member 2008-2010


International Association of Lesbian & Gay Judges Co-Chair

Education Committee 2007-2015; Board of Directors 2002-Present


National, State and Local Civic Activities


Colorado Task Force on Drunk & Impaired Driving, Chair Criminal Justice Group 2013-15

Senatorial Appointee U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Colorado Advisory Committee 2010-2013

Denver Manager of Safety Appointee, Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Regulation 2009-10

Denver Mayoral Appointee Presiding Judge, Denver County Court 2008-10

Denver Mayoral Appointee Alternatives to Sentencing Sub-Committee 2004

Denver Mayoral Appointee. Career Service Authority, Chair 1994 & 1998

Denver Foundation. Focus Committee. 1996

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Advisory Council. 1995-6

Colorado LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Chair & Co-Founder, President 1994

National LGBT Victory Fund, Political Chair 1994

Colorado LGBT Bar Association. Chair & Co-Founder 1992


Presentations, Lectures, Workshops & Webinars