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National Expert on Marijuana, Drugs, Alcohol and Impaired Driving

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

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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

National, State and Local Civic Activities

Presentations, Lectures, Workshops & Webinars

Publications

Civic Reserach Institute, What About Medical Marijuana for PTSD for Veterans, Fall 2017 issue 21, no. 4. 

 

Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association, Focus, Commonwealth v. Gerhardt: Marijuana Driving Impairment, Is the Science There Yet?, Summer, 2017

 

Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association, Focus, Interstate Marijuana Use & Possession, Winter, 2017

 

A Judicial Perspective on Expert Testimony in Marijuana Driving Cases, Journal of Medical Toxicology, Received: 21 July 2016/Accepted: 25 July 2016 # American College of Medical Toxicology 2016 (Peer Reviewed)

 

Happy Anniversary Romer v. Evans, May 29, 2016,

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Marijuana in the Workplace, May, 17, 2016, www.justicespeakersInstitute.com

 

Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association, Focus, Does Marijuana Use Cause Crashes & Fatalities, Spring, 2016

 

What Happens if the DEA Reclassifies Marijuana? April 12, 2016,

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What Happens if the DEA Reclassifies Marijuana?, April 12, 2016

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Oral Fluid Testing: Time to Be Admissible in Court? March 15, 2015

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Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association, Focus,

Per Se Marijuana Driving Laws: Here to Stay? , Winter, 2016

 

Will Colorado’s Marijuana Law Disappear?, December 24,2015

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Political Strife in State Supreme Courts, December 15, 2015

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A New Approach to Harm Reduction, November 17, 2015

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Drugged Driving Laws Need An Overhaul, October 13, 2015

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Medical Marijuana Are There Any Benefits, September 8, 2015

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Edit NHTSA Chapter 7, Geriatrics & Driving, Ethical and Legal Responsibilities of the Physician, May, 2015

 

Romer v. Evans; An Inside Look, The William Mitchell Law Review, Volume 41, Issue 1, January, 2015

 

Drugged Driving Awareness: Beyond Campaign Slogans, National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Judging Traffic Newsletter, April, 2015

 

Another Look at Missouri v. McNeely ABA / NHTSA Highway to Justice, Spring, 2013

 

Children Left in Cars: The Other Distracted Driving ABA / NHTSA Highway to Justice, Fall 2012

 

Prevailing Tools in Detecting Alcohol and Drug Content in Impaired Driving Cases AJA White Paper 2010 Court Review, Feb. 2011

 

Colorado Woman’s’ Bar Association Foundation Video, Raising the Bar, Executive Producer, 2010

 

American Judges Association Court Review, White Paper, The Selection and Retention of Judges, How Judges Can Ride the Wave

 

Colorado Lawyer, Margaret Tekavee, Jan. 2003

 

Colorado Lawyer, A Brief Herstory…, Dec. 2002

 

Court Review, Coming to a Court Near You, Illegal Immigrant Driver, Jan. 2001

 

Preventative Law Journal, The Advantages of Counseling over Lawyering, June 1996

 

Colorado Lawyer, Definition of Family, Domestic Partnership & Marriage, June 1995

 

California Western International Law Journal, An Evaluation of PRC’s Participation International Commercial Arbitration, Sept. 1983

Awards

Colorado LGBT Center 2016 Contribution to the Community Award

IALGBTJ 2015 President’s Award

American Judges Association 2011 Judge William H, Burnett Award

Colorado Women’s Bar Association, 2011 Mary Lathrop Award

State of Colorado 2008 Colorado Humanities Award

American Judge’s Association 2007 Judge Bob Jones Memorial Award for Education

Denver Bar Association 2006 Judicial Excellence Award

Colorado Women’s Bar Association 2006 Judicial Recognition Award

Colorado Business Council 2002 Professional Woman of the Year

American Association of University Women 1998 Trailblazer Award

Human Rights Campaign 1994 Paul Hunter Award

California Western School of Law 1982 Outstanding Editor Award

Grossmont College 1977 Memorial Fund Scholarship

Education

California Western School of Law San Diego, California 1982 Juris Doctorate Editor in Chief, International Law Journal, Volume 12 Coordinator, International Law Society Conference Editorial Scholarship. 1982 Student of the year-honorable mention 1982

San Diego State University, San Diego, California, 1979 Bachelor of Arts

Grossmont College, San Diego, California, 1978 Associate of Arts (Dean’s List 1975-1977)

Professional Activities

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.

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

American Inns of Court, Mentor 1996-2000

Denver Bar Association, DBA Conciliation Panel 1995-1996

Denver County Court

Faculty, National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) A Professional Services Division

of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) February, 2015-Present

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

American Bar Association, Imediate Past Chair National Committee on Specialized Court Judges (NCSCJ), 2016-17; 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 Bar Association/Denver Bar Association Board of Governors 2004-2005 Public Policy Committee 1995-1997 Board of Governors 1994-1996

International Association of Lesbian & Gay Judges Co-Chair Education Committee 2007-2015; Board of Directors 2002-Present

Association of Legal Administrators, Marijuana in the Workplace: A Practcum Workshop, May 5, 2018, National Harbor, Maryland (Scheduled)

 

National England Association  of drug Court Professionals, Marijuana and the Youth,  November 29, 2017, Marlboro, Massachucettes (Scheduled)

 

New Mexico Center foir the Judiciary, Drugged Driving, September 26, 2017, Sante Fe, New Mexico

 

NASRO School Safety Conference, Youth and Marijuana, July 26, 2017, Washington DC. (Scheduled)

 

National  Association for Court Management (NACM), The Legal History, Neuroscience and Toxicology of Marijuana: What the Justice System Needs to Know, July 12, 2017, Washington, D.C.

 

National Association of Drug Court Professional (NADCP), The Use of Medical Marijuana for Veterans with PTSD in Veteran's Courts, Washington, D.C.,  July 11, 2017

 

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), The Use of Medical Marijuana for Veterans with PTSD in Veterans Courts, Washington, D.C., July 11, 2017

 

Kansas Judicial Conference, Cannabis & Driving, Topeka, Kansas, June 8, 2017

 

Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference. Marijuana & Opioids and Their Impact on Specialty Courts,  Denver, Colorado, June 1, 2017

 

Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference, The Legal History, Neuro-science & Toxicology of Marijuana, Denver, Colorado, May 31, 2017

Michigan Court Administrators Association, What Court Administrators Need to Know About Marijuana Driving Cases, Traverse City, Michigan, May 19, 2017 (Scheduled)

 

Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys & State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section, The Legal History, Neuroscience & Toxicology of Marijuana, East Lansing, Michigan, May 12, 2017

 

Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys & State bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section, Marijuana & Driving, East Lansing, Michigan, May 13, 2017

 

Administrative Office of the Courts, Marijuana Laws and the Effects on Specialty Courts, Little Rock, Arkansas, April 12, 2017

 

Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), Marijuana in the Workplace, Denver, Colorado, April 3, 2017

 

LifeSavers Conference,Charlotte, North Carolina, The History, Neuroscience & Toxicology of Marijuana, March 27, 2017

 

American Bar Association (ABA), Traffic Seminar, The History, Neuroscience & Toxicology of Marijuana, March 7, 2017

 

Texas Center for the Judiciary's Criminal Justice Conference, Drugged Driving, Austin, Texas, February, 13, 2017

 

Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Offices, Cannabis & Driving, Phoenix, Arizona, December 2, 2016 (Scheduled)

 

North Dakota Drugged Driving Summit, Drugged Driving, Bismarck, North Dakota, December 1, 2016 (Scheduled)

 

New England Association of Drug Court Professionals, Marijuana and Driving, Marlboro, Massachusetts, November 16, 2016

 

Nevada State Court Conference, Marijuana Laws and the Effects on Specialty Courts, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 4, 2016

 

Oklahoma Judiciary, Marijuana Legalization Issues, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 2, 2016

 

Colorado Bar Association, DUID Advanced Practice, The Fallacies of Colorado’s 5 Nanogram Inference in DUID Cases, Denver, Colorado, October 20, 2016

 

Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of Georgia, Cannabis & Driving, Athens, Georgia, October 12, 2016

 

American Judges Association (AJA), Cannabis: The Greening of North America, Toronto, Canada, September 26, 2016

 

American Probation & Parole Association, (APPA), Reducing Impaired Driving Recidivism with IID Use, Cleveland, Ohio, August 29, 2016

 

North Carolina Governors Safety Highway Office, Highway Safety Symposium, Cannabis and Driving, Raleigh, North Carolina, August 18, 2016

 

Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of Georgia, Cannabis & Driving, St. Simons Island, Georgia, June 23, 2016

 

Colorado Highway Safety Summit, The History, Neuroscience and Toxicology of Marijuana, Keystone, Colorado, June 8, 2016

 

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), The Nuts and Bolts of Alcohol & Other Drug Testing in Specialized Treatment Courts, Witness Creditability, Anaheim, California June 1, 2016

 

Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association, (DATIA), The Greening of America: How Marijuana is Changing the Legal Landscape, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 24, 2016

 

The Expert Institute Webinar, Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana, April 21, 2016

 

Texas Municipal Courts Education Center, Marijuana & Driving, Dallas, Texas, March 20, 2016

 

Texas Municipal Courts Education Center, Marijuana History, Neuroscience & Toxicology, Dallas, Texas, March 20, 2016

 

American Bar Association Traffic Court Seminar, Cannabis & Driving, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17, 2016,

 

New Orleans, Louisiana Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals, Marijuana History, Neuroscience & Toxicology, Grand Rapids, Michigan,  March 15, 2016

 

Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals, Marijuana and Driving, Grand Rapids, Michigan,  March 15, 2016

 

Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals, The Use of Science & Technology in Specialized Treatment Courts, Grand Rapids, Michigan,  March 15, 2016

 

ISCT, Specialized Treatment Courts, Dallas, Texas, February 20, 2016

 

ISCT, The Structure of Courts, Dallas, Texas, February 20, 2016

 

American Bar Association Webinar, Hot Topics in Specialized Courts, Coordinator & Moderator, December 17, 2015

 

American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT), Cannibas Legal Panel, Denver, Colorado, December 9, 2015

 

American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT), Dos and Don’ts in Expert Testimony in Marijuana Driving Cases: Judicial Perspective, Denver, Colorado, December 9, 2015

 

Nebraska Highway Safety Office, Marijuana and Driving, Lincoln, Nebraska, December 8, 2015

 

National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) Training, Sharing & Due Process, El Paso, Texas, October 28, 2015

 

National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) Training, Targeting, El Paso, Texas, October 26, 2015

 

North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology (NACCT), Marijuana Driving Laws, San Francisco, California, October 10, 2015

 

American Judges Association (AJA), The Future of Per Se and Zero Tolerance Marijuana Laws, Seattle, Washington October 6, 2015

 

National LGBT Bar Association, Romer and Its Progeny, Lavender Law Conference, Chicago, Illinois, August 6, 2015

 

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), Marijuana & Driving, National Harbor, Virginia, July 27, 2015

 

American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), Alcohol Monitoring Based Upon Risk Assessment: Which Tool is Right…,Los Angeles, California, July 12-15, 2015

 

Louisiana Association Drug Court Professionals, Drugged Driving and Its Impact on DWI Courts, Lafayette, Louisiana, June 26, 2015

 

Louisiana Association Drug Court Professionals, Neuro-Science and Toxicology of Marijuana, Lafayette, Louisiana, June 26, 2015

 

Municipal Courts Education Center, Drugged Driving Workshop, Austin Texas, March 29, 2015

 

Colorado Bar Association, Views From the Bench, October 23, 2014

 

National Center DWI Courts, Webinar Drugged Driving and Its Impact on DWI Courts, October 16, 2014

 

Colorado Impaired Driving Conference, Blood Draws; What Now After McNeely September 22, 2014

 

Pennsylvania Highway Safety Office, Lunchtime Keynote Marijuana & Driving and The Use of Science & Technology to Detect and Monitor Drugs & Alcohol in Impaired Driving Cases, October 31, 2014

 

Colorado Judicial Conference, Blood Draws; What Now After McNeely, September 9, 2014

 

Colorado Judicial Conference, The Admissibility of Oral Fluid Testing, September 8, 2014

 

MADD, Florida, Marijuana Trials & Tribulations, Fort Lauderdale, Florida,August 1, 2014

 

MADD, No Refusal Workshop, Denver, Colorado, McNeeley & Implied Consent, July 8, 2014

 

NHTSA, TSRP Training, Cracking the Nut of the Judiciary, July 15, 2015

 

American Bar Associations (ABA), Webinar Blood Draws; What Now After McNeely, June 26, 2014

 

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) Debunking the Myths of Marijuana, May 29, 2014

 

Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference, Marijuana and Its Impact on Drugged Driving, May 14, 2014

 

LifeSavers Conference, Marijuana and Driving: Trials and Tribulations, April 28, 2014

 

Utah Judges Association Drugged Driving, April 19, 2014

 

Colorado Creditors Bar Association, CLE, Garnishee Liability Hearings, April 4, 2014

 

American Bar Association (ABA) Specialized Courts Webinar, Driving & Marijuana: Debunking the Myths, March 20, 2014

 

American Judges Association, The Legalization of Marijuana & Its Impact on the Law, September 2013

 

Colorado Judicial Conference, Drugged Driving and the Use of Science & Technology, September 2013

 

Colorado Judicial Conference, Garnishee Liability Hearings & Default Judgments, September 2013

 

NHTSA JOL National Meeting, The Impact of Drugged Driving, September 2013

 

LifeSavers Conference, Role of the Judge in DWI Courts, March 2013

 

American Bar Association, Technology Webinar, March 2013

 

Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals, Technology and Drugged Driving Presentation, March 2013

 

Colorado County Court Judges Association, Technology Presentation March, 2013

 

Nevada Safety Summit, Technology Presentation, Reno Nevada, 2012

 

NHTSA Joint Regional Conference TSRP/LEL Presentation, 2012

 

American Judges Association, Technology Presentation 2012

 

Colorado Judicial Conference, Drug Recognition Expert Presentation, 2012

 

Washington Judicial Conference (Spokane & Seattle) Drugged Driving Presentation, 2012

 

ABA Webinar, Drug Recognition Expert, 2012

 

Colorado Collection Attorneys Association, Summit, Process of Service Presentation, 2012

 

American Judges Association National Symposium Coordinator, 2012

 

Wyoming Circuit Judges Conference, NHTSA JOL Presentation, 2011

 

Denver County Court, Civil Division, Post Judgment Remedies Presentation, 2011

 

Denver County Court, Name Change Procedures Presentation, 2011

 

Colorado Collection Attorneys Association, Practice in Denver County Court Presentation, 2011

 

Teaching Vignettes, Denver District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office, 2010

 

Colorado Women’s’ Bar Association, Convention Speaker 1994, 1996, 1998, 2005 & 2010; Judge in Residence 2011

 

Colorado Bar Association CLE Program 2007

 

American Judges Association Coordinator/ Moderator Educational Program 2007, Vancouver, Canada

 

American Judges Association Coordinator/ Moderator Educational Program 2006, New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Colorado Women’s Bar Association Convention Panel 2006

 

American Judges Association Mid-Year Seminar 2005

 

American Judges Association Coordinator/Moderator Educational Program 2004, San Francisco, California

 

Arapahoe County Bar Association 2004, LGBT Issues, Las Vegas Nevada

 

Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Coordinator/Moderator Educational Program 2004

 

Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado 1994, 1996 & 1998

 

University of Colorado College of Law, Boulder, Colorado, 1996

 

University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, 1996

 

Regis College & University, Lakewood, Colorado, 1995

 

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1995

 

National Hispanic Bar Association, Beaver Creek, Colorado 1996

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

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

Adjunct Faculty National Judicial College 2011-Present

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

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

Colorado Supreme Court, Colorado Judicial Conference Committee 2012-2015

National Judicial College, Curriculum Development Committee, 2014

  • 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

American Judge’s Association

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

CURRICULUM VITAE

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

  • 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

Case Consultations

People v. Rourke Andrew Martinelli, Boulder Country Court, Colorado, Case #15M610

Attorney Sherrie Murgallis

 

People v. Henry Griffin, Arapahoe County Court, Colorado, Case # 14T4182

Attorney Jonathan Greenlee

 

People v. Christopher Magill, Elbert County Court, Colorado, Case #. 15CR91

Attorney Jeffrey Gard

 

People v. Stephen Henry Zlotnick, Gunnison County Court, Colorado, Case # 16T103

Attorney Jon Schumacher

 

People v. Joseph Michael Thomas, Boulder County Court, Colorado, Case # 16T717

Attorney Courtenay Patterson

 

People v. James Lee Renfrow II, Boulder County Court, Colorado, Case # 16T551

Attorney LindaSue Smollen

 

People v. Reveles, Arapahoe County Court, Colorado, Case # 18015T

Attorney Allison Blackwell

 

People v.Watters, Denver County Court, Colorado Case # 16M5507

Attorney Colin McCallin

 

People v. Gorham, Boulder County Court, Colorado, Case # 16T495

Attorney Sherrie Murgallis

 

People v. Jacob Harvey, Douglas County Court, Colorado, Case #15T3172

Attorney Charles Fife

 

People v. Jose Rameriz, Douglas County Court, Case # D0182016CR000026

Attorney Charles Elliot

 

People v. Ryan White, Denver County, Case #

Attorney Kathleen Hennessey

 

Salvador Hernandez, Boulder County, Case #

Attorney Amy Okubo