Work Experience

Ellen Roberts

Bar Admissions:


United States District Court, District of Colorado


J.D., University of Colorado, 1986, coursework focused on natural resources curriculum.

B.S., Cornell University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, 1981, major   in Environmental Policy.

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State & Local Government 3 week resident program, Certificate of Completion, July 2016

Legal Experience:

Ellen S. Roberts, LLC, (2017-present), private practice focused on water law, affiliated as special counsel with the Denver firm, Trout Raley.

Roberts & Steelman, LLC, Durango, Colorado, (2003-2008)

Ellen Stuart Roberts, PC, Durango. (1995-2003)

Also previously worked at several small firms on western slope and for DNA, Navajo Legal Services, as a law clerk.

Legislative Experience:

Served in the Colorado House of Representatives, 2007-2010, representing Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties.

Served in the Colorado Senate, 2011- 2016, representing Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel counties; Held the leadership position of Senate President Pro Tempore, 2015-2016, and chaired the Water Resources Review Committee and the Wildfire Matters (focused on forest health and watershed protection) in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Current Community and Volunteer Activities:

First National Bank of Durango, Board of Directors.- Long time bank director of the largest community bank serving southwest Colorado.

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation, Board of Directors. - Founding member of board of directors for non-profit health foundation whose mission is to improve the health of Coloradans living on the western slope by investing in existing community assets and by acting as a catalyst for new approaches.

6th Judicial District Performance Commission, Commissioner. - Appointed by the President of the Colorado State Senate to serve on the Judicial Performance Commission for the 6th Judicial District, including La Plata, Archuleta and San Juan counties in southwest Colorado.

Recent Public Speaking:

"Water Resources Challenges and Opportunities Facing Southwestern Colorado", SGM 2017 Fall Forum series.

"How Water Law is Made Today", American Planners Association 2017 Colorado State Conference.

"Healthy Forests and Districts", Colorado Special Districts Association 2017 annual conference.

 “Suitable Governance in Modern Times - Colorado Water Management”, Colorado Water Congress 2017 annual conference.

“Local Land Use and Water Planning” – Colorado Municipal League 2016 annual conference.

International Experience:

International faculty team member of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ International Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, to present workshops on legislative effectiveness, governmental transparency and accountability, and constituent relations with provincial parliamentarian legislators and officials in Algeria (2009), South Africa (2011), Mozambique (2013), and India (2015).