Barbara Jean Kelley


Barbara Jean Kelley



Barbara Jean Kelley was born in Memphis Tennessee. In 1966 she came to Bloomington, Indiana, to attend Indiana University. She graduated in 1970 with a B.A. in history, and immediately enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where she received her J.D. in 1973.

Kelley began her professional career with the Denver Legal Aid Society, before moving into private practice. She would eventually become a partner with the Denver firm Kamlet Reichert, where she headed the firm’s secured transactions practice area. In 2009 she was appointed by the Governor to serve as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. Upon her retirement in 2015, Governor Hickenlooper said, “Barbara was instrumental in amending and cutting thousands of unnecessary rules and regulations for business across the state, creating a pro-business environment that has been a building block for growing our economy. We are indebted to Barbara for her service and know she will continue to be successful in her future role.”

Since 2016 Barbara Kelley has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Black Diamond Group. Barbara J. Kelley has received many professional and civil honors and was inducted into Indiana University School of Law’s Academy of Alumni Fellows in 2004.


Maurer Alumni, Academy of Law Alumni Fellows


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