Legal Services Staff

Vice President and General Counsel, Anne Stark Walker

Anne Stark Walker has served as the Colorado School of Mines’ chief legal counsel since 2003. Prior to her appointment as General Counsel, Ms. Walker served as the School’s Associate Counsel. Ms. Walker began her law practice as a litigation associate in the Denver-based law firm of Holland & Hart. Her practice focused on commercial litigation, environmental insurance and toxic tort litigation, and construction contract disputes. She later served as Legal Personnel Partner for the Denver office of Holme Roberts & Owen, where she managed the firm’s attorney, law clerk and para-professional recruitment, development and performance evaluation programs, and related human resources matters. Ms. Walker transitioned to higher education in the role of Director of Career Services at the University of Denver’s College of Law in 1997. She joined the Colorado School of Mines as Associate Counsel in 1999.Ms. Walker graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with a B.S. in Journalism in 1981, and earned her J.D. from the University of Denver in 1985. She is admitted to the Colorado Bar (since

Ms. Walker graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with a B.S. in Journalism in 1981, and earned her J.D. from the University of Denver in 1985. She is admitted to the Colorado Bar (since 1985) and is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Deputy General Counsel, Michelle Merz-Hutchinson

Ms. Merz-Hutchinson joined the Legal Services Department at the Colorado School of Mines in August 2015.  Previously, Ms. Merz-Hutchinson headed the Education Unit at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where she coordinated the provision of legal services for all state institutions of higher education and served as General Counsel to Fort Lewis College.  Prior to joining the AGO, Michelle served as a litigation associate for a Denver-based law firm where her practice focused on general commercial litigation and employment disputes.  She also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Judge Marquez in the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Hon. Wiley Y. Daniel, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Ms. Merz-Hutchinson holds a B.F.A. in Music-Theatre from the University of Oklahoma and earned her J.D. from the University of Denver in 2001.  She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Assistant General Counsel, Molly E. Markley

Molly Markley joined the Legal Services Department at the Colorado School of Mines in October 2016.  Prior to joining Mines, Ms. Markely managed intellectual property and licensing activities for a diverse portfolio of emerging technologies at the University of Colorado Boulder.  In that capacity, Ms. Markley worked closely with university faculty to protect and commercialize research assets, advise on university policies and federal regulations, and mitigate conflicting contractual obligations.  Ms. Markley’s experience also includes drafting and negotiating a diverse body of agreements and counseling local entrepreneurs on various legal matters relevant to start-ups.Ms. Markley holds a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University, an M.S. in Biomedical Science from Colorado State University, and earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School.  She is admitted to the Colorado Bar and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Ms. Markley holds a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University, an M.S. in Biomedical Science from Colorado State University, and earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School.  She is admitted to the Colorado Bar and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Executive Assistant Susan Potter 

Susan Potter, a native of Denver, joined the Office of Legal Services in 2005 and is currently the Executive Assistant to the Vice President and General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Deputy Counsel. Prior to her employment at Mines, she worked for a number of private law firms and law enforcement agencies. She earned a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Regis University, prior to obtaining an A.S. Degree in Legal Studies and a Paralegal certification. Ms. Potter is also a notary public. Her legal background includes criminal law, family law, estate planning, victim witness support, litigation support, higher education and immigration law.