Betsy Fordyce

Executive Director

Betsy Fordyce has served as the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center since early 2020. Originally joining the organization in 2008, she has worn many hats in advocating on behalf of youth in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and homelessness arenas. Betsy brings an array of experience in direct legal representation, teaching and training, and legislative and policy advocacy. She represented Colorado youth as a guardian ad litem in dependency & neglect and delinquency cases, as well as in the appellate courts. Betsy initially began her legal career as a law clerk for Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey of the Colorado Supreme Court. She later served as a staff attorney managing the national training program at the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), before returning to the Children’s Law Center in 2016 as the Director of the Youth Empowerment and Legal Advocacy Program.

In addition, Betsy teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and is also a trainer for the Red Book Training Course with the NACC. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she was awarded the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship from Harvard Law School, recognizing exemplary lawyers who have distinguished themselves in public interest work and who can assist students who are considering similar career paths. The Villanova Law Alumni Association recently recognized Betsy with its Award for Public Service.

EDUCATION

Villanova University School of Law, Juris Doctor
University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Arts – Preprofessional Studies/Sociology

CHILDHOOD FAVORITES

Catching lightning bugs, making up roller skating performances, and eating ice cream (Chocolate Marshmallow, of course)