Albany Law School’s Government Law Center (GLC) recently appointed Mary Ann Berry ’94 as the 2011-2012 Rapp Government Lawyer in Residence. In her new role, among other things, she will explore ways to leverage retired government attorneys to educate and train future generations of government attorneys.
Berry recently retired from serving as an assistant attorney general in the New York State Department of Law, where she was acting bureau chief of the Real Property Bureau. Before beginning her 10-year tenure at the Department of Law, she worked as assistant counsel to the New York State Science and Technology Foundation.
Berry returned to school in 1990 to pursue a joint degree with Albany Law School and the University at Albany Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, graduating in 1994 with both a J.D. and M.P.A. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Government Law Center Prize from Albany Law School and the Citation for Excellence in Labor Relations from the Rockefeller College.
At Albany Law School, Berry is also a member of the GLC’s advisory board and national alumni council. She is also currently president of the League of Women Voters of Albany County, as well as an inaugural member of the International Center of the Capital Region and a citizen diplomat with the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
In announcing Berry’s appointment, Associate Dean Patricia Salkin, director of the Government Law Center, said, “We are fortunate to have Mary Berry’s expertise and energy to assist the center in tapping into the expertise of experienced government lawyers to inspire and guide less-experienced public sector attorneys.”
Associate Dean Salkin continued, “Ms. Berry is also an excellent role model for our students, and she will be able to share her insights and experiences with those who desire to pursue careers in the public sector.”