Mary joined the Government Law Center in 2011 when she was first named the Clarence D. Rappleyea Government Lawyer in Residence. She is also a member of the GLC’s Advisory Board and has in the past served on the law school’s national alumni council. She explores ways to enhance the education and training of a new generation of lawyers. In addition, she organizes the Warren M. Anderson Legislative Breakfast Seminar Series, a program which features informative speakers on legal aspects of current public policy issues facing New York State. She works to involve government lawyers with activities on campus.
Prior to retiring from state service, she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Department of Law and before that as assistant counsel to the New York State Science and Technology Foundation.
Mary returned to school as a nontraditional student to pursue a joint degree at Albany Law School and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. At graduation she was awarded the Government Law Center Prize from ALS and the Citation for Excellence in Labor Relations from Rockefeller College.
In addition to her NYS service, she has worked in various governmental capacities since high school when she taught swimming and was a life guard at a city pool, to teaching health education and mentoring inmates, running a group home for delinquents for a town, to serving as a citizen diplomat with the International Visitor Leadership Program of the US State Department.
Along with the GLC, her current volunteer experience includes moderating candidate events with the League of Women Voters. She has served on the Committee on Attorneys in Public Service with the NYS Bar Association and also serves as a judge for the US Constitution competition “WE the People” with NYSBA’s Law Youth and Citizenship Program. She hosts visitors from foreign countries with the International Center of the Capital Region.
She holds three degrees: BA, MPA and JD