Attorney Marie Grady

Attor­ney Marie P. Grady

A lawyer and jour­nal­ist, Marie P. Grady is a gen­eral prac­ti­tioner whose ser­vices range from com­plex immi­gra­tion peti­tions to sim­ple wills and trusts. Grady’s legal work also has included craft­ing leg­is­la­tion for the Con­necti­cut Gen­eral Assem­bly as a leg­isla­tive attor­ney and com­plex fed­eral immi­gra­tion peti­tions and appeals. Grady also is assigned to the crim­i­nal appeals unit for the Con­necti­cut Divi­sion of Pub­lic Defender Ser­vices for the 2012–2013 fis­cal year.

Grady served as man­ag­ing edi­tor of The Repub­li­can, the largest daily news­pa­per in West­ern Mass­a­chu­setts, and helped lead that news­pa­per to a record num­ber of jour­nal­ism awards before tak­ing up study of the law.

She has also served as man­ag­ing edi­tor and writer for the Con­necti­cut Law Tri­bune, where she wrote on legal mat­ters of national sig­nif­i­cance for regional and national read­ers via Law.Com. A 2010 grad­u­ate of West­ern New Eng­land Uni­ver­sity School of Law, Grady interned with  Mass­a­chu­setts Supreme Judi­cial Court Judge Fran­cis X. Spina and won aca­d­e­mic hon­ors in crim­i­nal adju­di­ca­tion, immi­gra­tion and mediation.

She is licensed to prac­tice law in Mass­a­chu­setts and Con­necti­cut, focus­ing on gen­eral law, includ­ing immi­gra­tion and wills and trusts and appel­late work. Marie is also a notary pub­lic, grant writer and cer­ti­fied medi­a­tor.


• Lawyer and jour­nal­ist who has suc­cess­fully crafted com­plex leg­is­la­tion and appeals and served as man­ag­ing edi­tor of a major Mass­a­chu­setts news­pa­per and Con­necti­cut law jour­nal
• Helped lead staff of The Repub­li­can in Spring­field, Mass., to record num­ber of jour­nal­ism awards, includ­ing projects hon­ored by the Asso­ci­ated Press and Har­vard University’s Nie­man Fel­lows
• Leg­isla­tive attor­ney for 2012 ses­sion at Con­necti­cut Gen­eral Assem­bly
• Coor­di­nated lit­er­acy efforts in Ham­p­den County, Mass., and launched cit­i­zen sum­mits on crime and edu­ca­tion
• Served as adjunct pro­fes­sor of Jour­nal­ism Ethics at West­ern New Eng­land Uni­ver­sity
• Licensed to prac­tice law in Mass­a­chu­setts and Connecticut


Leg­isla­tive Attor­ney, Con­necti­cut Gen­eral Assem­bly (2012 Ses­sion) — Drafted more than three dozen bills and nearly two dozen amend­ments at gen­eral and spe­cial ses­sions for the joint Human Ser­vices Com­mit­tee
Gen­eral Prac­tice — Solo prac­ti­tioner in Spring­field, Mass., focus­ing on immi­gra­tion law, gen­eral prac­tice and com­plex appeals
Immi­gra­tion Law – Suc­cess­fully crafted peti­tions and appeals in a wide vari­ety of immi­gra­tion cases as cer­ti­fied stu­dent prac­ti­tioner for West­ern Mass Legal Ser­vices (Spring 2010), and inde­pen­dent con­trac­tor (Sep­tem­ber 2009-Present)
Appel­late Law – Dis­tilled com­plex crim­i­nal and civil appeals into recita­tion memos and draft opin­ion rec­om­men­da­tions on pend­ing cases before the Mass­a­chu­setts Supreme Judi­cial Court as intern for Hon. Judge Fran­cis X. Spina (Fall 2009); won remand in 2011 from fed­eral Board of Immi­gra­tion Appeals on rejected fam­ily immi­gra­tion peti­tion which had been adju­di­cated for 10 years and resulted in depor­ta­tion order; drafted crim­i­nal appeal brief as sub­con­trac­tor for indi­gent client in Mass­a­chu­setts
Fed­eral Crim­i­nal and Civil Law – Wrote legal memos on a vari­ety of pend­ing cases for U.S. Attorney’s office in Spring­field, MA., as intern (Fall 2008)
Mass­a­chu­setts Child Pro­tec­tion Law – Assisted with trial prepa­ra­tion, includ­ing argu­ing suc­cess­ful motion as cer­ti­fied stu­dent prac­ti­tioner for Chil­dren and Fam­ily Law Pro­gram, Mass­a­chu­setts Divi­sion of Pub­lic Coun­sel Ser­vices (Vol­un­teer, Spring/Summer 2009)


Lit­er­acy Works, Regional Employ­ment Board, Spring­field, MA (Feb. 2007-Dec. 2009) — As direc­tor and later liai­son, man­aged leg­isla­tive advo­cacy and aware­ness, includ­ing writ­ing monthly columns for five newspapers


The Con­necti­cut Law Tri­bune, Hart­ford, CT, Feb­ru­ary 2011 to Feb­ru­ary 2012
Man­ag­ing Edi­tor, Writer pro­duc­ing sto­ries on com­plex legal issues for regional and national audi­ences via Law.Com
The Repub­li­can, Spring­field, MA, 1990–2006
Man­ag­ing edi­tor (1998–2006), pre­vi­ously enter­prise edi­tor, assis­tant city edi­tor and reporter
• Led staff of 150 to record seven, first-place Asso­ci­ated Press awards in 2005 and first-place Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion awards in New Eng­land in 2005 and 2006
• Launched cit­i­zen sum­mits on crime and edu­ca­tion
• Launched annual His­panic her­itage, stu­dent char­ac­ter and men­tor­ing pro­gram
The Man­ches­ter Her­ald, Man­ches­ter, CT, 1987–1990
Man­ag­ing edi­tor, pro­moted from city edi­tor at this for­mer Con­necti­cut daily
The Union-News, Spring­field, MA, 1985–1987
The Palmer Jour­nal Reg­is­ter, Palmer, MA, 1984–1985
Assis­tant edi­tor for Palmer Jour­nal Reg­is­ter and asso­ci­ated week­lies; pro­moted from writer


West­ern New Eng­land Uni­ver­sity School of Law, Spring­field, Mass.; juris doc­tor­ate, May 2010; Class rank, 36/173; (three “Excel­lence for Future” Awards in Crim­i­nal Adju­di­ca­tion, Immi­gra­tion, Medi­a­tion)
North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity; BA Jour­nal­ism, 1985; edi­tor in chief, North­east­ern News; win­ner, Ford Award for pro­mot­ing diversity