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