As a senior staff attorney at the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania, Mary Gay led two class-action lawsuits to enforce the rights of students with disabilities, in addition to representing individual students and their parents, drafting legislative and regulatory proposals, and producing training materials and educational programs for parents, educators, social service providers, government agencies, and other advocates. Mary Gay has served as national pro bono counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP for the past 15 years, directing and supervising over 600 lawyers in 15 offices as they provide more than 50,000 hours of pro bono legal services annually to low-income clients and nonprofit organizations.
When President Trump ordered a travel ban that stranded thousands of legal immigrants, attorneys at the pro bono program sprang into action. In 2017, Mary Gay became co-chair of the Voting Rights Task Force of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, which was formed to combat voter suppression and gerrymandering. Mary Gay is a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She served as a judicial clerk for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
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